1. You don’t give a fuck.
The badness of bad witches is that they’ve reached a level of intuitive and imaginative power which gives them an inner authority. They’re being moved by their own genius and not by any external dogma or force. They may use a wide variety of traditional or institutional tools, but they’re not dependent on traditional or institutional authority for their power. They’ve woken up the magic within their own hearts and it’s alive and throbbing.
Bad witches are often offensive to – well, just about every body. Both conventional muggle types and also magical people who have rigid ideas about what magic should look like get alarmed in the presence of a bad witch.
So if you find yourself still very committed to magical practice and spiritual development but having next to zero interest in fulfilling anyone else’s expectations of what your magic or spirituality should look like, then you may just be a bad witch.
2. Seriously, you do not give a fuck.
In your life you’ve probably had plenty of experiences of people freaking out at you about your signature strange way of being in the world, and while this is sometimes sad or challenging, ultimately you don’t care. You’ve got work to accomplish – art to make, people to heal, houses to build, rituals to craft, stories to write – and you just don’t have time to be constantly soothing people who expect you to adhere to some standard other than your own genius and inner authority.
This may mean that eventually you go into stealth mode so as not to continually create alarm, but you don’t go stealth because you’re hiding or avoidant. You do it because you’ve got things to accomplish and only a limited amount of time here in the third dimension.
3. You make people nervous.