Am I a Witch? How to Tell If You're a Witch

Updated on June 6, 2019
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Layne is interested in energy work and exploring the often unexplainable.

Signs and characteristics of the modern witch.
Signs and characteristics of the modern witch. | Source

How Can You Tell If Someone Is a Witch?

While there are many kinds of witches, witchcraft, and traditions, witches all have one thing in common: they are attuned to the energy of the universe. This attunement may have arisen naturally—perhaps a child was born sensitive, born in sync with nature, or encouraged to absorb the natural world around them. On the other hand, an individual may have more commonly chosen their path towards witchery.

What Do Witches Look Like?

The whole portrayal of the cackling witch with the black robe, black hat, striped socks, black cat, and witch's broom is far outdone and greatly inaccurate. There are many witches walking among us practicing and flowing with the sync of daily life, and they may present themselves in any way they choose.

Witches are men or women who use the energy of the universe to do work. So whether a wise-woman wears her natural, long, gray hair and a knitted coverup, or a man wears sleek, black clothes, silver adornments, and a hat, there's really no telling who is a witch and who isn't from an outer appearance.

Am I a Witch?

You may have been musing over the question "Am I a Witch?" for a while, or maybe you tuned into the recent adaptation of Sabrina the Teenage Witch called The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and felt a little tickle in your hair. Let's take a look at the signs and characteristics that define a contemporary or modern witch.

Witches feel at home when immersed in nature.
Witches feel at home when immersed in nature. | Source

You're Synchronized With Nature

This is one of the most telltale signs, in my opinion. Witches work with the energy of the earth and nature. They sync many of their practices to the lunar and solar phases. Have you ever felt charged or felt the need to perform a ritual on a full moon or new moon? Have you ever felt more at peace in nature—deep in a forest or near a body of water—than inside a house or in a crowded public place?

Feeling at home in nature is a good indication that you have witch potential—when you're in it, you feel compelled to bath in the river, touch the trees, lay in the moss, put your feet in the ocean, listen to the birds, and appreciate the sound of dew in the trees. Your senses are essentially heightened when you are submerged in the natural world.

You Perform Rituals

Rituals here are loosely defined. Rituals can be anything from cleansing your room on a certain lunar phase to feeling the need to bury items in the earth. Maybe you gather items, and your intuition moves you to arrange them a certain way or combine them in a certain way. Perhaps you take herbs regularly, not necessarily because someone told you to, but because they feel good in your body. If you have natural tendencies like those described above, you are likely tapping into the universal energy.

Familiars need not be the common black cat.
Familiars need not be the common black cat. | Source

You Communicate With Animals

You will definitely know who you are if you fit into this category. Are animals drawn to you, and are you drawn to animals? If animals take to you natural—including wildlife—and they appear in your life in high frequency, it is likely that you are "neutral" or attractive to them. Whereas the average human's energy may clash with that of non-human animals, witches tend to attract. This can be anything from neighborhood cats to an owl or deer that reappears in your yard regularly. You may have found that many animals "find you" in your lifetime. This is a good sign.

Your Intuition Is Strong

Have you ever looked through someone? That is, can you see beyond what they are conveying? If you've ever heard someone speak but knew more than what they were telling you, or had a bad or good feeling about someone without knowing them, this may indicate that you are likely attuned to the universal energy. Trusting your intuition means you have a strong feeling in your "gut." This extra sense often leads you to the right answer about a situation, the right path, person, or thing whether present, past, or future.

You Have a Familiar

In the Dark Ages, "familiars" were not talked about quite as lightly as they are today and were actually thought to be demons by Christians. Neopagans and modern witches have a much different view and often refer to their household animal companion as their familiar. Familiars don't have to be your stereotypical black cat; they can be dogs, rabbits, wolves, owls, and other wildlife.

What Is a Familiar?

Familiars are souls that have returned again and again to reconnect with the witch they are drawn to—hence the term "familiar." Spirit guide animals tend to be smarter, deeper, more attuned, and even more "human-like" in many ways than most domesticated pets.

Herbs are commonly used in healing and magickal spell-casting.
Herbs are commonly used in healing and magickal spell-casting. | Source

Starter Smudge Kit

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BODHI TREE Organic California White Sage Smudge Bundle with Palo Santo and Seed Crystal for Energy Clearing and Purification, Made in The USA

While it is best to buy locally made smudge kits, this is a nice bundle that I've purchased and gifted to my friends. It also includes a Lemurian seed crystal which is essential for all crystal workers. Consider obtaining a locally sourced/sustainably collected abalone shell.

 

You Collect Natural "Tools"

Perhaps when you stroll out in nature, you are always coming across bones, shells, feathers, precious stones, abalone shells, or natural anomalies. If you have collected these items over the years, you may have been collecting them to "do work." Learning how to use them will often require the guidance of a seasoned witch or a little bit of research on your end.

You Have an Understanding of Herbs

Herbs are of great use to witches. Herbalism or herbology is simply the use of herbs to cure or treat physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, or psychic ailments. Herbs can be used in craft for protection, communication, abundance, and for similar intentions. If you use herbs regularly and have a natural, unexplained tendency towards working with them (and working with them effectively and safely), this is a good indicator of your magickal tendencies.

You Are Wise

There is no ruling about whether or not someone can be too young to be a witch, although one should not practice witchcraft at a young age unless properly guided. Life experience and maturity is a huge indication of ones' magickal abilities. Witches tend to observe and assess and act accordingly. Witches, too, have a healthy and respectful understanding of life events like birth and death.

You're Introverted by Choice

Many witches have work to do. If you find yourself overwhelmed by busy places like malls, theme parks, etc. and avoid them entirely for peace of mind, you may simply be protecting or keeping your natural abilities healthy. The side effects of polluted energy present as headaches, moodiness, and fatigue. Some people can be energy vampires, and witches much prefer to be in contemplative settings away from chaos and busy happenings—unless with their coven.

Witches use the gifts of the earth to cast spells and do work.
Witches use the gifts of the earth to cast spells and do work. | Source

You Sense Energy

Much like seeing through people (not to be confused with psychic or clairvoyant abilities), you can feel the energy of people and the places that surround you. Witches often can assess an environment or an object's energetic field. If an object has been cursed or used in dark practices, they will know. On the other hand, if a space has light energy or an object has been used in good, benevolent practices, a witch will know.

Technology Is Hit or Miss

Too much computer, television, or screen time for anyone can have detrimental effects, but for witches, in particular, technology can feel poisonous. If a witch is surrounded by too much technology, they may start to feel mental fog from electromagnetic pollution. This is not the case for all witches, however, as some may use technology freely and without issue.

You Are Open-Minded

Witches find themselves attracted to other unusual, obscure, or atypical individuals. You will rarely find them spending time with individuals who don't dapple in the arts. They have a healthy respect for practices such as tarot, astrology, energy healing, and similar modalities. Someone's belongings too may reflect an openness to witchery. Perhaps you have books on witchcraft, have collected magickal tokens from travel and other cultures, and maybe you have a healthy collection of living plants in your home.

Storms and Natural Events Charge You

If you feel your spirit stir at the sight of lightning, the sound of thunder, the crashing of waves in a storm swell, or the rush of heavy winds, this is a strong indication. Witches tend to work with nature and natural energy, so any kind of divergence from the status quo is a perfect opportunity for work and recharge. For them, nothing is more thrilling than sensing the movement of the universal energy.

Witches work closely with solar and lunar phases.
Witches work closely with solar and lunar phases. | Source

What Kind of Witch Am I?

It is important to know that there are many different types of witches and witchcraft and it is important that you take the time to explore the differences to get an idea of a number of practices and traditions. Many individuals have heard of the term "Wicca." Wicca is a form of modern paganism that originated in the 1950s and is based on very peaceful, harmonious, and balanced practices.

Voodoo, shamanism, psychism, etc. are terms that should be respectfully distinguished and not confused with witchcraft. In addition, witchcraft is acknowledged across cultures and languages, for example: brujeria (Spanish), bruxa (Portugeues), heks (Danish), etc.

What Is Paganism?

Paganism refers to individuals who follow a spiritual path based around the earth and earth's energy. Paganism is used as a broad term to describe many different belief systems. Not all pagans are witches.

Were Your Relatives Witches?

There is the misconception that individuals are "natural-born" witches. This is not always the case. If your relatives were known witches and practiced witchcraft, you may indeed have witchy potential, but as mentioned, being a witch is a path that any man, woman, or individual can choose to pursue and embrace if it speaks to them.

Is a Witch a Sorcerer, Sorceress, Warlock, Wizard, or Wizardess?

A male or a female who has chosen the path is simply a witch. Sorcerer, sorceress, warlock, wizard, and wizardess are closely related terms but are not often used by witches. These terms generally refer to conjurers but are often kept far separate from those who practice witchcraft and self-identify as witches.

Witches tend to do introspective work.
Witches tend to do introspective work. | Source

How Can I Be a Witch?

Rather than deciding "I want to be a witch," it's better to approach the curiosity with deep respect and thought. Practicing witchcraft and magick is a serious life decision and should be thought about carefully, responsibly, and respectfully.

It is important to do your reading, research, and to work with experienced individuals who have been practicing for some time and have a deep understanding of the craft. Be wary of strict practices and practices that appear to do work for malevolent reasons.

Simple Ways to Embrace Witchery for Beginners

  • Love the Living. Some witches choose to adopt a plant-based (vegan or vegetarian) diet. This is a personal decision and is not mandatory, however, many describe it as soul-cleansing.
  • Collect Nature's Gifts. When you are immersed in a natural environment, pay close attention to objects and items that would do well in your living space or at a personal altar. Collecting the gifts of the seasons and arranging them respectfully is a good way to honor the earth.
  • Be in Sync With the Moon. It is important to be attuned to the moon phases. Many spells and rituals will commence on new moons, full moons, and during special lunar or solar events. There are lunar phase charts you can find at crystal shops and metaphysical shops, or online. Also, consider celebrating the lunar phases with ritual and by setting intentions. New moons are good for releasing the unwanted.
  • Care for the Animals. Offer hummingbirds feed in the winter months and birds water in the summer. If you live in an urban area, consider volunteering or simply stopping in and saying hi to homeless shelter animals. Who knows? Maybe you will find your familiar.
  • Lessen Your Load. You can show your love and connection to earth by reducing your production of waste, cutting single-use plastic, and eating a more natural and local diet. Reuse containers, buy less packaged foods and reduce junk food from your diet. Also, consider eating seasonal foods to sync your body up with nature.
  • Immerse Yourself in Nature. Go for nature walks and nature strolls. Touch the earth as you feel drawn to it. Listen to the birds. Neutralize your energy and observe the wildlife around you—welcome them and enjoy any moments of connection you may experience by respectfully acknowledging them as they show themselves.
  • Do Your Reading and Journaling. Before you get started on spells, go to your local library, bookstore, or research books online that will help you prepare for your first spell casting. Work with light, work benevolently, and work for the greater good. Start working on your Book of Shadows or grimoire—your journal of spells, secrets, and rituals.

Video: The Book of Shadows

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.

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        Layne Holmes 

        4 days ago from Bend, Oregon

        Hi Poh Tiong Ho—that's an interesting perspective, but I think that perspective evolves from the history of persecuting witches and using them as a scapegoat for evil in the world—especially when directed at women. There is a long history of persecution in the states from the 14th to 18th century. Different cultures also share different notions and constructs of what it means to be a witch. I've certainly met many healers who identify as witches, and they purpose themselves to bring light and love into the world. A witch can use their practices in any way, but there are many who only choose to do good things. If we think about prayer and the power of intention or thought, the same can be said of other "non-witches." Do our negative thoughts bring harm to others? Do our "ill wishes" affect others? You don't have to practice witchcraft to harm others. But many witches are simply finding their connection to the ebb and flow of the natural world and act benevolently.

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        Poh Tiong Ho 

        4 days ago from Singapore

        You are only a witch if you have the urge to harm others. For some reason, some people do acquire the ability to harm others without physically lifting a finger. If they don't have the urge to do it, they are definitely normal human beings.

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        Shannon 

        5 days ago

        This explains so much! Thank you!

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        Amy Martin 

        12 days ago

        Very beautiful book. You are a great artist.

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        Layne Holmes 

        3 weeks ago from Bend, Oregon

        Hi Hannah—it definitely sounds like you were synced with nature. Certainly, witches feel nature in a very real way. Nature feels like home. The pink light is likely the energy you were channeling, creating, conjuring. It's interesting that this happened while others watched—as most tend to be fairly shy in these moments. Thank you so much for sharing your story.

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        Hannah 

        3 weeks ago

        One time when I was very little my elementary class took a trip to a park. There was a very pretty area with trees and I decided to sit down in the shade. I moved my hands in a dance like state. I did this for the entire time the class was up there. Throughout that time the whole class sat down in a cluster around me and just watched silently. I didn’t say anything the entire time either. One of my friends afterwards swore they saw a pink like thread coming from my hands. Do you know what that means that this experience happened?

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        Tammi-lee 

        2 months ago

        hello this was very helpful thanks

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        Layne Holmes 

        2 months ago from Bend, Oregon

        Thanks for your feedback Nicole. Be well!

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        Nicole 

        2 months ago

        This was very helpful to me, and very detailed. Thank you!

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        Layne Holmes 

        3 months ago from Bend, Oregon

        Tammy—best of luck uncovering your truth. It is indeed a journey . . .

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        Tammy 

        3 months ago

        I found this article because i am searching for answers.. There have been some questionable events in my life that have absolutely

        Made me wonder about my self.. as i read this memories of even more have came to mind. I need answers.

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        Layne Holmes 

        4 months ago from Bend, Oregon

        Thank you Emma! Glad you enjoyed it.

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        Emma Houghton 

        4 months ago from Somewhere

        awesome article :)

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