Are You In Fact, A Witch?
I am often asked, “How do you know you’re a witch?” Most often, the people who ask this question are actually trying to identify if they too, may just be a witch. Do they share that mystical power that sets us apart? The secrecy and hint of shame that often accompanies questions of this sort go back to the days of the witch hunts.
Thousands of men and women, mostly women, were killed in the witch hunts of the sixteenth century. In a period of patriarchal masculine social rule any woman who exhibited power or spoke out, held land or refused to conform was at risk of being targeted as a witch.
The Ancient Wise Woman
Where wise women and healers were once respected and revered, in today’s age the herbal healers are often treated with just a little disdain. While there is definitely a growing trend coming back to the natural and the herbal treatments of old, herbalists are often left until last, when people are desperate and have tried modern medicine.
But we witches are still here. We are slowly reclaiming the beauty and power of our title as witches, and one way is to do so through education.
What is a Witch?
Witches are people who love the earth and worship nature. We do not, nor have we ever, worshipped Satan. Nor do we have ugly warts on the end of our noses – thank you Hollywood for perpetuating that myth.
A witch can be any number of people. A Goddess, a Priestess, a Healer, a Shaman, a Wise Woman or a Witch – we are all at one with nature and live to be at one with the world.
In truth witches are beautiful, nature loving folk who do no harm to others. We have a karmic understanding that everything we do will come back on us three fold. We are aligned to nature and the phases of the Earth and the moon. We have a unique relationship with the Great Mother.
Am I a Witch? Yes. Are you a witch? Read on to find out.
Do You Exhibit Earth Powers?
Witches are at one with the Earth. We have the powers of women, birth, transformation, healing and rebirth. Do you look to Mother Nature to find the answers to your world? Do you feel aligned with the seasons?
When you are aligned with the seasons you may be on fire in the summer, sexually and creatively charged and heated. In Autumn do you feel the urge to cut things out of your life, like the falling leaves letting go of that which you no longer need? In the winter, do you feel the weight and the silence of the dark pressing down on you? In the Spring are you reborn, your energy renewed?
Where Does Your Wisdom Come From?
Do you find that you posess an ancient internal wisdom? Can you resolve problems with an innate, calm? Are people drawn to you to find solutions to their problems? Do you leave people with hope in their hearts as they leave your side to conquer their problems?
Are you the one friends and family turn to in times of need because you are filled with warmth and wisdom?
Are You At One With Nature?
Do you live by the woods or a body of water? Do you long to be free, is your apartment alive with the feeling of nature in your books and images you have around? Do you feel at your best when you are in the great outdoors?
Witches are intertwined with nature and the powers of the Great Earth Mother. They instinctively long to be by her natural beauty, so even if you live in the city you may find as a witch that you long to be outdoors and surround yourself with nature and natural products.
Do You Revel In The Power Of Storms?
When Mother Nature is at her most visceral and temperamental do you revel in the passion and energy of the storm? Witches are seldom afraid of the Great Mother in all her glory.
Do You Have An Affinity With Animals?
It is not luck that dogs will follow you home, that horses will cross a paddock to be by you, that birds will hop and peck close by to you, seemingly unafraid. As a witch we have a special affinity with animals. You may find that you have a particular relationship with your totem, a special animal you feel connected to. Do not be afraid to speak to the animals, they recognize a kindred spirit.
Are You Moved By The Moon’s Energy?
Have you ever felt the magic of being bathed in the glow of the moonlight? Have you felt drawn by the moon, pulled towards its energy? Witches have a special connection to the moon. Female witches may often find that their bodies are aligned with the moon, our own natural cycles reflecting that of the moon in the heavens.
Have you ever sat in the stillness of the New Moon, that darkest of nights and see the potential and the possibilities of your life? It is this ability to listen to the moon, be open to its potential and work with it rather than against it that allows witches to by in tune with the Moon.
Have You Ever Been Called An Old Soul?
Do your wishes come true when you focus on them? Are you a little cautious of your own power? Are other people in awe of your seeming good luck? Witches are old, and they hold the key to ancient wisdom and power. Your eyes are the window to your soul, so if someone has looked into your eyes and called you an old soul, chances are you’re a witch.
Are You A Natural Healer or Drawn To the Healing Arts?
Have you always had a curiosity about healing? Are you working in the healing industry as a doctor or nurse? Perhaps you are working as a traditional herbalist or alternative medicine healer? Anyone who puts their hands onto another human or animal with the intention to heal could potentially be a witch. We are instinctually drawn to help others; we have a connection with nature and her healing and rebirth cycle. Witches are natural healers.
Are You Drawn To Crystals or Beautiful Rocks?
Do you keep crystals in your home? Do you love to wear crystal jewellery? Witches are aware that the crystals and rocks from the Earth hold power and energy. Whether you have collected them yourself or had them given by others, if you love crystals and understand their healing properties you are more than likely a witch. Beautiful rocks and crystals help us to be at one with the earth and to centre our powers.
These are only some signs that may indicate you are a witch. There are many more. You may recognize some of these signs in yourself or in others. We all have a little magic in us; it’s up to us whether we choose to acknowledge our power and be at one with the Earth or to leave it dormant until our next life when we may be more open to the idea that we are in fact, magical.