|"Baba Yaga" - Painting by Tempest|
To be a Witch is to be of the marginal, and for the marginal of society. This path is often iconoclastic, drawing a route against the grain of the majority. This truth is nothing new, it's been this way for centuries, and I would hazard to suspect longer than that, given the patterns of human nature.
The Witch exists in a space simultaneously of the community and not of the community. Partly because the Witch deals in matters of the Other - the gods, the spirits, the dead, the mysteries, and partly because the Witch is a keeper of knowledge, an independent thinker, and essentially a loner. When you see the world differently, it changes how you interact with it.
The Witch has long been the one who knows, the one you go to when no one else will help, in the dark depths of night, in the hidden part of the woods. The Witch is the gateway to the unknown, the dangerous and the wild.
So when we speak, it should not surprise us that our words are not always welcome. When we speak up for what we believe is the right way, when we stand to fight for the marginalized and against injustice, and when we seek to talk of balance, growth, and education - it will cause discontent. The same people may call you beautiful and gifted in one breath, may condemn and strike against you in the next breath when your words make them uncomfortable. But their response can't change your path or the validity of your words and actions.
This all is nothing new. It has been our history and is very likely our future. We have been hunted, tortured, maimed, condemned, jailed, burned, and killed for our ways. But we go continue on, because we must. You must remember that their actions and responses reflect more upon them than it does you. It can't steal the power of your words or your path - unless you let them.
It is easy to get caught up in the glamour, the trappings, the talk of elusive mysteries and power and forget that we walk and talk a dangerous path. Be true to what you believe, speak it, and do it. It takes a brave soul to shine light upon the fears and expose the shadows. And in time, they will learn, if you keep going.