Oh those famous lines from Romeo and Juliet.... "What's in a name? That which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet."
I've been thinking a lot lately and have experienced some things where the name "witch" has really brought about some negative reactions from people. Whether it is because of a fear that I'm somehow in cahoots with the devil, that I'll hex them or that I am evil, I'm not quite sure...but I do know that people seem to have very extreme reactions when I say that I'm a witch.
When I first started this journey, I was afraid to actually wear anything that symbolized my witchy-ness. I was petrified that people would say rude things to me, or worse, actually harm me or my things. I slowly got over that fear but I will admit that the fear of persecution is still very much there. As some women like to say, it is leftover fear passed down generation to generation from the witch trials.
The funny thing is, those who judge the most tend to be extremely involved in church. Now, I grew up Catholic and there was a point in time where I thought having a tarot reading done would mean I was going straight to hell. I feared the term witch (unless it was a cute halloween costume) and thought that anyone who classified themselves as a witch were demon worshipers.
Now that I'm on the other side of things, I wish that I could educate all those who believe as I used to about the term "witch". You see, I am the farthest thing from a demon worshiper. I only want to help others and I believe in doing the right thing. I believe that mother nature is powerful and deserves respect. I believe that the divine feminine is not something to be feared and, instead, should be encouraged and tapped into whenever possible. I send positive energy whenever I can to those who need it and I do my best to practice non-judgment.
What I find interesting, is that so many followers of organized religion love the idea of the Law of Attraction and personal development. While it is considered A-OK to say affirmations and set intentions, as soon as you mention a "spell" people freak and there are immediate reactions of either excitement and acceptance or rejection, fear and judgment.
The funny part is that practicing magic is basically the same as using the law of attraction. You cast a spell when you say, write or speak and intention. You practice magic by saying a prayer over your food. Anytime you use a crystal, essential oils, or herbs with intention, you are practicing magic. But, yet, people are unwilling to own the label of "witch". Yogi, spirit junkie, and manifestation practitioner are all acceptable....but all can be considered magical practitioners.
If you have ever meditated to a mantra, used crystals (or even worn them), used herbs for a specific purpose, followed the phases of the moon, looked at your astrology, manifested anything, used essential oils, or researched the law of attraction....you are a witch. It's ok to own that!
The term witch is just the same as yogi, spirit junkie, wellness warrior, lover of nature, hippie, etc. and doesn't change anything about your worth, inherent goodness, and amazing power as a human. So perhaps its time to own the Witch. After all, as the famous line says, "What's in a name? That which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet."