First off, I've heard the term "warlock" puts a bad taste in witches' mouths. Why is that?
"The word 'Witch' is an amazing word. It should be held with reverence — as many people, such as myself, study and prepare our lives to practice Witchcraft. It is a title that deserves the respect. It takes a strong man to call himself a Witch, because being a Witch calls upon the feminine energy in balance with your masculine energy so that you live your life in balance. The word 'Warlock' angers me in such a way, because to me it is a sign of utter disrespect. To me, personally, the only time the time 'Warlock' was used in a positive way was with Uncle Arthur on Bewitched. 'Warlock' was used during the burning times: a time in history in which people were tortured, murdered, and wrongfully imprisoned for being accused of practicing Witchcraft or Magick. Today, there are people out there who try to create controversy to get their names in the news calling themselves a 'Warlock' but to me that’s selling out. I am a Witch; a Man Witch, and I'm proud of it."
With that said: What is a witch? Certainly it's more than spells. Is it hereditary?
"A Witch is a Witch. Whether male or female — we all prefer to be called 'Witch.' And, yes, Magick can be hereditary, 100%. (As a Witch, we spell Magick with a 'k' at the end of the word. This differentiates [it from] the regular word 'Magic,' which is [typically] associated with a Magician pulling a rabbit out of his hat.) My mother was a practicing Witch and many of her aunts and relatives were practicing Witches. I bet you if you ask anyone whose grandparents came from Europe some of the practices they do during their daily life can be traced back to a form of Magick.
So, can I become a witch?
"Anyone can learn to be a Witch, but what scares me is when people seek out Witchcraft or Magick as a form of revenge, or to cause havoc onto others. That is not what we do."
Let's go back to the idea of hereditary "Magick." Did you ever "come out" as a witch?
"I had my 'coming out' of the Broom Closet when I was 13. As a young boy, I always knew I was different, and I would tell my mother, 'Mom, I feel a change in me.' And, she embraced my Magick 100%. More often than not, the events in our life as we experience change (like childhood and adolescence) make us think more about the core of ourselves. That's when we find spirituality. I see a lot of younger people coming out today and proudly wearing their Pentacles (the Five Pointed Star which is a Witches’ sign of protection), honoring the balance of the universe, and practicing their Magick to help others."
Do you ever feel pressured to hide your true self?
"Absolutely not! At first, many young Witches who are new to the path (or who are taking classes with me) tell their friends and family that they're 'Spiritual.' But, as time progresses, and their confidence and knowledge grows, they become more comfortable in calling themselves Witches. Since Male Witches are a considered 'rare breed,' many of us band together and form covens of solely men. But, I feel that segregation in Witchcraft (as the religion that it is) only sets us back and doesn’t promote progress. Being a Witch is just part of who I am. I will never hide who I am or what I do. I'm proud to be a Witch."
How do you address non-believers?
"The most common question I get from non-believers is: Are you a 'good Witch' or a 'bad Witch'? And, I always rebut the question with: 'Are you a good person or a bad person?' Being a Witch — especially a Witch who is in the public eye — my role is not to make people believers. Rather, it's to educate them on who we are and what we do."
Amazing. I guess my final question would be: Why do male witches get such a bad rap?
"Unfortunately, male Witches get a bad rap — especially in Hollywood and in the movies — because they're usually abusing their Magickal power to take over a situation or control their love interest. They're portrayed as being evil. I feel that I was placed on this earth as a vessel to educate the masses and break all the negative stereotypes. My expression is 'Male Witches Have Balls — and not just crystal ones.' It's an expression I came up with because in a female dominated religion and philosophy, I need to be tough but approachable so that people, such as my clients, feel comfortable coming to me for their Magickal and Psychic needs know[ing] that I have a gentle ear with a no-nonsense attitude."