Real Wild Witch

Often, when I tell people I’m a Witch, they look at me, um… funny. I used to wonder if the look sprang out of the fact that I don’t wear a pointy hat all the time, have a hooked nose, or cackle as I pet my black cat named Sinister Devil Spawn. Now that I’m 30-something-springs-young and totally fearless, I no longer wonder; I ask them about the look.

Their replies have included everything from a lot of blinking to the all traditional, “You are a Witch? Really? But you look so normal.”

I used to freeze this kind of nonsense with one of my most hostile witchy stares, but not anymore. When someone gives me that wondering look; the one that says, Won’t you pull out your wand and blast something for me, pretty witchy please? I just smile and explain that, like everyone else, I would need more than a wand to make his or her head explode. Then I tell him or her about the things real Witches do: revere Nature, pay attention to the phases of the moon, believe in the powers of words…  
I know how cute this picture of me, surrounded by geese, looks,
but I was actually avoiding the mean beaks that were trying to take chunks off my flesh.
Yep, things aren't always what they seem. But how I miss those birds...
In AlmaMia Cienfuegos’ Wild Magic, my guest post at Author Laura DeLuca and New Age Mama blogs, I talk about real Witches in my fiction. Stop by to get more chances to win an ebook copy of my short story and AlmaMia’s charm bracelet.

Oh, and a commenting here, sharing your thoughts about real Witches in fiction, will give you an extra entry ;-)
 
 
AlmaMia Cienfuegos’ Blog Stops
Day 1 – May 15th - Capturing a Moment in AlmaMia Cienfuegos’ Life - SunshineShelle
Day 2 - May 17th - Frogs, Books and Skulls – Miniature Witchy Book - Pagan Culture Weird, I know
Day 3 – May 19th - Truth in AlmaMia Cienfuegos’ Tale - Magic Love Crow
Day 4 – May 21st - AlmaMia Cienfuegos’ Wild Magic - Laura DeLuca  
Day 5 – May 23rd - Grandmothers Are Magical Creatures - Olde Baggs ‘n Stuft Shirts
Day 6 – May 25th - The Strong Women in AlmaMia Cienfuegos’ Life - Green Witch with Sprinkles  
Day 7 – May 27th - AlmaMia Cienfuegos’ Mango Tree - Daydream Believer

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40 comments:

  1. When it comes to a closed mind reading about real Witches in fiction, the usual statement is a 'But they're not real, it's just fiction'. Very frustrating. As for geese, my Father recommended you carry a broom with you. You get charged by a gander (impressive creatures, they are) you use the business end to fend off the attack.

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    1. The other day, when the 'But they are not real' comment oozed into a conversation, I told the speaker, "What about if someone took all (insert his religion here) and say they were rapist and pedophiles, how would that feel. He had the nerve to say, "It's not the same thing."

      People, can't live with them, can't trap them in a little room with hundreds of geese and no broom in sight ;-)

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  2. Ack, geese! As a kid, we had several geese that lived with our chickens... how I detested those evil things! I can't count how many times they chased me out of the yard!

    Though I don't count myself a witch, as I don't identify with any particular tradition/culture/etc, I do believe in energy work, and most definitely in revering nature. The latter is the entire reason I live way out in the boonies, surrounded by it! I've tried living in cities, and it always felt unhealthy for me. In order to feel Truly Me, I have to be surrounded by green, and the "spirits" there.

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    1. Geese are mean indeed. These bunch is so mean that they trapped visitors in their cars lol

      Ah, you just made me think of all your acres again, and I'm extremely jealous. I wish, I wish, I wish...

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  3. Oh, and as an aside, you should check out Among Others... I just did a little review of it over on my blog. I think you may enjoy it!

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    1. I still grin when I think about the way Jo Walton mixed fantasy, science fiction, reading and the everyday ugliness and beauty of life. Brilliant! especially the way industrialization affects the order of things...

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  4. I love that real witches are finding their way in to fiction. It makes a nice change from all the old crones with black hats. Not that I have anything against old crones with black hats, but... Well, you know... It was a nice change reading your story and having no old people cackling over cauldrons! I'm looking forward to reading more, and love knowing that people like you are showing the world what real witches are!

    My little Witchlet, Paige - due to find her way on to ebook next month - is somewhere in between. She's no stereotypical witch, but she's not a real witch either; her magic is more than any real witch could do. Still, I'm proud of her. And maybe one day I will write about a real witch...

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    1. I like my cacklers, broom-fliers and bolt throwers, I just wish we had more Witches that did the things Witches do: live.

      Paige must be all excited and stuff ;-)

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  5. Apart from yourself, does anyone else right about real witches in fiction? people only seem to be interested in the nose twitching,glitter sprinkling(though I'm not opposed to a bit of glitter sprinkling)teen witch creations. Would love to read about a helpful loving, nature worshipping woman/man :D XXX

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    1. You know, I'm sure there should be lots of real witchy stories out there. I haven't read many, but I'll look. Have you read Like Water for Chocolate? No one is called a Witch, but the main character sure is witchy.

      I, too, love my sparkly super-witches. I love Harry Potter, admire Granny Weatherwax and Elphie, but I want to see the Witch who fights evil or injustice with candles and prayer or stones if you are AlmaMia lol

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  6. Geese are beautiful and nasty! They will totally bite you. The army used to use them to guard the barracks at night during WW2!! Ha
    Good pic by the way...my beautiful friend!!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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    1. I have a few scars (from not so loving nibbles) that say you are correct. I was reading transcripts of pigeons and geese during past wars, and oh my!

      Gracias for your words about my pic ;-)

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  7. I love your comments and words to people who need more understanding about witch's and geese are great familiars to have as they're extremely loyal and protective. Perfect for witch's who want that ooomph.

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    1. A goose as a familiar, now there is a warrior lol

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  8. My grandma had chickens that used to chase me.
    Mary

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    1. I had a pet chicken, but she was too fat to do anything. And it was all my fault, I overfed the thing *sigh*

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  9. Hi Magaly ;o) I love the picture of you! Sorry about them biting you! I understand about that, because I had one bite me on the butt, when I was younger! Hurt, big time! I love the way you write! I think it's a lot more interesting, then the fairy tales, although, some of those fairy tales are cute. I just wish peoples reactions wouldn't be so afraid, when someone says they are a witch. What are they afraid of? Or, they look at you really weird? I am off to Laura ;o) Big Hugs ;o)

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    1. What a naughty goose lol

      I like fairy tales, okay, I LOVE fairy tales, but I also like real magic. That is the reason why I'm working on my real Witch, AlmaMia, and my superwitch, Luna. We need variety, you know?

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  10. Oh honey, look at how brave you are just to be that close to those geese. Large birds have always frightened me with their aggression. I am more of a furry type of gal. ;-)

    I just came from Laura's and was enchanted with your beautiful ability to explain that which for myself, is so difficult to express. The last person I told I was a witch nearly fell over laughing and to this day believes I was joking. The nerve. I think I'll turn her into a toad. lol Hugs, my love.

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    1. Bravery indeed, Bunkers (that's the meanest one) and his gang of ruffians owned that yard, we just walked around and hope they were in a good mood lol

      You should definitely turn her into a toad or throw her in your cauldron to simmer for a while. What do you mean you don't have a cauldron? What kind of fake witch are you? lol

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  11. My first ever blog post was about a non-Pagan friend trying to convince me that I was not actually Pagan because my house did not look like a real pagans house... What a "real Pagans" house is meant to look like, I have no idea...

    It's amusing really, if I told them I was Christian they would accept it, easily, even if I am not wearing a cross. But say I am Pagan or Witch, they look to my external existence to find proof, rather than accepting the fact that it is far more internal than not. Even when I try to explain that this is religion we are speaking of, not fashion, they still try to argue about it! Because really, I have no idea what my religious beliefs are..?

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    1. There is nothing I dislike more than the people who look at me like I don't know what I'm saying or like I'm just waiting for them, and their infinite spiritual wisdom, to save me from myself. Makes me want to poke them in the eye... several times.

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  12. It's funny that telling people I'm an artist gets a similar kind of reaction with a little sympathy thrown in, "Sure you are, Sweetie...I bet you paint some really cute pictures, too." *patting my shoulder*

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    1. Please, don't make say what they do when I say I'm a Witch and a Writing, my blog might crash *sigh* lol

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  13. There was an an old nun at our school called Sister Pascal who was a real witch, oh crap, just realised she was a real BITCH... ok, better leave that story alone... so I'll go onto my next, this darling Sister Josepha (I adored her) took us girls to see Roman Polanski's MacBeth - she was our English teacher & Shakespeare was well & truly cemented in our syllabus... now those witches in all their nude glory gave Sister a heart attack, she'd read every Shakespeare play & even Chaucer's Tales but nothing prepared her for this... she tried to throw herself across the screen to hide those nipples & flesh unfortunately the film just ended up being projected over her habit so she looked like she also was in cahoots doing the hubble bubble too, OMG I still remember my introduction to fictional witches... I can thank little Sister J for that :)

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    1. I know the child within is still trying to heal from the trauma such experience produced. And I'm sure poor Sister J was never the same after that, but my goodness this is so freaking funny. I saw it happening in my head and couldn't stop laughing. It sounds like something taken out of Monty Python. Wow...

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  14. I sometimes forget how little other people know about witches. Was brought to my attention this morning when a beta reader kept asking about words such as "Coven" and "Samhain" and I was all, "But everybody knows these... right?" Guess not. ^^

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    1. It's kind of surreal, isn't it? How many people think everything with do is make-believe, even when we are doing it right in front of them and explaining what it means. Guess we'll have to write/talk more about it, huh?

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  15. Yes, Paige is very excited and eager to have her story read. She's so eager that she's talked me in to giving away some free copies of her book when it's published next month. ;)

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  16. Magaly, I so enjoyed your post! (And the comments!)I can't wait to buy the book to read on the Kindle App. I am wondering if there's any chance you might be able to get Barnes and Noble to publish it on Nook Books? I have a Nook, not a Kindle. As I am always out and about on my broom ;-) (Well actually I fly in a Chevy Malibu) I don't have internet access even with all my magic. So while I can read the book at home on the App, I know there are other who are kindle-less who would enjoy your book on their Nook. :-) Payday is Friday and I'll look forward to downloading the book at Amazon then. :-)

    LEONID CHOSE YOU AS THE WINNER IN MY ALL TOGETHER NOW GIVEAWAY! Please e-mail me to let me know how to get him to you! (lunawillowsong at yahoo dot com) He's anxious to come home to you!

    Blessings and light to you, dear bright and shining Magaly! )O(

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    1. You know, I was going to leave it on Kindle Select for 90 days, but I've gotten so many emails from non-Kindle readers that I think I should probably go through Smashword and have AlmaMia available through B&N, Apple, Kobo and so on...

      You tell Leonid that I've sent my mailing info, and already prepped a spot for him!

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    2. Leonid is anxious to get on the way, and he's very vexed that I won't send him packing until probably next week. He thinks you're prettier than me. :-) Of course he's probably pissed off that I've kept him hidden away waiting for his forever home.

      As for witches, they're everywhere, and not who one would expect at all. They're the woman at the grocery store, the young mother at the park, the grandmother, the sister, the young girl who people think just has an incredible imagination, they are covened, they are solitary, they are quietly living a love affair with the earth and with other creatures.

      Blessings and light to you dear Magaly!
      )O(

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    3. You are so correct, Witches just are... everywhere ;-)

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  17. Geese are mean! I watched one chase a friend trying to nip his legs. It was funny. Lol. Here's a question I've always wanted to ask you. You talk about real witch's in fiction. I have never come across a fiction story (other than what you right) that uses real witches (at least not that I can think of). Can you give me some examples??

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    1. I can think of Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel (loaded with yummy recipes), The Kingdom of This World by Alejo Carpentier (bloody and wonderful), Practical Magic in book form... and by the life of me, I can't think of anything else. Hm, we need to do some research!

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  18. I know i have read many real witches in fiction but am having trouble remembering now. My favorites are the ones that are subtle, like most of alice hoffman's books, not the way they did the movie: practical magic, but of course I love that too, but i mean the subtle magic in her other books where small magical things happen, nature can be changed by thoughts, Women have Power and connect with each other, that kind of magic i love. I think sue monk kidd does that kind well also! Now some others are coming back to me.... Chocolat and blackberry wine, both by joanne harris and, the lace reader by brunonia barry. Love them all, strong women!

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    1. Isn't it wonderful how it is easy to like Practical Magic in book and movie form, even though the couldn't be more different? I haven't Blackberry Wine, it sounds delicious!

      I really like Alice Hoffman's books, oh, and Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen.

      I "love them all, strong women," too!

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  19. Oops, took me awhile to check your comment..... I love sarah addison allen too!! Didn't she do the one called sugar queen or something like that where the main character hid in her closet eatting candy of ALL kinds! I have a terrible sweet tooth so i loved that part!

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    1. Oh yeah! I love it; the relationships between the women are incredible, too.

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