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Generations Of Witches: The Magical Lineage

The Legacy of Magical Lineages and Generations of Witches

The loving bond between a parent and child is unlike any other. A bond that transcends rational thought, stronger than the connections we forge along the way as we travel the path life has set before us. A fierce love, an unexplainable love, a protective bond. It is our job as parents to show a child how to exist in this world, and to live in the moment, to embrace the world around them.

A strong way to do so is to teach a child at a young age what it means if they come from a magical lineage, or multiple generations of witches. As I create a simmer pot for the change of the seasons, keep a broom above my front door, create tonics and tinctures, and shuffle through a deck of cards, look into a flame or a black mirror, it’s my duty to educate my young witch on what it is I am doing, so that she may also decide if she wants to walk the path of a witch.

This past holiday season, I took it upon myself to look up some books. My daughter has recently and frequently been asking me if she can become a witch like me and her grandmother. I’ve explained that being a witch is not something she has to consciously do, like getting dressed for the day, but that it is something we are already doing.

We are witches. We feel the magic of the moon and the sun, the push and pull of the tides, the breath of the wind, and the resonating energy of the universe all around us.

I said to her that a witch is a person who loves the earth and nature, and who listens to the universe, the sun, and the stars. A witch is a person who listens to love, the greatest magic of all. A witch is someone who thanks the earth for the use we get from it, and someone who does their best to honor all.

Yes, it is as simple as that. There is no handbook or guide to follow that does or does not make someone a witch. You simply are, you just exist. It is written in our very blood and bones. A generational lineage is hard to come by in today’s world; we have lost touch with our ancestors, and family magic has faded away for a lot of families.

You don’t have to actively practice magic every day to be a witch; you don’t have to follow a timeline or a calendar, especially if you’re new. Magic is about being present in your practice and work, so if for a while you don’t feel like doing anything related to it, that’s ok! If you set up an altar for Samhain and performed spells or rituals, and then didn’t perform another one for months, that doesn’t mean you’re not a witch; just as it doesn’t mean you are not an artist if you don’t sit and paint every day.

The torch passes from elder to younger through the years, and generations of witches are kept alive and flourish by welcoming a new practitioner to the ranks. Every new witch is only as wise or as strong as those before them who taught them to be. The quest for knowledge never ends, not even for the eldest witch in the family, for they too still learn every day, but it is from the little feet running through the house that they learn new love and magic.

In my journey as a witch, I’ve experienced this profound lineage firsthand. My mother, with her deep wisdom and knowledge about life, passed that knowledge onto me. I would not be the woman I am today without her. I was introduced to different versions of Christianity as a child and I never felt right, I never quite fit in.

As I grew and entered adulthood, I discovered my first few books about spells and magic. I was intrigued of course, as most dormant witches would have been. I began to explore and to learn, practicing here and there and reading whenever I could. A few years later, my mother and I began discussing topics that I would read in books, and we awoke her dormant magic as well, we re-ignited the wild magic running in our veins.

Who knows how many generations went by where the world’s knowledge and magic went unused in our family. As we grow and age and teach my daughter our ways, we can only hope that someday my grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and their grandchildren will also have the desire to learn about the world of magic and everything that nature has to offer us.

I’m certainly looking forward to seeing what the future generations of witches in my family will do. It is believed by many that the intuitive capabilities strengthen with each successive generation that continues to practice. It’s as if the psychic energies, rituals, and practices compound, giving the newer generations of witches an innate ability to tap into the power that’s been cultivated over time in their bloodline.

Within families of witches, traditions are treasured, grimoires are crafted, knowledge is shared. Rituals, chants, and spells handed down through the ages remain largely untouched, serving as a bridge to the ancestors. But it is just as important and essential in the teachings that we have a respect for free will. Every child born into a lineage of witches has the choice to embrace, modify, or even set aside the practices. If my child does not wish to participate in a ritual, chant, or spell, I will never force them.

I will never force a child into a belief, but rather invite them to explore their own beliefs. For while the craft may be celebrated and revered by some within our family, it’s important to teach one about the need to navigate misunderstandings and misconceptions from the outside world. The unfortunate negative mindset some people have surrounding the idea of witchcraft is a difficult issue to struggle with, especially if someone with a negative mindset resides in your own family.

In conclusion, being a part of generations of witches is both an honor and a responsibility. It’s a dance of teaching and learning, of respecting traditions while embracing change. As I witness my daughter’s budding interest in witchcraft, I’m filled with hope. Our lineage, with its rich tapestry of magic and lore, is in good hands, promising a future where the legacy continues to thrive and enchant.