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When most people think of witchcraft, they think of ugly witches with green skin and pointy hats that ride around on broomsticks and turn people into frogs, just for fun. Other people hear the word witch and their mind immediately goes to Satan worshipping, demon summoning, and goats sacrificing women. But here's the real tea, when referring to Wicca (and actually almost any form of "modern" witchcraft), both of those would be ENTIRELY incorrect, and sometimes even offensive.
I am writing this because I refer to myself as a witch, and I personally am tired of getting the eye rolls and rude comments from people, because honestly if I didn't tell someone I study Wicca, they wouldn't even notice. But I don't like feeling the need to hide that part of my life, and I know that a lot of my fellow sister witches are also fed up with the negativity that surrounds us.
The first major thing I want to address is that WE ARE NOT SATAN WORSHIPPERS. If anything, the majority of us worship and appreciate nature more than anything. We choose a very peaceful way of life, and to put it very simply, we live as we are one with all that exists. I think that is the most basic description of Wicca that I can give. If you want a better description, here is one that wicca.com worded beautifully:
"Wicca is a deep appreciation and awe in watching the sunrise or sunset, the forest in the light of a glowing moon, a meadow enchanted by the first light of day. It is the morning dew on the petals of a beautiful flower, the gentle caress of a warm summer breeze upon your skin, or the warmth of the summer sun on your face. Wicca is the fall of colorful autumn leaves, and the softness of winter snow. It is light, and shadow and all that lies in between. It is the song of the birds and other creatures of the wild. It is being in the presence of Mother Earth's nature and being humbled in reverence. When we are in the temple of the Lord and Lady, we are not prone to the arrogance of human technology as they touch our souls. To be a Witch is to be a healer, a teacher, a seeker, a giver, and a protector of all things."
That right there is probably the best description of who we are that I have ever seen. And while yes, we do have rituals and spells that we do, no, we don't worship the devil. I hope I've cleared that up for you.
Another huge thing people get freaked out about is that we'll curse anyone who looks at us wrong, and I honestly kind of think that sometimes people relate that to cartoon witches turning people into frogs. Well, I'm going to be completely honest with you for this one. There are some witches (though I believe it's a very small number) who use hexes to seek revenge on people who have wronged them. Though, I can assure you, most witches don't believe in curses and hexes, and some not even revenge, because karma isn't something to be messed with and if someone has wronged you, then they will eventually get what's coming to them naturally.
There are a couple other things I want to touch on, like the fact that yes, we do seem really weird to people viewing us from the outside looking in. Our houses smell like herb shops, we burn sage on the daily, sometimes we talk to trees in public, and yes, people judge us for it (though, you wouldn't judge a Christian for praying, would you?). We collect dirt, herbs, rocks, and candles like it's nobodies business and if you're feeling blue, we'll send you a blessing. We write wishes on bay leaves and burn them so they come true, almost everything we own has a pentacle on it (or pentagram if you want to call it that but I believe that's less accurate). We pick flowers a lot and even use basil and salt as a form of protection. We use more incense than your friendly neighborhood hippie and a lot of us are 100 percent naturalists.
Yes, we are the weirdos, we understand that. But honestly, we aren't scary people, we have an undying love for the universe and choose to see the good in everything. And even if this doesn't sway anyone in the right direction, even if you all still believe that we're evil beings and are going to hell, that doesn't change the fact that you will find us on any given day swaying to Stevie Nicks in our herb gardens and forests, living harmoniously with the universe, and curving all of the negative energies the normies are sending.
I sincerely hope you see us in a better light now, because after all, we're just glorified crystal enthusiasts.