I see posts about initiations and having to be initiated to become a witch. But I have used magick since I was a child. I have witches in my ancestry. Therefore I believe I was born a witch. But do bloodborn witches still have to be initiated? If so, why does my magick work? Why has it almost always worked? I'm not talking about spells. I'm not a spell caster. I'm a will maker. I will things and they happen. However, I do want to get into spell casting. I want to explore all of what's inside me.
In some forms of Wicca one needs to be initiated, but not in all forms. And Wicca and Witchcraft are different in any event.
However, I would also say that even if you have an ancestor who was a Witch, that does not make you a Witch. Think of it this way, say you had some ancestors who were great pianists. Despite that, if you never sat down at a piano, learned to play, and practiced regularly you'd never be a pianist yourself. Same with Witchcraft. You become a Witch by doing the work necessary to learn how to go about it.
Peach, you can learn and practice any religion you want. Lark, thanks for your response. It's always a blessing to be taaut by someone with your knowledge. But it's not just the ancestry I consider. I only learned of that years after I discovered the power in me. I believe it was passed down to me.
Magic isn't a religion, it's a practice which is often used by different religions/spiritualities. You can learn and practice how to be a witch (or any other correctly used cultural term for witch), but you can't always learn and practice any religion you want. Some religions are closed religions and/or will limit your learning and/or practicing of them.