Sandra’s seen a leprechaun,
Eddie touched a troll,
Laurie danced with witches once,
Charlie found some goblins gold.
Donald heard a mermaid sing,
Susy spied an elf,
But all the magic I have known
I've had to make myself.
Shel Silverstein, Where The Sidewalk Ends
I am a Witch
I have been a spiritually and magickally minded person my whole life but never knew the word for it until I was six years old. When I realized the word Witch applied to me it was a feeling of coming home. I am somewhat solitary in my practice and while I tend to prefer the term, "Witch," I don't mind being called Wiccan either.
Truly to be a Witch, simply means you are a person who uses magick in your life. It is so much a part of you that there is no separating one from the other. Strictly speaking, you do not need to believe in any gods or deities of any sort to be a Witch. You simply need to believe in yourself.
To me, the practice of witchcraft is a very personal one. No one does it exactly the same way and all of us are capable of living magickal lives. My own practice is instinctual and makes generous use of study and play in equal measure. However, I don't go in for painting any particular version of the craft as more valid than another. The one that speaks to your own heart is the one for you!
For those who are wondering, there is no being of evil in paganism, Wicca or witchcraft. Most Witches believe that "Satan" is purely a Christian concept. Magick itself, is 'neutral.' It is neither dark or light, good or evil until the one practicing it directs their intent one way or the other. My own personal motto, is simply:
Be Kind. Do Good. Have Fun.