I inwardly cringe whenever I meet pagans who claims they are a ‘natural witch’. It implies that others are not. Generally these self-proclaimed natural witches also come from a Christian background, which leads me to wonder what they mean by ‘natural’.
From what I could find the subject, ‘natural’ witch often refers to someone with some talent in psychic or supernatural gift. This could be anything from premonition to speaking to spirit guides.
To me, any religious practice is a choice– period. You are not born a witch, even if your parents were, because that implies you have no choice in the matter.
Psychic gifts, on the other hand, do not mean you are a witch either, because you find Christians who also claim to some gift, and they would never label themselves as a witch.
And if this is natural, why do so many witches who have ‘gifts’ complain about how tough it is to have them? If its natural, it should feel natural as another skill or trait you have, one would think.
By the definitions I continue to find on this subject, I would be a ‘natural’ witch.
-Natural affinity with nature.
-Good with animals
-Felt as though I was realizing being a witch rather than choosing (although I still stand on being able to pick and choose your path as a mindful choice).
I would never claim to be a ‘natural witch’ because an of these qualities can be found in a person of any faith. These ‘gifts’ are not witchcraft, but something more universal.
If anyone has more information on this, please leave comments.