Monday, November 8, 2010

What is a Witch?

witch  (wich)    n.
1. A woman claiming or popularly believed to possess magical powers and practice sorcery.
2. A believer or follower of Wicca; a Wiccan.
3. A hag.
4. A woman considered to be spiteful or overbearing.
5. Informal A woman or girl considered bewitching.
6. One particularly skilled or competent at one's craft

Back in October, a Blogging friend, wrote a post about what color is a Witch? And it got me thinking...

What is a Witch?

The term WITCH has been used in so many ways to describe so many different types of people. And the meaning has changed and evolved over the centuries.

Is it a lifestyle? Is it a belief? 
Is it only a moniker used to describe a person?
How would you define a Witch?

I am a herbalist.  Does that make me a Witch?

I am a skilled writer (I know...kinda hard to tell from this blog...)  Does that make me a Witch?

I have on occasion been known to be overbearing and spiteful.  Does that make me a Witch? (ok - don't answer that one!)

My beliefs are an eclectic mix of Native American spirituality and various Earth-based beliefs. Does that make me a Witch?

 To me, A Witch, cannot be described with just one or two words.  A Witch has as many facets as a well-cut gem. 

To me, being a Witch is more of a mind set.  
It is the ability to believe in MAGIC.  
The MAGIC you find in a child's laugh or in the song of a bird.  
The MAGIC of Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny.  
The MAGIC that is found in a snowflake floating to earth or the rustle of leaves in the wind.  The MAGIC that can be found in the every day and ordinary.  
The MAGIC of joy and wonderment and possibilities.  
The MAGIC of our own abilities to make dreams come true.

I believe in such MAGIC.  I am a Witch.


Sus said...

What a lovely post...... I believe in magic too :)

Robin Larkspur said...

And I believe magic is sacred.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Great post! You're a lovely witch!

Witchy Godmother said...

Me too :)
Hugs and sparkles - WG

Haunted Swamp Designs said...

Very Good!!!! Love the way you wrote this!

Jenny S said...

Me too! I'm a witch and proud of it. A 13 year old girl was playing with some of the older kids in the neighborhood the other day telling the younger kids that Santa is not real...I could have killed her! My 6 year old said he was sad for her since she would not get any presents since he knew Santa was real!!

Joane said...

This is lovely. I think you hit the nail on the head. I believe in all of the above. I am a witch too! yeah!!!!

Jeanne said...

Thank you for all the wonderful comments! ♥

Laura said...

absolutely perfect!

D.Suplicki said...

This is beautiful. I believe in magic and am a witch too! <3

Jo said...


JoyceAnn said...

Wonderful post ! As I was reading this post , my thoughts were it could have been written by me , guess I must be a witch too.

~ Blessings ~

Joane said...

Just an FYI to let you know I'm printng this out to keep by my desk. To remind me of magic everyday and how great it is to be a witch!

Cordelia said...

I really enjoyed your post! I use the term witch for myself with pride.

Jeanne said...

Robin, I totally agree, Magic is very sacred. It is a gift that not all people are able to enjoy. What a sad life that would be - to have no magic.

Joane, I am honored. ♥

TD (Tammy @ Journal of Evolution) said...

Yay - I'm a Witch! :) And I'm honored to be in sch amzing company!

Stacy said...

To quote one of my favorite movies, Practical Magic..

"There's a little witch in all of us." I am a firm believer in magic!
Loved this post!