Many, many more people are witches than the ones who happen to already consciously, publicly, deliberately identify themselves as witches.

Let me make this super-clear: to be a witch – one doesn’t need to be a Wiccan, or even a Pagan. At all.

Myself, I’m some sort of strange hybrid Buddhist-Christian-Existentialist internet folk magic witch – so, go figure.

A witch is a person (of any gender or belief) who lives byher own internalvalidation and creative inspirationrather thanseeking approval from the powers-that-be.

Queen Elizabeth I, Jesus of Nazareth, Cleopatra, Yeshe Tsogyel, Joan of Arc, and John Lennon were all great witches with giant powers of fascination, who wielded great influence through the use of symbol and pageantry. I could name a lot more, but maybe you’re starting to get the idea.

Being a witch is an inherent quality of one’s being, like being deeply compassionate or having a green thumb. Even though witchiness is in-born, it still calls for deliberate cultivation to reach its fullest potential. It’s a particular flavorof spiritual and emotional incarnation, it’s not necessarily a collection of conscious beliefs.

That being said – coming to awareness of one’s own witchiness is a wonderful thing.

Once you have accepted and know that you’re a witch, a vastfield of playopens up.

When you’ve accepted that you’re a witch, youcan start deliberately cultivating your power,you can make sense of the world and your life through a whole new lens, and you can begin seeking out connections with other witches.

So here are some common traits I notice in witches – see if you can recognize them in yourself – and if you do, you might want to begin calling yourself a witch.

Calling yourself a witch at this moment in history has giant, positive political and historical ramifications – because our way of being has been persecuted for millenia. I could say a lot more about this, but I think you’ll get it if you ponder it for just a moment.

So, onto the Traits of a Witch.

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1. You don’t give a fuck.

The most amazing and notable quality of witches is that they’re in touch with a level of intuitive and imaginative power which gives them an inner authority.

They’re being moved by their own genius and not by any external dogma or force. They may use a wide variety of traditional or institutional tools, but they’re not dependent on traditional or institutional authority for their power.

They’ve woken up the magic within their own hearts and it’s alive and throbbing.

Witches are often offensive to – well, just about every body. Witches tend to offend both the sensibilities of conventional, non-magically oriented types of people and also ofpeople involved with magicwho have rigid ideas about what magic should look like.

Just about everyone gets alarmed in the presence of an actual live-wire witch.

Among these we can count my controlling, holier-than-thou ceremonial magickian ex-boyfriends.

(Hi, gentlemen! Don’t you worry ’bout me, my magicis rolling along justgreat even though I don’t ever do the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram! Mwah! Hope you’re still enjoying living with your mom! Yes, Bali is great this time of year, and I don’t at all wish you were here! xoxoxoxo, Carolyn)

So if you find yourself still very committed to magical practice and to spiritual development andyou havenext-to-zero interest in fulfilling anyone else’s expectations of what your magic or spirituality should look like, then you may just be a witch.

2. Seriously, you do not give a fuck.

In your life you’ve probably had plenty of experiences of people freaking out at you about your signature strange way of being in the world, and while this is sometimes sad or challenging, ultimately you don’t care.

You’ve got work to accomplish – art to make, people to heal, houses to build, rituals to craft, stories to write – and you just don’t have time to be constantly soothing people who expect you to adhere to some standard other than your own genius and inner authority.

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This may mean that eventually you go into stealth mode so as not to continually create alarm, but you don’t go stealth because you’re hiding or avoidant. You do it because you’ve got things to accomplish and only a limited amount of time here in the third dimension.

3. You make people nervous.

No matter how toned-down you allow you are in your dress or demeanor, you still make people nervous just by your very presence. There are things that can be done to mitigate this, but it’s probably unavoidable.

For folks who are looking to external authorities to tell them what’s good and beautiful and okay, the presence of you, an inherently wild someone who is wholly reliant on her inner authority, is disturbing.

Your presence is disturbing because others can sense there’s something about you that’s unpredictable and uncontrollable. You’re not being ruled by the conventional programs, so you’re not immediately legible to people who still allow themselves to be ruled.

4. Folks tell your eyes are “beautiful” – what they mean is that they’re penetrating.

Most people don’t have the words to describe your eyes. They just notice that there’s something compelling and different about them. That something is that your eyes see.

You can look at someone and see what programs they’re running, see where they’re blocking themselves, see what they’re attached too, see how they mishandle their own sexual energy and power, see their potential for liberation. It’s just evident to you when you look at someone because you’ve done that liberatory work on yourself already.

5. You can always tell when someone is full of it.

See the above. Your penetrating vision is a kind of psychic perception. You can see how people deceive themselves because you’ve unravelled many of your own self-deceptions.

You can hear when someone is bullshitting because you can perceive that the whole of their being is not in full resonance with their words.

6. You’ve been actually persecuted at least once in your life.

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Because you make people nervous and you don’t give a fuck and you probably did not start out in stealth mode, it’s very likely that if you’re a witch you’ve attracted actual persecution at some point. This could be persecution in the form of cruel harassment and teasing in childhood, or persecution in the legal and professional realms as an adult.

Often it’s persecution in the form of malicious gossip from former friends who couldn’t keep up with your magical growth and then felt envious. Kindness and compassion in the form of brahmavihara cultivation are great antidotes to energetic persecution, and so are traditional protection spells and an ongoing practice of developing your communication and relating skills.

7. You encounter tons of synchronicity, and it doesn’t always lead to peachy places.

Witches are basically tantric bodhisattvas; they have a soul-commitment to liberate themselves and all beings as fast as possible, ideally in one lifetime, using alchemical transmutation.

This means that they’re on the karmic fast-track and life very often comes super-fast and hard to them. This means that following even gorgeous synchronicities can sometimes lead bad witches to apparently dark places – and that the visit to the dark and dirty places is totally part of the trip.

In other words, life is not a “love’n’light” New Age bowl of cherries for witches – it can, at times, bea tour of the hell realms.

8. Your disapproval visibly hexes people.

One reason that you make people nervous is that you have so much personal power that if you dislike, insult, or disapprove of them – they’ll feel it, hard. Their day will be ruined, and maybe their whole confidence.

When people get hexed by a cross word or look from you, they lose connection with their own best direction. They look dazed because they’re up in their heads, spinning scared thoughts around.

Folks are so affected by your disapproval for the very reason thatthey can sense your perception is penetrating. This is the “evil eye” that’s been so feared in so many cultures across history.

Of course you would resent and fear someone who had the power to crush your confidence with a glance because you know they see you clearly.

So as a witch, it’s a good idea to continually cultivate awareness of and to transmute your own resentments and fears so that you’re not walking around spattering everyone with mean ju-ju just because you don’t feel goodthat day.


9. You’ve experienced your raw magnetism in action.

You know you’re hot stuff. You’ve had abundant experiences of your own magical ability to magnetize amazing romantic partners and friends and other beautiful things.

There’s times when people just come up to you and tell you how fascinating you are or how deeply moved they felt by your work.

You’re magnetic and you’ve got reams of proof, so just accept it already.

10. Your experience of the fourth dimension is more vivid than most people’s experience of the third dimension.

“The fourth dimension” is a short-hand term for the world of spirit and emotion and desire and vibration and feeling and intuition and imagination. It’s all the unseen stuff that can have the power to dramatically affect the seen.

On the whole, witches have a much easier time navigating fourth dimensional realities than they do with third dimensional realities.

The third dimension is hard, literally. It includes matter: table legs that you can stub your toes on, cars that can crash if you steer them the wrong way, water that leaks through roofs, bills that have to be paid.

A major challenge for witches is integrating their fourth dimensional prowess with third dimensional day-to-day reality. The third dimension is more difficult for us than it is for othersfor the simple fact that large amounts of our minds and hearts are usually occupied by the fourth dimension.

We witches have less processing power to devote to third dimensional issues, and so we have to make it a deliberate part of our spiritual practice to deal with material reality – hence, practical magic.


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What is the personality of a witch? ›

The witch is often understood as a mishmash of sometimes contradictory clichés: sexually forthright but psychologically mysterious; threatening and haggish but irresistibly seductive; a kooky believer in cultish mumbo-jumbo and a canny she-devil; a sophisticated holder of arcane spiritual knowledge and a corporeal ...

How would you describe a witch? ›

A witch is a woman who is thought to have magical powers, especially the evil one, is often portrayed as wearing a black robe and a sharp hat and flying with a broomstick. They always wear gloves.
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What is the role of a witch? ›

Witchcraft traditionally means the use of magic or supernatural powers to harm others. A practitioner is a witch. In medieval and early modern Europe, where the term originated, accused witches were usually women who were believed to have attacked their own community, and often to have communed with evil beings.

What does the word witch? ›

1 : a person and especially a woman believed to have magic powers. 2 : an ugly or mean old woman.

What is the masculine of witch? ›

The term 'warlock' is used commonly now to denote a male sorcerer, but this usage implies that there is some distinction between witches and war-locks. The Old English root of the word 'witch' has two forms: wicca, for a male witch, and wicce for a female.

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  • Wisteria Allgood (Witch and Wizard series)
  • Jaenelle Angelline (Black Jewels Trilogy)
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What's a good witch called? ›

White witch, a practitioner of folk magic for benevolent (good) purposes.

What's the opposite of a witch? ›

▲ (muggle) Opposite of a person who practices magic or sorcery. muggle. common. mundane.

What do you call witches? ›

sorceress. A woman who practices sorcery; witch.

Who was the first witch? ›

Bridget Bishop ( c. 1632 – 10 June 1692) was the first person executed for witchcraft during the Salem witch trials in 1692.

Where does witch come from? ›

The Origin of Witches

Early witches were people who practiced witchcraft, using magic spells and calling upon spirits for help or to bring about change. Most witches were thought to be pagans doing the Devil's work.

When was witch first used? ›

The earliest recorded use of the word is in the Laws of Ælfred, which date to about 890: Tha faemnan, the gewuniath onfon gealdorcraeftigan and scinlaecan and wiccan, ne laet thu tha libban.

Who is the leader of the witches? ›

Anne Hathaway as the Grand High Witch, the powerful and evil witch who is the leader of all witches in the world.

What is the antonym of witchcraft? ›

What is the opposite of witchcraft?

What do you call a witch at the beach? ›

Halloween jokes | What do you call a witch who lives at the beach? A sand-witch!

What are groups of witches called? ›

coven, basic group in which witches are said to gather. One of the chief proponents of the theory of a coven was the English Egyptologist Margaret Murray in her work The Witch Cult in Western Europe (1921). According to her a coven consists of 12 witches and a devil as leader.

What is a female wizard called? ›

A female wizard is called a wizardess which is a better equivalent.

What is the opposite gender of witches? ›

A witch is the female and a wizard is the male.

What is fear of witches called? ›

Wiccaphobia is the fear of witchcraft. It was once a societal norm throughout much of Christian Europe and the United States. The period from the 14th century Inquisition through the witch trials of the 17th century was known as the "Burning Times," in which witchcraft was a capital offense.

Who was the most powerful witch? ›

Diana Bishop: The most powerful witch in the series. Diana has power over all elements and their abilities with a distinct affinity for both water and fire. She processes power over the earth and its life allowing Diana to have full control over spells and the craft.

Who was the last witch? ›

Anna Göldi (also Göldin or Goeldin, 24 October 1734 – 13 June 1782) was an 18th-century Swiss housemaid who was one of the last persons to be executed for witchcraft in Europe. Göldi, who was executed by decapitation in Glarus, has been called the "last witch" in Switzerland.

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A Red Witch is a shallow draught 19.5-foot (5.9 m) trailerable, fixed keel yacht, designed to fit under major bridges on the Swan River in Western Australia.

What is the evil witches name? ›

Maleficent. Speaking of evil witches, Maleficent is right up there on the list. Considered one of Disney's most iconic villains, Maleficent recently returned to prominence with the 2014 film Maleficent.

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What is the synonym of witchcraft? ›

noun. 1. sorcery, black magic, the black arts, the occult, occultism, wizardry, witching, necromancy, voodooism, voodoo, hoodoo, wonder-working, divination. Wicca, white magic, natural magic.

What is the opposite word of lady? ›

Antonym of Lady
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Where did magic come from? ›

The Western conception of magic is rooted in the ancient Judeo-Christian and Greco-Roman heritage. The tradition took further shape in northern Europe during the medieval and early modern period before spreading to other parts of the globe through European exploration and colonialism after 1500.

How did they punish witches? ›

Many faced capital punishment for witchcraft, either by burning at the stake, hanging, or beheading. Similarly, in New England, people convicted of witchcraft were hanged.

What are the characteristics of the witches in Macbeth? ›

It is Banquo who first describes the Witches. His words in Act 1, Scene 3 depict the Witches as stereotypical hags – 'withered' and 'wild', unearthly beings ('That look not like th' inhabitants o' th' Earth') with 'skinny lips', chapped ('choppy') fingers and beards (1.3.

Who was the first witch? ›

Bridget Bishop ( c. 1632 – 10 June 1692) was the first person executed for witchcraft during the Salem witch trials in 1692.

Why were witches killed? ›

The causes of witch-hunts include poverty, epidemics, social crises and lack of education. The leader of the witch-hunt, often a prominent figure in the community or a "witch doctor", may also gain economic benefit by charging for an exorcism or by selling body parts of the murdered.

Why do witches burn? ›

Witches burn because they are made out of wood. Bridges are made of wood. However, bridges are multiply realizable. They can be built from stone.


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