I am guessing a lot of my readers are already familiar with Walking the Hedge, but I still wanted to highlight this post that Juniper did last month.
To answer a question: shaman covers a lot of what currently gets discussed in personal labels and titles used among magical workers of various stripes. The end of the post is the gold mine though, filled with various terminology for European magical workers of the past. Some of what is in the post sums up why I claimed hedge witch and hedge rider for myself a few years ago. (Well, aside from the unseen pushing that I HAD to use the term witch for myself in a public way.) It sums up a lot of how I work, because while I have had training in various trance and shamanic techniques in the past, I did not have the backing to call myself a shaman and I didn’t like spirit worker for myself.
Plus, a more specific title for oneself can be a big help in shaping one’s practice and workings. If you can pin down words for yourself which more succinctly sum up what you’re doing with your woo it can help you both focus and broaden your practice.
So just out of curiosity, readers, how many of you use one of these more rarefied titles for yourself?