A friend of mine (seshen if you want to know, linked to the right) posted this thing about “what it means to be a witch”. I’ll quote it below and give you my comments.
A woman was asked by a co-worker, “What is it like to be a witch?”
The co-worker replied, “It is like being a pumpkin. The Goddess picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off of you. Then She cuts off the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff. She removes the seeds of doubt, hate, greed, etc., and then She carves you a new smiling face and puts Her Light inside of you to shine for all the world to see.”
This was passed on to me from another pumpkin. Now, it is your turn to pass it to a pumpkin.
What it’s like is similar to being a deity. You have no one to blame but yourself. It is completely in your power what you make of your life and how you live it. That is what it is like to be a witch. You can’t cop out, you can’t blame others, you can’t blame the gods, you can’t blame fate for the hell your life may be. It is up to you to do or not to do what you will, with the tools you have.
Being a witch means that you understand that the forces of Magick and nature are not to be commanded for frivilous things, but for truly important matters (at least to you). Being a witch means that you understand that while you will tell Nature what to do, you cannot command that force, only coax it to do what you will.
You understand as a witch that it is up to you to improve yourself. Flaws in your personal makeup are as dangerous as bubbles in glass, when you are tempered by time, flaws will shatter you. So it is up to you to find those flaws and to fix them or at least to make it so that they do not affect you anymore if it can’t be fixed.
Being a witch means you are soverign in your own head. You are the only one who can or should determine the direction of your life, what you do, how you do it. These are yours and yours alone to command. Because of this, you have no right to determine for ANYONE else what they should do or not do in their lives, and thus you are tolerant of their choices. You may not approve of their choices, but you have to respect that they MADE a choice and honor them for what they have done in their life and if they refuse your aid, to allow them to go on without your help.
Commanding the forces of Magick is actually a side effect of all this. Understanding yourself, understanding your fellows, understanding your own personal power makes the magick naturally flow simply by you being. What you will suddenly starts becomming reality, and even simple wishes and things that you suppose will never get fulfilled suddenly start coming true for you.
Having wisdom is not a requirment, but that too is another side effect. Understanding yourself and fixing yourself will mandate that you can then advise others on that same process, thus making you wise.
A witch knows themselves and they have improved themselves. They hate, they are angry, they have joy, they have love and they have sorrow. That is part of being human and alive. Not the simple minded sap that others try to tell you. Being a Witch means that you MUST become the best possible you that you can be without excuses for your failure.
THAT is what it’s like to be a Witch. Most times it’s lonely and many times others don’t understand. But those that do understand you will have a bond with that trancends speech. And that is what it’s like to be a Witch.