“I am a real witch and (_fill in the blank_) is fake!”
And if someone is claiming that you are “fake”, who the fuck cares? The “real” Witch isn’t concerned about what other people think about them because they know that their Craft is real and is effective. A Witch’s Craft doesn’t really concern anyone else except that Witch, well, unless we make concern others, such as with a curse or healing spell. My power, the power of any Witch, doesn’t come from your beliefs about me, but from my beliefs about myself and my abilities. I’m not concerned about other people’s perception of me or my Craft, be they Witches or cowans. I don’t share my magickal workings with anyone until I have witnessed a manifestation of that intention so that I am not influenced by anyone’s criticisms, whether they are beneficial or destructive. I don’t rely on others influence to aid my magick; I rely on myself and my relationships with the Elemental Forces, the Spirit Realm, and the gods.
It is impossible to force anyone to perceive anything that they are not willing to perceive. If an individual wants to see me as “a fake-ass Witch” – then that is what they will see regardless of what I say or do. If another person wants to see me as “a seriously bad-ass Witch” – then that is what they will see regardless of what I say or do. Yes, I can influence them by my words and deeds because we are all connected energetically, but they can most certainly resist my influence with their own Will so why would I spend endless hours trying to prove to others what I am or am not? Seriously, it’s not worth it, I have better things to spend my time and energy on.
I do not and will not engage in competition when it comes to my Craft. I am who I am and I practice what I practice; think of me as you will, believe what you want to about me; it doesn’t effective me either way.