r/WitchesVsPatriarchy 🌊Sea Witch🐋 Nov 01 '19

Can I be a witch if I don't actually believe in anything? The sequel to the sequel!

Hi folks!

You may have noticed our previously pinned posts (1, 2) about whether you can be a witch if you don't believe anything have been automatically archived.

That question (shared by most people who first stumble upon this sub) was posted by a community member when the sub was barely a month old, and answered by the rest of the coven. A lot has changed since then, including some of your perspectives. So we'd like to open to floor for you all to discuss it once again:

  • Can I be a witch if I don't actually believe in anything?

  • What does being a witch mean to you?


And for those wondering if you can be a Witch if you’re not a woman.

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u/TheCayciest Nov 01 '19 Silver

I pray to my Grandma, the woman who raised me, but who has since passed on. I am skeptical of everything but the love that woman shared with me. I need to write a tribute to her for this thread, but for now, I just wanna say: if you believe in the power of another witch, then you believe in something.

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u/ghostmeharder 🌊Sea Witch🐋 Nov 02 '19

My grandma was super influential to me growing up. She was witchy in a weird catholic way. I miss her every day. I'd like to read your tribute to your grandma.

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u/AnyFlora Kitchen Witch ♀♂️☉⚧ Nov 08 '19

Love this. My grandma's catholicism is almost more witchy than my craft with how many candles and superstitious rituals she has. Love her to pieces.

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u/Lady-and-the-Cramp Nov 11 '19

I also have a witchy Catholic grandma! Even though I'm nowhere near being Christian, or even religious, her and my ideas mesh very well. The bottom line is, we both believe in being good to people. And she has a reverence for nature, and a rebellious spirit, that is distinctly witchy to me.

Also, I agree with you that Catholicism has a ritualism that seems almost pagan at times. I stomach it a lot better than Protestantism for that reason (and also because of my grandma, of course).

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u/eWoods115 Nov 14 '19

Yes!!! The superstitions and rituals of salt over a left shoulder, regularly saying “ sorry grandma” when I curse someone, never walking out two different doors when visiting a new home; etc. I do love some of these superstitions if anyone has any

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u/[deleted] Nov 29 '19

I also pray to my passed away grandparents. I find it hard to truly believe in anything else. You put it so well, skeptical of everything but their love.

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u/[deleted] Nov 01 '19 edited Nov 01 '19

I am an atheist witch. I trust in science but not in a theological or spiritual belief.

I consider witches symbolizing rebels. Questioning the system and its oppressors. Standing against status quo. So yes, I believe (see what I did there? 😉) you can be a witch without traditional belief.

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u/Canvaverbalist Nov 20 '19

Yeah weirdly enough it's more about the abstract elements of it, more that the beliefs. Everything about it appeals to my punk side. I never even one second mistook the name of the sub for being literal.

Like you, I don't believe in spirits or curses or those type of thing, but I like how those beliefs shape people, for example I love that it makes people appreciate nature more, I love gothicism, I love darker subject of discussions, I love the rebel aspect of it.

It's not that I believe in witchcraft, it's that it's a short-hand abstraction that englobes a specific set of ideas that helps communicating them fast and easily.

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u/[deleted] Nov 20 '19

agree completely with that.
(you know barbara kirchner? tip)

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u/[deleted] Nov 20 '19

The theoretical chemist?

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u/[deleted] Nov 21 '19

yep :)

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u/[deleted] Nov 21 '19

Personally no and I don't work in her area. She seems prolific and I have seen her papers in journals.

Are you her? :)

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u/[deleted] Nov 21 '19

Ah no i just thought you might like her stuff because of her chemistry background

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u/[deleted] Nov 21 '19

I started looking at it. Although I am a mathematician so need sometime to brush up stuff. Do you recommend anything in particular?

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u/[deleted] Nov 21 '19

Maybe you‘d like (!german titles) Dämmermännerung or Der Implex (with Dietmar Dath, who also wrote Maschinenwinter that could be worth to have a look inside as a mathematician)

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u/[deleted] Nov 21 '19

I have zero German knowledge but I will try to find a way to translate. Appreciate it.

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u/BuddhistNudist987 Trans Sapphic Witch ♀ Feb 06 '20 edited Feb 06 '20

I feel this 100% and I really like the way you wrote it. Thank you! I don't believe in anything supernatural like magic or ghosts, but I believe in the power of kindness and sharing and learning. I believe in the healing power of tea and ginger and sleep, my passion is to share food and love and comfort with my friends. Can I be an atheist witch, too?

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u/Kate-the-Cursed Pixel Witch ⚧ Nov 02 '19 Gold

I'm an agnostic witch. I believe in spirits, but don't directly contact them. To me, witchcraft is about personal exploration through symbolism and feeling connected to the women who came before, either your own ancestors or the spirits you feel closest to, by embracing the terms used to tear them down for centuries. I feel like a lot of modern life can be thought of in a magical sense, as well. Like, something as simple as caring for a plant has a level of spirituality when you look deeper, you don't need to be summoning Satan and casting hexes.

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u/blu3dice Nov 02 '19

This is beautiful!

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u/grrlonfire Nov 04 '19

Wow, I really feel a connection to what you’ve said here. Do you have any resources or guides on how to start this practice?

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u/Kate-the-Cursed Pixel Witch ⚧ Nov 04 '19

I don't really have any resources but I'm an open book so feel free to ask any questions!!!

I got started just by talking to a couple women in my life who claimed to be witches or just generally put out a magical kinda vibe. My best friend who is basically my big sister taught me about sigils and chaos magic, and her explanation really resonated with me. She said that chaos magic is completely undefined and that you can just fill in the blanks with your own spirituality. I'm a pretty logical person, so my interpretation of chaos magic is essentially that science and psychology are modern words for alchemy and magic, and that just because we understand a phenomenon and can recreate it in a lab doesn't make it any less magical. For instance, I don't believe that the item a loved one leaves behind influence your emotions because of any deceased spirits speaking through them, I believe that they influence your emotions because of the meanings people have assigned to them over the years, and that lasting impression that those people left on how we view the items is a way of connecting with those spirits as well.

As for practices that you can start with, I'd first try just designing sigils! In the occult practice, they're symbols that cast a spell as they're drawn, but in my interpretation of chaos magic, they're symbols that have meaning to me because of the intent in drawing them. My first was a sigil for creativity and mischief that I feel inspires me when I get artist's block! You could try something simple like that

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u/MoatEel Witch ♀♂️☉⚧ Nov 09 '19

I would love to see your creativity sigil!

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u/Kate-the-Cursed Pixel Witch ⚧ Nov 09 '19

Poof

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u/MoatEel Witch ♀♂️☉⚧ Nov 09 '19

Yes! I love it. Mischief is very much apparent. I'll have to start brainstorming some ideas of my own, thanks for sharing!

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u/Kate-the-Cursed Pixel Witch ⚧ Nov 09 '19

Thank you so much for the opportunity to share! 😊

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u/GETitOFFmeNOW Nov 25 '19

Oh, yeah! I totally get that!

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u/WhyIsThatOnMyCat Nov 30 '19

Oh gosh, I recently had a deep, deep moment about Hypatia, Nefertari, Hatshepsut, and so many other ancient women in power that just get glossed over (not to do it again, but fever wiki tunnels).

Being in the middle of a flu strain that wasn't quite covered by this season's shot probably didn't help, but connections were made anyway.

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u/OctopusFractal Science Witch ♀♂️☉⚧ Nov 04 '19

I'm a SASS witch. To me witchcraft is a meditation practice and a way of keeping my chosen life philosophies front and center. Each of my gods represent a concept or value that I have decided is important to me, and when my attitudes and thought processes need realigned I worship that god.

I'm an absurdist, nothing has inherent meaning so we have to find our own reasons to live. The beauty of nature and social connections are anchoring forces in my life. I also believe in the power of collective cultural knowledge. If nothing really matters, I choose to value the shared human experience.

Also, I've always wanted to be a witch, so fuck it if nothing really matters then I get to be a witch. I only get the one life.

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u/moseymoseley Dec 04 '19

THIS is exactly how I would interpret my own practices. I am certainly still a novice, but the pantheon of gods that I pay hommage to represent virtues I wish to embody to become the idealized human being I envision myself to be. They act as a sort of metaphorical compass that guides me down the right path towards my goals in life.

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u/SugarPixel woodland hermit 🌿 Feb 06 '20

That last paragraph is a mood as well as my personal philosophy

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u/OctopusFractal Science Witch ♀♂️☉⚧ Feb 08 '20

💜

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u/Adventure_Time_Snail Witch ☉ Jan 06 '20

Would you mind sharing some of the gods you have chosen? I need to choose some new names for my new gods, ehem, little plants.

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u/OctopusFractal Science Witch ♀♂️☉⚧ Jan 06 '20

I haven't named my gods. Instead I have symbols associated with them. They're each represented by an animal, a particular kind of crystal, an herb, etc. That way I can call on the god in lots of different ways depending on the context/ ritual.

Maybe I'll name them eventually, but for now I want to let the emergent concept of each god to develop without constraints.

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u/Adventure_Time_Snail Witch ☉ Jan 06 '20

Ok cool i like using bigger nuanced concepts to name your god. so what are some of your most prayed to herbs and crystals and animals?

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u/OctopusFractal Science Witch ♀♂️☉⚧ Jan 07 '20

I don't worship the items themselves, more that I use them to worship the god they represent.

Like I said in my original comment, I'm an absurdist. I have a god that represents chaos and absurdism. My nose ring has the crystal which I associate with that god, so every time I look in the mirror I'm reminded. When I want to invoke the ideas that god represent, I'll burn insensce that smells like the herb associate with it or anoint something in the essential oil of that herb.

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u/ProNocteAeterna Nov 02 '19

To me, a witch is simply someone who practices witchcraft. As long as someone practices some form of witchcraft, I would say that that person is a witch. Likewise, I would say that someone who doesn't practice and doesn't intend to isn't a witch, even if they're a pagan or otherwise hold typically witchy beliefs.

I personally am a witch in a fairly traditional sense, in that I work with independent external spirits and cast spells in full expectation that they will affect the physical world. However, I would consider an atheist witch using witchcraft based purely on the psychological model to have an equal claim on the term witch. Even though we would likely disagree strongly on many issues, it would still be a disagreement between colleagues in the field of witchcraft.

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u/lupajarito Nov 05 '19

I'm an atheist and materialist. I don't believe in anything but science. But this community is so nice and there's nothing wrong with witches, they were real badass. So 🧡🌼🦋

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u/[deleted] Nov 01 '19

Not everyone IS a witch, but everyone is CAPABLE of being one! You just have to believe in something, and that something must be YOU and you've got be willing to work to better life! It's like Glenda said to Dorothy, "You've always had the power, my dear."

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u/Sunegami Kitchen Witch ♀🥧 Nov 01 '19

I'm an agnostic pagan kitchen witch. For me, dieties don't factor into my practice as much as the energy I myself draw and release.

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u/GETitOFFmeNOW Feb 16 '20

I'm most like you, I think. I did the expected back-in-the-day things like researching for a year and a day, naming my goddess (Maeve of Connaught), learned a few pantheons, learned about other woman-centered cultures, etc.

Now I make up my own rituals, mixing intuition and folklore and appreciate them for the focus and sense of peace they give me. I believe the freeest among us are witches whenever we want to be.

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u/Loweene Nov 13 '19

I found this sub literally, and lemme tell you I am very happy I did ! I don't believe in anything, to me being a witch is also about rebellion. My rebellion is not open, as in I'm not telling people "I am a witch." It's more about a personal awakening to myself and a number of things. I have never really researched the social history of witchcraft, or any of those things, but I read them with interest when I come upon them. To me, all of the insanely amazing women I meet are witches, and believe me, there are a lot. I don't know what it is about them, maybe the fact they have found themselves, or are in the process of doing so, but their benevolence and strength and power make them witches. As women (but not only us), we have a heavy heritage of systemic oppression. The witch image connects me to all the women who have lived before me, in a way. Idk if it makes sense, but it's the same as me as knitting, and I very much link my knitting to witchcraft. Every stitch I knit connects me to other knitters, alive or long dead, it connects me to myself, as I am creating a useful and beautiful thing, either for me or for people I love, and it is in itself witchcraft. I mean, I am making a THING to protect and adorn my body, with what is essentially a ***string*** and two ***sticks***. How much more witchy can it get ? :P

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u/GETitOFFmeNOW Feb 16 '20

Knitting is wonderful and practical magic. I love this!

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u/Loweene Feb 16 '20

Thank you ! Your notification popped up as I was cursing about the sock cuff I started knitting today for a friend, who is very much a witch ! She gave me creative liberties on the sock, and it would seem I am very much taking them, as I already have a gazillion ends hanging about...

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u/violet-are-blue Nov 02 '19

What I've learned is that being a witch isn't singled out as what you may or may not believe in. Even though I've heard it's a common theme to not be a fan of Silver Ravenwolf, her book says that anyone of any belief system can be a witch. And I agree.

For me, being a witch has to do with what I wish to accomplish with it. What do I want? Do I need a way to find peace? Is it enjoyable? Does it make sense to me? All my answers are yes, which is why I choose to be one.

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u/bigfudge_drshokkka Nov 15 '19

This was in my recommended communities. Is it cool if I join even though I’m a Christian dude who likes all of your senses of humor?

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u/VelarWar space ace witch Nov 16 '19

In the same boat as ^ Non-denominational Christian gal who thinks you guys are cool (and low-key looking for the sign up sheet lol)

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u/bigfudge_drshokkka Nov 16 '19

If it requires a sacrifice I volunteer

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u/[deleted] Nov 16 '19 edited Oct 21 '20

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u/bigfudge_drshokkka Nov 16 '19

Mother warned me about girls like you...

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u/kethera__ Eclectic Witch ♀♂️☉⚧ Nov 01 '19

Well, what I believe in is the potential of people to learn and grow to the point where they are resourceful enough to do nearly anything with what's around them at any given time. I would also say I'm spiritual without being religious, in a secular humanist sort of way.

I say there's enough gatekeeping in the world, let people be witches; and let yourself be one if you want :)

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u/kethera__ Eclectic Witch ♀♂️☉⚧ Nov 25 '19

I. Love. This. :)

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u/Sunny-Jewel Resting Witch Face Nov 02 '19

Yes.

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u/Dubito_Ergo Nov 27 '19

Oh I’m so excited to answer this question! I am an anti-theist and a witch. My principal belief that I walk around with is that it doesn’t matter if my beliefs are true. What matters is what kind of person does it make me into to look at the world through the lens of a belief. For example, I like to walk around with animism, the belief that everything has a spirit. Happy little guitar spirits and wistful sidewalk spirits and grumpy little junk mail spirits and whatever. I don’t care if it’s true or not, but when I walk around with this in mind I find that I’m more attentive to my surroundings, I care better for my space and my belongings, I’m more open and receptive to a multitude of perspectives. So when I need the benefits of that belief I walk around with it. When I don’t need it I set it down. And when I need to make hard decisions that effect other people’s real physical, mental, and emotional needs, I set down my unsubstantiated beliefs and look to the facts, look to science. In this way, I am a witch, in that I am an agent of transformation in my world. The witch is the only female archetype in our existing cultural canon of a woman who is not defined by her relationship to someone else. I am instead define by my relationship to myself and to the world around me, and my power to change both of those things. Atheism, then, is a shield for me against the delusions of superstitions that can make us vulnerable to social predators. Great question! Thanks for asking!

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u/xXxPyra420xXx Nov 15 '19

I feel like I'm a witch because I don't believe in anything. Like anything anything.

See: chaos magick

Nothing is real, everything is permitted

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u/Myrithra Nov 06 '19

No. I operate on nothing more than the fact that pretending to be able to affect the word supernaturally does worlds for human psychology. It's empowering, and I'd you feel as if you have the power to do something, it becomes infinitely easier to start doing it.

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u/[deleted] Nov 11 '19

We can all be witches if we observe the world and look inside ourselves for truth.

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u/pillforyourills Nov 13 '19

Have any if you checked out Sedna Woo's YouTube channel? She lays out the Atheist Witch gig with no reservation, and she's pretty great. My partner loves to fall asleep to the sound of her voice, too.

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u/[deleted] Nov 25 '19

Everyone is a Discordian pope (or a mome if you prefer, please yourself) , And you can be a chaos magician if you wish.

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u/elizasea Kitchen Witch ♀♂️☉⚧ Nov 26 '19

I have a giant golden filigree apple in my living room.

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u/[deleted] Nov 22 '19

I'm still trying to find the devil to make a pact with, a demon to provide sexual services and several newborn infants to throw into the oven for lunch.

Just been reading too much Malleus Maleficarum I think.

Not sure why burning was considered more decent for women since the first flame burns off the clothing but you know on this side of the pond I think we prefered to hang those women who we disagreed with.

I am fairly disagreeable so make my home here. The memes are pretty good and r/SASSWitches is a bit less active.

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u/elizasea Kitchen Witch ♀♂️☉⚧ Nov 26 '19

Atheist kitchen/cottage witch here! I view doing things such as tarot and casting runes a tool to consider different perspectives to what you're asking about. Spells are just you starting to put effort into what you are manifesting. Honoring the moon cycles is marking the passage of time. It makes me feel happy to do things the way I do them.

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u/WhyIsThatOnMyCat Nov 30 '19

I'm in my 30s, Gramz (my mom's mom) died a few years ago. I fit in on mom's side, never did on dad's.

Gramz is the one person I ever aspired to be when I grow up. Sticious (not superstitious), aware of the struggles of her family, the possessions she had (like a piano that traveled the Oregon Trail and back), and the damn amount of fierceness and luck she went through while overflowing in empathy. She gave free music lessons to the main influence of the Beach Boys (the Four Freshman). Her "favorite" part of the turkey on Thanksgiving was the neck meat (it wasn't'). She wasn't allowed to work while raising five kids, because that's how it was. But she DAMN did not allow her husband to beat any of them. Nor us grandkids.

I was the first regularly visiting grandkid (once or twice a year), and I was the first granddaughter. When I was a toddler and playfully, weakly "slapping" everyone around the living room with a fringe of my favorite blanky because I couldn't understand what was going on but was just "yay, I'm including myself", I reached him, he wrenched it out of my hands, and my memory is just me sobbing; that was my only possession, I was like 2 or 3 years old at the time. Then that shitty little miniature kids' pianos from the '60s or '70s (and this was in the '90s, she was a master of turning antiques) in a back room when I got blanky back. I still got a soft spot for those shitty never-in-tune pianos. I still have blanky. Always cool, comfort knots in the fringe when I need them.

Her empathy astounded many a podcast listener nationwide within the last decade, and my own family, when she paid the defense team to make sure the child that murdered her first great grandchild (and both of the neglectful parents of the murder) got fair trials - in hernest.

All that shit she went through, and I can still hear her laugh and call me "sugar" all these years later. I still wear her favorite perfume. It's a potion, if you will, to remind me to be better. I already know I have that absurd amount of empathy, and I've been in therapy for it. I wear the perfume to find the strength; it's not easy, but I see it as our path forward for everyone. Grandad's rage wasn't without reason, nor was my cousin's kid's child murderer's. Shit's fucked up and we need to be willing to fix it and rehabilitate instead of rehashing this cycle of abuse and retribution.

Sorry for the essay.

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u/blackrabbitreading Jan 16 '20

I don't classify myself as a witch. If anything I'm a Warden. I feel as though my practice looses power if shared but there are a few points fit for public consumption- 1) I'm Agnostic 2) Nothing holds any power except that which you've assigned 3) By necessity, I'm a solitary practitioner

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u/PMMEYourTatasGirl Witch ♂️ Nov 04 '19

Tangentially related, as a male am I allowed here? I saw the thing on the side bar about pronouns, how strict is that, like if I accidentally say "hey guys" will I be shunned?

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u/ghostmeharder 🌊Sea Witch🐋 Nov 05 '19

I think you'll find that your question is answered pretty well in this post. The short answer is yes you're allowed here, as long as you're interested in destroying the patriarchy with us.

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u/elizasea Kitchen Witch ♀♂️☉⚧ Nov 26 '19

Y'all is a great non gendered group name. I'm also partial to saying party people. It's something my mom has always said.

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u/zynthalay Dec 09 '21

Terry Pratchett said it better than I am capable of, so I will pass on his words here:

“Because she likes people,” said the witch, striding ahead. “She cares about ’em. Even the stupid, mean, drooling ones, the mothers with the runny babies and no sense, the feckless and the silly and the fools who treat her like some kind of a servant. Now that’s what I call magic—seein’ all that, dealin’ with all that, and still goin’ on. It’s sittin’ up all night with some poor old man who’s leavin’ the world, taking away such pain as you can, comfortin’ their terror, seein’ ’em safely on their way…and then cleanin’ ’em up, layin’ ’em out, making ’em neat for the funeral, and helpin’ the weeping widow strip the bed and wash the sheets—which is, let me tell you, no errand for the fainthearted—and stayin’ up the next night to watch over the coffin before the funeral, and then going home and sitting down for five minutes before some shouting angry man comes bangin’on your door ’cuz his wife’s havin’ difficulty givin’ birth to their first child and the midwife’s at her wits’ end and then getting up and fetching your bag and going out again…. We all do that, in our own way, and she does it better’n me, if I was to put my hand on my heart. That is the root and heart and soul and center of witchcraft, that is. The soul and center!” Mistress Weatherwax smacked her fist into her hand, hammering out her words. “The…soul…and…center!”

Echoes came back from the trees in the sudden silence. Even the grasshoppers by the side of the track had stopped sizzling.

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In truth, most witches could get through their whole lives without having to do serious, undeniable magic (making shambles and curse nets and dream catchers didn’t really count, being rather more like arts and crafts, and most of the rest of it was practical medicine, common sense, and the ability to look stern in a pointy hat). But being a witch and wearing the big black hat was like being a policeman. People saw the uniform, not you. When the mad axeman was running down the street, you weren’t allowed to back away, muttering, “Could you find someone else? Actually, I mostly just do, you know, stray dogs and road safety….” You were there, you had the hat, you did the job. That was a basic rule of witchery: It’s up to you.

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“Oh, I guessed. She sounds like a witch to me, whatever she thought she was. A good one, too.”

Tiffany inflated with inherited pride.

“Did she help people?” Miss Level added.

The pride deflated a bit. The instant answer “yes” jumped onto her tongue, and yet…Granny Aching hardly ever came down off the hills, except for Hogswatch and the early lambing. You seldom saw her in the village unless the peddler who sold Jolly Sailor tobacco was late on his rounds, in which case she’d be down in a hurry and a flurry of greasy black skirts to cadge a pipeful off one of the old men. But there wasn’t a person on the Chalk, from the Baron down, who didn’t owe something to Granny. And what they owed to her, she made them pay to others. She always knew who was short of a favor or two.

“She made them help one another,” she said. “She made them help themselves.”

In the silence that followed, Tiffany heard the birds singing by the road. You got a lot of birds here, but she missed the high scream of the buzzards.

Miss Level sighed. “Not many of us are that good,” she said. “If I was that good, we wouldn’t be going to visit old Mr. Weavall again.”

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Bits of Miss Tick’s teachings floated through her head: Always face what you fear. Have just enough money, never too much, and some string. Even if it’s not your fault, it’s your responsibility. Witches deal with things. Never stand between two mirrors. Never cackle. Do what you must do. Never lie, but you don’t always have to be honest. Never wish. Especially don’t wish upon a star, which is astronomically stupid. Open your eyes, and then open your eyes again.

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“Let me guess what happened to Mrs. Snapperly,” she said. “She lived from the summer until the snow, right? She stole food from barns, and probably women gave her food at the back door if the men weren’t around? I expect the bigger boys threw things at her if they saw her.”

“How do you know all this?” said Tiffany.

“It doesn’t take a huge leap of imagination, believe me,” said Miss Tick. “And she wasn’t a witch, was she?”

“I think she was just a sick old lady who was no use to anyone and smelled a bit and looked odd because she had no teeth,” said Tiffany.

“She just looked like a witch in a story. Anyone with half a mind could see that.”

Miss Tick sighed. “Yes. But sometimes it’s so hard to find half a mind when you need one.”

“Can’t you teach me what I need to know to be a witch?” said Tiffany.

“Tell me why you still want to be a witch, bearing in mind what happened to Mrs. Snapperly.”

“So that sort of thing doesn’t happen again,” said Tiffany.

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Witches deal with things.

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She'd been a witch here all her life. And one of the things a witch did was stand right on the edge, where the decisions had to be made. You made them so that others didn't have to, so that others could even pretend to themselves that there were no decisions to be made, no little secrets, that things just happened. You never said what you knew. And you didn't ask for anything in return.

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All witches are selfish, the Queen had said. But Tiffany’s Third Thoughts said: Then turn selfishness into a weapon! Make all things yours! Make other lives and dreams and hopes yours! Protect them! Save them! Bring them into the sheepfold! Walk the gale for them! Keep away the wolf! My dreams! My brother! My family! My land! My world! How dare you try to take these things, because they are mine!

I have a duty!

This is... only a part, of what I learned about witching from Sir pTerry, and I would recommend the discworld books to anyone who found any of this resonated with them.

For myself, the pandemic times have been difficult, and I lost my way. I am grateful to have checked in on this thread, and found an opportunity to remind myself of who it is that I want to be.