A common question I get asked is whether or not someone qualifies as a “real” witch. It can be a very hard question to answer as everyone’s journey is different. Some people come to the craft for a lifetime and some for a season.
Some of the things I share are true in my experience, others come from witches I have known over the years. I talk a lot more in the video about each point including some of my own experiences growing up so watch the video when you have a chance.
This is by no way meant to be a witch checklist. If there are things on this list that you don’t resonate with or feel I’ve missed, that doesn’t mean you aren’t a witch. There are different types of witches with different interests and skills. A lot of witches, for example, have a green thumb. While I somehow manage to kill succulents. I just can’t keep plants alive well.
However, the art of divination is something I’m very strong in and some other witches don’t feel drawn to that practice at all. We’re all different, and that’s ok.
One last thing before we get started. Sometimes when we were children, our natural inclinations shone through but as we developed into adulthood they dropped away. Some of the things on this list may feel familiar even if you aren’t practicing them now. That’s ok. Trust whatever you feel drawn to.
So let’s jump In!
20 Signs That You Are A Real Witch!
1. Energetic and Emotional Sensitivity
You identify as a sensitive person. You feel the environment you’re in, get a sixth sense about people and generally feel all the feelings. This is a superpower (even though sometimes it might not feel like it!)
2. Nature Treasure Hunter
You love to collect rocks, shells, feathers, leaves, and other natural treasures. You like to keep them in a special place or on your altar. If you did this as a child, you might not have known you were creating magical nature magic altar, but now you can see it for what it was.
3. Talk to the animals
You have a deep connection to nature. You love watching the seasons change. You prefer that flowers stay alive in the ground than in a vase. You adore animals and see the magic in every natural space. You might talk to animals and even the moon.
4. Early magical tendencies
You made potions and spells as a child. You used sand, rocks, twigs, leaves, flower petals, or anything you could find to make magical potions. The world around you was (and still is) full of magic. You pretended that you were magical and a witch (my gateway witch was Glinda from the Wizard of Oz.) Anytime you got a chance, you would play someone with magical powers. You’re still mourning that you didn’t get a letter to Hogwarts.
5. Fantastical beings
Anything with magic in it is immediately the best. You want to be a fairy (I do!), mermaid, and/or unicorn. You collect stories, trinkets, movies, and media that that includes magical beings – you need it all in your life.
6. Living thermostat
You’re able to change the mood and energy in a room by just being in it. If not kept in check, an off mood affects others around you in a negative way. Likewise, when you’re in a good mood, you lift everyone in the room with you. You can also feel other people’s energy levels and emotions.
7. Emotion whisperer
You know what other people are feeling without them saying anything. You know when someone needs a hug or if someone needs space and often intuitively act and respond without a single word.
8. Sweet dreams and beautiful nightmares
You dream a lot and tend to remember large portions of them. Your dreams (or parts of them) literally come true. The good, the bad and the ugly. You might dream of someone you haven’t thought about in ages and then they contact you the next day. You might even have a premonition about a pregnancy, death, or opportunity.
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9. Ancient Mystic
Mythology and ancient history have always fascinated you. You love learning about the gods and goddesses of ancient times.
10. Ritual lover
You create little rituals throughout your life. You have lucky days, numbers, pieces of clothing, or jewelry that you wear at all times or for specific reasons.
11. The Craft feels like home
When you started to read about paganism and witchcraft you felt like you had come home. Things began to click and you may have been doing a lot of the practices of a witch without the label.
12. The moon must be full
You knew it was a full moon without looking out your window or without tracking it because you were unable to sleep.
13. What the future holds
Divination arts fascinate you. You may have even read your friend’s palms or tea leaves as a kid. You might have created your own divination system. You see patterns in the clouds and in nature. Tarot cards, pendulums, and other oracles are must haves.
14. You’ve already seen
You remember the details of a past life. You experience déjà vu when you go somewhere new or with people that you meet for the first time.
15. This Is Halloween
Halloween decorations are all year round home decor (not just seasonal items). You get excited every year for Halloween collections. This was hard for me as a kid in Australia as we don’t celebrate Halloween like in North America but I’m making up for it now! The Nightmare Before Christmas is still one of my favorite movies of all time.
16. You’re a rebel, baby
You may not have felt like you ever fit in with any large organization or institution. You walked your own path and to the beat of your own drum.
17. Consulting with the Internet Oracle
You have Googled ‘Am I a witch?’ (which is a bit of a giveaway lol.) You’ve been looking for themes and wanting to see if they fit with how you’re feeling.
18. The call is coming from inside the house
You think of someone and they call or email you. You may even know who’s on the other line of a call before you pick up.
19. Love the shadow
Your shadow side has never been something that you ran away from. You may even have had an understanding and interest in death, darkness, and a lot of things others find morbid.
20. My Body, My Pleasure
You have a healthy understanding of sexuality and are free to be yourself in your skin. You never understood what is wrong with consensual sexual expression.
I hope this is something that you have found helpful or at least entertaining.
I would love to hear from you if any of this was also something you found to be true, or if you can think of any signs I have missed.