Are You a Witch? Telltale Signs and Characteristics to Look For
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 potential 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.
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.
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, and 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.
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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.
Are You a Witch?
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?
I have dreams and visions that come true - am I a witch?
No, it means you are experiencing premonitions while in a dream state. Witchcraft is a craft; it's something you choose to do. Psychic dreams are exactly that - a psychic gift. More information here: I See Things in Dreams that Come True
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Questions & Answers
As a little girl, I felt like I had power inside of me and I was always interested in witchcraft and more. Do you know about that power and can you help me get it out so I can use it?
What you feel is a strong connection to universal energy. And, yes, you can learn to tap into it at will and control it for your purposes. Read these articles for more information:Helpful 93
Can witches have visions? Because I'm pretty sure I have them a lot.
Anyone can have visions. It means the person may be clairvoyant or psychic.
I'm convinced I'm a real-life Harry Potter. How do I become a proper witch?
I'm sure you know that Harry Potter is a fictional character. However, many people identify with him, probably due to being bullied and not having a great deal of confidence. If you feel victimized in some way, witchcraft can help restore your self-esteem. You can start right where you are - get yourself a good book and away you go.
I see people who have passed. I am a vivid dreamer. I did one spell and it worked. I'm really interested in white magic and witchcraft. I know when something bad is going to happen Am I a witch? My mother said she feels like we may be because my grandmother, my mom, and me all have these gifts.
You may be psychic however, you aren't a witch until you regularly practice witchcraft. People often confuse being psychic with being a witch. Psychic powers are within, and are part of you; witchcraft is something you do.
How do I learn more about being a white witch?
I don't think there's any such thing as a 'white witch'. Witches are human beings, and as such, come in all shades of behavior, perceptions, and emotion.
If you want to learn more about being a witch, check out this article: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/How-to-be-a...
Can a male be a witch?
Yes, absolutely. There are fewer male witches than female - probably because witchcraft is historically connected to women and the home. I recommend you read books by Scott Cunningham or Christopher Penczak.
Since I was 4 years old I get weird, creepy dreams. Demons trying to capture and torture me to join and worship them. But all of this is nothing, right?
Well it's nothing to do with witchcraft. Perhaps you experience unusual brain patterns. If it doesn't stop, consider getting medical advice or consult a sleep counsellor.
A few years back I was walking through my grandparent's house, and I stopped midway and felt as if I walked through a cold spot. I had chills down the spine, and I couldn't breathe for a split second. I was told it's because I have "insight" to the spirit world and a deeper connection. What does that mean?
If it has only happened once, then it means nothing. Perhaps your grandparents were teasing you a little? However, if it is a regular occurrence, then they might be correct. That doesn't mean you are a witch. Read through the questions here to see my other responses.
I'm an atheist, and I know that I don't believe in any spiritual stuff because I have never seen any proof, but I can't help but feel ridiculously attracted to witchcraft, and I feel restated in some strange way to what you describe. Is there some way that I can match my logical brain and my wistful heart?
Of course. If your logical brain can embrace quantum physics and the acceptance of the zero point energy field. You can embrace the possibility that witches (or anyone) can manipulate energy in ways that defy current thinking.
Before organized religion came to be, working with unseen forces was part of ordinary life. Then along came the middlemen who decreed that only they could intercede with magickal forces. Gradually, ordinary people gave up their power to their 'superiors.'
You can't see electricity or the wind, can you?
Go read, research, and then decide. Try The Secret History of the World by Jonathan Black. It's speculative rather than factual, but thought-provoking, nonetheless.
I know I'm a witch, but I have suppressing it since I was a small child. I am now 56 and want to come out of the closet. My heart and soul want to be free to feel the way they want to feel. Kind of afraid that people will think I'm crazy. Can you give me some insight?
Yes, just do it. No need to make a grand announcement, just begin to live a witchy life. Here are some ways to begin:
How do you know which spell book is for you?
The best spells are ones you design yourself. So the best spell book is the one you keep during your witchy progress. Wiccan call it a 'Book of Shadows'. As for published books, well, witches love to read and peruse all kinds of spells, so most have a collection - I have about four spell books, but they are just for reference; I use them for inspiration when making up my own spells. And I rarely use 'ingredients'.
Do I need to believe in Wicca to be a witch? What does Wicca really mean? I want to be a witch, but I’m afraid I’m going to do something wrong. Should I still try?
Wicca is a religion. Witchcraft can be religious or not. In other words, all Wiccans are witches, but not all witches are Wiccan.
For now, you need to research and learn. You don't do anything along the lines of working with energy until you are confident about what you are doing. These articles will help you:
Can you become a witch in just a day?
No, not really. You can become interested, but it takes a lot of study and practice to be able to call yourself a proper witch. It would be similar to calling yourself a qualified teacher. It takes work.
These articles may help you:
How do I decide to pair up with a deity?
Research is key, and looking out for signs and nudges. So choose your pantheon, Greek, Norse, Celtic, etc. And take it from there.
Even though I'm not a witch, can I cast spells?
Anyone can work spells. But you must be aware of any negative ramifications. Avoid spells that are intended to manipulate other people's feelings and behavior.
I have written a short guide to basic spellcasting here: https://hubpages.com/wicca-witchcraft/How-To-Begin...Helpful 12
I am a new witch. Could I have other family who might have been witches?
You might very well have family who were/are witches. You'll have to ask them.
If someone is going through a very painful and hard time in their life could this cause an effect on their spells? What could I do to work with this?
Yes it could. To work spells successfully you need to be in control of your emotions and thoughts. You should not attempt to work magic unless you are calm and feeling positive.
My ex-boyfriend bit my neck. It still burns and I feel like I can sense him everywhere, can I be soul bonded to him?
No. There's nothing supernatural or 'soul-bonding' about it. He's probably given you an infection. Go and see a doctor as soon as possible; human bites can be dangerous and lead to disease. Personally, I would report him for assault.
Are witches attracted to the elements? For example, I feel I have an affinity with fire.
Yes, I think so. I'm definitely an earth person. Probably because I'm a Capricorn. I read tarot, and find I am always attracted to the Pentacles of the deck. I also demonstrate earth characteristics, such as down-to-earthism (just made that up) and practicality.
You, being a fire person, will be impulsive, quick thinking and willing to take a risk.
What are some good books for new witches?
It really depends on what tradition you are interested in. Lisa Chamberlain writes great books with a Wiccan slant. Scott Cunningham, also for Wicca. Phil Hine has a book called, "Condensed Chaos: An Introduction to Chaos Magick". Just get on Amazon, search for 'witchcraft' and read some reviews.
Am I a witch? I fit all your, "you may be a witch if..." things in the article.
You can be a witch if you decide to practice witchcraft. We all have the power within us. We just have to learn how to use it.
When I hug a certain person, they seem to be relieved of their stress. Yet I feel really drained afterward. So much that I have to lie down. I'm worn out. What causes this?
It sounds like a mix of empathy and healing. You are taking on their negative energy, which relieves them but burdens you. So you have to learn how to use your skills in a way that they don't affect you so much.
Try some simple protection rituals:
My mother has dreams when a person is about to die and talks to dead family members. Would I inherit that power because the signs of me being a witch are many?
I have no idea whether you will inherit your mother's gift. You will have to keep a dream journal and see what happens.
At 21 I performed a candle spell and summoned someone I wanted to see to my house. He came right in the middle of my spell and I hadn't seen him for months. I was attacked sexually by him. What did I do wrong? I haven't practiced since then and it has been 20 years.
Your story is exactly why I tell people not to work manipulative magic. No one should ever try to influence the feelings and actions of others. You weren't to know, and he is the one who must shoulder the blame for what happened subsequently. I can't tell you what you did wrong as far as the spell is concerned... probably missed off the important bit about it 'harming none'.
Working spells must always be undertaken responsibility and with consideration for possible consequences. I find it's always better to stick to general desires that don't involve specific people. And, however much we love someone or want to help someone, we should allow things to unfold as they will.
Perhaps, you are now ready to try again? https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/50-Ways-To-...
I relate to this information and my friends jokingly call me the 'good witch'. Sometimes even I'm surprised at what I see and feel. Will learning witchcraft help others and myself? I really need some advice about all this from a senior so I can understand more. Are there any books I can refer to?
It has to be your decision whether to learn witchcraft or not. It should be helpful to you - it depends what you do with it. I recommend books by Lisa Chamberlain for beginners. She has a nice easy style of writing and has a down-to-earth approach to witchcraft.
You can also check out all the other articles I've written for beginners: https://hubpages.com/@theraggededge
I am a Muslim girl and I am 14 years old. I always felt some connection with magic and witches. I've read the article and that proves I am a witch. I just want to ask, is being a witch against my religion?
If you go back and read the third paragraph, I say that being a witch is actually a path you choose to follow. You are not automatically a witch because you have some of the listed traits. Secondly, you are too young to practice witchcraft. You have to do a lot of studying before you can be a practicing witch. Thirdly, I don't know much about Islam but I would think that witchcraft wouldn't be acceptable--you'd have to ask someone within your faith who might know.
This article might be helpful: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Im-a-Young-...
How do I find out if I'm a hereditary witch?
There's no way, other than asking your extended family. Try distant cousins. There are no records unless your relatives kept them themselves.
When I was young, I would have dreams of walking in a graveyard. I would always be walking with someone but I never seen the face of the person. I would point to a grave and inform them who the grave belonged to. It would be someone I know. After having the dream the person would pass away. I have also seen what I believe to have one type of spirit. Could I be Wiccan?
You are describing psychic dreams, sleeping premonitions. Wicca is something else - it's a fairly modern, structured, earth-based religion. It comes under the umbrella of paganism.
These two articles will help you know the difference:
I saw my great aunt’s funeral before it happened. My grandma, my mom’s mom, has come to me in dreams, and I saw my cousin’s granny before she took her last breath. I wasn’t around them. I believe in karma. I know I’m a witch but not sure what kind. I took a quiz, and it said I was a hearth witch. Could you please assist me in finding out what I am?
The incidents you describe are connected to psychic premonitions. They don't necessarily indicate that you are a witch. To be a witch you have to learn and practice witchcraft. Only you can determine what kind of witch you want to be. My advice is to keep it general, spend a year in study and then see what calls to you. These articles may help you:
I have the power to tell who people are, even before I meet them. Can this be used in my path as a witch?
That will be up to you. However, don't confuse a strong intuition with doing witchcraft - they can be integrated, but you will still have to learn about witchcraft and how to practice it safely and responsibly.
I've always had a sense I was different. Recently a friend's son was sick and was hospitalized. I dreamt he passed... I saw him in the casket, the clothing and all. He did pass. I could never bring myself to tell my friend I saw this before it happened. I want to know what kind of witch I am, or am I an empath? Are they one and the same?
Having dreams or visions of the future are not connected with witchcraft. Witchcraft is the practice of certain actions, i.e. spell casting, ritual, perhaps the study of things like divination, healing, herbalism, etc.
Premonitions are a psychic gift. So a witch could be psychic, and a psychic could be a witch. But whereas people don't usually choose to be psychic, they always have to choose to be witches.
An empath is someone who experiences the emotions of another person. They may feel it because they are physically near that person; sometimes they are connected at a psychic level no matter where they are in the world.
This article may be helpful: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/I-Have-Psyc...
I can tap into people's emotions. I feel everything they feel. I sometimes feel an attraction to a place, and later I would hear that something happened where I felt the attraction. I can also feel when there is a dead person - I feel their energy. And occasionally I get visions when I sleep?
What you describe is empathy and clairsentience. These things aren't necessarily connected to witchcraft. You can only be a witch if you do witchcraft. It's a way of being and a life choice.
More information on clairsentience here: https://exemplore.com/paranormal/Am-I-Clairsentien...
What is the third eye in witchcraft? How do you use it?
The concept of the 'third eye' is rooted in Eastern mysticism. It's not something that is widespread in witchcraft. Some occultists suggest that the third eye is the pineal gland which is sited level with the third eye position but further back in the brain. I can't go into much detail here because this article is about traits and characteristics. However, you might start your research here:
This is an article I wrote on another site about the pineal gland/third eye: https://psychicelements.com/blog/your-pineal-gland...
Can guys be Wiccan too?
Of course. Anyone can adopt Wicca as a faith and way of life.
How do I learn everything there is about witchcraft? I've been studying but I don't think its enough to guide me.
Not only do you need to study, you need to learn to just be. Being a witch is first and foremost about learning about yourself and your relationship to the world. As you become more attuned with yourself, with nature, and the planet, your path will become clear.
Do I have to change my current religion to be a witch?
No, because the practice of witchcraft does not have to be religious. Only certain sectors have embraced it as a faith - mainly Wicca.
I have always found witchcraft, spells, and stuff like that interesting. So I would like to get in touch with one of the primes, and I do not speak about the devil. But a prime witch like one of the first. What would I have to do?
No-one can determine who the first witches were. They were, for centuries, ordinary women with a talent for herbalism, healing, and midwifery. And probably part of humankind since humans first existed.
I couldn't tell you how to get in touch with one, and wonder why you would want to. These were very simple, poor, and relatively uneducated women whose knowledge was passed down orally for centuries.
I'm eleven-years-old. Am I too young to practice witchcraft?
Yes, you are too young. Witchcraft is something you are free to read about, but you can't decide until you are older if it is something you should pursue.
If you are serious about it, then you should learn all you can about nature, the seasons and the moon cycles. Study science, especially about planet Earth. Learn the names of the trees and wild plants. Find out about the habitats of animals where you live.
You need a good foundation in these things to become a true witch. Read all you can. When you are seventeen, you can decide if you are a true witch. Good luck.Helpful 19
Is there any significance if I awoke last night while the moonlight bathed my skin, for some unknown reason, I raised my hands and repeated “incantata” and had this tingling feeling? Further, I did answer yes to all question determining if one is a witch. Thank you.
A cantata is a piece of classical music written for vocalists. An incantation is a chant, often used when casting spells -- maybe that's what your mind was reaching for?Helpful 16
How am I different than everyone around me when 98% of the people on here believe they are or could be a witch?
Because not everyone on the planet is looking for this information, just the ones, like you, who feel a little different. Remember that witchcraft is a choice, a path. It's not necessarily something you are born with.
One person may read this material and resonate with it and choose to follow a witchcraft tradition. Another may feel that it all applies to them, but decide that witchcraft is not a valid choice.
Also be aware that there are a lot of young people commenting and asking questions who have gotten their idea of witchcraft from TV and the movies. It's not like that at all.Helpful 13
At what age can I become a witch?
It depends on the person's level of maturity. Messing around with magick (energy) can cause problems in later life so it's really important that the person learns as much as possible before he or she starts to practice witchcraft.Helpful 11
How do you know if someone put a spell on you?
You can't tell most of the time. However, if you are having a run of bad luck, then you can do a general protection spell, building in a 'return to sender' clause to send back any negative energy. You don't have to know where it came from.
Is witchcraft a taboo thing? The Bible states that it is a practice frowned on by God. I want to know if you believe this, or if you have something to say to this? I want to be a witch to be able to defend my family against negative energies, but I'm afraid to do so because living in a Christian household. I was raised with different beliefs. Should I practice witchcraft?
I can't tell you what you should or shouldn't do. It has to be a personal choice. It seems that only mainstream religions have a policy of issuing orders and diktats. Witchcraft is much more free and easy about things. Do it if it pleases you and harms none.
You can read more of what I think about this issue:
Go to the section that is headed, "So Why Does the Bible Say, “Thou Shalt Not Suffer a Witch to Live”? https://hubpages.com/wicca-witchcraft/Witch-and-Wi...
Are there negative consequences or karma if a natural witch chooses to go down that path?
As long as you are sensible, grounded, kind in heart, maintain a positive vibe, and work the odd protection spell, you'll be fine. There's nothing out there waiting to leap upon you. You will only experience bad karma if you do bad things. Look up the Law of Threefold Return.
I have dreams that I know are real. I see myself in different places. When I wake up, I am wide awake. I see things that look like smoke or light moving over me. There are times when the light is very bright. Am I seeing the magic energy? I see faces over me. I feel my body moving like I'm floating. I feel tingles in my body. Does this mean I am traveling to different places? How can I control it?
If they are dreams, they are not happening on the physical plane. The action takes place in your dreaming imagination. If it feels very real, then you could be having an out of body experience (OBE). I don't know what the smoke and lights are. Do some research on out of body experiences. There are lots of websites that can help you learn about it.Helpful 9
I'm an empath, and apparently I am also a witch since I possess every characteristic mentioned in your article. Is this common in witches? Is there anything I should be doing?
It is very common for witches to also be empaths. They can use their ability to perform 'sympathetic magick'. For example, if you feel another's emotional pain, you can create a natural healing spell to help them. Like affects like, and so on. So what is good for you is good for the person you feel connected to. Look into it further.
Would you please explain what ritual magic is? How could I learn to use it?
Ritual magic is the performing of a pre-planned set of actions designed to focus intention, raise energy and send the spell out into the world.
A simple ritual might consist of casting a circle, calling the 'quarters' (directions), lighting a candle, saying a bunch of words, then closing the circle.
Where is the best place to get my altar set up supplies? I have been looking for candles and haven't spotted any. I am tempted to make my own.
I find what I need in the woods and on the beach. My candles are ordinary tea-lights. After all these years, I learned that none of the expensive trappings are necessary.
I know I'm a witch. I have every quality but the rain and darkness. I get my energy through the sun. Why is that? I have headaches when rain is coming, and clouds suck my energy out. Why does this happen?
I'm no expert in human physiology, but I do know that sunshine energizes people - that's normal. And lots of people get headaches before lousy weather because of the change in atmospheric pressure. What you describe is very common.
Can I be an empath as well as a witch?
Of course. Being an empath will help you be the best witch you can be. You won't try to hurt anyone or cause mischief because you will know instinctively how it would feel.
I am eighteen years old. I'm a simian a.k.a a perakee (meaning my heart and head line is merged). I was born on Halloween and I can feel energy buzzing through my veins. My senses are quite enhanced, e.g. my hearing. I can astral project and I can see something, I call them fragments. Once, I heard my deceased family member cry at his funeral. Please tell me what to make all of this?
You have psychic/sensitive abilities. That doesn't mean you are a witch, although you can choose to be if you want to follow that path. You can develop and learn to control your abilities and use them to do good.
You need a community: https://psychicelements.com/blog/psychic-experienc...
Can anybody be a witch?
Anyone can become a witch, but it takes a fair amount of study, self-awareness, and maturity to make it work.
Why can I feel energy constantly moving through my hands? How can I use it?
I can't tell you why. Try some healing sessions. If someone you know has a headache or injury, place your hands on them and visualize the energy flowing from your hands into them. Picture the person as healed and feeling and better.
Does my family need to be magical for me to be a witch?
No, not at all. Witchcraft is a path you can choose. You can call yourself a 'witch' or not. Living a magical life is something anyone can do: https://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/50-Ways-T...
Is it essential to have a wand if I am going to practice magic?
No, you don't need any tools at all, apart from your mind, emotions and perhaps a pointy finger:
I am seventeen-years-old and I want to start practicing witchcraft. Am I too young?
It's not about age so much as maturity and life experience. Start with baby steps. You can change your mind anytime.
How do I know if I'm a witch? How do I know this isn't all some joke?
When you know, you know. If you don't know, and if you don't feel it, you are not a witch.
I have a strong faith in God though I cannot deny the fact that the moon has had a pull on me since I was a child. Everything you wrote here is me. I guess I am just confused about what to do next? If I am a witch, how can I use it to help others?
Being a witch does not mean giving up your faith. If you think of a witch as a wise woman or man, then you get a different sense of what it means. Why don't you study some healing modality, such as Reiki or touch healing? Learn how to bring energy into your body and then how to direct it into a person who needs it. Everyone is capable of doing it.
Can you help me know what kind of witch I am?
I can. You'll have to read the page linked below. There are 60 kinds of witchcraft paths listed. You don't have to choose one. You can explore the ones that appeal to you and then take the parts you like about each.
For example, my interests are tarot, writing and domestic stuff. So I am part divinatory witch, part word witch, and part kitchen witch. In fact, I wouldn't really label myself at all, because I dabble in so many different things like chaos magick and paganism in general. Anyhow, have a read:
I get weird feelings before something bad happens. I can't sleep and I can always tell when something is not right about someone. I've never understood why. What type of witchcraft could this be?
It's precognition. Being able to sense the future. Also feeling the energy of another person is called empathy.
These things are psychic abilities and come in many 'flavors', such as clairvoyance (clear seeing), claircognizance (clear knowing), clairaudience (clear hearing). They are not limited to witches and not all witches have these skills in a developed form.
Could you please explain what magic energy feels like?
I expect it feels different for different people, so I can only explain how it feels for me.
When I am about to do anything 'magickal,' whether it's a ritual, circle-casting, spell, or sometimes (but not always) a tarot reading, I feel my hands begin to tingle. Sometimes I only have to think about it, and they start. As I stretch my fingers, I can feel little pulses of energy like sparkles. And, although I feel it in my hands first, I think it comes up through my feet.
Then, if I am still and focused, I can direct the sparkles around my body and out through my hands. There are no actual visible sparkles; it feels like that. I am Reiki attuned, so that might be part of it, though I seem to remember it started before that.
Do witches have the gift of knowing when something bad is gonna happen? I get these bad feelings and usually, after a few days or weeks, someone dies. Tonight after a bad feeling, a couple of hours later, I found out someone close to my dad was murdered and after I found out I felt different and scared.
It means you have psychic abilities. It doesn't mean you are a witch, witchcraft is something you choose to do.
I'm twelve-years-old, and I feel connected to the moon and stars. For split seconds I can see the future. The visions are usually things that are about to happen. Sometimes I have a weird out of body experience for just a moment. What does it mean?
It means that you already have a keen awareness of how we are all connected to the Universe. You can build on this by keeping a journal and detailing your experiences when they happen. It will build up into a lovely record of your psychic development.
Later, you can choose whether witchcraft is something you want to explore.
All the signs reflect who I am, so does that mean I am a witch?
It means you have the potential to be a witch, but witchcraft is a path you choose to follow. You may decide to simply acknowledge your connection to the earth and live your life in a natural earth-aligned way. It's completely up to you.
When I was little, I’d get mad and things would fall from shelves or shake violently. It still happens today. Do you think I’m a witch, or something else?
It's something else. It's known as telekinesis. It's connected to the realm of quantum physics where all things are connected: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/long-fuse-...
Someone with telekinetic ability could become a witch if they choose to do so, but one does not necessarily lead to the other.
Do witches have to hide that they are a witch? I had a friend who told me so, but that just sounds odd. How do you know who else is a witch if you keep it a secret?
They can keep it secret or not. It's a personal choice. There are many witch gatherings, called 'moots', that people can attend to meet others. There are also a lot of online communities where witches can contact other witches.
I was reading some articles it said you could mentally chant in your head if you want to. Would the spell have the same effect as if you spoke it out loud? There are times other people are around and they don't know I am a witch. Have you done both?
I would prefer to write it out. I find writing my intention down works well. You can then read it over and over until you raise the energy. They do something ritualistic to dispose of the paper. Tear it into tiny pieces. Flush it down the toilet. Burn if safe to do so. Bury it at midnight. Or some other way.
If I am a witch what am I meant to do now?
You can do anything you like. You will only become a witch if you study and practice witchcraft. So if that's your choice, do some exploring... you could start here: https://hubpages.com/wicca-witchcraft/What-Type-of...
I am always having bad luck. My family feels that we are all cursed. We all have been going through so much pain and very bad luck. I am new to being a witch. What could I do to find out if we are cursed, and how do I fix it?
You need to research the Law of Attraction. If you all talk about how you are cursed and how terrible life is, that's what life will be for you.
Read this, it will help you: https://hubpages.com/wicca-witchcraft/Witchcraft-a...
Would you say that most witches are vegetarian?
I don't know the actual figures, but a lot of witches are vegetarian or vegan.
How old do you have to be to be a witch?
There's no age requirement. However, it's important that a person has some life experience before they begin messing around with energy and magick. A lot of damage can be done if you don't quite understand the consequences. So, meanwhile, a young apprentice witchling should spend several years studying what it means to be a witch. She or he must educate themselves thoroughly.
Most of these characteristics fit me, but what about seeing ghosts or spirits, or interpreting if they’re good or evil? What kind of witch would I be then?
Someone who sees spirits is generally considered to have psychic abilities. You can choose whether to be a witch and use those skills in your witchcraft work. Or you could ignore witchcraft and focus on being a psychic.
How do you find out if you are a good or bad witch?
You don't 'find out', you simply decide to be the best person you can be. It has nothing to do with witchcraft. This article might help you:
What if I’ve always had dreams that come true? I’m never comfortable around a lot of people, I question everyone’s motives and I feel people’s vibes. I look to deep into things. I hear my own thoughts a lot. What am I?
You are a normal, empathic human being who experiences psychic dreams.
Does it mean anything if I feel more powerful, more awake, when I am alone outside on the dark?
It means you feel more powerful and more awake in the dark. Don't go wandering far, though.
I believe my twelve-year-old daughter is a witch. What can I do to help her learn her craft, while protecting her young mind from the dark?
I'd gently steer her towards learning about nature, finding her place in the world, and maybe encourage her by buying her a teen witch book. I'd also talk to her about living a good life, being kind, and generally all the things which you probably do anyway.
You might try doing little protection rituals with her, such as blessing your home and car, or manifesting parking spaces. How about growing herbs?
There are also some lovely tarot decks available, if she has an interest in that sort of thing.
I'm drawn to nature but I don't think animals are drawn to me. On my bathroom mirror, I saw the symbol of the Triple Goddess. I've done some sigil magic before but I'm not sure if I am a witch. How should I determine my calling in witchcraft?
How young is too young to become a witch?
There are no specific age requirements to become a witch. However, a sign of a true witch is wisdom. A potential witch knows that she has to attain maturity and life experience before she can call herself a true witch.
So my advice to you, as I have given to others here, is to start by accumulating a wealth of knowledge about nature and its cycles. Learn the names of herbs and what they are for. Do good things to help people as often as possible. Remember that a witch is a pillar of her community.
As you do all these things you will grow into the role of witch easily.
I think I’m very different from everyone else and I feel power inside of me. I think I have always been a witch. Do you have any articles for training?
Yes, I have lots of other articles that might help you get going:
Look for links to others within the articles and off to the side.
When I was small, I used to get so angry at people at school. I could feel the energy through my blood, and then it would all go away. Later, that person would suddenly get bad luck. Sometimes it still happens now. However, as much as I try, I cannot seem to hold myself back and keep control. How am I supposed to stop myself?
Walk away. It really is as simple as that. You may need to ask your school psych for anger management techniques.
After reading this article I can relate to being a witch but how do I know what kind? Can I tell anybody?
You get to choose which witchcraft tradition to follow. Here are some ideas: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/What-Kind-o...
It's up to you whether you tell anyone. If you are very young, then it might be a better idea to learn all you can before you make up your mind.
Is it true that witches don't like refuse?
By 'refuse' do you mean trash? If so, then witches are great recyclers. They care about the planet and hate when humans desecrate it. All witches should be super eco-aware.
How old were you when you knew you were a witch?
Well, I was quite old; In my thirties. But I'd always been drawn to reading about witchcraft and all that spooky stuff. I was always outdoors with my ponies and dogs. It wasn't until I got older that I realized paganism and nature-based witchcraft existed. I was thrilled when I discovered it was 'a thing.'
I've never felt comfortable with Wicca; it's too prescriptive and dogmatic for me. I like the free and easy path of eclectic, cobbled-together witchcraft; a little bit of this, and a little bit of that...
I have been told I have had an evil eye curse on me since I was very small and it is blocking my life. What should I do to remove this?
There is no curse on you, but just in case, know you haven't got it any more. I've removed it for you.
I read an article that said: visualization equals imagination plus willpower. Could you explain how this works? Have you written articles on this that would help me with my spells and magic?
Hmm... for me visualization is only imagination. You can forget about willpower. Probably, the author meant 'intention.' So before working any kind of spell, you need to set your intention or your 'will' (not willpower, which is self-control). All it means is being ultra clear on what outcome you desire. Also, before you start, you have to be certain that this outcome can happen. You have to know it with every cell in your body.
Once you have that nailed, then you go on to work the spell and include the visualization as you chant or whatever you have decided to do.
I have vivid memories of flying as a child. When pregnant (especially with my firstborn), I had detailed premonitions that came true. I feel overwhelmed in crowds. Animals are drawn to me. I'm sure I've astral traveled in my dreams too. I just don't know what kind of witch I am. It's all been intuitive so far. I know basic banishing rituals (although I could not tell you how I know them). Any suggestions as to what kind of witch I am and ways to hone my skills?
Despite all your experiences, unless you practice witchcraft, you aren't a witch. Witchcraft is a path you choose to follow. The good news is that you get to decide yourself what kind of witch you are. There aren't any magical processes; no sorting hat, if you like. So, the first thing to do is to explore all the different traditions and see which, if any, appeal to you. You may discover, as most do, that you are drawn to several and then decide to be an 'eclectic.' That's a witch who takes a little bit from here and a little bit from there to create his or her own system.
To improve your skills, you need to read, read, and read some more. Then put what you learn into practice. Meanwhile, you can bring a little magic into your daily life:
I have lots of articles on witchcraft, and there are many other writers here that offer wisdom and guidance:
I have had wild animals be attracted to me all my life. Does that mean I’m a witch?
No. Lots of people have an affinity to animals. However, many witches say that wild animals tend to get close to them. For me and my daughter, it's birds.
However, that one thing doesn't mean you are a witch. To become a witch you have to work hard, study and practice your craft.
Are there any particular books on witchcraft that you would recommend to beginners?
I would suggest anything by Lisa Chamberlain, although she writes mostly about Wicca. There are lots of academic history of witchcraft books available, and later, you should read one or two of those.
What does 'visualizing in your mind's eye' mean?
It means seeing something in your imagination. Some people find it hard to visualize so it's perfectly fine to just think about what you want in words.
Does turning into a witch affect your health and make you sick?
No, choosing to be a witch does not make you sick; in fact the opposite. As you learn to manipulate energy and becoming the best witch/person you can be, you also learn to tune into natural cycles.
As a witch, you keep an open mind about everything, including health and sickness. You never blindly accept claims that allopathic medicine is always best. You are willing to explore all the options available.
I sometimes feel peoples true intentions from the first word they speak or by the way they come into my space. Sometimes I feel like I'm being paranoid, until something happens (immediately or soon after) and I always end up saying to myself, "I knew it". Am I crazy, paranoid, or am I really a witch?
You are describing a strong intuition. That doesn't make you a witch. You are only a witch if you live your life as a witch.
Your intuition may be indicating that you have latent psychic ability. You can develop it if you choose to. However, witchcraft is an entirely different thing. Witchcraft is a way of life that means you live according to a set of guidelines. Usually the witch decides these for herself unless she has chosen to follow a specific tradition.
How do I learn more about becoming a witch?
The best way is to start researching. You might find a good group on social media, or you could start reading about it by yourself. It's up to you.
Here's a quick guide to starting off: https://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/What-Type...
Ever since I was little I have always talked to nature and the wind. I once asked the wind to give me a breeze on a hot summer day and it did. After a while, I asked it to stop. What does my communication with nature mean?
I have read that the moon will give a witch more powers to cast their spells. When I do spells on the night of a full moon, I visualize the energy coming into me as white light. I feel strong energy and then I do the spell. Is this right? Could you explain more on moon energy?
The moon's role in spell casting is not really connected with a witch's energy in a direct way. When we look at the full moon, we feel emotion. That is the power behind any spell. It doesn't come from 'out there.' It builds within you. The moon helps us connect and feel that energy of emotion. Then you send it out to do its work. If it helps to think of a white light moon energy, that's fine.
I'm only twelve, but I have been having weird feelings for the past year, and I don't know what it is. I can't sleep, I'm drawn to the moon, I feel like the air around me is moving can you please help?
You are simply growing up and noticing things more; becoming more aware. My own daughter went through a similar thing. What worked for her was implementing a structure in her life (she was previously unschooled). She set her alarm an hour earlier in the morning which helped her get to sleep at night.
If you feel that witchcraft is something you'd like to explore, then you can do it gently when you feel ready. This article has some simple ways of creating a magical life: https://hubpages.com/wicca-witchcraft/50-Ways-To-B...
I am thirteen years old and have always felt like I stood apart from everybody else. I recently found Wicca and am trying to connect with a deity. Do you have any advice? As a side note, my parents are Christian and don't approve so I havent told them. Do you know of any way to have an altar without them knowing?
If your parents are against it then you should respect their perspective. It's their home and they decide what goes on in it. You won't be 13 forever, so be a sensible witchling and cultivate patience.
As far as deities are concerned, I don't have one. Wicca isn't my thing as I find it too restricting. Maybe instead of trying to connect, you simply allow one to reveal itself over time. Again, patience.
You can have an altar... all you need is an item to represent the four elements plus spirit. So, an LED tealight for fire, a feather for air, a small cup for water and a pebble for earth. It's up to you what you use for Spirit. You could keep it in your head/heart. No-one will ever think that a small collection of objects like that has any religious connotation. Keep them in drawer.
I’m eleven years old, about to be twelve and I think I am a witch. I’ve done almost all of this and I wear a whole ton of black clothes. I’ve done spells before. Tomorrow is a full moon and my cousin and I want to do a ritual to call our guardians. What do you think?
If you have read through the questions and comments here, you'll know that I discourage anyone of your age against practicing witchcraft. You don't have the necessary life experience or common sense to mess around with things you can't possibly control. I had a message a couple of weeks ago from a woman in her forties. She had played with spellcasting when she was sixteen. She said she had no idea that the results would be so devastating. She's still dealing with the consequences today and wishes with all her heart that she'd waited until she was older and wiser.
You are too young. Wait a few years. You can use the time to study to become the best witches ever.
When I was in high school, and I’m talking 16 years ago, I did a live spell I read in Cosmo mag. Silly I know. But I felt it started working my my crush. I froze his name in water with a red ribbon. When I noticed it was working I removed his name ASAP by unfreezing it . Years later I still feel wrong doing so but not sure if I have removed the spell completely?
Ah... the yucky energies of manipulation spells. I bet the people at Cosmo had no idea that it would actually work. Well, I'm pretty sure that it's worn off. However, it seems you need to do a little karma cleansing in order to throw off the last vestiges (aka guilt) of the spell.
A simple release spell will work. Grab a piece of paper and write the words, "I release you, *his name*, from any remaining enchantment. As I write these words, so must it be." Visualize the old spell leaving you both like a puff of smoke. Then burn it safely. Five minutes and it's done.
The spells I have been casting are not working. What should I do so the spells work? Should I do them in the morning and at night?
Perhaps you are not ready to work with energy. You sound as though you are very young. You should wait a couple of years, then try again.
Once I dreamt about my sister being pregnant, and it came true. Does that make me a witch?
No, of course not. One dream, which may or may not have been based on conversations you may have had or heard, does not mean anything. Witches practice witchcraft. Predictive dreams are something completely different.
You should read this article:
I've always identified myself as a Pagan & Empath, after my Dad died I feel power surges. What could this be?
So sorry to hear your Dad has passed. It's possible that he is 'hanging out' with you. I think you'll find that the sensations will fade as time goes on. Try talking to him, or conversing with him in a journal.
My step-mom is a witch, but she is not a pagan or a Wiccan. What is she?
She's a witch.
Paganism is an umbrella term for all Earth-based religions and lifestyles. Wicca is a specific religious tradition. It's fairly modern. Witchcraft covers a lot of different traditions:
Can I be a witch if I don't feel energy and don't feel okay in the woods alone at night?
You shouldn't be out alone at night in the woods anyway. I would never recommend that. You can learn to feel energy simply by practicing. If you are very young, you should wait until you are older.
How can I activate my magic powers?
You misunderstand what witchcraft and spellwork is. It's not about any 'magic powers.' It's about learning to work with the energy all around us. There's no switch that turns you into a witch. It takes long years of study and practice to become a responsible witch.
I am an empath and I think I am a healer. Do these go together?
Yes, they do. Do some research into all the different energetic healing modalities and see if one appeals to you.
What resources can help me learn more about Wicca?
Read everything you can. Understand the basics of the Wheel of the Year, the Sabbats, etc. There are some great books available.
There used to be lots of excellent Wiccan study websites. They're harder to find these days, but there are still some good ones out there if you are prepared to search beyond the first page of Google results.
Nicole Canfield has a fabulous collection of articles right here on Exemplore: https://hubpages.com/@kittythedreamer.
How is spiritual energy and magic energy different? They seem to be similar in a lot of ways.
Energy is energy... it just depends how it is used and directed. What you call 'magic energy' is really emotional energy. Magic can only be effective when you know how to control and direct your emotions.
I sometimes can’t breathe around people, so I have to look away. What is happening?
Sounds like a form of claustrophobia. You're probably an empath and picking up on thought vibration. If this is uncomfortable, then avoid crowded places.
If I build an altar, will my witch tendencies become more apparent? Is it a good first step?
It will make you feel witchier and how you feel is the most important thing. And yes, it can be a good first step.
I have two marks on my body that are hidden and distinctive. I have always loved nature, and animals are always drawn to me, but I have a dark side. Is this a bad thing?
Everyone has a dark side, you wouldn't be human if you didn't. What counts is whether you act on destructive impulses or choose to take the kinder path.
For more information on witch marks, go here: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/What-is-a-W...
Is learning how to control your powers different for every new witch? Does meditation help you learn to help control the magic energy?
It depends what you are referring to. There's no uncontrollable 'magic energy'. When witches work with energy, they use visualization to direct it into their spell and from there out to the 'universe' to take care of it.
I know I'm psychic. Does that mean I am also a witch?
No. You can't choose your psychic abilities, although you can learn to use them and control them. Being a witch is a choice you can make.
Witchcraft is about working with energy, respecting nature and (usually) doing good.
The path of the witch and your innate psychic abilities would make you a powerful witch indeed.
Can people naturally make spells work?
Yes, that's the best way. Spells work better if you have complete trust that they will be successful, yet have no attachment to the outcome.
I have zero doubt that I'm a male witch. My great great grandmother was a witch. The problem I have is controlling my gifts. Can you help?
When you mention 'gifts', you may be referring to psychic abilities. They are different to the practice of witchcraft, although they can be incorporated. Witchcraft is a practice that must be learned. I suggest you reach out and find a group that can help and support you in your witch endeavors. There are many groups and online covens - check out Witchvox or even social media.
Sometimes I get these little spurts of what seems to be the future. For example, I’ll get a scene of something that’s going to happen the next, week, or even month. I’ve searched the internet to look for answers and I’m embarrassed to talk to anyone. How can I interpret these seemingly clairvoyant “dreams”?
They are premonitions or predictive dreams. You have a psychic gift. It's not necessarily connected with witchcraft unless you choose to use it in your practice of the craft. If you read through the questions and comments here, you will see lots of other people with the same gift.
If I sometimes, in fact quite often, think of a word, (any word really, however more often than not it is a word common to my vocabulary) then by some strange coincidence I hear it on tv radio or see it in written form a split second later. Would/could this be a message or perhaps a sign?
This happens to me all the time. Several times a day. It might be something I say to a family member or something they say to me, or something I'm reading. Within a split second or instantaneously it'll be spoken on TV.
I don't know if it's a sign. I think of it as Law of Attraction. We have no resistance to that kind of occurrence, so we keep experiencing it.
I always preferred silver to gold which most people find strange since gold is considered more valuable. Why is silver associated with being a witch? Does it have anything to do with the moon? Or is it to do with purity since gold gets mixed with other metals?
Yes, it's to do with the moon and the fact that the land, ocean, and home look silvery by moonlight. It's a personal choice, of course, but a lot of witches I have met prefer silver.
I am a kid who believes she is a witch. How can I tell if I have magical power?
The short answer is: you don't. You can't wave a wand and have things happen. That sort of thing is only in the movies. Witchcraft is about hard work. You have to understand what it means to be a witch in the true sense.
If you thoroughly read this article and my other articles, you will learn that witchcraft is a choice, a spiritual path. It's not about conjuring tricks. If conjuring is what you want to do, then this is the wrong place for you.
You can start learning how to be a true witch by helping other people. Volunteer your time to help old folks or work at an animal shelter.
A couple of times I made things up, and they ended up being real. Is that related to witchcraft?
No. You may be tapping into the 'collective unconscious' via your intuition. Probably means you have psychic skills. It's called 'precognition' and is the ability to predict the future.
Another school of thought is that you are experiencing Law of Attraction. Your thoughts and words hold a certain vibration and if they are in alignment with the event you are 'making up' then it will come true. That's known as 'manifestation.'
What spells are very good for beginners?
I have some suggestions for areas to work on in this article: https://hubpages.com/wicca-witchcraft/How-To-Begin...
The thing to consider is how this might affect another person. Be careful with your wording. For example, wishing for money and then you receive a sum because a close relative died, they may well have died anyway, but there will be guilt. So make sure you always add the clause, "And it harms none," or variations of it.
Things like protection rituals are always a good place to begin. Small amounts of money, good results for exams, improved health, etc. I've had success doing lost pet spells, and 'getting my laptop fixed' spells.
I think I'm a witch. I want to follow the path of witchcraft but I have a few months before I become a teen. What do I do?
Even then, you are probably too young to practice the craft. However, that doesn't stop you learning and researching all about it. This article may be helpful:
Where do I start if I want to be a witch?
You just have to begin right where you are. I have written several articles that might help:
I have been having dreams that come true. Or say something then it actually happening. Could I be one? All the signs on the article point to yes. But why the dreams?
Your dreams are precognitive. In other words, they are giving you information about the future. In the psychic realm, time doesn't exist as it does for us. So the past, present, and future are all intermingled, and that's what your dream is tapping into. It's also called the Collective Unconscious or the Akashic Records. It's a psychic ability. That doesn't mean you are a witch. You can be a witch, but that's something you have to choose.
I wrote these blog posts that might help:
How come I feel as though silver doesn't agree with me? Honestly, I favor more towards gold because of its warmth and comfort while silver seems so cold and harsh. It just seems more natural with others who follow a witches path, just not with me.
Everyone is different and has different preferences. It's no big deal that you prefer gold over silver. It's just that silver is associated with the moon and witches are mad keen on anything moon-related.
For me, personally, I feel silver is soft (and it is physically a lot more malleable than gold). Gold is brash and showy; silver glows softly without calling attention to itself.
The great thing about being a witch is that you get to choose everything in your life, and that includes your favored jewelry and clothing.
Can you tell others you're a witch?
If you want to. Most people find that their friends tend to mock their choice, so it might be better to keep it quiet while you are learning the craft.
I'm sure that I'm a witch, but I don't know what kind of witch I am? How do I explore all the different options?
Your choices are numerous, from taking a well-defined, traditional path to putting together your own witchcraft itinerary. You might choose to follow guidance laid down in a book, or to search out a local training coven.
To help, I have a list of 60 different witchcraft traditions right here: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/What-Kind-o...
Have a read through, then go off and research any that seem attractive to you. Remember that you can take parts of one and merge them with another if you wish.
I come from a strong Christian background, but I have always been "left field". I have always been drawn to things not accepted by "normal people." I try to ignore these things and study the Bible. I noticed that all the points you mentioned have a natural existence in me. Could ignoring these feelings become a problem in my life? (thinking about these things makes my stomach turn and my body shake).
First of all, you don't have to abandon Christianity to have a deep connection with nature and an appreciation of all the things I mention. Secondly, there are many Christian witches out there. Witches don't do all that worshipping the devil stuff, so don't worry about that. For a while try to reconcile your Christianity with your feelings, after all, if you believe in it, you'll know that God put them there.
Witchcraft doesn't have to be about faith or religion, although some people prefer it that way. Witchcraft is just a way of life. It might incorporate a little magic (remember that Jesus used magic), perhaps you'd be interested in herbalism or something like that?
The last thing you want is for all this to tear you apart. It never has to be that way. Try this article:
And this might help too:
How can I get a wand?
You can make your own wand. It can be as simple as picking up a suitable piece of driftwood or cutting one from a living tree. Here are the instructions:
When I was in 3rd grade my best friend told me I was a witch, werewolf, and a vampire. And I believed her. And to this day I still do. She says that we were playing pretend. Though I'm not sure that it was pretend for me. I also get a bad aura every time I'm alone, in dark spaces, and surrounded by people. I have a feeling that something or someone is out to get me. What does it mean and could you help?
First of all, you are none of those things because werewolves and vampires do not exist, and you can only be a witch if you choose to be one.
The feelings you get in uncomfortable situations are probably due to something called 'sensory overload'. You can learn more about that and put strategies in place to deal with various situations.
No-one is out to get you. It's part of the sensory overload I mentioned above. If you think your feelings and thoughts are becoming uncontrollable, then you must talk to an adult about them.
None of this has anything to do with supernatural causes. I promise.
My parents don't know about me being a witch, and since they're Christian they don't believe in my practices, and they don't allow spell books. What should I do?
You don't have to make a big deal out of being a witch while you are young. The best thing to do is to study and research as much as you can. There are very many resources available on the web.
Meanwhile, there are lots of small, unnoticeable rituals you can incorporate into your daily life: https://hubpages.com/wicca-witchcraft/50-Ways-To-B...
Could you please explain what an aura is? Is it another name for your own personal energy?
A person's aura is a field of energy that extends out from their physical body. Everyone is said to have one. Those who can see auras report that they are different shimmering colors. They can show someone's mood, indicate happiness, serenity, depression, and even illness.
I have always felt sad when an animal dies, but not so much when a human passes. Does that make me a bad person or is that a sign of me being a witch? I have always felt close to the moon some how I just cant explain. I've had so many experiences with me dreaming of something before it comes true. It won't stop and it gives me headaches.
No, it's not a sign of being a witch. Or of being a bad person. Some people feel more connection with animals than to humans. Remember though, that death is not so important to animals; it's just part of the life cycle.
As far as the dreams are concerned, this article will explain: https://hubpages.com/wicca-witchcraft/I-Have-Psych...
Every time I go outside gusts of wind come at me as if welcoming. Whenever I'm in a crowd, I tend to mutter words which end up with people falling behind or moving far from me I can also feel energy and see emotions radiate from people as colors. How could I prevent myself from hurting anyone?
You are completely in control of your intentions. So if you don't intend to hurt anyone you won't. I recommend you explore your gifts and learn how to practice control. Incidentally, they don't mean that you are a witch.
I'm 9-years-old and I'm 100% sure I'm a witch but I'm scared of telling others. They bully me for it. What do I do?
At nine years old, you are far too young to be a witch. To become a witch a person needs to have a lot of life experience. It also takes many years of study. It's best not to tell anyone that you believe you are a witch because of your young age, and in any case, it's not actually true yet. When you are older it will be easier. Meanwhile read up as much as you can. Here's another article that may help:
I am 22-years-old. I've always loved nature and the moon. I especially I feel connected to fish. I don’t know the reason. My sun sign is Pisces. Why do I feel connected to fish?
I suppose you are attracted to fish in the same way as some people feel and affinity with birds, or horses, or dogs. The fact that you are a Pisces may also have something to do with it. Perhaps you could consider studying ichthyology in your spare time?
Is there any true way to tell if I am a warlock? Is there any way to learn more about my heritage and more about the dark arts?
A warlock is not a male witch. A warlock is someone who deliberately attempts to bring evil on to another person. I can't help you with your heritage--that's something you'll have to do for yourself. As a witch, I try not to work in the realm of darkness because I know full well that such magick has a habit of returning and causing havoc.
You said in another article, when casting a spell you do not have to use the ingredients specified. Would the spell still be effective without them? Could I do the spell with other ingredients?
My personal opinion that any ingredients or equipment are only there to help you focus your attention on the ritual. As you become more experienced you will discover that none of them are really necessary. I stick to pen and paper and a candle. I might occasionally use appropriate tarot cards to focus my energy.
So yes, you could change it up as you please. I fail to see why burning one herb would work when burning a different one wouldn't. Or one oil over another.
Do you know the origin of witches?
Witches were originally the wise women of the settlement or village. Often midwives and herbalists. They tended to be single and easy targets later on during the middle ages and the 16th century.
Along different lines were the witch doctors and shamans. It is thought that long ago everyone had access to 'magic'. But the more powerful in society deemed that this knowledge should be kept secret, or occult.
What can I do about dreams that have come true? How do I change the future of what I have seen?
Your question is beyond the scope of this article, which is focused on the signs of witchiness. The best thing you can do is to research psychic dreams and perhaps find an online community that could advise you.
When I am mad at someone, they get sick. Most of the time they develop some form of allergy or something bad happens to their loved ones. I don't even wish it. Am I a witch? If so, what kind? I'm afraid to get angry or express myself because of this.
It's unlikely that it's anything to do with you. Ill-wishing and malevolent magick generally take a lot of effort.
And of course, you can get angry and express yourself. Just be aware if you are directing your anger at someone. Perhaps you could work out a strategy to deal with it. When I get angry, I clean the house.
I want to renounce witchcraft. Is that possible?
You just did it. There's no compulsion or mandatory rule that says you can't just stop being a witch.
Is it true that moles mark a witch?
This stems from the time of the witch trials in the 16th and 17th centuries. They are nothing more than natural moles and marks that most humans have. However, they were used as 'evidence' that the devil had marked the person.
It was a made up thing.
I have dreams that I know are real. I see myself in different places. I wake up and see things that look like smoke or light moving over me. There are times the light is very bright. Could I I be seeing the magic energy? I see faces over me. I feel my body floating. I feel tingles in my body. Does this mean I am traveling to different places? How could I control it?
Your dreams are your dreams. I doubt that anything is actually happening on the material plane. However, they sound very powerful in that they are influencing your own physiology. If I were you, I'd do some research into dreams and definitely keep a dream journal.
I have an old soul. I have seen and been to places I haven’t seen or been to before. Does that mean my past ‘soul’ had the same ‘power’ as me now or does it get stronger over time?
I've chosen to answer just this one of your questions because I just don't have the time to deal with so many. It sounds as if you are referring to deja vu, which is pretty common. It may well have something to do with past lives or the ability to access universal consciousness.
I'm not entirely sure what you mean by your soul having power. It's probably more to do with your psychic abilities. Your soul is not an active entity as far as I know.
I said a spell to become a witch, but now I feel drained and have a knotted up, tight feeling in my stomach. Does that mean it worked?
I have no idea. You don't cast spells to become a witch. You learn to be a witch. It takes a long time. Your discomfort is proof that young people who have no idea what they are doing should not be messing around with things they don't understand.
I was born on Halloween, and I always felt a strong connection to nature and other things. I have seen and heard many different things and felt. What would you call that?
I don't think what you describe has an actual name. In any case it doesn't matter what I think, what matters is how you feel and where you want to go with it.
I am only fourteen, so where should I start with my witch practice? I know that I am a bit too young to be doing anything too extreme.
You can start by learning all you can about your environment. Witches work closely with nature, the seasons, and moon cycles. Depending on where you live, try to become in tune with nature, even if you only have access to a park or garden. There are many city witches who adapt to their surroundings.
At the same time, you can start to become aware of how energy surges through your body. Learn how to increase that surge of energy and also how to let it drain away by grounding yourself. Explore the four elements and their qualities, fire, water, air and earth.
Doing all of this will help you tune-in and incorporate witchcraft into your life.
This might help: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Teenwitch-H...
There have been witches in my family for three generations. However, there is no one left in my family who can guide me, or pass on their knowledge. Do you have any advice for me?
It depends what you want to do. There are tons of resources available for anyone starting out on their witchcraft path; websites and books, even podcasts. If you cannot reconnect with your family tradition, you could think about starting your own. I have some articles that might help:
I've always known I was a witch, but how do I figure out my past life and my destiny in this realm?
You don't have to figure anything out. Knowing your past lives won't help you much in this one, and your destiny is hidden from you at this stage in your life. Instead, learn how to live in the moment and let the future take care of itself. All's well.
What is the shadow man with fire red eyes?
Keep listening to The Black Tapes podcast and you'll find out.
What does the will of the universe mean? In an article I read, it said the universe will decide how long a spell will take. Why does this happen?
It's not really the 'will' of the universe, it's really about allowing circumstances to come into alignment with your desired outcome. Sometimes it takes a long time, while sometimes it will happen the next day. The worst thing you can do is to over-think it and keep wondering why it hasn't happened. Assume that it is being dealt with and get on with your life.
You sound very young. If that's the case, I advise that you don't go messing about with spellcasting until you are sure what you are doing. I had someone contact me the other day who said, when she was a teenager, she'd done a spell that was published in a popular magazine 'just for fun'. She's still living with the consequences of that today. Be careful.
Would you please explain how manipulating energy works?
Here are some articles that will help you understand:
What age is most appropriate to start learning witchcraft?
There's no particular age. However, someone should have a degree of maturity and life experience. A wise person will understand why this is important. Meanwhile, there's nothing preventing you learning all you can about witchcraft and, much more importantly, about yourself.
I once heard voices in my head and I started to get scared but then I figured out if I make wishes they'd come true. Do you think I could meet some other witches in the world and they can teach me?
Voices in your head aren't usually anything to do with witchcraft. I suggest you spend some time researching and studying before attempting to contact witches. We like people to demonstrate that they are serious.
Meanwhile this article may be helpful: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Im-a-Young-...
Does having a connection with nature make me a Green Witch?
If you don't practice witchcraft, you are not a witch. Everyone on the planet is connected to nature... it couldn't be otherwise. However, witches have a special connection because they recognize the importance of cycles in life, from birth to death, growth, and decay. Everything in nature is cyclical.
I know I'm a witch. But I possess another attribute. I can move things when I'm angry or upset. Is this part of witchery? I have never studied it before.
No, it's telekinesis, sometimes called psychokinesis. Psychic gifts are what they are and not connected with witchcraft. People with such gifts can be witches, of course, but not all witches are psychic. Witchcraft is something you choose to do.
I've always been able to feel the energy. As a little girl, my grandmother taught me how to make a little "ball" out of my energy and play with it. She said she learned it in a Reiki class. I've been told through the years that I am empathetic due to my ability to feel the energy and pick up on the emotions of others. How does this correlate to the possibility of me being a witch?
I love that ball of energy game. Your grandmother sounds really cool.
Okay, so you can do this stuff, and if you want, you can leave it right there. Or you could choose to follow your grandmother's example and become a healer. Or, use your empathy to become a counselor or teacher. In other words, none of these things mean you are a witch. You can choose to become one by studying witchcraft and eventually practicing it. Your gifts can enhance your practice, but only if you choose that path.
I know I'm a witch but I don't want to be one! It's hereditary. How do I get rid of it?
Just don't practice witchcraft. There's nothing you need to do. If you have some kind of psychic gift as well, I'm afraid you might be stuck with it. I would recommend that you do practice some sort of spiritual protection as described here: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Psychic-Pro...
I know being a witch is a human choice (from your articles on this matter). My question is: can other animals choose to lead this lifestyle? My cat, Lionel Witchy, behaves unlike other cats I've encountered, and always meows and prances around the room when I am meditating or reading spells. This tells me that other animals can be witches, and possess the power of the universe. What are your thoughts?
I think animals are much more tuned in to the energetic forces around us. Their intuition, which so often amazes us, is normal for them. However, being a witch is a human path. A cat will be a cat, and a witch will be a witch. The two can intertwine and interact, but an animal cannot practice the things that make a witch a witch.
Having said all that, if you want Lionel Witchy to be your witch, then so be it. Just wait until you catch him dancing on the ceiling.
After reading this I feel that those things describe me. But if I'm a witch then why can't I recognize my fellow witches?
What would make them recognizable to you? Witches are like any other sector of the population. They don't always go around advertising the fact that they are witches. Some like to keep it quiet. There's no special way of knowing who is one and who isn't.
Having said that, if you catch a glimpse of stripy tights or leggings under a long black skirt, then you've probably found yourself a witch. Just kidding :D
I have been casting the same spells for several months. I don't know if it is working. What could I do to make it work? Does it take a while?
Sounds like you have been trying too hard and are too hung up on the outcome.
I'm almost twelve and feel connected with spirits and drawn to things like this. I also see things and most of the time it doesn’t scare me. Do you think it’s OK if I study witchcraft? I’m scared to talk to my parents because I think they would take me to a doctor?
Well, I don't think it's a good idea to practice witchcraft but, yes, you can learn about it. However, don't do anything that might worry or concern your parents. You have all the time in the world so don't have to rush it. These other articles might be helpful;
Can someone be a witch without worshipping gods or deities? Is it possible to be Jewish and a witch?
Yes, you can be a witch without it being a religious path. That's called a 'secular witch'. As to whether you can be Jewish and a witch - that depends whether witchcraft will interfere with your faith. You'd have to think about it carefully.
I was reading about chakras in witchcraft, could you please explain the chakra system, and how it can be used in magic?
The chakra system is an eastern tradition, first emerging in Hinduism. It was never connected to traditional witchcraft until recently. I don't use it myself, although I have in the past, some do in their meditative practice. I've never found a need for it when working magic. I found the following article, which may be of use:
The ability to have a strong connection to the spiritual side runs strongly in my mother's side of the family. My question is: I dream of certain events and then they happen. Is that something a witch could do? I also dream of my guardian angel.
What you describe are psychic gifts - they are called 'precognitive dreams'. And yes, a witch may experience them but they are not an indication that you are a witch. Witches do witchcraft - it's a way of life.
Dreams of your guardian angel are to be treasured. Keep a dream journal and write about your interactions with your angel as well as any premonitions you receive.
Growing up, I felt I manifested things I wanted into the world through meditation, and I've always had an interest in astrology and tarot. Now I'm 24, I'm not sure what to do. Should I start a grimoire or a BoS? And should I seek out a coven after studying for six months?
If you want to start a witchy journal, then go ahead. There are no 'shoulds'. Do what you feel is right for you. If you want to seek out like-minded people, start with the internet. There are many Facebook groups--you will find at least one that will be a good fit for you.
I also have other articles that might be helpful:
I’ve known I had abilities for as long as I can remember... I’m good at making good things happen for others, but I don’t seem to be able to make good things happen for myself. Have you any tips on how to do that?
If you have convinced yourself that you can't be successful at spells for yourself, then that will be the case. So you have to break through that block. Practice and journal. Have faith in your ability to make things happen. Perhaps you could work a spell seeing yourself in the third person.
I see lots of Wicca signs wherever I go. A few months ago I dreamed of a full moon and there was an eye sign on it. It was like it was watching me or protecting me. What do I have to do?
You don't have to do anything. Wicca is part of witchcraft, but has its own ideology and set up. If you want to take it forward, I suggest you get yourself a good book - either on witchcraft in general, or Wicca, if that appeals to you.
Is witchcraft a sin?
It depends on your perspective and point of view. From mine, no it isn't. It's a way of life. Witches are supposed to be kind and considerate. They appreciate that everyone and everything has a reason for being.
Are you sure that that someone can't be born with the abilities of a witch? I'm not into witchcraft. I don't believe in religion because that's what continues to separate mankind from one another. I've noticed in the past few years I've gained a few abilities out of nowhere: like making the wind blow, causing storms, and moving clouds..
What you describe is the ability to tune into energy. In your case, it manifests in being able to influence weather. Many other people describe their psychic gifts. But... unless you are born into a family that practices witchcraft, i.e. actually lives it, then you aren't a witch. A witch is a human being who does witchcraft. People need to separate the two things out... psychics (and energy workers) can be witches, and witches can be psychic but those things can also be exclusive. They are not automatically connected. Someone can be a witch and not have any discernible psychic gifts at all. Over time, they usually develop some witchy skills because that's how it goes and everyone can learn to use their intuition or how to cast spells.
In your case, if you decide that you want to be a witch, then you can. The study, broaden your knowledge, practice your skills, learn about the history of the craft, set up an altar, have a go at divination, carry out some rituals, observe the Moon and Earth cycles, connect with nature, etc., etc., and then you will be a witch.
I love rain and storms. I feel unexplainable calmness when it comes to rain. I love pets, except for crocodiles. Is it possible I'm a witch?
You can choose to be a witch, or not. It is up to you. It's not necessarily something you are born with, but a path that attracts you. Do you want to follow a witchcraft path? Here are some ideas: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/What-Kind-o...
Does seeing ghosts have to do anything with witches?
No, nothing. Seeing ghosts or spirits means that the person is clairvoyant. They could choose to be a witch, or not. Their gift would still be present.
I get this odd feeling that I can't explain. It's only happened a few times, but soon after something bad happens. Once a death of a family friend, the day of my father's heart attack, and when my husband's uncle was told chemo wasn't helping. I also had a very odd dream of my grandma after she passed suddenly. She told me she was ok. It was so real. If I go to church I get waves of overwhelming emotions. Are these signs of being a witch?
No. Witchcraft is a path that you choose. Witches practice witchcraft. What you describe are psychic premonitions. What you feel in a church is possibly a sign that you are also empathic and can pick up on energy in gatherings of people.
What if you're young and mature and have some life experiences but not all the experiences? Can you still do witchcraft?
You can do it when you want to. However, as always, choose your spells carefully and do your best to work out what any negative consequences may result. I wouldn't advise young teens to work with energy until they have reached the age of 17 or 18.
Sometimes when I enter a place, it feels like I have been there before. I love the rain. Sometimes I feel like I have power in me when I feel alone or at least when I'm outside in nature. I'm not sure if I am a witch or not?
You could become a witch if you decide to practice witchcraft. After several years of study and working with elements and energy, you may call yourself a witch.
What should I do if I want to discover myself as a witch and feel more strongly about it?
If you want to explore the world of witchcraft more and how you might fit into it, then read and study all that you can. Eventually, you will throw away about 90% of all that and find your own way.
There is a saying about writing: you cannot edit unless there's something on the page to edit. It's the same with witchcraft. You have to get your hands dirty by learning and practicing so that you can find what works for you.
Investigate 'chaos magick,' it's interesting, and you might discover some interesting things.
How much time does it take for a spell to work? I have been trying by raising energy and using visualization for what I would like to happen. Do spells work faster for experienced witches than new ones?
It's impossible to tell you how long it will take. The key is to use emotion to impress your will onto universal energy... and then forget it. New witches can be just as successful as more experienced ones, but obviously the more someone practices, the more likely the spell will work.
I can tell you that if you keep thinking about it, if you keep noticing that it hasn't happened, then you may be keeping it away. You have to let it go and let the universe do its thing.
Read this article for more information: https://hubpages.com/wicca-witchcraft/How-Magick-W...
I have been watching Youtube videos to learn about being a witch. Do you feel this is a good way to learn witchcraft? Are you on Youtube?
Anyway you can learn is fine. However, learn from as many sources as you can, so you can forge your own unique path.
No, I'm not on Youtube. I have plenty of other articles on here though. Just click on my profile above.
I have decided to look further into witchcraft and the study of it and would like to cast a protection spell first, would you have any suggestions?
My advice is not to cast any spells until you are confident enough to know what you are doing. However, that doesn't mean you cannot invoke some psychic protection. Have a look at this article for suggestions: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Psychic-Pro...
Ever since I was young something wasn't right. I never fit in. I see things before they happen, sometimes years down the road. Animals are drawn to me. I can tell if a person is good or bad when I first meet them. In rare cases I have to touch them first. Same with houses, if I get a good feeling I go in; if I get a bad feeling I leave. How do I use this for good without magic?
I am drawn to witchcraft because Ii struggle with anxiety and depression. I think being able to influence the energy around me may help me with that. I'm wondering if it's okay to look into practicing witchcraft for that reason? I'm also wondering if I should give myself time to research and figure out what I'm drawn to in particular before actually practicing, or if its okay to start practicing with protection themed things?
Witchcraft is an excellent means to help with anxiety and depression. The fact that it is based on natural cycles will enable you to embrace the whole life cycle and to understand that life is a round of happy, bad, sad, boring, joyful experiences. Start however you want to. I have another article that might be interesting to you:
I am trying to find what kind of witch I am but I'm a bit overwhelmed by how many there are. Any advice or some organized site?
There are a lot of different traditions and types of witches. The best way to find your path is to take your interests and passions into account. When you follow what you love, then your path unfolds naturally.
See if any on this list appeal to you. If not, then consider being an 'eclectic'. That's in the list too: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/What-Kind-o...
I haven't felt right about anything when it comes to who I am. However, when it comes to witchcraft, I feel drawn to it. There is a store that has crystals and witchcraft items, and I can't help but go in and touch everything to feel the energy. I've had prophetic dreams and hunches and I've always felt in touch with a deeper spiritual side. I am twenty-years-old, is it too late for me to be a witch?
Of course it isn't. I didn't find my path until I was in my thirties. You can begin practicing at any age, although I advise the very young to wait a few years.
I have many articles that might help you, start with these:
Because I am native to my country, I’ve always had that spiritual connection to the land. I have a connection to those in my family who have passed away. My Grandmother is into crystals and things that involve witchcraft. Would these things relate to the possibility I was born a natural witch?
The best person to ask would be your grandmother. She probably has a lot of knowledge and wisdom she can pass on to you. Don't forget, witchcraft is a path you choose. Your gifts will help you, but you won't be a witch unless you learn and practice witchcraft.
Can one be a witch or a practitioner of witchcraft without being Wiccan? Are the two meant to be synonymous?
You don't have to follow the Wiccan path if you don't want to. That's just one branch of witchcraft. And, you can indeed construct your own brand of witchcraft according to your own beliefs and preferences. There's no need to label yourself at all.
However, there are many other traditions to pick and choose from if you wanted to do so: Ancestral, Angel, Animist, Celtic, British Traditional (covers a vast range of regional practices), Ceremonial, Chaos and so on. I'm currently putting together a long list of as many threads as I can find.
Wicca is relatively modern, as you know, and there are many aspects of it which are fluid and beautiful. However, certain Wiccan communities have made it as dogmatic and dull as any organized religion. Any new witch must decide for her or himself what feels right for them. There is no right or wrong way to go about things. If you want to cast circles, then do so. If they feel like hocus pocus nonsense, then don't. There's no must or should in your practice.
For further reading, I suggest Jeffrey B. Russell's "A New History of Witchcraft."
Many times in my life I've been able to control wishes....and after reading the article I think I'm a witch. Is there a name for someone who can control wishes like me?
If you mean by 'controlling wishes' that you can make them come true easily, then you are a 'master manifestor'. You've discovered the secret to creating the life you want. It's not exactly witchcraft, but if you decided to study it, then you would probably do very well.
How long does a spell take to work? Will it take longer for a new witch than one who has been doing it for awhile? What could I do?
Spells vary hugely in when the desired outcome occurs. A lot depends how well, and how much energy you put into it. If you merely follow instructions, it's unlikely to work.
Try these pages:
Can a witch be cursed by another witch?
Yes, and it can turn nasty and lead to a witch war: http://www.witchvox.com/va/dt_va.html?a=usfl&c=war...
I believe multiple witches are casting spells or hexes on me. What can I do to combat this?
I have two other articles that may be able to answer both your questions:
I have the characteristics of a witch. As a child, I was very much a spirit guide. As an adult I feel so connected to animals, it’s in my soul. Animals seem to trust me, even come to me for help. Squirrels have always been my animal. And bats. What direction should I head in to practice witchcraft?
You have to decide that yourself. If you want to do witchcraft, then you have to find your starting point. Get a couple of decent books. Explore your connection with nature - keep a journal and spend lots of time outside.
My mom's family does witchcraft, works with divination, energies, spells, etc., but she has a boyfriend who isn't really comfortable with witchcraft, and it is kind of difficult to try to learn about witchcraft without him knowing. How can I keep my craft hidden?
You have plenty of time, there's no big rush. Meanwhile, why don't you keep your witchcraft study materials at your mom's family's home? Ask them stuff, ask if they will teach you and tell you stories of their tradition. In the old days, all information was passed down through families orally.
Is there a ritual that one must do to confirm the inner witch one feels to be?
If you are working as a solitary, it's completely up to you. You can design your own ritual and make it as beautiful, simple, or complex as you wish. If you are with a group, then the neophyte progression through the degrees will be laid out for you.
How do you get your spells to work well?
You have to believe in them. All the ingredients and magical items won't work without complete belief.
This article might be helpful: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/How-To-Begi...
Is it okay for me to talk to my close friends and family about being interested in witchcraft?
That depends on you, your friends and family. You can talk to anybody you like. If you think they will be against it, then you will have to be careful about how you introduce the idea of witchcraft to them.
When I was younger, I would often make small “balls” of energy, and was always interested in flowers. I think it’s very interesting because now that I’m older, I recognize my interest in witchcraft. Do you think some people are born to be witches?
I think that some people have a natural tendency towards witchcraft, yes. Often I hear people say things like, "When I discovered witchcraft, it felt comforting, and as though I had found my place in the world." That's how I felt anyway.
Since I was a little boy, I felt like I could communicate with nature and animals. Is that an actual power?
It's a power if you can actually do it. Perhaps you have a deep affinity with nature? Lots more to explore about witchcraft on this site. Here's one to get you started:
As a little girl, I knew I have been different. But what caught my eye about my being a witch is a few times I have had a dream, and it came true. I had a dream about a bird being in a wall and woke up to it being true. And another time is I had a dream about my aunt putting up her pool, and she did. And the last one was last night. I had a dream that we would be going to the airport to pick up my cousin's husband and we did. Does this mean anything or is it just a coincidence?
What you describe are precognitive dreams. They have nothing to do with witchcraft. A witch practices the craft, which involves study and living like a witch. S/he may or not have similar dreams. This article will explain more clearly:
I'm a witch. I'm a male with zero interest in "dark" arts because the universal law is that "like attracts like". What shall I do as a witch?
Who says you have to practice dark magick? You can be as lovely as you want to be. These articles might help you.
If I do magic, do I need to speak English or speak my own language?
Your own language - you need to be able to connect strongly with the words. Make up your own chants if you can, they are much more powerful.
How do I know which kind of witch I am so I can study that tradition?
There's no sorting hat in witchcraft so you get to choose what kind of witch you want to be. Have a look at this article:
You can combine and tweak as much as you like. You don't have to label yourself anything.
I always dream about something; there's a clue about something that will happen. I had a feeling I would have an accident and that evening I fell from my scooter. I was hit by a car even though I was careful. I am always being followed by some animals like chickens, cat, geese, birds, and many more. What should I do?
You should pay attention to your intuition. If you get a feeling that you are going to have an accident, then avoid riding your scooter, or perhaps change your usual route. None of this means you are a witch.
This article might help you: https://hubpages.com/wicca-witchcraft/I-Have-Psych...
What can I do to listen to my "inner me" more?
I recommend that you learn how to meditate. There are a ton of resources to learn how to get started on YouTube. Meditation will relax and calm you; it will allow you to tune in to your spiritual self and your body.
I'm a man, and I’m drawn to both witchcraft and shamanism, 100% according to your poll. Is there a problem with being both? I’ve never had a course in witchcraft but have taken two shamanic courses. Healing, herbs, and animals are my passions.
Of course not. I think that the problem is that most people want to fit into a category or give themselves a label. Most forms of witchcraft are based on some other tradition. For instance, Wicca incorporates a lot of Celtic, or what they believe to be Celtic, influences. High Magick is based on Egyptian rituals, you get the picture. So, being a modern witch, you get to be whatever you want to be. Scrunch up that label and throw it away.
I was told that my main spiritual gift was intuition, which I knew. More recently, I have been exploring my inner self. One thing that has transpired is that the connection I have always felt with wolves. The wolf is my Celtic birth sign. Is this connected in any way to the type of witch could I be? Also, I know you say being a witch is a choice and not a path but is it possible that subconsciously you know when to make that choice?
It's probably different for everyone. I can't go into the psychology of conscious or subconscious choice because it is so individual. You know if it's something you want to incorporate into your life. If in doubt, wait. If sure of your choice, then go ahead.
As far as the type of witch you are, well, unless you were given the information in a dream or similar, I guess that a human being devised the guidance that determined your Celtic birth sign. Again, you get to decide.
I've always been drawn to nature, and I have a sensibility when it comes to ghosts and energy. I've had several experiences seeing things in places, and although some of them were scary, not all of them are. I'm interested in learning more about nature and things that might be helpful, to connect with this side of me that feels like it's tickling me badly. What do you recommend to read to start? Thank you.
It depends if you are talking about witchcraft or developing your psychic skills. If witchcraft, then I have some suggestions here: https://hubpages.com/wicca-witchcraft/What-Type-of...
If you want to work on your psychic gifts, I can't help you much. However, I would recommend you look for a support group or community: https://psychicelements.com/blog/psychic-experienc...
How can I find out if my ancestors were Wiccans?
It's unlikely you'll find out if your ancestors were Wiccans. Wicca is a religion that started in the UK in 1954, so it's not very old. It's only taken off in the US in the last 25 years or so because of the Internet.
To find out if any of your family are hereditary witches, start talking to the oldest members to see if they remember anything, then you could start researching your family tree.
How do I build my strength back as a witch?
For psychic strength, meditation will help you.
What can I do to stop people draining my energy and attacking me with witchcraft?
You need some psychic protection. This article might help: https://hubpages.com/wicca-witchcraft/Psychic-Prot...
I have been told all my life to stay away from the art of healing or crafting by my mother. It was so bad I couldn't even watch movies with witches. I only know the family stories my grandmother secretly told me. I am a Christian, and over the last 2 years, I left my church because I wanted to keep faith in a less traditional fashion. Is there someone who can help me reconcile my Christianity and witchcraft?
It depends how you want to proceed. I would suggest you explore by reading up as much as you can. You'll find the answers to your questions in any good beginner witchcraft book. Anything by Lisa Chamberlain to start.
Throughout my life my grandma has always been convinced I'm special, I exist for a reason. I've even had some dreams about a spirit but not much else. I connect with animals and not having at least one in my life makes me feel lost. My question is what about my feeling as if there is something more?
I think many of us feel like that, witches or not. The key is to relax and not worry about it because pretty soon, your path, your purpose will be made clear to you. Meanwhile, if you feel drawn to witchcraft, begin to explore all the various traditions available.
Oh, and by the way, your true purpose in life is to experience joy.
How does the full moon make spells work stronger? What do you have to do to make yourself feel the energy to help with your spells?
I think it's just experience which has enabled witches to know that certain spells (not all) work well at Full Moon. The energy that you need to feel when casting spells is emotion.
Have a look at this article; it may help to explain it better: https://hubpages.com/wicca-witchcraft/How-To-Begin...
My mother had a very strong sixth sense. Sometimes I talk to my pet cat and also have done the same with my other cats. I love nature and at time can sense things about people. Even though I go to church I often refer to myself as spiritualist instead of as Christian. Often I find myself reading about Wicca and have collected crystals for healing and positive energy. My favourite colour is light purple. And at times I can see auras around people. Would that make me a witch or Wiccan?
I'm afraid none of those things make you a witch. However, it sounds as if you have a strong intuition and latent psychic abilities so you could become a witch if you chose to do so. Wicca is a religious branch of witchcraft, and has numerous off-shoots of its own. Again, you would have to choose to follow that path.
I grew up on an island (Hawaii) when my father was stationed out there for the military. Strange things that seemed impossible would happen. My Field Trip friends group would do a rain dance, and it would always rain when I was there. I also sometimes feel charged by the moon and the darkness. How can I use it to help those around me?
I would suggest you learn more about witchcraft and see if you can expand your skills to include such things as healing and divination. Then you will be able to do lots of good stuff to help people.
What age is good to have a familiar?
There isn't actually such a thing as a familiar. It was an idea made up by witch hunters and torturers. Familiars were thought to feed off the witch's body. However, many witches call their pets 'familiars'. So if you are old enough to have a pet, you can think of it as your familiar, but please feed it in the normal manner.
I have just read some of the topics of your website and have been digging into this for a while now. Maybe a couple years actually. But I've never had the opportunity to actually try and experiment with witchcraft, although I have very strong beliefs that I have some sort of connection with it. I am clueless, to be fair. Plus I have no one who to talk to so my curiosity only gets shut down most of the times. What should I do?
You can start from right where you are. Begin incorporating tiny rituals and practices into your daily life. Read as much as you can and work out if you feel that witchcraft could be faith or a lifestyle. Read about Wicca and see if it resonates. If not, then it's likely that you aren't looking for a religion. Get a few books and learn more about the practice of witchcraft. Get outdoors and aim to feel your connections with the Earth and the universe.
This article might help you begin: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/50-Ways-To-...
My grandmother on my mom's side is a Wiccan. I've have a very strong interest in witches. I can sometimes feel a presence behind me and in my room. Could it be possible that my grandmother has passed down some of her Wiccan genes to me?
It's possible that your grandmother has certain psychic gifts and traits that run through the family. However, Wicca is a branch of witchcraft that started in the UK in the 1950s. It's a faith-based path, a religion. There is no such thing as 'Wiccan genes'. So your grandmother may well practice Wicca - that's a conscious choice. You can do the same if it appeals to you. It's a good idea to know the difference between Wicca and traditional (non-religious) witchcraft.
Is it a must to use offerings like juice or wine and cakes or whatever in my rituals?
No, I'd only do that after a long complicated ritual and then only if it was in a group. However, I do recommend that you eat and drink something in order to ground yourself if you feel a bit woozy or out of it after meditation and raising energy. My offerings to nature are practical things like leaving birdseed under trees and on branches.
I come from a Christian household, and I've felt connected to nature and crystals and herbs for as long as I can remember. I believe there is one God and he created everything. Here's where it gets tricky, I feel that I am in some way connected to the natural world but I cannot see myself casting hexes and spells or joining a coven. So am I a witch, Wiccan, or pagan?
I have a suggestion, you could eschew the labels and just be yourself. Your faith is your own unique path and combination of influences. You can be Christian and appreciate all the wonder and beauty that God created. At the same time you can explore that lovely feeling of connectedness to the earth and the universe. You are part of the whole and you don't need a label for that.
I have this article which might have some ideas how to expand on your faith in small ways: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/50-Ways-To-...
I have dreams that I know are real. I am in different places. I feel it in my body. I wake up and see things that look like smoke or light moving. Does this mean I am traveling to different places? How could I control it when I am awake?
I'm afraid I'm no dream expert, so it might be a good idea for you to do some research on lucid dreaming.
Have a look at some of the articles on this page: https://exemplore.com/dreams/
My love spell did not work. Did I do something wrong?
Love spells are tricky. It's always best to keep them general. If you are trying to get a certain person to fall in love with you, then that is manipulation. Attempting to change or direct another person's actions may not be in their best interests. It may also set off a chain of events that you didn't anticipate.
However, if you are trying to attract love, that's okay because the spell is focused on you. I recommend you use the second method and allow the universe to work out the 'who'.
Remember that manipulation magick can come back to haunt you forever. Always make it clear that you want the result to be in everyone's best interests.
'And it harm none'.
My mom is about to have a baby and I want to protect it so nothing will happen. What do I do?
You sound too young to be casting spells, so don't. What I recommend you do is to silently call upon the Goddess (you can think of her as Mother Earth, if that helps) to take care of your mom and your new brother/sister.
How do you know what sign you are whether you're earth, air, fire, or water?
Perhaps you are referring to your birth sign? The twelve signs of the zodiac are divided into earth, air, fire, and water. Earth signs are Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. Air signs are Aquarius, Gemini, and Libra. Fire signs are Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. Water are Pisces, Cancer, and Scorpio.
However, you may feel an affinity to any of the other elements. I can't tell you what that might be; only you can know which you are drawn to.
I know things I shouldn't and they come to me. Not like someone is telling me but more like an impression in my thoughts. Interactions with people play back to me over and over. Also people like me, but don't like to be around me a lot. What kind of witch do you think I am?
It depends what kind you'd like to be. People get confused between psychic gifts and witchcraft. Having psychic abilities doesn't automatically mean you are a witch. Witchcraft is a path you choose. You can't usually choose your psychic abilities.
I am eleven-years-old, when do you think I should start studying to be a witch?
You can start studying whenever you want to. However, do refer back to previous answers to other young people. You need a good dollop of life experience before you can call yourself 'witch.' Meanwhile, read all you can. Acknowledge the moon cycles. Practice gratitude, and you'll give yourself a good start.
I feel I might be a witch, but I was always told that a person goes to hell for practicing witchcraft. I have dreams, and they come true. If I feel something negative about a person, it’s come to light every time. Every place I’ve lived, there has always been cats around. Would you say I’m a witch and need to educate myself and strengthen my natural abilities?
Witchcraft is not evil. It's the practice of working with energy, respecting nature and doing good. It's true that some people use witchcraft for their evil ends, but there are evil Christians as well.
It has to be your choice. You can research and explore the ideas of witchcraft, or you can ignore them. It's a personal path of exploration.
You may reference my other article for guidance regarding next steps: https://hubpages.com/wicca-witchcraft/I-think-Im-a...
Is there any way I can get in contact with a real witch? I have a lot of questions regarding why the things that I experience happen.
You could look for groups on social media. There are lots of online communities that might be useful to you. I don't know of anything specific, but a search around Facebook should prove fruitful.
Can a witch also be an empath?
Of course. Being an empath is a well-developed form of intuition. You feel what others are feeling. Being a witch is a path you choose. You might compare it to someone born with a gift for music who also chooses to climb mountains. One does not exclude the other.
I feel different, different from everyone around me. Specifically thoughts. Moreover, whenever I close my eyes there this bright light; as if something is burning inside. I don't have any answer to this?
I hate to burst your bubble, but everyone you speak to, if asked, will say they feel 'different'. And it's true--we are all unique human beings. The light you see when you close your eyes is very common: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Closed-eye_hallucina...
Neither of these things are connected to witchcraft.
What is a witch's mark?
A witch's mark is any mole or large freckle or scar on a person's body. They were deemed to prove that a person was guilty by the witch-finders during the times of the witch hunts. As every human on the planet has some kind of mark on the skin, it was an easy way to condemn anyone they wanted to. It was completely false 'evidence'.
This article will help explain more: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/What-is-a-W...
Can anyone be a witch? Can a normal person become a witch?
Of course. Though there usually it takes a certain type, as suggested in the characteristics outlined above.
I get so much energy from the sun. I can't even explain my attraction to the sun. I feel and just know I'm different, but I keep reading about how as a 'witch,' you're drawn to the moon. Have you ever heard of this before?
It's not unusual for people to be more energized by the Sun. I would think most people in the Northern Hemisphere are pleased when the sun is shining. We are not called 'sun worshippers' for nothing.
The moon is still influential because humans are made up of so much water, and the moon will affect even an oyster that has been transported a thousand miles from the sea. So her cycles are bound to affect us too.
When I was just a kid, there was this boy I'm whom I could not stand. One day, I picked a flower from a bush in my neighborhood, held it in my hand and said I wish I wish Jacob would move away to a place far, far away. The next day on the school bus, he told me he and his family was moving. Why was I able to do that at such a young age and how?
The family would have already made the arrangements to move before you make your wish, so perhaps you simply tapped into that sequence of events? However, time doesn't matter so much, and maybe you were able to manipulate energy in exactly the right way without even thinking about it.
I have this ability, which sounds conceited or narcissistic, but honestly, I have strangers attach themselves to me. I draw people in, I have been described as a magnet, and then they attach themselves to me. Lovers, friends, strangers in the checkout line. Men and women. They are drawn and then almost trapped. What am I doing or what can I do to make this less of a thing?
Learn how to set a sphere of protection around yourself. After the first couple of times, it will only take a few seconds. Another method is to make yourself invisible, and I don't mean that literally, of course. What it does is makes your energy unavailable to any energy vampires. You'll need to do a bit of research into 'protecting yourself from energy vampires.'
What does it mean to glow in all my pictures? It is a golden glow. I can relate to almost everything in this article.
Is it when your photo is taken with all cameras, or just the same one? If it is all cameras, then it means you have an extremely bright aura and are literally radiating energy. Read up about auras, you might find information that resonates with you.
I'm a 31 year old male witch, I collect random things, I feel connected to the atmosphere when I go for walks with my dogs. I have all female animals, I love stones, astrology, the moon, and the sun. I journal. I make lists and wear black. I'm wondering what is next? I feel a loss in connection with others...my question is, how do I connect?
You may be thinking that all your social relationships should now be with other witches, but that is not the case. You can still interact with people with the same interests - dogs, for instance (I have six; five are females). I live in a small village where there is only one other witch... and I only found out that she was one recently. I have plenty of social connections and don't feel the need to share my 'witchness' with others. If you go round telling other people you are a witch, you are going to get some very odd looks and people will avoid you as being a bit weird. So stop talking about it, keep it to yourself and just be 'normal' around others.
Meanwhile, you can build up your witch social life online. Loads of groups on social media. You can go to moots and meetups (same thing), go to events and network, etc.
Can I do spells even though I'm just starting out?
I would suggest you do your research and read up about working with magick (energy). It's possible to do yourself a lot of harm if you don't know what you are doing. Remember that everything you put out may come back to slap you round the head.
I feel/hope I am a witch. How can I tell for sure? I have read all of the FAQs. Are herbalists just closet witches?
You choose to become a witch. It's a path that you decide to follow. No, herbalists are not closet witches unless they actually practice witchcraft.
Is there any way to know for certain that you're a witch? Is it possible to do things like pyrokinesis, hydrokinesis, etc.? What kinds of spells or magic can be performed?
As I have mentioned, you can *choose* the path of witchcraft. You don't need any psychic abilities to practice the craft. While some people will feel a very strong pull toward a witchy life, others make it a choice.
Once someone has studied the art of spellcasting, they can work any spell. They won't all work, and sometimes they can take a long time to manifest. It's all about working with the currents of energy and not manipulating other people or doing harm. Read this article: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/How-To-Begi...
You say people are rarely born a witch. I get the reason why. I know that I, my mother, and other relatives were practicing witches in past lives. I was practicing witchcraft before I knew what it was. Seeing and conversing with spirits has been a part of my life since I was 3. As I’ve gotten older I realized that I have several “psychic abilities. Some I always had, but have developed more along the way. What are your thoughts?
My thoughts are that you are describing psychic abilities. While many witches have them, they are not, in themselves, actual witchcraft. Witchcraft is a craft, a way of life. It can consist of many things... and leave out others, but mainly it involves an acknowledgement of the magic in the universe and using it responsibly and wisely.
I’ve moved things with my eyes, and can’t control it. What do I do?
You learn to control it by doing exercises. Practice deliberately moving things, and you will automatically learn how to control it. Do some research on psychokinesis because that's your gift. Another name for it is telekinesis. It doesn't mean you are a witch.
In 3rd grade, I was going through my older cousin's stuff and found a book on the truth behind monsters. And it brought up the topic of witches and Wicca so I began studying the topic and became very attached. Then I came to a block in my studies. I couldn't find any more information. I dont know where to go from here. I just feel lost all of a sudden. Do you have any advice?
There is a whole lot of information available. I have some other articles that might be helpful:
Does a witch have to follow a deity or can they just perform spells or learn a craft like herbalism, working with crystals and such?
No, witchcraft by itself is not a religion. You can choose to make it so if you wish but it is not necessary. Wicca is religious and does involve working with deities, but most non-Wiccan witches are secular, i.e. non-religious.
I have an issue with cursing people. I don't mean to but when I'm hurt and angry I tend to speak from raw emotion. Things I say to them come true. I don't want them to but they do. What am I inside?
How about you learn to control your anger before it gets hold of you. Most people don't go through their life on such a short fuse that they direct hateful words and thoughts at others. My advice to you is to seek professional help to control your temper.
While I was having my tarot cards read, I was told that the goddess was calling me, because I'm a witch. How reliable is this reading?
The reading is only reliable if it resonates with you and you intend to become a witch. The 'Goddess' is just an alternative term for universal energy. How do you feel about it? If it's something that appeals to you, you might like these articles:
Could you please explain about directing magic after you cast your spells?
It would take too long to go into too much detail, however, most magic is done with the power of the mind... and the ability to let it go after you have raised the necessary energy. Have a look through this article - there are several articles there about casting spells for beginners: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/How-to-be-a...
If I were to cast a spell, would I have to use ingredients, or could I just use items like rocks, gems, sticks, and things like that?
Absolutely you could use found objects. That is much better, in my opinion.
Check out this link for more help:
How would I know if I’m really a witch if only half of this happened to me? I want to know why I have dreams that predict the future, and why I have dreams about weird symbols?
You know if you feel it. 'Witch' is just a label after all. What you have (like most people) are certain gifts such as precognition. And it's up to you whether you want to develop them or suppress them. I can't tell you why you get the dreams you do; perhaps you could do some dream research? Meditation would probably help you get some answers.
Why can't I be a witch?
Please consider these possibilities:
*You're too young.
*You are unable to access suitable research materials.
* You don't have a good understanding what witchcraft is.
*You are a member of a religion that forbids witchcraft.
*Your parents won't allow it.
Can I curse a spell?
If you mean can you block a spell, then yes, you can. Spells are merely the manipulation of energy. So, if you think someone has placed a spell on you, you can perform a counterspell which should cancel out the original and return it to the person who cast it.
If you mean can you add a dose of hatred to a spell, then yes, you can do that as well. I would advise against it because, as I mentioned above, it can return to you with additional force...and you wouldn't want that.
What should I do if I can't dream?
Everyone dreams, or so sleep therapists say. However, not everyone remembers their dreams. My stepfather used to say he never dreamed, but my mother said he talked in his sleep.
If you don't remember yours, there isn't much you can do. Just go with it.
What is the best spell for a beginner witch?
I would suggest a general protection or well-being spell. Or perhaps practice on small things like manifesting a parking space when your mom needs one. You could bless your home and your family. There are lots of simple spells available. Either get yourself a good book or look online. Avoid those who call for many items and then try to sell them to you. Spells can be done very simply: https://hubpages.com/wicca-witchcraft/Simple-Witch...
I am highly intuitive, I love nature and the night. I got %100 on the test. How do I fine tune these gifts into witchcraft?
It's up to you. You can choose your own path if you wish to pursue a witchy life. I have some other articles that might help.
I know I'm different from others. Do witches have different personalities?
Of course witches have different personalities. We are human beings like everyone else. We just believe in a certain way of being - and that also varies from witch to witch.
I like the idea of being a witch. I didn't know that I could do good things like care for the environment and stuff like that. Does being a witch have anything to do with the dead?
That's right; witches are part of the movement that takes care of the earth. Witches will pick up litter and recycle it. Even if it's just the odd plastic bottle on the sidewalk. Every little thing you do means one more good deed for the earth that supports and sustains us.
As far as being connected to the dead. Well, yes, we witches honor those who have gone before. After all, we wouldn't be here if it weren't for them. Some witches do work exclusively with the spirits of the dead. Most just honor them at Samhain (Halloween).
I'm eighteen, and my mother always said that when I turned eighteen, I would become gifted. Now I see spirits and demons. Does that mean something?
You might be clairvoyant. You should try communicating with them. Perhaps they have messages for you.
Can a 13-year-old be a witch?
My advice, as always, is to wait until you are older before you definitely decide. Witchcraft is a path you choose, not something that chooses you.
Have a read of this article: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Im-a-Young-...
Is blurring vision on demand a witch thing?
No. It's something you've practiced.
I can see peoples inner desires and fears. I can make things manifest and see and read peoples aura's and sometimes when I'm asleep I see things that come true. How do I control this?
You have to practice controlling your gift. Start by keeping a detailed journal of your experiences to see if a pattern emerges. Reach out to psychic groups on social media to connect with others who have similar gifts - there are a lot of people out there going through the same things as you.
This list of resources I wrote for another site may be useful: https://psychicelements.com/blog/psychic-experienc...
Many aspects given here match me, and I think I might be a witch. I am a computer programmer. Also, I recently began practicing hypnotherapy. I have learned Reiki and crystals too though I am not so much connected to both as much as hypnotherapy. My question is on something specific. I feel more connected to the Sun. I just admire the Sun, though I cleanse my crystals on the full moon. Could this be a sign that I am not a witch?
There aren't any signs that you couldn't be something you choose to be.
Many, many people revel in the light of the sun, including me. It's life-giving. There's no reason why anyone has to choose one over the other. They have different qualities. It's just that witches tend to do their work at night and take the cycles of the moon into account.
I really want to do witchcraft but I don't know how my parents will react and I've read that if you tell anyone who you truly love that you are a witch/warlock they could be seriously hurt. I want to tell them but I don't know if they could get hurt. I need help with practicing and I need a witch friend so I can be stress free. Can you help me?
Your question indicates that you are far from being old enough to practice witchcraft. Put the idea aside, focus on your schoolwork and wait until you are 18.
I have always had a very strong intuition, to the point that it scared me when I was young. I have learned to trust my intuition and I have started using oracle cards but I am really struggling to connect with my spiritual side. Do you have any pointers for me? I’m very new to this and I’m definitely still trying to figure out my path.
You might try keeping a journal. By recording your intuitive experiences, revisiting the entries and updating them, you will strengthen your abilities.
Can you recommend any websites or videos to help me learn witchcraft?
I have many other articles about learning witchcraft:
I have been a solitary witch for more than 25 years, and now I feel I've come to what feels like a stone wall with my learning. I've read Ravenwolf, Buckland, Gardener, Leek, Cunningham, and many others books from the 70s, as well as contemporary works, along with my first edition of the Key of Solomon mixing Witchcraft and the Christian Bible. One witch to another, I need advanced help. There is no Priestess/Priest in my area that I know of. Can you help?
There are hundreds more books available for you to advance your occult knowledge. Have you tried anything by Christopher Penczak? He has written many books for the solitary. Taking a more practical approach, you could expand your experience into learning about such things as healing, herbalism, charms and potions, etc.
If you are looking for a community, try looking for some Facebook groups, or searching on other social media platforms for people with the same interests. There's a whole world of learning and experiences out there.
My mom hates witchcraft. She says that it is satanic, and that I would go to hell. I am thirteen and certain that I am a witch. How do I deal with this?
Firstly, your mom is coming from a place where your protection is her priority. And that is her job.
However, witchcraft and Satanism are different things. Satanists are those who believe the Christian teachings but have decided to take the opposite stance. In other words, they believe in the Christian God, Jesus, the Devil, hell, and the Bible.
Witches do not believe that there is one God. Some don't believe in any god at all, while others believe in a Goddess and a God, a mother, and a father. Witches are very fluid about their faith or lack of it. They don't believe in hell. Some think that Jesus was the greatest witch who ever lived. After all, his teachings, his miracles, the circumstances of his death (including the predictions he made), and resurrection are very magical.
At thirteen, you are far young to be practicing witchcraft, and if your mother forbids it, you must abide by her rules. When you are older, you can do what you like.
There are a whole lot of questions here from people asking similar things to you -- have a read through.
Also, this might help you: https://hubpages.com/wicca-witchcraft/Im-a-Young-T...
Why do I know exactly when someone's coming to my house?
It means you have a strong intuition and it makes information known to you that your conscious wouldn't normally have access to. It doesn't, however, mean you are a witch.
I have dreams which often come true. I go to places for the first time and think that I've visited them before. My intuitions are always correct. And I'm really interested in witchcraft. But I'm quite young; is it too soon for me to practice magick?
There's no harm in simply exploring what it means to be a witch. Do it in easy stages and know that you can give it up at any stage. Most groups will only take you on if you are 18, but you can spend this time learning and studying.
More information in these two articles:
Can a person who does not identify to any of the given points use witchcraft?
Anyone can manipulate energy, which is what witchcraft is (plus a few other practices). You don't need to learn everything about witchcraft in order to make 'magick' work for you. These articles might help you to understand:
I have had dreams that come true since childhood. I also seem to know when bad things are about to happen. I'm not sure where I want to go from here, or what to do. Do you have any books that I could read to study more?
You are describing having premonitions, which is a psychic gift. It is true that some witches are psychic, but most are not. So I am not sure what it is you want to study, witchcraft or psychic traits.
This article might help explain things better (there's a book recommendation there as well): https://hubpages.com/wicca-witchcraft/I-Have-Psych...
I've always been able to send messages with my mind; to communicate with the dead, and force future events that seemed close to me. I ask the universe what's next and see a response fast. I'm very intuitive and can hear energies and people without being around them. What could I do to strengthen and master my powers?
What you describe are psychic gifts and are not connected to witchcraft unless you actually use them in the practice of the craft. You could keep a psychic journal to record your experiences. It will help you see patterns, which in turn, will help you control and strengthen them.
Are there any legitimate online schools for witchcraft?
I quite like this site: https://www.quareia.com/#main It's free and available to anyone.
I'm in my early teen years and witchcraft truly fascinates me. I tried the test and got 77%. But I'm not sure how to start on my new journey. Do I start by reading books about it?
Being so young, it's best if you start by embarking on a year or so of study. I have some other articles to help you get going.
How can I guide my twelve-year-old daughter in becoming a witch? She is the most pure of heart person I have ever seen or known. Is there a guideline for her age?
It sounds like you are doing well as a parent, so keep doing more of the same. If she is definitely interested in witchcraft, there are tons of books and resources available to you. Remind her she is too young to be messing around with spells, but there is so much more she can learn.
This article might be of use: https://hubpages.com/wicca-witchcraft/What-Type-of...
There are some links and a book recommendation in it that might also be helpful.
Is there is a ‘college degree’ for witches? And is there also a way out of witchcraft?
There are many schools of magick. You can find them by searching the web and via Facebook. The best way to learn is to join a reputable group or coven. They generally have a training program in place.
If you'd rather learn by yourself, this looks like a good one, although I haven't tried it myself: https://www.quareia.com/#apprentice-welcome
Anyone can stop practicing witchcraft at any time. Covens are not cults. If it feels like a cult, then get out.
This is not a gift I have decided to just pick up. It is something I was born with and has been passed down through my family. Am I a witch a psychic or just intuitive? Perhaps a better word is clairvoyant? I sense spirit energy and see in my head what they look like. I also love tarot. I am very intuitive and connected to the cards. I understand the meaning of life. I can tell if energy in a room is good or bad.
What you describe is not witchcraft. You have a range of psychic gifts. Witchcraft is something people decide to do, whether they are psychic or not. Witchcraft is a practice and a way of life.
You might begin with reading about claircognizance and clairsentience:
Is it possible to be a witch, empathic, Oracle, and healer, all in one?
It's possible to be an empathic, healing witch. An oracle is something else altogether. You may be referring to divination, reading tarot, etc. In which case, yes.
Could I be a witch? Growing up I could do things I never understood. Like predict something and it comes to be and sometimes even now I can foresee an event and it comes true. When am angry I have come to learn that whatever curse I burst out saying against the person who wronged me comes to be. My question is: do you think am a witch?
I think you are confusing psychic gifts with witchcraft. You could be a witch if you decide to be one, but what you describe is precognizance or understanding a forthcoming event.
Is there truly good witches and truly bad witches? If yes, how can you tell if one is good or bad? Or does that fall under your actions when practicing the craft?
Witches are human beings, and like all human beings, we encompass all the personality traits and behavior of people, from good to bad. You are known to the world by your words and actions.
This article explains more: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Is-There-Su...
I just recently figured out my life and what I was. I have done a lot of soul searching and I am a 'yes' to all the things listed above. My parents shut me down at an early age as well. But can you be a witch and still be an empath, medium, and a few others all at once?
Of course. You can be all those things and be a scientist or an accountant as well. There are no limits and you don't have to conform to any labels or stereotypes.
What are your views on communication with the dead?
My personal view is that people have many ways of communicating with the dead. Those who have well-developed psychic gifts may be able to 'tune-in' directly. Others have a different way of picking up vibes. For example, signs. Seeing things that remind one of an ongoing, shared joke. Or maybe asking for a certain sign and then seeing it all the time. White feathers are a favorite with many. It's all about a need for reassurance.
What do I do if I think I’m a witch and my parents won’t approve?
While you are living at home, you have to abide by your parents' wishes. It's just how it is. You have the rest of your life to study and practice witchcraft.
How does a witch interact with, and acknowledge the universe?
That depends on their individual viewpoint and/or the tradition they follow. There is no one way. Most witches agree that magick lies in the universal energy that permeates everything.
I have written about this here: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Witchcraft-...
When I go into big crowds I feel all tingly and my vision gets blurry. The people around me are smiling and laughing. When I take a couple of deep breaths and focus on letting the tingle feelings sink in I notice the crowd go quiet and their smiles go away. When I stop focusing on letting the tingle feelings sink in they smile and get talkative again. It scares me I don't know what is happening. Can you shed some light on whether this is a witch ability?
It's nothing to do with you being a witch. You can only be a witch if you make a decision to be one. You are probably sensitive to energy, maybe empathic.
This article might help: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Psychic-Pro...
As a little girl I was always drawn to the moon but never knew why. I was also very creative and enthusiastic at a young age. When I was ten years old I suddenly started go through these on and off phases of crying for no reason. It was almost like a depression because I would have suicidal thoughts but wasn't suicidal. It stopped a year later, almost as if it was something I somehow learned to control. Could this have been depression or the manifestation of some power?
It sounds like depression or PTSD to me - something you came to terms with and made a decision that you were not going to allow yourself to think or feel that way any more. It was a psychological manifestation and not anything to do with witchcraft. Witchcraft is something you have to learn and practice.
Why do some people feel so drawn to and fascinated with Witchcraft?
I think it's because of several reasons. it speaks to something deep within us; a connection to the past and to the earth. It takes us away from the conventional, humdrum life that overtakes all of us at times, and it is a way to gain empowerment and personal control.
I'm 54, am I too old to begin trying to learn about being a witch?
Absolutely not. Mature people make the best witches. You have plenty of life experience and common sense.
I scored 100% on the witch test. I always felt different and like I was a loner and loved outside. Even dreamed I was a witch as a child. Does this mean I’m a witch?
Those things don't automatically make you a witch. However, you could become one if you chose to do so. Your results indicate that you have the right qualities to make witchcraft a way of life. The next steps are up to you.
I pick up on feelings good and bad, even to the point of hearing whispers. I studied a few paths but not quite settled with one. I can feel healing energies and I have an affinity to animals. I feel there is something trying to get out. When I’ve been for treatments and been asked my religion I’ve always said Pagan without prompt but I feel it’s much more than that. Would really love to discover what I’m meant to do, to help me settle if that makes sense?
It sounds to me that you are psychic and empathic. I can't tell you what your path should be - only you can decide. I have two articles that might help a little. The first is a discussion how psychic gifts aren't necessarily anything to do with witchcraft, and the second one is all the witchcraft traditions that I know - one of them might resonate with you.
Ever since I was little, I've always been to feel the energy around me. I have also been gifted to see ghost and demons, my grandmother was a witch and she told me that I was one as well, but my mother does not want me to become like my grandmother. What should I do?
You are describing psychic abilities, not witchcraft. Many people get confused between the two. Witchcraft means that someone actively practices witchcraft. There are psychic witches, but you do not have to be psychic to be a witch or vice versa. You do not need to do anything. It's up to you whether you choose to develop your abilities. This article may help you:
Are witches always sterile? I am a 37 year old male witch, and I don't have any children.
Good grief, no. I have three.
I always hated being called a witch. I still do. What people don't realize is that God blessed certain people with gifts. My question is why not mention God as the focal point of origin? Is it taboo to acknowledge God and his gifts?
No, it's not taboo. However, most people who follow the path of witchcraft do not subscribe to the Christian version of God. Some are atheist, others, like me, believe in a great ocean of universal energy. Many prefer to rename God as the Goddess. Or as a duality of both. In witchcraft and paganism, there is no agreement on what this source energy should be named. And that's how we like it.
Having said all that, there are many Christian witches who have been able to reconcile their faith with their path and acknowledge the Christian God as the source of their power.
You mention 'gifts'. Every single human has gifts of one kind or another. If you are referring to psychic abilities, that doesn't make someone a witch... it makes them a psychic. They are only witches if they practice witchcraft.
I'm a young trans guy and this article proved that I have the potential to be a witch. Are there any spells to alleviate dysphoria?
I don't know of any, but I sure you could create or adapt one to suit yourself. All you need is the basic spell structure. This article may help:
I have been studying witchcraft for years and been doing rituals, but ever since I graduated I can't help but focus on school. I still want to cast circles and learn witchcraft. What should I do?
Focus on school. Witchcraft won't go anywhere. You can continue to incorporate tiny rituals and practices into daily life.
For as long as I can remember I have always had dreams that I later on experience in real life. Usually fuzzy but I can pinpoint them exactly. I can never get all the details right but I know I have experienced it before. I'm very sensitive to emotions and energy but I have no idea where to begin?
What you describe are precognitive dreams, i.e you are seeing visions of the future while in a dream state. That has nothing to do with witchcraft unless you decide that you want to become a witch. This article may be helpful:
I'm a twenty-three-year-old girl with an attachment to the moon, the night and nature. I'm also an empath. I feel a strong curiosity for witchcraft, but never had the courage to educate myself because of my Catholic upbringing. I'm want to learn about it, but I feel this desire is wrong, because of my family background. I'm worried they might think I'm a crazy weirdo. What should I do?
It has to be your decision. There are many resources available for you to learn all you need--just read through my answers to other questioners. As far as your family and friends are concerned... well you are of an age to do as you please now. I would start in a very small way and ease into it. Here are some suggestions:
I think I'm a witch but I don't know what type I am. What should I do?
You might find out what kind of witch you are by visiting this page. It details sixty different types of witchcraft. And don't forget, you might well be a mix, in which case you'd be an 'eclectic' witch.
I have always been extremely sensitive. My empathy is ridiculously high. I come alive at night. People say they never know what I'm thinking. Few people adore me and many take an instant dislike. I am honest to a fault and can tell when someone is lying. Children and animals take to me. Are these signs of a witch?
Witchcraft is a lifestyle, and as such, it's a choice you make. A person may well have certain psychic gifts, but until they decide that witchcraft is something they want to do (and do it), they are not a witch, they are empathic and sensitive.
Even as I was little, I knew I was different from the start. I have dreams that came true, and see and talk to spirits. Is that a good thing?
It is neither good or bad. It depends how you feel about it. However, none of that means you are a witch.
I'm know I'm 'something'. I love the cold, and have built a great fortress of ice about myself yet, paradoxically, it is warm inside. I'm not sure if I'm an ice-troll or a feral ice witch. I'm plenty spooky and freak people out unintentionally. Intuition is high. What am I?
You are a unique individual; you don't need a label. If you must have one, think of yourself as an eclectic.
Meditation, nature, and darkness have always been my best friends. The moon amazes me; it makes me calm every time. My instinct is almost always right. The most shocking thing is if I just say something like someone is going to die, it happens within days. I lost four relatives and my grandmother. If you have an answer then please tell me who you think I am and what's going on?
It sounds as though you have a strong psychic gift - probably claircognizance. You didn't cause your relatives to pass; you simply knew it was going to happen. Claircognizants have the ability to know things without understanding how they know it. It's as if time folds back and reveals the future.
More information on claircognizance here: https://exemplore.com/paranormal/Claircognizant-Tr...
Can an eight year old use these signs in this article to find out if they are a witch?
No, you are too young. You need a lot more life experience and several years of studying before you can be a witch.
When I was little I always had cats. I can feel stuff in my hands even if it's not there. I close my eyes and be able to feel and touch it?
I'm not sure what you are asking. Perhaps your question has already been answered. Have a read through the other questions.
How do you make things move with your mind?
Why would you want to? Sounds like you think witchcraft is a party trick. You might be thinking of psychokinesis/telekinesis which is a whole different thing.
A wise witch chooses her skills carefully. The way she would get something moved would be to visualize it or work a spell for it. So, for example, let's say she has a couch she wants moved from one place to another, she would set her intention and wait for the universe to bring someone who might have the appropriate transport to move it. She wouldn't sit there hoping the couch would magically disappear and reappear somewhere else. That's not witchcraft.
How am I able to see glimpses of the future?
You could learn divination. Skills, such as tarot, palmistry, reading signs and symbols, astrology, can help you discern possible outcomes. Also keep a dream journal--the more diligent you are, the more you will be able to see the future.
Usually, when I have nightmares they come true. I guess I also learn people's real names and things I shouldn't know in these dreams. I usually like to watch series about witches and go through my grandmother's books because she makes her own medicine. One time I healed my best friend's arm because I shot him with an arrow. Do I have healing powers like a witch might have?
Only you can know that. Why don't you keep a journal detailing all your experiences? Do some research; read up about other healers. Perhaps you would enjoy practicing Reiki?
I have always felt the draw of salt water (My sun sign is Cancer). I have almost always lived by the Gulf of Mexico. When I wasn't, I dreamed of being close to a beach all the time. As an adult, I didn't even consider a location not on salt water. Could it be possible that I draw power from the ocean? Would the power of the ocean also reflect my own? What I mean is because the Pacific is mightier than the Atlantic, would I draw more living on the Pacific?
It's not uncommon for people to be drawn to living near the ocean; you only have to notice all the coastal communities around the world. The sea is the source of life for many.
I couldn't tell you whether the Pacific is more magickally powerful than the Atlantic... being on the western side of the UK, I have only ever lived near the Atlantic and that is pretty powerful during a storm. It's all about what you feel and how you connect to your environment.
My family has never been open to witchcraft. I want to travel this journey and learn all that I can. My family comes from a line of mediums. What do you suggest I look into to find more on traditions and rituals and what style of witch I am?
I have just the article for you. It describes sixty types and traditions of witchcraft so you may find that you resonate with one or two of them. I've also got a whole bunch of beginner-type articles.
I'm intrigued with crystal healing and chakra. Am I considered an Eclectic witch because of my interest in crystal healing and chakra?
Those two paths probably wouldn't be considered eclectic - they are fairly close together. Eclectics have a wide range of styles and practices. You really don't need a label - but if you must have one, call yourself a crystal-energy witch.
I am afraid to do any witch-related activity but I think there is something in me. I don't want to be in the human world. I don't want to save human society, nor do I want to damage anyone. What should I do?
You should go and talk to someone, an adult, you can trust. What you describe sounds like you are feeling uncomfortable and isolated. Talking to someone who understands will be helpful. Witches are humans.
I have a good friend who is a Wiccan. Ever since I found out, it has interested me but I don't show many of the signs that she does of being a witch. I dabbled very briefly with her and believe I felt some kind of connection to it but don't seem to be able to see what she does or have the senses that she does. Is it still possible I am a witch, or that I could be a witch if I wanted to?
Firstly, Wicca is a very specific branch of witchcraft. It is a religious path and many of the practices are common to all branches of Wicca. Some find it too restrictive or that they have difficulty relating to the various deities. You might find it more comfortable if you just start with some gentle practices on your own. Have a look at this page: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/50-Ways-To-...
My parents named me after someone with powers. Does that mean I get to have those powers as well?
Not generally speaking. For instance, if I call my son Spiderman, it's unlikely he will develop spidey senses. However having a powerful name can be helpful for your confidence.
I'm an empath and sensitive as well. I've always been extremely drawn to witchcraft and slowly learning. Is the combination of the three a wise decision?
Well by definition an empath is sensitive to all sensory stimulation and witches are encouraged to pay close attention to their senses, their intuition and everything that goes with that, so I'd say you have a head start. There's no problem as long as you are able to manage it.
When I think about things in the moment and say them to myself, they often happen. I’ll say watch me burn myself and I do despite being careful. One day I watched a lady putting her hair in a ponytail and I said I’m sure her hair tie is going to pop, and sure enough it did. Could this be a sign?
It's certainly a sign that Law of Attraction is working for you. My suggestion is that you keep practicing with small things and keep a journal of the results. If you want to be a witch you have to learn how to do witchcraft as well.
I’m very interested in many aspects of this religion. However, I have been an atheist for many years (I was a Hindu before), and am finding it difficult to believe in deities. Is there any way to overcome this?
Witchcraft does not have to be religious. There are religions that come under the umbrella of witchcraft, such as Wicca, but it's perfectly fine to be an atheist witch. I don't think that people who do follow certain deities actually believe that they exist - it's more the qualities and characteristics of that god/goddess that they align with.
More information on various witchcraft traditions here: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/What-Kind-o...
When I was a little girl I always looked at the night sky but I don't know what I was looking for but I couldn't wait for night to come so I could look at the sky. Winter is my favorite time of the year because it's dark and I get to wear black. I'm 50 years old and I still feel the same way. I now want to leave my husband and grown children and live in the woods in the dark. What's going on with me?
I guess you are going through what many of us do at this age. You aren't the only one who feels like retreating from all the stresses and strains of modern life and yearning for a place in the woods, or by the ocean, or on a mountain. However, this doesn't mean you are a witch - that involves action of a different kind. What you could do is build in some 'escape time', and do just what you'd like to - spend some time every day, week or month just walking and sitting in the woods.
Why do I become overwhelmed when I'm around a lot of people? It's as if I can feel their energy.
This is a fairly common thing. I sometimes feel it myself. You are empathic and able to feel the emotions of others swirling around you. It can be exhausting and overwhelming. There isn't a lot you can do, apart from avoiding such places. You may be able to shield yourself with some visualization techniques:
I've always been interested in life and death. I'm also the girl who wears black a lot, but I want to be a good witch. Does this mean I'm a witch or not?
You're not a witch until you practice witchcraft. Being a witch means being one of the wise. It takes hard work and a deep knowledge of self, and the human psyche in general. You could design a course of study for yourself, or maybe join a training group if you would prefer the interaction with others.
I have very weird dreams but not precognitive. I match some of the criteria like absorbing lots of different types of ideas and many types of intellectual knowledge. However, I haven’t had explicitly psychic visions. I am a Pisces. Am I a witch?
No. You are only a witch if you practice witchcraft. I state that very clearly in the article. You may want to become a witch, but right now you aren't one.
I’m not sure that I'm Wiccan. I feel I’m more pagan. I’m into astrology and the stars and planets. I believe in the energy of the universe and all the elements, but there is so much information out there I get confused. Could you point me in the right direction so I may continue down the right path for me?
You aren't Wiccan if you don't practice Wicca. You aren't a witch until you practice witchcraft. Perhaps these articles will help?
You mentioned that a wizard "is a totally different thing". What's the difference between witch, wizard, mage and sorcerer?
'Witch' is an all-encompassing term for someone who may practice spell casting, healing, herbalism, divination, etc. It's a broad church if you like. There can be male and female witches.
'Wizard', 'mage,' magician, and 'sorcerer' are almost always male and are focused on magick only. They are not interested in all the variations and activities of witchcraft. Magicians tend to be conjurors; those who practice sleight of hand. Wizard is a bit of a cartoon term and mainly restricted to movies and books. You can kind of get away with calling yourself a witch but if you say you're a wizard, you are likely to elicit a giggle.
There are also occultists who study ancient magical texts, systems, and methods. They perform complex ritual or practice chaos magick.
How do I know what my familiar is?
There's no such thing. Pick a pet in need of a good and loving home.
How can I become a witch?
You need to study and learn everything you can. It takes a lot of time and application. You can't suddenly wake up and say, "Today, I am a witch." This page will help: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/I-think-Im-...
You have to research about what makes a witch a witch. You have to decide what path of witchcraft you are drawn to. You have to learn how to use and direct energy (spells) otherwise you could do yourself a lot of damage. Read my article--I've given a lot of suggestions.
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