So now that you’re on your way to a magickal way of life, what now? There are very many who start their path and have no idea where to begin. I’ve gathered what I think is some of the best advice I could find for beginners or for those who haven’t finished their year and a day.
I don’t think that I can stress this enough, your path is YOUR path. There will be many people trying to tell you how you should and shouldn’t follow your path. You are the only one who can choose which rules to follow, and which ones to not follow.
There are hundreds upon hundreds of books, groups, and other resources. Utilize this to your advantage. There is no one universal book or website that will have absolutely everything you need to know. Read as much as you can from many different resources and authors from different paths.
You don’t need anything to be a witch, since the power comes from within yourself. Tools are very useful and quite helpful, but are not necessary. Since they can be expensive, you can make your own with homemade clay or things you find in nature. If you’re trying to be discrete, you can use a normal kitchen knife and broom.
You do not need a permanent altar. If you’re limited on space, or still in the broom closet, you can put all of your altar’s contents away when you’re not using it and store it in a safe place. You can also have a very discreet altar, by having a shelf with candles, incense, statues or figures, and anything else you feel connected to.
You must always respect those of different paths, whichever path they may follow. This applies to both witches and those who are not magickal. This includes Wiccans, Luciferians, and even Christians. Witches have a bad wrap from those who are not, so be kind, respectful, and don’t fuel the fire.
You should join groups and pages on social media to find some like minded people, friends, or a mentor. Ask as many questions as you like. Remember, every witch had been where you are now, so don’t think that your question is stupid. More than likely, we have all asked it somewhere along our journey.
Before you get too deep into studying, you should first find out what path you are wanting to follow. Who is your deity? Will you have one, many, none? What type of witchcraft will you be practicing? How does witchcraft incorporate into your religion? Will you be working with crystals, astral travel, divinations? It is very important that you know these things, it will make the learning process much easier.
You should know that there are some witches you need to not be in company with. Anyone claiming to be a high priest or priestess, and is young and/or asking very simple, basic related questions, is a fraud and you should not take or follow any advice or information from these people. Becoming a high priest or priestess can take decades to accomplish, and are very experienced. Anyone claiming that their path is better, or the only/right way, is uneducated and will only bring you down.
If you’re wanting to join a coven or group, there are a few things to look out for. Any group or coven that has any sexual encounters, be it initiation or as a normal ritual, is a major red flag. Any type of bloodpack or blood work is dangerous, due to risk of infection and spread of diseases, so it should be avoided. If you feel uncomfortable or unsafe for any reason, you should leave. As a general rule, you should only join a group or coven that has similar beliefs as you, or one that works with all different paths.
Having a Book of Power is highly recommended, and not technically necessary, but just about all modern day witches have them. It can be anything from a small, spiral bound notepad, to a file on your computer. From a simple 3 ring binder, to an intricate post bound leather sketchbook. Anything and everything that has to do with your magickal path can and should be put in the book.
Since you are a beginner, expect to make mistakes. Do not get discouraged, as we all make mistakes from time to time. Even more experienced witches can make mistakes. And sadly, you will also need to expect criticism. Just remember, any and all mistakes that are made, are learning experiences.
Pinterest will be your most valuable internet tool. You can find anything from the internet, and save it. There are thousands of boards and millions of pins based on witchcraft. You can follow other witches and boards for updates when new material has arrived. And if you’re still being discreet or are still in hiding, you can make a private board. No one will get notifications when you pin content and no one will be able to see it.
You should remember that witchcraft is a practice, and it takes a long time to learn and develop. Trying to cram and study so much at once can cause a burn out. Burn outs are also caused by stress, and sickness. Having a burn out doesn’t make you a bad witch, it just means that you need to take a break. Days, weeks, months, how ever long it takes for whatever is going on to get better.
Keep in mind, all of these are based on my opinions I found from my research. You may disagree or have something to add. Please do so kindly in the comments.
Blessed be, brothers and sisters.