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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        Ashlynn Perkins 

        9 days ago

        Hi, I am Ashlynn I have done many different tests and exercises to see if I am a witch, I love a lot of the things talked about on this page and I can agree with many of them having to do with my life to. Although I am very young, I do not know if I know myself well enough to have all the power to be called a witch yet and I do not think I have the full energy yet, this page helped me much but I am wondering if you can help me to. Please answer me back it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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        Layne Holmes 

        11 days ago from Bend, Oregon

        Hi Nadz, thanks for the kind feedback.

        Hi Niamh—that's excellent you heard your dog talk. They definitely communicate. Animals take to those whose energy matches . . . and you're lucky to have a black cat following you. I'm sure they are clearing the energy to keep you safe.

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        Niamh 

        12 days ago

        Once I heard my dog talk. There is a dog at my cousins house and he’s deaf and scared of every one but he hides behind me and lets me rub him And a black cat always follows me

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        Nadz 

        13 days ago

        Thank you for your words... it was very informative and made so much of sense to me.. I love how your words are elaborative..

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        Layne Holmes 

        3 weeks ago from Bend, Oregon

        Hi tothebri, I 100% believe and know that your familiar will come back to you. They do—they return. Yes, she is probably upset with you. She simply wants to be around so you can do work. Sometimes this happens, there are many layers to our connections. You can start by honoring her and thinking of her. You can create an altar to appreciate her. It can be as simple as using some things that remind you of her or even finding something significant that represents her. Honor her, manifest your reunion, and speak to her. Tell her what happened and that you've always thought of her. Tell her you want to be reunited and you will wait for the day. My heart goes out to you but do forgive yourself!!! Know that she might not return in the form of a cat . . . she could or she may be another species. She could be wildlife, she could be an owl, a butterfly, a wolf, a bee, a fish . . . etc. or maybe cat.

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        Layne Holmes 

        3 weeks ago from Bend, Oregon

        Hi Sunny, you can use your intuition to cast spells or you can do research and find a book or learn from someone. Gentle spells of good intentions are fairly easy—essentially you are sending your blessings into the environment and honoring nature.

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        Layne Holmes 

        3 weeks ago from Bend, Oregon

        Hi Talor, thank you for the kind words. (It's totally okay to collect stuff—I do it too!)

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        tothebri 

        3 weeks ago

        hi im wondering if you have any advice on familiars? i had this cat a few years ago and we connected on a level that i believe she was my familiar. sadly my mom made me get rid of her and i was so torn. i tried to keep her at my neighbors so i could pick her up when i moved out and id visit her everynow and then. i could tell she was upset at me for leaving her there because she lightly bit my hand the first time i visited but then let me pet her. she wouldnt let my neighbor pet her at all and avoided everyone in that house. sadly my neighbor had to give her up to the pound because she couldnt take care of her anymore and ever since ive felt like i abandoned her. i feel like she felt abandoned and hurt and that tears me apart more than anything. is it possible that shed come back to me in another form? how would i go about reaching out to her if i could?

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        Sunny 

        3 weeks ago

        Who do I perform a spell or ven kno if I’m a witch

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        Talor 

        3 weeks ago

        hi its me again...some peolpe think im wierd because i colloct stuff and do theses wierd spells but i just wanted to say i love your articles and how you help alot of people

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        Layne Holmes 

        4 weeks ago from Bend, Oregon

        Hi Silas, thanks for the feedback. I definitely considered the use of wizard, warlock, or sorcerer—that's a smart inclusion.

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        Silas777 

        4 weeks ago

        Pretty good article. I use wizard, warlock, or sorcerer as my title, but that’s the only way someone can understand a male witch.

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        Layne Holmes 

        5 weeks ago from Bend, Oregon

        Hi Ajanee,

        Thanks for your comment. I do think there are levels of people who are sensitive . . . and people who identify as witches commit to the practice and commit to the life, but there are also those who are good at communicating with animals and connect with nature, read the earth—healers too . . . on another level. Empaths, and such. I do think it's smart to learn from someone educated in herbalism and who works with light and love. I think it can come to us at any time, really. People can develop their own practices and craft to become spiritual. There are all types of ways to express yourself spiritually, and we don't have to prescribe to any which way . . . but finding a teacher or a group or connecting is always an excellent idea. You can have your own rituals for good. Setting an alter to honor the earth, sending prayers to the sky, creating a nurturing garden for the animals, immersing yourself in nature. Best to you.

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        Ajanee 

        5 weeks ago

        Hello Layne,

        Some things resonate with me and some don't. I'm drawn to birds. I see them all the time (not including pidgeons, lol) I sometimes feel they follow me. Animals like me. I do feel strongly intuitive. But does that mean I'm a witch? Lately in the past 2 years and very strongly recently, I've had a longing for doing spells, but fear has always held me back. I strongly feel the need for being taught properly how to use herbs and create & cast spells. I don't know if this is a phase or a calling that I'm finally wanting to answer. I'm 52.

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        Layne Holmes 

        6 weeks ago from Bend, Oregon

        Hi Talor . . . you very well fit the profile, yes. I think all of the items you describe really resonate, and I'm glad you are using it for healing and helping people. Stay connected!

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        Talor... 

        7 weeks ago

        i always knew i was something more. i love animals and they love me. once i was walking down my drive way when i saw a deer. all of a sudden i just knew what to do i walked up to it slowly and i achuly touched it!! but then it ran off. i always loved nature and i always collected crystels, rocks ,and random flowers and leaves. i love to do spells were i try to summon ghost and heal or relex people and 80% of the time they work! and whenever theres storms mostly hurricans or torrnados i get this sundden felling of intrest and power. could i realy be a witch????!

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        Arista 

        7 weeks ago

        I have always been able to sense vibes from people, i have always known what they were up to just by observing them my surroundings. I have always been a loner . I do not like being around pwopwl at all. I am uncomfortable talking unless i really know a person. I love nature alwaya have. If CV i dont qalk barefoot outside every day i get extreme anxiety. Being around peoplw makes me exhausted. It physically drains me. I have always liked falling asleep in the dark and quiet. Therr is so much morr to tell. Am i a witch? I believe i am something. I am not like anyone in my fam. I have been told all of my life that i am very different

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        Layne Holmes 

        2 months ago from Bend, Oregon

        Hi Ray, that's very exciting to hear. Indeed it's just within you—as you've described. The fondness, familiarity, and attraction to nature perhaps is the most commonly-reported trait. Also, feeling akin to wildlife . . . and like you said, the rush of wind and acts of nature—simple empowering.

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        Ray Morgado 

        2 months ago

        I could never explain the way I felt and why things happened to me and why i felt such rush of energy when the wind was howling or the sun was so bright and hot or the moon was so close and vibrant. And my attractions to seashells when at the beach and twigs and sticks when on a hike. Why I always noticed animals around me. Both of my grandmothers practiced witchy rituals I guess it rubbed off.

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        Layne Holmes 

        2 months ago from Bend, Oregon

        Hi Sunni, sounds very similar to my experience. I also absolutely feel CHARGED when there is a major weather event happening—the excitement is unreal. Everything you describe is spot-on. I'm happy to hear you have the ability to heal people . . . you can truly use that for good in this lifetime. Just know that you are NOT imagining things, your experience is real and I'm glad that you found this article.

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        Sunni 

        2 months ago

        Hey!! Thank you so much for this article, it is really helpful!!! I also feel a weird feeling of finally belonging when I am outside om the forest, and get so happy and feel so excited when there is heavy raining, thunderstorms, much wind and waves crashing to the land. I can feel the energy, which is fantastic. People also come and tell me their problems, like I heal them or anything. To be honest, I'm not sure if it is a conicidense(??) or not. There is also times when I can feel spirits and such. Sometimes I think I can see them too.. it's kinda creepy

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        Vickie Lang 

        2 months ago

        I have always felt connected to nature and i dream of things that actually happen i feel i have a strong sense of something sometimes i think im crazy lol

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        Layne Holmes 

        3 months ago from Bend, Oregon

        MR it sounds like you're connected to this energy. It's sounds like you're one of them.

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        MR 

        3 months ago

        Ive always been drawing yo nature and to animals.. Every time in in the woods ill walk till i find trees in a circle that basically cover the sky and shade the whole area and ill just stand there humming looking up at the trees or ill be at the ocean and i stare at the ocean and just listen and its like you cant pull me away from these places when im in this trance like state because im so focused on everything around me... My dad once told me that he saw light around me when it was pitch black and o didn't have no flash light and my phone was at the truck and the moon was not shining that bright... So i dont understand

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        Layne Holmes 

        3 months ago from Bend, Oregon

        Hi both Bella and Devon, it sounds like you are both onto something indeed. The best thing I can think of is trying to connect with others near you or doing some digging and reading and watching more videos that will tell you about the path you can take with your individual "powers" or "gift" or "energy." For instance, I developed my skills communicating with animals and doing energy healing and house clearings on individuals which has helped me to feel whole immensely. I also take regular time to reset in nature. Sometimes that means going off on my own.

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        Devon 

        3 months ago

        I am confused on most of the situations i have been through in my life from being drawn to nature and as well as feeling as if im missing somthing in my life night time is a faborite and sleep is impossble half the time i am drawn to creatures. Big and small. My intiution has saved me and helped me so many times i cant even help it i can manage in large crowds but prefer not. I have never really talked about the expeirences i habe had in my life that has lead me to believe this side of.my life. And im not sure what to do or were to go next i am really wondering if there is more to the controling part

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        Bella 

        3 months ago

        Hi um there has been two times that I can remember where if I imagine something or kinda have a dream about something it happens like the first time I imagined/dreamed something happened on the same day and the second time I had a dream and it didn’t happen in till I think 4 or more months. I want to know if what happened is a coincidence or something maybe something else.

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        Layne Holmes 

        4 months 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 months 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 

        4 months ago

        This explains so much! Thank you!

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        Amy Martin 

        4 months ago

        Very beautiful book. You are a great artist.

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        Layne Holmes 

        4 months 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 

        4 months 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 

        6 months ago

        hello this was very helpful thanks

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        Layne Holmes 

        6 months ago from Bend, Oregon

        Thanks for your feedback Nicole. Be well!

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        Nicole 

        6 months ago

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

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        Layne Holmes 

        7 months ago from Bend, Oregon

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

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        Tammy 

        7 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 

        8 months ago from Bend, Oregon

        Thank you Emma! Glad you enjoyed it.

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        Emma Houghton 

        8 months ago from Somewhere

        awesome article :)

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