Witchcraft is coming back into fashion these last few years and I’ve noticed the number of people who are interested in or who are self-identifying as a witch has increased as well. As someone who has practiced the craft for awhile now, I thought I would give those newbie witches out there some advice on getting started down the path.
- Take it slow, there is a lot to learn, and no reason to do it all at once. You don’t have to be a master of everything in just a month.
- Learn Sabbats one at a time throughout the year. It is easier to understand the energy of the Sabbat when you are in the correct season. You can make your traditions as you go and change as you progress.
- Witches love divination. Pick one method that is appealing and learn that before moving on to the next. There are many to choose from – astrology, tarot, runes, numerology, palmistry.
- Like Sabbats, take spells one at a time. Spells are a great way to learn about the metaphysical properties of many different objects. Instead of just taking a spell from a book, spend the time to research each of the ingredients and learn why they are included in the spell. Add entries about each of the ingredients into your grimoire.
- As for grimoire’s, yours does not have to be perfect right off the bat (witchy pun there). Instead consider using a three ring binder or a file on your computer before you find the perfect witchy book. This will also give you time to learn how you want to organize your Book of Shadows. Do you want to just make entries as you go along or do you want separate sections for each area (i.e. herbs, crystals, spells).
- Not all witches need a patron god and/or goddess – this is where it is helpful to learn the difference between witches and Wiccans. Don’t feel pressured into picking one if it doesn’t feel right for you. You call always add deities into your practice at a later date. And don’t forget, you can always call on your personal spirit guide to assist in magical workings instead of a specific deity.
- All the tools of traditional witchcraft can get expensive. Try just using what you have around your house first instead of investing in expensive pieces. You may find that you do not like ritual witchcraft and have no need for that shiny chalice or athame.
- Crystals are popular tools for witches to have around and you may feel like you need a different crystal for every possibility. Instead, try sticking with just a few crystals at first and getting to know them well before adding to your repertoire. Remember, there is no reason you need to learn everything at once.
- A lot of witchcraft is energy manipulation. Don’t spend too much time playing with all your shiny new objects. Make sure you set aside time each day to learn and practice the art of moving energy through your body. This will make your spell work infinitely stronger.
- You don’t need to find a coven if you don’t feel comfortable with one. Many modern witches are solitary. With the internet it is very easy to practice witchcraft by ones self. But, the internet also makes it easy to find likeminded individuals. There are even covens online if you find you want a community. Or you can look for one locally that is accepting new members if you choose to.
Do you have any tips for new witches out there? Let us know in the comments!