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The term witch can be seen as cute and trendy, edgy and alternative, or dark and evil, depending on a person’s perspective, but in any case, it tends to be a word that carries a lot of baggage that must first be stripped away before you can come to the heart of what it means to walk the way of the witch.

After thousands of years of living under a patriarchal rule which suppresses the feminine, after witch-hunts in Europe and North America, and more recently, films depicting witches as hags practicing dark arts, it is no wonder that there can be confusion and suspicion regarding the label of being a witch. So, if a witch isn’t a woman with a pointy black hat and a big wart on her nose who goes around turning people into toads, what is she (or he)?

A way to reframe our thinking regarding witches, is to realize that witches can also be referred to as wise women, healers, medicine women, and priestesses, terms that carry a more positive connotation and point to the wisdom that witches hold within them. In many ways, these terms can be easier to work with, as they transmit fewer stereotypes and less prejudice; but ultimately, they all lead back to the same concept- a woman (or man) who does no harm, and is aligned with the beauty and cycles of nature, recognizing and honoring them as her own.

So, how do you know if you are a witch? Here are some signs to look for.

You Honor the Sisterhood
In the past, witches would come together to pray and make magick in sacred circle, and you want to keep that tradition alive. You see other girls not as rivals or competition, but as sisters on the same path of self-discovery in life’s journey. You know that each one has a special gift or lesson to share, and that no matter how beautiful or together she might seem, she is struggling with many of the same challenges and insecurities that you face. You realize that by helping and supporting one another instead of cutting each other down, we all become stronger and more empowered.

You Respect and Honor All Life
You see the interconnectedness of all life on this plant, and know that everything depends on living in harmony and balance with the whole of Nature. You realize that people, regardless of age, color, weight, social status, religion, etc. are all just having this beautiful, but often challenging experience of life on Earth, and are equally deserving of love and respect. And this extends to spirits of the plant and animal kingdom as well. Seeing the unity and interdependence of life, helps you to honor all of Nature as sacred. To this end, you make an effort to protect the Earth in whatever ways you are able. This could mean recycling, being aware of your carbon footprint, campaigning to protect animal rights or save the rainforest, or volunteering at a homeless shelter, but the point is- you care, and you want to make a difference.

Nature is Your Medicine Cabinet
You’ve heard the quote from Hippocrates, Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food, and have taken it to heart. You know that nature is here to heal us, and provide us with all we need to be healthy and whole, including medicines. And the first type of preventative medicine we have is what we put in our bodies every day- our food. Sure, we all love some French fries or ice cream now and again, but in general, you have an awareness that what you put in your body has an affect on how you look and feel, and you try to be mindful of that. And when you’re experiencing a symptom like a headache or cramps, instead of popping a pill straight away, you’re the one looking into the cabinet for a natural remedy, like an essential oil or herbal tea that will do the trick.

You Honor the Elders and Wisdom Keepers of All Lineages
You know that our ancestors, living and passed, hold keys to unlock ancient wisdom and mysteries, and that by honoring them with a respectful an humble approach, you may also become a student of the magick that is passed down through the ages to those who are true seekers of Truth and awakening. Whether you feel a deep connection to the Druids, Mayans, Ancient Egyptians, or shamans of the Amazon, you realize that the elders and ancestors are here to show us the way and initiate us into magickal traditions.

You Know That Being a True Witch is About Letting Go of Ego and Being of Service
There is a lot more to being a witch than wearing black or drawing hexagrams on your palm. You are the real deal, and that means embodying the qualities of being a healer and wise women, like the wisdom keepers of yore. This means living with honesty and integrity, so that friends feel safe to trust you and come to you with their secrets, or seeking help and advice. It means continuously learning and studying about herbs, crystals, and natural healing methods, so that you can be of service when you are needed. It means living in a way that is harmonious with Nature, compassionate, and openhearted, so that everyone you meet feels the light and magick that shines through you.

These are just a few signs to help you recognize the magick that you carry inside of yourself. And whether you resonate with all of these yet or not, these are qualities that can also be developed to help you step more into your own power and wisdom. Now is the time to rise up to help restore balance on the planet by sharing your own special gifts and magick with the world.



Written by Jennifer Douglas 

Instagram: @jendouglas99

Bio:  Originally an Iowa native, Jennifer Douglas has been roaming and exploring this beautiful planet for the last 13 years.  With a BA in  Elementary Education, and an MEd in International Education, Jennifer has taught in international schools around the world, including Namibia, Indonesia, Qatar, Malta, and Vietnam.  In the last 3 years, she has shifted her focus to natural healing, and has been studying traditional medicine in Peru, as well as Reiki, yoga, meditation, and ancient Thai massage. A vegetarian since the age of 15, and now entirely plant-based, Jennifer also has a passion for health and nutrition and loves guiding people towards a healthier lifestyle using the medicine of food (especially raw vegan desserts!). Jennifer previously worked as a writer for the Health and Wellness section of ABODE Magazine, out of Qatar. 

Athena

Hi!

I’m Athena.

You are magic and it’s my job is to help you tap into it so you can create the life you were meant to live.

LEARN MORE