I Want to Be a Witch: Where Do I Start?

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“The essence of Witchcraft is transformation.” -Silver Ravenwolf in Solitary Witch

According to my experience and research, I have observed that witchcraft is an umbrella term for many practices. Witchcraft is a practice or a journey of self-discovery and growth by carrying out actions with specific intentions. Witchcraft can be, and often is, spiritual for the practitioner. As mentioned in a previous post, I do not believe that Witchcraft is a religion, but it can be paired with religions.

You feel it in your bones and the decision to become a witch has been made. You have chosen to accept responsibility for your power and the continual transformation of your life through self-growth. Or maybe it isn’t that poetic and you just want more information to help you make your decision on becoming a witch. Either way, due to the very personal nature of witchcraft, it can be overwhelming to figure out where to begin. There is such a vast collection of topics to choose from, how could you ever know where to begin?

The best place to start is with interests you that already have and allow your practice to grow from there. Do you like going to the beach? Explore sea lore and history and allow that to lead you into sea magic, water magic, astrology or another theme. Do you really love to garden? Spend time really getting to know your plants and their metaphysical properties and that might lead you to green witchery, kitchen witchery, and many more paths. By choosing a topic that you already enjoy, you are able to begin your path with some familiarity and comfort. This will help you not feel consumed by the vast amount of knowledge you could learn. But to help you find your starting ground, here are some suggested topics for your consideration:

  • Moon Phases
  • Astrology
  • Lore
  • Crystals
  • Herbs
  • Religions
    • Nordic
    • Greco-Roman
    • Buddhism
    • Wicca
  • Divination Styles
    • Tarot
    • Runes
    • Pendulum
    • Scrying

Please do not consider this to be an all-inclusive list. These are merely ideas to get your research ball rolling.

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In my previous post, I addressed the matter of labels and my preference to not label my personal practice because I believe this practice of assigning labels leads to assumptions instead of true understanding of another’s practice. Nevertheless, these labels can come in handy be supplying keywords to spark inspiration on where to start your research. Sometimes, learning about the types of witchcraft and what they entail can offer you a stepping stone for where you would like take in your practice. Below, I included a list of different types of witchery to help inspire you. Again, this is not an all-inclusive list and I encourage you to delve into as many as you can.

  • Sea Witch
  • Earth/Green Witch
  • Druids
  • Shamans
  • Kitchen Witch
  • Hearth Witch
  • Candle Witch
  • Crystal Witch
  • Hoodoo
  • Voodoo
  • Shadow Witch
  • Herbalism
  • Hedge Witch

It is my humble opinion that you really shouldn’t label yourself in the beginning of your practice (if ever) because you are still learning and exploring what everything truly means to you. I hope these lists help inspire you to begin researching and finding your own path.

If you still are struggling to decide where to start your erudition, I have this suggestion for you: Write down every topic you want to learn on little slips of paper and put them into a container. Mix all the slips up and draw one out. At this point, one of two things will happen, you will either be: A) excited and motivated to start exploring the topic you drew or B) you will be disappointed and wishing you would have drawn “X” topic. If you have scenario A, Congratulations! Start your research! If you are in scenario B, you have two choices once again: 1) Decide to see what the universe or your subconscious chose for you to discover, or 2) Start investigating the topic you wish you would have drawn. Ultimately, the decision is your own, because this path is yours alone, but I hope this technique will help you be a little less afraid to take the first step.

Being a witch is a lifestyle. It isn’t really something that gets turned on or off. It is a part of you and will start to impenetrate your whole life, so here are a few last tidbits of advice:

Do not put expectations on yourself: Every witch grows at just the perfect speed for what they need. Be kind and gentle with yourself as you grow and have faith in your own power. Also, you don’t have to be an expert on everything, or even anything at all, to get started with your practice. Do not press to be perfect, but instead inspire to learn lessons from your mistakes.

Do not compare yourself or your practice to another’s. Each witch’s path and practice are their own. You are your own beautiful person and witch. You are right where you need to be and walking the perfect path for you. Practice the art of gratitude and enjoy your own path.

It’s not like in the movies. I know this one is a major downer for me as well. I wish I could wave my wand and my house would magically clean itself or my bank account would instantly refill itself. You have to put in the work alongside your spells. You want to make more money? You can do a prosperity spell, but then you also have to do the work to put yourself out there to earn that income increase. Or maybe you need you to pass an upcoming test. You could do a Honey Jar Kit, but you would still need to do your part by attending class, studying for the test, and getting a good night’s sleep the night before the test.

I have a Prosperity Candle spell in progress right now to increase my income through my business. I would love to just light the candle everyday and just watch the orders come flying in. But, alas, that is not how magic works. I light the candle every day while I work on getting my name out there and investing my time and energy into my business. I have to write the blogs, make the posts, record the videos, teach my classes, make my products, and fill all those orders that are flooding in. My magic works to make sure I am getting the biggest return on the investment I have put into my business.

If you are interested in purchasing a Prosperity Candle please visit my Shop tab in the header above or click here to be taken to the listing.

I hope you all are feeling confident to move forward to create your own personal practice. I look forward to sharing a new post with you next week, but in the meantime go out and start researching your topics and transforming yourself. Once you start down this path you will be ever changing and growing which is such an exciting prospect and rewarding experience! As always: May you all have the blessing of your gods!

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