I got a message from my teacher from primary school a while back, she asked me if I remember how I used to pick thorns from the hedge and put them in the tip of my black gloves. Yes, I said - But what I didn't say was what they were ment for. I was trying them on to see if I could make poisonous thorns of them for self defense. I studied herbalism and witchcraft from very early on and had a few intense experiences from lack of control. Too much too soon. There really ought to be a Hogwarts for children like me
As a child,did you grow up knowing you were going to be in witchcraft
Posted 29 November 2017 - 07:37 PM
I think in a different situation I would have started on this path much younger.
I had a very vivid imagination, was always a very clear visualiser and had a knack for getting what I want by 'will' - not in a wilful, obnoxious way but just an 'I want that' sort of way. But I lived in a very religious area and was sucked into evangelical Christianity very early. After that everything outside the church was a fast track to hell. I rejected it all and became vehemently atheist.
When I think back, there were some signs in my family. I think my granny might have had some ability but it was kept well under wraps. She went from abject poverty to marrying a man well above her 'station'. She talked about the fairies a lot and took me out into nature often, collecting little jars of herbs and pine cones. But she never spoke directly about these things, maybe because she saw the church had me in its clutches.
Edited by witchinplainsight, 21 January 2018 - 11:08 PM.
Posted 06 December 2017 - 08:30 PM
Not really. As a child I was really strange: would sometimes hear voices in the middle of the night when all my family members where sleeping, attracted butterflies (I have pictures with me and 3 butterflies just sitting in my hair), my parents would find me sitting in a dark room with no lights on and when asked why I just replied that being in the dark was safe, made my father a father's day card pretty much giving him warning about hard times coming before he found out he had cancer... I also used to be clairvoyant and see stuff happening months and weeks before it actually did.
I didn't really expect to be a witch since all those things were just normal and natural to me. I just thought that everyone could see glimpses of the future (thought they were, what people called, déjà vu's). I think one of the most horrifying moments for me growing up was when I realised I didn't see as many images from future anymore. Now they just come and go and I have 0 control over them. Such a waste to have an ability that awesome, but not being able to use it. After I found out my deceased grandmother used to be clairvoyant and came from a family full of witches everything clicked and I started researching witches. Of course I found wiccas first, but didn't really start practising because it just didn't speak to me. Too ritualistic and restricting, also didn't like the aspect of gods and goddesses. I just ended up doing my own things which I had always done: singing spells in trance, drawing and painting with intent... until I found out there was this thing called traditional witchcraft which pretty much explained all the things I was already doing.
I think being a traditional witch has freed me. I don't have that small voice in my head anymore saying "I should do ____ and ____ to be a witch". Looking back it seems ovious - I was a witch all along.
Posted 07 December 2017 - 12:05 PM
Posted 17 December 2017 - 08:04 PM
I don't think that I necessarily thought that I would become a magical practitioner as such... but, on the other hand, I think I took the existence of magic as being real more or less for granted. This was despite not really being surrounded by anyone that, to my awareness, had a magical practice. I was surrounded, though, by people who were really connected to plants, and I had no doubt that plants were alive and conscious and had spirits. My grandmother in particular, after rejecting the Catholicism of her upbringing early and life, and following an atheist path for most of her adulthood, found, at the end of her life, spirituality in nature and in gardening, and while this probably wasn't even something that I was conscious of, it probably rubbed off on me a good deal.
I remember that as a very small child I talked to trees, and they talked back to me, though I can't remember what we talked about. I remember early childhood as being sort of like a waking dream, where reality was poorly defined and everything was enchanted. I did have "imaginary" friends, and talked to them often.
I remember we had Brian Froud's Faeries, and I loved it - I took it 100% as a work of non-fiction; I had no doubt in my mind as to the existence of fae. I was also nourished spiritually through Russian Fairy Tales, Greek myths, and the Bible. I particularly liked the Russian stories. I still have those copies of Faeries and Russian Fairy Tales in my house, by the by, and I read them to my own daughter now.
Finally, I'll add that the practice of Ancestor veneration has been intuitive since childhood. In particular, my great-grandfather (the person on the lefthand side of my avatar), a man who died 44 years before I was born, always utterly fascinated me. He seemed to reach out to me from old photographs. I had the overwhelming sense that I knew him, that we were intimately connected to each other. I would stare at photographs of him for hours, and interrogate anyone who had any information on him to mine anecdotes and anything that gave me insight into his life. Now, I work with his spirit quite a bit, and he is one of my primary guides in the spirit realm.
Posted 18 December 2017 - 03:42 AM
I was taught about the uses of certain herbs, traditional folklore and some spells for fishing and other misc stuff from a very young age(5-7 I think) and I expanded from there however I could. Sometimes I was rather lazy in my practice but I never completely stopped
Posted 10 February 2018 - 03:06 AM
I wanted to be a witch since I was a young kid. At first it was because I liked Halloween witches, and that was fed with inspiration by Kiki's Delivery Service and various other magical media. I always wanted to practice magic, and at a young age I would talk to spirits (even though they didn't always talk back). The first "job" I ever wanted back in grade school was to be a witch, but I didn't put any more thought into it because I didn't think I could make a living off of witchcraft
Posted 14 February 2018 - 01:08 AM
I always knew I could change things and make things happen and that some of my dreams and thoughts came true even if they were very unlikely. I didn't "log on" until I was about 10 and I started getting serious around 12 or 13.
My time frame was super similar to yours Raven.
Before I was old enough to start going to school (so before 5), I was constantly being spoken to by a protective voice which would explain concepts to me, it would also warn me of danger which was really important as I was a magnet for a lot of bad things that almost happened. Our apartment was burned down due to arson when I was around 4, and I was in the middle of watching Lion King when the voice told me to remain calm that I needed to gather the things that were the most important to me and then I needed to get my mother and I out. So I went into my bedroom pulled out some large blue totes and put my VHS's in there, stuffed animals etc. the usual stuff kids prioritize. I then went into the kitchen and I remember my mom was on the phone with my aunt saying that she had a headache and she'd only watch my cousins if my aunt brought them to our place. I knew we had to leave, so I threw a huge tantrum, like full on rolling on the floor, etc. saying I had to go see their new dog I just HAD to. So we went and then later that night we received a phone call to turn on the news that our apartment was on fire, and it was.
I still remember so many sensory details about that day. So it started really early for me, I remember prior to that playing games on my mom's super Nintendo with a spirit next to me chilling. I also understood animals really young as well, and was especially fascinated by bugs, which I always tried to save.
I was almost kidnapped at least twice, and I was placed in a couple situations with people that i'm 100% positive used to harm children, but my parents didn't know. Luckily, being aware of others I was able to get out of those situations, and if I wasn't sure then the voice would chime in usually and tell me I had to go.
Growing up I always knew things about people, which made them uncomfortable, I typically had really complex dreams which were mostly nightmares. I had my first past life memory at 10, I was flying in the form of a small hawk into the memory. I also used to try to 'will' people into doing things for me/giving me what I wanted as a kid by messing with their energy. I normally used this to get placed in classrooms I wanted (they usually had special things like pets in the room), this was almost always successful. At about 11 I started taking it a bit more seriously, I'd get visions at times where my entire vision would go white and the voice would speak and show me something. My mother noticed I had these tendencies as a kid, and i'm lucky that she accepted it and trusted my intuition about things. At 12 I bought a tarot deck and it goes from there.
I do a lot of psychopomp work in my practice, most of my teenage years were me waking up to dearly departed hanging out in my room saying things, sobbing etc.
Edited by ReleaseTheBats, 14 February 2018 - 01:10 AM.
“A witch ought never to be frightened in the darkest forest, Granny Weatherwax had once told her, because she should be sure in her soul that the most terrifying thing in the forest was her.”
― Terry Pratchett
Posted 19 February 2018 - 11:12 PM
Posted 30 April 2018 - 01:28 PM
That being said, I remember a few points where I was obsessed with the idea of being a witch. when I was about 5 I was caught doing spells in our yard in a cauldron I dug into the ground with water and grass and some dandelions where I was trying to heal our neighbors cat who got hurt, I got my butt whipped over that one for sure. I left it alone til about 5th grade and again caught trying to do a candle magic spell to protect myself from my teacher who was picking on me and got into trouble again since it was "evil". Then again at age 13 when the internet was really taking off (gosh I sound old lol) and I got caught researching witchcraft and on some aol chatrooms about witchcraft and had a youth group intervention with my churches youth leader *massive eyeroll* I guess I always knew they were wrong because it never felt evil to me but I didn't have a good understanding of what witchcraft meant to me until about the last year or 2. I'd had a sense of missing something in my early 20's and was looking into some different pagan paths not witchcraft related like asatru and some Hellenic polytheism but they didn't really click for me. I looked into different occult leanings like chaos magic and did alot of broad spectrum reading into the occult which some of it resonated more with me. ThenI started reading into traditional witchcraft, herbalism, nature spirits etc. and I felt that "click" like oh, yeah, this is what I was looking for.
Posted 19 September 2018 - 09:34 PM
I remember having random psychic experiences growing up. Especially during puberty. Premonition, seeing a few spirits, empathy, reading thoughts. I remember one day in middle school I was walking on the bus to find a seat when all of the sudden, the image of a family friend came in front of my eyes. The vision was so strong it stopped me dead in my tracks. I got all these feelings of “gone... illness... death..” and when I came to, a lot of people were staring at me. I had bugged my sister as soon as I sat down saying “where is he? Why is he gone?” She simply reminded me that he no longer rode our bus. It turns out that morning he was hit by a car and I was the first person to know about it, before even his own parents.
As for early childhood spells, I had a natural ability to charm people into liking/having a crush on me. I’d focus on them and will my desires to become reality while I was in their presence and in a few weeks I’d be their closest friend or their crush (this helped me a lot because I was very very shy and lacked social skills). I didn’t do the love spells knowingly, just channeled my attraction and focus intuitively knowin it would work. Just a year ago I charmed a very Christian guy into letting me be the first person he ever told about his homosexuality, within just 20 minutes of a one on one conversation with him. Of course I sensed it, which is why I did it (he was cute). Although I didn’t know what I was doing. Just that I had done it all my life and it always worked. This ability seems to be hereditary because my youngest sister has told me very similar stories..
Edited by FancyShadowCat, 19 September 2018 - 09:38 PM.
Posted 20 September 2018 - 06:04 PM
Posted 21 September 2018 - 10:39 AM
Yes and No is my answer lol I discovered witchcraft at 14, so I was still a child. But before then, no.
I was brought up Roman Catholic but not in a strict way. I never considered Witches as being evil or anything, more like fairytale characters, so anything I did would just be thought as my imagination rather than being linked to anything. But I do think, looking back, that I was probably nurtured into witchcraft. My parents raised me to be independent and free thinking, I was and am always questioning things. So I was surprised about their reaction when I started doubting Christianity. I've spoken before about my imaginary friend, which looks more and more likely that it was actually a Brownie. I was always out in nature as a child, my parents enjoy camping so we camped a lot. So a connection with nature was installed at an early age. I would also get obsessive over topics of interest. I would go through phases as a child where I would think about nothing else. Ancient Egyptian Mythology, Vampires, Telekinesis, Aliens etc. etc... so when Witchcraft came along, it did start out like that but the more I learnt the more it felt familiar to me.
Posted 21 September 2018 - 02:18 PM
Not exactly, but from a very young age I was always attuned to witches and spirits... I grew up in the Anglo-Catholic faith but not in a strict sense, witchcraft wasn't forbidden or anything, it was more seen as the stuff of legend. My Irish grandmother and I would discuss spells and she taught me runes and how to manually draw out horoscopes. She always said she had the second sight and that I had it too. I encountered spirits from a very young age, and things have always happened around me that would probably, by the layperson, be called "coincidences." My mom frequently commented that it seemed someone was watching over me, since I got into some pretty precarious situations and managed to get out of them unscathed... being a curious and very restless kid will do that LOL. It wasn't until my teens that I tapped into witchcraft. So my answer is yes and no.
Posted 25 September 2018 - 04:20 PM
I found my path at 14, and started practicing witchcraft when I was 18. I don't claim to know everything about the craft even 16 years later and I'm always open to new concepts.
Posted 11 November 2018 - 03:20 AM
Pretty early; was making potions and casting spells ( although not very effective ones) since I was a little girl.... and that's a long time ago now.
Posted 10 February 2019 - 10:51 PM
I was always a weird kid. For example-I went to a Baptist Christian school from k- 2nd grade. I used to insist on wearing my red shawl to school almost everyday so we could play “demons” at recess, and I could be the demon. Haha. Pro-tip- this is an excellent way to get picked on, AND “demons” is not an approved recess activity in Baptist school.
I always was attracted to all things magical and witchy and dark. Much of my private play time involved making potions and spells (ya know with mud and marbles and twigs and flowers heisted from the neighbors yard.) Made my relatives repeatedly tell the many “ghost stories” our family had accumulated.
There were apparently some things I said as a young child that was noted as being “prophetic” by the church people.
But mostly because of being raised in a very fundamentalist social network- I less thought I would be a witch and more thought I was inherently evil. I knew my tendencies and my interests and could not shake them. But that being the antithesis of what I was taught was “right” just meant there was something terribly wrong with ME.
So I suppose the answer is yes in a way. It would just take a good many years for me to accept it. And a bit longer to fully embrace it.
...From ev’ry depth of good and ill , The mystery which binds me still...— Poe
Posted 11 February 2019 - 11:45 PM
Yeah I also did have wierd tendencies growing up and a love for the darker things, I used to make similar "potions" out of random bits and bobs, and we had an elder tree in our garden that I always considered special as it attracted so many butterflies. I used to strip the bark from its twigs to make wands, I wish I still had some :/ and I always loved the time around Halloween, it was great to be awake in the dark, and I used to wrangle my little sisters into rudimentary witchy games
I also used to read children's encyclopedias, which is how I got turned on to witchcraft so early - in an article about witches, which covered the burnings and the historical stuff, but it had a quick line at the very end that said "nowadays it is completely legal to be a witch and join a coven" in a really nonchalant way, but it blew my mind, and as soon as I got to my nana's house - she ran a local newspaper and was the only person with a computer - I started to devour as much witchcraft content as I could from the age of about ten or eleven. I did spend a long time at a relatively low level of knowledge though, it's only in the last seven or eight years I really gained enough maturity to really get studying properly
Posted 17 March 2019 - 04:00 AM
What a great topic; interesting to see the common threads in our childhood experiences. Drawn to the dark & the green; an affinity for the "witchy" and supernatural; the gifts of knowing & doing, precognition & charms, seem to run through each story. It's healing to hear families that embraced & encouraged; heartbreaking, just a bit, to hear of situations that caused someone to internalize a sense of wrongness about their own self. I guess my story is some of both.
I grew up in an agricultural family, farms & citrus groves of "old Florida" & extreme South Alabama. Though my family was Catholic--to a soul, we'd say good, Christian folk (and mean it in the nice way), looking back, it's the witchiest of families . Cunning work came from both sides of my family: the use of fire & water in the groves to ward the freezes; working the fields by the phases of the moon; divination by card, pendulum, & palm; the use of herb & tree to heal & protect; the interpreting of omens; and much more, were commonplace. I knew all my local plants & how to gather from them respectfully by grade school, learned it from my parents. I learned to sweep a house (but never to sweep the dirt out the door) from my grandmother. I learned, too, that superstitions were called old wives' tales because they held traces of things that were important for wise wives to know, so we ought to pay attention.
I guess I was maybe 12 when I put these things together with witchcraft, after reading some library book or the other. I was the child who loved the witchy, the dark, the green, and saw spirits and heard them, who knew what would happen well before it did. As my parents were aware and supportive, teaching me more little by little, it seemed natural that I'd continue just as I was. Then, I heard of witchcraft at a church, a friend's fundamentalist one. For the first time, I felt a frisson of fear, mixed with confusion. Why would one be born, created & fashioned with gifts only for it be terribly wrong to use them? I already lived in Florida, I wasn't interested in eternity anywhere hotter . So, there was a time of struggle, defining who I was & learning to honor Spirit by embracing myself as I was born to this world.
Today, in my early 40's, I look back, thankful for the acceptance of my family. frustrated with the fear-mongering of some other religious folk, and grateful to be whole, the family historian, the keeper of lore & teller of tales, the crafter of charms when I want to be, the protectress when I must be.
Posted 07 June 2019 - 03:22 PM
Yes and No. I didn't know what it was called per say but I knew always that I was being drawn towards something. It excited my soul and gave me a drive more more knowledge. Even lead me to my choice of college major, Anthropology.
Folklore has always been something of a wonderful adventure to me and it wasn't until I was in my late teens early twenties that I even really understood what witchcraft actually was/is.