Can you make a witch?

Can you make a witch? November 16, 2018

Being a witch is a complicated affair in many ways but especially when it comes to the question of whether witches are born or made. By made I don’t mean as in the sense of Frankenstein, but rather that our interests and life choices make us who we are. Some witches also hold the belief that you can only become a witch through initiation.

I came across a definition of a ‘kitchen witch’ by Mimi Riser. She uses kitchen witch as a modern term for wise women, so I think this description is apt for all witches (male and female):

….. is simply an ordinary person who asks extraordinary questions and dares to expect answers. She is, in fact, anyone who views life not as a stagnant noun, but an active verb – not a bitter pill to be choked down, but a rich treat to be baked up, savoured and enjoyed to the last crumb. She is simple, unadorned heroism. Victory over despair. She is unflinching hope, ever questing joy, and unconditional love.

Doesn’t everyone start life like this?

I saw these qualities of a witch in my children when they were little, before society and life moulded them. My daughter would ask sometimes impossible questions and she demanded answers. Life for her was full of energy, experiences and no limits (unless a spider blocked her path then she came to a standstill). To her, magic was everywhere and nothing was impossible. She loved people and inanimate objects alike, with all her heart, because there were no half measures.

I wasn’t aware of the belief that people became witches through initiation until becoming involved with a coven. Maybe through these traditions you become an ‘official’ witch in their eyes once you’ve been initiated but you would still need to have an interest in witchcraft to follow that route. So, the question remains: are you born with the interest or is it nurtured?

To start, I considered witches to be both born and ‘made’ but on reflection, I think we’re all witches. Some of us adopt the title, but everyone wants to feel the magic, have a life full of possibilities, and be a co-creator on life’s journey. Maybe being a witch is our default state and we’re all made that way but society tells us, from an early age, that it’s the wrong path. Most step away, falling into line with the masses, but some remember and return to the path.

What do you think? Are witches born, do we become witches through initiation only or are we moulded by our tastes? Share your thoughts.

About Lyn Thurman
Lyn Thurman is a witch and priestess on the south coast of England. She's the author of The Inner Goddess Revolution and Goddess Rising, and the creator of the Sea Whispers oracle. When she's not writing, she is helping authors build their business and find their voice at the Quiet Rebel Bureau (or she's obsessing over vegan cakes). You can read more about the author here.
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  • Willow Phelan

    I believe we become witches when, and only when, we claim it for ourselves. If your grandma didn’t consider herself a witch, you can’t make her one. And I believe anyone who wants to be a witch can become one. We all born with some ability. We have to study and learn. Some are going to be more powerful than others, but we all have the ability to some extent.

  • Thanks for sharing your view Willow 🙂

  • Choosing to be a witch makes a witch. Choosing to allow yourself to be initiated into a witchcraft tradition makes you a witch of that tradition. It is really all about choice. Tallents can be developed and we all have a different set, so really in my mind it is a matter of find those who help you make peace with your Tallents. Be it by learning to use them or by learning to deny them effectively enough to make them practically non existent.

  • Wolf

    I believe that I became a Witch slowly as I read and studied and began to understand what Witchcraft is. I accept that my self initiation was just as valid as any degree I received in coven work, or the piece of paper I got that says I’m ordained, or the state ministers license that permits me to perform legal marriages. None of that validates anything for me. I am a Witch because I am a Witch. I think I always was, because I always asked questions, expected logical answers, and lived outside the box.

  • Doreen Pinkham

    Both.
    I feel I was born a witch. Ever since I can remember, I have had experiences that were different than anyone else’s. I have always been drawn to witchcraft, and even though I have lapsed many times over the years (for a multitude of reasons), I always come back. I admittedly don’t know nearly as much as I should or as I would like, but I’m working on it.
    That said, I agree with the others who say we become witches when we choose it and live it.