I have previously explained how I feel about Spiritual labeling and where I fit in with it all, so you probably already know that I identify as a 'witch'. That word is swarming with excitement, fantasy, prejudice, misunderstandings and history, and unsurprisingly invites the most interesting of questions towards me.
Before I start sharing aspects of my craft - the Witches Craft - I thought it best to explain what exactly I mean by 'witch', as it does vary from person to person, book to book.
To my knowledge, a witch is a developed name for the 'wise' (other words such as Wicca/Wicce are included also but I won't go into them). In the villages of old there would be a 'wisewoman' (typically a woman but also men; men and women can be witches and during the witch hunts of the middle ages both sexes were persecuted) who would help the villagers in their expertise with the knowledge they possessed that others did not. That is part of being wise. They were experienced in the 'wise craft' or 'witchcraft', a craft that involves herbal medicines, midwifery, spell work, divination... They served the community with their knowledge. Unfortunately as new religions appeared and superstitions increased these people became feared due to their specialised knowledge and potential power over people's lives.
So how am I a witch? My craft (a witches craft incorporates many different practices which may vary among practioners') involves manifesting my wishes and desires through spellwork, with moral codes in order, divining for answers for myself and others, healing prayers and crystal working. Unlike the witches of old I do not accept requests of spells from others unless it is a very just and serious cause. My reason being that I don't want to be taken advantage of and it is unlikely that I will find out the whole story behind a spell request (which is absolutely necessary!).
I go by the ethical rules of Karma and law of three (that which you send out returns to you thrice back) and so would never dream of cursing another person or even overindulging in unnecessary spells. This is my code, not necessarily the code of all others.
The reason I practice witchcraft is to make my life and the lives of the people close to me, easier and happier. I can find answers in divination to help me progress and make the right decisions in life. I can also connect to nature and the divine by learning the secrets hidden in the power of the earth.
So there is a basic explanation. I'm bound to have missed parts out and I'm unfortunately unable to give a detailed historical account of the history of witchcraft (which you can find elsewhere), but I hope this covers the basics before I dive into any posts about it in the future.