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Where are the Witches?

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Where are the "Witches" on Witches & Pagans dot com?  I see Pagans of all kinds, Heathen, Norse, Greek, Celtic, but where are the witches? The Gardnerians, the Alexandrians, the Feri?  Reclaiming? Dianics, even?  Anybody out there?  Are there any pagans out there who AREN'T priesthood? 

I'm not priestesshood; my path is too divulgent for that. Is there anyone else out there like me, who is searching for their path somewhere between Wiccan and Pagan?   

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Amarfa is the web handle of Candice Larrivee, who has been studying the occult, wicca, and paganism for 17 years and counting.  She has been a musician since age 5, studying first guitar, then accordion for 10 years, placing 2nd in her division in the 1995 ATARI/ATAM New England Regional Competition,  and has been studying voice for 9. She will be earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with Concentration in Voice from Rhode Island College in the 2012-2013 academic year.  She has directed small early music ensembles, performed publicly, and starred in local theatre works, particularly the World Premiere of Nightsong, a musical theatre piece with direction and book by Jon Brennan and music by Kari Tieger and Kevin Campbell, as well as composing a musical of her own and writing music in her spare time.

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  • S. Rune Emerson
    S. Rune Emerson Friday, 16 August 2013

    *waves*
    Witch here. Among other things. ;) Not the Wiccan kind though.

  • David Dashifen Kees
    David Dashifen Kees Friday, 16 August 2013

    Here as well and I am not among the priesthood nor a part of any specific tradition. A question, though: do you separate Witches from Pagans? The structure of your post above could be understood that way so I figrued I'd ask. It's not a point of view I'd encountered before, if so, and I wonder if you could expand on it a bit. 'Course, if it's all a misunderstanding, which we all know _never_ happens on the Internet, never mind :)

  • Heather Freysdottir
    Heather Freysdottir Friday, 16 August 2013

    Lokean Swamp Witch, at your service. :D

  • Heather Geran
    Heather Geran Friday, 16 August 2013

    Dianic Witch here now! (I'm new to the site, just found it thanks to an article written by ^Heather Freysdottir)

  • Heather Geran
    Heather Geran Friday, 16 August 2013

    Also, not the Wicca kind ^.^

  • Candi
    Candi Friday, 16 August 2013

    Hi David,

    For a long time, I didn't separate Witches from Pagans, but through interaction here, I'm noticing that a lot of bloggers who identify as strictly pagan don't talk about magical practice; instead, they obtain their goals through ritual, prayer, and sometimes sacrificial offerings. Taylor Ellwood talks about magical practice, but I'm not seeing as intricately developed a 'witchcraft' as I am seeing with 'paganism.'

  • David Dashifen Kees
    David Dashifen Kees Friday, 16 August 2013

    Gotcha! Thanks for the reply :)

  • Hope M.
    Hope M. Friday, 16 August 2013

    Hello!
    Reclaiming witch here. Not Wiccan.

  • S. Rune Emerson
    S. Rune Emerson Friday, 16 August 2013

    I will admit that while I am a dyed-in-the-wool, black-hat-wearing, old school kind of witch, I don't write about that much here. I teach the Craft for a living, and I guess maybe I feel like I've already said enough about it. Be Silent and all.

    Mostly I prefer to talk about new and more novel subjects. Hence the Grimoire of Geek. But, if you read my blog, my witchy nature is often quite evident for those who know what to look for. *chuckles*

  • Deborah Blake
    Deborah Blake Friday, 16 August 2013

    Right here! *raises broomstick* Eclectic, somewhat Wiccan-leaning witch :-)

  • Tina Leach
    Tina Leach Friday, 16 August 2013

    I consider myself witch first. Still working on the actual path part.

  • Dayna
    Dayna Friday, 16 August 2013

    I'm a witch, not at all Wiccan.

  • Brigid Barner
    Brigid Barner Friday, 16 August 2013

    Blood and Bone scientific witch.

  • Rinn
    Rinn Friday, 16 August 2013

    I'm a chaote, but identify as a (non-Wiccan) primordialist witch, more than as a magician.

  • Ghislaine Yergeau
    Ghislaine Yergeau Friday, 16 August 2013

    I'm a witch, family tradition, eclectic and Dianic. I'm also a Priestess and I teach. I don't call myself Wiccan unless this is the only "label" someone understands. I don't consider myself Wiccan.

  • Sarah Candy
    Sarah Candy Friday, 16 August 2013

    I'm a totally non-Wiccan witch. There are more of us about than people think but we are usually too busy doing our own thing to worry about labels and fitting into a certain category. I am so pleased to see a variety of witches responding to Candi's original post, all of us different but still witches. It warms my solitary little heart.

  • Ren
    Ren Friday, 16 August 2013

    Witch right here born and raised. I am not wiccan. Bones, blood and what needs be done . *waves*

  • Tim Doran
    Tim Doran Friday, 16 August 2013

    I am a Deist as far as belief in a Higher Power goes. As for Path it is a Warrior shaman path. I work only with Natural Spirits and try to restore the Balance. Not sure if that qualifies me as a Heathen, a Pagan, or none of the Above. I identify with Witches, Pagans, and Heathens more than I do with the Abrahamic Religions, So I tend to visit and join groups and sites such as this.

  • Kelley Harrell
    Kelley Harrell Friday, 16 August 2013

    I ID as animist, with a path directed by modern Druidry and Shamanism. Definitely not Wiccan.

  • Valerie Jones
    Valerie Jones Friday, 16 August 2013

    Garden witch here. I use what Mother gives us for my magik. Labels? Off with them!

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