How Witches Can Improve Their Psychic Abilities

Updated on August 10, 2017
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Sage has been a Witch for 25 years. As a teacher and writer, she enjoys writing informative articles to teach others the Craft of the Wise.

Psychic Abilities

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 up front. 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

reading reading a person's energy field
Automatic writing/drawing
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
Remote Viewing
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 feel fatigue or illness during your normal day.

Practice Automatic Writing/Drawing

You will need a pad or pencil.

1) Choose a location to which you've never been or seen pictures of, somewhere public so you can go there soon.

2) Go into a light meditative state.

3) Let the pencil move freely, unconsciously, to write or draw whatever comes through your mind.

4) 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 it's 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).

1) Have a friend sit or stand in front of a blank wall. Dim the lights but don’t make it dark.

2) 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.

3) 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.

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Practice Psychometry

You will need a friend to bring you an item or photo of someone you do not know. Your friend should know the person who owns the item very well.

1) Ask your friend to bring over the item, and not to say anything about it.

2) Take the item and hold it. Open your mind to explore the impressions that come to you.

3) Begin asking your friend questions. "Is this person a female? Is this person elderly? Was this person in a war? Etc.

4) 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).

5) 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.

Practice Clairvoyance

You will need cards-- make sure you can't see through them or tell what is on them from looking at the back.

1) Pick a card and put it face-down in front of you. Concentrate on what might be on the face.

2) Write down #1, and whatever image you think is on the face.

3) Don't look at the card-- put it aside in a new pile.

4) 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.

5) 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

Practice psychic exercises with a like-minded friend
Practice psychic exercises with a like-minded friend | Source

Practice Telepathy:

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 the internet.

1) 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).

2) 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.

3) 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.

1) 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.

2) Go into meditation and envision the store. Try to call up a picture of it in your mind.

3) Note sizes, colors, and any impressions.

4) Write down all your impressions.

5) 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.

Practice Telekenisis

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 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.).

1) Hang your object up. I actually like to lay under it so it’s hanging over me.

2) Push it to get it in motion. It doesn’t matter how it’s swinging.

3) Focus on it going in a different direction (for example, if it’s swinging clockwise, focus on it going counterclockwise).

4) If you’re successful, focus on changing the direction again (to swinging side to side maybe, or making a figure 8).

5) 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.

© 2014 Mackenzie Sage Wright


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      Cindy44672 4 weeks ago

      I really liked this article I will be practicing this for sure.

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      Mabus 2 months ago

      I liked the article.

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      sidney 2 months ago

      thank you!.. a lot of work to do.

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      lestattin 3 months ago

      when did you know

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      Arion Windwaker 4 months ago


      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.

      Thank you!

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      Radhika 5 months ago

      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?

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      Radhika 5 months ago

      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)

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 5 months ago

      Thanks David & Heather! I appreciate your comment.

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      David And Heather 6 months ago from Las Vegas, NV USA

      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!

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      Millie 7 months ago

      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! :)

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      Pia 8 months ago

      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

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      Dan 9 months ago

      There is a lot to learn when you know that you have sertin powers that you do not understand on how to use them.

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      jastiell 9 months ago

      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.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 10 months ago

      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.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 10 months ago

      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.

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      Felixvz 10 months ago

      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?

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      Felixvz 10 months ago

      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?

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 11 months ago

      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.

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      aman k 11 months ago

      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???

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 12 months ago

      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.

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      Tammy McMullen 12 months ago

      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?

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      Crow 15 months ago

      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?

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      Freak 15 months ago

      I need help my parents think I'm a freak because i have telekinesis

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      Bella 15 months ago

      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.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 19 months ago

      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:

      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!


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      Hilly 19 months ago

      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?

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      Nora 19 months ago

      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.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 20 months ago

      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)

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      Pia 20 months ago

      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..

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 20 months ago

      Hi Ang;

      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

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      Ang 20 months ago

      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!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 20 months ago

      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!

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      Poison Ivy 20 months ago

      Hey WiccanSage,

      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!!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 21 months ago

      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~

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 21 months ago

      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.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 21 months ago

      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!

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      Emmerey Rose 21 months ago

      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?

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      Marlene 23 months ago

      I need help with a witch casting harmful spells on me

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      luz 2 years ago

      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

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      Randa Awn Handler 2 years ago from USA

      Thanks for taking the time to explain all!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 years ago

      Thanks so much Sariclaw, glad I could provide you with reading material to help you enjoy your high.

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      Sariclaw 2 years ago

      Nice to read while high! Thank You!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 years ago

      Thani you sunflowerforests (pretty screen name).

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      sunflowerforests 2 years ago from The light in the forest of doubt.

      interesting read

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 years ago

      Very cool, Jan Saints. Keep us updated on your progress and let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for commenting.

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      Januaris Saint Fores 2 years ago from the Midwest

      I've found this interesting and useful! I'll start practicing to see how far I can get.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 years ago

      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!

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      Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

      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 bookmarked for future reference.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 years ago

      Thanks for reading them, unique. I appreciate your comment.

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      unique333 2 years ago

      Thank you for taking rhe time to write these articles.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 years ago

      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!

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      lee 3 years ago

      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?

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 years ago

      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!

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      இڿڰۣ-- кιмвєяℓєу 3 years ago from Niagara Region, Canada

      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

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 years ago

      Hi Pagan; nice to meet you. Good for you, it's all about honing the skills.

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      Pagan 3 years ago

      I am

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 4 years ago

      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.

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      Shelley Watson 4 years ago

      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.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 4 years ago

      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.

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      Chani Benbow 4 years ago from Arizona

      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.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 4 years ago

      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!

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      Secretabundance 4 years ago

      Nice!! I usually have very good sixth sense. Maybe should learn to sharpen it more and fully use the inner power given.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 4 years ago

      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!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 4 years ago

      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!

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      Heidi Thorne 4 years ago from Chicago Area

      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!

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      CMHypno 4 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      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

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 4 years ago

      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!

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      Liz Elias 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

      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.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 4 years ago

      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.

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      Angela Marie 4 years ago from Maryland

      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.

      Any suggestions?

      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.