Mudcat Café message #991096 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #61577   Message #991096
Posted By: Amos
26-Jul-03 - 12:12 PM
Thread Name: BS: Witches! Good and Bad?
Subject: RE: BS: Witches! Good and Bad?
There are two (at least) different defintiions of "witch"; the first is a Christian-testament sort of definiton, which matches the earlier reference (woman using powers from an agreement with Satan). Evil by definition, or at least fallen. Good way to marginalize a whole section of society.

The second definition, used by Wiccans, is simply a woman who learns natural but obscure powers. Wiccans do not see themselves as satanic because the aspire to claim a culture that goes preChristian. Nor do they see themselves allied with evil.

SInce the notion of "good witches and bad witches" was popularized (Wizard of Oz) I suppose they must use a generalized definiton. If you use the Christian definition, Harpgirl was correct in her original post -- labeling something or someone a witch means a satanic quality. By definition.