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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 24 hours ago from Wales

      Hello Katie, you weird witch :D Good to meet you. Hope your mom can explain stuff to you. If you have any questions, you are welcome to ask them here.

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      Katie 26 hours ago

      i have been feeling weird and i know i am but i have pretty much all the time and i have always been into this stuff when i was a little girl and i also found out 2 days ago that i was because i did some weird things 2 days ago and my mom finally said i was a witch and it runs in the family

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      Raevyn 47 hours ago

      I always felt different, reading this made me feel I am not alone, thank you...

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      Bev 2 days ago from Wales

      You are welcome, Lauren. Good luck!

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      Lauren 2 days ago from Ohio

      Thank you for another useful article. I found out that I might be a Clairaudient and it is NOT a mental illness! Thank Goodness! Thank you so much and I am looking forward to more articles! :)

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      Bev 2 days ago from Wales

      Hi Lauren, my pleasure. I wrote an article on clairaudient abilities on another site: https://psychicelements.com/blog/hearing-voices-in...

      Maybe there is some info there that could help?

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      Lauren 3 days ago from Ohio

      Thank you so much! What about the voices I hear in my head? Haha, that part scares me. I am truly and genuinely thankful for all your articles and you helping me!

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      Bev 3 days ago from Wales

      Lauren, being a Christian and being a witch are not mutually exclusive. 'Witch' is simply a term for someone who feels the way you do. It is not unChristian to feel connected to the earth, or to have psychic abilities.

      The problem is with the negative connotations with the term 'witchcraft'. Personally, I like it, but of course, many people are terrified of the idea :D

      Go Google Christian witch. I came up with this link that might help you: http://www.newagehipster.co/blog/wtf-is-a-christia...

      Good luck, and remember, you don't have to accept any label - you are an individual on a unique path of your own.

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      Lauren 3 days ago from Ohio

      Hello my name is Lauren and I find myself in a bit of a crisis as well as the other teens who commented on your article. I am a very shy introvert and I am always on the hunt looking for an answer. I am torn between two worlds. I believe in God and I am truly grateful for what he has done for me but I am also intrigued and mesmerized by the beauties and mystical wonders of the magick and the energies in this world. I've tried everything. I looked more into witchcraft, I looked more into my own religion, I've tried to talk to my loved ones about this. My family strongly dislikes witchcraft and they are very strong followers of God and Christianity. I am so confused the only person I have is myself. I too feel like an outcast and I appreciate the beauty of balance between good and evil & light and dark. I feel like everything you mentioned is me and I am trying to find a way to accept that and pursue this but I find myself questioning this. I too like Kylie feel like someone is watching me and I hear voices in my ear and my head. I talk to myself out loud and I know it's not me because some of the stuff I hear is not what I would say. I have a strong and passionate connection with the wind and earth because I feel very powerful and every time I sing to the wind it listens and follows my command. Is this a gift from God or is this a gift I was born with? I feel different than other kids. They ask for clothes and the newest phone and I ask for books and journals to write in. I've always loved nature especially the beautiful colors that fall displays like a beautiful sunset. I love and animals and they too listen to me. Please help me. I know you are probably busy but please! Help me on my path, I know you can't really help in this type of situation but please give me advice.

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      Bev 7 days ago from Wales

      Never see yourself as an outcast, Kylie. You're just a little different from other teens. You're aware, tuned in and capable of using energy. You don't have to figure anything out, it'll all fall into place as you get older. meanwhile, keep an open mind and read as much as you can. x

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      Kylie 7 days ago

      I feel all of these relate to me in some way and ever since I could remember, I have always felt a tingling sensation in my body and feel like someone is watching or looking at me and I have dreams about something then a couple days later, I see it come true. My mom also told me that she has noticed things about me since I was little and even more now being a teenager. She told me whenever I would get mad, she would see the lights flickering, that I've always been an outcast, and that she could see that I was different than my siblings and other kids my age. I've seen things also, like things nobody else sees. But I don't know what to do or make of this, can anybody help me figure this out

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      Shiro 10 days ago

      "Mom, I know why I like the dark so much, now!" Is what I wanted to say, but decided to keep my witchyness a secret. After all, it could mean the difference between life and death if one doesn't know I can use magic.

      Next step, Learning magic! Somehow. Secretly.

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      Bev 11 days ago from Wales

      Hi Jo, you might enjoy 'The Book of Shadows' by Phyllis Curott. It's out of print, but you can still get copies on Amazon. She was a lawyer in New York and somehow found herself on a witchy path. I remember a line from the book that always stuck with me, an elderly woman says to Phyllis, "I've always been a grateful person." Give it a go.

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      Jo 11 days ago

      As an adult, while I still have a belief in God, I have also become very aware of Wicca & Witchcraft and that it is good or bad depending on how it’s used, just like organized religion. I don’t believe you have to have one & exclude the other. Your list definitely confirms my witchiness and I would like to explore it more. What reading do you recommend? Something simple, I’m older (58) starting out, introvert, love nature, watch the moon, can feel “something or someone” watching me at times, (no, I’m not crazy, I’ve felt that for years. I’ve read it was a guardian Angel), even have a black cat (a rescue)!

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      Bev 12 days ago from Wales

      Kelticfairy, you'll know when you find it. Remember that it might not be any external path, but more of an inner, spiritual one.

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      Kelticfairy 12 days ago

      I have all of these qualities and more. Recently I have gone through a lot of physical and emotional crisis and have come back to being more in touch with these thoughts and feelings. Especially since my dejavu s had gone almost entirely away but now come almost daily again. Sometimes numerous times a day. I am reading and researching to figure out what fits me best as far as any sort of craft. I feeel I’m not the cusp. A crossroads. MAybe it’s just midlife crisis. But maybe it isn’t.

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      Bev 13 days ago from Wales

      It's good when you 'come home' to who you really are, Mandy :)

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      Mandy 13 days ago

      Stumbling across to this article has been a blessing in itself.

      This for me personally is just what I needed. Thank you

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      Bev 2 weeks ago from Wales

      You are very welcome, Jess :)

      You are referring to 'empathy'. It's the basis of several healing techniques, such as Reiki and Ho'oponopono.

      Continue with your joy-full journey!

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      JessHawk 2 weeks ago

      Now I am joyful! Things that I do, how I do them over many years make so much sense.

      So much has escalated in the past few weeks that I have been afraid, shocked even, but I am sharing tears of happiness reading this. It just makes sense!

      What is it called when you take on someone else's feelings as if they were yours, to help them, even if you barely know them and they are miles away? ( and they don't know you did it?)

      Also, I was called to find a wooded area. I placed my hand on Tree (!), and instantly I felt so heavy that a giant couldn't have lifted me. This sensation grew infinitely when I touched Rock. I knew I was in a holy place.

      I am grateful, many thanks!

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      Bev 2 weeks ago from Wales

      You don't have to do anything. Just be yourself and hug your witchness like a secret.

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      Melissa Jones 2 weeks ago

      I think I could be, especially after reading this...I just don't know what to do about it

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      eleanora 3 weeks ago

      I want to Thank You for the Passage I've just Read, I found it very Empowering and Describes Totally to Me in how I'm how Feel, the way I Think. When I Started Researching, Collecting of Book's of the Craft. As I was Began Reading about it. Thinking how can I know about already without even begin on a Pagan Path. I grew up in a Family that was very Spiritual, I seemed Different from the Others, they Treated me Differently as well & at Certain Times I would Catch One or Two of them Watching me. Like if Something was Going to Happen or I Say Something. I might add There was a Few Times Something Weird would Happen. Speak'n Hear'n & See'n People that Past on. Someone or Thing Watching over Me as I Slept after Falling Out of a Move'n Car doing about 60 to 70 mph at the age of Three & didn't have any Mark's on me. After my Great Grandma Past Thing's Changed. Like the Belief's we Once Practiced Stopped & Never Mentioned around me. A Family Secret that I Found Out on My Own. That I'm The Gifted One. If I see Something I like, It Comes to Me with in Days.

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      Bev 4 weeks ago from Wales

      Well, you've found one right here :) There are lots of witchy and pagan sites, try doing a Google search for witch community and see what comes up.

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      Sidney Miles Hendricks 4 weeks ago

      I have determined that I am a witch. How can I find more like me. When will I.

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      Bev 6 weeks ago from Wales

      Glad you made your connection, Simona :)

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      Archer White 6 weeks ago

      Thank you for creating this! It helped me link together with my powers. I have felt these all for a very long time, and this just showed me that all of that might be because I'm a witch. Thanks for opening my eyes, Simona!

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      Mohamed Shalimar 7 weeks ago from Cape Comorin

      Simona, I have published the article again. Title is "Oman and Islam".

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      Simona 7 weeks ago

      I would like to read your article, Mohamed.

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      Elena 7 weeks ago

      Thanks for this instructive note. If it is possible to comment on some spells and ominous things?

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      Mohamed Shalimar 7 weeks ago from Cape Comorin

      Your article is interesting. Bahla in Oman is the best place for all the witches. I have written an article about Jinns but I am not able to pass the QAP.

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      Ophelia 8 weeks ago

      Thalia! It seems we are wind sisters! Too cool, I've never met anyone who could do it too. That's incredible.

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      Bev 8 weeks 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 8 weeks 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 8 weeks 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 8 weeks 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 8 weeks ago from Italy

      Thank you Bev!

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      Bev 8 weeks 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 8 weeks ago from Italy

      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 8 weeks ago from Italy

      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 2 months ago

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

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      Bev 2 months ago from Wales

      Thanks Rafini, revel in your witchness!

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      Rafini 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 months 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 months 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 3 months 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 4 months ago from Wales

      Oooh... you are a witch!

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      Bev 4 months ago from Wales

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

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      Linda Crampton 4 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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      lori811 4 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 4 months ago from New Mexico

      Love this article! Thank you Raggededge.

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      Bev 4 months ago from Wales

      There you go, Stephanie, be magickal every day.

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      Bev 4 months ago from Wales

      Thanks, Coffeequeeen. Plenty of witches in Norfolk!

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      Louise Powles 4 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 4 months ago from Iloilo City

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