What Does Claiming the Witch Mean to Me
There are so many interpretations and misunderstandings around the name Witch. We’ve come a long way but there are still lingering misconceptions. All I can offer you is what it means to me personally. I would say I identify with ‘Green Witch’, ‘Earth Witch’ or ‘White Witch’. I’m deeply dedicated to Mother Earth and I don’t believe in magic that manipulates the unknowing or unwilling. At this point at least, I don’t do formal spell work. I do (or strive to) treat all life as sacred. I’m very passionate about plants, herbs, trees, and flowers, in particular. I love creating with herbs and essential oils. I advocate for animals. I do believe in magic and unseen realms. I adore crystals and Oracle cards.
So, ok, this may be common among many others spiritual beings who love the Earth but don’t identify with being a witch. Many spiritual persons, lightworkers, indigos, indigenous cultures, etc. can have similar beliefs. So, why do I choose to proclaim myself witch?
I see a beautiful trend rising where women are claiming many empowering names, such as, Wise Woman, Wild Woman, Sage, Mystic, Priestess, even Shaman, which unfortunately can provoke a whole issue around cultural appropriation. I, having ancestry from England, Scotland and Ireland, feel safe claiming the name Witch without offending, in this arena anyway. We each have to claim our own truth, the one ringing in our blood, the one radiating from our hearts and settling in our bones.
For me, the name holds a boldness in it. It represents the power of the feminine that’s been squelched for centuries. It takes a stand against fear and repression. Mostly, it feels true in my bones. My heart expands and feels brave when I say the word. It’s taken a while for me to get comfortable with my own power. Until now, I’ve shrunk away from it. I didn’t want to invite criticism. But I need to stand in my deepest truth if I’m asking you to do the same, right?
In herstory, women who were healers, herbalists, Earth worshippers were accused of being witches, whether they’d claimed the name or not, and killed for it. This only fuels my desire to claim it proudly in the face of all that tries to keep us quiet and afraid to speak our truth. I will no longer be repressed, not even by myself. 😉
Women are also starting to take the names that were used against us as an insult to push us down, keep us ‘in our place’, such as, Pussy, Bitch and Witch and turning them on their head, claiming them proudly as ours. We reclaim our power by turning our pain into our gold.
I’m not sure where this will lead me. I just know it feels right and good for me at this time. My mission remains the same; if anything it perhaps roots deeper. I feel more authentic and good in my skin with this declaration.
Who are you ready to claim yourself to be? What makes you feel powerful and authentic? Share your deepest truth, if you dare.