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I Want A Witchy Name!

Written by: Miriam Elizabeth

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Written by: Miriam Elizabeth

๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜โ€™๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฎ ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฒ?

Many Pagans adopt a ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ upon their initiation into the Craft. Its often done by a coven (after a year and a day OR directly upon initiation) and itโ€™s typically used only within oneโ€™s coven and not given freely to anyone who can use it. However, if you are solitary, you can simply adopt a name for yourself. Alternately, your deity may gift you a name.

๐˜๐˜ง ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ'๐˜ต ๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ, ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ'๐˜ด ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ, ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ'๐˜ต ๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ธ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ. ๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ ๐˜ข ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฆ.

๐—ฆ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ถ๐—ณ ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฎ ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฒ:

โ€ข Donโ€™t just choose something because it sounds neat. Liken it to getting something you think is cool as a tattoo, and 10 years down the road youโ€™re getting it lasered off as a bad idea. Youโ€™d want to still resonate with you years later.

โ€ข Find something with meaning, something that is unique to who you are, or who you want to become. Do you want to be strong? Loving? What about clever, courageous, resourceful, serene, joyful? Think of things that reflect YOU. If youโ€™re crafty, consider a name with โ€œpainterโ€ or โ€œweaverโ€. If you are strong, maybe a name with โ€œironโ€. If youโ€™d like to be resilient yet peaceful, โ€œwillowโ€ may a good addition to your name. Itโ€™s common for names to be seasonal or times of day, like โ€œSummer Twilightโ€. You may want to choose an animal or being of folklore you connect with, but just note that there are many duplicate names out there. You may meet a lot of ravens or cats in the community, so just keep it in mind.

โ€ข You may think about changing the words to a different language or combining them and adding or taking away letters to your liking.

For example, for someone who sees themselves as intellectual and wants to improve their emotional aspect, they can choose โ€œEastโ€ since the east is of the mind; and โ€œcobaltโ€ which is the color for emotional healing, and adding Iris who is their goddess. Easbalier is the long combined word of those three, then can be reduced to Bali, right out of the middle, which is much easier and still has the same special connection to the words chosen. At least to you it does, and that gives the name power.

โ€ข Avoid names with lord or lady, as those are often reserved for elders. Itโ€™s also frowned upon to give yourself a full name of a deity. Both of those situations are seen as hubris. Alternately, if youโ€™d like to choose a name to honor your deity, perhaps use an animal or object that represents them instead.

โ€ข Another method of finding the perfect name would be to correspond it to your birth number. To do this, you add the numbers of your birthday. Say mine is July 20th, 1986. It would show as 7201986=33. Then add 3+3=6.

The number 6 would be my birth number.

Use the list below to find a name that corresponds to the number 6 by calculating the sum of the corresponding letters.

1 = A, J, S 2 = B, K, T 3 = C, L, U 4 = D, M, V 5 = E, N, W 6 = F, O, X 7 = G, P, Y 8 = H, Q, Z 9 = I, R

Letโ€™s say youโ€™ve decide you like the name "Willow." Using the letters in โ€œWillowโ€ you would take the numbers 5 + 9 + 3 + 3 + 6 + 5 = 32. From there, 3 + 2 = 5. If the name you like doesnโ€™t match your birth numbers, try some creative or alternate spellings to see what happens.

As always, please feel free to add to this in the comments. Your thoughts on all our topics are always welcomed.

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Saffron SeaWolf
Saffron SeaWolf
Oct 04, 2020

I was standing in my kitchen waiting for my kettle to boil, (I'd been thinking about my witchy name) and my eyes settled on my spice rack, (it holds 60 jars) and my eyes settles on Saffron. But that wasn't enough so I meditated and wolf came to mind as I believe wolf is my guardian animal, and I am drawn to the sea, always have been, so I ended up with Saffron Sea Wolf.

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