Witch Ancestry: How to Tell If Magic Is in Your Blood

Updated on September 30, 2019
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Sage has been a witch for 25 years. She enjoys writing informative articles to teach others the craft of the wise.

Are you drawn to The Craft because of a bloodline?
Are you drawn to The Craft because of a bloodline? | Source

Do You Feel Drawn to Witchcraft?

There are a select few who feel powerfully drawn to Witchcraft. This can happen despite growing up in families where Witchcraft was, at best, scoffed off as superstitious nonsense, and at worst, 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—alluring and irresistible.

This may leave some to wonder whether this sudden call means they have a predisposition to the Craft. Perhaps you have some kind of connection you weren't aware of—could this mean that magic is running through your veins? Is that why, perhaps, learning about the Craft makes you feel as though you've just come home?

Let's talk a little bit about Witch ancestry, bloodlines, and why you might feel so connected to the mysterious magical arts.

Magical 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, used different techniques, and held 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. Only a minority of people seek to embrace it, however, and only a select few are willing to put in the time and effort to master it.

Use a combination of modern technology and spiritual visualization to reconnect with your magical roots.
Use a combination of modern technology and spiritual visualization to reconnect with your magical roots. | Source

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 your 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 the 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, though. Here are some ways to seek out and reconnect with your magical roots:

Tracing Your Ancestry

This is not always the easiest thing to do, but technology is allowing more and more people to trace their family line back hundreds and sometimes thousands of years. Get a DNA test done, 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 also 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. If you're lucky enough to have friends who are more advanced in the Craft or know psychics who can help, that's all the better.

The end of October through the 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, and dream work. Some prefer communing through divination tools such as pendulums, tarot cards, runes, or ouija boards.

If you do decide to contact your ancestral spirits yourself, make sure you master your technique and tool first and be sure to protect yourself and any others in your home. You'll also want to learn how to cleanse your space and tool afterward in case you have an unpleasant encounter.

Your witchy ancestors may have messages for you. Divination tools like tarot decks and pendulums can be used to commune with them.
Your witchy ancestors may have messages for you. Divination tools like tarot decks and pendulums can be used to commune with them. | Source

Hereditary Witches

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 proving you are a direct descendant of someone who 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 others who practice it.

The obvious advantage of being a hereditary Witch is that your training starts young and is hands-on rather than through books. Those brought up in magical families usually don't have to un-learn as many misconceptions about magic as those of us who grew up in non-magical families.

Just because you weren't lucky enough to be born into a family that trained you in the magical arts doesn't mean you can't start now.

While some may be more naturally inclined toward the craft than others at the outset, research and practice hold the key to being successful at Witchcraft in the long term.
While some may be more naturally inclined toward the craft than others at the outset, research and practice hold the key to being successful at Witchcraft in the long term. | Source

Natural Witches

"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 Witchcraft is using natural resources, isn't it? Magic's roots lie in nature. The energies Witches are tapping are natural, 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, and they have good instincts to follow. Just like some people are naturally more gifted at the arts, singing, or 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 one or more of their 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. Not all Witches are psychics (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.

Food for Thought

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.

What Do You Think Contributes to Your Connection to Witchcraft?

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In the End, It Doesn't Matter

Sure, it would be nice if all of us who are drawn to the Craft could have been raised with older, wiser Witches around us so we could 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, have good intuition, love nature, or have a good relationship with animals, that you might be a Witch. I don't actually think any of these things are requisites to The Craft. 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 effort you are willing to 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, bloodlines, or ancestors get you down—you can be the Witch you want to be. The choice is yours.

Find Out If Witchcraft Is Right for You

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.

© 2018 Mackenzie Sage Wright

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      Justagirl 

      3 days ago

      I have heard stories about my great grandmother being a witch. She was a nurse but the way she would cure people was a bit unusual. She died long time ago and I never met her. My grandpa doesn’t really like to talk about her but I’ve heard that she didn’t die, it was like her spirit or soul left her body and she couldn’t get in anymore. Anyways I just recently started having interest in witchcraft because of a fictional show made me remember my grandma and the few stories I’ve heard about her. I don’t know if I am a witch but if I am I want to embrace it. I really don’t know what to do, please help me.

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      Lila 

      5 days ago

      I have always been drawn to witchcraft and I am also psychic. I've tried a few spells and most of them worked. I have no idea if I was born/meant to be a witch. Also, whenever I walk around my neighbourhood I always see black cats. Do you think maybe I am/meant to be a witch?

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      Tristan McBride 

      9 days ago

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      Randomgirl 

      3 weeks ago

      I am drawn to witchcraft and am a 14yo I don't know why. I also have never celebrated halloween or at least have been allowed to. On the downside I don't think I am related since my mom and dad are very christian. Aside from that they are one of the first few to become christian in their family which means that they don't neccessarily have to be from a christian background. I'm hoping or at least think that someone far far far down in my family line must have done witchcraft. It was also a very sudden wanting to become a witch. Just researching relaxes me and makes me forget about the stuff in life. It seems like a great way to spend your time and learn. I come from a korean and guatemalan line which i'm thinking at least on one side someone must have been involved with magic.

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      4 weeks ago from Beautiful South

      Gingaturtle: Medical people (and my electrical engineer husband) will tell you that it's impossible, but it ain't. You have so much energy (of the quantum type) in your body that it is interfering with the watch. I've had that problem since puberty. The price or brand of the watch doesn't seem to matter. If you are like me and insist on wearing a watch, you have two choices.

      1. Buy two or three cheap watches and alternate them. I found that after a few weeks the effect wears off and I could wear them again. OR

      2. Buy watches in all plastic cases. I found that the plastic makes a good insulator. I wore a plastic Fossil watch for 8 years until it was accidentally flushed down the toilet. Cheap discount store plastic watches will usually last a year on me before they die on their own. They are disposable, you know.

      Don't believe the doctors. Most aren't spiritual people or witches. If you are interested, join a spiritual group and learn to channel your spiritual energies. It won't do much for the watch, but it will help you understand your own energies.

      Other than those suggestions, I don't know of anything you can do about it. Peace and love, Namaste, Miz B.

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      Ginjaturtle 

      5 weeks ago

      Who can tell me what it means when your watch will always seize up and stop working after about two weeks of wearing it?

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      haflod 

      6 weeks ago

      how can i know that i have magic

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      Amara Hultgren 

      6 weeks ago

      I am ten years old and I see spirts I don’t know why but I do. I can sense there emotions sometimes I sense one and start crying for no reason it’s strange. The thing is I’ve never played with a Qujii board I don’t mess with spiritual items and honestly I feel more safe in the dark and the shadows.my mother has a bunny doll and sometimes I see a little girl holding it out of the corner of my eyes and in the attic.

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      Dory Evans 

      3 months ago

      I have certainly learned a few things. My Mother who was living in a assisted living residence was perfectly fine the morning of June 24, 2000 when I called to talk with her and I was getting married, my 3rd marriage and last. I had my 19 yo Son to walk me down the sidewalk & my 3 yo daughter tossing Rose petals ahead of us. Well My Mother was busy and asked that I call back,things were hectic and I didn’t get a chance to it got too late & I felt horrible. As soon as I was married and the reception over , I being 4 mos pregnant with another boy, I needed to lay down. The phone rang at midnight & my twin Sister who had arrived home after driving 7 hrs back from the wedding called. The strange thing about it was when I had my Mom on the phone she told me to call later, but before she hung up she told me to take good care of her baby, I asked who? Frankie, my 1st Son and she said no my Angel girl, which was my 3yo daughter. My sisters were telling me to go get ready and get off the phone.it was hard to hang up cuz I had a bad feeling. Well the midnight call was my twin sister telling me the hospital called and told her our Mom passed at 11:23pm She wanted me to be taken care of before she let go. My Mom had 3 nipples which I’ve never seen ever except on her. She had premonitions as I have and I still do and they are always correct. I don’t want them to be, unfortunately it’s how it works for me. I get warnings and change route when driving. I know it sounds odd, but I’ve been like this since I was a kid, I’m 58 now in days old but not in mind or body. My Mom told me, not my older sister nor my twin sister just me that she was a witch. I believe she was and possibly my Mom’s Mother. I see certain times that pop up like now 12:34 and 1:23 am and pm not sure what that’s about. Except my sister calling that night. My ex sister in law, her Mom and Daughter all have practiced Witchcraft. My neice told me about it although she wasn’t supposed to she said. I keep it to myself. My Grandmother on my Dad’s side was an orphan put in a basket and dropped off on someone’s doorstep who raised her. I only know her first name and hopefully can find answers. I have a nephew and his wife who practice Wicca. 3 nipples? That really caught my eye. My mom is Caucasian born in 1920 & she was named Ruby. I love the name & the gem it represents. My grandmother had black eyes and 2 of her brothers did too. And 3 Sisters ( one who helped raise us). Plus my Grandma’s one daughter, 1 neice & 1 nephew all had pure black eyes. I’ve never seen anyone else like this before. I hope you can help me learn. Thank you!!!

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      Abigail solorio cisneros 

      4 months ago

      Hello I am 13 y.o. And I was wondering if I dont know my dad/ don’t know who he is how would I know if they practiced Magick or if my mother did because whenever I do ask my mother she tells me to stay away from it as if she is speaking from experience but I don’t really know

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      Emma Houghton 

      4 months ago from Somewhere

      if you had those signs of the devil it does not mean you are a witch, anybody can be a witch and if you want to be one, then sure you can be one!

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      Micheal Hunt 

      4 months ago

      I was born on halloween with thick blk hair on my ears and I also have a third nipple. Which Ive been told the are all signs of the devil making me a witch. I can and have manipulated my surroundings without intent and have never ritualistically practiced. When my emotions are in a hightened state things get weird. Electronics and computers are problematic for me. I am forced to feel heavy emotions off of others. And sometimes I can read peoples thoughts. Recently I have grown out of drinking and drugs and am finding sobriety to cause these things to get worse. How do I control and block these senses?

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      gef 

      4 months ago

      im psychic

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      Crazy lady 

      5 months ago

      I have always felt different and i have seen things (i will deny to myself). Im not psychic but ive done and said things concerning others of which i have no control, they are always right , but lately the sky and all around me has given me feelings that are telling me somethings coming and i need wot ive always had but hid , id rather tell myself im crazy than tell anyone, i know its affecting at least 1 of my sons as i see change (differnt to normal), i know now i need to let out wot ive hidden for so long but im at a loss off how and why i feell so strongly now concerning the unknown urgebcy

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      Raven1961 

      6 months ago

      I have often known things before they've happened. I've been able to know things about people without them telling me. I actually felt death come into my home to take my mother just before she died-I felt it in every shadow of every corner of my house. I have no control over it when it happens. I don't go seeking information, it just comes to me. I've had this ability since I was very little (4 or 5) and I've NEVER told anyone but my best friend about my abilities. I don't think I could ever be one of those people who uses my abilities to make money.

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      Mia 

      7 months ago

      I have always been fascinated by all things to do with witchcraft and things like it, I feel very very drawn to it and I just feel something inside of me when someone talks about it... I don't know if there's any magic in my family but I want to know... Can someone help me?

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      Emma Houghton 

      7 months ago from Somewhere

      if you control the wind that still doesn't mean you are an witch but I think you might have this certain power :) check out this article....

      "Types of Supernatural Powers and Abilities" its on this very website so good luck finding it.

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      Kristal 

      7 months ago

      I personally feel drawn to all witch craft and i can control the wind atound me by saying a few simple words I'm 11 and hope to know why i feel so drawn and attached to witchcraft

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      Tehya Asher 

      9 months ago

      I am very interested in witchcraft and I am very much wanting to know if I am meant to be a witch. Witchcraft and sorcery is an extremely fascinating subject. It has completely conquered my imagination and my senses.

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      Jalei Hope 

      10 months ago

      I really want to be one and learn how to do real magic like kinda like Bonnie Bennett off of The Vampire Diaries... But that will probably never happen :/

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      Adriana pittman 

      11 months ago

      I don know who i am i feel drawn to wicca i don´t know who my ancestorys are but could i really have magicak in my blood? please ans soon

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      Justin 

      11 months ago

      Hello my mother was considered a white witch Whit many years of practice I'm looking to continue in my family's long practice of the art, dark arts excluded we used many herbs and spells to heal and now she's passed I would like to take her place. We are old British with a long line of magic any resources would be super helpful

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      Anna 

      11 months ago

      What if you were adopted and your birth mother died under odd circumstances like no one knows how but it wasn’t a clear sign what happened. Cause I’ve always felt different especially when my dreams started coming true could I be still born to it therefore have magic in my blood?

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      Melissa Meadow 

      12 months ago from United States

      "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."

      This. Yes. So very much THIS!

      LOVED this article! Thank you for writing this!

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      13 months ago from Beautiful South

      Your article is a good eye-opener, and I've given it some thought. I've traced my ancestry back to 1600s Salem if the records are correct, so that probably means my ancestor was either a witch or one of the wicked religious nuts who persecuted people for witchcraft. Personally, I have more respect for the witch. But that doesn't really matter to me because I was born with the powers in my soul.

      As a young wife who didn't believe in the supernatural or witchcraft, I put a hex on my abusive husband without realizing it. He had a habit of ridiculing me whenever I had a migraine, so one day I hexed headaches on him. He immediately started having headaches, but I would deny it every time he accused me of hexing him. Years later after I awakened, my mentor said that I did hex him and that I needed to remove the hex because it would create a Karma. I let it remain for several more years before I removed it. I just don't want anything to do with him now or in eternity.

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      Jennifer B 

      13 months ago from Bolingbrook

      Cool article idea

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