What Kind of Witch Are You? 60 Witchcraft Traditions

Updated on October 14, 2019
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Born in deepest Cornwall and now living in wild Wales, Bev has been practising her personal brand of witchcraft for years and years.

There are many different witchcraft traditions from all over the world. Find out which type of witch you are!
There are many different witchcraft traditions from all over the world. Find out which type of witch you are! | Source

Those who find themselves drawn to witchcraft might be surprised to discover just how many paths and traditions are open to them. In fact, you really are spoiled for choice. There is a witch tradition to suit every taste and interest.

I’m listing 60 of them here, but there are many more, as well as new hybrid paths. You may find out that you're interested in more than just one of these types of witchcraft, so I encourage you to explore and find the right one for you.

Am I a Witch?

If you are someone that has always been fascinated by the supernatural and you have always felt a bit different than other people, you might be a witch. Simply put, a witch is someone who uses energy to affect the world around them, someone who embraces the magical power that courses through our veins. There are some telltale signs to look for that indicate you could be a witch, such as an attraction to the dark arts, a love of nature, and the ability to identify the energy of any place you visit. The article I linked to also has a fun quiz to help you decide.

Different Types of Witches and Witchcraft

Here is a list of all the traditions I'll cover in more detail. If you are just looking for a quick reference, you need read no further. If you want to know more, scroll down the page to find the tradition/s you are interested in.

  1. African: An umbrella term for the many types of magic practiced in Africa.
  2. Alexandrian: Founded in the 1960s in Britain by Alex and Maxine Sanders and based on ritual and ceremonial magic.
  3. Ancestral: An ancient form of magic based around contacting the spirits of the dead and communicating with one's ancestors.
  4. Angel Witch: Practitioners of magic who communicate and work with angels and other divine beings.
  5. Animist: A witch who is in tune with nature and all living things on the planet. One who sees no distinction between humans, animals, plants, or any other physical object in the world.
  6. Art Witch: A magical practitioner who works with art as their primary medium.
  7. Arthurian Witch: Magic based around the old legends of King Arthur.
  8. Astarte: An occult order that worships the ancient Greek goddess of fertility and war.
  9. Astrology Witch: A witch who uses astrology in their magical practice and lifestyle.
  10. Augury: A witch who divines omens, signs, and symbols.
  11. Axis Mundi: The belief in a central pillar that connects the earth to the heavens.
  12. British Traditional Witchcraft: Local traditions, superstitions and spellcasting that sprung up all over the British Isles.
  13. Celtic Witch: Based on the study and worship of ancient Celtic deities, mythology, earth magic, and ceremonial rites.
  14. Ceremonial: A term that refers to practitioners of "high magick."
  15. Chaos Magic: A contemporary magical practice that blends all types of magic and is based on strong belief in the magic being used.
  16. Chthonioi: A variation of the Alexandrian tradition that also includes the pantheon of Greek gods and goddesses.
  17. Crystal Witch: A witch who focuses on using crystals in their magical practices.
  18. Dianic Witchcraft: An offshoot of Wicca which focuses on female deities. It is named after Diana, the Roman goddess of hunting, nature, and the Moon.
  19. Divination: A witch who specializes in divination, such as tarot cards, scrying, or other such means of discovering occult and hidden information.
  20. Dowser: A practitioner who uses the ancient art of dowsing to locate the ley lines that encircle the globe.
  21. Druid: Practitioners of the ancient Celtic religion.
  22. Earth-Based Witchcraft; Gaia: Nature-centric witchcraft based around old European traditions centered on harmony with the earth.
  23. Eclectic Witch: A witch that embraces all types of magic and magical traditions, refusing to be pinned down to one type of magical practice.
  24. Eco-Paganism: Someone who is an environmental activist who uses magical practices to defend the earth and help raise awareness of environmental issues.
  25. Egyptian Witchcraft: Magical practitioners who incorporate ancient Egyptian deities and magic into their arsenal. They may incorporate Wiccan traditions as well.
  26. Elemental Witch: A witch who works with the five esoteric elements: fire, water, air, earth, and spirit.
  27. European: An umbrella term for all of the witchcraft and magical traditions of Europe.
  28. Faery: Based on ancient folklore from the British Isles.
  29. Fellowship of Isis: An occult order based around the worship of the ancient Egyptian goddess Isis.
  30. Floral Witch: A witch who works primarily with flowers.
  31. Folk Witchcraft: This magical tradition is closely related to both British witchcraft (and its derivations) and Faery.
  32. Gardnerian: A version of Wicca based on the writings of Gerald Brosseau Gardner. The Gardnerian tradition is a highly structured form of witchcraft. It is coven-based and has a formal progression through degrees of initiation. Practices are kept secret, and many members keep their affiliation to their coven secret also.
  33. Green Witchcraft: A witch who bases their magical practice around things such as gardening and herbalism.
  34. Healer: Someone who uses healing magic.
  35. Hearth Witch: A witch who practices magic that is focused on the home.
  36. Hedge Witch: A solitary practitioner who follows their own path and a herbalist, who mixes up potions and brews in their kitchen.
  37. Hellenic: A form of magic and paganism based on the worship of the ancient Greek pantheon of gods and goddesses.
  38. Hereditary Witch: Handed down along the family line, hereditary witchcraft is unique to each family and contains many aspects of traditional paganism.
  39. The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn: An organization devoted to the study of the occult and ancient magic. Founded in England in the early 20th century, the organization helped revive interest in occult studies in Europe.
  40. Kitchen Witch: A witch who practices magic in the home and in the kitchen in particular.
  41. Law of Attraction: Witchcraft that is based on the now-popular Law of Attraction.
  42. Left-Hand Path: Witches who reject normal magical conventions and engage in the breaking of taboos.
  43. Lounge Witch: A witch who restricts their witchcraft to the home.
  44. Luciferian: Those magical practitioners who invoke and worship Lucifer, who is revered as the bringer of light and the morning star.
  45. Lunar Witch: A witch who works with the lunar cycles.
  46. Musical Witch: A witch who expresses feelings and thoughts through music.
  47. Neo-Pagan: An umbrella term that refers to the resurgence in all kinds of witchcraft and the ‘new’ earth-based customs.
  48. Norse: Known as seiðr or seidh, Norse witchcraft is based upon the ancient religion of Scandinavia.
  49. Satanic: A cult of defiance against the constructs of a dictatorial society, the church, and traditional magic.
  50. Scandinavian: A type of witchcraft practiced in northern Europe and derived from ancient Norse magic.
  51. Sea Witch: Practitioners of water-based magic who normally live in coastal areas.
  52. Secular Witch: A practitioner of magic that does not worship any deities.
  53. Shaman: A broad term used to describe a magician who works magic by deliberately entering an altered state of consciousness.
  54. Shinto: An ancient Japanese religion that is based around the worship of spirits known as Kami.
  55. Sigil or Word Witch: A practitioner of magic who uses sigils and weaves words into their magic.
  56. Solitary Witch: A witch who generally conceals their witchiness and works alone.
  57. Stregheria: An Italian form of witchcraft that has a lot in common with Wicca.
  58. Tech Witch: Someone who uses modern technology to aid in their witchcraft, such as using a microwave instead of a cauldron.
  59. Thelema: Founded by famed occultist Aleister Crowley, Thelema centers around ceremonial rituals and interpretations of ancient Egyptian rituals.
  60. Wicca: A form of modern paganism founded in England in the mid 20th century.

If you know of a tradition I haven't covered and it is one that deserves a mention, do let me know in the comments section at the bottom of the page. If you could share your experience of any tradition, that would also be helpful to other readers.

1. African Witchcraft

On the continent of Africa, witchcraft varies hugely from country to country. It is way too complex to be summarized simply as ‘African Witchcraft.’ There are healers, fortune-tellers, and practitioners of black magic. There are also witch finders whose job it is to seek out and imprison, torture, or kill anyone suspected of witchcraft. In some areas, the witch is revered as a healer and all-around good person. In other places, to have ‘witch’ whispered about you is a death sentence.

It’s a big subject and, if you are interested, I recommend you research on a per country basis. Unfortunately, space limitations prevent me from writing about it in any detail.

2. Alexandrian

Alexandrian witchcraft is a tradition that began in Britain in the late 1960s. Taking Gerald Gardner’s reinvention of witchcraft, Alex and Maxine Sanders created their own version. It changed and morphed throughout Alex Sander’s lifetime. Based on formal ritual and ceremonial magic, Sanders described it as 'somewhat eclectic.' Students were expected to study as required and undergo initiation ceremonies.

Stuart Farrar, a student of the Sanders, wrote a popular book, still in print today, called “What Witches Do”, based on the workings of the Alexandrian coven. Farrar refers to the type of witchcraft they practice as Wicca, and I particularly like this quote:

Within Wicca there is much variety of emphasis on the factors I have mentioned. But the strength of Wicca is its flexibility. Rigid dogma, conformism, and monolithic organization are foreign to its spirit. The basic unit of Wicca is not any particular sect, but the individual coven and the people who compose it. Each coven has its own way, its own character, its own emphasis—and its own contribution. The mine of tradition is so rich that each coven can work its own seam. --Stuart Farrar: What Witches Do.

3. Ancestral Witch

A branch of folk magic and varying from country and continent. Ancestral witchcraft is focused on working with ancestors, both family and more generally. A practitioner of ancestral witchcraft performs rituals designed to connect them with the spirits of the dead. Witches, in general, only do this at Samhain (All Hallows, Halloween).

4. Angel Witch

The name might sound a little contradictory, but an Angel witch is someone who works with the energy of angels. It’s also the name of a UK heavy rock band. One person who works with angels is the author, Doreen Virtue. She would probably deny anything to do with witchcraft, but she does espouse working with angels to achieve your aims and improve your life.

There is another branch of angel magic, and it is a little more serious, focused, and less ‘fluffy.’ This is the type of work practiced by the writer, Damon Brand. He probably wouldn’t describe himself as a witch either. This energy work is based on working with the names of angels and their sigils (special symbols that represent them).

5. Animist Witch

Animism is the belief that there is living energy in all things. The term comes from the Latin ‘anima,’ meaning ‘breath of life.’ An animist witch sees no distinction between humans, animals, plants, or any other physical object. Additionally, they also believe that words hold their own life energy.

The animist witch sees the Universe as a whole, connected, living entity. Continually changing and evolving. When they do magical work, they tune into the pulsating live force of the 'all.'

6. Art Witch

An art witch works through the medium of art. She may express her witchiness through her work, and/or use art to manifest her desired outcomes.

7. Arthurian Witch, Isles of the Blessed, Avalon

An Arthurian witch takes the mythology of Britain’s King Arthur and creates a whole way of being based upon it. However, the problem with this is that it is only a fantasy because there is no evidence that the events described in the story actually happened. The King Arthur myth is mostly based on Geoffrey of Monmouth’s imaginative retelling of history. In other words, he made it up. In reality, we know very little about the real King Arthur.

There is evidence, however, that the hills surrounding Bristol and Bath in the South West of England were once small isles that rose above the sea. This is where Glastonbury is located, and the area was known as ‘Avalon.’

Glastonbury Tor shadow
Glastonbury Tor shadow | Source

8. Astarte

Astarte is an ancient Greek Goddess who was based on the Egyptian deity, Astoreth. Her origins are lost in the mists of time, but she was also worshiped by the Canaanites and Phoenicians. Astarte is the goddess of fertility and war. She is also seen as chief among goddesses.

Her followers today, study her history, mythology, and call upon her to aid them in ritual.

9. Astrology Witch

Some astrologists also embrace witchcraft and base their practice and lifestyle on the alignment and position of the heavenly bodies. An eclectic witch might decide to incorporate a little astrological study to aid her energy work. An astrology witch, however, is someone who is all about astrology and knows their subject inside out.

10. Augury Witch

An augury witch is one who divines omens, signs, and symbols. They are not a fortune-teller exactly, yet they are able to interpret whether a proposed course of action is good or bad. They can aid anyone on a specific spiritual quest.

11. Axis Mundi Witch

The Axis Mundi is a fascinating concept with roots in almost all ancient civilizations. At its core is the idea that there is a central pillar (either man-made or natural) that joins earth to heaven. Each civilization had its own Axis Mundi, for example, Mount Fuji in Japan, Uluru in Australia, The World Tree or Yggdrasil in Norse mythology.

An Axis Mundi witch studies the concept and its variations, and embraces the tenet, “As above, so below,” believing that patterns and events are mirrored—from the construct of the Universe down to the very particles of our own bodies.

12. British Traditional Witchcraft

British Traditional Witchcraft has many branches, too many to list here. Ranging from the wise woman, village midwife of old, to ceremonial magicians. Generally speaking, British witchcraft is based on local traditions and variations. From Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, and the Isle of Man, traditions vary wildly. And they also deviate within the countries, regions, counties, and villages within those counties.

For example, I was born in Cornwall where there is a very strong tradition of wise women and men. Known as pellers or pellars, they were viewed as an integral and important part of society. True, there were plenty of frauds among them. And occasionally someone was wrongly (or rightly) accused of malevolent witchcraft and imprisoned. Usually, people respected witches because they knew it wasn’t a good idea to offend them; otherwise, misfortune would surely follow.

Traditional British witchcraft was not religious but called upon ‘the old ones’ (and variants thereof) to help with magical works. It’s as informal as it gets. A traditional witch might spend a long time preparing for a ritual spell, or she might simply utter a curse on the spot.

13. Celtic Witch

Also with roots in Britain is Celtic Witchcraft. Though the origins of the Celts have been disputed by scholars for years.

Somewhat different to everyday village witchcraft, Celtic witchcraft is, oddly, a much more recent development. It owes its existence to the rise in neo-paganism. Celtic witchcraft is built on the study and worship of ancient Celtic deities (mostly Welsh and Irish), mythology, earth magic, ceremony, and ritual.

Celtic witchcraft seems to have struck a chord with witches the world over and there are many new ‘traditions’ springing up everywhere.

14. Ceremonial Witch

This term simply describes a witch who practices ‘high magick.’ They usually follow some specific tradition, such as Hermetic, Thelemic, and Enochian. Often people who practice high magic wouldn’t dream of calling themselves ‘witch.’ Such a practice requires a lot of study and many accouterments for magical rituals. Rituals are carried out in a strict step-by-step fashion as prescribed by the particular tradition followed.

15. Chaos Magic/Witchcraft

A person who uses chaos magic (or magick) borrows from all kinds of other traditions. The term ‘chaos magic’ began in the 1970s in the UK. The central idea behind it is belief: belief in the preferred outcome, and belief in the method of working toward it. The main rule is that there are no rules. It couldn't be further from ceremonial witchcraft as described above, yet it will use elements of it if the practitioner believes it might help.

A chaos witch works on the same principle; taking various deities, methods, and systems from other traditions, ramping up his or her belief in the certainty that it will work and having total faith in themselves and their ability to change and create their reality.

16. Chthonioi Alexandrian Wicca

A variation of the Alexandrian tradition, Chthonioi Alexandrian Wicca is based in Boston, Mass. It boasts an unbroken lineage back to the original 1970 coven. It also breaks with the British version by including a pantheon of ancient Greek gods and goddesses.

Photo by Kira auf der Heide on Unsplash
Photo by Kira auf der Heide on Unsplash

17. Crystal Witch

A crystal witch focuses their practice on the use of crystals. Using them to increase and concentrate energy for a wide range of applications, including healing, protection, and divination.

18. Dianic Witchcraft

An offshoot of Wicca, Dianic witchcraft focuses on female deities. It is named after Diana, the Roman goddess of hunting, nature and the Moon. It’s likely that the worship of Diana was a cult back in ancient Rome. Dianic covens are usually, though not always, restricted to female members. This branch of witchcraft celebrates all things female and many members report that their coven helped and supported them through difficulties. Dianic witches will work magick on those who oppress or abuse women, and happily work binding spells on them.

19. Divination Witch

A witch who specializes in divination, such as tarot cards, scrying, or other such means of discovering occult (hidden) information. Someone may set out on the witchcraft path and then find themselves being wholly absorbed by the fascinating topic of divination.

20. Dowser

Dowsing is an ancient tradition, and there are two main ways to do it. One is by using a hazel twig or lightweight metal rods. The other is by using a pendulum. A dowsing witch is one who incorporates dowsing into her witchy work. Dowsing is used to locate ley lines (energy grids that criss-cross the planet), underground streams and natural reservoirs, lost items, and all kinds of other things.

21. Druid

The modern or neo-Druid witch has a deep respect for nature and base their whole life on the druidic way. Often members of environmental organizations, Druids identify with Celtic culture. Some Druids claim an unbroken lineage back to ancient times, but there is no evidence for that. Plus the ancient Druid rites and knowledge were never recorded so modern Druidry is an attempt at reconstruction. They do have lots of fun, I’ve heard.

22. Earth-Based Witchcraft; Gaia

This covers a wide-ranging variety from Druidry, neo-paganism, Hedgewitchery, and the like. Simply put, it is any kind of nature-centric witchcraft.

23. Eclectic Witch

I expect there are more witches of the eclectic type than any other. An eclectic refuses to be pinned down to one tradition. They embrace everything that appeals to them and define their own path.

24. Eco-Paganism

Eco-pagans are usually environmental activists. They work hard to raise public awareness of problems. They often incorporate rituals that bind or oppose those they see as ‘enemies of the planet’. Their faith and belief that nature is sacred underpins everything they do. Eco-paganism embraces witchcraft and other branches of paganism as long as they share their values.

25. Egyptian Witchcraft

Egyptian witchcraft follows a Wiccan-like path, but focuses on the ancient Egyptian deities. They incorporate most other Wiccan elements, such as moon phases, the Wheel of the Year and the solar festivals.

26. Elemental Witch

An elemental witch is one who bases their path on working with the five esoteric elements: fire, water, air, earth, and spirit. They may also incorporate working with the ‘elementals’; creatures such as: salamanders (fire), undines or nymphs (water), sylphs (air), and gnomes (earth). There are many more elementals, all of them restricted to their own realm.

27. European

Like witchcraft practiced on the continent of Africa, European witchcraft covers a huge range of different kinds of witchcraft. Each country, region, and locale will have its own particular characteristics and traditions. Again, it’s best to explore country by country.

28. Faery

Faery traditions are based on ancient folklore, usually found in, but not restricted to, the British Isles. In Ireland, the faery folk are called the Tuatha de Danaan. In Wales, the Twlwyth Teg, and in Scotland, there are a whole bunch of faery folk, such as, Buachailleen, Brownies, Gnomes, the Gruagach, Heather Pixies, Pixies and Seelie Courts, But you must watch out for the bad guys: "Ghillie Dhu, Kelpies, Nucklelavees, and Fachans.

There is also a branch of Wicca called Faery Wicca.

29. Fellowship of Isis

Not to be confused with any terrorist group, the Fellowship of Isis began in Ireland in 1976. It is multi-faith and inclusive. It is based on the worship of the female goddess, Isis, the Divine Mother, ‘she of 10,000 names’. There are 26,000 members of FOL worldwide. Their website is well worth exploring.

30. Floral Witch

As the name suggests, a floral witch works mainly with flowers, their properties, and essences. She may work magick or focus completely on healing.

Photo by Todd Quackenbush on Unsplash
Photo by Todd Quackenbush on Unsplash

31. Folk Witchcraft

More commonly known as ‘cunning folk’, this tradition is closely related to both British witchcraft (and its derivations) and Faery. They are called by many names: white witch, pellar (Cornish), wise woman (or man). They work their trade among the population, their skills being advertised through word-of-mouth. There aren’t many left, but they are still around, if you can find them. These will be hereditary witches; their skills and knowledge passed down through the generations.

32. Gardnerian Tradition

Modern witchcraft owes its existence to Gerald Brosseau Gardner. Drawing on all the research he could muster, he created and crafted the religious movement, Wicca (although he did not give it that label). Some claim he received initiation into witchcraft from a coven based in the New Forest in the south of England.

The Gardnerian tradition, is a highly structured form of witchcraft. It is coven-based and has a formal progression through degrees of initiation. Practices are kept secret, and many members keep their affiliation to their coven secret also.

There have been a number of offshoots, namely the covens and traditions started by Alex Sanders in the UK and Raymond Buckland in the US.

33. Green Witchcraft

A green witch builds her life around such things as gardening and herbalism. She may specialize in essential oils, flower crafts or nature study. She may also incorporate other natural skills like healing and divination. A green witch may also be known as a hedge witch. Or a very hungover witch.

34. Healer

A healing witch may use one or more modalities. They include hands-on healing, Reiki, Quantum healing, spell work, visualization, or sigils. Herbalism might come under this classification but beware of any non-qualified person handing out healing ‘remedies.’ Herbs can be as powerful as any other drug.

35. Hearth Witch

A hearth witch’s practice is centered on the home. It’s similar to kitchen witchery. Hearth witches take as their representative, the goddess, Hestia (Greek), also known as Vesta (Roman). Hearth witches celebrate everything about domestic living: cooking, gardening, cleaning, bringing up children. It might seem a little mundane, but in fact, it isn’t. Anyone whose mother embraces hearth witchery is a lucky one indeed. Hearth witches might call on the help of Brownies and Hobs to aid them in their daily lives. One unhelpful house spirit is, of course, the Sock Monster.

36. Hedge Witch

A hedge witch is an individual; a solitary practitioner who follows her own path. Her tradition comes from the times when a hedge was the boundary where forest met pasture. It’s along this line the magical herbs of the hedge witch’s healing remedies are found. A hedge witch is a herbalist, mixing up potions and brews in their kitchen. They work with the forces of nature and the cycles of the moon.

37. Hellenic Witch

Hellenic or Hellenistic paganism is based upon the pantheon of Greek gods and goddesses. Many witches feel a kinship with the mythology of the ancient Greeks because their stories have such relevance to life today. It’s common for a witch to call on Pan to help her with a spell. Or to place a statue of Aphrodite on their altar. Should you be unsure of your new path, take a look at the ancient Greeks; they have a lot to offer.

38. Hereditary Witch

Much less common than some folk would have you believe, hereditary witchcraft is handed down from parent (or grandparent) to child through the generations. The problem is that mass migration, two world wars, and the advance of science disrupted the cycle. Many families dissociated themselves from their pagan pasts in pursuit of the American dream. Hereditary witchcraft is more prevalent in Europe and Africa.

Photo by Александр Раскольников on Unsplash
Photo by Александр Раскольников on Unsplash

39. The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn

This was an organization devoted to the study of the occult. In fact the Golden Dawn was the first of three orders in a hierarchy through which students progressed. The second was usually abbreviated to the Rosy Cross and the third was called the Secret Chiefs. Many of the rituals and practices of the Golden Dawn were incorporated into Wicca. It also shares certain commonalities with Freemasonry, as all three founding members were Freemasons. One very important distinction was that women were welcomed as members from the start.

The Golden Dawn was plagued by internal politics and disputes, and although two off-shoot temples survived until the 1970s, it had more or less disbanded by the mid 20th century. However several forms of the order have been revived and have an online presence.

40. Kitchen Witch

Kitchen witchery shares many practices with the hearth witch, the hedge witch, and the green witch. As you can guess, a kitchen witch bases their magickal work and practice around their home. Additionally, they also incorporate their witch-love and magic into their cooking. Originally a ‘kitchen witch’ was a kind of doll that hung in the kitchen to help the cook by preventing culinary disaster. These days the kitchen witch makes use of all modern tools available to her.

41. Law of Attraction Witch

This is a new breed of witch who bases their beliefs on the now ubiquitous Law of Attraction. In fact, all witchcraft was and is based on this concept. From the sympathetic magic worked by the Cornish pellar to the Wiccan three-fold law, it all comes down to LoA.

42. Left-Hand Path

There is a lot of confusion about the LHP. Many think that taking a left-hand path, magickally speaking, is about black magick or devil worship. This is not true. The left-hand path is much more about the rejection of convention and the breaking of taboos. LHP followers may well work with entities that many would categorize as demonic, but they might also work with angels.

43. Lounge Witch

A witch who restricts their witchcraft to the home, and often used as a disparaging term, yet no one who works in this way should care what others think. Some people can only practice witchcraft by themselves and at home for various reasons, including the fear they may offend loved ones, or because they are housebound. To all the lounge witches out there, you are no less a witch for working this way.

44. Luciferian

Lucifer is often mistakenly identified as the Devil due to the belief that, as an angel, he fell from God’s grace. Yet among many, he is revered as the ‘bringer of light,’ the path to enlightenment, independence, and progression. Luciferians are avid supporters of the arts, science, and the natural world.

The witch and astrologer, Margaret Montalban, founded her own branch of Luciferianism in England: the Order of the Morning Star. With her husband, she went on to develop a magickal system which they delivered via a correspondence course.

45. Lunar Witch

A Lunar witch bases her workings around the lunar cycles. Not only that, she takes the phases of the moon into account when making any major decisions and organizing her life. She may well create her magickal ingredients and potions according to the moon, as well as when planting seeds and seedlings. She is always aware of where the moon is in its monthly and 18.6-year cycles.

46. Musical Witch

Like the art witch, the musical witch expresses her pagan feelings and ideas through her music. A notable example, although she probably wouldn’t describe herself that way, is Kate Bush. Other ‘out of the broom closet’ musical witches include Lisa Thiel and Loreena McKennitt.

47. Norse Witchcraft

Witchcraft of the Norse tradition has a complex history based on a vast ocean of mythology. Known as seiðr or seidh, Norse witchcraft is a type of ancient sorcery. It was primarily associated with two main Nordic deities: Odin and Freya.

48. Neo-Pagan

Neo-paganism is an umbrella term that refers to the resurgence in all kinds of witchcraft, including Wicca, Gardnerianism, and all the ‘new’ earth-based customs.

49. Satanic

Satanic witchcraft came into being as a reaction to historical accusations of witches cohorting with the Devil. Its roots are in America, but with the advent of the internet, the movement has spread worldwide. Satanic witchcraft is a cult of defiance against the constructs of a dictatorial society. If you are for something, your average satanic witch will be against it. They hold that no person can have authority over another without their consent.

Satanic witches live by seven tenets:

  • Live with compassion.
  • Justice for all is the ongoing goal.
  • A person’s body is inviolable.
  • The freedoms of others must be respected.
  • Beliefs should be in alignment with current scientific thinking.
  • People make mistakes. We should right our own wrongs.
  • Wisdom, justice, and compassion must always prevail.

Each of the above tenets is a guiding principal designed to inspire nobility and honor. Fair enough. I’d give my vote to a satanic witch over a politician any day of the week.

50. Scandinavian Witch

Witchcraft is big in Scandinavia. Anne Mia Steno, a research assistant at the Danish Folklore Archives, says that almost everyone in Denmark knows a witch, even if they don’t know it. Scandinavian witches are very diverse and they keep their practice secret. She also estimates that one in every four witches is a man. Scandinavian witchcraft takes elements from many other traditions, including, of course, the Norse tradition.

51. Sea Witch

Sea witches are usually to be found living near the coast, surprise, surprise. They make use of their surroundings, often working their magick late at night in a secluded cove. They are always in tune with the tides and moon cycles. They closely aligned with water witches; those who practice near rivers, streams, and lakes.

Originally, sea witches were portrayed as magickal beings who appeared on ships or as humans with the ability to control the sea and weather conditions. Sailors went to great pains to avoid offending them.

A sea witch may practice the art of austromancy; a method of divination based on the tides.

52. Secular Witch

Secular witchcraft is an interesting animal. It refers to a witch who does not call upon, work with, or worship deities in her witchcraft practice. It doesn’t mean that the witch doesn’t believe in a higher spiritual intelligence, only that those beliefs are not incorporated into her magickal work.

Yet a secular witch does make use of energy, and energy is the force that binds the universe together. To me, that’s Source, to some, God. Confused? Me too.

53. Shaman

Shaman is a term for a magician who works magick by deliberately entering an altered state of consciousness. Shamans and shamanism are found all over the world in the ethnic religions of many peoples. The word is a western construct. Each tribe or society will have a different name for their personal shaman.

Shamanism assumes that the practitioner is a conduit of energy from the spirits and that s/he has a direct line to those deities who can help or hinder human beings. It’s a huge subject and well worth exploring.

54. Shinto

Shinto is a Japanese religion that combines legends, folklore, diverse beliefs, and ritual, with the worship of gods and ‘essences.’ Many aspects of it date back to the 6th century. It’s charming, fascinating, and has much in common with animism. Its central tenet is ‘kami,’ defined as the ‘spiritual essence’ which permeates all things.

55. Sigil or Word Witch

Ah… this is me, or part of my witchcraft practice at least. I have a fascination with words and their influence. I also love the magical power of sigils. And as a lazy eclectic, sigils are perfect for my modus operandi.

A word witch weaves his or her magick into words. We know that merely writing things down can cause changes in ourselves and in the universe. We can bring our desired outcome merely by writing it down, putting some energy into it and then assuming, without doubt, that it will happen. What we don’t have control over (and neither would we want it so) is how it happens. Thus we are very, very careful how we craft our magickal words.

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56. Solitary Witch

A solitary witch is one who works alone. They may keep their witchiness a secret. They believe they can raise more power and do more good relying on their own ability to channel energy. A solitary may also be any of the witch types described on this page. So a Kitchen witch may be solitary. A Wiccan might be a solitary.

Having said that, it doesn’t mean the solitary might not meet up with others for a good old knees-up in the local pub, otherwise known as a moot. After which, they may morph into a green witch and, on the way home, find themselves communing with a bush, thus transforming into a hedge witch. Magickal. Let's hope they have a good friend who can provide them with a hangover remedy in the morning.

One of the first books I bought on witchcraft was the late Scott Cunningham’s Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner. It is still sold in huge numbers and really, every witch should have a copy on her bookshelf (or on her Kindle device). This book is a foundational practice for many a Wiccan, the world over.


Seek wisdom in books, rare manuscripts, and cryptic poems if you will, but seek it out also in simple stones, and fragile herbs, and in the cries of wild birds. Listen to the whisperings of the wind and the roar of water if you would discover magic, for it is here that the old secrets are preserved.

— Scott Cunningham June 27, 1956 – March 28, 1993

57. Stregheria

Stregheria, or Strega, is an Italian form of witchcraft. It has a lot in common with Wicca. In recent years, Strega has been given prominence by the writer, Raven Grimassi. However, not all practitioners agree on its format, and there seems to be a lot of rivalry between various factions. I’m always put on my guard when I see warnings on websites to beware of other sites offering ‘misinformation.’ To me, witchcraft is ever changing and evolving. Acceptance of all seems paramount to me.

Stregheria was first brought to the attention of modern pagans in the 1970s by Italian-American Leo Martello. Since then Grimassi’s writings and practice have driven the movement forward.

58. Tech Witch

A tech witch is one who makes the most of all the technology available today. They think nothing of working a spell on their phone, tablet, or laptop. They also work with others using such tools as Skype and Whatsapp. They may keep their grimoire or Book of Shadows in digital form. And there’s no denying that the advent of the internet has enabled growing interest in modern pagan movements.

Tech witches believe that using all the tools available, such as a microwave in place of a cauldron, is perfectly fine, as I’m pretty sure that ye olde village witch would have done the same if she had access to such resources.

59. Thelema

Thelema is Aleister Crowley’s version of witchcraft. It’s religious, philosophical and based on its singular tenet: "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. Love is the law, love under will.” Which is a damn good one as far as I’m concerned.

Crowley’s system is based on ceremonial ritual, primarily derived from an interpretation of Egyptian traditions. Crowley is much derided, but modern Wicca owes a lot to his work, and he was a fascinating character.

60. Wicca

The neo-pagan religion, Wicca, developed from a tradition created by the retired English civil servant, Gerald Gardner in the 1950s. Many people believe that Wicca is ancient, but it is far from it. It is based on all manner of traditions and has grown a slightly ‘sweetness and light’ veneer over the last few years.

In some ways, Wicca is lovely because you can construct your own version and make it be exactly as you wish. However, you have to be careful of any coven or organization which tells you it ‘must’ be done in a certain way. Wiccans can be as dogmatic as any religious sect.

There’s no evidence that Gardner ever referred to his particular brand of witchcraft as Wicca. However, it’s said that he called those who practiced it ‘wica.’ The first recorded use of the term Wicca was in 1962.

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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    • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

      Bev G 

      17 hours ago from Wales, UK

      How fascinating, Esther! I'm pretty sure that certain psychic gifts and traits are passed down 'through the line'. There are many accounts of this being true... but probably not proven scientifically.

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      Esther Hardman 

      18 hours ago

      Merry meet Bev,

      I believe that I am an Augary Witch. I have had this gift all my life. In fact I was a cryptologist in the US military! Which means that I was assigned to code-breaking during the Cold war through Desert Storm. My mother read the Tarot and so do I. It came to me as natural as breathing. I do have a question. Is it possible to be a specific type of witch, hereditarily? There are some very strange stories that go way back to my Grandmother, who was from Russia.

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      Bev G 

      2 days ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Dorian, I have lots of articles for the beginner witch.

      Start here: https://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/How-to-be...

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      Dorian 

      2 days ago

      I’ve been very interested in witchcraft. But I have no idea how to do spells. I think I’m a electric witch cause I relate to a lot of these. Any advice on how to learn more? Without seeming like I’m a fake witch.

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      Bev G 

      4 days ago from Wales, UK

      You are very welcome, Renée. I hope you can make your gift work in your favour. x

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      Renée 

      4 days ago

      Ohh my goodness I apologize on the length of the comment and sorry for posting it twice, I didn’t know it was done. Yikes lol but thank you for taking the time to read it. Thank you for the article I will read it right now. I’m glad people find safety in my presence but sometimes it can be emotionally draining, depending on the person if they are negative and jealous can be a bullying experience towards me, if they are positive but hurting than can sometimes take advantage if I let them. I’m too nice and can be empathetic to their needs. Thank you, I will read your article To help me find some techniques on how to handle this. Thank you ☺️

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      Bev G 

      4 days ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Renée, I can't post your comment here as it is too long... and you've copied it in twice, making it huuuge!

      Firstly, thank you for your kind words, I'm glad you found some useful information in my articles.

      This unintentional attraction that brings people and animals to you is something that certain kinds of people have. It's definitely an energy thing, it's like they are drawn to your aura or field, or whatever you want to call it. It means they feel better when they are within your psychic influence than when they are away from it. You are like a cozy welcoming hearth fire.

      It's not necessarily a witch trait, though it's something you could definitely use if you decided to take up witchcraft. However, you asked me if you can learn to control it. I think you probably can but it will take practice. I don't know if you got round to this article, but it would apply to you and you might some techniques that could help. If they don't, then use them as the basis to search for more effective techniques.

      https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Psychic-Pro...

      Good luck!

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      Bev G 

      5 days ago from Wales, UK

      Glad you like it, Silas. Many thanks.

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      SilasHinkle 

      5 days ago

      I have read this article so many times that I think I should say that this is an amazing article, and I’m right.

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      Bev G 

      6 days ago from Wales, UK

      You get to decide, Isis. If you don't feel drawn to any in particular, go Eclectic.

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      Isis Osborne 

      6 days ago

      How can you know which witch are you?

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      Bev G 

      8 days ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Tatiana, not really, but you could make it so. What I mean is that you could make caring for animals and communicating with them in an energetic way the basis for your witchy practice. Learn some healing techniques like Reiki or simple hands-on-healing and you'll do a lot of good in the world.

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      Tatiana 

      8 days ago

      Good eve Bev,

      I work in a Animal Hospital and feel energy from all animals. Always have been drawn to them since I was baby. Is this considered a form of craft?

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      Catherine 

      3 weeks ago

      Im an eclectic solitary Catholic kitchen witch, who is learning dragon magic. there's no reason Christianity and magic cannot exist side-by-side.

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      Bev G 

      3 weeks ago from Wales, UK

      Not a witchcraft tradition though, Marisa. It's a gay rights movement. The paths I have listed here have witchcraft as their central pillar.

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      Marisa 

      3 weeks ago

      You missed the Radical Faeries, though Political, they are catagorized as modern Paganism

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      Bev G 

      4 weeks ago from Wales, UK

      Exellent, Maurice :) I've always been addicted to tech... but getting a bit left behind these days.

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      Maurice Glaude 

      4 weeks ago from Mobile, AL

      I'm slowly becoming more tech. It is only a matter of time before I keep all my notes and journals on my phone and apple computer.

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      Bev G 

      4 weeks ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Anon, a word witch is simply someone who combines their witchcraft with writing... and how you do that is up to you. So, I do a lot of simple written spells and sigils. I also write about witchcraft, and all my tarot readings are written. I just prefer to communicate in writing.

      Sigils: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Witch-Sigil...

      Written spells: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Cast-Spells...

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      Anon 

      4 weeks ago

      Hi Bev,

      I'm curious about Word Witches. I can't seem to find further material about them online but of everything, words are something I find I have a very deep connection to. You mentioned that it was part of your own craft, and the paragraph mentioned its related to the power of words and sigils. Would you be willing/able to elaborate a bit more?

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      Bev G 

      4 weeks ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Lady P., it would help me a lot if you would ask your questions on the actual articles you are referring to. There are dedicated question capsules on each one.

      Thanks in advance.

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      LadyPawi 

      4 weeks ago

      Hello Bev! I've been reading your site lately because I'm strongly convinced I can (and want to) be a witch. But I have a few questions for you:

      1) In everything related to switchwords and spells, do I have to say/write them in english or is it better if I use my mother tongue (spanish)? I feel more comfortable in english TBH since I haven't found much info about this in spanish.

      2) If I identify with more than one kind of Witch, can I combine rituals and spells from all of those kinds? So far I feel comfortable with music, Luciferian and Satanic (I'm a LaVeyan Satanist myself so I'm familiar with what it means). If not, how can I choose a path that feels open enough for me to try different things?

      3) Lastly, Is there ANY paths or rituals that should be avoided? I once read that there are a few paths that are considered "evil" since the magic can be used to hurt others, and that hurting others results in some kind of "revenge" from the Universe/Nature by making you suffer the double you made someone else do.

      Thanks!

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      Bev G 

      5 weeks ago from Wales, UK

      Haven't any websites but read anything by Gordon White or Adam Blackthorne. Just do an Amazon search on 'chaos magic' and you'll see loads.

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      Kaya 

      5 weeks ago

      hi so i'm thinking of starting out as a chaos witch and i was wondering if you had any links to help me get started.

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      Bev G 

      2 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Anonymous,

      People often ask me what it means when... (whatever it is they're asking about). I can't tell you, because it is personal to you. What do you think it means? Does it have to mean anything?

      Maybe you need more solitude? Maybe you need a place that is only yours - where you can go to restore your inner peace?

      If you are drawn to witchcraft, then be a witch. You get to choose :)

      Good luck on your journey.

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      Anonymous 

      2 months ago

      Hi I honestly have no idea where to start, I'm pretty sure my mother who I was taken from at 5 years was a witch of some sort, she had a black cat and I only remember celebrating halloween. I know that sounds stereotypical but not only that, she had strange friends and I remember strange paranormal and horrifying things happeneing when I was younger. But thats not the point. I've always been interested in the ocean, the desert, nature and angels. Of course I love animals. but overtime I'm feeling lonely and sad I want to run away to the ocean, sometimes the desert. I'm always fascinated by angels, does that ring a bell with anything? i don't understand what it means and was hoping you might have some sort of idea of what it is. Thank you and have a lovely day!

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      Bev G 

      2 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Jade, I can't really help you. I have no expertise in helping people with past life issues. I'm not wholly sure that I believe in reincarnation. I'm a bit 'on the fence' with it, tbh.

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      Jade 

      2 months ago

      Hi

      I hope you can help me, I did always felt very different and I feel that there is a lot of power in me and in past lives things happend and had to do something with who I was also

      I can't help to feel that it has something to do with warrior and there is a lot of power but I need to unlock it and relief myself from my blockings I have

      Can you help me in some way? I do feel very much drawn to the mistic and Witchery

      Thanks so much already

      Jade

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      Heidi 

      2 months ago

      Grey Witch.

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      Bev G 

      3 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi WhrlWind,

      Many sub-paths of Wicca are left out. That would be a whole other list. I'll try to get to it soon. Thanks for pointing it out though.

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      WhrlWind 

      3 months ago

      Seax was left out.

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      Bev G 

      3 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hello again, Ater Ignis.

      I know what you mean, for years I always kept the remnants from all my spells in little baggies, in a big jar. These days, my spells are much simpler and I dispose of the candle and any other materials appropriately in the trash. It's personal choice.

      Oh I just remembered something... I devised a spell for a friend of mine which required a potato. I told her to bury the remains of the spell in her garden. Later that year, she had a lovely little crop of potatoes :)

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      Ater Ignis 

      3 months ago

      Hi! Back again with another question! So Ive been wanting to incorporate herbs into my spells? I have one that ive been putting together here and there and itll be ready to cast in the next day or so. I'll be burning them. My question is: do I just throw the ashes in the trash? That seems kinda wrong lol almost cheap in a way lol How do I dispose of the ashes?

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      Bev G 

      3 months ago from Wales, UK

      So sorry, Mari-bear, I am unable to undertake personal mentoring.

      This article may be helpful: https://exemplore.com/paranormal/7-Signs-of-an-Ear...

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      Mari-bear 

      3 months ago

      I need some direction and help. I have always believed there is something special about me. I feel connected with the earth im empathetic to the point that i feel and make others feel pain. Is there a way we can communicate via email? I do not want to share extents on an open forum. But, i need help. Direction to the right path and to get control of my gifts.

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      Bev G 

      3 months ago from Wales, UK

      I think I understand... but, as you say, it could be more of a psychic ability and not connected to witchcraft traditions. I don't think anyone can exist outside of time on earth because it's such a strong construct determined by the seasons and daily cycle.

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      Maurice Glaude 

      3 months ago from Mobile, AL

      Yes, Bev but I don't think time exist for them and they use their knowledge to see what we can't. I've been contemplating psychic abilities as it relates to past life recall and things of that nature and I think because some don't have time as a strong construct in their mind that time or absence of it for them is now used as a skill or benefit. As you can see its hard to explain but hopefully you get what I mean.

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      Bev G 

      3 months ago from Wales, UK

      I don't know, Maurice. What do you mean by a 'time witch'? Someone who is able to manipulate time? I have heard that it is possible to stretch or contract time, so maybe there is such a thing.

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      Maurice Glaude 

      3 months ago from Mobile, AL

      Is there such thng as a time witch?

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      Shawindi Silva 

      3 months ago from Sri lanka

      Interesting and I love reading about witchcraft. Thank you so much !!!

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      Bev G 

      3 months ago from Wales, UK

      Feel free to spill, Ater Ignis. I guess you have to use your intuition about reading those books. It seems to me that you are interested in High Magick, so just keep exploring. You don't have to work any rituals, it's simply an education. Go with it :)

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      Ater Ignis 

      3 months ago

      Hello! So basically idl what I am doing lol. I want to learn more about witchcraft but not even the slightest clue where to begin. But I am wondering what kind of witch I am/would/could be. I've never felt like I was different and really was never made to feel that way. I have always had a fascination with witchcraft to varying degrees. When I was a child I even went as far as making my own grimoire. I even tried casting a few spells. It never went anywhere (or so I think) but throughout my life I've always dabbled around in it. When I was a teen I even started learning the wiccan alphabet and how to write using it. Tried making a few potions and spellcasting. Again nothing ever really came of it. I've always been able to I guess....FEEL other people's emotions and I feel their energy/vibes. And in a lot of instances I'll take on those energies as my own to the point where it feels like it's consuming me and it takes a LOT of effort for me to pull myself out of those places and get back to what's normal for me. It seems this happens particularly well when those people aren't outwardly expressing those feelings. This honestly has helped me do very well in the healthcare field. I'm a pretty emotional guy I think because of this. I wonder if I'm intuitive as well. Like I know everyone has "gut feelings" but it's always felt like something more for me. And in a lot of situations it's kept me out of harm's way or brought me to a place of comfort and relief. I've always been drawn to water as well(although I DESPISE swimming lol) but of all the elements I relate to it the most. Maybe it's because I'm a Pisces. But now in my late 20s I've been REALLY interested in things such as demonology and satanism. This is strange to me because I grew up in a relatively Christian household. It's like I'm drawn to it. And want to consume as much information about it as possible. But something is making me apprehensive about actively pursuing them. Intuition maybe? Idk what I should listen to; my "intuition" or my being drawn to it. So far my interest in the subject has led me to 4 books I want to read: The Greater and Lesser Keys of Solomon, The Testament of Solomon and Grimorium Verum. But when I make up my mind about getting them, something stops me from following through. It's not a fear thing, but something else..... Anyway I know this was a lot and I'm sorry but I just wanted to spill all of this out and this seemed like a good place? Lol

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      Bev G 

      4 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hello SkyGuardian,

      Unless you practice witchcraft, you are not a witch. You could be one, but it's up to you to choose your tradition. People aren't born as a certain kind of witch; they choose their path based on what they are attracted to.

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      SkyGuardian 

      4 months ago

      What kind of Witch am I? I am an empath I know this as I tent to bring emotions and pain from others into myself as well as sometimes I will wake up with cuts on areas of my body I cannot reach. My element is fire yet my sign is that of water. I am a Scorpio. I am able to astral travel but not very well. I need to work on it but unknown how to as I have done it while up and walking and ran myself into an elevator lol. Can someone tell me what kind of Witch I am?

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      Georgia 

      4 months ago from London

      Hello

      I just come back from Costa Rica were i have done Plant Medicine Ayahuasca ,in one night i set up my Intention to Find out who i was in another life and who i am right now !My life had changed when i Find out cause i am a Witch !everything make sense with my life : Why i am how i am Why i LIKE different things then other people around me do ,my dressstyle my Deep passions!But i Dont know wich Kind of Witch i am,in my ceremonies i had the visions something with healing ,i think i was born a natural healer !

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      Bev G 

      4 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Clas,

      It's possible you could learn to do those things but that kind of stuff is not what true witchcraft is about. Those things are 'parlour tricks'. If you feel it's important concentrate on one of those and practice, practice, practice until you get results.

      Personally, I think it would be a waste of time that would be far better spent studying the real craft and making witchcraft a way of life.

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      Clas 

      4 months ago

      Hi! Love this page. I’m still unsure where I would belong Bc in short, I kinda “ take”what I need or what’ll work best for me for the time being and what best goes with how I feel. I love being able to help people and love to see them truly smile and I hate seeing people/ animals hurt and wish I could heal them But I also have questions, why is it I have these intense feelings to accomplish something that would be utterly awesome like move stuff with my mind, astral project, relive past lives, manifest stuff, Or just like change my outfit without having to do much work, talk to animals or babies! Or even basic stuff?? But I feel utterly disappointed and even depressed when I can’t? And I know I would have to practice all of these things over a very long time span but still? I need help and guidance. I have a spirit kinda bound or attached to me and I’m ok with her Bc she helps guide me too but yeah anyway I could better cope with not being able to do those things or maybe tips on what could help??? I know this is a lot but I look forward to your response!! -thank you

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      Bev G 

      4 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Melissa,

      I'd suggest you don't worry too much about which path to follow yet. Just research and read like a crazy information-gathering potential witch and see where it takes you.

      You will probably start off as an eclectic and then maybe be drawn to one aspect more than the others.

      Just have fun with it.

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      Melissa 

      4 months ago

      Hi Bev

      Since I was a little girl, I have always felt out of sorts with “normal” kids / people around me. I have felt a deeper connection with everything around me at the same time feeling somewhat detached. My intuition has saved me from some scary times in my life and i could never understand how. Most family and friends chalk if up to being observant and street smart. But I have felt it was deeper than that. I literally get this weird feeling and then a few days later things happen (not always positive, wish it was). I have been told I have an uncanny way or knowing people and anticipate their desire or need (with the exception of one or two people in my life). I have always been drawn to astrology, death/afterlife, witchcraft and feeling energized by nature weather it’s beach or woods, oceans or lakes and especially the moon. About three years after my son was born i got a tattoo of an ocean wave and half moon which To me describes the connection between a mother and child as the connection has the the ocean tides. I never thought of myself as a possible witch in tune with myself and surroundings and maybe just weird. I have been feeling out of sorts and not in-tune with myself. My cousin has been following you and suggested I read some of your articles and they do resistant with me however, I am still unsure of what type of witch I truly fall under. I can identify with more than one of the 60 you listed but not at 100%. Do you have a suggestion on how I can dig a little deeper into finding my path?

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      Bev G 

      5 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Tamyka,

      It depends which tradition/s you are drawn to. You are free to choose the path that calls you.

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      Tamyka 

      5 months ago

      Hi for a long time since i was a child ive always felt different, ive always felt something inside, i felt inside when i was a child that i could move thing's or when a door was about to slam shut i lift my hand and it slows to a stop i can feel energy from green trees & plants and moon mainly and i can see energy even though its invisible...i zone out alot sometimes i can even see the roots of the trees in the ground im very drawn to nature and crystals and herbs & animals and i have always been questioning witch craft..do you know what i am?

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      Bev G 

      5 months ago from Wales, UK

      Great suggestion, Samantha. I'll have to do some research.

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      Samantha 

      5 months ago

      Vedic Witch craft

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      Bev G 

      5 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hello Kealani, thanks so much for your kind words. I feel very encouraged :)

      1. The sun is very important in witchcraft. It has a masculine energy, whereas the moon is feminine. I haven't heard of 'solar witches' specifically, but that doesn't mean there aren't any.

      2. Your mother's love of the sea will naturally be part of you if you found it a positive influence while you were growing up. You can go on to deepen your knowledge by gaining a good understanding of the oceans, their patterns and everything else connected with them.

      Enjoy your journey xx

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      Kealani 

      5 months ago

      I've been reading your articles for hours and I can't thank you enough for imparting your wisdom and knowledge in such an accessible way! I feel a great connection with you and your writings, and I can't wait to keep learning. I have a couple questions:

      1.) Since there is such a thing as lunar witches, are there also solar witches? If so, are there any websites or books about the sun's role in witchcraft that you would recommend?

      2.) I'm not sure if you can answer this because you personally know neither me nor my mother, but my mother is absolutely a sea witch, although she would never admit it because of her Christian faith (it's a damn shame!) Is it possible that her connection to the ocean and the islands could be passed down to me, or is her spirituality not relevant to mine? In other words, if I were to pursue the path of a sea witch, would I have a bit of a head start because of her connection to the ocean?

      Thanks for reading all this. Have a blessed day

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      Bev G 

      6 months ago from Wales, UK

      Blackstone:

      1. Not taken 'verbatim' as that would be a violation of copyright.

      2. The Satanic Temple is very popular and supported by a lot of people.

      3. There have been political disagreements between such organizations for donkey's years.

      4. You are entitled to your opinion, as am I.

      5. People can make up their own minds.

      Thanks for your suggestions.

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      Blackstone 

      6 months ago

      LOL @ your "Satanic witch" description. That is taken verbatim from the "Satanic Temple" site. FYI, they do not speak for Satanists, and are widely despised as little more than social justice warriors in gothic drag. There is nothing Satanic about them. They are a fraud and a joke. Satanic or dark witchcraft is transgressive, which means it violates modern PC standards instead of parroting them. What you should look at instead is "Primal Witchcraft" by people like Mark Alan Smith and Order of Nine Angles, which actually is sinister and transgressive of modern sensibilities, and is therefore Satanic.

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      Bev G 

      6 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Devin... it's eclectic, not eccentric :)

      You can start here: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/What-Type-o...

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      Devyn 

      6 months ago

      I’m kind of lost now. It’s been figured out I’m an ecentric witch (which honestly I see as the most fitting, thank you for the help!) but now I don’t know what I’m supposed to do. I know there’s no one way to cast spells to anything but I don’t even know where to begin.

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      Mary 

      6 months ago

      Astral witch: 1)one who's using astral projection to travel to the 4th dimensions to cast spells in that dimension. can be done by itself, be very accurately casted, and can do it in actual partnership with elevated beings such as deities or any other 4th dimensional being. 2) can be a witch of any practicing tradition that also happens to astral project either for practice or for separate reasons.

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      Bev G 

      6 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Caitlyn, your questions are addressed in this article:

      https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Im-a-Young-...

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      Caitlin 

      6 months ago

      Hello, recently I have started to really dig deeper into what Witchcraft is and what it really means and I've become attracted to the idea of being a Witch. I'm hoping to learn magic but I don't know 1. If I'm old enough/the age you must be to become a witch and 2. the type of witch I would be. I also doubt that my parents would be "accepting" so I don't know what to do. Help would be extremely appreciated :) Thank you!

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      Bev G 

      7 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Matthew, I think you are too young just yet to be a witch (we don't call male witches 'wizards'). Witches need to have a lot of life experience and be mature enough to understand when to interfere in a situation and when to let it unfold by itself.

      For now, confine your magickal interests to research and learning. Your future path will make itself clear to you in good time.

      https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Im-a-Young-...

      Meanwhile, here are some things you can do to incorporate witchcraft into your daily life:

      https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/50-Ways-To-...

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      Matthew Muller 

      7 months ago

      Hi, my story is not a very long one as I am only 13 years old turning 14 in August and I have always been attracted to the mystical and magical side of our world, you see I come from a Christian house hold and was hoping to begin magic as I have been attracted to it for many years now and have even had visions of the future that come true later on in my life but I am unsure of what kind of wizard I would like to be but it would have to something I could convince my christian folks of does anyone have any sort of advice?

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      Bev G 

      7 months ago from Wales, UK

      Check out eclectic witchcraft, Annabelle. A eclectic witch follows his or her own path taking bits they like from other traditions. One who works alone is called 'a solitary'. So you might be a solitary eclectic witch... just like me :)

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      Annabelle L. Hayes 

      7 months ago

      I've only been a Witch for about a month, and I’m still trying to figure out what type of witch I am. I don’t really connect with just one of these. I love the ocean, sea, being alone, but I also feel separated from other people. I don’t connect with any specific thing. Would I be my own type of witch or what?

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      Bev G 

      7 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Sierra,

      Sorry to tell you this, but being an empath does not mean you are a witch. Deep empathy is on the spectrum of psychic gifts. It's not necessarily a component of witchcraft.

      Having a love of stones or the moon still does not make you a witch.

      To become a witch, you have to learn and practice witchcraft. It's a way of life.

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      Sierra 

      7 months ago

      Hey! I know I'm a witch because of being an empath, but I am not sure what type I am. I have a love for stones and their effects as well as nature. I love the moon and spending time alone. Now that you know that...what am I?

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      Bev G 

      7 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Kendra,

      I suggest you just keep exploring. There is so much material available to you. Don't just look at Wicca either. Witchcraft is a thing you do; Wicca is a religion within witchcraft.

      You can start with the most gentle of actions:

      https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/50-Ways-To-...

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      Kendra Miller 

      7 months ago

      I have had this connection since i was young to something i can't quite describe i can feel something guiding me to something bigger than me i can only describe it as a constant thought to look into wiccan beliefs i feel at peace when i'm reading and learning about it i just wish i could figure out what this all means. I've taken several test and without a doubt im a witch but what type is what i'm struggling with i wish i had a guide to help me im confused on what i should do next.

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      Bev G 

      7 months ago from Wales, UK

      You're welcome, Catalina. I'm sure there are lots more, and variations thereof, that I've missed. Good luck with your future emergence. x

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      Catalina Morris 

      7 months ago

      Goodness, so many of these apply to me! I think the most prominent in my lifestyle are animism, solitary, eco-paganism, elemental, and faery. I love this article. It's wonderfully informative, and not a single type seems to be missing. It instills a sense of unity in me. Reminds me that there's so many of us out there, yet we're all so unique. Makes me feel less lonely, since I really haven't come out of the broom closet yet to anyone but close friends. Thanks for writing this!

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      Bev G 

      8 months ago from Wales, UK

      I think it's because I am practical and literal, Lisa, but I believe you become a witch by deciding and doing. The magic within you happens when you make the connection between mind, body, and energy.

      If you mean you want to decide what tradition to follow, then explore the ones that appeal to you. read all you can, then immerse yourself.

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      Lisa 

      8 months ago

      Sorry bev , I don't think I wrote the last bit right. I meant how do I discover the witch in myself. And I meant that sometimes people gravitate to be things .

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      Bev G 

      8 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Lisa, I'm not sure I understand the question. There are many ways to be a witch and it can be a huge part of your life, or just something comfortable that ticks along in the background. Maybe these articles will help?

      https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/50-Ways-To-...

      https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Simple-Witc...

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      Lisa 

      8 months ago

      Hi bev, I have always been drawn to thinking I'm a witch. Even as a child I would be drawn to the history of witches . As I got older life took over and in my late 30s I found I was drawn to a spiritual circle. I loved learning how to use all of the tools . Something else popped up in my life and I felt I couldn't give the circle the time it deserved. I read through your peice and connected straight away . I had a huge emotion and actually cried when reading the Angel witch , but connect to a few . How do I discover the real witch that gets drawn or ends up talking to yourself x

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      Bev G 

      8 months ago from Wales, UK

      Well you could be your own unique type? Sea cat? I haven't read it yet, but Melusine Draco has a book, "Traditional Witchcraft for the Seashore". Might be useful to you.

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      Tori 

      8 months ago

      Hello! I dont know when this was made but hopefully I will recieve an answer. I have been drawn to witchcraft since I was 14, and ive always loved nature and adventuring. However I am also very drawn to the ocean and sea creatures. I dont live near the ocean tho, but I absolutely love the ocean, the sand, the shells, the fish and dolphins ect. Ive always wanted to go scuba diving and explore the underneath. The thoughy of being under the water is so calming to me, as is a walk in the woods under the moonlight. (Forbid I walk into a spider web tho bcuz I would go CRAZY haha I dont like spiders)

      But what type of witch would you say I am? My spirit animal/familiar is a cat and I am drawn to Bastet the Egyptian Cat Goddess.

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      Bev G 

      8 months ago from Wales, UK

      You're very welcome, Animeislife :)

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      Animeislife 

      8 months ago

      Yes, it does. Thank you so much.

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      Bev G 

      8 months ago from Wales, UK

      Dear Anime, the most important thing to understand is that you are only a witch when you actually practice witchcraft. Being psychic doesn't mean you are a witch.

      So unless you cast spells, perform rituals, or do other witchy activities, you are not a witch and therefore are not violating your religion.

      I can't tell you what you are allowed to do as far as your faith is concerned, only you can ascertain that.

      On the other side of the coin, witchcraft does not need to be a religious faith. Some people do practice in that way, but not all. Witchcraft is neutral as far as religion is concerned.

      Does that help?

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      Animeislife 

      8 months ago

      Hi there.

      I might have more than one question regarding witchcraft but those might be the important ones that I want to ask you. First, I wanted how do I know for sure that I am a witch because as you said I may have psychic gifts. Second, if I am a witch which I think I am what kind of witch I am exactly. And Thirdly, I am a Muslim and African teenager, and throughout my whole life until now I have been able to hear and see things that others cannot normally/usually hear, see or do so does it mean that I am not allowed to be a witch or does that mean that I am pretty much different than the others.

      I hope my comment does not sound rude to you or anything. I guess I just need some closure to what has been happening to me for the past 17 years of my life.

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      Bev G 

      8 months ago from Wales, UK

      I don't know because I don't know your heritage. However, don't get psychic gifts mixed up with witchcraft. They aren't the same thing. If you read through the questions and comments, you'll find more details.

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      YourMayqueen 

      8 months ago

      I’ve known I’m “different” from others since I was very young. My German Oma would whisper things to me in German as I napped on her lap & when I woke, I seemed to “know things”. I NEVER was felt threatened by the usual things little kids would fear like getting stung by bees or being afraid of strange dogs or being alone in the woods, etc. As I grew older, I just “knew” when it was time to leave a party with friends at the lake etc., now I’ve got people coming up & telling me “I just know I can tell you...” I don’t even ask! I quit going to the grocery store! I can’t take it, I need to know...am I a hereditary witch?

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      Bev G 

      9 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hello Clara, thank you for your kind words.

      I'm afraid that I think that 13 is too young to be practicing witchcraft. The reasons are that 1. your mom doesn't approve and 2. Witches need to get a certain amount of life experience in order to have a rounded view and a great deal of common sense.

      This article might help you: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Im-a-Young-...

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      Clara 

      9 months ago

      Hi there. First of all, I just wanted to say amazing job on the article. I find your articles very helpful and always chock full of facts. Secondly, do you think it is OK for a teen say about 13 to be a witch and practice magic? I've always thought that I had magic inside of me but I am always scared to preform spells. My mom doesn't approve of this "nonsense" so I can't but crystals and herbs and such. I really need help for where to start.

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      Bev G 

      9 months ago from Wales, UK

      You are not different from humans at all. All witches are human. They are not supernatural beings.

      So you are a person with an interest in things that many witches are interested in. However, you aren't a witch unless you 'do' witchcraft. You get to decide.

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      Nightofnostars 

      9 months ago

      I was a raised Catholic but my Grandma always believed I was a witch because she was, her power apparently skipped my mother and went to me. I have always been different. I love to read and have been fascinated with the night and the moon since I was a child.I love crystals and I love to help people. I have a connection with animals but I have always hated math and science. I am so torn about what I am ... I’m different from humans and different from witches ! What am I?

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      Bev G 

      10 months ago from Wales, UK

      Cold, wet, and windy here. Sort of normal for us :)

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      deepspacemonkey 

      10 months ago

      Thanks for links Bev. i’ll check them out. Hope you’re all ok in Wales with this crazy weather we’re having. Climate change, the eco witches have their work cut out. I may consider that too.

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      Bev G 

      10 months ago from Wales, UK

      Magick is science... yet science has a lot of catching up to do.

      I have several articles that might set you off into different directions. Just explore and have fun with all this.

      https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Witchcraft-...

      https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/How-Magick-...

      https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/I-think-Im-...

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      deepspacemonkey 

      10 months ago

      I’m a pantheist, so I don't really believe in deities though I do believe in more advanced intelligences, that all is god in a way (and god is in all) and that all things do have some kind of spirit. So I don’t really need to worship a deity? Am I right that animism would work for me? I’ve been trying to find a right path for me and my journey is stopping and starting. I’ve always been a little different since I was a child and this feeling energy in my hands, well, it surprised me when I read that on the page that linked me to this one, a lot resonated with me. My grandma said I was a little like my great grandma in some respect. I dream very heavily, I rely on my gut instinct, yet I believe in logic, reasoning and evidence. I’m often skeptical yet open minded. However I know there’s way more to the universe than current science “knows”. My dreams are intense. I’ve had deja vu & dreamed since I was small. I always loved the fall/autumn the most.

      I love science, technology & nature, especially geology, space science and astronomy. I like the idea of using the natural elements, I also have a bonus of living at the coast. I have to admit I don’t like astrology, personally. I like to draw/attempt art. I have some interest in sigils. Using herb/food magic appeals too.

      Is there any way I can incoorperate my interest in science into magick?

      I’m recovering from an illness of sorts (I can’t mention what it is here). I’m really stuck on where I should try and start. I’ve looked into this on and off for years. I’d have to hide it from my mother who is a commited evangelical Christian.

      I’ve played with tarot whichI find useful for understanding human nature. I understand the shadow side of the self though I don’t fool around in that area.

      Any links to help me, bearing in mind I’m dyslexic and have a short concentration span? Sorry if I’m come across as a little nuts, I find it hard to put my thoughts into word. I’m pretty skint too, so my budget is very low.

      Thanks. Sorry this is a bit long.

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      Bev G 

      10 months ago from Wales, UK

      Everyone's experience is different so there is no clear path through this. It might help to talk to others going through their own experience.

      This article is specifically about witchcraft, whereas you are describing psychic gifts, so perhaps this page might be helpful: https://psychicelements.com/blog/psychic-experienc...

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      Shan 

      10 months ago

      I have always "made" things happen. I always just know that things will always work out, almost like I have faith that all will be well. I actually feel energy, almost vibrations that pulse through my body. I am violently ill out of the blue when something really bad is about to happen(death of loved one, car accident etc) unfortunately I never know who or what is going to happen , just that it will be really bad and soon. Its so spot on that my family have changed plans because of it. I know people before we even meet. I see them in my head, when I describe them to friends before we meet it always freaks them out. So many other weird and strange things happen to me that I would be typing all night just to tell you about them all. So my question is this: if people are not born with this,and I have never tried to nurture or strengthen my "gifts" then why are they getting stronger? And what would you suggest that I do to maybe tune into my bad vibes so that I might be able to know who is going to get hurt? I will appreciate any and all feedback. Thank you in advance

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      Bev G 

      10 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Kelly, 1. Yes, it's possible that certain gifts, like physical characteristics, can be passed down. 2. The only test is actually doing it - healing. Start with things like a headache. Read lots.

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      Kelly 

      10 months ago

      Hello,

      So my mother told me about my great grandfather being a healer. My grandfather wanted to learn how to be a healer as well but my great grandfather turned him down because he was not a good man. My questions are... 1- Can this be passed down in your bloodline? 2- Is there a test to see if you have these abilities?

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      Gabrielle 

      10 months ago

      I live in an Europe, and here we have a belief that when some one feel bad because of an eye you can use a chant to heal them... I know it from grandpa and then I managed to make it stronger.. The person heals fast, but when it happens I feel sick for a few minutes, but I can figure ouț Who sent that energy {man, woman, etc} and send it back... Weirdly, after that I starter to have more chants, or to use my energy for things I wish to happen, or I had Dreams about future, even of people Who died.. I think I might be a witch, but I do not know which kind.

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      Bev G 

      10 months ago from Wales, UK

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      Madison Garcia 

      10 months ago

      I am very interested in learning witchcraft and not sure where to start. I feel like I would have a hard time deciding what type of witch I would be. I am very connected to the ocean but not sure if I would be considered a sea witch. Can anyone tell me where I should start?

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      Bev G 

      11 months ago from Wales, UK

      Well, you'd have to learn witchcraft, understand how to manipulate energy and all that. Then you would try to develop your intuition by meditation, divination (such as tarot), and scrying (crystal ball). Most witches have one or two particular skills that they focus on. Mine is tarot reading.

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