Friday, January 19, 2007

Calling Yourself Wiccan

When I am among other Pagans, I call myself an Eclectic Witch, Neo-Pagan Witch, or I can go into a long spiel about what I study, what I do, who I worship and mention somewhere in there that most of what my faith and practice is based on Wicca, even down to the [what someone called] oogy parts of sex, nakedness and death. The main differences between me and a Real Wiccan (tm) of the BTW variety is that I am not an initiate and I am not currently part of a coven. Doesn't mean I don't want to be. I just don't live in the right part of the country for it.

However, when it comes to talking to non-Pagan, non-occult people about what my religion is, I say Wicca and leave it at that. I try to be as truthful as possible, but when it comes to things like this, it just takes less time to explain to muggles.

Also, I worry about the possibility of it ever being mentioned in court that I'm a Witch, or if I ever decide to run for public office (hey you never know). Wicca at least has some sort of documentation to prove that it's a religion in a legal "don't harass me" precedent sense. I know that freedom of religion means all religions, but it really helps to have something there to back me up.

Does this seem disingenuous? Thoughts and opinions.

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