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By Sarah Durham Wilson.

People often ask me, How do you know youre a witch? Most often, the
question beneath the question is, Am I a witch? Am I magic? Often,
they ask a little nervously because of the shadow that shames the word.
We owe that shadow to the Patriarchy the masculine societal rule that has pervaded
the planet for over five thousand years. This is important not male, not gender, but a
perversion of masculine energy which brutalized, raped, suppressed the feminine.
The witch-hunts of Salem and Europe whipped up a hysterical mob mentality against
women, against the feminine.
It rounded up and killed the wise women, the natural healers, any women with land they
wanted or those outside of the societal status quo, who refused to conform to Christian
and Patriarchal rule.
Basically, in fear of the power of the feminine, women, the earth, and its creatures,
were slaughtered under false and hysterical pretenses.
It is crucial we reclaim ourselves and the beauty, power, heritage of the wordWitch. A
witchs purpose is the very earth we need to save.
Witches love the earth, and worship nature. I repeat, Nature, not Satan. The latter is a
myth including that we are wart-on-nose Halloween-mask-scary ugly that we owe
to Patriarchal Hollywood movies.
Truth is, witches are as beautiful as nature herself and do no harm. They live by the rule
of three, a karmic understanding that everything they do comes back to them
threefold. The more we kill the earth, the more we kill ourselves.
For as long as we can remember, we have been taught to fear ourselves as well as nature.
Witches however, relish their wild nature and align themselves with the cycles of the
earth and the phases of the Moon.
For many women, to reclaim the word Witch is to reclaim ones self and her
relationship to the Great Mother.
So, because I love to de-stigmatize, and re-honor the big beautiful juicy wordWitch, the
answer I give, when someone asks me if they are one, is Yes.


If you think you are a witch, you are a witch meaning you are a Goddess, Priestess,
Healer, Shaman, Wise Woman. Here is a round up of 13 moonlit and mystical signs you
might be a witch:

1. Earth Powers. A witch is a woman of the earth. We inherit her natural powers of
birth, transformation, healing, rebirth. These are the powers of woman, one in the same
with the powers of the earth.
Where there is woman, there is magic. ~ Ntozake Shange
Do you find the answers to life through the patterns of Mother Nature? Is her wisdom
your wisdom? Are you, your life and body, aligned with her seasons?
For instance, are you on fire sexually and creatively in the Summer, letting go and
cutting out what does not serve in the Fall, dying to the old in the dark silence of Winter,
and reborn in the Spring?
2. Wisdom. Do you find yourself bubbling from an internal cauldron of ancient natural
healing wisdom?
Are people drawn to you to sit by your fire and discuss life and all its fury, pain, love and
wonder? Do you end up sending them off with hope in their hearts, and perhaps a
tincture, a potion, an herbal remedy (you are familiar with the properties of plants), or
even a ritual or two?
In other words, when shit hits the fan, is it you they come to?
3. Nature. Do you live by or in the woods, or by a body of water and if not, do you
long to?
Witches, being intricately intertwined with nature, embodying the powers of the Great
Mother herself, long to be as close to her natural beauty and power as possible. Many do
their rituals by the water or in the woods. You have most likely always felt at home in
4. Storms. Are you not afraid of storms? In fact do you revel in the power of Mother
Nature at her most visceral? And do you sometimes wonder if you yourself your
passion and energy caused the storm?
5. Animal Nature. Are animals naturally attracted to you, and do you love them as
well, so much that you cry empathetically with the creatures of this planet? Do you
naturally know their totems, and find wisdom and insight in their visits/appearances in
your life?
Do lost dogs follow you home, do birds fly into your windows, do horses rush towards
you in the fields and place their long necks on your shoulders? Do you find you can
speak to them? Heal them?
Witches and animals are so aligned with nature that they speak a similar energetic
language and recognize each other.
6. The Moon. Are you drawn, pulled, and moved by the moons energy? Have you
gazed at her, spoken to her, been flooded by her light since you were a little girl? Are you
aligned with her phases?
For instance, do you start new projects and relationships when she waxes (grows full),
do things peak and culminate and tend to go a little crazy around you while she is
full, and are you drawn to let things go, or end relationships and patterns, as she wanes?
On the New Moon, in the darkest of nights, do you sit with the mystery, the emptiness
and unknown, the potential and possibility of the dark? Do you dream up new plans in
the dark of the new moon?
If you answered No, then the above are just a few ways you can attune with the moons
7. Powerful. Do you have more than a sneaking suspicion that your wishes come true
good or bad, and are you perhaps a little cautious and in awe of your own power?
Have you been called an old soul on the reg?
Witches are as old as time; your eyes the windows to your soul hold ancient stories
and secrets, myths and mysteries, answers and possibilities.
You were probably speaking ancient truths and wisdom even or especially before
you forgot your magic, as a little child.
8. Healing. Are you drawn to the healing arts? Do you tend to seek natural or energetic
remedies for yourself, and do you offer them to others? Have you ever laid a hand on
someones bad back, which was fixed the next day? People might also heal just by being
around you.
Witches, being so attuned to the earth, are natural healers.
9. Past Life Memories. Do you have painful past life memories or images of being
cast out, burned, or drowned just for being wild, wise, and free you?
Most importantly, are you scarred from for being different, not conforming, for loving
who you wanted to love, for speaking the truth/saying what you were called to say in
an old lifetime? This is karma you are awake to heal. It is time to not be afraid, and to be
your you-est you.
This is how you will heal your karma, by being unafraid to live your fullest expression.
It is your time.
10. Outsider-ness. Have you always felt a little bit of an outsider nose pressed
against the glass of life on earth, while knowing you were actually aninsider of a magical
tribe, with insider wisdom?
While you never fit in the norm, you knew there was something sacred, secret, special
about you a magic just a few other magical people could see.
You do not run with big crowds; you are a bit more of a sensitive but powerful lone
wolf; you need a lot of time to think, dream, recharge, and commune with Source
Nature/The Universe/The Goddess.
11. Mystical Crystals/Accoutrements. You are drawn to beautiful rocks pieces of
earth energy and you have kept stones like clear quartz, turquoise, rose quartz around
you for as long as you can remember, even if you did not know their properties at the
They were either given to you, or you picked them up along the way and collected at
least a few.
Witches know the properties of the earths stones and charge them with among other
things healing, love, abundance and protective benefits, and are often wearing their
special stones in jewelry.
You also love to keep candles around and lit because candles are invitations to spirits
and angels, and create a more magical, divine vibe. And you probably like a good,
energy-clearing sage or incense.
12. Magic. Did you believe in magic as a child, see magic in the air and in life? Were
you drawn to magical things, creatures, fables, stories, even as you grew older, despite
everyone telling you There Was No Such Thing?
And despite the rest of the world not believing, did you save some room in your heart
for tales of magic, love, and the mystical and mysterious anyway?
Were you drawn to movies and books about witches, magic, the spooky, the mystical,
the unknowable? Have you always thought there was no such thing as a coincidence,
that we were not really alone, and this was not all there was?
Do you believe that no-thing means nothing in other words, everything means
something? Do you believe in signs and symbols?
13. More Magic and Divinations. Speaking of signs and symbols you get
premonitions, as if you have an internal crystal ball.
When you are talking about what you think will happen, people tend to perk up and
listen. Sometimes you see or feel outcomes flash forwards so far ahead that you
find it frustrating when others have not caught up with you! You have dreams and
visions, of past lives and the future.
And you can read other people and their energy and intentions fairly well. You have
Sixth Sense. It is also a reason why you are drawn to Tarot, Runes, or other mist-
parting divinations.

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I hope this has helped. These are just 13 signs you might recognize a few, or a whole
lot of these witchy ways. A witchs message is one of self-love, earth-love, and about the
importance of aligning with the phases of the earth and moon. Pretty simple, really.
But at one point, if you were too close with the earth, if you were too wise, too powerful
too much, and definitely too feminine you were cast out or slain for your largeness
and wildness. It need not be so any longer.
It is time to heal your past karmas, own your power, wisdom and
beauty, and rise, dear ones the earth needs you, and we, of course,
need the earth.