How do I know if someone is a Witch?
Many years ago, when I was working in anti poverty, I worked for a progressive agency. Myself and another coworker were Witches, so we got Sabbats off with pay. (I miss those days)
At the time I was securing shipments of food for local food banks. One of the food bank workers for a rural food bank came to the office on my day off and was told it was my holiday and I wasn't at work because I was a Witch. The kind lady replied "oh, she seems so nice though". My boss, being caught off guard, didn't know what to reply. My boss and I laughed about that for the longest time and even today I get a chuckle.
So what's the point of my story? Well, it's leading in to a discussion about who is a Witch? What does a Witch look like? What do we think of when we hear someone is a Witch? Heads up!! There are a lot of stereotypes out there. We are not all decked out in pentacles. or black gowns (thanks The Craft!!)
So what does a witch look like?
Is it a young girl, expressing herself through Goth culture, dressed in black, loves heavy make up and exploring and empowering herself through spell-work?
Is it a middle aged man that is connected to Nature, rides a Harley has tattoos and a long beard and loves the freedom the Craft brings to him through his rituals?
Is it a woman, in her Crone years with grey hair and flowing dresses that has practiced Witchcraft for years ,raised her children in it and honours the magic within?
Is it a jail guard with short cut hair, muscular build and dresses in a conservative manner?
Maybe it's a shy young gay man, wears jeans and t-shirts, raised in a strict cultural tradition and finding what pagan path speaks to him as he learns to navigate his way through life?
It's all of the above and many more.
Witches can be your coworkers, your neighbours, a member of your church, the person that bags your groceries or the bubbly boarding agent assisting you at the airport. Witches are the young people that are stepping away from dogma and learning to grow their intuitive selves while following the wisdom of the old ways. They are the groups of people that felt an awakening the first time they practiced the Craft. Witches are everywhere. We can't determine if someone practices the Craft by the clothes they wear or by the way they preset themselves.
Witches are male, female or other, young and old, newly practicing or seasoned and from all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.
Some witches like to dress in black, some love the sweat pant life and others enjoy dressing up.
Witches look like anyone and everyone.
In closing, I will say that what Witchcraft should never look like is the following. It should never be a tool to diminish another person or to harm others. It should not be a tool to feed your ego self or to spread negativity. There is an emphasis on personal responsibility and sacredness while walking the path of the Wise Ones.
Water/Dragon/Shamanic Crone Witch