magickal names

Tink About it

August, 2015

What’s in a Name?

When I first got an internet connection years ago in the nineties, it was still in its infancy for private individuals. It was exciting and I was a bit insecure. There was so much to explore and I discovered lots of websites and forums. People told me “Don’t interact on the net with your own name, that’s dangerous!” So I had to choose a nickname on the spot. I couldn’t come up with anything at first. Then I looked at my little collection of Tinkerbell stuff that I had been collecting since I was a kid, so I decided I would use Tinkerbell. Hmm, there already were people with the same idea… So I shortened it to Tink and added something personal, TinkNL (Netherlands) or Tink68 (my birth year). That’s how I started, and that’s what I still use most of the time nowadays. I’ve never been one for a new nickname for every forum or interest. I was and am Tink almost everywhere: in Dutch or English, on pagan websites, on Robbie Williams forums, on other fansites but also technical stuff, my blog, social media, etc. And of course right here on PaganPages!

I was a regular on pagan forums and everyone knew me as Tink. One of the major forums in those early days was WhiteshadoW. Through there I met several people in real life, in small groups or a lot on forum meetings. I’ve never really made a secret of my own name, but everyone just called me Tink. I listen to it just as good as to my real name. ‘Tink’ became much more than a nickname; it is my other persona without being someone else. Even today, having used my real name on Facebook for years, a lot of people still call me Tink. I don’t mind at all. When I hear it in a crowd on a festival or fair for example, I turn my head immediately to see who’s calling for me.

When I joined a coven for the first time, it was with people that knew me as Tink but we used our real names too. When it was time for my neophyte initiation ritual I was asked to choose a name. I thought about it for some time, but decided to go with Tinkerbell. It felt good and fitted me like a glove, although my appearance is far from a tiny pretty fairy. 😉 So we went ahead with that. After I quit the coven I didn’t think I’d join one ever again. But as always, life makes unexpected turns and I was warmly welcomed into another coven. This time I deliberately chose another name to signify that this was another part of my journey… I will always stay Tink, but it was time for a new name, my magical name.

I was thinking about a certain name and just a moment later my HPs (High Priestess) suggested that same name. I hesitated because it’s the name of a goddess, my patron goddess. If you’ve read my columns before, you know who that is. 🙂 I always felt it is a bit presumptuous to give yourself the name of a goddess. Maybe I could add –dóttir (daughter in Icelandic) or something like that. I decided to ask the goddess herself. In an earlier journey she told me she wanted to be known again. In this new journey she repeated that and gave me permission to use her name, in her honour as her priestess.

In pagan groups on Facebook (or elsewhere on the world wide web) beginners often ask how they can find their craft name, witches name, magical name or whatever they call it. They think they need a magical name right away, but that’s nonsense. I advise them to wait and think about it for some time. In the past, when witchcraft was illegal and considered wrong, practitioners needed a magical name to protect themselves. Nowadays we can take the time to find something that suits us best. When you have found the right name, it is intended to stay with you for a long time.

A magical name is something different though. It gets extra power and meaning along your path, so choose it carefully. A teenager that’s new to it all and enters a forum with “Hi, I’m Kali, that’s my magical name” worries me. If you really want to name yourself after a god of goddess, at least do your homework first and study what this deity stands for. Get to know him or her, look for the meaning and story behind it, meditate, do a ritual, etc. Consider to use not the name itself, but something based on it.

In some traditions it’s customary to wait a year and a day before choosing your name. Other paths give you a name (or let you choose one) at the time of initiation. Some pagans have two names: a public one and one that’s only used within the group or coven they work with.

A name can be chosen because of many reasons, varying from ‘I just like it’ to a complicated search and based on numerology or something like that. Sometimes you get a name in a dream, or in a meditation. It can be a short name, or it can be longer and have more components. The possibilities are virtually endless: animals, trees, gems, deities, book characters and so much more.

Do you have a magical name, or more?

How did you find it, or did it find you?

Blessings,

Tink

 

Further reading:

Magical Names

February, 2015

Magical names are unique to you. They represent you within your capacity to spending time within the Astral. When you are in Circle, it’s important to use a Magical Name, especially if you’ve been dedicated with a Magical Name; otherwise, Deity won’t recognize you. Magical Names can come to you easily or with a degree of difficulty. Regardless, how you obtain your Magical Name, it is always suggested to keep it the same or augment it with additional names over time and as you progress in your Craft.

 

My Magical Name is Lord Fairy Bottom Educifer. It has a queer connation to it, although it wasn’t meant to be. I got my name from Midsummer’s Night Dream by William Shakespeare. The first Sabbat I ever took part in was Midsummer and we were reading excerpts from the play. I was to recite the parts of “Nick Bottom, the Weaver”… When I asked who he was? I was told he was turned into an ass by the Queen of the Fairies.

 

At the time, I had never read this play, so I questioned, “Huh? Fairy? Bottom? Huh?” and with that, my mentor named me “Fairy Bottom” as my Magical Name. Later, after attaining my 2nd Degree elevation, I was able to tack on the title “Lord” and then after my 3rd Degree elevation, I added a last name, Educifer. I had pondered that last name for several years before making it “official”.

 

Educifer stems from two base words – ‘educ’ and ‘ifer’. ‘Educ’ comes from the base word for education. And ‘ifer’ is a base word for ‘bringer of’. If you’re familiar with the name “Lucifer”, it means ‘bringer of light’. Light stems from ‘lux’ or also spelled ‘luc’ and ‘ifer’ means to bring forth, as I understand my high school Latin of the early 80’s.

 

So let’s see what you could do to create a Magical Name for yourself. You can choose one based on a God or Goddess you appreciate. If you like a certain color, it can be a part of your Magical Name. It can correspond to a Totem Animal. You can even make it match the numerological vibration of your mundane name.

 

Gods/Goddesses – I know a male Witch who likes Pan and Eros… He chose Panos as his Magical Name. I have known many others, who have used other god-like names as part of their Magical Name. You can pick a favorite Deity’s name as your Magical Name.

 

Color? You can incorporate a simple color for a name or you could use a variation of a color as a name. Instead of the color red, try “Magenta”. Instead of blue, try “Azure”. Instead of yellow, try “Golden”. Ultimately, any color has a secondary name to it that might be alluring to you somehow.

 

I know a person, who loves a chocolate and her favorite flower is the rose. She goes by the name “Chokorose”. Another person uses the name of his favorite Tree as his Magical Name, Birch. Some folks receive their Magical Names during Meditations or other spiritual visions. When you see a bear with wings flying thru the air, you call him Gliding Bear. If you have a special Totem Animal and you have a special talent, you could use a name like my friend, OtterDance. Do you have a special Tradition or aspect of Magical Life? Go with a Magical Name that befits it, like Stregha or Gypsy.

 

I helped a friend choose his Magical Name by asking him what he likes and what kind of Totem Animals he often comes across. Using the genus name mixed with a talent for gardening became Lepus Earthtiller.

 

My own mentor likes Vetiver as a Plant/Herb, so she added an A to the end and she uses Vetivera. Do you have a favorite phase of the Moon? Lilith could be a great name. How about using a Spice and a flower part? ClovePetal, Cinnabud or Chocapod could be viable suggestions…

 

If you have an affinity with certain letter combinations of the alphabet, you could come up with all sorts of combinations. I named my first familiar Jaika-Dahl. I also had a big fat, black cat named Gizmo, but his Magical Name was Pan-Thor, because he looked just like a panther. Magical Names aren’t just for humans, you know…

 

Oh, one time I helped a woman come up with her Magical Name by spelling her name backwards… well, at least the sounds. And it worked for her. Her name was Sheri so phonetically she became “Iresh” (pronounced ‘ee-resh’).

 

Do you have a stage name or a nick-name of some sort that might work, too…? Could that be a Magical Name? Remember, you can change letters around, add and subtract letters and even spell things backwards.

 

C can be a K…. Candy to Kandy

 

I and E could be a Y… Cindy to Cyndi or Women to Womyn

 

Add a Z to S… Suzanna to Zsuzanna

 

B and V are interchangeable… and so are W and V. T and D are interchangeable… ‘Water’ could become ‘Vader’.

 

So it’s a matter of figuring out what you like, where you are in life and who you are magically… Do you have a favorite Deity? Herb? Plant? Totem Animal? Color? Element?

 

You have so many options and variations when it comes to creating your own Magical Name. It should roll off the tongue easily and you should have little difficulty signing your Magical Name. And if you have an ‘I’ in your Magical Name, you can easily replace dot above the ‘I’ with a Star. If you already have a Magical Name, share with us how you created it or how it came to you.