Sage has been a witch for 25 years. She enjoys writing informative articles to teach others the craft of the wise.
Psychic abilities—everyone has them to some extent, just like everyone can sing to some extent. Some people are naturals at it, like Beyonce or Leah Michelle; others will barely qualify to sing in the church choir. But just about everyone has a voice. Likewise, just about everyone has some potential for ‘psychic powers’. If you want to learn how to be a Witch, this is a potential you need to tap.
The vast majority of psychics are not Witches. Let me make that clear upfront. There is a difference between being a psychic and being a Witch.
However, developed psychic abilities can really help improve your efforts in The Craft. Psychic abilities allow us to sense, work with and manipulate energy better, and this is an important part of learning Witchcraft.
Psychic Abilities: Psychic Powers
Some Psychic Abilities Covered Here
|Aura||reading reading a person's energy field|
free writing or free drawing while in a light trance and letting information flow without conscious thought or effort (no, it is not possession)
literally means "clear seeing"- being able to "see" without being there. In relation there is clairaudience (hearing), clairalience (smelling), clairgustance (tasting), clairsentience (feeling/touching), and claircognizance (just knowing)
or telekenisis, manipulating matter through the power of thought (most poltergeist and seance activity is actually suspected of being unconscious psychokenesis)
becoming aware of events before they occur
learning about someone through an object or photo that they are connected to
a form of clairvoyance when you attempt to see another location
What’s the Difference Between Psychic Abilities and Practicing Witchcraft?
Psychic abilities, as stated above, are natural and inborn, and everyone has them to some extent. These are what’s behind the kind of curious moments everyone occasionally gets—a gut feeling not to board a plane that ends up crashing, a dream about grandma coming to say goodbye to you and then you wake up and find out she passed away in the night. Skeptics write off such instances as ‘coincidences’ whereas believers consider them natural intuition.
When these kinds of things happen to you a lot, and you learn to control them to some extent, you would be considered psychic. But this is not considered magic, it’s considered an innate ability. The vast majority of practicing psychics, even professional ones, do not bother learning or practicing Witchcraft.
Witchcraft is a skill—it’s something you learn and practice. It’s a literal Craft. Witches use the power of the mind and various objects to make the inner changes necessary to achieve a goal, and/or to manipulate energy to help draw oneself nearer to a goal.
To practice Witchcraft successfully requires using those same abilities that many people consider ‘psychic powers’. You’re flexing your ‘mental muscles’ here. That’s why anyone who wants to know how to be a Witch should start by training the mind.
Before You Start
- Become adept at meditation. Start each session in a meditative state.
- Find a partner to work with; this can be helpful with some exercises
- Keep a deck of cards on hand for some of the exercises.
- Don't over-do it. Keep practice to under an hour per day. Stop if you get frustrated or tired and meditate to relax and ground. Take a break for a few days if you start to feel fatigued or ill during your normal day.
Practice Automatic Writing/Drawing
You will need a pad or pencil.
- Choose a location to which you've never been or seen pictures of, somewhere public so you can go there soon.
- Go into a light meditative state.
- Let the pencil move freely, unconsciously, to write or draw whatever comes through your mind.
- Go to the places and see if there are any connections to your written description or drawing.
As usual, don't get discouraged if it's not dead-on accurate; it takes time to train the mind, and your own brain will inevitably throw in some of its own ideas that are not necessarily coming from any psychic impression. Keep trying.
Practice Reading Auras
You will need a friend and a blank wall for this (preferably white).
- Have a friend sit or stand in front of a blank wall. Dim the lights but don’t make it dark.
- Soften your focus and gaze around the edges of your friend’s form. See if you can see a difference in light, colors, or if you see any shapes or sparks—anything.
- You and your friend can change places after a while and try it on each other.
You can begin doing this everywhere and anywhere—try it with rocks, trees, houses, plants, animals, people in crowds, etc.— the more you get used to seeing auras, the stronger and clearer the impression will become.
Tell Us About You
You will need a friend to bring you an item or a photo of someone you do not know. Your friend should know the person who owns the item very well.
- Ask your friend to bring over the item, and not to say anything about it.
- Take the item and hold it. Open your mind to explore the impressions that come to you.
- Begin asking your friend questions. "Is this person a female? Is this person elderly? Was this person in a war?
- Instruct your friend to answer "Yes," "No," or "I don't have that information." There should be very few "No" answers; instruct your friend to only say "No" if they are 100% sure—your friend might be 100% sure the subject is not female, but may not be 100% sure he's never been in a war (or lived in some kind of war zone, or been connected to some kind of battle).
- Write down impressions and let your friend tell you how you did. Anything that your friend didn't have the information, ask her to investigate and find out.
You will need cards, make sure you can't see through them or tell what is on them from looking at the back.
- Pick a card and put it face-down in front of you. Concentrate on what might be on the face.
- Write down #1, and whatever image you think is on the face.
- Don't look at the card, put it aside in a new pile.
- Do it again, and put the #2 card on top of #1. Keep going, keeping the cards in order. It's important to keep the deck neat.
- When you're finished with the deck, turn the card pile over so you can see the faces. The first face is card #1, you can then compare the order of the deck to your notes to see how you did.
Again, 10 to 14 is considered average; 20 and above shows real talent, especially if you can pull off 20+ consistently.
Practice Developing Psychic Powers
You will need a friend and cards. You and your friend don't have to be in the same room. You can do this over the phone or on the internet.
- The 'caller' picks a card and concentrates on it. The caller should write a number and what the card is (#1, #2, and so forth).
- The 'receiver' tries to guess the card by either saying what it is or writing it down (number them). The receiver might even write down any other images or feelings that come to mind.
- After all the cards are done, compare notes to see how many 'hits' (correct guesses) and how many 'misses' there are. Then discuss any other odd sensations you might have jotted down.
The caller should not say 'hit' or 'miss' after every card, as this can disrupt concentration for the receiver. About 10 to 14 cards right in a 52 card deck is considered average chance. Above 20 indicates some pretty developed psychic abilities.
Practice Remote Viewing
You need a note pad and pencil for this.
- Choose a location to which you've never been or seen pictures of. For example, you might choose a new store across town that you've never gone into. It must be a place you have access to so you can visit in the near future.
- Go into meditation and envision the store. Try to call up a picture of it in your mind.
- Note sizes, colors, and any impressions.
- Write down all your impressions.
- Over the next couple of days visit the store and see what you might have gotten right.
Don’t get discouraged if things are not as you imagined—for example, if you saw something blue in the corner, and there is nothing blue in that corner, there might have been a customer or employee wearing blue there on the day you practiced your exercise.
Telekinesis is very rare and very difficult to control. The trick behind learning it at all is to use something that already is in motion (has kinetic energy behind it). This is the same principle as to why it’s easier to steer a boat drifting down the river than it is to push a boat that’s on dry land.
You will need an object with a little bit of weight to it, a string, and something to suspend it from so it hangs freely (a ceiling hook, a tree branch, a rafter, etc.).
- Hang your object up. I actually like to lay under it so it’s hanging over me.
- Push it to get it in motion. It doesn’t matter how it’s swinging.
- Focus on it going in a different direction (for example, if it’s swinging clockwise, focus on it going counterclockwise).
- If you’re successful, focus on changing the direction again (to swinging side to side maybe, or making a figure 8).
- Keep practicing—this could take a number of times before you get it.
Tip: pay attention to your state of mind and how you feel when you’re successful.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2014 Mackenzie Sage Wright
Shane on May 31, 2020:
Hey so I have this thing where I dream of something and it happens later on and I know everything that's going to happen from placement to wording even down to how their eyes move. I had a dream around 3 and a half months ago where I drove my dad ou to our great uncle's new pond that I never even knew about and we went out there to pick up a camper that me and my friends stayed in and when I pulled up my dad got out of the truck and walked exactly 9 normal strides and a stutter step then he put his right leg on the truck and hit the rusty part and a chunk of metal fell off my dad then proceeded to say swing wide go up and around avoid the big hole over there his left eye twitched three times slightly to the top left when he said this. I dreamt about this as I said roughly three and a half months ago and today it happened every single detail. I went back and got the pice of metal that fell and I somehow knew exactly where to find it it has one side with jagged edges but it's about 3 cm wide. can somebody tell me what I have I've been told by some its foresight and by others I'm crazy but I've been doing this all my life and after the event that I dreamt about happens I either get really dizzy or I pass out and seize up?
Laur on May 03, 2020:
HELP :) I thought I saw a grey aura around my friend, when they stood infront of a white wall. What does this mean? :) also, is there a place that tells me what each aura means? thanks :D
David Brimson on April 27, 2020:
I am really pleased to get some guidance here, for it is my intuition or the fact that I began to recognise it as a much more predominant factor within me.....that eventually helped me make the more significant move into my Wicca, Witchcraft, Pagan journey
DaLescia Ivy lease. on January 30, 2020:
Just reading a couple of those article i was shocked because i thought it was called day dreaming .Telekenisis; i experience it on a daily basis. I try to slow it down but most of the time i'm in a trance to were i cant move of speak but. I feel totally hypnotized. It last for a little over minute. Does any of this make sense. I know someone out there go through the same s..t! Hit me up
A Person on January 28, 2020:
Hey I’ve got a question so I think I have the category of Preconditions, cause when I sleep I tend to see snippets of the near future, or when I go out I might have feelings that something bad will happen and it does. But this preconditions tend to come and go like when I’m stressed they leave and when I’m more relaxed they come back but I wanna know how to keep them.
Linda McKenzie on August 25, 2019:
Merry Meet Sage! I have known for many years, since I was a child that I was a witch. I know things from looking at photos and have been able to see and hear those on the other side, just to mention a couple. I have suffered depression for most of my life too but only in the last few years have I been medicated for it, due to descending too far into the darkness. The problem I have now is, some of my gifts no longer work. The only thing I am left with is being able to see those on the other side and on the occaision, hear conversations they have. If I am extreemly tired or busy, I can't see or hear anything at all. I have been searching for something to help me "get back in touch" with my gifts. Thank you for this. I will give this all a try and let you know how I go. Blessed be.
Amie on August 05, 2019:
I had a calling ...a overwhelming feeling that God wanted me to go to the top of the hill pulling at my heart ....but I had another overwhelming feeling as if I was being called to run into the woods and I felt almost like I was going to change form into a cat....I can feel energy ...I am called to cemeterys...Everytime I go on a walk I find lost things people have left ...I find walking sticks ...I can smell cats miles away ... animals follow me ...frogs and I have signs all the time ...two eagles fling...snakes ...visions...I will say a song and it will come on that instant...I know when people are going to die ....I can see a spirit around me but it is beautiful...I'm not on drugs and I read the Bible but I know I am something different...
Victor Frnknstein on July 01, 2019:
Hello Sage. I have a question. It may sound fake but just listen a couple of years ago when i was in high school, i was under the effect of the movie Carrie. So, i started to practice telekinesis. My purpose was to move a paper that i put on a needle. One day i managed to move the needle instead of the paper. It was pinned on an eraser, and i moved the needle away from it. I did it twice. But after that day i lost all my abilities. Now i can't even move the paper on the needle. Do you have a comment on it? (When i want to move it i feel an urge inside of me but it doesn't go out. It's been occupying my mind for years. Every time i fail i give up and force myself to believe it is fake, but after a couple of months i find myself thinking about it again. It is like an obsession.)
Taneja Ball on April 16, 2019:
I recently found out I am a witch, I have super powers AND i have magic powers so right now i am trying to find out how to use them and stuff. I am going to do all these quizzes with my lil bro and if he's the same as me, I will do schooling about it with him! ( I am only 11 so my tiny brain is not coping well, I am exited, nervous and confused) I am going to make my self lemon and honey (hot) drink as I have cold and hay-fever
Emma Houghton from Somewhere on February 25, 2019:
I think your power might be this …….psychometry :)
Alanna King on November 17, 2018:
Very Cool power
Rose on November 12, 2018:
I am a complete beginner with Wicca, and I have a power that I have shown to many people, but I don’t know what it is. People describe somebody they know to me, tell me who they are, and I close my eyes, think of them, and see an arrow pointing to that person’s direction. An arrow, nothing more. And I am always right. Can you please tell me what power I may have and how to strengthen it?
stelatulpan9 on August 29, 2018:
Very interesting and usefull, THank you so much for sharing with us!
Cindy44672 on April 17, 2018:
I really liked this article I will be practicing this for sure.
Mabus on March 18, 2018:
I liked the article.
sidney on February 21, 2018:
thank you!.. a lot of work to do.
lestattin on February 15, 2018:
when did you know
Arion Windwaker on January 18, 2018:
This is a great article!! I definitely agree with everything you say and believe. I am a Witch, yes. I have the ability to "walk" which means that I can go to a certain measure of time whether it be the past, present, or future. I can describe people's houses without ever being in them. This article has helped me with learning how to see people's Auras clearly without having to close my eyes, or put my hand on them to a trance that lets me know.
Radhika on December 19, 2017:
i am a teen and i have just begun with wicca. i don't think i have any in-built psychic powers except seeing very strong and repetitive dreams(which is not exactly psychic i guess). just wanted to know, did you have hints of psychic abilities even before you began on the path of witchcraft or did you eventually hone and develop them?
Radhika on December 19, 2017:
this was another enlightening and pretty much a thought provoking article from you, ma'am!
there is one question though, did you have a hint of some psychic power from the beginning (maybe even before you decided to pursue witchcraft) or did you develop and hone them later? because, i am a teen and i have just started with wicca. my research is still on in full gusto but i don't think i have any in-built psychic power except that i feel extremely sensitive towards the slightest of emotion(but that's not even psychic i guess)
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on November 25, 2017:
Thanks David & Heather! I appreciate your comment.
David And Heather from Las Vegas, NV USA on November 16, 2017:
Awesome exercises! I like how you break it all down into some of the different elements.
A few of my favorite parts of this article:
"Psychic abilities—everyone has them to some extent, just like everyone can sing to some extent. Some people are naturals at it, like Beyonce or Leah Michelle; others will barely qualify to sing in the church choir. But just about everyone has a voice. Likewise, just about everyone has some potential for ‘psychic powers’. If you want to learn how to be a Witch, this is a potential you need to tap."
& this part, as we do a lot of work with witches to develop or expand their craft:
"The vast majority of psychics are not Witches. Let me make that clear up front. There is a difference between being a psychic and being a Witch."
Again, great article!
Millie on October 10, 2017:
Hello, just wondering if for the card practice, you count it correct if you wrote down the suit/number/whole thing correctly. In other words, are you saying that 10-14 correct suits, correct numbers or correct everything (Ex: Ace of Spades) is average? And you're suggesting using a normal 52 playing card deck, yes? Thank you in advance! :)
Pia on August 28, 2017:
Hi Pia I saw your question. It's called emotional manifestation. You just lean teardsbthe darker side. We all have light and dark in us. One is just a little stronger than the other. No big deal
Dan on August 20, 2017:
There is a lot to learn when you know that you have sertin powers that you do not understand on how to use them.
jastiell on August 20, 2017:
This article has been so helpful to me. Since I was a child I've had a lot of these abilities and I didn't know what they were. I thought i was crazy.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on June 29, 2017:
Tarot is a divination tool, which can be used for spells, but reading situations with them would be something I consider to fall under a psychic ability. I suppose it would depend on someone's definition of 'spell' though.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on June 29, 2017:
He Felixvz; as I said, I have no idea. I have seen some psychic abilities do some pretty amazing stuff, but I've never seen things like starting fires and the like. I do believe humans can get to a point at which they can use psychic abilities to 'nudge' things already there and in motion when it comes to physical matter, but that's about the extent of it that I have ever experienced or witnessed.
There are a lot of amazing things humans can do; we can lift heavy rocks, but at some point there is a rock that's beyond our capability (without help, of course). We can run fast, but there are some speeds we cannot reach. The mind is an amazing thing but when using it on physical matter, matter has its own nature too and its own limits.
This is why I even said, with telekenesis, the best bet is just trying to influence the direction something takes, rather than attempting to spark off that initial movement. I've experimented and you can influence the direction a burning fire takes and might even cause the flame to flicker or lean with practice, but I've yet to see anyone manage to cause a combustion by will. Possible, sure. Probable? I don't think so, I think that probably goes beyond our limits.
Felixvz on June 29, 2017:
Hi, I have a question that sort of builds on a comment by Poison Ivy. Could pyrokinesis not be an act of (extremely) advanced telekinesis? For example, someone who is extremely skilled at telekinesis could, in theory, focus on a specific point in space and dial the molecular movement to eleven, which would cause the temperature to rise drastically. After all, in this same article, you suggest that we practice our telekinesis on something that's already moving on its own. An argument can be made that nothing in the universe moves more than a single molecule. And, in this same line of thinking, you can create lightning by giving two separate points opposite charges with your mind (I have a feeling that that was vastly oversimplified, but I never said I was a theoretical physicist by trade). What dp you think?
Felixvz on June 29, 2017:
Hi Ms. Wright, I have a quick question. I recently gave myself a crash course on tarot card reading, and was surprisingly successful in my predictions. Is this a psychic ability or magic? My research leans towards psychic, but I am acquainted with someone who says that it's as magic as a spell. Also, how does this fare in terms of my potential in either area?
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on June 21, 2017:
Aw, that sucks, sorry for that. Wind is such a bother during rituals, blowing out candles and blowing away incense smoke. That would suck to have it kicking up every time.
In my opinion, no... it doesn't. If that were actually happening, it would simply mean you have psychic abilities manifesting. Witchcraft is a skill; a Craft. It's an earned title. You gotta work for it. No one is born with it. Or that is, more accurately, everyone is born with the ability to learn it.
Especially if you don't realize it... psychic abilities can be tied to emotions and run amok sometimes. If you study Witchcraft, you'd hone your ability to control those things better. Witchcraft is not when things happen to you without you trying or intending to... it's when you can control those things and put them to use in more practical ways.
aman k on June 21, 2017:
LOOK i have one important question.that is i start to control the wind since i was a child and i have done many rituals without knowing i was doing.does that mean i am a natural born witch???
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on April 30, 2017:
Medication can cause some problems, Tammy; also sometimes after a trauma we naturally shield up more often in instinct to protect ourselves more. It could take a lot of time and experimentation, and mediation is definitely going to help you along so I recommend you continue with that.
I don't know how long you've been on your meds or how long you plan to be on them; I just want to take time to point out that a lot of people/authors/sources will say stuff like 'don't do magic or divination while on meds'. And, well, that's partly right, but not exactly right.
When you're sick, and you're on temporary or new meds to help deal with that, yes, you can be a bit out of whack and the meds can interfere. For example, if I had surgery and I'm on some kind of pain med this month, I'd just wait the month out and finish my prescription before doing anything.
But that doesn't mean people on meds for long-term treatment can't do magic. You simply have to give your body a few months to adjust to its 'new normal'. Basically, for people who use meds to manage mood/pain/disease/hormones/etc. on a long-term basis, once your body adapts to the meds, you should be able to get right back into any magical or psychic practices.
So it could be a matter of giving yourself time to adapt, and then easing your frightened subconscious mind into relaxing a bit. You might also see about having your chakras cleansed, as a trauma can definitely result in a blockage.
Tammy McMullen on April 29, 2017:
I used to have a strong gift of premonition and feeling/hearing. I had an emotionally traumatic event in my life and I seem to have lost my mojo. How do I get it back? Because of the trauma I have been on medication and I think that is my problem. Any suggestions on how to get my gifts back? Please?
Crow on February 13, 2017:
I have a few questions. I tend to meditate quite a bit in my freetime (usually about an hour a day) and find that sleep always creeps up on me near the forty minute mark also I feel like the world is shaking around me near the five to ten minute mark. There have also been instances when I have just had a random thought but that thought stuck with me like when I tried thought me and my parents were going to uber for some strange reason (we never do) and I knew after dinner they'd want me to come back home and they would continue their night (again this has nevertheless happened before I thought this) and they told me to drive myself home after and we'd just bring two cars. I still hate premonition? Also lastly I wasn't trying to fix my hair beforehand going out with a few friends and I just started mumbling rhymes in the mirror trying to summon something to fix my hair (I know it seems cheesy but) I flipped it back and I thought landed perfectly after I finished the rhyme but that night I had a dream two of my friends were at my house and while I was saying a story they looked at my mirror and send hey neighbor and there were two of like their alter egos they looked exactly the same but were different in personality they led them into the mirror and I was trying to get them out but I couldn't they were trapped forever. I have one mirror on my dresser on one side of the room and another on the direct opposite side so it doesn't that infinity thing. By far the dream scared me and should I be worried?
Freak on January 31, 2017:
I need help my parents think I'm a freak because i have telekinesis
Bella on January 26, 2017:
Since i was very young, i have always seen things no one else saw or heard, i have talked to them, but they stay quiet and almost always wanted me to follow, growing up i have always been sensitive. and have experienced many odd things. some scary some not so much. I once sat down and wondered why i can feel so much see and hear. I sat down and stared at a watch ( digital.) it stated the time 8:58am. ( not the one but im just putting a time because i dont recall exactly what time it was. But i started at the time 858 am my mind only and completely focused on moving the time back one minute. about 20-30 seconds into just concentrating my mind so hard, i began to get sweaty and well. i was baffled the time when it went to change it went backwards 857 am. and then boom went back to 858 am never did that again.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on October 25, 2016:
Hi Hilly; thanks for sharing those experiences.
Best way to start studying Witchcraft is to start with the study. I give an awful lot of beginner articles here as well as book recommendations: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Witchcraft-...
It's important in my opinion to get the basics down-- understand the principles/theories, learning to control the mind through mindfulness/meditation, learning basic energy work, etc., then move on to the practice of spells and such.
Blessings to you on your path!
Hilly on October 15, 2016:
Greetings to all!
Just hear to share my experiences and very glad to be able to see that i'm not alone :) Eversince i was little, i've always been uncomfortable with crowds (be it relatives or not) It drains me. There was a point where i kept having dreams that would happen in real life, and i know i saw it, i just don't now when it will take place. In addition to that, my friends had always come to me for advice and console. I want to be able to practice and control precognition, be willing to accept someone (to have a relationship with) .Could you advice on how i should start studying to be a witch?
Nora on October 06, 2016:
Thank you for writing this. I've had glimpses of the future before... Sometimes I know that I'll run into somebody and know what they will ask and then 5 minutes later it happens exactly as I see it. I thought I was crazy, and other people would think I'm crazy if I said anything. There have been other instances too.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on September 26, 2016:
Hi Pia; this isn't an easy question to answer for people I don't know. Sometimes, it's our imagination working overdrive. Sometimes, it might be a psychic premonition rather than you causing it. Sometimes, you could send out a powerful little punch of negative energy to people if you have the talent and your emotions are not in check. I can't really say what's going on, kind of like a doctor can't diagnose an illness over the phone.
I can say that mental discipline through mindfulness and meditation can go a long way in helping you control what you pick up, or what you send out.
Can you be a Witch? I don't know-- do you practice Witchcraft? If so, yes. If not, no. If you want to be, then start studying & practicing the Craft. :o)
Pia on September 21, 2016:
Hi... I'm 20 and confused with some problems related to this subject..I think I have evil eyes.. If I look at someone and think something happening to them it happens infront of my eyes.. the same thing happen when I say something will happen to a person.. but I feel sorry for them.. my mom is aware of these kind of situations... I don't know whether I'm a witch.. Can you help me to understand what is really going on.. I have two cousins who are just like me..
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on September 10, 2016:
I believe we have all these abilities from one extent to another. Some we'll be better at, some not. But practicing and experimenting will improve any abilities we might have as it helps us tune the mind and hone our skills. But some people definitely have more innate talent, which can run in families for sure.
Knowing things about someone when you look may be clairsentience (clear knowing); knowing when someone is getting ready to die is a form of precognition. So you might want to start your research with those. Best of luck to you! ~Sage
Ang on September 10, 2016:
Hi I enjoyed reading your article. However I'm still not sure what type of ability I have and I have no control over it.
I sometimes will just look at someone and know things about them, or sometime that someone will die before a certain time. For example the will live until their 4th birthday (which was the end of Nov. ) but die before Christmas Or look at someone and know the sex of their unborn child
These things come to me like general knowledge and some times I just say them in everyday conversation while talking to that person and they are like how do you know that.
My daughter I believe is able to do this as well my Maternal Grandmother. However not to the same extent. So can you tell me what this ability is considered so I can do further research.
Thankful for any feedback!
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on September 08, 2016:
Hi Poison Ivy; Pyrokinesis is on the long list of things I figure may be possible, but are in most cases improbable. I have no idea if pyrokinesis is real. If people can start fires with their minds, I've never seen it happen. Like telekinesis, I think it's probably something fiction has completely overblown in our minds and is a lot more underwhelming. Like perhaps it's more the ability to affect a flame rather than full-blown ignition through will power. I've seen people on YouTube with flames going from strong and steady to bobbing, etc. and they claim to be doing it with their mind, but I also know it's super easy to fake it in videos and I've never seen it in person. I've never tried it because I've never felt there would be a practical enough application for me.
Thanks for your comments!
Poison Ivy on September 08, 2016:
Thank you so much for the article; it's very informative and has definitely given me some good guidelines to start developing skills :)
I have one question: what is your view/opinion on pyrokinesis? Do you believe it possible for humans to have any power over fire, flames etc.? I have read that the term Pyrokinesis was originally coined by Stephen King for his fictional work firestarter but a google search shows quite a lot of people seeing this as an actual non-fictional occurrence. How do you feel about this?
Looking forward to your reply!!
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on August 26, 2016:
Hi Khushbu. First, let me say, for a 15-year-old whose first language is NOT English, your writing is better than a lot of adults whose only language is English. I'm impressed!
Anyway, sounds like you have some intuitive abilities there. Some people are definitely born with more heightened senses than others.
Witchcraft is a learned skill & practice, so you'll know you're a Witch when you're actively studying & practicing Witchcraft. If you're not actively studying & practicing the Craft, you're not a Witch. What you're attracted to doesn't really matter; you have the choice to pursue it or not. A lot of people are interested in 'witchy' sounding things, but never bother to learn the Craft.
Hope that clears it up for you! Have a great day~
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on August 13, 2016:
Hi Emmerey Rose, what a beautiful name!
Actually, in my religion, Witchcraft is part of nature and very much within the human realm. Like fire... it's a force we can use to improve our lives, our world if we learn to manipulate it. Or to destroy it, if we want to be careless and hurtful. I mean, there are people who commit arson, that doesn't make fire a bad thing, and that doesn't mean we shouldn't use it to heat our home or cook our food.
Magic in my beliefs is purely a neutral force woven into nature. I don't see it as anymore beyond our limitations as running electricity, cultivating the earth to grow food or domesticating animals. If we have the ability to effect change in the world I believe we should use it; but like in all things, we must consider the ethics of what we're doing and the repercussions our actions will have, on us and on others.
Of course, we all come from different backgrounds and ideas about such things... and if you feel there is something wrong with magic or practicing Witchcraft, then it's probably a good decision for you not to. On the other hand, you might want to consider different perspectives before making up your mind.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on August 13, 2016:
Marlene, hi. So sorry I have not responded sooner as I was on hiatus. I am sorry to hear you feel someone you know is performing malevolent magic on you; it is sad whenever anyone abuses the Craft. Have you looked into uncrossing spells, spells for protection/reflection, and don't forget to practice your basic shielding!
Emmerey Rose on August 03, 2016:
Wow. This is a very detailed article. It's great to know the difference between psychic and witchcraft. However, I'd like to know. Is practicing witchcraft a good thing? isn't it too much and going beyond human limitations?
Marlene on June 09, 2016:
I need help with a witch casting harmful spells on me
luz on May 13, 2016:
hi I been had experience to feel when a person had a problem or see on my mind when someone had a love one pass away I can describe how the person look, I can read o explain a dream, I sense when someone lie or sense a spirit or ghost wherever we call them I hear voices , somethimes I'm got scare I need to sleep w the tv on all night, my grandmother was a medium she was from Jamaica , I thinking something and happen
Randa Awn Handler from USA on February 16, 2016:
Thanks for taking the time to explain all!
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on October 07, 2015:
Thanks so much Sariclaw, glad I could provide you with reading material to help you enjoy your high.
Sariclaw on September 17, 2015:
Nice to read while high! Thank You!
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on July 11, 2015:
Thani you sunflowerforests (pretty screen name).
sunflowerforests from The light in the forest of doubt. on July 11, 2015:
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on July 11, 2015:
Very cool, Jan Saints. Keep us updated on your progress and let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for commenting.
Fredrick aka JS from Intercontinental on July 11, 2015:
I've found this interesting and useful! I'll start practicing to see how far I can get.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on June 20, 2015:
Hi Mz. Lizzie; It's a challenge more for some than for others. When I was in school I was considered ADD, I started meditation in college before I even had ever heard of Wicca or Paganism in order to try and learn to focus better without medication. For someone with that monkey mind, it can definitely require some serious effort and determination in the beginning. But like all difficult things, if it's something you really want to ever do, you make the effort and keep it up, you do reap the benefits. Thanks for commenting!
Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on June 18, 2015:
Egads! I wish. Sadly, all my prior efforts into "seeing" have resulted only in seeing my own wishful thinking, which normally bears no relation whatever to reality.
I keep trying, but admittedly it's sporadic, as meditation does not come easily or naturally to me. I have what my friend refers to as a "monkey mind," that refuses to stay focused.
The only time I can manage such a state is by accident, if I'm daydreaming, or if I end up with a mild case of "highway hypnosis," and realized I've driven miles without remembering any of the intervening scenery. (And that, my friend, is scary!)
Voted up, interesting, useful, and ..um... bookmarked for future reference.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on June 17, 2015:
Thanks for reading them, unique. I appreciate your comment.
unique333 on June 17, 2015:
Thank you for taking rhe time to write these articles.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on December 10, 2014:
It does take time and practice, especially in our culture where a lot of us are used to multitasking, rushing & distractions. Even if you can only hold for 2 minutes, that's a start. Then practice daily and gradually increase that time... you will get there!
lee on November 06, 2014:
I am a beginner (15) and i am very interested in this. I really want to try these techniques.but i have an EXTREMELY hard time relaxing and focusing and staying still and trying to avoid fidgeting. How are you able to clear your mind and calm down during exercises?
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on September 22, 2014:
Hi Klidstone; I think it's a natural ability everyone has to some extent. Some people have far more talent than others, but I think practice can help improve it for anyone. Glad you found it interesting, thanks!
இڿڰۣ-- кιмвєяℓєу from Niagara Region, Canada on September 18, 2014:
I find this utterly fascinating. It is something I'd like to learn more about. I don't know if I possess any "ability" per se, but I have had many "dreams" that have come true. I'll just chalk it up to a sixth sense. Take care. Kim
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on September 03, 2014:
Hi Pagan; nice to meet you. Good for you, it's all about honing the skills.
Pagan on September 03, 2014:
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on May 14, 2014:
Thanks for your comments, Cybershelly; I appreciate it. I think it's something everyone can benefit from, be it in business or parenting or whatever. It's good to at least learn to trust those gut feelings.
Shelley Watson on May 13, 2014:
This is something in which I have always been interested - followed lightly over the years. I will have to go through the above again and more in depth. Thank you. Voted up, interesting and useful and will be following too.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on May 10, 2014:
Hi ChaniBenbow-- honestly I did not get anything from one particular place. When I was a child I had experiences that led me to an early interest in Parapsychology, and by the time I was in middle school I was looking up books on the topic of psychic abilities and paranormal experiences. By the time I was a teen I was experimenting. And then in being a Wiccan Witch, years with my coven, elders, and the Pagan community at large (not to mention my own students and children - one of the joys of teaching is you learn from those you teach as well) which gave me many opportunities to learn, practice and experience things. So this is virtually a lifetime, around 35 years worth, of research.
I think a foundation for a lot of these practices is meditation-- some people take to quiet meditations more than others, but it's a key in training your mind. I have a few hubs on meditation (particularly how to meditate without sitting still) that might interest you. This can be a good practice for both you and the child.
Chani Benbow from Arizona on May 09, 2014:
Where did you get your information on how to train your mind? I have always seen close family members passings days before it happens, but only ppl close to me. Im 27 and have been trying to train my mind since 9 and feel im going nowhere. Every woman on my mothers side is/was blessed with something of a sixth sense. And now my daughter sje is asking for help.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on May 08, 2014:
Thanks so much secret; it definitely doesn't hurt-- I figure anything that gives me an edge, I'll take it. Life is tough enough, lol. Thanks for stopping by!
Secretabundance on May 07, 2014:
Nice!! I usually have very good sixth sense. Maybe should learn to sharpen it more and fully use the inner power given.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on May 07, 2014:
Thanks heidithorne, it's definitely a study in itself separate from Witchcraft for one to fully explore. Thanks for your comment, and thanks for dropping by!
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on May 07, 2014:
Absolutely, and very good point. It's not something that's going to turn on and off like a switch. It takes years of practice and work on it to nurture and develop one's potential. Thanks for commenting CM, I appreciate your contribution!
Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on May 07, 2014:
Yes, people often confuse psychic power with magical power. I also think that people confuse future telling or ESP with psychic, intuitive and empathic powers. Definite differences among all of them! Thanks for clarifying those gifts and the tips for developing those that we have. Blessings!
CMHypno from Other Side of the Sun on May 07, 2014:
Thanks for the great information on developing intuition and psychic abilities WiccanSage. The one thing I would encourage people to also develop is patience. Psychic development is a lifelong journey not just a short course or one light bulb moment
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on May 06, 2014:
Hi MsLizzy! I would love to hear about your experiences, of course feel free to send them. I look forward to it. Thanks for the votes!
Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on May 06, 2014:
I am so interested in this field, and so wish I had better such abilities. I have had only one or two experiences in all of my 66 years, so I don't think that indicates any real talent.
I won't go into it here--too lengthy to explain...that is to say, the 'back story' is too long. With your permission, I might e-mail you about those situations, and see what you think.
My mother had some ability--but again, just a couple of times, and hers were in dreams.
Voted up, interesting and useful.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on May 06, 2014:
Hi be grateful. I think you have it right-- sometimes it is hard to differentiate, and we have to listen to that, too. I feel like it's better to be a little paranoid than a lot gullible. Some people don't ever question themselves or their instincts, and this is probably just as bad as learning to ignore them. I think over time you learn to develop trust and you start to realize your own internal differences between the "I was paranoid" and "I was intuiting" states. It's good to keep an open mind in the mean time, but it's also a good policy to second guess yourself.
The TV thing, I know a lot of people who experienced that as their intuition began to really develop. Radio songs too (think of a song you haven't heard since 1986 and then - poof, it's playing) or with phone calls (you think of someone you haven't heard from and they call out of the blue). I have come to see this as a good sign; a sign of pretty above-average potential budding. This should encourage you to keep at it because you are probably more capable of even what you think you are and your subconscious mind is trying to tell you this (it's saying "use me! use me! I can help!"); a good place to start is mindfulness & meditation to help discipline the mind.
Angela Marie from Maryland on May 06, 2014:
I have a hard time differentiating my instincts vs. paranoia. Or perhaps, I just don't want to believe my instincts regarding certain subjects b/c the awareness I gain feels too painful. Idk I think I'm extremely skilled at "reading in between the lines" and picking up on subtleties, but people tell me I think to much so...I get confused. I suppose a little more time, Experience, and age will help me to tell the difference between instincts vs. paranoia/fear.
p.s. I have experienced clairvoyance and premonitions. The last few days it has been especially strong as a thought person or idea will come to mind as I'm watching TV than seconds later my thought is being played out on TV.