Witchy Wiccan: Does Wiccan = Witch?

Oftentimes, people use Wiccan and Witch interchangeable like there’s no difference. And Oftentimes, most Wiccans and most witches don’t mind the merging of the two because they’re both closely related and focused on pretty much the same thing. But there is a difference. A Wiccan, male or female, is someone who participates in any of the numerous branches of a polytheistic, nature and Goddess-based faith. A Witch is someone, male or female, who practices benign witchcraft. Now, while a Wiccan may practice witchcraft and a witch may also happen to be a Wiccan, you can be one without the other. There is no rule that says you must practice both to consider yourself either.

Like with definitions of Wicca, witchcraft has a bad rep. These definitions of witch come from Dictionary.com:

 

-noun. 1 A person, now especially a woman, who professes or is supposed to practice magic, especially black magic or the black art; sorceress. Compare warlock. 2 an ugly or mean old woman; hag: the old witch who used to own this building.

 

The Internet is the one-stop source for all answers; how can the general public not get the wrong impression about Wicca and witchcraft? Is this feeding of false information on purpose, or as simple as the people who write the definitions we all turn to for enlighten not understanding everything in the world? Do we purposefully muddy the water to perpetrate a lack of understanding?

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About Ayslyn'sCorner

I am an eclectic Pagan bordering on atheist who has made her way through a number of different spiritual spaces. You might wonder what a person self-identifying as an atheist has to discuss in a religion/spiritual context – and, well, so do I. That’s one of the things I aim to explore on Ayslyn's Corner. Check out Ayslyn's Corner at http://www.ayslynscorner.wordpress.com Check out Invisible Ink Blog at http://www.whitneycarter.wordpress.com Check out wombs in rebellion at http://wombsinrebellion.wordpress.com/
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