A Witch By Any Other Name

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Wiccan? Christian? Alchemist? Mystic? Druid? Spell Caster? Root Worker? Goddess Worshipper? Healer? Pagan? Energy Worker? Conjurer? Magician? Polytheist? Follower of Jesus? Eclectic? Witch? All of the Above? Some of the Above? None of the Above?

From time to time I come across someone in an internet discussion group who struggles with what to call themselves. The hope is if they can find the right label for themselves, everything else will fall into place. Yet if the basic philosophy of Wicca has taught me anything, it’s that there is no one right way to practice the Craft. We take what works for us and leave the rest behind. Therefore, nearly all of us are “spiritual mutts” who are a mix of many different traditions, practices and beliefs. Personally, I think this is wonderful because it makes for a more lively and interesting tribe to hang with! Our collective knowledge is broad and deep and we can benefit from each other’s experience and perspective.

It has also been my experience that labels tend to close doors rather than open them. I am careful not lay all my spiritual cards on the table because not everyone understands what I do regarding my practice of the Craft. If I am going to be of help to a variety of people I need to talk about myself with terminology they understand. So, to some, I am a healer who works closely with the energies of nature and the Divine to promote healing and wholeness in our world. To others, I am a Christian mystic with a deep meditation practice that enables me to help others who are in crisis. Some would call me a kitchen witch who likes to work with what’s around me instead of using fancy ingredients and formal spell casting. Others would call me a follower of Jesus who is also in tune with the Goddess.

Do you see what I mean? It can be downright exhausting! So to those of you who are struggling to find the right label for themselves, my advice is to simply be…you. You are a unique and magnificent being who is created in the Divine image. Let your light shine no matter what sort of light it may be. Don’t limit yourself to one particular spiritual category. Stay true to yourself, trust your instincts, and use what your learn along the way to make this world a better place. Blessed be!

About David Taliesin

My name is David Taliesin. I'm an writer, teacher and retreat leader who explores the connections between Christian and Pagan Spirituality. E-mail me with any personal comments you'd like to share and I will do my best to answer them. You can also contact me through my Facebook page www.facebook.com/davidtaliesinauthor
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