Pay Attention to the Omens: 10 Signs you might Be a Witch.

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Before the United States became a country, there were witch hangings and it’s something I often think about around the Fourth of July.

This past month marks 323 years since the first witch hanging as a part of the infamous Salem Witch Trials in Massachusetts. Back then people (mostly women, though some men too) were accused of being a witch based on their behaviors or interests, but now being a witch is proudly self-proclaimed.

The word witch is often associated with images of an old woman with warts and a large nose who’s into evil or scaring children. In the Wizard of Oz or other mythology the witch was either good or bad but never both but these images and stereotypes are outdated and already in the midst of a makeover.

The way I see it, the new version of the witch is much different. She (though could be a he, for the purpose of this article I use feminine pronouns) works for the light and the dark and oscillates between being a loving mother and a wild lover. She has the beauty/power of the seductress and the brains/wisdom of the crone and knows when to use which. She is both the Earthy warrior goddess and the mysterious cosmic communicator.

I want to be this woman. And, as my latest issue of the magazine The Cauldron: Witchcraft, Paganism, & Folklore arrived in the mail, I wondered if I was, in fact, a witch. Sure, I have a cat, celebrate the cycles of the moon, wear lots of black, love magic and study astrology—but was I really a witch or just a wannabe one?

After careful reflection and a lot of tarot, I decided that yes, I am in fact part witch (though not as much as I’d like). However, as an etymology detective (it was my entire thesis topic) it was important for me to first understand where the word itself came from since the original meanings of words are often more powerful than the modern adaptations. It is of mysterious, uncertain origin, though the best guess is that it came from Proto-Indo-European meaning “to be strong, lively.” It shares the same roots as the word wake, though I have come to understand the word means an awake woman/man.

A witch is a woman who is awake and aware of her soul, body and darkness. She knows the deepest parts of herself and knows her strength comes from this depth of knowing. Transformation is her playground as she loves her ever-changing, wild and chaotic nature. Throughout different cultures she has many names as the dark goddess: Kali, Lilith, Ceridwen or Psyche. However, witch seems to sum her up best.

As witches are bridges of duality, the signs of witchhood require an “as above, so below” approach. So, here are the internal and external omens that have revealed to me my own witchiness:

External:

1. Interest in healing and esoterism including, but not limited to: astrology, herbalism, energy work, crystals, sacred geometry, tarot, alchemy or other divination.

2. Following and communing with the cycles of the moon and seasons. Bonus points for rituals with the moon cycles magic/manifestation.

3. Wearing lots of black and grey. Black is the ancient symbol of the mysterious feminine and grey in esoteric traditions is linked to wisdom.

4. Believing in magic. Whether its synchronicities or manifestation, respecting and honoring the deep relationship between the inner and outer worlds.

5. Gathering in community. Witches (of male and female gender) gathered together to create and cast spells (I like it nude, but find sometimes that makes people uncomfortable…you know who you are…sorry).

Oh and it certainly doesn’t hurt if you own a cat or two. Cats were believed to be protectors from evil spirits, so witches needed them nearby. However, perhaps more importantly than the visible signs is your internal process.

Internal:

1. Being nourished and comfortable with the darkness and your own shadow. Knowing this darkness is the key to owning your light and power. Bonus points if you actually let your darkness out.

2. Courage to follow your desire. This is how the witch finds her freedom—getting rid of suppression and niceties to allow herself to want what she wants. Hopefully no more fears of witch hunts!

3. In touch with your volcanic, powerful sexual energy. Owning the creative energies of our first and second chakras as the root of our power. Gulp, I’m certainly still a bit afraid of it.

4. Owning and listening to your authority, wisdom, and intuition—the gifts of the divine feminine. Witches listen to others but ultimately follow their own instincts.

5. Communicating and listening to other realms and beings from (and not from) Earth, whether it be star beings, animals, elementals (fairies or elves) or angels.

Most importantly, the witch understands the importance of tending to her cauldron of desire. She understands that this transformational energy of desire feeds her soul and moves her toward becoming more herself. While she may not always be “pretty” or “nice,” she is powerful and a virgin in the purest sense of the word.

While the witch hunts were hundreds of years ago, this archetype is more alive now than ever. As the next wave of feminism attempts to integrate more and more feminine values into society, the witch as the wild feminine has never been more necessary. She might have been hunted and quieted before but now she no longer hides in the shadows and is rather mainstream.

It is up to us to help the witch enjoy her freedoms by owning up to our own witchiness and paying attention to the omens.

~

Sources:

Stargazing: Re-enchantment through language

 

Relephant:

Most Women Won’t let Men see the Most Magnetizing Thing about Us.

Sex, Power & the Inner Witch.

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Author: Rebecca Farrar

Editor: Katarina Tavčar

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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Rebecca Farrar

Rebecca Farrar is an astrologer and entrepreneur who recently founded (and funded) Tell ’em, a friend-based recommendation platform for helping people make money doing what they love. Rebecca also describes herself as fairy-witch who believes in magic, mermaids and unicorns. When not writing on her blog she can be found taking pictures of the sidewalks of San Francisco, cuddling her cat or wandering Ocean Beach.

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anonymous Apr 2, 2016 4:41am

I recently have gained much self understanding and I am embracing my gifts and letting go of my families harsh judgement of me, especially how different I am and the isolation I felt the majority of my life. Also raised Catholic, it was hard to let go of guilt and shame that came along with being a empath and seeing energy and electricity instead of words, materialism or any falsity. My daughter is who told me I’m a witch. I raised her very different than I.

The moon, the woods, fire, animals, ion changes, I’m highly sexual but have always repressed it. I’m ready to live in my whole truth. How do I get there?

anonymous Mar 9, 2016 10:02am

I too believe you caqn create your own belief system. I was raised Catholic, but have always resonated with Wicca. I dont beleive I can make potions that go poof that will give me luck. I do however believe in GOD and mother nature. The Catholic trinity allowed me to have an open mind on such things. I believe you reiceve what you put out into the world and that sometimes we are tested. These test aren't curel but an oppurtunity to gorw. I'm happy to see like minded people post on the internet. It gives me hope and a feeling of sisterhood/acceptance.

anonymous Jan 8, 2016 6:37pm

hi erica, i too feel the same way. i believe there is a divine being be god or a godess. i follow my own path basically, i tend to mix the bible teachings and wiccan. i always felt alone in this, as my mother feels that i am going to hell for believing differently. i feel more in tuned in the woods, a better connections with animals than people. my moods do change with the seasons as well as my hair color and eye color. i am not a practicing witch either, i would love to learn. its nice to know i am not alone in my views. thank you erica for sharing !

anonymous Dec 23, 2015 8:15am

Hello and good morning to you…I was wondering what kind of witch would I be called if I believe in God but also can believe in a god or goddess and whole heartedly embrace mother nature and all her glorious wonders. I’m not experienced at all in witchcraft but have been interested in it for quite some time now. I know to stay away from the dark arts for it is not the witches way to revel in such evil. Giving it depends on what kind of witch you want to be i suppose. But being the extremely empathetic person I am… I honestly feel like I view things differently from everyone one else. Its not like i have deja vu on a every basis but from time to time I do. Or I’ll look at something and remember a dream I forgot i dreamt about. With all my heart I believe in magic and every wonderful thing I know that comes with being a witch. I am interested in healing and divination astrology and herbalism. Can you help me with the beginning of finding my way?
Sincerely
Erica )0(