Do you label who you are?
When I give a talk or introduce myself I usually feel the necessity to give myself a label. This is to let people know what ‘branch’ of paganism I follow but it can be difficult to pin point it.
Then I question why I feel the need to put myself in a neat little box with a precise label on. Generally I fight against being compartmentalised…and I think it is a combination of several things:
A lot of people like to feel part of something, they like to fit into a set or group and some people feel the need for a certain and definite identity. It doesn’t suit everyone but I am trying to justify why I feel the need to put myself in a category.
Perhaps it is because there are so many branches to paganism. Maybe giving yourself a label helps others to understand a little bit about your personal pathway.
My journey started out in Wicca really because it was the only structured learning that was available to me at the time. And although I completed the three degrees and it gave me a good foundation it is not the path that I follow now.
Venturing off into all sorts of different directions I studied whatever I could get my hands on including hoodoo, Shamanic practices, Hedge Witchcraft, Hawaiian spirituality, Druidry and any manner of other things. I ended up taking bits and pieces from each avenue and adding them to my own journey. Now I have created a unique and individual pathway that works for me.
I guess the basis of my pathway is Kitchen Witchcraft but also equally balanced with that of a Hedge Witch. However also in there is a bit of Wild Witchery and then the magical art of hoodoo and folk magic. My pathway also follows that of the Goddess and I work with many different deities.
Basically I end up introducing myself as a ‘Miscellaneous Witch’. Although one lovely lady spoke to me after my talk at Witchfest last week and suggested I call myself a ‘cocktail witch’. This is a fabulous idea including paper umbrellas and plastic monkeys on the side…
Strip it all down and basically I am a Witch, does the flavour actually matter?
And boil it down even further and essentially I am ME…which is the most important thing.