Do real witches get annoyed at the whole popularity thing with young wannabe witches? Does it wind you up?
Lol. Good question! I think there is a difference between being an actively practising witch and someone who embraces the culture of popular witchcraft. Certainly there are many people who do not practise the craft who are attracted to the trappings of witchcraft as a cultural identity. Its perfectly natural for people to try out different lifestyles and cultures before finding their own way in life, so no, it doesn't bother me at all. Some of those young gothy types may well end up being consequential and respected witches of the future, witches who will take our craft into another generation. Were I in my teens or early twenties, I may well be tempted myself to cover my own body in tattoos and interesting piercings and wear some of those crazy black lacy creations! I also don't think a person is necessarily any less of a witch because they choose to adorn themselves with the more cliched fashion aspects. I know witches who dress from Marks and Spencer and witches who wouldn't leave their house without three inches thick of heavy make up and their robes. There is little to suggest that dress makes any difference to powers!
The only time I feel any irritation toward other witches, wannabe or not is when they tell me they are completely miserable, their lives are rubbish etc. In my opinion a witch takes control of her life and she works to make it better. Anybody who openly admits everything about their life makes them unhappy is either not a witch or they are a pretty bloody poor one (and probably shouldn't admit it!). If something goes wrong in my life, I use all the skills at my disposal to make it better. Sometimes it takes a lot of work, effort and energy but I never feel powerless or that my life is in the hands of the fates. I control my own destiny and I expect other witches to. The whole point of working with your own power is that you make a difference, if you fail to make a difference, you might be following the wrong path.
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