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    Magical Names (I Don't Get It)

    Something that has been bothering me is the insistence that practitioners of the craft take on a magic/witch name. I don't understand this at all. Is it a rebranding of yourself? Is it to hide your beliefs from outsiders? Is it traditional and so unexplained?

    I re-named myself years ago because I just didn't like my name (the reason I had my birth name was petty and cruel), but the name I chose for myself was short and practical and does not make me think of bad romance novels. The idea of picking yet another name for myself that I may or may not answer to is dizzying, not to mention the fact that the names that have been suggested to me make me giggle because they seem so disingenuous.

    Do you have a magic/witch name? How did you choose it and why? If you don't have a magic/witch name, what made you abstain?

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    Re: Magical Names (I Don't Get It)

    I never got the magical name thing either. The closest I got to picking one out was Aunt Tearoses. Because I grew tearoses. And I often advise people in the manner of 'Auntie Red says . . .' but I was told it was too silly. I decided that if SilverRaven DarkMoon MoonMoonSilver was 'serious' I didn't want to play.

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    Re: Magical Names (I Don't Get It)

    Witches choose magickal names for a few different reasons. Some of them being:
    -After dedication or initiation, witches will choose a magickal name for themselves as a sign of rebirth and new beginnings.
    - They choose a name that they will use to communicate and present themselves to deities.
    - They want a magickal name to help remove themselves from the mundane world.

    But of course, it is not essential for any witch to use or have a magickal name. Rather, this is individual to the witch.

    I have a witch name; Mother West. It came about from something that was a big part of my childhood and I hold a fond memory of. I use it, as merely an alias for acquaintances and clients to address me by.
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    I want a magical name now....how about this..."TheOne that must not be bothered,on pain of revealing your true future"(Some futures are better left unknown)
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    Re: Magical Names (I Don't Get It)

    Quote Originally Posted by ashemonster View Post
    Something that has been bothering me is the insistence that practitioners of the craft take on a magic/witch name. I don't understand this at all. Is it a rebranding of yourself? Is it to hide your beliefs from outsiders? Is it traditional and so unexplained?
    Yes. The answer can be all of those. Really, it depends on the person.

    I don't have one. Or, if I do, its more of an internet nom de plume that has organically become a sort of an occasional alter ego.

    I can say this though...if I were going to do a craft name, I'd find a different language to put it in. Like, if I decided to be Silver Fire (I dunno, its the first think I thought of), I could go with Argento Fajro (Esperanto) or Gray Wolf--> Lupo Grigio (Italian) or Two Moons--> Meji Osu (Yoruba), or something. Because I've run into some awful names.


    (Actually, I use Google Translate Latin (as opposed to actual for-sure Latin) a lot in my own practice just to avoid the "these words do not mean what you want them to mean because there is no way to describe them in English" phenomenon...I don't do it publically, because no one know what I'm talking about...but it makes things easier on some level. Plus, the advantage of Latin is that there's no one to appropriate it from, its not an actively used language and it pretty much belongs to everyone because its the daddy language and cousin (in some cases, a couple times removed) language of pretty much all Indo-European languages.)
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    Re: Magical Names (I Don't Get It)

    Thal,if and when I decide to get a pagan Name,I am coming straight to you,cause you do them so COOL!!!

    Was just thinking..You should sell your ability to name pagans online..(See B. De.'s post recently posted)

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    MAGIC is MAGIC,black OR white or even blood RED

    all i ever wanted was a normal life and love.
    NO TERF EVER WE belong Too.
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    Re: Magical Names (I Don't Get It)

    For some names were used to denote transition from child to adult and how they would be known. Sometimes simply for completion of certain rites of passage and recognition within a given group.
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    I'm so glad I'm not alone in this. I can't deal with the Moonmoon thing. If there's a another name that's meant for me, I'm sure it'll be something I can take seriously.

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    Re: Magical Names (I Don't Get It)

    Quote Originally Posted by monsno_leedra View Post
    For some names were used to denote transition from child to adult and how they would be known. Sometimes simply for completion of certain rites of passage and recognition within a given group.
    I was raised Roman Catholic, so I have a whole string of names I got at specific transitional events - like my Confirmation Name, for example .
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    Re: Magical Names (I Don't Get It)

    In many traditions is the idea that to know the true name of a person or thing gives one power over it. Perhaps that comes into play.

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