I would be interested in what others have to share or input to this.
Witchcraft is an eclectic following; why? Simple. Witches will take what works and adopt and use that, what works for some Witches, may not work for others.
Now, I'm not going to say any more than this, I'd like to open up for discussion and personal opinion. The topic is comparative and reflective so there is no need for any upset, this is entirely based on individual views, perhaps a little comparative thinking.
Hmmm....after some thought (gasp! I know right? I thunked on it!) and reading through this thread I can only offer this view point:
I'm a believer in the old "Not every Wiccan is a Witch, Not every Witch is a Pagan, Not every Pagan is a Wiccan" line.
I am a solitary. I am Pagan, and feel the Craft around me. I am Not Wiccan in the either Neo or Traditional sense. Keeping that in mind, I am therefore eclectic. No problem there as i do tend to follow what feels right regardless of which "religion" or "path" it comes from. I guess kinda like a patchwork quilt...little patch here, a different one there.
Do I think Witchcraft as a whole is an eclectic following? Somewhat, and in other ways not.
I do think it is eclectic in several ways, for example to continue along with "...what works for some may not work for others." ....the "following" is made up of many folks. Some from Traditional and others Familial and still others who felt "called" to it so to speak. Each would bring their own uniqueness with them, and in that way then most definitely Witchcraft is eclectic. The various languages and dialects alone will cause variances.
Now then we also have to remember we are human
. And as has been proven time and time again some form of base or structure, be it ritual/ceremony/rite/tradition/etc, whether provided or brought about within their own person
, helps in comprehension and working with areas and elements that at their truest are hard to define or describe.
For this reason, and in many cases to "pass down" knowledge, we have some commonalities. Example (and maybe not the best ) would be terminology... If you spoke to another Witch and used the term "the Craft" it would be a fair assumption that person would understand it to mean (nutshell here folks) "having to do with Magick". Yet not all Wiccan or Pagans (granted, mostly the newer) would necessarily have that clear understanding.
Other terms would be Athame, Boline, Wand, Pentacle, Chalice and Cauldron that would be almost perfectly universal regardless of which path an individual was on even if not involved within WitchCraft.
So in that and maybe a few other ways the answer would be not eclectic. It is my feeling it would be only in those few ways though, and mainly to allow for an easier step at the beginning of someones path when we as their mentors or peers or simply well-wishers might need to provide some form of assistance.
Then again, I do lean more towards the eclectic yes answer. But that is simply because right now, in my own path, I am a believer in that everyday things as well as special occasions or requests for aid all contain within and provide Magick.
Clear as mud?