Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Sticks and Stones. . .

You may or may not have noticed that I changed a word in the description in the header of this blog.  (Don't feel bad if you didn't, it's hard to see, and, for the most part, it's the same every time you visit.)  It's a small change, but an important one for DH and I.  Instead of reading "two witches", the description now reads "two Pagans".

The capitalization really isn't that important--more of a correction.  I should have had "witches" capitalized as well as "pagans".

What IS important is the change from Witches TO Pagans.  Thanks to a post on another blog (Adventures in Witchery:  Reclaiming Warlock) and an article by Storm Faerywolf entitled "Crafting the Warlock", my DH has realized that he was never really comfortable being called a witch (and, truth be told, I was never really comfortable calling him one).  As a result, he no longer sees himself as Kitchen Witch Don, but as Warlock Donald, until he finds his magickal name, at least.  (He did consider many other titles:  Sorcerer, Mage, Wizard, Magician, Wise Man, Cunning Man, but, for various reasons, none of them had the same appeal.) 

I think it's a bold move, and one that won't be popular with many people.  He'll have to fight a lot of prejudice associated with the title, perhaps even more so than with "Witch".  And he'll have to explain even more often that no, he doesn't worship Satan--to Pagans and non-Pagans alike, and maybe even to those who DO follow the Left-Hand Path.  But to me, the switch makes it sound likes he's grown-up in his practice--made a conscious, THINKING choice, instead of simply following someone else's rules.

Welcome, Warlock Donald.


Linda in New Mexico said...

Hello Cousin Linda. Thanks for joining the insanity at Olde Baggs n Stuft Shirts. It is a pleasure to have a fellow pagan at my bloggie space.
My husband and grandson both have questioned the name of witch for them several times in our life. Sweet Man doesn't really care but grandson just can't wrap his 6 year old mind around being a witch. What I find interesting is that this is true of most male witches I know. One sabbat after circle a "covey" not coven of men were off to the side discussing this very issue. Came up with a triune for the males like maiden, mother, is lad, father, codger. All came away feeling better for having solved yet another life dilemna except SM the codger......not so much. So the crone cuddled the codger and whispered....what's in a name. tee hee. Welcome and Blessings, Oma Linda, The Olde Bagg

CousinLinda said...

I'm glad it's not just us who have trouble with it!