Meet a Milwaukee witch - meaning a woman who practices Wicca - and find out what it really means to have this label. Warts not necessary. Hold My Broom is an OnMilwaukee exclusive series exploring the magickal, mystical and cackle-worthy. Tis the season of the green-faced, wart-sprouting, cauldron-stirring witch. She is everywhere in October: on television and decorations, in advertisements, on that hand towel you got from the Dollar Store. But she is not the witch we are talking about here. More then one million Americans identify as Pagans or Wiccans, two often-misunderstood religions whose practitioners often identify as "witches. In recent years, more and more people have understood the difference between the wicked witch of the west and a man or woman who identifies as a witch.
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Witches are among us—and far more of them than you think. BTW, Wicca is a modern spiritual practice with roots in pagan traditions. According to Quartz , one Trinity College study found that 8, Americans identified as Wiccan in , which increased to , in Additionally, , identified as pagan in , increasing to , in
Lauren Gordon. It may be , but witches still walk among us. They certainly aren't stalking you in the woods or trying to shove your little brother into their ovens for consumption, but they exist — and thanks to the "modern" trend of tattoo artistry, you can spot them easily. Modern day witches typically practice "Wicca," a religion that centers around seeking "oneness with the divine" and all that exists in nature. Just like any religion, there are entities to worship, prayers and rituals to memorize, and ancient symbols that represent different parts of spirituality. To help you spot a witch or at least someone who appreciates The Craft , here are a few tattoos to look out for and what they mean to these spiritual folks. This six-pointed star represents continuous movement and is an essential formation to ritualistic magick, particularly for invoking or banishing. Representing the three phases of the moon, this iconic Wiccan symbol also symbolizes the three forms a woman takes over her lifetime as "the Mother, the Maiden, and the Crone. In the Wiccan faith, this symbol most often represents the "masculine polarity of the universe," and is connected to the ancient gods of "vegetation and the hunt. This symbol represents the blessings of the moon goddess.