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I can’t count the number of articles and quizzes I have seen lately that claim you can absolutely tell if you’re a witch by a certain set of physical signs. I hate to say it, but this is utter nonsense.
There are no physical signs that determine that you absolutely are a witch, or even that you’re meant to be one. Any of these signs you read about can exist on a witch or non-witch just the same. Big eyes don’t mean you can see the future or past. Palm signs don’t indicate that you’re a born healer. Having a mole or two doesn’t mean you’re a witch either. (Do you remember the old myth that those were where a witch suckled her demons?) I think the most ridiculous ones I’ve ever heard are that having tattoos or being clumsy made you a witch. If that were true, the world would be more witches than not.
When you’re looking for meaning and trying to find your place in the world, it can feel good to think that there are ways you can tell who you are, for sure and without doubt. Unfortunately, that’s not the way things work. Knowing that you’re a witch or Pagan is something much deeper, it’s on a gut, spiritual level, not on the surface. You can have the “old eyes,” palm lines, witchy clothes, a BoS and cast spells every day and not be a real witch or Pagan. It’s not a matter of how you look or what you do, it’s who you are.
If you have any of the supposed physical signs of a witch, I wouldn’t suggest getting afraid, or rejoicing. Just chuckle and think little of it. If you’re truly meant to be a Pagan or a witch, you’ll come to it in time. You’ll feel the draw and you’ll find your way.
*Disclaimer: I no longer practice Paganism, but I’ve left these Pagan Myths articles active because I believe they’re still valuable in helping people to understand Paganism and reduce negative stereotypes.*