I thought it might be useful to put a page up with my commonly used definitions. Not the commonly accepted definition in each case, but…well, the way I use words. This way, for those of you playing along at home, you can figure out what I mean as opposed to what you might think I mean. I’ll update this on occasion. Can’t promise any regularity because it really depends on when things come up.
ADR: African-Diaspora Religion. Oh, there’s a lot of them. Generally, my personal experience is restricted to Voodoo, Santeria, and I have a very close friend who has been studying ADR (just about all of them as well as the actual African religions) for quite some time now. I actually prefer the acronym “ATR” for African-Tradition Religions because the word “Diaspora,” for me, refers to the Jewish Diaspora during the Roman occupation of the Middle East (and most of the “civilized” world…aka Europe and the Mediterranean).
Fluffy: This is a term commonly used in Wiccan/Pagan circles to mean someone who is…well, not well-educated. It’s not really what the word “means” to me, however, nor do I think that’s the spirit of how it was originally coined. See, someone who is fluffy is someone who works with the positive in life, maybe a bit too much. When you work with nothing but positive, and you’re doing your best to pull nothing but happy thoughts in, and you’re telling everyone you can’t do anything bad ever…you’re going to get labeled fluffy. It’s just the way it is. Now…I actually like fluffys. They’re awfully sweet, well-intentioned people. If the rest of the world were like that, it would be a calm, peaceful place filled with rainbows, butterflies and unicorns. It would also be seriously boring. It’s not, it’s not going to be, so I can generally hang with fluffys.
Fluffernutters: are the fluffys who take things too far. They are fluffy (white-lighters) nutters (crazy). They are this way for many different reasons, but the end result is the same. They get on my last nerve, and I will occasionally go out of my way to annoy them. I’m not supposed to, but it is somewhat fun if I’m bored and they’re really annoying me. At any rate, this is the dark side of fluffy, the ones who have a bit too much zeal and insist that everyone do every thing exactly as they do. Generally speaking, they will rely very heavily on Llewellyn writers, happy thoughts, and really shiny crystals.
Judeo-Christian Wiccan: Yes, it can happen. If there is someone who believes that Yahweh/Jehovah/Elohim makes a great “god” when paired with Mary as a goddess, who am I to say “no”? After all, one dead/reborn sun god or another, what is the difference?
Judeo-Christian or Islamic Witches: See definition for “witch” below. As I believe this has to do with magic and/or spell work, therefore a person can be a witch and, yes, be Christian, Jewish, or Muslim. You’d be surprised…
Magick: No, I’m not going to define it, I think we all know what it is by now. What I’m talking about here is the extra “k.” I hate it. I have many reasons for hating it; it looks stupid, and the man who came up with the idea was a freakin’ whack-job. And yet, it is prevalent in modern magical literature as a way to tell stage-magic from actual “magick.” As if you wouldn’t know if I didn’t add the “k.” I like to think my readers are smarter than that. Besides, if I say the word, it’s not as though you can tell whether there is a “k” or not, and most people can still tell the difference, so why do we need it written? At any rate, as much as I don’t like it, it has been beaten into my head so I will occasionally lapse. (It’s everywhere!)
Pagan: Anyone who isn’t Jewish, Christian or Islamic. Period. If they call themselves, Pagan, I’ll call them Pagan too. Yes, this includes people practicing Hinduism, Shinto, etc., but only if they embrace the definition themselves. Some do not, and I won’t force it down their throats. Nor will I deny them the term because they aren’t…whatever…enough for the Pagan flavor d’jour.
Wiccan: This is a tricky one. For my definition, this is someone who practices an Earth- based religion that revolves around a god and goddess who may or may not be named. Yeah, some people are going to disagree with that one. Too bad. It’s my blog.
Wiclet: Cute, usually teenage, newbies to this wonderful world of witchcraft and magic. They’ve generally read a Scott Cunningham book or seen The Craft or Practical Magic and now want to be witches/Wiccans (or have pronounced they are). Some of them will insist they know everything already. Some will demand you teach them. Some will repeatedly ask for love spells. Most will not be part of an alternative religion within a year (probably around 95% or so). The rest will stay, make it through the wiclet stage, and hopefully find a spiritual home. If we are patient, kind, and understanding, the 5% who stay with us will be productive, intelligent, contributing members of our non-society, and the 95% who leave will have better opinions of us in general when they return to their Methodist, Lutheran, Unitarian or whatever Christian lives they almost left. It’s hard to remember in the moment, but it benefits us all in the long run.
Witch: Anyone who practices magic. In other words, anyone who endeavors to make things happen through spellwork. I mean anyone. Wiccans do not have to be witches; witches do not have to be Wiccan. Yes, I believe there are Christian Witches.