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classes of magic user
Post # 1
I am here to point out possible classes of magic users there are two that I believe exist. three actually.

1. wizard. someone who uses spells

2. witches. I believe these are those with innate magical ability.

3. sorcerers. the have-nots. those who lack magical ability themselves, but acquire it through the use of catalysts, potions, and talismans. I seem to be in this category as it seems to be the only path.
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Re: classes of magic user
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 2
No. The three terms have been used at various times to mean the same thing.
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Re: classes of magic user
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 3
I am not sure why you would like to classify those terms that way, to me it makes little sense, but to each their own I guess.

Anyone can use spells, everyone can use spells. Everyone has the ability to do magic. Anyone can use tools and create tools to use to aid them in their craft.

These are titles not paths. Titles that many I know don't even use. Some like to use the name given by the tradition they follow, their path if you will, like Wiccans, Heathens, Druids and so on. Try looking at different traditions and magical teaching if you are worried about your path or finding a path. Find what works for you.
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Re: classes of magic user
Post # 4
The "class" of a magic user will usually depend on a few things:

1. Their practice, religion, spirituality, so on...

2. How they'd classify themselves, personally. That's practically a courtesy.

3. A position they may hold in a community, group, or organization. This is perhaps the most formal.

Combining the three and perhaps other factors you'd have something along the lines of a title. In certain Graeco/Roman communities, historically speaking, you'd frequently have a Priestess or a Priest (usually in accordance with the gender of their deity). Occasionally a Priestess (especially in regards to the cult of Apollo) would become an Oracle.
Priests and Priestesses are found in almost all pagan religions, they are usually the figures of authority or notable wisdom.

Witches can be solitary practitioners, or in smaller groups not part of an organized religion ("Coven" ring a bell?). Witches became significant in the middle ages and dark ages, specifically due to economic hardships like the Black Plague. They would frequently partake in practical magic, like herbal healing or root work.

A sorcerer can probably just be defined as, "a person who claims or is believed to have magic powers; a wizard." ~Google
I am not as well versed on the history of this classification as I am with witches. However it does seem to be a word more used in literature of the fiction/fantasy genre(s).

There's such a thing as Witch Doctors, often associated with Vodou, Voodoo, Hoodoo, etc...or African practical/traditional magic. Witch Doctors (unlike the European Witch) will usually hold a level of respect within their community, sometimes authoritative or even feared, but rarely considered malicious by default except by government law; largely in due to the uh...human trafficking "issue" as of late.

Of course you have, simply put, traditional healers of the East; whom one might describe as witches themselves but normally don't have a very defined spiritual belief necessary to their work (not to say witches always do). It's like alchemy, but less science and far more intuitive treatment of various ailments. A Witch Doctor often serves similar purpose.
They can, from what I've heard, by rather expensive to employ. lol

It's really a matter of personal standing. You can research different pagan paths and other religions to better acquaint yourself with their followers (which is where you'll find the respective classifications).

Here's a tip for your research:
Not everything you'd consider "magic" would be thought of as such by its native users. So keep your searching more adapted to region and geography rather than by terms of "magic".
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