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    Choosing your "witch" name...

    I've seen a few things around the internet about this, having a special name for the spiritual aspect of the religion, but I'm not sure what to trust or how to go about it. I'm not talking like social media quizzes they make for high schoolers or middle aged housewives. I mean like actually seriously going through the process to choose the name that feels right. Any of the more experienced out there, if you have any tips or reliable sites I would greatly appreciate it. I'd really like to see if this is something for me.
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    Re: Choosing your "witch" name...

    There are many different ways in which you can go about choosing one. Some tips I can suggest:
    - Something that it sacred to you or your traditions (example: flora, fauna, etc)
    - Something from your childhood that is close to your heart
    - Something that invokes a special kind of power within yourself
    - A name that shows hereditary/ancestral reverence
    - A name to show respect to a familiar
    - A name that reflects your chosen path

    My witch name, Mother West, came about from something in my childhood.

    I hope this helps in some way.
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    Re: Choosing your "witch" name...

    My "witch name" is Faery's Moonshine. I took it when I did my dedication ritual almost 13 years ago... man I am getting old. The point of my magickal name for me was it represented a new me. A 'rebirth" we will say as I was beginning my path as a pagan. A name that pagans and other like minded individuals would know me by.

    First I started with what a name represents? For me a name defines a person. Ever met a bunch of Michael's or Ashley's? I always feel they are very similar in behavior. They might not look alike but they act alike. What do you want yours to represent?
    What characteristics does it show about you?
    And I would take what OldMotherWest said and combine it. It can be whatever you want. I also didn't go through I site when I did mine at the time I had a book by Silver Raven Wolf called To Ride a Silver Broomstick. This was a book my mother picked out for me. Very informative for a solitary practitioner.
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    Re: Choosing your "witch" name...

    My name came from my personal god Anubis. I.e. Anubisa. Before I became an Egyptian Wiccan, I was a Celtic Wiccan and I named myself Silver Melusine after one of my favorite colors and a favorite Celtic goddess. You can name yourself or wait for a personal god to help name you. Good luck!
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    I thought i needed one growing up, eventually i gave up thinking that, and concentrated on my craft. Eventually it just came and stuck. LunarDream, because somehow in every dream i have the moon is the focus. Thats literally all i did to get mine !

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    Re: Choosing your "witch" name...

    I think it's cool to have a craft name that is meaningful. Mine is Walkingman. It's kind of a tongue in cheek type of name. I've been carless these last 20 years and when I'm not taking the bus, I'm walking.

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    Re: Choosing your "witch" name...

    Not all witches really need a witch name. It's alright to not have one. It's just my opinion and I don't mean to offend anyone but I think they sound utterly ridiculous. My name is Abigail, and my nickname is Abby. My name really doesn't have much to do with my path. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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    Re: Choosing your "witch" name...

    My name was a gift from my patron Goddess, so I hold it very dear to my heart; I treasure it as an integral part of me. I don't share it and only I and the Gods know it, as I don't trust people to understand or respect it.

    As others have said, you don't have to have a witch name, but I don't think there's anything wrong with pursuing one. In my opinion, having a name is beneficial in that it is a type of rebirth; tying your sense of self to your chosen path at a very deep level. Thinking it or hearing my personal Deities refer to me as it, gives me an instant power boost, or an instant connection to the magickal side of me.

    For me, when I got mine, it was one of my most memorable and powerful moments since I've become a practicing witch.

    Like Anubisa said, you can either name yourself or ask your personal Deity (or Deities) to name you. OldMotherWestWind had some great suggestions in her post for if you wanted to go the naming yourself route.

    I wish you the best of luck!


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    Re: Choosing your "witch" name...

    I don't have a religiously derived witchy name, I have a nom de plume...
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