The Traditional Witch (Hereditary Witch) – Those born into a family tradition and are taught the “old ways” from a family member before making a conscious decision to follow. They are usually able to trace witchcraft teachings straight through their family lineage. Also, an individual may be recognized as a witch and adopted into an existing tradition and considered a member of the family.
Witchcraft traditions are many just as there are many denominations in Christianity. Some call themselves witches while others call themselves wiccans depending on the tradition followed. Here is a brief list of traditions; Alexandrian, Gardnerian, Ceremonial, British Tradition, Celtic Wicca, Dianic, Strega, Teutonic, Frost School of Wicca and Eclectic. Eclectic basically indicates that an individual/coven doesn’t follow any particular tradition, rather studies from many magical systems, applying what works for them. Most witchcraft traditions believe there is power transferred down the lineage of a priest/priestess to an initiate and does not consider one who hasn’t had a proper initiation, a “witch.” The title, witch is considered something to be earned.
The Solitary Witch – is a self-initiate who has not been taught through a coven but rather has learned through the books they've read or on the internet.
The Satanic Witch – are satanist and have nothing to do with witchcraft/old ways/wicca.
Whew… now that we’ve tackled which witch, let’s considered which magic (k) which will be a whole lot easier. When sharing with those in the pagan community you will come across those who spell magic with a “k” making it magick. What’s this all about? The use of “magick” spelled with a “k” at the end originated with Aleister Crowley and the Order of the Golden Dawn. It was referenced to indicate ceremonial or high magick as opposed to practical or lower magic. Some traditions and modern pagans still use magick with the k to show the difference between the entertainment magic (pulling rabbits from hats) and the magical energy to cause change. In my former witchcraft days, we simply spelled it… magic.
No matter which witch you are ministering to or which way they spell magic (k), Show authentic Christianity by ministering God’s love and as one of my favorite quotes states: “Preach the Gospel at all times... and if you have to, use words.” - St. Francis of Assisi.
© S.A. Tower, 2012