In Your Own Words: The Magic Gene

The Magic Gene


Just lately I have been reading about witchery being genetic. I really cannot see that as any more than being raised in a family tradition of a religion, any religion. Beliefs and practices we held as children were dictated to by our parents. For most as in other aspects of life that is all we ever know and we do not drift from that. Perhaps there is no need to and indeed why rock the boat if it is not necessary to do so.

So what makes certain people more open to change and breaking the social indoctrination and being different? I do not know the answers here and maybe my readers can offer some up.

My own thoughts are that some people, myself included, are born to be different and go against the rules. To be a rebel I suppose. In my case all the vital aspects of self go against what I believed to be right. The scars of believing a spirit/god would deny my existence and condemn me for being how I was created to be by the same spirit/god pushed me to fight back and look for answers that made sense. In witchcraft I found that sense and also rationality that allowed me to bring myself out of denying my right to be.

Is that being a rebel? I am sure to some it is. It certainly is breaking rules that needed to be broken down. Even with some aspects of witchery I am not convinced, especially the old adage ‘Do as thy will but harm none’. No one can go through life and not cause some hurt to someone at some point. In most cases that hurt is unintentional and out of our control nonetheless we have caused it and have to let it happen. So here again I make my own rule. To accept there is consequences to everything and to be man enough to carry them.

Is this all due to genetics? Some of it certainly is to some degree in that the biological make up does not always meet the blue print of ‘normal’ human existence. However life is experiential and we learn and grow from living and spirituality is the same it grows and even changes with what life throws at us.


Love and light



Pagan Insights Project: In Your Own Words – your thoughts and feelings – maybe a full blog post on a topic of your choice related to your path (or Paganism in general) or just a few sentences on where you are right now. What are you studying? What are you thinking? Who are you, and where are you going on your Pagan path? What’s right and what’s wrong in Paganism at the moment?


7 comments on “In Your Own Words: The Magic Gene

  1. I think there might be family influences, and you choose what you use and what you leave, speaking very generally, but I also think it is way overstated in terms of witches and “the blood” etc, and a lot of that is narcissistic self-delusion. People get very proud of their “heritage”, and I don’t think anyone should feel negative about their genetic or cultural inheritance, but if that’s what a person feels pride in, well they’re setting the bar pretty damn low, and I think substituting for individual self esteem. People love to have something unconscious to sink themselves in, because it is comforting and pleasurable, but I think that is all blood lines come down to. Being a Witch is too individual a predicament in my view to be accounted for by genetics or family.

    • Exactly. We all use stuff we ‘inherit’ but that is a foundation stone on which we should build not rely on as the crux of our being. Family trads are wonderful, but only if they work for the individual.

      • yes, I know there are things I have inherited from ancestors which I have put my own spin on, just as they did I expect, but the fact is we all have diverse inheritances, everyone does 🙂

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