Episode 12: Witch Please

Join the crew of Ohm-g Podcast as we discuss the origins of the word “witch” and how we identify and relate to it.

Camille shares her fascination with witchcraft since she was a little girl. She always wanted to dress up as a witch for Halloween every year. The definition of the word witch means “the wise one.” 

Join the crew of Ohm-g Podcast as we discuss the origins of the word “witch” and how we identify and relate to it. 

Camille shares her fascination with witchcraft since she was a little girl. She always wanted to dress up as a witch for Halloween every year. The definition of the word witch means “the wise one.” 

Alexandra shares some history behind the word. A witch is neither male or female but is typically used when referring to a female. Rosalie shares some information about reference to a witch in the Bible. Witch also means clever or “to know”, so hence fortune telling has been attached to being a witch.

Brenda asks the question, “When did being a witch become so demonized?” In the 1500’s, let’s be honest, some man came up with a word that said all witches were performing a craft to inflict harm on others. Enter the witch hunt. They lumped all witches in one big group and burned them or tried to drown them. Camille blames the patriarchy and we all concur. 

There are so many ways that we create witchcraft every day. Praying could even be seen as a type of “craft.” Asking a higher being for help with something could also be seen as a craft to manifest XYZ. 

Brenda discusses how she was given a book called The Green Witch and how this book resonated with her. She has always connected with nature and animals. For her, the forest is her church and nature her religion. She shares that growing up in a religious home she had a negative emotion connected to the word witch and it has only been recently that she identifies herself as a witch. For her this means being in touch with nature and feeling connected with the earth. 

Alexandra makes a great point that if you are a spiritual person it doesn’t mean that you must be a witch. We are simply trying to de-funk and de-bunk the stigma around the word. She shares with the group the origins of the word heathen. It was first used to identify a person who did not believe the same as another group of persons. So say, to a Catholic, anyone outside of that religion would be a heathen. 

So, how do we come together and not create separation through a “word?” The key word is “respect.” Heck, if you think about it, Jesus was a warlock. He was a healer and he turned water into wine. He multiplied food to feed his followers. Finding ways that we can agree about anything really, to view something through someone else’s eyes, we can find common ground and create community. We may not see it all in the exact same way, but lets be honest folks, the world is not black and white. It is all shades of the spectrum and that is what we are here to experience, all of the colors of the spectrum. Be open to curiosity. If this word triggers you, get curious about it. Why does it create this in your mind or body? Is it an old story? Is it a previous lifetime? Get curious friends!

Rosalie and Alexandra share how religion created their own holidays to cover up the pagan holidays. Did this trigger you? Alexandra thinks it is okay to be triggered, it helps us to notice something in ourselves that we may need to examine. Everyone is on their own timeline so give yourself and others grace in their process. Brenda asks that you try to get to the root of the trigger so you can understand yourself more. 

Alexandra: “Words are important, and also they are not.” Preach young sister. 

So, how do the crew identify themselves? Rosalie is a Bruja, Allie is straight up witch, Camille relates as a witch and is proud of it. Brenda relates as a Green Witch and Chandra relates most as a Crystal Witch. Alexandra identifies as a pagan and a witch.

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