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Is Witchcraft In Your Blood? 15 Signs You Come From A Family of Witches

Because of the Witch Trials and the forced conversion of our pagan ancestors to Christianity, many of the old magical families either hid their abilities and beliefs, denied them, or simply forgot them over time. You may come from a family of witches and not even know it! Is witchcraft in your blood? Here’s 15 signs you come from a family of witches.

DISCLAIMER: there is debate around what defines a Hereditary Witch and/or a Natural Witch. I believe hereditary witches are quite rare and I don’t claim to know everything on the subject. These things don’t automatically make a person a Hereditary Witch, so ultimately, read and make assumptions at your own discretion.

1. Grandma “knows things”

Did you have a grandmother or mother who somehow knew things were going to happen before they did? This is a psychic ability known as claircognizance. Many of the old magical families stem from a line of men and women who were once revered and some were even paid to give their predictions to royalty in the old days.

2. You come from a family of healers

Healing seems to be an ability that’s passed down from generation to generation. It’s sometimes strictly energetic, and sometimes it’s mixed with herbal wisdom. If your mother or grandmother (or other family member) taught you how to heal with herbs or how to use your hands to provide healing energy to others, you might come from a line of witches with healing abilities. Is your family seemingly drawn to the healthcare field? Do they believe in holistic healing over western medicine? These are all signs.

3. Strange, superstitious traditions

You might come from a line of witches if your grandmother passed down her strange, superstitious traditions to your mother. And then your mother passed them down to you. Just because they never said they were “witches” doesn’t mean they weren’t. Did your grandma throw spilled salt over her left shoulder? Reprimand you for shaking the rug out the front door instead of the back? Hang horseshoes above every door? Was there a kitchen witch doll in your kitchen that your mom talked to when no one else was around? ONE of these traditions doesn’t make one a witch. Multiple traditions just might!

If your family maintained a wall and/table dedicated to the ancestors and prayed to them with offerings, you might be a hereditary witch.
Did grandma have a wall or shrine for the ancestors?

4. Religious statues and altars

If your mother or grandmother always kept religious statues around BUT maintained and treated them as if they were alive or had magical powers, she might have been a witch. Example – angels in the four corners of the property for protection, tables or shelves dedicated to the memory of ancestors or saints, etc. Shrines and altars can sometimes be mistaken for something else when in reality they are sacred, magical space to grandma or mom (whether they say so or not).

5. You have a family of dreamers

Many witches who come from a line of witches have the natural ability to lucid dream or astral project (or both interchangeably). Did you grow up having intense dreams of flying, floating, falling, or entering other worlds through doors? Did you grow up having dreams in which you knew you were dreaming and were able to control your dreams? Many witch families are dreamers by default. This ability often overlaps with claircognizance in which dreams foretell the future.

6. Hauntings were normal

If you grew up with a family who acted as though spirits, hauntings, and ghosts were commonplace, you might be from a line of hereditary witches. Witches often have the ability to sense, see, and/or hear ghosts and other spirits. If your family knew how to communicate with resident ghosts and/or get rid of troublesome spirits, added bonus!

7. You were taught how to use herbs

Hereditary witches are usually taught how to grow, harvest, and use herbs in their cooking and also for medicinal purposes. My grandmother used to send me out back to pick wild mint that she would add to her sweet tea batch in the summer. And somehow, when I fell off my bike and skinned my knee, I instinctively knew to break off an aloe vera leaf and apply the sticky substance to my wound. If you were taught how to garden and use herbs, you might be from a line of witches. There’s stories of my great great grandmother being an herbalist who made her children wear necklaces of herbs to ward off the flu and cold.

Hereditary witches might notice grandma celebrating holidays out of the "norm".
Hereditary witches notice grandma or mom holding “unusual” traditions and celebrating holidays the rest of society doesn’t.

8. Telepathic connections

If your family is a line of hereditary witches, telepathic connections between family members are prominent. Once, just once, my mother, brother, and I all had the same dream the same night. Dreaming the same thing is common. If your mother calls you at the exact moment you were thinking of her, this is also a sign of a telepathic connection. If you and your brother text each other out of the blue, this is a telepathic connection.

9. Family wasn’t “normal”

You might have grown up wondering why your family wasn’t “normal” like the other families on the block. Maybe your mom kept rocks in the windows and welcomed in the neighborhood raccoons and wildlife. Maybe grandpa had an affinity for bonsai trees and the whole yard was covered in them. If your family was markedly abnormal (and proud of it), you might be a hereditary witch.

10. Witch Birthmarks

Sometimes a strange anomaly occurs in a family – everyone has the same birthmark. Do you and your mom, brother, and grandfather all have a heart-shaped birthmark over your navel? A red crescent moon birthmark on the back of your neck? Etc. Families of hereditary witches sometimes carry something called a “witch’s mark” in the form of birthmarks that tend to pass from generation to generation.

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11. Outdoorsy and Animal Lovers

I grew up in a family of outdoorsy people. My grandfather loved to camp and travel. Grandmother enjoyed being in the garden. My mother owned horse farms and was always outside with the animals. Which brings me to the next point – if you grew up in a family of nature lovers and/or animal lovers, you might be from a line of witches. When the family members who are animal lovers also take in strays and seem to attract wounded or lost wildlife (more so than anyone else you’ve met) – this is a sure-sign they have a special ability and could be a witch.

12. Feeling energies

Was your mom able to walk into a room and feel the energy there? Maybe you’ve heard her say something like, “this place feels icky.” Or maybe she has a hard time breathing in certain places. If your family members were able to “feel things” from certain places or people, they might be clairsentient which is another ability in hereditary witch lines.

13. High anxiety and social disorders

Something I’ve seen time and time again with hereditary witch bloodlines – they carry a “gene” for anxiety and social disorders. Grandma couldn’t be in public places for too long. Maybe your mom had high anxiety about leaving the house. Perhaps even your brother had a social disorder of some kind. Can these seemingly mental health problems be attributed to something deeper – maybe your family members are empathic! When empaths absorb energies from others, they are prone to anxiety and social disorders.

14. Your family claims their magical heritage

This is an obvious one. If your family claims their magical heritage, you are DEFINITELY from a line of witches! Some magical traditions might include: hoodoo, water witching, Orisha worship, Appalachian folk magic, Pennsylvania Pow Wow, Hungarian witchcraft, Stregoneria, Romani witchcraft, Scottish Cunning ways, etc.

15. Stories of ancestors being “herbalists”, “midwives”, “healers” or “granny women”

Did you grow up hearing stories of your ancestors being strange things like granny women, witch masters, or water witches? Was great grandma an herbalist or used folk remedies to cure her children and family? If these stories circulate through your family for generations, you might be from a line of witches.

So, are you a hereditary witch?

If you can say yes to more than one of these, you might be from a line of witches. At the very least, you come from a special family with some pretty cool abilities and traditions! We see a lot of people claiming magical heritage online, but to be honest, I don’t think hereditary witches are as commonplace as they seem. When witchcraft is passed down from generation to generation, it is a rare and special thing. BUT I would venture to say that fifty years from now, the world will see a HUGE resurgence of hereditary witches. This is because of the popularity of witchcraft in this day and age. The young women and men who are witches today will become parents, pass down their beliefs and customs to their children, and possibly their grandchildren. Henceforth there will be more hereditary witches in the future than there are nowadays.

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42 Comments

  1. Angel

    September 28, 2021 at 9:56 am

    My grandma died before I could even meet her 😭

  2. REBECCA BOISVERT

    August 5, 2021 at 2:25 pm

    I’m all 15 I’m a Heredity witch my grandma on my dads side of the family I felt her she felt me we had same dreams like all the same things nature herbs spell casting predictions premonitions. I have to be careful when driving I have premonitions while driving sometimes. I see things nobody else can like my GG. I’ve been taught a lot of things I’m so strong of an Empath to as well. When animals die I feel it even with plants and all of nature

  3. Jason Scott

    May 30, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    My dad is Christian he said my grandmother was a gypsy read peoples futures from regular playing cards I never knew her she died when I was just a baby all my life I have had vivid dreams of the future or people close to me dying I just know I can feel positive and negative energies I can see peoples oras I can see shadows at the corner of my eye hear things you can’t see been drawn to Wiccan and Wiccan ways I was always taught it was bad stay away I believe in God but just lately alone of things have been revealed to me and is there a such thing as a legecy?

    1. Markey “World Market” Beilué

      August 13, 2021 at 5:39 am

      You can be a Christian Witch.

    2. Anonymous

      September 15, 2021 at 10:15 pm

      I have had and still do experience all this stuff . I’m a Christian as well. I’ve even had ppl come out of nowhere to tell me I’m a witch but thought they was crazy. I don’t know anything about my ancestors and I don’t know how to deal with this or even channel in

  4. Missmarymack

    January 20, 2021 at 11:19 am

    At 6 years old my father called my mother a witch every chance he got I never understood until now I’ve came across frankensense and Florida water many spices and she loved nature and made sure we did as well she taught me a lot with directly teaching me , I started my spiritual journey in 2019 and so much is making sense now , I feel as though I’ve found my life purpose I am a healing witch .

  5. Mary jane aromin

    August 17, 2020 at 2:57 am

    I have all 15. I have goosebumps while reading this. I have doubted ever since that i come from a line of hereditary witches, though i love crystals, incense, salts, herbs, and being with nature. We have stray cats in the house! They come to me and my eldest son as if by instinct. And i’m an empath too. I get weak by other people’s energies, especially negative ones. I can’t stay that much in crowded places. My grandfather was a bespoke herbalist and my brother and i knows how to use herbs in healing our family members. I have all those lucid dreams, and i have dreams that happened. They scare the hell out of me. I used to curse some people who were mean to me and bad things happened to them. Since then, i do not want to do it again. Thanks for the info. I din’t onow how to cast spells though😅

  6. Blanca

    August 6, 2020 at 8:42 am

    My mother’s grandfather was a healer and card reader, my aunt was a card reader. I grew up around candles, herbs, horse shoes on doors, cleansing and so many things. I usually have dreams when something is going to happen and they do, spirits visit me with messages in my dreams. I can’t be in public spaces it overwhelms me. I usually can feel energies from people and when they are bad I get very sick. I am able to read your cards. I know I have a gift and when I receive messages I always deliver them to who they need to go to. Sadly I know when someone will die…

  7. Joy

    July 26, 2020 at 2:11 pm

    Sorry for bad english..
    my mom said that we have a relative (hes dead now) who can know if the person going to die or not he just write the name on a piece of paper and if the person going to die he will write a cross in the right or left corner (cant remember) of the person’s name and everytime our one member of family die… we must break a rosary and put in his/her coffin… my mom said we do that because if we dont… another member of the family will die.. and me and my mom can sense if a member of our family going to die… my uncle died april 2016 before he died me and my mom had a nightmare… cant remember what exactly its in my nightmare but it has blood and insects and i told my mom i had that nightmare and she said she had it too so yea and i dont see ghost but i can sense them i remember when i was a kid im alone in our house while im watching tv someone touched my back i looked back no one there im shooked i ran fast to my uncle i said about it and he said thats just your imagination…. then after many years my mom told me she can see ghosts she told me that when she was in her teen she slept in our living room in sofa she woke up at 2-3 am she saw a woman walking around the dining table she just closed her eyes and went to sleep again and she told me that after her pregnant in the hospital she went to the cr and she saw a little boy ghost.. then they left the hospital and when they arrived at grandpas home she saw that the little boy ghost from the hospital follwed them after that my mom never tell me ghost stories she experienced idk if she still see ghosts or she closed her third eye… im shooked and then after many years again i feel that i can sense a ghost but i cant see them.. hard to explain…i told my other uncle that i can sense theres the little boy from hospital in grandpas house and he said he can also sense the ghost! he sometimes see the shadow and he told me that the ghost always hide under the kitchen sink cabinet!! and my aunt also told me that she heard the kitchen sink cabinet closed while shes at the garage!! well until now i can sense the ghost at my grandpas house.. btw our house and granpas house are just side by side and also at my school i can sense theres many ghosts!! i cant see them but i feel them!! but all ghosts i sense doesnt disturb me btw thanks for reading :))

    1. Joy

      July 26, 2020 at 2:31 pm

      and in my school… i remember when i was in 6th grade im alone in our library (4pm) i hear walking sounds i look around no ones there and then last year me and my friend decided to go to off limits… were only two we went to the school nun convent thats really really off limits haha and we go there because were planning to were going to our school chapel by entering the nun covent building!! btw so were very sneaky hoping that no nun can see us! whil walking i can sense someones following us!! idk how to explain i just can sense it! so yea after walking were succesfully now in chapel haha and this december 2019 we have a musical broadway in our school while resting we decided to walk around the hall we went to the very dark stairs up in the backstage i can sense that theres a shadow i told my classmate hey did u notice something then he said to me lets come down quick i guess he saw the ghost he told me that he can see ghosts sometimes he told me that theres a shadow figure in the dark corner and i was shooked so yea i never go to that place again btw i know places in my school where theres ghosts…in our 4th floor cr…grotto etc.. i dont usually go to those places unless we have an activity there :))

  8. Jennifer Alexander

    June 28, 2020 at 7:39 pm

    I have the dreams, birthmark, social anxiety, and claircognizance. I have never heard of any witches in my family.

    1. Chloe

      January 2, 2021 at 12:56 am

      I have the same things, and I can feel energies. Have long suspected which is our in our family tree, but no one ever talked about it.

      1. Shawn Harris, Timberlake

        July 18, 2021 at 8:42 am

        Hi Chloe! My name is Shawn. Well, this is the 1st time that I thought that I would check because I was thinking about my great grandmother and how my family on her side I’ve in Yazoo city. That’s up North Mississippi. They were kinda like Gypsy I guess u could say. I remember my cousin Mercy wearing a rope with garlic on it around her neck and so many other things that like my great grandmother would say about seeing things before they would happen. Me, I can sence them2 weeks before they happen most of the time. My sensitivity level has high tend the older that I’ve gotten. After my great grandmother passed I was in the living room and I had a dream that she was in our utility room and I picked her up as she walked out and I sat her on the table. She says to me oh honey, don’t hurt me! What does that me? I’m thinking now maybe it wasn’t a dream after all! I can go on and on sweetheart, I’ve probably got enough that would last days on in if not weeks! LoL! I think that having a insightful spiritual sole is very special and we must guard that with our lives as well as give thanks for it because not everyone is that Fortnite. I know that when people do me wrong that within days and I’ve seen it happen to someone within an hour. I literally walked out my door and seen this man got punched to the ground from this other man and it sounded like a brick that had hit a brick wall. Something that the guy had threatened to do to me. U watch for those real sudden strong thoughts that tell u something that ur mind won’t let u forget! Go find out what it is that’s nagging u. That’s probably someone that is trying to contact u from the other side to warn u or wants u to know something very important!

  9. Tiffany joy Rodriguez maiden is Patron

    May 8, 2020 at 6:49 am

    Just have a grandma. Rumored to be in santaria in puerto rico but times i say things and im so upset and ro point i feel it and comes to pass my mom says watch my words my eldest 2 kids feel things b4 they happen and o feel so uncomfortable out of place since i can remember have had dif people come up to me at stores and urgently want to tell me a reading and am told by readers and fam im hard to decifer they cant see or feel what i truly want or feel

  10. Rayleigh smith

    April 27, 2020 at 4:26 am

    My mother has told me that her great(lots of great) grandma was accused of witchcraft and hanged in 1692, (1621-1692) her name is Susannah north Martin. My Brother told me my grandma (moms side) healed his hand so he can touch fire now and not get burned and I was like woah, and my moms side has always been a little spooky and shady, with ghosts and stuff. My brother used to talk to this little ghost boy one time when he was around 10, and it followed my aunt to her house, and then my aunt always had ghosts in her house. If you know anything to help with my search please reply!!!

    1. Austin derobertis

      May 1, 2020 at 5:56 am

      Are you serious religh Smith we might be related my family was in the Salem witch trials

    2. Anonymous

      May 19, 2020 at 5:18 am

      I’m only 16 and can read people very well and sometimes I can predict the future

      1. Anonymous

        August 2, 2020 at 4:03 pm

        I’m 15 and I feel exactly the same way. My grandma knows a hell lot and has many stories. I grew up in a very haunted house and my mom and my grandma found it normal.

  11. Kat

    March 18, 2020 at 11:17 pm

    Almost all of these fit… my grammy could predict things, ghosts. Energies are commonplace, etc. On my moms side on dad’s side my dad. Brother and myself share a similar birthmark under our chests…I am a counselor and mom in medical field. I always feel it from my Irish moms side but didnt even realize anything on my hungarian dads side. Very interesting

  12. Kimmi

    November 23, 2019 at 2:56 am

    So half of this applied to me. My sister and i found witchcraft separately. Same mom, different marriages. I grew up with my dads side and the ghost sightings happened all the time to women on my dad side. My mom side had the healers. All of them went into the medical fields and my mom would know things and have premonitions. She thought it was jesus talking to her though. My sister lived with her father but still found witchcraft and i naturally gravitated towards it at a young age. I saw ghost all the time. I had dreams where i talked to dead people i was related to. I could feel rooms energies and instantly know a good person from a bad one. I even tried to make potions as a kid before my family stopped me and tried to force christianity on me. My sis and i now do witchcraft together and her daughter is showing the signs of being gifted with it. If i have a daughter i will bring her up in it.

  13. Andrea Maybon

    August 16, 2019 at 3:24 am

    I find this article interesting and somewhat misleading at the same time. I have none of these signs since both my mother and maternal grandmother completely turned their backs on anything involving a deity of any kind, and yet I still know without a shadow of a doubt that I am a hereditary witch on both sides. While I find this interesting I question how much our ancestral line has to do with our abilities and such since, according to my beliefs anyway, we reincarnate multiple times and may jump from one family to the next bases on our soul contracts. Something I shall ponder further another time. Oh, and btw, my maternal great grandmother is how I know I’m hereditary. The first born is always a female, she came to me in a dream the night she passed, I’ve been able to tell who was calling before the phone rang since I could talk, and the list goes on and on…sad that my immediate “ancestors” turned their backs on all of this.

  14. Paula W

    July 7, 2019 at 5:39 am

    I am familiar with all of these powers. I don’t claim to be psychic but I know things without being told about them and my dreams tell me things before they happen. I am a healer. I am an empath. I am familiar with spirits and I often recognize what spirit a person is moving in and I handle them accordingly. But I get information from the Holy Spirit. God if you will. I was told that I am High Priestess, whatever that means. And our family has a background of witches but I do not no a lot about that. We are part Native American, German, Irish, Scottish, Iberian. I am still trying to figure it all out

    1. Trinetta y stitt

      September 16, 2019 at 12:09 am

      I read your post and I like it and I’m trying to figure out myself sounds like you r really smart and highly intelligent truly believe I got some witch n me But generations hides a lot of things. What tha sayn is swept under the rug ) so through our generation now it makes us puzzled and not knowing how to deal with it meaning not n a bad way because I’m who I’m now I’m reading on it and thanks for reading my post and blessings goes out to u and all

    2. Himiko Toga

      March 20, 2020 at 9:46 pm

      If you see small parts of the future or past, you are a diviner. They are extremely rare and only about 1/5 or 2/5 of the world are diviners.

  15. Daisy bocanegra

    June 18, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    My mom always puts salt around the house and there is always a owl outside our porch does is it mean she is a witch. Some nights she always tell us “wear this” it’s a little bracelet with eyes and she always tell us that “stay together”

  16. Shanna Champagne

    June 6, 2019 at 7:36 am

    Ok what about blood type does that matter my blood type is RH negative it is a rare blood type does that matter

  17. Bea

    April 1, 2019 at 5:49 am

    What would you recommend, regarding approaching ancestors, if both sides of the family, though perhaps old souls, were neurotic and toxic? I don’t know how far I’d have to go back to find a generation of decent folks.

    1. admin

      April 1, 2019 at 11:29 am

      Bea – That’s hard to deal with, but I would say focus on your ancient ancestors. You don’t have to have names (being that they’re ancient), but think about where your ancient ancestors came from – were they Celtic? Maybe Saxon? Roman? Nigerian? Native American? Etc. And focus on learning all you can about those people, their mythology, way of life, etc. Set up an altar for them. Talk to them. Hope this helps.

    2. Judith

      May 5, 2019 at 12:51 pm

      My mother always talked about
      A big Huge book of shadows ,
      It was said that it was like a book that
      A countenance had in the 1600
      And it was brown Made of Made of Some type of Material Aparently Appear it was my Great great great grandmother From England I ask my mother’s mother and my grandmother said my mother had no right to tell you about the book ,as my mother On occasions called be a white witch you’re just like your great great grandmother as the child I felt durable I was only 9 ,I could see since smell predicting things In later years I have to be careful what I say to people as it materialises Even all my dreams come true that I dreams But my dreams to me were messages from another world ,hope you can read this

  18. Katie

    February 25, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    I never had the pleasure of meeting my maternal grandmother and my paternal grandmother passed away when I was young. My mother and I are polar opposites so talking to her is futile. My daughter and I posses much of what you have written about. She is stronger in some areas where I am stronger in others. Unfortunately she is close minded like my mother so we can’t share our uniqueness together. I so wish I could find out more about my ancestors. I’ll continue to accept my “weirdness” in solitude and enjoy every second of it! Thank you for the fun post.

    1. admin

      February 25, 2019 at 6:25 pm

      Hi Katie – You don’t need to know your immediate ancestors in order to start a relationship with your ancestors. I focus a lot on my ancient ancestors, as well. Start by identifying if you have Celtic/Norse/Roman etc. heritage and go from there. You can build an altar to honor your ancient ancestors, leave them offerings, and start talking to them on a daily basis.

  19. Types of Witches (And Why It Doesn't TRULY Matter)

    February 20, 2019 at 2:00 am

    […] One of the rare types of witches is the hereditary witch. A hereditary witch inherits his or her magical knowledge and practice from the generations before (mother, grandmother, aunt, uncle, etc.) Debate as to whether the tradition is passed down over MANY generations, a few generations, or whether the tradition itself has to be verbally defined (by the family) as witchcraft circulates in the pagan community today. Learn the 15 Signs You Could Be a Hereditary Witch. […]

  20. Deborah

    February 19, 2019 at 1:15 am

    I Have 12 witches in my bloodline

  21. Susan

    February 12, 2019 at 8:41 am

    I have always had lucid dreams and have known not just family but other people around me something is not right. Also predicted something will happen and it has.i speak to spirits and have seen them. I could tell you so much but it would take forever.i know I have healing powers and it makes me feel so happy that I can help others.

  22. Shelly

    February 8, 2019 at 1:14 am

    My grandmother had 13 children and she always if they were in troublefor even as adults. My mother would say I haven’t heard from someone in the family and the phone would ring or there would be a knock at the door and it was them. My children hated the fact that I always knew they were going to do something before they did it. I would sometimes yell at them for saying something mean and they would swear they never said it they were just thinking it. So what does thatwork make our family?

    1. admin

      February 8, 2019 at 3:42 pm

      I think a lot of families, particularly mothers, have telepathic connections with their children. It doesn’t necessarily make one a hereditary witch unless coupled with a few other traits. BUT it’s pretty darn cool, anyway!!!

  23. Kelly

    February 7, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    I’m adoped but i have amost every sign you mentioned too cool thanks for affirming my uniqueness kelly

    1. admin

      February 8, 2019 at 3:42 pm

      Does the rest of your adopted family show these signs? Or do you think it comes from biological?

  24. Rose Stone

    February 6, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    I m a heredity witch, my son n my daughter both get freaked out over the abilities that just seem to happen, they r running from it now n I can not stop them. I m so sad I need my children near me I can feel them n I see thru their eyes of where n wat they r doing but my grand baby’s know me not, please pray for me. N we have a tiny strawberry on our right breast..its been handed down for 2 generations I know

    1. admin

      February 6, 2019 at 4:11 pm

      Absolutely praying for you!

    2. Izzy

      June 2, 2020 at 11:13 pm

      I was able to say yes to 6 of these. I have always questioned my family heritage and why we were able to fo the things we do. This was very helpful!

  25. Sheew Mars

    February 2, 2019 at 10:07 am

    Yes,it srema that I’m a very powerful witch,but ’cause I ive none training I have no Ides how to defend myself from more powerful witches or entities.It is like life put before me temptations and I CANNOT resist them.I ALSO DO NOT UNDERSTAND CONCEPT OF GODDESS AND GOD

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