While there might be a little witch inside everyone, some claim a special inheritance. Flouncing supposed witchblood, either by birth or through various traditions, doesn’t make you a witch. You know what does? Practicing witchcraft.
What Makes You a Witch?
I read hundreds of answers to this question every week. It’s one of the questions asked on the application to join my Facebook group, The Witches’ Realm.
Sometimes people respond to the questions about defining their witchery with something like, “I was born one.” It’s wonderful to have such a lineage, but it doesn’t make you a witch. Some claim to be descendants of a long line of witches, while others were gifted with certain skills with no obvious familial connection. I believe in the power of witchblood. I also believe that having it doesn’t make you a witch. Witchcraft is a practice, not a birthright.
Do those who claim bloodline rights to a certain tradition, deity or practice have some type of exclusive claim to these things? No. As a Hekatean Witch, it’s definitely something I considered years ago when I first began following her torches. I’ve encountered lots of flouncing, hating and witchsplaining along the way, too. This is usually conducted by those who feel they have some special right to the things that I am being called to. Witchblood doesn’t give you proprietary rights to anything, nor does it make you a witch. We need to stop putting up with self-proclaimed hereditary witches who spread toxicity, especially by telling others that they can’t witch the way they feel in their heart.