Are You a Witch? Telltale Signs and Characteristics to Look For

Updated on November 22, 2018
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Born in deepest Cornwall and now living in wild Wales, Bev has been practising her personal brand of witchcraft for years and years.

If you feel a little different from other people. If you don’t quite fit in. If your interests seem to veer wildly from those of people you are close to. If animals are drawn to you. If you feel at home in nature and comfortable in the dark… it’s quite possible you might be a witch.

What Is a Witch?

This is a difficult question because there are literally hundreds of different kinds of witches, and witchcraft traditions can vary wildly from place to place and person to person. However, the kind of witch I am talking about is pretty straightforward: a witch is a wise woman (or man) who uses energy to make things happen.

Be aware that people are rarely born into witchcraft, despite what some people claim. Witchcraft is a path you choose to follow. Even if you have all the characteristics described here, that doesn't mean you have to tread that path. It's all about choice.

Signs You Might Be a Witch

  • You dislike crowds. The energy of all those people seems to swirl and eddy around you. You might get a headache or feel grumpy or slightly ill if you get stuck in the middle of a large crowd.
  • You have always been able to rely on your intuition. Whenever you needed to make a snap judgment, your intuition has kicked in to guide you. If you’ve been unsure about someone’s motives, your intuition got you right out of that situation. If you’ve anguished over a decision and in the end decided to go with your gut, you were following your intuition and I expect it was spot-on.
  • Death and what happens after we die has always fascinated you. You often feel as though people who have passed haven’t gone anywhere at all. They are just behind a thin veil and have their quirks and characters just like the living. At the same time, you know we are all part of one whole.
  • You are a sponge for knowledge. You love to read and discover new things constantly. You love to be awed by the simplicity and complexities of the Universe.
  • You feel energy. Literally. Whether it is in your hands, flowing through you, or swirling around you, you know it is a real thing. Just because we can’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not there.
  • You can identify the energy of any place you visit. You can "read" the emotions that have been impressed on a building in the past. Sometimes, you just have to leave if it becomes too overwhelming. Other times, you feel you can exert a calming influence. Occasionally, it seems as though you have visited a place before even though you are sure you haven’t.
  • You’ve always been attracted to the ‘Dark Arts,’ perhaps tarot, astrology, spell work, or healing. You believe there is so much about us—and the world—that we don’t understand, but the more you learn about witchcraft, the more you want to learn.
  • Nature feels natural to you. When you are in nature (walking in a garden, the woods, on the heath, or in a park), you feel like that’s where you belong. Nature restores your very being through connection with grass, trees, oceans, and rocks.

Witches feel particularly at ease in nature.
Witches feel particularly at ease in nature. | Source

Physical Signs or Characteristics of a Witch

There's no way to simply look at a person to determine whether or not they are a witch. However, some of a witch's inner characteristics might cause visual clues.

  • You like to wear black. Seriously, witches can wear anything and the black clothes thing? Well that’s just an affectation. These days, modern witches wear what they like. However, black and red stripy tights are a must... just kidding (says the woman with two pairs in her hosiery drawer).
  • You prefer silver to gold. Witches like silver because it is the color of the moon. Silver is soft and gleamy, whereas gold is brash and loud. Silver whispers; gold shouts.
  • You’re always collecting things. Unusual pebbles, shells, strange twisted sticks, bird feathers, bones, coins, scraps of fabric or paper, old stuff, things other people wouldn’t give a second glance to. And cats or other animals.
  • You are drawn to animals, and they are drawn to you. You have a natural rapport with creatures. Not only domestic animals, but wild ones, too.
  • You accumulate objects that reveal your witchiness. The books on your bookshelf, contents of your cupboards, animals that surround you, and other random objects and curios you collect all hint at your inner truth.

Witches feel connected to the moon emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
Witches feel connected to the moon emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

More Clues You Could Be a Witch

  • You are observant. You take notice. You are always using all your senses. You hear, you see, smell, taste, and touch. You can’t pass by an interesting tree without touching it. You can’t ignore a herb garden without getting your hands right in there, with your nose following close behind. You hear birds and insects. You acknowledge their existence and are grateful for their presence on the planet.
  • You respect boundaries. You know instinctively when a person needs a hug or when they’d prefer not to be close. You know when to shut up and when to offer advice.
  • You are attracted to quirky, interesting, unusual people. You are bored by many, but when introduced to someone who doesn't seem to conform, you make an instant connection.
  • You can keep a secret. Forever, if necessary.
  • Storms and lashing rain excite you. You’d love to get out there and be part of it. The visible force of nature gives you a rush.
  • The Moon seems to be important in a spiritual way, but you’re not quite sure why. Sometimes her beauty takes your breath away. You always notice full moon and your heart lifts when you see the crescent moon peeking through scudding clouds.
  • You feel connected to the elements: fire, water, earth, and air.
  • You’re reading this and you made a connection. You know that this is you. Even if all these things don’t apply, you just feel it. You are a witch.

Through grass, trees, oceans, and rocks, witches connect with nature.
Through grass, trees, oceans, and rocks, witches connect with nature. | Source

Witch Quiz: Find Out If You Could Be a Witch

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After You’ve Determined You’re a Witch…What Next?

Well, possibly nothing. If you don’t want to be a witch, you can carry on just as you are, with the added layer of knowledge that you are slightly different from those around you. Or you could choose to discover more about the path you’ve unexpectedly found yourself treading.

To develop your natural inclinations further and explore your own witchy potential, you could research the various traditions out there, including Native American, Celtic, Norse, and British Trads, Wicca, Voodoo, and Fairy and Solitary, to name just a few. You may want to find others like yourself and maybe embark on an initiation path, which is like a college degree for witches. There are many choices before you.

For now, though, I recommend you take it slowly. Read all you can, and find out where your interests lie and what makes your heart sing. Above all, enjoy the knowledge that you could be a witch. Do remember what I said earlier: Witchcraft is a path you choose to take. It's not compulsory.

Many people have been asking what's the best way to proceed. I've written another article to attempt to answer this: I Think I'm a Witch; What Are the Next Steps? If you have any other questions that I can answer with an article, please let me know in the comments section.

Note: I get lot of questions asking the same thing: What do I do next? The answer is right there in that section and the additional link, above. Please read through all the answers and comments to see if I have already given the answer you're looking for.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I learn to practice witchcraft?

Witchcraft, the practice of magick to achieve an end that cannot simply be achieved through normal means, takes a lot of practice. To start learning how to use energy to make things happen, read How to Become a Witch and Practice Witchcraft.

If I'm a witch, how do I begin doing all the things witches do?

Along with studying, researching, reading extensively, and learning about spells, there are many practices you can incorporate into your daily rituals. Read 50 Ways to Be a Witch Every Day and pick one or two rituals to add to your routine.

What kind of witch am I: green witch, white witch, hedge witch, word witch, shaman, etc.?

Part of every witch's education is learning about all the different types of witches there are. Read What Kind of Witch Are You? 60 Witchcraft Traditions for more information.

How can I spot a modern-day witch?

You can't. She might not wear black, she won't carry a broom or wear a hat. She'll look just like you or me or anyone on the street. "She" might even be a man.

How do I know if I'm a wizard or male witch?

We don't usually use the term "wizard," as it is a different thing altogether. Neither do we use "warlock" or "magician." A male witch is basically a male witch, though there aren't many, and the signs listed above would apply to them, too. They would probably also describe themselves as Wiccan or pagan.

Is being a witch the same thing as being pagan or Wiccan?

"Pagan" is a broad term that describes anyone following an earth-based spiritual path. "Wiccan" is a specific religious path that falls under the umbrella term of witchcraft. So some pagans might be witches, but all Wiccans are witches. If you think you might be pagan and want to learn more, read 7 Signs You Are a Pagan.

Do I have to be related to witches to be a witch myself?

No, you don't. Despite what some claim, people are rarely born into witchcraft. It is a path you choose to follow, not a hereditary thing.

Am I too young to be a witch?

To become a witch, you need to have life experience and maturity. I strongly discourage children from attempting to practice witchcraft. If you think you want to follow the path when you are ready, read Can a Young Teen Be a Witch?

Questions & Answers

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    • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

      Bev G 

      2 weeks ago from Wales, UK

      There's no age recommendation, Zoe. I would always advise that anyone interested in this path, spend at least a year reading and studying the subject. By all means trying some spells along the way.

      https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Teenwitch-H...

      Good luck on your journey :)

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      Zoe H. 

      2 weeks ago

      At what age is it recommended to start practicing witchcraft? I'm 15 but I've always felt like I had magic in me and I have also done a few spells and potions.

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      Bev G 

      2 weeks ago from Wales, UK

      Thank you for your lovel words, Tamara. Have fun with it.

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      Tamara 

      2 weeks ago

      Hi... Some fantastic reading i wanted to say first of all...

      I know im definitely a witch, i bahved as such as a child and teenager but was somewhat sourounded by religious ideals unfortunately. I alwsys knew i was spiritual & different from others. Im also an empath and have clairvoyant gifts , which im embracing as i thought i was nuts growing up, hearing everyones thoughts around me , yet my empath ability to feel others emotions was a little stunted due to issues i had to deal with as a child...but now ALL my abilities are stronger than ever thus im becoming confident & more sure of myself.

      I really enjoyed reading your artivle, thanks for sharing.

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      Amaya R 

      2 weeks ago

      I don't know if I am or am not a witch I feel it would be ignorant to say after one article; however, after reading this article I definitely feel I fall in line with these qualities. Thank you for this and the other reading suggestions I will definitely further my research on this journey of understanding myself and why i am the way I am.

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      Naquitta 

      3 weeks ago

      I've always be unique i should say. i can think about something and it would happen i can put my hand over something or i should say an object and something in the center of my hand starts pulling like its sucking something out of the object or the object is taking from me

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      Bev G 

      3 weeks ago from Wales, UK

      No, it definitely does not mean you are a witch. Read this article for an explanation:

      https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/I-Have-Psyc...

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      Adriana pittman 

      3 weeks ago

      Ok well i had a dream once we had pancakes for breakfast i know it sounds weird but it´s true then the next day we have pan cakes then i had another dream that something bad was going to happened the next day something bad did happen i mostly visions of dreams i had before and figure out what is going to happen my vision dreams don come to oftenly thought does that mean im a witch and im only 12

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      Bev G 

      4 weeks ago from Wales, UK

      Sharon, none of this is connected to witchcraft. You have a psychic gift so you need to find a group that can help you. Try searching on Facebook, or look in your locality for a spiritulist center or church.

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      Sharon Stoddard 

      4 weeks ago

      I feel energy, I feel spirits everyday, all the time but it eats at me because I have this capability but no clue why I do cuz it feels ad if I am wasting a semi rare gift , I am not helping myself or poor souls I feel, I can't tell if they r male or female, nor age, not how they passed on and if they need my help or I the one that needs help, just drivesme batty that I can't talk nor market see spirets, feels so useless, help me please, I can't deal with this wasteful useless feeling , I wouldluv to be helpful to should I just gotta let it go and except that I have no real purpose for this , frustrating as heck, any advise or help with some detection? Thank u

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      Bev G 

      4 weeks ago from Wales, UK

      I agree, Llyr, no one needs a label. They are who they are and do what they do.

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      Llyr 

      4 weeks ago

      It frustrates me when people find out that I practice the craft they immediately think I am wiccan. I don't even like the term witch. I hate religion of any form or type. When people ask me what I am I simply tell them to research Animism. Add to that a forager, herbalist and chef and that is the essence of my craft. You don't need to worship anyone or anything to practice the craft, but it is worthwhile honouring such things that give you life.

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      Bev G 

      4 weeks ago from Wales, UK

      Thank you, Barbara... but I am the most impatient person I know :D

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      barbara 

      4 weeks ago

      I find you to be very insightful and and a special kind of person with plenty of patience and understanding. You make a great teacher and will be ever so helpful in showing the ways and yet let everyone follow there own path. Glad i found you!

      Blessed be...

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      April 

      4 weeks ago from Columbus,Ga

      Nice Hub, it put a smile on my face while reading it.

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      Bev G 

      4 weeks ago from Wales, UK

      I really don't know what it means, Lily. What do you think it means? The waning (shrinking) moon is a time of withdrawal and for banishing. Maybe it represents secrets.

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      Lily 

      4 weeks ago

      I love this article. I think I’m a witch. This weird thing happens we’re backwards moon crescents get on me like a scar that I had was shaped like it, it was on my pencil sharpener, what does it mean?

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      Lauren Rodriguez 

      4 weeks ago

      I have dreams that come true or similar things that were in it happen in real life happen. I also am extremley comfortable around animals and don’t really like people. I usually just dismiss the dreams and the fact that animals and nature always feel natural, but now I’m kind of confused.

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      Bev G 

      5 weeks ago from Wales, UK

      I'm sorry, I can't verify anything, L. It's something you have to explore and pursue yourself. However, being psychic is not the same as choosing to practice witchcraft.

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      5 weeks ago

      I guess I’m just looking for some verification I’m not going mad I’m a male and this has been passed to me by blood I’ve made a butterfly out of thin air and see dead people and things, I just can't control it and I want to know I’m not just going nuts as my family are very light on detail:

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      Bev G 

      5 weeks ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Colleen (lovely name). People are always asking me 'what does this mean?' The important question is, not what it means to me, but what does it mean to you?

      If you read through responses I've made to similar questions, you'll see that I suggest that people who have spiritual or psychic experiences are confusing them with witchcraft. They are different things. It's possible for a psychic to be a witch and vice versa, but neither requires the other.

      This might help.

      https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/I-Have-Psyc...

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      Colleen 

      5 weeks ago

      Sometimes I feel like I can communicate with my ancestors. I am only a teen though. I always pray to them becauase I am Christian but i feel like i am communicating. It's at night, so after i close my eyes i feel like i am floating. Like my mind/soul is "leaving" my body. Also, sometimes I have dejavu and a strong "connection" to places uve never been. What could this mean? Sorry Ive sporouted so many topics on you!

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      Bev G 

      5 weeks ago from Wales, UK

      Why on earth would you attempt to make anyone sick? You do know that this kind of thing will return to you? If not now, then later. I promise, you'll be sorry if you do stuff like this.

      The weakness and exhaustion you feel may become permanent unless you learn how to act with maturity and caution.

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      Hey 

      5 weeks ago

      I have most of these signs but im male do i still count as a witch.

      I can make things happen but after it does happen i feel weak and exhausted (example: i make somebody sick or give somebody temporary luck) do u know what this means? And can i identify what kind of witch i am with this 'ability' ?

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      Bev G 

      5 weeks ago from Wales, UK

      I think you should research a bit more first, Anastasia. Do some reading. A coven is not for everyone.

      This page might help: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/What-Kind-o...

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      Anastasia 

      6 weeks ago

      I have always known there was something different about me but my question now is do I need to join a coven of some sorts. It seems like a coven would be my best bet but I am still unsure whether or not I would need to join one. Should I join a coven?

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      Bev G 

      6 weeks ago from Wales, UK

      Mauri, go look at an image of the Seven of Cups. It's a tarot card.

      Having spiritual dreams and visions doesn't mean you're a witch.

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      Mauri 

      6 weeks ago

      I have these dreams of colors. And above these colors sits strange looking spirits holding a candle of the colors that they sit above. And on these candles are symbles and pictures of a snake a fish a owl and a fire breathing dragon. I have had this dream 7 times and still dont understand its meaning. I never told anyone about the dream because past dream only got me laughed at. The stange thing is that I have seen the first 3 on a hunting trip and the 4th on a young mans back pack. What do it all mean?

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      Bev G 

      6 weeks ago from Wales, UK

      Alexandra, witches are human :D Whatever makes you think that they aren't? I'm glad your hearing has improved.

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      Alexandra 

      6 weeks ago

      I think i'm human but feel and want to be a witch. What can i do? Also i tryed a self made black cat spell and the only thing that happened was that my hearin got ALOT better. Do you think its working?

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      Bev G 

      6 weeks ago from Wales, UK

      No, not unless you practice witchcraft. People get psychic gifts mixed up with witchcraft. They are not the same.

      I explain it here: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/I-Have-Psyc...

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      Constantina 

      6 weeks ago

      I see dreams that come true about 1 time per week and lately i see pictures like visions that represent future events .I am drawn to the energy of the moon and nature.Am i a white witch?

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      Keerthi 

      6 weeks ago

      I'm so grateful that i found this article. I always felt that I'm different and that I'm not where I belong. And I do identify with what all signs you have mentioned here, infact all of them! My mom tells me that there were many instances in the past, when I was little girl, I predicted things and they almost always shockingly used to come true. But since we shifted to the city i stopped having these visions and even though I liked being in a new place...it took time for me to cope up with less nature around. I still do get visions...but I'm not able to completely trust them.

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      Bev G 

      6 weeks ago from Wales, UK

      Hi there, DG, start here: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Witch-and-W...

      I have loads of articles on witchcraft. Just follow the links within each one.

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      Dirty Gaming 

      6 weeks ago

      Yeah idk what im doing here but I guess I can see the future in my dreams lol but I do want to get involved in witchcraft tired of living a basic sad life, I know that body and mind has so much more to it but if anyone can help or guide me please let me know thanks.

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      Krazysnakelady 

      6 weeks ago

      Thank you so much for your input, Bev! I will definitely take your advice! I love your articles and promise to keep reading.

      -Kendall

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      Bev G 

      6 weeks ago from Wales, UK

      Kendall, why not try getting out for a walk? That's my favorite kind of meditation. I walk in the woods almost daily (I have three dogs) and when they are off exploring, I just stand and lean against a tree. Sometimes I take my shoes off so my feet can feel the earth.

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      Krazysnakelady 

      6 weeks ago

      Thank you so much for our input Bev! I will try meditating more often and find my inner psychic. Though I find myself sometimes falling asleep if I meditate for too long! lol. I also have a big family and don't have my own room, so there isn't a quiet place to meditate and focus. Any tips? I always welcome your advice and enjoy reading your articles.

      -Kendall

      P.S. You don't have to answer my questions if you don't want to, I just like asking questions.

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      Bev G 

      6 weeks ago from Wales, UK

      Of course. Many witches believe in a higher power. Some are also Christian.

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      AshK 

      6 weeks ago

      Can you believe in God and be a witch?

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      Bev G 

      7 weeks ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Kendall, you don't have to be psychic to be a witch. However, most work on developing their intuition throughout their lives. Might be intentional meditation, or perhaps learning a divinatory skill like tarot. Or others might just shrug and focus on 'doing witchcraft'. It's all good.

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      Krazysnakelady 

      7 weeks ago

      Dear Bev,

      I find your article really helpful and has lead me to find more articles on witchcraft. Since reading your article, I have read many more like it trying to find my path in the witchery world. But I have noticed that many people have some sort of psychic ability when I don't seem to have any. Does this lessen my chance of being a witch? Is there a way to find my physic abilities or will I never gain them?

      I am almost 16 and would love to hear any advice your willing to give me.

      -Kendall

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      Bev G 

      7 weeks ago from Wales, UK

      Thank you, Lorelei. may your continuing journey be full of magical surprises :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      7 weeks ago from Canada

      What a fantastic article on spirituality and how one's heart leans to certain natural phenomenon. I always feel that my soul lies close to the border between worlds so I can almost touch over but not quite. Love this guide on witchy intuitions.

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      Tomas 

      8 weeks ago

      My mother was a witch as was my grandmother. It was something i felt something i just knew. They also knew who I was. They are both gone now and I can. Still feel them and once in a while I can here them and see them. They mostly come when I'm at my absolute bottom. So for me it was not something I chose it was something that chose me and I am grateful it did. I have there full library and some of my own books also witch I will pass to my daughter who is also a natural witch of course lol. So for all the real witches out there never stop being who you really are.

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      Bev G 

      2 months ago from Wales, UK

      You are right. There is no such thing as a 'whitch'. However, I'm a witch and I exist.

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      Poop 

      2 months ago

      Whitches don't exist

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      Bev G 

      2 months ago from Wales, UK

      No idea, Polemistis. I do know that my mother has formed an odd relationship with a fly that hangs around her living room. She swears it is my step-father who passed away a couple of months ago.

      The uncanny thing is, it seems to respond to her, and also comes close to any visitors to check out who they are. It's strange and perhaps it is a series of several flies, who knows?

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      Polemistis 

      2 months ago

      There is a lot of mentions of nature in your article, and similarly with animals. However, do insects/bugs count?

      I am an empath by nature and a male witch by study, but I cannot seem to read insects' presences or energy as I can with most living beings. Is that unusual?

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      Bev G 

      2 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Kellie,

      No, I'm not saying there's no such thing as hereditary witches, just that there are not quite so many as some people claim.

      Many people get psychic abilities mixed up with witchcraft. Being a witch is a choice, a way of life. If you don't practice witchcraft deliberately, you are not a witch. A person might have a strong intuition or be able to charm animals, but it doesn't mean they are a witch. They could be if they choose to be.

      I wish I had some books for you to immerse yourself in... unfortunately, I haven't written any :)

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      Kellie 

      2 months ago

      I was born a witch, I just never realized until recently that s what I am. So I started talking with my sister and she realized she is too. We know our mother is, much of what we know she taught us. Mother doesn’t know she’s a witch. She would freak out. We are not sure how to approa ch her or if we should. Also, my children and my sisters children are also witches. No we haven’t told them they are. I just wanted to tell you because you stated th at it is very rare to be born a witch (I beli eve that’s what I read above) and that it’ s not hereditary. I agree that it’s not gene tic. But I think that my family has been c onnected through past lives. We all have special gifts and identify with every singl e thing on your list above. I am complete ly fascinated & grateful to have found yo ur site. I will be emersing myself in your books. Thank you

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      Jenny 

      2 months ago

      When I was younger in the past, I was excited about witchcraft I loved it! I realize that I could become a witch if I want, because I have some similiar things and tastes. But manytimes I don't believe by myself. I till like witchcraft.

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      Bev G 

      2 months ago from Wales, UK

      I have bookshelves like yours, Jean :D Thanks for stopping by x

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      Jean Bakula 

      2 months ago from New Jersey

      I have interests in all these things, just as you described. But even when I frequent places where I talk with witches, I identify as Pagan. I always wear silver, always did. My engagement and wedding rings were silver and white gold. Still silvery. I think my bookshelves give me away though! And fascination with the Moon and nature.

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      Bev G 

      2 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Cosmicplum, I applaud you for not dismissing your daughter's gifts as mere childish nonsense. She is a luck girl to have such an understanding and open-minded parent.

      I have written two articles on another site that might help you.

      https://psychicelements.com/blog/psychic-children/

      https://psychicelements.com/blog/children-with-psy...

      Resources: https://psychicelements.com/blog/psychic-experienc...

      Good luck.

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      Cosmicplum 

      2 months ago

      My daughter is 4 years old and has so many remarkable abilities. She tends to channel spirits among other things. Is there any resources to help a parent guide her child? I have always dealt with many gifts myself and i know it runs in my family...i just would like to help her grow and not stomp out the flames like the older more fearful women in my family. Its really hard trying to explain this all to a small child and i know it scares her sometimes...

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      Bev G 

      3 months ago from Wales, UK

      I don't know, Ely, but I doubt it. Is it possible you got up in your sleep and brought your baby into bed with you? I know when mine were babies I would change and feed them almost in my sleep.

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      Ely 

      3 months ago

      As a little girl i grew up seeing a witch at night time. She would make me float i kept this to myself since pretty much no one was going to believe me.but then when my daughter was a new born i saw her again this time in a dream but involving my newborn..i woke up to finding my newborn next to me in my bed when i had placed herin her crib. Is this witch real?

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      Bev G 

      3 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Celeste, the definitive way is to decide for yourself. It's not something that happens to you; it's a path that choose to follow. So when you start off, you're not really a witch, but after a year of study and practice you could happily call yourself a witch :)

      No, it won't hurt your soul, I promise. Remember that Satanism and witchcraft are completely different things. It was the church that decided they were one and the same.

      Witches were the herbalists, the midwives, and wise-women of old. They may have called upon various 'helpers' depending on their locality, but generally speaking, they were ordinary people who went to church.

      Google 'Christian witches' for more info.

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      Celeste 

      3 months ago

      Thank you Bev for responding so quickly. I've really enjoyed reading through the article you linked in your response, and I only have two more questions I'm concerned about.

      Is there a definitive way of knowing that you're a witch?

      And, if I were to begin practicing one or more of the forms of witchcraft you mentioned, would that hurt my soul? As in, would that go against God? I'm a Catholic so I'm really worried about pursuing witchcraft and having it be a sin and "doom" me.

      Thank you!

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      Bev G 

      3 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Celeste.

      Becoming a witch means that you learn how to manipulate energy. This can be done in various ways, such as spellwork, ritual, meditation, or physical action (such as chanting or drumming).

      Changing forms? Nah... I don't believe anyone can do that, although it is possible to assume a certain invisibility. It's not that you are invisible, just that people don't notice you.

      Pyrokinesis etc. is the realm of psychics. They may well be witches, but it is not something that witches can do generally.

      Druidry is one tradition of earth religion (British). They may practice a kind of witchcraft, but they wouldn't call themselves witches.

      This might help: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/What-Kind-o...

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      Celeste 

      3 months ago

      Reading this was so fascinating and inspiring. I just gave a few questions I hope you'll please answer?

      What kinds of things can be done by a witch? Can you manipulate the elements, i.e pyro or hydrokinesis, or even change forms? Is there an absolutely definitive way to know you're a witch? Finally, is there a difference between a witch and a Druid?

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      Bev G 

      3 months ago from Wales, UK

      Jeffrey, thanks for your kind words. The article is in the process of having a major overhaul :)

      You can create your wand in whatever way is meaningful to you. You could bind the feathers with some natural vine or string made from natural materials. Be careful not to let it look like a feather duster though :D

      Eucalyptus is excellent for healing and protection work. I'm not sure about turkey feathers.

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      Jeffrey Gower 

      3 months ago

      Thank you for this article and I noticed that it was updated today 20th of August 2018. I have struggled for years admitting to myself that I am a witch. After reading your article today, and especially after a very tough day indeed, I am now convinced, without shadow of doubt, that I am indeed a witch and I will say proud of it. I actually started crafting myself a wand (before even knowing this article existed) out of eucalyptus wood from a branch that I have kept from a tree that used to be in my backyard. While researching the properties of eucalyptus wood in it's magical sense, I came across your article about wand crafting which led me to this article about being a witch. Coincidence? I don't think so. I was meant to find your article on this very day that you updated it. So maybe you have an answer to this question that I have? Will Eucalyptus wood and turkey feathers combine to have the good magical properties for a wand? If so should the feather be somehow inserted into the wand or just added externally? I look forward to an answer and thank you in advance.

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      Bev G 

      3 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Mikay, this is a common problem. If someone doesn't understand the basics of energy manipulation then spells won't work. You can follow instructions to the letter but unless you put the right feeling into it, you won't have much success.

      https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/How-To-Begi...

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      Mikaylablackmon 

      3 months ago

      Hi i am having problems about myself and yes i've read ur article it helps a lot and i never could explain all the things that was said on the article and i am grateful but when i try spell casting on myself it doesnt work and i have been doing spell casting since i was 10 years old and i am now 17 years old and still when i try spell casting it doesn't work on me can u plz give me an advice? Everything that was said on the article is true about myself and i never new why !

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      Bev G 

      3 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hello Artemis,

      My suggestion would be to continue on as you are as it seems as if you are developing your own unique spiritual path. If you would like to incorporate a little more active ritual (as simple as meditation, building a cairn, laying down a pebble circle) then it might be a good idea to investigate such things as paganism, witchcraft, etc.

      I have a couple of other articles that might help:

      https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/50-Ways-To-...

      https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/What-Kind-o...

      https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/I-think-Im-...

      Good luck on your journey.

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      Artemis 

      3 months ago

      Hi Bev,

      I've been searching for answers for a few years and I feel like I'm finally getting somewhere! Growing up, I felt extremely drawn to all things fantasy/supernatural, everything involving magic or different abilities. I always felt like I belonged in one of those worlds, and that there was something inherently different about me compared to others. Sometimes I feel like there's this energy inside of me just waiting to come out, or that I'm waiting for something to happen, like a realization or awakening.

      I'm not sure if I'm a witch or something else, but hopefully you can help me find that out or point me towards someone who can. I identified with many of the signs you listed above. My mood can be influenced easily by the weather and by the moods of people around me. I love learning anything I can, especially about science and the universe. I feel at peace in forests and on beaches, very calm and at home. I'm drawn to the moon, silver and storms, especially just before a storm when the wind blows- I always feel so alive and like there's this energy in the air. I feel the same way at night, but there are times when I almost feel like there are eyes on me from between the trees. I do collect many random things (rocks, keys, feathers, shells) and I feel very connected to the elements. I also have a very strong connection to and love of wolves, and I've found that sometimes when I'm angry or feel threatened, there's a part of me that instinctively feels compelled to react like a wolf would. I've also felt drawn to the idea of symbols/sigils.

      What could this be? Do you have any ideas/advice for me? Thank you in advance.

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      Bev G 

      4 months ago from Wales, UK

      I'll take your Gods, Mr Happy. Thank you for your kind words.

      Just off to work on my special powers using the universal laws of the err.... universe.

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      Mr. Happy 

      4 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      Another fun article. : )

      I want to mention that You're getting really good questions. I enjoyed reading them (as well as the answers). Like the one about: "I want to know why I have dreams that predict the future". That's a Seer in the making, in my opinion.

      When it first happened to me I kinda freaked out lol Then, it happened again and again ... lol I tend to look at humans as mutatants from the comic books. We all have special powers. It;s just that some people work on them and some do not.

      It;s also neat that You have youngsters reading your writing. Not to put any pressure on but that's significant and I am grateful for your guidance to them.

      Thank You for your article. May the Gods be with You.

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      Bev G 

      4 months ago from Wales, UK

      You are very welcome,Yanira.

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      Yanira 

      4 months ago

      Your article was very insightful and helpful. I relate to many of the clues. I've always felt a connection and fondness to witches and the craft since I can remember. And I've preformed a few spells throughout my years that have actually worked. I'm glad to have found your article. Thank you.

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      Bev G 

      4 months ago from Wales, UK

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      Jiya 

      4 months ago

      Hello,

      So I am 13 years old, and I've been doing a lot of research about witch crafting lately. According to this article, and many others, I do match all the signs being a witch. It's not only about the signs, but my guts tell me, and I can feel it as well, that I can be a witch and start practising, and I really do want to. I know that I do have a proper understanding of what it is all about, what it means, the consequences and all of it. I think that I am prepared to start practising it, but I need help with that. I don't really know from where to start, or how to start. Do you have any suggestions for me or anything to say??

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      Bev G 

      4 months ago from Wales, UK

      No, it's not a sin. However, you are too young to be a practising witch. Until you are old enough and independent of your parents, you should learn all you can about nature, science, and other religions. Expand your knowledge and one day you'll know you are ready.

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      Evelin 

      4 months ago

      Im twelve and ive been drawn to crystals and the moon. My parents amd family members say that being a witch is a sin. Is it?

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      Bev G 

      4 months ago from Wales, UK

      Miriel, it means you have psychic abilities, which you are born with and can develop if you wish. Witchcraft is something you can choose to do, or not. Psychic abilities don't mean you are a witch, although they can be combined.

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      Bev G 

      4 months ago from Wales, UK

      No, not all. While witches are human and experience human emotions, including anger, they know how to calm themselves or channel the anger harmlessly.

      The anger that you are feeling is a result of being stressed, distressed, and dis-empowered. You could ask to talk to someone about it.

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      Belle love 

      4 months ago

      Is anger a sign of being a witch like you can feel it inside you? The anger and you heart beating fast?

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      Bev G 

      4 months ago from Wales, UK

      Witchcraft is a path you can choose. Psychic abilities are not usually a choice. So it's up to you whether to channel your gifts into witchcraft, or whether to follow a different spiritual path.

      If you are interested in witchcraft/Wicca, then I recommend you read a few books to discover more. I also have more articles that might be of interest:

      https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Witch-and-W...

      https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/What-Kind-o...

      https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/I-think-Im-...

      For spiritual/psychic advice there are many resources online: https://psychicelements.com/blog/psychic-experienc...

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      AshTheone 

      4 months ago

      So ive always struggled with if i am a witch or just spiritual. Im 21, female, all of these characteristics fit me... and I can make things happen with my mind, I once wished someone death and they had a heart attack that day within an hours time. I instantly regretted what i wished and they lived. I have not bestowed this upon anyone else, but, I can make people do things I want. For example if I am driving and the person in front of me is slow i can make them turn at the next stop, i have tested this many times. I want to know how I can become more connected with this energy.

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      Bev G 

      4 months ago from Wales, UK

      I'd take a wild guess that they are the remains of a cat's hunting expedition. I would get rid of them by whatever sanitary means possible.

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      Aimee 

      4 months ago

      Hello

      I found the intestine bowels and stomach of a small animal in my driveway under my car. I have obliviously been cursed. What do I do with these items? Burn or bury them?

      Thanks so much

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      Bev G 

      5 months ago from Wales, UK

      What sort of book are you looking for, Destiny?

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      Bev G 

      5 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Cradkaisen, I have another article on 'the next steps'. The link is in the article above.

      And yes, there are witches who specialize in herbalism :)

      https://hubpages.com/wicca-witchcraft/What-Kind-o....

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      Destiny 

      5 months ago

      How would I get a powerful book

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      Scorpio Theban 

      5 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      WOW! You nailed it. Your description of being a "witch" described EVERY little thing that IS me... and I do mean EVERYTHING!

      I don't consider myself by the term "witch", I prefer to reference myself as a "Wizard". My entire life has been filled with profound experiences and revelations. I even contemplated Infinity for an entire year until I finally had a "direct experience" of it.

      Thanks for the explanation... it puts it all together.

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      Cradkaisen 

      5 months ago

      Hello. I come from a family of sisters who are witches and they say our father is also, but did not do anything to learn about it. I do not have the same gifts as my sisters, however I definitely think I have different gifts. Is there such a witch who dabbles in herbs? It is silly to even ask if I am a witch in how I was raised around family who all were and never really talked about it as odd. They would talk about the spirits in the house as if there were old friends. I feel as if I am, but I do not share their obvious abilities. How can I find out more?

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      Vinneren 

      5 months ago

      Alright I will, also thank you for your time.

      Have a nice day

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      Bev G 

      5 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Vinneren, my suggestion would be to take baby steps and gently practice your gift in ways to make it stronger. For instance, experiment with automatic writing. I would also suggest you learn how to protect yourself psychically. Just explore, read, practice and be glad that you have found your path. There's no rush.

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      Vinneren 

      5 months ago

      Hello Bev,

      Recently I've stumbled upon your article, and it sums up practically everything about me. For some time I have been quite interested in witchcraft, but at the same time I've never done anything about it.

      You see I'm regarded as having a "gift" from my father's side as in a stronger connection to the world and spirits. My father refuses to acknowledge his gift, but mine has always been much stronger than his. He doesn't want to be involved with any such thing or practice as he had witnessed one go wrong back in his old country. For me however I cannot escape the drawing to witchcraft and the works, as it seems to always come back to me even when I try to ignore it. It's like I know there is such a strong feeling behind a very thin veil that once I lift it, it will be stronger than ever before. As well as this feeling, I've always felt that if I were to practice such things, that I would be strong in it, and thst it would be almost easy for me, as I feel most things are drawn to myself.

      Do you have any suggestions as to what I should possibly do?

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      Bev G 

      6 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Kaydence, you are allowed to be anything. And there is a large community of Christian witches. The two things are not mutually exclusive. Many people say that Jesus was the greatest witch who ever lived. The basic tenets of Christianity; being kind and compassionate can be embodied in the modern witch. Do some research :)

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      Kaydence 

      6 months ago

      I’ve never believed in witch craft or anything until I found that my aunt Mary is a witch. So I decided to look in and everything said up in the bullets, I was able to relate to. I am a Christian. Am I allowed to be a witch? How did I not know I was a witch this whole time? I’m so confused and worried.

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      Bev G 

      6 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hey Bluey, My advice is that you don't have to commit to anything. If you are working solitary, there's no initiation or progression through degrees. Take your time and explore all you want to. One day you might want to dedicate yourself to a particular trad, but for now, just keep on doing what you are doing.

      Meanwhile: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Witchcraft-...

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      Blueydgrl 

      6 months ago

      Hi Bev!

      Several years ago I began awakening. It was like my Christian religion wasn't able to answer all the questions I suddenly wanted to know.

      I unexpectedly got a crystal as a gift, and from there I've really dug deep into a rabbit hole. Now I'm very much into crystals, healing, Reiki, and feel a stronger connection to nature. I also am very big into the law of attraction.

      However, recently I've had this really strong pushing feeling towards witchcraft. It feels so strong, that I can't seem to not give it attention. I've used candles and have experimented with good results.

      I don't know why, I guess because I've been conditioned to fear witchcraft, I'm scared to go commit and go down this path. But I keep feeling this very strong pull towards it.

      Do you have any advice for this? Also how is witchcraft similar to the law of attraction? Is it related?

      Thank you so much for your time!

      Sending you love!

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      Bev G 

      6 months ago from Wales, UK

      Yes, multiple is usual. Not many witches are on a narrow path. They almost always take part of one and part of another, with a little pinch of this and that.

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      Bev G 

      6 months ago from Wales, UK

      Yes, start easy, Elly.

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      FloweryElly 

      6 months ago

      And as for exploring first...I am gonna try to explore Sigil Witch path. Simple stuff to digest I guess

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      FloweryElly 

      6 months ago

      After reading your article that you link it here, I have so many choices to choose from.

      And honestly I got bunch of paths written down the paper xD

      Also your other article about simple sigils is interesting. I gotta try that the other day because examination is tomorrow.

      Don't know if choosing multiple paths is possible

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      Bev G 

      6 months ago from Wales, UK

      Welcome to the witchery world, Elly :) Where are you going to explore first?

      https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/What-Kind-o...

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