QUESTION - I'm 18 years old and my entire life I have been able to see spirits, be it shadow or physical. I never truly paid any mind to this little tidbit. It wasn't until I was 16 that my mother dropped the bomb that not just me, but her and my brother have a beacon of light that attracts spirits, my brother and I are just brighter than normal. Due to my brothers age, she guesses that with time his light will lessen whilst mine has grown. I can see and talk to spirits if I wish (not that I want to, most of the time I just mainly yell at them to stop scaring my cats). It wasn't until maybe last year or early this year that I began practicing Wiccan teachings, mind you I feel like I understand some part of myself better. BUT just right now, this night, my mother drops ANOTHER bomb. I had asked her to ask her cousin, who is a true witch and has been helping my mom out, to read my photo and see if anything was wrong with me and just a few hours ago she tells my mother that I am a witch. Like whoa I just began practicing this, what do you mean I'm a witch? Did she mean by bloodline or that she somehow figured out what I was practicing? Not just that, but do you have any clue on whats going on with me? Why can I see spirits? I don't want to live some Mexican version of Ghost Whisperer!
ANSWER - It is perfectly natural to be able to see spirits. It is particularly common at a young age before preconceptions of the world are formed. Some individuals are more in tune with spirits than others. I know witches who incorporate working with spirits into their craft and others who wouldn’t recognise a spirit if it did a jig on their head. Witchcraft and an ability to perceive the departed are too often seen as being dependent on one another when in fact the following of a craft path can be entirely free of spirit work and any individual can have an encounter with the departed without needing to be a practising witch.
I like your rather pragmatic approach to the spirits you see. Certainly it does not have to be anything dark or frightening. They just are in the same sense that anything else just is (and you are right to stop them scaring your cats, lol). I would continue to view your ability with this very common sense approach. There is nothing wrong with you, nothing abnormal or worrying. You may find this gift brings an element of inconvenience at times but there is no reason why it should have any negative impact on your life.
In terms of your cousin telling your mother you are a witch, I think you need to open up a bit more dialogue on this. Give her a ring and ask her what she meant! I’m not a big believer in the idea that a person is born a witch, though I do acknowledge there are some hereditary craft traits, so I think it more likely she is being sensitive to the changes in you since you started practising. Working with magic does change us and it is certainly possible another witch has picked up on this. But like I say give her a ring. Direct communication is often the straightest path to clarity.
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