The Last of the Granny Witches

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  1. I’ve always had “feelings” about people. Good feeling, bad feeling. Took me forever to actually listen to… idk my gut instincts? about it, but now that I do, I’m about 99% right about people. I’m also Scottish & Cherokee.
    Seeing this article a few days ago, I guess opened my eyes a bit. Since then, I feel like I’m crazy for saying/thinking this, but I’ve been seeing…. I don’t know what they are, ghosts? Spirits? Shadow people/creatures? I don’t know, but I saw a black cat jump down & run past me in my house the other day (we used to have a black cat named Ryder, he passed away back in June), when we currently don’t have a black cat or any cats in the house for that matter. Just driving home I saw a blackish colored dog in the road that wasn’t there when I got closer. I keep seeing these shadowed human figures go by & out of the corner of my eye (truthfully have always seen that, but it’s more frequent now). Now I’m kinda getting freaked out & don’t have anyone to really talk about it with.

    1. Also I’ve dreamed of stuff that’s happened in the future, then relive them, I guess deja vu? It’s weird & used to scare me as a kid, now I try to change whatever it is so it don’t come completely true

      1. @jacobh
        I know better than to use Ouija board. That’s stuff that I don’t wanna get mixed into. You may think I’m crazy, but I sure as heck ain’t stupid. If you wanna get into bad spirits, then be my guest, but I’m good

      1. EXACTLY if you’ve ever really seen a ghost or something either get a ouija board or something to prove it or you should go lay down bc you’re probably having illusions or you’re just waiting to see it and spread rumors. It seems a little far but its true.

  2. I believe granny witches are still here and active. My sister and I are granddaughter of granny witches and we do practice when there is a need. Our great grandmother was the local herb doctor for many in our south central KY community. Our Welch ancestors are easily traced back.

  3. I am so glad to find out that I am not grandmother and my mother always knew when something bad was going to happen.and I have the same feelings.I all so have lots of dreams.I dream about dead people all the time,does anyone know what’s that about?my family comes from the hills ofKy. and we do have native blood in us on my great,great grandmothers side..thank you.

      1. To some Warlock is profane, meaning Oathbreaker and an insult. Divy short for Diviner is the name used for males who can witch for water or plant their toes in the Earth and know what will grow are sometimes called. I’m sure there are other names as well.

  4. I found this very interesting im a child of eastern ky n my great grandmother was cherekee ive always felt something special in me i would know things befor they happened or dreams that come true n a special way with animals hurt animals seem to find their way to me my sons call me an animal whisper

  5. I am following this with great interest. Several people I know have gifts, but we live in Canada with no connection to WV or places in the mountains.

    1. But did you come from Scotland or Ireland or Wales or England by way of Gaspse or Nova Scotia when the ships captains were refusing to land south of New Amsterdam? If so…you are of that Druid blood.

  6. My gifts came from my mawmaw and as spent a little time not as much as I wanted to with her not enough for her to really teach me how to use my gifts so I’ve had to learn on my own and sometimes was hard but I feel blessed to have been given a wanderfull husband who has helped me hone my abilities and wished that my mawmaw was still around to teach me more so I thank yall for letting me knw I’m not the only one that sometimes feel alone

      1. I don’t really think that is true because I have dreams to and not one has came true except for when I make them come true.

  7. I am also glad to know I’m not alone, townspeople in deep West Virginia were so afraid of my great grandmother that they marked her grave as a witch after she passed. I have always felt crazy and honestly suppressed every natural ability that I could but the dreams of the future still happen. I tend to dream of the next little life that will grace my family with their presence, and I lose hair in the color length and texture of the next family member to die about a week or two before it happens. I wish I could learn more but don’t know where to turn to my father isolated us from extended family.

    1. You are not alone!
      I see future things at times. It scares me. From the mountains of Ky . I am
      Cherokee and Celt as well. I am Empath as well. I feel people’s intent good and bad. It’s hard at times.
      I am a healer. Just know your purpose. Stay positive and good!

      1. This is awesome. My grandmother raised me. She was a mountain woman out of WV. She read tea cups an coffe cups. She removed warts healed wounds. I almost died after being in 3 hospitals. Doc told her they did all they could do and I was in Gods hands. Long story short I lived. Later in years step mom told me granny hung eggs out on back porch for me to heal. When i asked my grandmother she said to me “you are here arent you” i laughed and said yes. She was a healer. Sister and a brother of hers did the same. Before she passed away she showed me and told me of all these things and how I do this. Said she was giving me what i needed. Cheerokie on both sides. All family from mountains of WV and KY. I am a mountain woman. I like all of you here have the gifts of healing. I know something is about to happen. I dreamed of a little girl once and the love I had for that child ummm. Told about the dream. My son and his wife had a reveal of what the child would be I told them its a girl. Today I love this baby girl so much. A womans heart was healed while i was praying over a man. I am very spiritual loving kind with abilities that some do not understand. But I do. So awesome to find this today it was meant to be. Do you ever have gatherings to meet. I would certainly come. Just awesome.

      2. Curious about this background as well as an Empath. My empath side has gotten much stronger the older I have gotten and I’m more in touch with that gift than what I have from my Cherokee grandmother. There have been several times that I know things or feel things but I usually attribute that to the Empath in me. How did you learn to differentiate?

    1. This explains so much! Why I just know ancient things about which I’ve never read. Why spirits find, but never harm, me. Why I get inundated by the thoughts of others. Why my dreams are so vivid. Why I feel so connected to nature as a whole, and have a particular fondness for oak trees. Thank you.

  8. ‘Dream experiences’, I call them, when that life in the night, in other realms, with beings, all people…souls…, showing me what they want me to know, what they need to express to someone. Then coming out of the night, morning is there and so many demands by others in the here and now, not understanding, rather not knowing, I’ve been busy all those previous hours, in places where time is not counted on clocks, with strangers (mostly) engaging me. I used to see this nightlife as a curse. Not any longer. So many stratas of experiences for us all. Thank you for this amazing blog with all your sharing.

    1. I couldn’t find exactly were to reply but I hope this works. I didn’t really know my moms side but she said my grandmother had something and it sounds exactly like this. And her too. I have tried to talk to people about my own experiences but no one seems to care or believe or understand. Many times a person who I don’t know well will come into my head in a flash and I Wil learn later they have had some event. Many times someone close to them has died. It’s odd how many times. And the dejavu and dreams come true. After 40 years I can just call it coincidence. I don’t want to lose it and want to help people if I coukd. I kniw somethin great is inside and I know enough that it is beyond and behind me. And it comes from all around. My wife is too pragmatic, and I can’t talk to her. Sonetines it makes me feel crazy. Thanks for all the comments-you are all wonderful folks 🙂

      1. Mr Pennsylvania I understand these experiences you’ve had with clairvoyance as I’ve had the same from early childhood in dreams and at other times I’d just see it happen and then it would. If you’d like to talk more about it you can contact me.

  9. A few years ago I began seeing ‘the way I am’, as Lori expressed… not as a curse but as a worthy power. Now I’m well connected to my ancients

    1. Barbara, who are our ancients? Many of us have been estranged, we are awakening and literally being called back to West(by God)Virginia… -shelly

      1. My Great Grandmother , was from West Virginia , she healed me from asthma when I was a child , I believe she was a Granny witch miss her every day , I see spirits & believe my gifts r getting stronger every day wish she was here to guide & teach me

  10. I am a peach, though.
    Pa’s folk were mountain folk and I spent every holiday there and it felt like home as I huffed and puffed up hills much steeper than the dunes of the coastal lowlands of my birth.
    I love them, and they are home just as much as the sandy swamps of lowlands. I have been blessed to be loved by many homes.
    The Celtic Shamanism and the Druidry feel close to right but not quite.
    Perhaps this will. Time will tell.
    I feel blessed to have found your words, either way. I thank you for them.

  11. Now I know why my Granny said I was special and believe in what I feel!! I feel so much better finding this site that there are others and I now know why I always feel like the mountains are calling me back to them. I thought my gifts were a curse but now I know they are a blessing! Both sides of my family were from WV. Try having it from both sides! I was taught how to call weather! I guess I am truly blessed!

  12. I am so glad I found this. I can relate to parts of it. I was raised in the Smokey Mountains between North Carolina and Tennessee . I was delivered by a midwife up in the fifteenth in Delrio. As far back as I can remember I have heard the stories about my grandfather on my mothers side seeing spirits and my grandmother healing people. My aunt taught me how to make medicines and where to find the roots,bark or berries i needed to use. My grandfather on my dads side saw visions he was a very religious man , anyway this I remember vividly. About a week before my grandfather died he my father and my uncle were talking and he said he needed them to pray with him. I saw them go into the bedroom and light a candle before they closed the door. I don’t know what they said or did but my grandfather saw his grave instead of his reflection in a mirror( I found out years later). My father and uncle came out of that room pale as ghosts and refused to say what they saw.
    My mother always knew when something bad was going to happen with family . Three of us children had the same gut feelings that she did. A few times she would call me late at night and I would pick up on the first ring because I was wide awake and looking at the phone . I shared that with one brother that has past and now one sister. I can always tell before I talk to her if its a death in the family I don’t know why. I have an older brother that I am not as close with but he can stop blood and cure the thrash I have seen him do it.
    I never really thought about it being different when I was growing up I thought it was normal and just something everyone did . I learned different when i was in about the 5th grade when people started talking about witches in school. I never told anyone about these things but sense I have gotten older I realize that its not something i need to hide its part of me , it always has been . It’s hard to talk about this stuff because where i come from people don’t accept others to well especially if they are different I suppose that’s why i left and will never move back.
    Thank you for writing what you did.

    1. I am from bethel a little community near Waynesville NC Haywood county on the border of TN. I have some of the same gifts. I have always felt alone. I was raised my grandparents who don’t believe and I had the thrush a few weeks ago. I tried so hard to find a healer. Would love to talk if you want.

      1. Look into oil pulling. Coconut oil works the best. Also eat 4-5 small garlic cloves until healed. Plain yogurt will reduce the infection and promote faster healing. These are old home remedies. I’m not a healer, I’m a seer. I also get visits from dead people.
        I’m just over Balsam from you 😉

  13. Hello, I just found this site tonight. I am currently learning about my ancestry. I dream every night and remember my dreams. Sometimes I am so involved, I wake up with the emotion of the dream I’ve been in. I also have a unique sense of smell at times. Mostly pleasant and was told that when I have these smells, Jesus is near. Any thoughts on this?

    1. Keep a dream journal. Google! Lots of info out there on dreaming, interpretations and so on. Keep a dream journal. Meditate.

  14. Marvellous article but it was the comments that made me hope for the future of the wise women and bizarrely, it is the internet! Divide and conquer have always been the oppression tactic of choice and it worked well on the witches until now. With the net, they can’t do that and I love that women are able to connect and share their stories/herstories again. Whether gifted or not we can all revel in them so thank you all! ❤

    1. And…wise men. There has always been male witches, and they should be acknowledged equally alongside the women. Have a good evening.

  15. Good day All. I am a Seer from the Hills of Tennessee. My family feared for me, being in the Bible belt and hid my gifts and shamed me into silence as a child. Check out and my Little Patch of Heaven. Blessings and deepest respect to you, my sisters and brothers…

  16. If anyone has any info on our history please let me know , I havent been able to track anything down I do have Native in me as well… this might sink back to the blood line , but I tend to pull towards the Netherlands and green , and warrior , … so any info on our History let me know , its a Mysterious blend..:)

  17. I wondered what I was all this time , although knew a Seer… but .. me and my mom and sisters were are the same. My Mamaw was the same … its a blessing and curse, but I fall within the boundaries of Spiritual linage of the God realm I walk within the old ways and know the old things, but am a earth woman and wear this one Proud..:)

    1. SoTrue, my granny was a healer and my aunt.You came feel it in blood & in your soul.Most people don’t know what you are.But wants your help .Have a bless day.

  18. I’ve spent a lifetime growing up listening to stories of my ancestors journeys. NO ONE from my grandparents generation or older would ever admit to having gifts of any type. my parents both denied any gifts they had from confusion and fear. I on the other hand EMBRASSED MINE.
    My children were taught to believe in the impossible, that it’s ok to have gifts, abilities AND believe in GOD ALMIGHTY.
    I know my ancestry consists of Cherokee, Blackfoot, Osage indian, Irish that traces back to Scotland and German blood. Since I can’t trace any power or gifts I’ve come to the belief that it’s was covered up to protect themselves. (my great-grandfather’s sister admitted they were not allowed to claim Cherokee blood because their grandparents successfully fled the trail of tears at the boothill of Missouri. So I believe the ability was denied as well)
    I have very STRONG gifts and abilities that I’m just NOW learning to understand. my children also have them.
    the confusion I’ve lived with my entire life has finally brought me to an inner peace I can’t put into words.
    I appreciate all the articles and comments that has helped me to understand I have NEVER been alone in this quest of knowledge.

      1. I’ve been working on my ancestry. My Gran that I’m tracing I Hester Ann Brewer. She was born around 1800. Her father was Lanier Brewer, Jr. and her mother was Narcises (aka Rebecca) and was Cherokee. She had a brother, George. I’m trying to track down her father. I believe it was Oconostota Stalking Turkey. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    1. I live how you said and believe in God. That I think is what scared my family about me. They were so religious. I know who I am and what I am and that God loves me. Thanks for how you said that.

  19. Reblogged this on Shamanic Wise Woman and commented:
    As a daughter of ancient wisdom, sharing and passing along to the next generation courses through my veins too. Although it is passed through the generation of my siblings blood. Tales are told, and secrets unfold. The loss is theirs if they do not listen to preserve the “herstory”, generations to come. Sidonia Nightsky~

  20. Thank you for this article. I read and shared it for the first time shortly after my Granny passed. My Granny was born on the 7th day of the month in Kings Mountain. The descendant of the daughter of a feared Cherokee Warrior chief she was referred to in history with the word Princess attached to her name. The Chief’s daughter or Princess married a white Celt, who is mentioned in many a historical record but not without notation of his nickname of Big listed in front of his name. Through this union and others sprung those who by God’s great design came to give my Granny all that she pocessed. Or as she referred to it, A touch of the power. As I said she was born on the 7th day of the month which only added to the 7’s she could claim. Her mother was by law and on paper her parents 7th child. Stories retold question many things when a man is known to wander for years and return with home with a son much older than the time he’d been abscent. Family photos show more happy children than listed even before my great grandmother’s birth. Questions unanswered as to whether or not she was actually her mother’s child still survive passed down in the stories we tell. Her father claimed to her through whispers all her life that she was his 7th daughter. She was special. So it must have been by design that another man’s 7th son ended up one day on a horse he couldn’t control that took down the drying laundry she’d hung. She was mad about the laundry but she married him. Many years and hardships had passed and many children born before my Granny came on a cold 7th day into this world as the 7th daughter of a 7th daughter and a 7th son. My Papaw was long gone when my calculations on led me to the fact that she’d married her 7th cousin. I’m not surprised she replied when I told her. She’d known they had kin in common though my Mummy her mother in law had refused to acknowledge or speak of the connection. She saved pictures though that attest to her knowledge and pride of her and her only son being kin to that common last name to which both my grandparents sprung from. I write this for my Granny because she wasn’t one to brag. I’d say most who met her never knew these things about her nor was I even allowed to question them without her silently questioning back. But she knew and there were others she told too about what she knew about me. So I write out the facts and the mysteries and questions. I remember those who took uncomfortable answers to their graves. I write for my Grat-Great grandfather who went to war for a stolen country while his countrymen and family shunned him for leaving the corner of the land they had left that the government had designated for them. I write for my Great Grandmother’s maiden name Wright which she claimed rightly belonged to her and her kin who were first in flight. She only had two boys Orville was a family name she passed on. I write for my aforementioned grandmother or the Princess. It’s obvious that Princess wasn’t a term used by the natives but if you want Google to find her you better add Princess or know her given, Christian, and married, names. I write for her father the Warrior Chief who was taken in hand by George Washington. I write for what I see as mercy that his life was taken when it was. One of the men who murdered him was next in line to him and rose with his death to the position that gave him, with only pen in hand, the power to send many Cherokee to their death on The Trail of Tears. I write for the rage, anger, frustration, and confusion that this Chief must have been propelled by to commit atrocities against anyone from the whites to his wives. I write because I’m proud to have learned lessons from these people I never met. I write because that’s what we do. We pass on the stories written down or told in hushed tones. We tell of those in the past who were by design making the design of ourselves possible. It’s who some of us are and it’s what we do. That’s part of the magic, the storytelling. Not everyone could finish Granny’s stories word for word leaving her without anything to add. But I could and am proud of those I sprung from. Since my horoscope suggested that the 7th day of this month could be an egotistical time for me I write now my description. I was born in the 7th month of a year that is a numerological 7 as the 3rd granddaughter of the 7th daughter of a 7th daughter and a 7th son. My father is also III and I was born 5 years to the day my Great Grandmother the illeged 7th child to her parents and 7th daughter to her father past away. My Great-Grandmother and her sister also passed on the same day but 5 years apart. I was born at a complete # of minutes after 7 and I’m sure her spirit had left her by that time or else I wouldn’t have inherited it. I’ve been told she had A touch of the power too.

    1. This is very fascinating. My 5th Great Grandmother shares a similar story. It would be interesting to see if we are talking about the same person.

      1. My account is no longer active but they had tons of info on my native side of the family that is uploaded. If you sign up for a trial you can do that research fairly quickly.

    2. Hi my mother was a 7th child and she had gifts, my dad was born on the 7th I think I have gifts just wish I knew how to work on them and develop them more. My mom could draw out fire if someone got burned she could draw out the pain with her breath. My daughter also has gifts as well. I’d like to talk to people of like mined that don’t think I’m crazy. I was born in the foothills of the blue ridge mountains and have lived here most of my life. If you want to talk or maybe help me work out my understanding of my gifts, how do we connect?

  21. What a great read! My parents and their parents- came from deep in the Mountains and hollers of eastern Kentucky. My great grandmother was reported to be a “Seer” as was my Grandmother, and as am I. My mother has never manifested any abilities to read or see visions nor have my sisters but they do believe that our family has these abilities.
    I have had people come to me for interpretation of dreams, and I’ve had knowledge of things that were being said or done- from 1000s of miles a way, I sometimes hear people in my dreams (or during meditation-), I hear them speak with accents in languages I have never learned- typically when they are in times of serious trouble, distress, or sometimes at their time of death- I have heard and I am certain that these gifts came from my lineage. Growing up our dining table chatter typically involved such topics as cures for everything from warts to migraines, to determining the sex of a baby that had not yet been conceived. It was normal to hear and belief was not optional- I am thankful for growing up in a family with the faith and wisdom to know that such gifts need to be accepted and nurtured if they are to grow in our lives.
    Embrace your gifts is my best advice. Believe in it- and look for ways to cultivate it. It’s worth noting I think that my grandmother and her mother’s family – were all very spiritual christians with a profound belief in conservative christianity. They simply saw their spiritual gifts a just that- Gifts of the Spirit. I’d love to talk to others who may have the same background or if you have questions..hit me up!
    @leelinda63 ON TWITTER

    1. Hello, my people are from Southeastern Kentucky as well….I wish I has spent more time learning WHY my grandma just “knew things,” in later years I learned it was an extremely strong intuition. I also learned that certain “feelings” I get sometimes or things that pop into my mind out of the blue will VERY SOON come to pass. I seemed to have inherited my grandma’s gift of “knowing things,” I just don’t know a lot about how to control it. I don’t know who and where to ask for help, since I am a Christian and fear I would be frowned on because I have such a “gift.” If anyone has any ideas how I should approach this or how to proceed, I am all ears. I now live in Upstate SC, and I am open to suggestions.

    2. Hi you are not alone. I also grew up sitting at a table with my grandmother and her sister reading my coffee cup. My grandmother was a healer. Removed warts drew out fire if burned and more. To me this was normal. But the first time i drew fire out of a good friends finger after she struck a match an the sulfur stuck to her finger. She made me promise to never do that again for anyone. Later she told me i scared her an she thought I was a witch. Lol well i am and can do all the things spoke about here. My grandmother said i was special and taught me what she knew. It comes natural. You are who you are so embrace it.

  22. I love this so much. I have it saved and come back to read it again and again. Beautiful piece. It describes my lineage exactly. Just wanted to leave some love!

  23. We are a traveling family-living on the road to show our children a better way of living and connectedness. My husband and I both have background in indigenous shamanism. My daughter has healing and intuitive powers and my youngest son sees spirit. No roots to the Appalachian culture however for myself, a deep drive to connect with it. Anyone have insight or guidance on where that could open up for us? Love to learn and give in return💚

  24. Hi. I’ve been doing some family research, and want to learn more about the craft in the Appalachia. An ancestor of mine was mentored by a woman named Sarah Pickle. Does anyone here know more about her?

    1. I don’t know that name. I’m in the western tip of north carolina. I’m not doing research on family, as we are all accounted for. I am however interested in talking with others about about Appalachian folk practices, or as we call them, “root women/men”

      1. There’s a man named Orion Foxwood who learned Appalachian folk medicine and African-American root work from family and mentors in Virginia. I don’t know him personally, but I believe he is ethical because one of my teachers, R.J. Stewart, vouches for him. I’ve read his books and found them pretty helpful, though he doesn’t disclose actual conjure methods (which wouldn’t be ethical). I read them just to learn a bit about the culture. My ancestors were from Appalachia and my paternal grandmother, I believe, knew some root work, just going by things people have told me. All hard to pin down because they’re all departed now and no one wanted to acknowledge those gifts at that time.

  25. I have some sort of gift. I have dreams and they come true. I dreamed about the World Trade Center tragedy 3 days before it happened. I also dreamed about tornados while in Missouri and they happened that weekend. I would like to develop this gift but not sure how. I would love to be able to help people with this gift.

    1. To dream true is a great gift, if sometimes a heavy burden. Honor it by keeping a dream journal and it will grow stronger yet.

      Did you know that you can affect your waking world by re-entering dreams and mastering any imageof fear you find there? It is true — I’ve done it. Our minds are wonderous and the only working tool a magical person really needs.

      1. I have dreams quite frequently that are warnings of trouble within my family amd myself. My family is originally from deep Appalachia and we still live on its edge. Both my grandmothers had similar gifts. My mother, sister, and some of my aunts also have these gifts. I’ve always had a deep connection with nature and can sense things that others don’t. Until your post, I thought I was weird. You’ve identified common practices that I have done since childhood that I was taught by my female elders. Even my father had certain beliefs that seemed strange to others especially surrounding nature. He would never let me pick flowers or disturb nature unless it was absolutely necessary then we would thank it for sacrificing its life. Dad would use herbs and tonics for illnesses.

        Thank you for sharing and giving me an explaination of my history.

      2. I’m 63 and have been re-entering dreams my whole life. Sometimes I can re-enter them multiple times in the morning. However, I never knew you could conquer fears this way. I often have dreams that come true also.

  26. My grandparents on my mother’s side both come from the mountains of WV and so do many generations before them . They are also German and Cherokee I have always known about different women in my family in every generation having gifts even my mother. I my self can feel other people’s emotions or traumatic experiences they have had. I don’t quite understand my gift yet. When I read this article it was almost like the feeling of coming home.Thank you for this.And if anyone has any insight for me I would appreciate it.

  27. I once knew of a family that were very afraid of their grandmother. She could cast spells and claimed to have killed several people with her dolls and magic potions. However, they did not believe in God. I remember going to their house and she was in a fit of rage at the death of her son. She picked up a Bible and threw it into the yard cursing God all the while. She was someone to be fearful of.

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