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Of Witches and Wizards

To: alt.magick.tyagi,alt.pagan.magick,alt.pagan,alt.witchcraft,alt.traditional.witchcraft,alt.magick
From: lorax666 
Subject: Of Witches and Wizards (was general question about magick)
Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2001 03:05:05 GMT

50011129 VI! om (ChampE3):
> are girls witches and boys wizards 

that gets the girls associated with bending (like 'bending reality' or something)
at best and the boys with wisdom. I'm not sure how many girl etymologists would
approve of this. that one's pretty popular, though.

> or everyone witches? 

don't forget that we're not just dealing with small groups here, but with great
big groups of people too! so 'everyone' could get pretty large pretty fast.
however, this assertion is *also* correct. in many Neopagan circles the term
'witch' is considered an acceptable substitute for 'Wiccan', for example, while
in other circles one or both would be rejected. ;> 

amongst the Neopagan "witches" with whom I have shared time, most of them were
also Wiccans. all of these words are self-identifications. one of the prime
advantages of self-identifying with "witch" is that one might take on the
quest of making Christians take responsibility for the "Burning Times", a myth
at one time rampant in the Wiccan community identifying those who suffered at
the hands of the Spanish (and other) inquisition(s) hands, hung, burned at
the stake, etc., as all members of Our Religious Tradition (which is a lie).

it quickly becomes a kind of Christian martyrdom escapade, recriminations
flying this way and that, all to see who has been the Most Repressed People.
I call this Christian because in the New Testament there is a whole big deal
about how persecuted the truly spiritual folks are. this has occasionally
become an important theme to Neopagans and Satanists, after taking names 
given to minority religious by the "faithful". other names to watch out for
in the future will be "warlock", "sorcerer", and "heretic". 
> i read in a book that everyone is witches, 

hardly, but some covens consider themselves as such.

> but my friend who does magick says that boys are wizards.

it is to the benefit of boys that they keep 'wizard' to themselves.
even "waer-lochen", or whatever the original term for warlock might
be, has some vagueness and may be turned toward a badge to defend 
against the sour calumnies of one's former religious camisole.

blessed beast!


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