Witch Ancestry: How to Tell If Magic Is in Your Blood
Drawn to Witchcraft
There are a select few who feel powerfully drawn to Witchcraft. This can happen despite growing up in families where Witchcraft, at best, was scoffed off as superstitious nonsense, and, at worst, was believed to be of evil origins that would ultimately lead one down a dark and deadly path. All of a sudden, the Craft catches your attention, and it is like a siren call—something alluring and irresistible.
This may leave some to wonder—does this sudden call mean you have some predisposition to the Craft? Some kind of connection you weren't aware of? Could this mean that magic is a power running through your veins? Is that why, perhaps, learning about the Craft makes you feel as though you've just come home? Even after being away so long you had almost forgotten it?
Let's talk a little about Witch ancestry, bloodlines, and why you might feel like you feel so connected to the mysterious magical arts.
What Do You Think Contributes to Your Connection to Witchcraft?
Witch Ancestry and Bloodlines
Everyone has magical ancestry if you go back far enough down the family tree. It is inevitable. There have always been people using some form of magic, particularly low magic or nature magic. They may have called it different things, they may have used different techniques, they may have had different views about it, but it was always there.
Many Witches believe that magic is something that comes from nature itself—it is a natural resource that humans have been using since the beginning of humanity. In light of this, everyone has access to it.
When you look at it this way, magic is everyone's birthright—it's part of everyone's bloodline. It's only a minority of people who seek to embrace it, and a select few who are willing to put in the time and effort to master it.
Discovering Your Ancestral Roots
The question is not whether there is magic in your ancestry; there is. The problem that is plaguing you is that the line has been broken, and you've been cheated out of that particular birthright of being brought up in a magical household. Talk about a precious family tradition being lost in time! If you are in touch with that part of yourself that connects with magic and the Craft, it can be very frustrating to know you missed out on that.
That doesn't mean you can't recover some of this information. Here are some ways to seek out your magical roots:
Trace Your Ancestry
Not always the easiest thing to do, but technology is allowing more and more people to trace their family line back hundreds, sometimes thousands, of years. Get a DNA test done and then take the results and do some digging.
Meditation and Trance Work
Once you're adept enough to use creative visualization for spiritual quests and journeys, you can use it to explore your ancestral line. Visualize yourself browsing through the past by floating on a raft going downstream or walking down a spiral staircase. Get off at certain points when you feel you should and seek out guides who may be able to lead you to your ancestors for a little chat.
Some people worry that this is all the imagination at work; but the imagination can be a powerful tool for accessing real information through the subconscious, so don't knock it!
Contacting the Dead
Necromancy isn't for novices, but once you have skills and experience in the Craft you might use them to commune with ancestral spirits. Or, if you're lucky enough to have more advanced friends, or to know psychics who can help, all the better.
The end of October and beginning of November is a particularly good time for this practice. There are many techniques that can be used for spirit communication in rituals, such as scrying, automatic writing or dream work. Some prefer communing through divination tools such as pendulums, tarot cards, runes, or ouija boards.
If you do decide to contact your ancestor spirits yourself, make sure you not only master your technique and tool first, but also that you know how to protect yourself (and others in the home) and how to cleanse afterwards in case you have an unpleasant encounter.
Contacting Your Ancestral Spirits
Some people confuse having Witches in their ancestry with being a hereditary Witch, but there is a distinct difference. While we all have Witches (or some form of magical practitioners) in our ancestry, not all of us are hereditary Witches.
It's easy to know if you're a hereditary Witch, you just have to ask yourself one question: Were you raised learning Witchcraft from a Witch? If not, then you aren't a hereditary Witch.
It has nothing to do with bloodline or with proving you are a direct descendant to someone proven to have practiced magic. Hereditary Witchcraft is when you're born and raised in a magical tradition, and the practice is directly passed down to you from those who practice it.
The obvious advantage of being a hereditary Witch is that your training starts young, and it's hands-on rather than through books. Those brought up in magical families usually don't have to un-learn a lot of misconceptions about magic that most of us who grow up in non-magical families might have.
Just because you weren't lucky enough to be born into a family that trained you in some magical art doesn't mean you can't start now, though.
"Natural Witch" is a term that I've never been particularly fond of. It became wildly popular after the 1990s supernatural horror flick, The Craft was released. The whole point of Witches is using natural resources, isn't it? Magic's roots lie in nature. These are natural energies Witches are tapping, not supernatural. Therefore, how could any Witch not be a natural Witch?
Usually, when people use this word, they're looking for that bloodline connection. As I stated though, I'm with the school of thought that magic is in everyone's bloodline.
You could consider that what the phrase really means is that someone is 'a natural' at the Craft. It may come naturally to them, they pick it up quickly, they have good instincts to follow. Just like some people are naturally more gifted at the arts, or singing, or at working with numbers, some are more naturally gifted with using magic.
Some people have suggested that so-called 'natural Witches', or Witches who exhibit a real knack for the Craft, might have been a Witch in at least one (or more) past lives. This could definitely explain someone who seems gifted in this area.
Another way of looking at it is that natural Witches tend to exhibit natural psychic abilities. Psychics aren't all Witches (many don't practice the Craft), but psychic abilities do utilize the same parts of your mind and the same mental discipline that the Craft does, so someone with strong psychic skills who is drawn to the Craft could find that learning to practice magic comes quite naturally to them.
People will give you long checklists to find out if you are a Witch. I personally think you choose to be a Witch. After all, they don't call it 'The Craft' for nothing.
In the End, It Doesn't Matter
Sure, it would be nice if all of us who are drawn to the Craft to have been raised with older, wiser Witches around us, to learn from an unbroken family line. In a perfect world, that's how things would work, but we all know the world isn't perfect.
People will give you long checklists to find out if you are a Witch; they'll tell you that if you love moonlight, if you have good intuition, you love nature or have a good relationship with animals, that it means something. I don't actually think you need them. I personally think you choose to be a Witch. After all, they don't call it 'The Craft' for nothing.
In the long run, what it's going to come down to is the efforts you make now, not any distant link to a Witch in your family line. Raw talent will only get you so far; it's going to take research, study, mental discipline, and practice to develop any talent and work with it.
So don't let any unanswered questions about heredity and bloodlines and ancestors get you down—you can be the Witch you want to be. The choice is yours.
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