I have a question. It may have been beaten to death already, but I'm looking at it from a different angle.
What do each of you see as the differences and similarities between the words or labels we give ourselves in the earth-centered community: Druid, Wiccan, Witch, Pagan, Heathen, etc? Why call oneself a Druid and not a Witch? Or a Witch and not a Wiccan? A Druidic-Witch and not a Wiccan-Druid? A Heathen and not a Pagan? Is the word Pagan being now rejected by our community?
I've looked into this before - heck I've written articles and taught classes on it. But in our larger community, the connotations of these words change so fast. Some become associated with stodginess, while others give the impression of flightiness and shallowness. Why?
I do know the old answer that labels aren't important, and they aren't in many ways. But labels can be like road signs: if you don't know where you are going, they let you know what exit might be good to try. In other words, they help us find each-other, other like-minded people, others who are exploring the same ideas. If you are looking for others but call or label yourself in an effort to be more precise an "Earth-centered, Celtic-leaning, nature worshiper, whose primary deity is Lugh," who, other than other Earth-centered, Celtic-leaning, nature worshipers, will know what you mean? A seeker isn't going to google "Earth-centered, Celtic-leaning, nature worshiper."
So what's in a name? When trying to speak a common language with the world in general, why would you choose one over another?