I am a witch. Sometimes when I reveal this fact I am met with the question,"Well, you're a white witch, right?" the trembling fear baring audible under their breath.
I generally respond,"Actually, I'm more of an olive complexion" which is a play on words, and not an answer to what is being asked.
When people ask me if I’m a white witch they are asking if I am a ‘good witch’ (as opposed to evil). Let’s, for a moment, ignore the fact that calling a witch white as a means of inferring goodness has an inherent racist connotation. I find it humorous to ask a witch if they are good because we generally don’t walk around asking our friends, family, or co-workers, if they are good people, and in essence that’s the exact question that is being asked. Yes, I think I’m a pretty decent human being, but I’m not an enlightened being living among mere mortals. I have not achieved buddha, I am not a saint, and I am not otherwise without human fault and folly. My magick is a reflection of me as a person, which isn’t all good (if we’re gonna be completely honest with ourselves, no one is). I do make efforts to try and follow guidelines in order to not cast baneful magick, just as people (I hope) make efforts not to be bad people.
Magick is not inherently good or evil, it is a way of working with the energies of the universe in complete participation. One’s magick becomes stronger the more mana (or raw energy) they have access to or accumulated. A person can be born with strong magick and never be trained in the use of it. That person’s thoughts will sometimes be projected out into the ethers as a magick spell, and sometimes they will have bad thoughts. Do you understand?
Yes, I am a witch. If I was a bad witch do you think I’d actually tell you? Hahaha. If you were a witch would you cling to an idea of complete goodness in everything you do? If so, I would ask that you look up shadow work, and get to know yourself truthfully!
ps. If I ever do call myself a white-witch it means that the marketing devils have gotten to me.