Monday, January 23, 2006

Which Wicca is Witch?

Ok, I had a little too much fun with the pun there. I'm hopped up on cold meds at the moment, fending off a sinus headache.

I've been thinking a lot these days about the labels for different sorts of Wicca. I'm not sure where to classify myself anymore. I always used to use "eclectic Wiccan", but the meaning of that seems to have shifted. I used to use it to mean "not Traditional Wiccan". Though I am an initiate of a Wiccan tradition, we refer to it as an eclectic tradition. It has elements of Traditional Wiccan practice, but has expanded to incorporate a wider range of practices and ideas.

Now these days, when someone says "eclectic Wiccan", they usually tend to mean "grabs anything bright and shiny and drags it into a circle", which is not at all what I'm doing.

So... that leaves me with two questions... (1) What do you all think about this sort of meaning-shift in labels? and (2) What might be a more suitable label to my path? (I'm strongly leaning towards just "Wiccan")

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