It depends on which god. You cannot be a Christian, Muslim, or Jew and still be a witch because these religions strictly forbid the practice of witchcraft.
Wicca and witchcraft are 2 separate things--they are not synonymous. Most Wiccans are witches, but not all witches are Wiccan. Wicca is a religion that's about 60 years old. It was invented by an Englishman named Gerald Gardner. It is based on some witchcraft practices, Eastern philosophies, Rosicrusianism, Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, and Freemasonry practices. Witchcraft, in various forms, has been around since Paleolithic times and stems from sympathetic (healing) magic.
I started studying Wicca by myself when I was 16, but when I was 19, I started studying and practicing non-wiccan witchcraft (I'm 32 now.). I didn't have a teacher or coven because there are none where I live--I live in a very rural area in the south where there are churches every half mile, and have been unable to move away to find one. If there are any covens around here, they are extremely quiet about it. I had no choice but to teach myself as best I could from books and the internet. I consider myself no less than a witch than those who have been "initiated" or who are in a coven. Covens aren't the be-all and end-all authority on who can be a witch and who can't.
Being a witch doesn't cause strange things to happen. Maybe you're just more sensitive and open to the things that happen around. Consider it a gift.
If you decide to practice witchcraft, you'll need to do a lot of research. You'll have to be a constant student, even if you're able to get a teacher or participate in a coven.
Do not read anything by Silver Ravenwolf. She is known for publishing ill-researched and incorrect information, as well as general bad advice.
Raymond Buckland and Scott Cunningham are probably the best Wiccan writers. Start out with SC "Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner" or RB's "Complete Guide to Wicca and Witchcraft." Read a variety of other authors also, just avoid Ravenwolf. Also, read "Witchcraft Today" by Gerald Gardner.
The best witchcraft authors I've seen are Ronald Hutton, Gywn, Paul Huson, Ann Grammary, Ann Moura, Nigel Jackson, Tony Steele, and Christopher Penczak.
Also read lots of history and mythology, meditate, and keep a journal.
witch for almost 15 years.
· 1 decade ago