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Anyone can be a witch- but not many are born natural witches.
Natural witches do not need herbs, a full moon, wands or crystals to accomplish spellwork. At times and some of them even cast spells without meaning to.
That has happened to me on several occasions through out my life. The reason why I made this post was on a situation that happened Sunday night. My daughter’s father was coming by to drop her off and the whole day I longed for him to stay by some means. I deeply desired some minor catastrophe to befall him so he would spend a few days with me. Needless to say at the stop light 2 houses from my own his car dies after an hour long journey here. He was able to push it out in front. He came into the house and glared and my smirk. He knew and has always known. Long story short I spent an extra 2 days with him while it was being fixed. He still is grumpy with me for that, haha. Could it be a coincidence ? It could. Of course I would never want to hurt him, and the car conveniently came to a halt 2 houses from mine, but you know, it could always be… just a fluke. <|;)
We will be getting a place together soon in the Summer… and he is always so over joyed at the spiritual activity he will be forced to harmonize with.
How can you tell if you are a natural witch?
- Psychic dreams
- Are strongly drawn to the Sea or Gardening
- Exceptionally gifted at tarots, runes, or any divination
- Reading people, picking up on their emotions
- Family history of these signs/witches
- A healing touch
- In tune with animals
- Making things happen just by wishing on them
- Anxiety around the time of the full moon
There are more of us than you think and some people go through their whole lives without realizing their bond with the Earth.
What are your stories?
I have to laugh each time I see a post or article especially on Witchvox or somewhere like that that says there are no “natural” or “hereditary” witches. Seems funny when your family can trace it through the generations and you experience it yourself and yet people say that “it doesn’t exist”. Funny how it’s always the people that are so tied into ritual for their “magic” that make the claims. Honest heartfelt magic doesn’t need the rituals, robes… it just needs you.
Huh. You’ve just accurately described my spiritual practice. I didn’t know there was a name for it. I’ve just been calling myself Pagan which is fairly vague. Thanks for this, loves!
tell me please oh wise witches
how you trace
your witch powers
through literal generations in your family
past your grandmother at the most
Proof please and thank you
Seriously though, do you really think you’re a special snowflake? ANY practitioner can do and/or feel these “traits” you’re stating. ANY practitioner can “cast a spell by wishing”. The art of magic doesn’t need herbs or crystal or cards. It needs you and your faith in yourself. Having your gods and/or spirits, if applicable, will certainly aid in the spiritual side but the practical magician? Doesn’t need anything but themselves. All the “tools of the trade” are there to help, to amplify.
Think of it like screwing a screw into the wall. You could do it with your hand, but that’s painful, can go crooked, and time-consuming. So you get a screwdriver (screwdriver being a metaphor for herbs in this case). Well, that’s useful, but it’s still painful, still time-consuming so you grab another tool, a battery operated screwdriver (let’s say a combo of herbs, gods/spirits, other ritual shit). That’s much more useful; powerful and fast.
Tools aren’t there to make a witch. You can be one without a tool on your shelves or a god or spirit to summon. Anyone who says otherwise is in denial and wants to feel special, important.
Unless you have a book or documents that can be dated by an unbiased, third-party historian there’s no way to trace your ancestry back to a “witch line”. Oh, your granny told you her mother was a witch. OK, we’ll have to trust you because all we have it word of mouth. No evidence. We don’t have to believe you because you can’t provide evidence. And just because your granny could read a tarot deck doesn’t make them a witch. My grandmother could and I would never call her a witch. She wasn’t. It was a skill she picked up as a teen. I’m not saying there aren’t witches out there who have a long line of practitioners. I would be the first to admit knowing a few. They have letters, books, from the “Old Country” dating back to the mid-1800s stating that a many-great-grandfather was a shaman for lack of a better word. And his children learned his skills. It’s all written down, on paper, in barely legible script. I believe it. This family provided evidence and I have no proof to contradict them. As far as I’m concerned, they are a hereditary witch. They are one of the rare few who can claim that because they can back up the shit they’re saying.
Another point to make is just because your parents or grandparents follow superstitions doesn’t make them a witch. Even if the superstitions are something that a practitioner would classify as a spell. That doesn’t make them a witch either. There’s a lot of people that use superstitions or learned behaviors from family or culture along with their deep faith in Christianity to protect their home. I know a Christian who keeps a pair of scissors on every window sill to keep evil spirits at bay. That’s a technique practitioners have been using for years. That doesn’t make every person who uses that technique a witch. It makes that person a person using a tool and their faith to keep shit out of the house. I would never call that person a witch. Hell, doing so would insult them. Point is a lot of people, a lot of our ancestors would have used these simple techniques to keep themselves safe, to see their future love, etc. That doesn’t make them a witch. Your great-grandfather could have easily been one of these folks who put scissors in the window, onions in the corner, and left a bottle of wine on an uncle’s grave and still consider themselves a good Christian. And calling him a witch would probably piss him off because in all likely he wasn’t.
tl;dr: STFU. Why can’t being a practitioner or a witch just be enough?
The whole “natural witch” thing? Is all in your head. Tools are lovely, and they can have strong spirits, but in the end they’re sort of an aesthetically pleasing Dumbo’s feather. They can help teach you the skills of focus and will that you need to be able to do “empty handed” magic. But they are not the magic themselves—they do not imbue you with power in and of themselves. The most powerful spirit-laden tool can be in the hands of the most inept magician in the world—and the magician won’t be any less inept.
It’s like my practice with swords. I can have the best-balanced, most expertly made, pattern-welded longsword in my hands, but if I don’t practice my drilling, the sword won’t make much difference. An expert swordsperson with a wrought iron rod can knock that pretty sword out of my hand if I don’t know what I’m doing.
mysticalshamanjosh asked you: Awesome response; I’ve read several books on Shamanism so far, and EcoShamanism with James Endredy (I have ‘Shamanism for Beginners’) as well as ‘Psychedelic Shamanism’ by Jim DeKorne ,seems to attract me the most; to contact spirits, help spirits, be spiritually sensitive, detect spirits, enter altered states of consciousness, travel to other realms and dimensions, interpret my dreams, astral project, heal people with psychedelics and herbs, spiritual guide, spiritual healer, etc. etc.
Great! So the next question I would have, then, is who is the community you’re serving. It seems you have a couple of potential options (and you don’t have to choose just one!) Some of these seem to be aimed at working with spirits, giving them aid and being in their service. However, you also have a good number aimed at serving the human community as well. So I would think about who you’re serving and why.
Traditional/indigenous shamanisms tend to be eclectic in that while the shaman is very often a key figure in the health of the human community s/he lives in, there is also a strong obligation toward the spirit world (which in some cases may be hostile to the shaman and humanity in general). Core shamanism is usually very human-centric, based primarily on healing and otherwise working with physical people. Other neoshamanisms run the gamut; Northern trad shamanism is very spirit-oriented, though there is service to human community as well. Ecoshamanism, of course, is primarily based around serving the wild environments and the spirits that live in them, though humans are an integral part of that. Therioshamanism mixes all of those realms—human, spirit, environment.
So—who is your community? Who will you serve?
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…in case you didn’t catch the last post I made answering a question, I’ve been pretty heavily involved in the pagan publishing world for the past several years, since 2005. In addition to having several books published through a small press, and one coming out from Llewellyn later this year, I have also been an editor, proofreader, layout tech, and promotions/publicity manager.
This doesn’t, of course, make me the be-all and end-all of the industry, but if you have any questions about writing books for a pagan audience, getting published, the differences between my experiences with a small and a large publisher, etc. please feel free to ask :)
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