These days with the beginning of the New Age of spiritual awakening, plenty of people are entering the field of healing everyday. However I see tremendous confusion around in understanding the term Witch or Wiccan and a confusion of who is really what kind of healer. Let me try to clear the doubts and help you in your search for healing.
WITCHES AND WITCHCRAFT:
You can be a witch if you are performing some or the other healing – whether energy healing (Reiki/ Pranic healing etc) or candle magic, religious rituals (Hindu, Christian or any other) or angel magic, feng shui spells or astrotherapy, tantra-mantra or past life healing. There are several forms of magic and several types of practitioners who help and heal the world through their particular spiritual art or craft (or science if you prefer to call it that). Yes if you are into magic or spiritual healing, including religious healing of any kind you are a witch.
To be a Wiccan is not the same as a witch. Just because you are doing some kind of spells or magic it does not automatically make you a Wiccan witch. You may be one of the above kind of witches – eg a Hindu witch, a Christian witch, a Feng Shui witch, a Reiki witch, an atheist witch, a tarot witch, an astro witch or any other.
So do not just link Wicca with witchraft. A Christian priest is performing as much witchcraft as a Wiccan priest, just the ceremonies are a bit different or philosophy may be unique in their owns ways – but both are magical in themselves.
VAMPIRES VS WITCHES:
To be a witch is to be wise and proficient in healing. If no energy is flowing through you but you are only sucking energy you are not a witch but a vampire. To be a healer is to give not just absorb energy. You need to channel and direct energy towards something other than the ‘’limited you’’ not just all to yourself. You need to connect with the higher self which is the source of all energy and is unlimited in energy, instead of draining out objects and people just to gain personal power, self-importance or personal enjoyment. There are plenty of vampire- people who masquerade around as witches and even as Wiccans and they basically attach to witches and Wiccan groups to absorb energy during rituals instead of performing any healing for others or the world.
If you see that a person is basically cold and unconcerned about others, self-obsessed, thinks no end of himself or herself and feels no genuine love or concern for others or for the planet you know it is a vampire not a witch. They may have magical power but not healing power. They may have knowledge but it is airy and just lip service than real healing energy. Basically their idea is to impress others and attract them than to heal.
You will see witches always giving care and affection to plants and animals, children and people in need. They will feel more warm and energising. They will add energy to crystals and magical objects than just draw energy from them. They will be generous with their energy.
In the hands of a witch energy of the things or people they are connecting with multiplies instead of reduces. A stone they wear will gain power than lose power. You can if you are intuitive or psychic feel the energy of a witch and of their belongings and see that they are vibrating with healing power. Even a shake hand can tell you if a person has healing energy or is an energy sucker.
Witches will form genuine relationships and friendships. They will not just be with people from whom they will gain something or the other materially or spiritually but also be with people to give some comfort and help to them, or just to enjoy existence together.
A vampire will usually drain others out and drink the juice of wisdom or knowledge from master to master, have several teachers, several lovers whom they drain out and they will go to different stores and take energy from all the items there. If they buy something they will try to give as less as possible and take as much as possible. If they do a course they will take extra time and give least amount of respect. On the other hand a witch or healer will be more self-contained and not always needing energy from others. They will go to stores to buy things to heal not only to browse and absorb. They will have balanced relationships and mutually beneficial associations. They will respect the time and energy of others and not just take more and more of it without adequate balancing or compensation.
WITCHES VS. BLACK MAGIC SORCERORS
Now this is where the maximum confusion existed throughout the medieval and dark ages. Black magic sorcerers are those people who somehow have come to the totally wrong conclusion that they can harm others and still be protected. They are unaware and unenlightened souls who believe that they are insulated against negativity no matter how much negativity they create for others. They send harmful or malicious thoughts or even conduct harmful spells or rituals and it always comes back to them in some or the other lifetime. They can harm animals or plants or humans and sacrifice them to their wish fulfilment needs, thereby digging their own grave. These are individuals that come from the dark ages and are no longer required in the world of light.
Witches on the other hands are wise ones and healers. They know the law of nature or Karma is always operating and there is no escaping the truth. They only conduct spells for the betterment of themselves and others. The words Witch or Wizard itself come from the words Wit and Wisdom so it is necessary that there be no confusion between unwise black magic sorcery and witchcraft which is the craft of the wise.
WICCAN BELIEVERS VS. WICCAN WITCHES or WICCAN HEALERS
When someone says they are Wiccan it implies that they follow the specific religion of Wicca – basically Harm None, believe in the power to change your life through inner work (Magick) and regard the highest being of divinity as The God/dess which is nature worshipped as the five elements of nature – Spirit (hidden or subtle energy of nature), Air, Fire, Water and Earth (physical realm). You need not have studied or gained initiation to be a Wiccan, just like you need not be a trained Hindu priest to be a Hindu, or a Christian monk to be a Christian. Basically not every Wiccan is a Wiccan Priest or Priestess or a Witch. You can be a simple follower of Wicca, a believer.
To be a Wiccan Priest or Priestess is to be a Healer or Witch who is qualified and initiated to perform Wiccan rituals. The initiation and qualification is usually given by a Wiccan Tradition or system of Wicca through the High Priest/ess of that Tradition after the person dedicatedly studies for a minimum period of time. The Tradition should be well known and recognised and should have proper courses and ritual format so that they can give the right knowledge and healings to people.