I want to take some time to explain what it means to me to be a heathen witch.

First of all, I use this description, to avoid the automatic association with Wicca, that some people have. I have nothing against Wiccans, but I am not one.

I started out as an eclectic witch, and the heathen part came later. But today, I am a heathen witch. The spiritual part of this is that I celebrate the major Asatru holidays and a few minor ones, and I also celebrate Moon cycles.

When it comes to deities, I don’t include many gods and goddesses in my work. I do on occasion, but not that often. I’m more connected to Nature spirits and ancestors. That’s probably the witch part of me.

Both heathenry and witchcraft:

  • are grounded
  • are Earth based
  • have a strong connection to Nature
  • celebrate the changing of the seasons
  • have a holistic approach to well-being
  • have no dogma (don’t tell you how to practice your spirituality, or how to live your life)
  • tell you to follow your own path.

Witchcraft also has a strong connection to feminine energy. All these things are a part of who I am. Some dictionaries have a weird definition of the words heathen and witch. They don’t seem to have been updated in the last 50 years. But the definitions I go by are:

Heathen: Any person that follows a modernized version of the religious beliefs and practices of the Norse and other Germanic people. Asatru, Vanatru, and other versions are a form of neo-paganism. Although some don’t like to admit that, I have no problem doing so.

Witch: A person who practices witchcraft Witchcraft is not a religion. All religions have witches, but not all witches are religious.

(Heathen + Witch = Heathen Witch)

If you aren’t sure what Paganism is, it’s an umbrella term for religions that don’t fit the mainstream. It’s mostly described as non-Abrahamic (i.e. it’s not Christianity, Judaism, or Islam), but the definitions differ. Some say it’ includes all nature-based religions. Some say it’s any religion that isn’t among the large ones.

If you have any questions about this, just ask. I don’t hide who I am.

Now you have an overview at least of what being a heathen witch means to me 🙂

10 Comments

  1. Lisa Mallis

    I’ve often wondered exactly what you do – thanks for defining the terms and exactly what you do and who you are! 🙂

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    • Linda Ursin

      If you want it all, It’s a very, very long list 😀 My pleasure, and thanks for taking the time to comment Lisa.

      Reply
  2. Remy

    My great grandmother used to practice divination, and my grandmother was more onto witchcraft. I grew up, learning from them, however, I do not practice any of these terms. Furthermore, I do have strong beliefs, even though I do not identify my self, as someone who grew up on this.

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    • Linda Ursin

      It’s a personal choice whether or not to call yourself a witch

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  3. Arelis Cintron

    I’ve known it to be associated with nature based … thanks for the info!

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  4. Delia @ Blog Formatting

    Thanks Linda for the explanations, it’g great to know what you do in more detail 🙂

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    • Linda Ursin

      My pleasure 🙂 I’ll be doing more explaining in the months to come. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

      Reply
    • Linda Ursin

      It’s new to many 🙂 That’s part of why I wrote it.

      Reply

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