The word ”warlock” comes from the Old Norse term varð-lokkur, which means ”spirit caller.” As such,
What’s offensive to me is not calling a male witch a warlock, but attempting to define the practice of witchcraft and its associated terminology in terms of RPGs and video games. My spiritual practice is not a fantasy game.
The etymology of warlock suggests that warlocks are renouncers of a faith. Maybe the faith doesn’t have to be a religion or any kind of code or vow.
What if warlocks renounce their inborn faith in the ”real world”, knowing that all experience is illusory?
A wizard is born.
A warlock is trained.
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