Fluffy bunny. New Age wanna be. Soccer Mom. “What a Glinda”, (my favorite actually – love the Wizard of Oz). For some, these labels are considered insults. “You are too happy, too light to be a real witch.” “You aren’t like us. You are too nice, too goody two shoes.” I laugh in response. Really? That’s the best you can do? Ooh, I’m so offended -not.
In my 20 some odd years in the magickal community it still amazes me why so many of us still label, still judge, another’s path. Why do we still find a need to quantify another practitioners choices in how or what they do? Yes, we are humans and as humans we seem to find it necessary to label things in order to understand them. Have I been guilty of that? Yes, at times, as I am sure you, my readers, have as well. But labels are just that, labels. They do not define ourselves or our magick. How can they?
As witches, wizards, sorcerers and magical workers, we should know that labels are only a beginning, that to actually define your magick is to limit it. As we learn and grow, as we walk between worlds, we come to understand that we are everything and all. We are both light and dark. We are shadow and we are sunlight. Dark and light must be acknowledged, embraced and integrated, in order to be a truly whole person, a practitioner of strength, knowledge, integrity. A walk through the dark allows our light to shine brightly. We know that if we favor one above the other we find ourselves out of sorts, unfulfilled, off-kilter, unable to perform at our best. A practice that works with both of these aspects of our souls, our psyches, will bring a cohesion to both our magickal and mundane lives. Integration affords us a balance that is sought after by so many but found by so few.
Once that balance has been found, we radiate light. We are serene calm, in control, powerful. We no longer find the need to push our own magickal agendas and forego trying to label others as well. This light, this gentleness, this peace, opens us up to the aforementioned name calling and supposed ridicule of others People often make fun of what they don’t understand, are envious or frightened of. To these misguided, misinformed, frightened souls I say go ahead, bring it on. Shout the “insults”, the epithets, the supposed slurs to reputation and name. Make your judgements, place your labels. Why be upset? They apparently do not know me at all. Call me a fluffy bunny. Sure, I may resemble that remark. What those fools seem to forget is that underneath that fuzzy, cute exterior hides sharp claws and teeth. And bunnies know how to use them.
Remember, appearances can be deceiving so be careful how you may label others. Better yet don’t label at all. Look beyond the exterior and beware of being blinded by the light. Look beyond, For the light brings shadows. Within those shadows lies the truth… And one bad ass witch.