I really like this idea, but I can’t handle the responsibility of any more daily posts, so I thought that for the next few weeks, I would do one (or a few at a time) for the end of week “My Pagan Perspective” posts. This is the third installment!
5. Have you had a teacher in the craft? Have you ever taken a course or classes to help you learn witchcraft? What were your experiences? If you haven’t, how are your thoughts and feelings on such courses?
I have had a teacher in my craft. In fact, I’ve had a couple. The first was my mother, who raised my twin sister and I in the Wiccan path, while my father provided influences from his Buddhist beliefs.
When we were around the age of nine, my mother reached out into the pagan community and welcomed a pagan parenting mentor into our lives to help with better teaching us the Wiccan path and incorporating us into the rituals and celebrations of that path.
What really ended up happening is that the mentor (Z) ended up being our main teacher and guide concerning not just our spiritual path, but also our moral compasses, learning self worth and independence, and many other things. She cared for us a lot, and we spent a great deal of time at her house and attending different rituals and celebrations with her throughout our youth.
When I emancipated from my parents, she was there to help encourage me to find my own path. A path that would fit me and feel right to me. Even now, she is a part of my life and I consult with her often. In fact she’s currently living with my sister and I because she’s stuck abroad while things are closed down and restricted due to the pandemic.
I have never taken a class about witchcraft. I actually wasn’t even aware that there are classes available for witchcraft. Apparently there are, but I’ve never seen them or heard of them before. This is probably because I am primarily solitary, though.
I don’t really have a lot of thoughts and feelings concerning the idea of classes and/or courses on witchcraft. Primarily, because I haven’t taken one and have no idea what they cover or if they would encourage individualization… or require conformity. I lean in the direction of individualization… obviously.
8. Do you refer to yourself as a witch? If not, why not? If so, what does the word mean to you?
Okay so, yes. I refer to myself as a witch.
In my opinion, the term “witch” is just another label for “person that does spellcraft/magic”. So therefore, whether you call yourself a witch or not is pretty irrelevant. A duck is a duck is a duck… call it a mallard (witch)? It’s still a duck.
As I do not live in a place where calling myself by what I am puts me in any real danger, nor am I in the closet or trying to hide myself in some way, I see no reason not to use the term.
I do understand choosing to not adopt a label tho. Labels can be problematic if taken the wrong way by family, society, etc and can even create personal safety issues. I think it’s okay to not use the label… but important to acknowledge that you are a part of the underlying group that includes that label, even if only to oneself.