by Amy Marienblaume | Instagram
Have you heard it? The little voice that whispers “witch” in your moments of quiet? It might call to you on the wind. Perhaps you’ve heard it in the still of the forest. Or maybe it’s bubbling up from deep within you. Chances are, you have heard it – and you may be trying to decipher if you are, in fact, a witch.
Dear reader, it is my great honour to tell you that if you have heard the call, then you are, undeniably, a witch.
What Makes You A Witch?
You may have found this page because you searched “how do I know if I’m a witch?” I’m certain that everyone who reads this has seen the memes, read the blogs, and watched the videos that rattle off a list of signs that you might be a witch:
“You’re a witch if you can see or hear spirits, if you routinely wake up between 3 and 4 am, if the power goes out when you’re angry, if you see repeating numbers (11:11), if you collect crystals, if you connect with nature, if your mother/grandmother/aunt is or was a witch,” and on, and on, ad nauseum.
Personally, I’m not fond of that kind of content. It portrays witchcraft as an exclusive club you must be born or earn your way into. Please know that you do not have to do or be any of the above (or anything else on a “you’re a witch if…” list for that matter) to be a witch. If you feel called to witchcraft, you ARE a witch. Now your real work begins.
Hearing My Call
Let’s start at the beginning – or rather, my witchy beginning. Like many people my age, there were two movies that first sparked my curiosity in witchcraft; Practical Magic, and The Craft. I had teenage visions of being powerful and bending the elements to my will. I began my witchcraft practice, bound a classmate who would not stop gossiping about me (it worked, for the record), and built a small coven with friends. We transformed an old shed into our ritual space, painted a pentagram on the floor, and called the quarters. Predictably, our parents found out what we were up to, and living in a relatively small and Christian-centric community, that was the end of our early days as witches…at least outwardly. I hid my magic deep within my being, not knowing if I would ever access it again.
In the Spring of 2019, I was working through some particularly heavy things in my life, and began to feel a familiar tug from inside, beckoning me to find deeper meaning. Over the Summer I connected with a beautiful soul who teaches intuitive development, and in working with her, I started down the path of meeting myself. It wasn’t long before I began to hear the word witch during my times of stillness. I can viscerally recall the moment I embraced the identity of witch. Standing in front of my kitchen sink in the warm morning sunlight, my soul whispered “witch” to me; over and over, louder and louder until it was screaming at me with a force I have never before encountered. I felt tremendous power and energy swirling inside me. In what seemed like slow motion, I walked down the hallway, looked at myself in the mirror, and whispered “witch.” In that moment, I embraced my new identity.
Photo: Amy Marienblaume
Finding My Path
If there’s one thing you need to know about me, it’s that I like research. Lots and lots of research. And I have strong perfectionist tendencies. When starting a new project, I tend to read everything I can get my hands on before deciding what will, or will not work for me. Then I pursue it with passion and intensity (have I mentioned that I’m a Scorpio sun AND rising?). Discovering and honing my practice of witchcraft has been a little bit different, and at times uncomfortable and messy.
Once I remembered my true identity and embraced myself as a witch, I wasn’t sure where to start. Like you may have done, I Googled. A lot. But I was left feeling like I hadn’t gained any direction or clarity. Witchcraft is so intensely personal that there is no right or wrong, and every witch’s path looks different (definitely not the answer I was looking for). Serendipitously, when I reached out to Meg Rosenbriar, co-founder of the Witch With Me community, The New Witch’s Guide was already in the stages of development. While I waited for it to be published, I bought and devoured my first book (Witch: Unleashed. Untamed. Unapologetic. by Lisa Lister). Soon enough, I had more books than I could keep up with. Finally, The New Witch’s Guide launched, and I added it to my collection immediately.
One of the fundamentals of witchcraft that I kept coming across in my research was “Witch, know thyself.” Well, that is far easier said than done. The New Witch’s Guide is broken down into four sections, the first, and most important, being Connecting With Your Inner Witch. This section of the guide gives new witches direction and holds space for the voice inside to grow stronger. It was the perfect match for the intuitive work I was already doing. Witchcraft and intuition go hand-in-hand, and are a daily practice. If you want them to work for you, you have to work with them – consistently and intentionally. It’s not always easy, but believe me, dear witch, it is so worth it.
Photo: Amy Marienblaume
Come Along With Me
Over the coming weeks and months, I will be sharing my journey through the New Witch’s Guide, as well as how I am building witchcraft into my daily life, celebrating the sabbats, and much, much more. If you’re a new witch and you would like to read about a specific topic, send us a message and I’ll do my best to work it into my writing.
Whether you are witch-curious, a new witch, or a life-long practitioner, I invite you to join me on my path of self-discovery and healing as I continue to grow my craft and strengthen my identity as a witch. Blessed be.
About the Author: Amy is a newly re-awakened witch living in South-Western Ontario. As a Scorpio sun, Pisces moon, and Scorpio rising, she can be found reading and recharging in the bath when she’s not chasing after her almost-five-year-old Leo son she is raising with her Sagittarius husband. Professionally, as a Human Resources Business Partner, Amy brings her magic into the office by guiding the rest of the team to build self-awareness, compassion, and empathy with the goal of creating a more harmonious and enchanted workplace. You can find her on Instagram at @thewakenedwitch, where she shares her journey into owning the identity of Witch.