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    I have recently come across the term Hereditary Witch, and after having looked it up I'm still a bit confused.

    Obviously it means that the "witch" comes from a family of "witches", but in every definition I've found it says that it is always passed on mother-daughter.

    Well, I have three great aunts (That's right, right? The sisters of my grandmother) who were as the town describes "witches" and were often seen doing.. tricky things, I guess (my mom is from backwater virgina, so it's possible there's no truth to it) my question is does that make ME a hereditary witch, or not? Furthermore, what is the actual definition of hereditary witch?
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    yes to be pricise its your "bloodline" mine comes through my Grandmother on my Dads side not all generations choose to carry on the work .. so yes you would be considered a Hereditry witch
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    • #3
      I agree, it is not about gender, its about family tradition. My family does go mother to daughter for at least 5 generations, but why not mother to son or father to son/daughter?
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      • #4
        "Hereditary witch" is based upon beliefs, not upon biology.
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        • #5
          If so then is there something different about "hereditary witches" than normal ones or is it just a point of view?
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          • #6
            Yes, the difference between hereditary and not hereditary is the mother-daughter lineage. This is not a point-of-view difference, but a matter of religious conviction.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Forever_Your_Boy
              Obviously it means that the "witch" comes from a family of "witches", but in every definition I've found it says that it is always passed on mother-daughter.
              While most of the older material mentions Witchcraft being passed from "mother-daughter" there are actually references to males carrying "witch blood" as well. One 19th century folklorist to note this was Charles Leland who mentions two men from a Witch family.

              Francesco Guazzo, in his 17th century writings, notes that both men and women are Witches, and addresses that Witchcraft is passed through family lines.

              Originally posted by Forever_Your_Boy
              my question is does that make ME a hereditary witch, or not? Furthermore, what is the actual definition of hereditary witch?
              By the strictest definition, yes, but it should be noted that not everyone born into Witch lineage becomes a practicing Witch. So there is some room for debate as to whether birth alone makes one a Witch. For example, if a woman is born with Witch blood but grows up to be a devout Catholic Nun, is she a Witch?
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              • #8
                The gene combination that allows people to enter into Magickal workings, is pretty well distributed throughout the entire human species. More significant would be what is psychologically passed onto new generations as family dynamics. People with Wisdom tend to pass that onto their children & grandchildren through association.

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                • #9
                  You can be. There are those that say it is only a mother/daughter thing but I disagree. Look at it this way if that were so it would imply that only the female gender is able to use the older forms of witchcraft which simply isn't so. I've heard stories of male cousins and such that could do the same thing as the women. I have only a few male cousins because for some weird reason my family is overwhelmingly female. But one of my cousins had a son about a year ago and while it is to soon to tell I think he might be one of those with the talent to use magic well and he is a male, so there goes that theory.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Xentor
                    "Hereditary witch" is based upon beliefs, not upon biology.

                    And beliefs are based upon choices. Just because someone comes from a family of witches doesn't automatically make them a hereditary witch. That person must choose to not just learn but absorb into their heart and practice as a lifestyle being a witch... only then should they consider themselves a witch.

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                    • #11
                      I read someplace on here that true witches only come from herditary witches? So how did the FIRST witch become one??

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by omar
                        I read someplace on here that true witches only come from herditary witches? So how did the FIRST witch become one??
                        I cannot help you with the first part of your statement as I do not recall seeing anyone post the position to which you refer. And, personally I certainly do not feel that only hereditary Witches are "true" Witches.

                        As to the question about how the first Witch came about, I can only pass on what my teachers told me when I asked the same question many years ago. So, here it is:

                        In early tribal human life, there were certain individuals who were different from the others, more attuned to the spirit realms than to the mortal realm. These are the ancestors of what came to be the Medicine Man or Medicine Woman of the American Indian tribes, and the Witch or shaman of the European tribes.

                        Over the course of time these individuals were spirit taught and learned the alignments that eventually passed certain powers and abilities to them from the Otherworld. This was a form of initiation, and the charge flowed and circulated within the blood. Once they were passed the power they were then able to teach others and pass the gift to them. These were the first Witches. Or, so the story goes.
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                        • #13
                          Hereditary Witch

                          Yes, gender doesn't matter, you are an hereditary witch if you choose that path.

                          I found out my great-great grandmother (probably went back further, but I know up to that point) was Strega (Italian Witch). Somewhere between great-grandmother and grandmother they chose to follow the Catholic religion and the Book of Shadows went missing. They still did spells that they memorized, but followed the Catholic religion. I thought this very interesting since I found out about three years after I had chosen the
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                          • #14
                            so are hereditary witches generally more powerful because it has been passed down through generations?
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                            • #15
                              And does it even have to be identified as witchcraft. My mother is a conservative Christian who rejects the practice of witchcraft as the work of the devil leading people astray. However she has considerable psychic and spiritual powers in her own right that she considers exclusively the manifistations of the Holy Spirit. For example, healing by laying of hands, prophesy, spiritual protection and banishment for herself and for others, and speaking in tounges to name a few.

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