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Are You a Witch? Signs and Characteristics of a Witch

Updated on July 13, 2017
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Born in deepest Cornwall and now living in wild Wales, theraggededge has known for many years she is a witch with magickal powers.

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 writing about is pretty straightforward. Put simply, in my world, a witch is a wise woman (or man) who uses energy to make things happen.

Signs You Might Be a Witch

Maybe you can relate to several of the following witch characteristics?

  • You dislike crowds. The energy of all those people seems to swirl and eddy around you. You often get a headache, or feel grumpy, or slightly ill if you have been 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 to us when 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.

How About These Witch Characteristics?

  • 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. Whether it is in your hands, or 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’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.
  • You are easily able to ascertain 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
  • When you are in nature, walking in the woods, on the heath or in a beautiful park, you feel as if that’s where you belong. It restores your very being to reconnect with grass and trees, ocean and rocks.

More Witchy Indicators

  • You like quirky, interesting, unusual people. You are bored by many, but when introduced to someone who seems just like you, you make an instant connection.
  • 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. Weird things. Unusual pebbles, shells, strange twisted sticks, bird feathers, bones, coins, old stuff, things other people wouldn’t give a second glance to. And cats.
  • You can keep a secret. Forever, if necessary.

Even More Clues You Could Be a Witch

  • You are observant. You take notice. You are always using all your senses. You hear, you see, you 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 and 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.
  • 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 from bend 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 those things don’t apply, you just feel it. You are a witch.

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

Well, nothing if you don’t want to. 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.

You may wish to pursue any of the characteristics listed above. To develop them further, and to explore your own witchy potential. You could research the various traditions out there, including, Wicca, British Trads, Celtic, Norse, Native American, Voodoo, 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 quietly. Read all you can, find out where your interests lie and what makes your heart sing. Above all, enjoy the knowledge that you are a witch.


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© 2017 Bev

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      Bev 3 hours ago from Wales

      Yes, I wanted to say 'be careful'. It's fine to practice in your head. I recommend you explore your interests via meditation. Take care x

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      Tahoora 7 hours ago

      Thank you for understanding me. Wizardry in Iran is very difficult. I live in a country where my people do not believe in witchcraft, and I have to do it alone, and there is no one to help me along this path. But the story You are very instructive thanks to you. ♥

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      Bev 24 hours ago from Wales

      You're welcome, Tahoora. Take it slowly, you have so much time to become the person you are meant to be.

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      Tahoora 27 hours ago

      Thank you very much for this beautiful article. Honestly, you gave me confidence and energy to keep going to the wizard.Im Iranian And Im 14years Old .^_^

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      Thalia Jasmin 2 days ago

      Thank you Bev!

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      Bev 3 days ago from Wales

      I love your name, Thalia. I wanted to choose it for my magical name many years ago, but in the end it wasn't right for me. Happy witchery!

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      Thalia Jasmin 3 days ago

      Anuki, as a child I had the same thing with the wind. I still have it. I can call and make the wind stop now, and always felt this connection. I think it's called aerokinesis.

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      Thalia Jasmin 3 days ago

      I have always knew that I have magic. Before I thought I might be just a psychic, but reading this and other articles like this make me think I'm a witch because I rely more on this that to the only psychic part. I think also that this run in my family, because my grandma and grand grandmother were witches too (not 100% sure about my grandma, she was interest in this stuff and she had healing powers, while my grand grandma practiced magic, she had also a grimoire). I don't know if I will practice magic, but I want to accept this part of me and had a connection with it, because for most of my life I tried to shut down this part of me and I didn't felt comfortable by doing it.

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      Angela 5 days ago

      I have always felt different than others. Thank you for this article!

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      Bev 5 days ago from Wales

      Thanks Rafini, revel in your witchness!

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      Rafini 5 days ago from Somewhere I can't get away from

      Wow, thanks for this article. Now I understand why, as a kid, I was always overwhelmed with the energy of other people's personalities. I had always attributed it to being overly super-sensitive, but had no idea it related to being a witch! Funny thing is, I once claimed to be a stronger witch than someone else who claimed to be a witch & was threatening me with a curse (when I was around 10). Discovered another witch living nearby who gave me a protection spell, and promptly forgot all about it - until running into the threatening witch a few years ago. Then things began to happen....

      I like how you say to explore the different traditions of being a witch and that not all characteristics will apply. This has been very helpful. I've always wanted to explore my own witch potential, but didn't really know how (the neighborhood witch moved away within months of my discovering her). Great article!

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      Bev 5 days ago from Wales

      I think that might well be a sign, Anuki. Have a look into the hermetic element of air and the tarot suit of Swords. You may be able to find some of those 'a-ha' moments.

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      Anuki Fernandez 5 days ago

      thanks for the article. Now I understand why I always feel different from others. I thought its just one of my weaknesses but now I know I am more than a normal person. I always felt that I'm connected with the air when i was a kid. Its like I can call the wind. I know this sounds wired but I always felt that I,m a part of the wind. Do you think that's a sign of a witch?

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      Bev 9 days ago from Wales

      Sena, it just goes to show that intention (because that's what spellwork is) is a powerful force, especially when used with the aim of punishing someone. I suggest you think of a way to reduce the effect of your intention on that person. Perhaps send them a healing spell? Then construct a protection zone around yourself to prevent this sort of thing happening again. From now on, think carefully about the likely consequences of your actions as it seems as though you are a powerful witch :)

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      Bev 9 days ago from Wales

      I'm glad you have found your path, Kayla. Not sure I can help you - just keep reading, researching and being yourself.

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      Sena Fenty 11 days ago

      I know this sounds kinda cliché but as a kid I've always felt kinda different from other children.I was a loner now and then.I've always prefered reading books to socializing with others.I've had near death experiences and I've always been interested in occult and astrology.I've only tried to do a spell last year and I'm still regretting it. It was kind of like a spell to return karma and I was unsure that it would work or not,I just did it so I could relieve my anger against that person.And after I did it,I literally saw that person's downfall.I don't think that a person can just make a spell happen in their first try but the chance of I might be the reason who damaged him is hurting me and I don't know if I would ever try to do a spell again.If you have any comments about this situation,I would love to hear it.Thank you for this great article.x

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      Kayla 11 days ago

      I'm 14 and I've always felt different. In good and bad ways I guess. I've always been able to feel bad energys in rooms and around people and for as long as I can remember and i've always been connected to nature. Lately, I've been feeling like apart of me is missing but I didn't really think much of it. I've been study witchcraft for a few weeks now and now I feel like it's what I'm meant to do (if that makes sense) I was hoping you can help me?

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      Bev 13 days ago from Wales

      Dyslexia isn't a sign you might be a witch, animegirl, but witches are just as likely to be dyslexic as anyone else. 11 is a bit young to know, but wait and see, one day you may have a clear sign that you are a witch.

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      animegirl912958 13 days ago

      I'm 11 I've always felt close to nature I love witch moves and things like that I don't know why. I have dyslexia is that a sign that I might be a witch?

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      Bev 2 weeks ago from Wales

      Hi Alivia, you may well be. Explore a little, find a few websites, read a book or two and see if you feel at home with the concepts. Good luck on your witchy journey.

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      Alivia 2 weeks ago

      Hi. I turn 18 next month and a few weeks ago, I started to realize I could possibly be a witch. I've always felt as if there's something different about me, in good and bad ways. Several times of week I get a feeling that something is going to happen or I'm going to see a particular person, and it comes true. It's almost like I can see the future. I've always done this and I'm just now starting to realize it could be a physic gift. My mother also does the same thing, just not as often as me. Not sure if this is a sign of being a witch, but I also get deja vu way too often. Almost everyday I find myself in a situation or place that I strongly feel like I've been through before. I've also always had a STRONG interest in nature and the outdoors. I always feel a sense of peace outdoors. I find everything outdoors to be so insanely beautiful. The sky, plants/flowers, water, and mountains always fascinate me. I'm also a vegetarian and have never liked the taste of meat. Am I a witch?

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      Cheryl 7 weeks ago

      yes, I,m a combination of both the light and the dark, I seek solace in the moonlight and rejoice In the warmth of the sun. I love the peace and quiet of nature and I am energised by a storm. I have always known since a child that I hold Certain energies, visited by relatives that have passed in this life. Out of interest I am currentlay learning about Wicca. I love this planet with my heart and soul And attract many animals and birds both to my home and When away from home.

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      Bev 2 months ago from Wales

      Oooh... you are a witch!

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      Bev 2 months ago from Wales

      But how many, Alicia? Full Moon on Sunday :)

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      Linda Crampton 2 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Not all of the points that you list apply to me, but some definitely do. Thanks for sharing an interesting and thought provoking article.

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      Lori B 2 months ago

      Hey theraggededge - Wow! Amazing article and describes me to a "t" ; however, I am reputed for riding my royal broom occasionally. I love your work and this pup should be on the niche sites. Continued $ucce$$:) God bless!

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      Richard Green 2 months ago from New Mexico

      Love this article! Thank you Raggededge.

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      Bev 2 months ago from Wales

      There you go, Stephanie, be magickal every day.

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      Bev 2 months ago from Wales

      Thanks, Coffeequeeen. Plenty of witches in Norfolk!

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      Louise Powles 2 months ago from Norfolk, England

      No, I'm not a witch. But I could well be! I don't like crowds! Your article was interesting to read.

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      Calypso Rivera 2 months ago from Iloilo City

      I always knew I had some magic within me. :3