Can You Make Me A Witch?

  I often meet people who are wanting to become witches. They ask a lot of questions and read a lot of books. Then when I see them again, they have joined a local church. Which is fine, but I feel as if I have somehow failed them, and Paganism at large. I have been tossing this around in my head lately.

  I need to remember that these folks are “seekers”. And as a witch, I don’t proselytize. And I am a loner. And a sucky friend. When you become a witch, it’s not all free childcare and basement potlucks. There’s no catechism. And there are definitely no easy answers. Especially when life gets difficult.

  That’s not to say you won’t make new friends. Go to a festival. Join a book club. But for the most part, you’ve got to do it yourself. Want a ritual? Do it! Invite your friends or your neighbors or your children. Or not. Start a study group. And you might get teased. But you might not. Just be proud. Being a witch serves an important social function. And not everyone is cut out for it.

   Being a witch means changing people’s perceptions. You might be just the witch of your family. You might be the witch of your apartment building. Your trailer court. Your town. Even the witch of a Pagan festival. Or a country. You can do it, if you want to. And although I’ll do my best to inspire you, I can’t do it for you.

Author: thewitchmama

Melanie Elizabeth Hexen is a midwife, regionally famous bellydancer, homeschooling mother and matriarch of the Many Hands House. She has been a witch for 25 years, and her belief system is currently based on the writings of Terry Pratchett and the teachings of Steven Posch. With her coven, the Prärie Hexen, she is creating the Hexen Tradition of Witchcraft.

6 thoughts on “Can You Make Me A Witch?”

  1. I know how you feel. I've been a pagan and a witch most of my life and though I don't share it with many people, I feel a sense of responsibility for the ones that I do. Being a witch (or a pagan) is a hard game, you have to make judgement calls based on your intuition and your own personal ethics. What makes it the hardest for me is when people ask me to read oracles about whether or not their boyfriend/potential boyfriend loves them etc. For myself, I can't ethically do that. This makes it difficult because everyone wants to told what they want to hear and that isn't always guaranteed when you start looking into oracles and portents.

    I've often found those who are seeking witchhood (is that a word?) often do so because of a sense of confusion or complication in their lives that they want an easy answer to. This isn't always the case but it does happen more often than not in my experience. So the point of my long rambling discourse is that I agree, the seekers are seekers for a reason and we can't always give them what they need!

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  2. Hi.
    Thanks for your post. You make me feel better, you know?
    The witch life is very difficult, even becoming a witch is difficult. But i think people do that because sometimes everyone need to feels that is part of a group, that those things exist and they're not along, Reading books, and trying to prepare yourself is important, but not all the time you can feel sure od what are you learning, feeling, etc. So I think is normal.
    I have try ti find a solid way, to being a better witch. I know i'm someting, but life is really hard, and the magic world is one of the most, don't you thing?

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  3. I've always felt I've had witchcraft IN me, and have always wanted to become a witch. The hard part is, though, I don't know what being a “witch” really means these days. I don't want to start studying witchcraft just to find out I can't do anything with it. Will I be able to cast spells and make magic or is it just a nice hobby? Sorry if this seems rude, I don't mean to be offensive I just get a lot of vague answers on here and I'd love to hear from a real, spell casting witch. thank you

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