If you google search for the meaning or definition of the word WITCH it will probably say something like……
“WITCH – wiCH/: a woman thought to have magic powers, especially evil ones, popularly depicted as wearing a black cloak and pointed hat and flying on a broomstick.”
So, it’s not surprising that most people’s first thought or image when subjected to this word, will be very similar to Google’s description. Let’s focus for a moment, close your eyes and say the word WITCH. Say it out loud! What is your first thought when you hear, read, or say the word “WITCH”? Does it make you feel uneasy, uncomfortable, or even fearful? Does it make you feel curious, empowered, and wanting to know more?
From the time we are children, we are programmed to believe that WITCHES are evil and not acceptable within our society. Heck, we all know women were burned, drowned, abused, if someone claimed they were a witch. These women were victims of crazy fear. Most of the children’s books I read as a child had me fearing the witch, but a part of me secretly felt that the witch was unfairly mistreated, and misunderstood.
In my twenties, I became a seeker, searching for a spiritual path that would be better suited for my mind, body, and soul. Something that I could feel deeply in my core and in my bones. During my search, I found a nature based spiritual path and my journey of connecting with my inner witch began. But every now and then, the past societal programming of the meaning of with what a witch would come flooding into my mind, with images, and thoughts, which confusing me, and created doubt about the this beautiful heathen earth loving path, that I had lovingly chosen to practice.
It took years to be able to fully reclaim the word WITCH and live the lifestyle of a witch with pride and without fear of being condemned, ridiculed, or shunned. I mean, I was raised catholic and even as a child I knew that Christianity was not for me. But I was too young to voice my own opinion, and conformed to what was expected of me seemed like my only option.
What is a witch anyways?
The author Lisa Lister said it best in her book; “WITCH Unleashed, Untamed, Unapologetic”
Here is an exert from her book: Chapter 1 -Wake the Witch one pages 6 and 7
“WHAT IS A WITCH- A Witch is an unapologetic woman. She alchemizes experiences and emotions. She is a woman with power, agency, and sovereignty…and she has it on HER terms. She creates and manifests. She is self-sourced. She freely communes with Nature/Spirit/god/goddess choose-your-own-semantics without needing a go-between. Being a witch is being a woman of power. It is being someone who trusts her inner authority and doesn’t look outside herself for validation and/or approval. It’s being someone who uses her own personal magic to navigate and negotiate the environment she currently finds herself in.”
She also says; “Forget everything you’ve ever been told about witches!”
All I know is when I began to embrace the word witch instead of judging it, I stopped shaming myself for being true to my wild heathen calling. It was a freeing moment when I discovered that life is way to short to allow anyone to dictate what I should believe and how I should act for the sole purpose of being accepted by those who claim to be Christians or society in general, but act completely contradictorily when the church isn’t watching.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not condemning anyone for what they chose to believe, because doing so would be counterproductive. I am simply expressing how my experience has been with religion in comparison to become true to my inner witch. Religion has been disappointing and terrifying for me at times.
What is a witch to me?
- An artist, a creatrix, someone who can manifest love compassion and healing.
- A person who is called to be a Healer, Herbalist, Energy worker
- A person who practices Meditation, Yoga, Mindfulness
- An alchemist, psychic, intuitive person.
- A person who honors and respects the earth, nature and all living beings including themselves.
- A person who is a Wild, Heathen, eccentric, untamed, authentic, and certainly not perfect.
- A person who takes responsibility for their actions
- A person who is Confident, Magickal, a believer in the unseen.
- Sister/Brother, Priestess, Sorceress/sorcerer – unafraid of facing their personal shadows
- And so much more….
What does the word “WITCH” mean to you?
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