…this article is not original work. It is copied from the site www.peacefulpaths.com. I thought it was worth a wider audience.
As a child, did you ever make mud pies, but knew that your concoction wasn't quite right until you added that special blade of grass or flower or berry on top?
"Then you know the care a witch puts into his/her brew and the painstaking importance of every last magickal ingredient in his/her spell".
As an adult, have you ever prepared a meal for others and paid careful attention to the ingredients that you were using because you wanted it taste scrumptious along with being healthy?
"Then you have practiced a bit of kitchen witchery".
Have you ever looked up into the sky and seen clouds that resembled an animal or a person's face or some other object?
"Then you have divined like a witch".
Have you ever as a child (or even as an adult <g>) attempted to make one of those clouds disappear through the sheer power of your mind?
"Then you have practiced a little weather magick".
Have you ever spoken to your pet as if they were human, or known what they wanted by simply observing their actions or the look in their eyes?
"Then you have begun to communicate as a witch does with a familiar".
Have you ever felt sad and cried when something or someone you didn't even know got hurt or died?
"Then you have experienced one of the many feelings of the empathic witch".
Have you ever had a fortunate "coincidence" happen to you, or a project that seems to have flowed flawlessly, or written a book that feels as if it wrote itself?
"Then you've been introduced to synchronicity and the witch's secret of aligning with the Universe".
Have you ever had everything go wrong, or struggled to write even a simple sentence, or felt strangely down and out-of-sorts for no reason?
"Then you know the first step of the witch's secret of how s/he knows s/he is *not* aligned with the Universe".
Have you ever spoken a quick prayer for your safety or the safety of others?
"Then you have practiced one part of a witch's protection spell".
Have you ever wished it would stop raining and then the sun made a sudden appearance, or ever wished someone would just go away...and they did?
"Then you have touched on the powers of a witch".
Have you ever been attracted to or studied ancient mythology and become familiar with names such as Zeus, Artemis, Aphrodite... Diana, Jupiter, Venus... Isis, Horus, Bast... Freya, Odin, Thor... Brigid, Cerridwen, or Lugh?
"Then you know something of a witch's pantheon and who s/he might be consorting with".
Have you ever woken up refreshed and said "hello" or "good morning" to the sun?
"Then you have hailed and honored one of the many witch's Gods".
Have you ever gotten so angry that unwittingly whatever you were holding in your hand broke... felt your pulse quicken during a scary movie... found something so funny that you couldn't stop laughing at until your sides hurt... or been on the tail-end of a "whip" at the roller skating rink?
"Then you have experienced a wee dose of raised energy".
Have you ever planted a garden and firmly patted the rich dark soil around a seedling, sat by the heat of a fire and wondered what fire actually was, gone swimming in the ocean and felt its undertow grab at your feet, or listened to the howls of the wind before a storm?
"Then you have played with aspects of the Elements a witch works with".
Have you ever "wow"ed at a sunset or sunrise, the largeness of the moon as it crests the horizon, the wrath of the ocean waves during a storm, or.. (insert your own "wow" moment here)..?
"Then you have felt what a witch feels all the time".
Have you ever daydreamed of making love in the grass under a full moon, or in a field of lavender under a blazing sun, or in the water of a pristine lake under a canopy of twinkling stars, or on the beach in the rain during a thunderstorm?
"Then you have dreamed of what a witch does".
Have you ever sunk your teeth into a ripe peach or melon, savored the flavor of mint or butter pecan ice cream, or enjoyed a slice of freshly-baked apple cinnamon pie?
"Then you have tasted the sweetness of a witch's Goddess"
Have you ever marveled over how the crystals grew inside that geode, or over the intricacies of a seashell's form, or over the infinite pattern of a fractal, or over the face that looks back at you in the mirror?
"Then you have glimpsed the Goddess/God in you".