I saw this fascinating video on YT last night about how in the study of Epigenetics what one’s ancestors went through or were exposed to in their lives may be encoded in your genes. To quote from the YT site:
“Biology stands on the brink of a shift in the understanding of inheritance. The discovery of epigenetics — hidden influences upon the genes — could affect every aspect of our lives.
At the heart of this new field is a simple but contentious idea — that genes have a ‘memory’. That the lives of your grandparents — the air they breathed, the food they ate, even the things they saw — can directly affect you, decades later, despite your never experiencing these things yourself. And that what you do in your lifetime could in turn affect your grandchildren.”
So maybe what this means for those of us who feel we were “born a witch” or whatever is that we really DO carry these genes from our ancestors whether from Europe or Africa or whatever our genetic backgrounds are!