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Thursday, May 10, 2012

My sister, the Zen Witch

Allow me, if you will please, to tell you all a little bit about my sister, Bliss (although some of you may know her by her Wiccan name, Willow from previous posts).  You see, Bliss is a Zen Witch. Now first of all, I certainly don't pretend to know everything about Buddhism (or Wicca for that matter), but for the purposes of this post I shall try to explain to you exactly what a Zen Witch is. A Zen Witch, quite simply, is someone who practices Buddhism while also embracing certain aspects of Paganism/Wicca by incorporating both into their spiritual path. 

Going back quite a few years ago, I first met Bliss while working together for the same company. Neither one of us were following any path in particular at that time, but we soon realized that we were searching for something for years that we could never put our finger on or a name to.  Finally, we both discovered Wicca and began studying and practicing every single day. Although we considered ourselves Solitary practitioners by definition, we very much enjoyed celebrating the Wiccan sabbats together. After all, we already had a very close friendship between us and Wicca was something that we shared passionately.

She later moved away from PA with her now hubby of many years and eventually felt a strong connection to Buddhism along the way. A couple of years ago, she finished her Wiccan studies and found that the combination of her Buddhist beliefs and her Wiccan background were a wonderful combination.

Personally speaking, I can understand why. Although I admittedly have very limited knowledge of the Buddhist way, Bliss had explained to me some of the "basics" of the Buddhist life after which I could also see many similarities between the two belief systems.

Even though she has never cared much for "titles", she does very much indeed consider herself a Zen Witch at heart. "Zen Witch" ~ I really do love that name, and she wears it well!


  1. awww! Thank you my sister! They really do go hand in hand in a lot of ways. I still worship the Goddess in all her glory and the strong loving God. I just call them by different names is all. Can't wait til we can get together and talk and share all of the little ins and outs! Namaste and Blessed Be, Sister of my heart.

  2. I really enjoyed reading this post of yours today, thank you!

  3. I love the The title Zen Witch, and I also enjoyed meeting Willow. Lovely post. i enjoyed reading it and seeing you both in the photo you posted.


  4. This is excellent Kim! As I have told you, my mom and brother are Buddhist. I often tell my mom, our paths are so similar. And, now you make a post about your sister, a Zen Witch ;o) Very cool! Big Hugs ;o) xoxoxo
    The picture of the two of you is adorable ;o)