17 Signs You Have A Calling To Witchcraft And Magick

1. You Have a Deep Love Towards… Almost Everything

Let me reiterate: this doesn’t mean you love every human on the planet (hence the almost). It simply means you have an appreciation for everything here and it’s role in making the world go round. Witches are commonly shown with gardens and animals (also called Familiars, depending on the context and who you ask) because they have a strong connection to nature and all that resides in nature.

While we’re on this topic…

2. You Have a Familiar

The ideas of Familiars have been around for about as long as witchcraft and witches themselves. Romans believed Familiars protected their family from harm, Shamans believe Familiars are “thought-form” entities rather than physical creatures, and modern witches and magick practitioners view their Familiars as aides in their magickal workings, companions and guardians (which is what Familiars originally started as). The idea of a demonic Familiar is thought to have begun in Medieval and early Modern periods when witch hunts were especially prevalent. So probably around the same time (if not the same time) the Malleus Maleficarum was published.

3. You Can Interact with the Dead and Other Entities

I know this sounds incredibly cliche, but it’s a major point. You probably can’t hold actual conversations with your dead Aunt Sally as if she were alive, but you can receive messages from the departed in the form of dreams, mental images, smells, feelings, sounds, etc. Receiving messages from the beyond isn’t nearly as dramatic as movies and shows make it seem, so don’t expect to be a pro at this right off the bat. It takes a lot of training your Third Eye, patience and dedication. That’s not to say you don’t have a fairly tuned Third Eye from the get go; you very well may.

4. You’re in Tune with the Moon Cycles

Many witches say their moods shift with the changing moon cycles; maybe that’s why people are said to get crazy during full moons? The moon is heavily symbolic of the Mother Goddess, who is symbolic of love, fertility, death, mystery, passion, and much more. Witches who are in tune with the moon say they feel an almost magnetic pull towards the moon; especially during the full moon and new moon.

5. You Have a Passion for Natural Living

Essential oils, homegrown foods, healing crystals, meditation, you love it all. You try your hardest to avoid all the processed shit floating around today’s supermarkets and restaurants. You also try to avoid getting involved in the soul-sucking embrace of social media and materialism.

6. You Feel at One with Nature

A creek, a meadow, some bouncing bunnies, and your Familiar are all you need to be at total peace with everything in the world. You can feel your soul singing whenever you get to experience the unending beauty of Mother Nature herself.

7. You’re an Empath

An Empath is someone who can feel and experience the emotions of others as if they were their own. If you want to know more about Empaths, check out my other article “9 Signs You’re an Empath” on Thought Catalog.

8. You Have a Passion Towards Helping and Healing

Many witches choose to put their gift to use by becoming natural healers, alternative medicine practitioners, and normal doctors. A witch’s greatest gift if their ability to help not only the people around them but the world as a whole.

9. You Feel Change with Each Season

Have you ever noticed how each season has a distinct feeling? A distinct smell? *Obviously* a distinct look? You can feel all the subtle and drastic changes each season brings, and you love them all (or at least appreciate them). Some witches even suffer from seasonal mood and personality changes.

10. Children and Animals are Drawn to You

A lot of people say children and animals are drawn to them, it doesn’t automatically make them a witch though. But what it does mean is there’s something special about them. Keep in mind, this doesn’t include children and animals you see on a regular basis that are drawn to you from familiarity. I mean random children or animals staring at you and/or approaching you for no reason whatsoever. You know, those kids and animals that make you stop and say “why the fudgenutters are they staring at me?!”. Children and animals are pure beings, they don’t have people constantly questioning their reality and everything else under the sun. This is most likely why they can see spirits and auras better than older kids and adults. Their spiritual side hasn’t been suppressed.

11. You Love the Dark (Or Are Terrified of It)

I know what you’re thinking: “how could both loving OR hating be a sign??” well, it comes down to how aware you are of your spiritual gifts, how well you can control them, and your beliefs in general. One of the great things about being a witch in many cases is forming your own beliefs about the world based on experience and the type of magick you practice. Some witches follow a path with established beliefs like Wicca, Shamanism, Heathenry (sometimes), Vodou, Druidism, and any other branch of Paganism or whatever else. Likewise, some follow their own path and forge their own beliefs (this is what I do, it’s called Eclectic Witchcraft). Naturally, this leads to many opinions on darkness and what it means. Some believe the darkness is nothing to be feared but rather embraced, others feel darkness represents negativity and evil. It all depends on your views.

Another thing that makes hating or fearing the darkness a sign you’re a witch (or at least spiritually sensitive) is being unaware you have spiritual gifts. Night is known for holding the Witching Hour (12am – 3:03am in my opinion. Some say it’s only from 12am – 1am, others 3am – 4am), which is basically when paranormal activity reaches its peak. For someone who is unaware of their gift, doesn’t know how to control it, or is scared of it… this can present some problems like nightmares, night terrors, sleep paralysis, feelings of being watched, moving objects, voices, etc. Keep in mind though, if you have the last three frequently, you may want to look into your house possibly being haunted, you having an unwanted spiritual attachment or an entity REALLY needing your attention. I don’t recommend interacting with anything until you’ve learned to understand your gifts and protect yourself though, so leave it be.

Note: You could also just have anxiety. Don’t confuse spirits and such with anxiety. Focus on your feelings, and you’ll know which is which.

12. You Feel Drawn to the Elements

Water, air, fire, earth, and spirit. You don’t have to love them all, in fact, you probably only have a true affinity for one or two of them; for me, that’s water. It’s hard to describe, but you’ll know which element you’re truly connected to. Coming into contact with it feels like electric jolts and warm fuzzy tingles of ecstasy all over your body. It makes you happy. It makes you feel safe. You feel a genuine connection and emotion radiating from it. You can see yourself in that element. For me, water is beautiful, but nothing to be trifled with. Many people love it, but many also hate it. It feels very feminine (don’t ask how, cause I don’t know) and motherly. It’s also extremely intense and emotional.

Just out of curiosity, I just looked up what the element water is associated with. Here are my findings, courtesy of Astrology.

“Water signs are intuitive and sensitive, and they feel more intensely than the rest. They are emotional and nurturing, and like a river, they run deep. How things feel is what matters to these folks, and they base their actions on sense, rather than on logic or intellect. Water is also about compassion and understanding, since the receptive talents of these individuals are remarkably high. Water sign people can take in the feelings of others, process them, and put forth a plan or solution that will be conscientious to all.

Those graced by Water love to take their sense of the world and translate it into the artistic. They desire aesthetic beauty — and for everyone to be happy as a result of that beauty. Much like still water can become stagnant, however, an inactive Water sign person is not at their best. Water signs feel most fulfilled when they are helping others, and they do so in an enchanting, considerate and even romantic way.

The flip side of this dreamy Water world is the tendency of these individuals to brood. Water signs are susceptible to mood swings, and at their worst, they could become self-indulgent, controlling and hostage to a fantasy world. This also brings up the ability of these folks to see things more clearly than others. Call it psychic, if you will.

Water is emotional, empathetic, receptive and feels things deeply. Alternately calm like the sea or possessing the force of torrential rain, the emotions brought forth by this element are plentiful, indeed.”

Wow. I couldn’t have explained that better. I am not a water sign, but I feel it still explains it perfectly anyway. Thank you, astrology.com.

13. You Can Be Superstitious

You know all too well karma and potentially sticky situations are nothing to mess around with. You may not be throwing salt over your shoulder every five minutes, but you have your moments where superstition plays a pretty big role in your life. Let’s hope it keeps you safe, happy and prosperous. *knocks on wood*

14. Mirrors Can Make You Uncomfortable

This is one I experience a lot. It’s fine if it’s daytime and I am walking through a store or something, or if I go to the bathroom during the day. But mirrors and night time just… nope. I want no part of that. In case you were wondering why this nocturnal mirror-phobia is a thing, it is because mirrors are said to be doorways or “portals” to other dimensions and/or planes of existence. So next time you look in a mirror at night, just know something may be looking back at you.

…I just gave myself major chills thinking of that.

15. You Experience Psychic Phenomenon

Dreams coming true, accurate premonitions, seemingly reading the thoughts of others, moving stuff with your mind… you’ve experienced it (okay, maybe not the last one. But if you have, I am damn jealous). But for real though, most people think psychic phenomenon only applies to talking to spirits; but it’s seriously much more than that. Everything from having a dream happen in real life, to predicting the next card drawn during a game of Uno is considered psychic ability. Me personally, I have gotten some very minor predictions right (and A LOT wrong) and have had multiple dreams happen in my waking life. It’s a helpful gift. I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

16. You Are Obsessed with the Paranormal, Supernatural, Myths, Legends, etc.

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy. Can I get a “Hell yeah!” for this one?! This one doesn’t need too much explaining, as it’s pretty self-explanatory.

17. You Feel Drawn to Specific Colors

Colors have different meanings. Black can mean negativity (depending on who you ask… for me, black is a happy color), red can mean passion or anger, pink can be love or shyness, you get the idea. Either way, if you find yourself particularly drawn to a specific color, it may have a meaning. It could be a peek into your aura color(s), or it could simply be a color that expresses your emotions and personality at the moment.

There are many things that could mean you have a calling a witch. I am sure each of you saw at least one of these qualities in yourselves, and if not, then I hope you enjoyed anyway! No matter how many lists and articles you read online, it is ultimately up to you to decide what you consider yourself to be. Being a witch isn’t about gaining attention, being “cool” or trying to impress people; it’s about following a spiritual path towards happiness, purpose, healing and helping yourself those around you. Being a witch is one of the greatest things in my life, it brings me so much empowerment and joy knowing I can truly bring forth the reality I want with a little witchy work. This doesn’t mean I or any other witch can drastically change anything, it’s about using your energy to bring what you want into your life. They say you attract what you put out, well, witches know this and they use this to the best of their abilities.

Just remember, the Rule of 3/karma is very real. This goes for everything in life, not just magick. If you do something bad, it will catch up to you. If you do something good, you will be rewarded. It may not happen until the day you die, but it will catch up. So please, do not use black magick or do anything to harm others. It’s not cool, it’s not fun, and even if it is deserved… karma doesn’t look at it that way. She will punish you for it. If you prefer the Rule of 3 (Rule of 3 states every good or bad thing comes back to you times 3… so 3x as good or bad), then that’s even better or worse depending on your choices.

Well, my little spookies! That brings us to the end of the list. How many of these signs do you see in yourself or someone you know? What’s your opinion on witches and witchcraft? Do you believe in the paranormal? Let me know in the comments below!

Blessed Be to you all!

About the author

Jessica Calder

Owner of Safe Space on Quora & the Safe Space Discord Server.