Claiming My Truth, Claiming Her
I’ve come to the realization that I can no longer dance around the peripheral. I’ve decided to push through my fear, step out of the broom closet, and call myself by what, I’ve known inside for a long time, I am ….. ‘Witch’. Good witch, white witch, green witch, natural witch, whatever you like to call her, this is me. I don’t want to say I’m Wiccan because that’s a religion and I don’t claim a religion. I am deeply spiritual, yes, but not religious. I find the dogma of religion too constraining. I love the freedom of following my own heart’s rules and wisdom. I see all of life and all things as sacred; I feel Mother Earth is my home and I honor her with my heart and soul. I see Nature, Spirit and ourselves as co-creators of this life. That, to me, is magic.
So, why has it taken me so long to embrace this name? I think it has to do a lot with fear. I remember, probably 25 years and another lifetime ago, my husband, of that time, and I were attending a certain church, which shall remain nameless, and rumor had gotten back to me that some of the congregation were thinking me a witch. At that time, I was feeling offended by this and thinking, “Just because I love herbs and crystals, that doesn’t make me a witch.” but maybe they were actually seeing in me what I could not. I was influenced by the church’s stance that witches were evil as well. I knew I wasn’t evil. Maybe mischievous & naughty at times but not evil. 😉
I do as well give credence to the feminist belief that women have a collective fear of the name witch because of the burning times. It’s not hard for me to accept that the masculine fear of our power and subsequent dominance over the feminine through violence is still a very real influence coursing through our blood. It can stop us in our tracks and strangle our power if we’re not diligently aware of it. And let’s face it, the reality is if my church experience had been in the past, I probably would have been tested and killed.
Since releasing my book “Seducing Magic: The Re-Enchantment of Your Life” I’ve slowly come around to embracing my witchy self. Reading “Witch” by Lisa Lister also helped. With the exception of a few explanations and disclaimers in the introduction, I don’t think I mentioned witch once in connection with magic in my book. Not that I think they are synonymous by any means but I think if I wrote the book now, I would claim myself witch somewhere in the pages. It will have to wait for my next book, I guess. 😉
So, here I am world, stepping forward in spite of all my fear and claiming myself Witch!!! I don’t do this lightly.
To keep this brief and respect your busy life, I’ll write about what exactly this means to me in a later post. For now, I hope this has gifted you some food for thought as to your own fears that may be holding you back from claiming your truth and the magic that lives within it.
Take my hand and let’s bravely claim some truths together! It’s always easier to be brave with a friend. XO
Big Love & Magic,