I recently read an interesting & thought-provoking essay/poem by Juniper entitled I am Not a Real Witch. Go ahead, read it & come back.
Juniper got me thinking. When is a witch really a witch?
- When the words, "I am a witch" are first uttered, even if only internally?
- When they first began to study in earnest?
- Upon initiation in a coven/tradition?
- Upon completion of a self-initiation ritual?
- When the first spell is cast?
- When the first successful spell is cast?
- When they first began celebrating the sabbats?
- After a complete turn of the wheel?
- When they first have a terrifying/amazing/startling interaction with a spirit/plant/animal?
- Some other milestone in the journey?
Wild & Bright Blessings!
Oh, as for my answer: I think I was always a witch, I just hadn't the courage to tap into the source of energy. I began exploring witchcraft when I was 11 years old, and returned a few times quietly in various ways. I didn't fully commit until I was in my 40's. It was then that I felt comfortable enough in who I was to challenge my family belief system. I think there have been many stages of my witchy journey & hope there will be many more. When did I become a Real Witch?
The first time I became aware of & accountable for the consequences of my intentions. When I began to consciously decide which path & direction to take. When I learned that my thoughts & intentions have a direct result upon the world. The power did not change at that moment, but my use of it did.
From that point, I began my growth as a witch. It was the most amazing turning point of my life!