To be a witch, it is important to have time for silence, to be happy with your own company, and to take care of important issues for your evolution and knowledge. Before you know how to learn witchcraft, you need to be aware that you will need to enjoy reading and be strong-willed. When we choose the path of magic, we need to become a person who has love and respect for nature and all living beings. To wake up our inner witch, we must observe the world in a dynamic way.
You will not become a witch, but only awaken the gift that is within you. We all have it, but only a few decide to learn how to use it.Majka Meraki
In this article, we’ve selected some tips on how to learn witchcraft. It is a practice and journey for the rest of your life. If you’re sure of that choice, here’s how you can get started:
Be Available For Many Readings
Try to read about different traditions and stories of witchcraft. One lesson that a beginner witch will learn is that each adept has a different practice. There is no “bible” of magic. So it is essential to follow the advice of experienced wizards carefully. There are some classics to read, but each one must have its own direction and understanding of the arts and their individual practice. If you don’t know where to start, start with the Sacred Texts like The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage by S. L. MacGregor Mathers, Yoga Sutras of Patañjali, The Bhagavad Gita, The Egyptian Book of the Dead, the works of H. P. Blavatsky like The Voice of the Silence, or Gems from the Equinox: Instructions by Aleister Crowley for His Own Magical Order.
Check out some magick and witchcraft books or Wiccan books that may be of interest to you:
- The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess – Starhawk
- Lone Witch Essential Guide – Scott Cunningham
- Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard – Oberon Zell-Ravenheart
- Essential Wicca – Estelle Daniels and Paul Tuitéan
- Magick in Theory and Practice – Aleister Crowley
- The History of Witchcraft and Demonology – Montague Summers
- Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft
- The Occult Book: A Chronological Journey, from Alchemy to Wicca
- Green Witchcraft: A Practical Guide to Discovering the Magic of Plants, Herbs, Crystals, and Beyond
- The Spell Book for New Witches: Essential Spells to Change Your Life
- The Door to Witchcraft: A New Witch’s Guide to History, Traditions, and Modern-Day Spells
- Wicca Book of Spells: A Book of Shadows for Wiccans, Witches, and Other Practitioners of Magic
- The Kybalion – Centenary Edition: Hermetic Philosophy
- Liber Null & Psychonaut, Peter J. Carroll
- The Middle Pillar: The Balance Between Mind and Magic – Israel Regardie
- Ceremonial Magic: A Guide to the Mechanisms of Ritual
Look for Wiccan writings by Gerald Gardner, Doreen Valiente, and Scott Cunningham. Nigel Jackson, Nigel Pennick, Carlo Ginzburg, Robin Artisson, Gemma Gary, and Andrew Chumbley also have written extensively on traditional witchcraft. Don’t search only for Wiccan or Witchcraft books, all books about magick are of great importance for the Craft.
Study About The Goddesses
Choose a goddess that you identify with to be your Patron. She will be the goddess you will talk to when you are in trouble, or in need of some advice. This goddess’s energy must be similar to yours. Always be on the lookout for signs, as your goddess may take the initiative to introduce herself to you.
Practice Meditation Daily
If your goddess comes to meet you, it will probably be in a meditative state. However, this will only happen if your intuitive channel is open, the so-called “third eye”. Ideally, you should meditate for at least 20 minutes a day. Always try to be receptive and grateful.
Perform Your Own Rituals
To learn how to use your witchy gifts, you need to organize your own rites of passage. Honor the phases of the moon, celebrate on full moons and retreat on the new moon. Learn how to tune your rituals to nature.
Release Personal Things
What you wear says a lot about who you are and how you want the world to see you. A witch must have nothing more than what is necessary. Detach some pieces, leave only the clothes that are useful, beautiful and special in some way. Get in the habit of donating personal things periodically, preferably at the entrance of autumn and spring.
Connect With Nature And Have A Moon Diary
Write down your menstrual cycle and tell how you are feeling emotionally and physically each day of your cycle. This can help you tune in to the moon and understand its lunar variations. When we are menstruating, it is like the New Moon; when we are ovulating, it is equivalent to the full moon; when we are in PMS, the Waning Moon, and so on. Over time, you will know how to adapt the performance of your rituals to your phases of the month. It is also important to connect directly with nature such as walking barefoot on the grass, swimming in a waterfall, or in the sea. Every little gesture will bring you closer to your personal power.
Use The Power Of Your Words
Words are sacred and powerful, they must be used as your main wand. If you want to learn how to be a witch, you need to know that words can be used for good and for evil. Initially, it is natural that you seek spells and sayings ready. But, in time, you will learn to compose your own lines.
Be Discreet With Your Practices
Keeping your practices secret will bring you a bonus: what is secret, becomes sacred. This way, you will not waste your energy by sharing your rituals with others. Saving energy is very important for maintaining good performance and good practices.
Get Into The Witchy World
Understand about Sabbats, study about stones, crystals, and spells, learn a little more about elementals, and learn how to draw a magic circle. It is important that you dedicate yourself to study the universe of magick, its elements, correspondences, and customs.
To start learning witchcraft, research the different traditions of magic. There is no main school of witchcraft. Therefore, those who are starting out find it difficult to discover what is false and what is real. The process of becoming a wizard is very personal and involves research, commitment, and study. Schools of thought and magical traditions are more suitable or interesting depending on what your interest is. There are a few common styles of witchcraft:
Wicca and “green” witchcraft are recognized in the United States and are mostly based on Gaia studies, meditations, and natural magic. Wiccans are followers of Gerald Gardner, a 20th-century British magician, whose works were popularized in the 1950s and 1960s.
Neopaganism, Druidry, and ancestral witches are linked to tradition and history and practice according to the seasons, using more specific rituals. If you want to turn to the traditional source of witchcraft, you can look for these styles.
Esoteric or Regional Witchcraft like Santeria, Stregheria, Fari, Pharmakos, and several other cultural witchcraft, which can be common depending on where you live and the traditions of your culture. If you have a strong connection with the place where you live, or where you were born, research the local practices.
Search Personal Objectives In Your Practice
Being a wizard is an individual journey, there is only one way to go. So, it is essential to learn everything you can, absorb, and define your own paths and goals. A Book of Shadows, your magical journal, or diary, will be useful to record what you plan to discover and explore.
There are a few questions you can ask to help meet these goals:
- What do you intend with witchcraft?
- What types of rituals and spells do you want to perform?
- What do you want to learn as a wizard?
- How do you expect magic to improve or change your life?
The meaning of being a witch or wizard can change according to the beliefs of each practitioner of magick. Try not to take things too seriously. Find people who want to help you and groups of professionals with thoughts that align with yours.
Do What You Want, As long as You Do Not Harm Anyone
Your freedom ends when the other’s begins. We cannot invade or harm anyone’s life. We are all on the same level, on the terrestrial plane. You cannot use natural witchcraft to feel better than anyone. We have no right to intervene or hinder people’s flow of life. Basically, don’t do to the other person what you would not like them to do to you. We have to get rid of ego domination and love everyone unconditionally.
Everything You Do Will Return Tripled To You
Within the universe of witchcraft, there is a threefold law. Everything we do will come back to us three times, with triple strength. This pillar represents the trinity because everything that is done in the magical universe carries the strength of the number 3. For example, when we perform a ritual, it is composed of three energies: our energy, the energy of nature, and the energy of the goal of Magic. These three energies go together towards the goal of magick but return separately to those who perform the ritual. Some Traditional Witchcraft practitioners might discord with this because this is more related to Wiccan beliefs. This is just an example of the applied triple law, there are also other laws other than the triple law, but which always follow The Law of Cause and Effect, aka Karma.
Always Be In Balance With The Four Elements And With All Beings Of Nature
This pillar represents balance and inner peace to practice natural witchcraft. You must always be in harmony with nature, respecting the four kingdoms – animal, human, mineral, vegetable – and the four elements – water, air, fire, earth. It is necessary to live well, take a deep breath, have a healthy life, take care of the planet, and never attack nature in its rituals.
Never Deny Information
Seek to acquire and propagate knowledge. Witches are beings who get a lot of information, always interested in knowing more about the terrestrial and spiritual universe. It is important to pass this knowledge on. Whenever you can, document the information you know. You are also responsible for perpetuating traditions. And never deny information to someone who has a real interest in knowing. There is no need to hide, keeping the magick dark is no longer usual. Be humble with those who are starting.
Be Aware That The Universe Is Formed Through Two Great Forces
This pillar refers to the Polarity Law, which states that the world is double, dual, and dynamic. The male and female; God and Goddess; Negative and Positive. Everything is formed by antagonistic or complementary forces. Life is only possible through the union of the feminine with the masculine. What shows that neither is better than the other, it is necessary to be together to have this power. Natural witchcraft also talks about gender law, which considers that no person is entirely female or male. We are beings that harbor these two forces, the projective male energy, and the receptive female energy.
Know-How To Hear Your Nearby And Respect Your Evolution
Respect is a way of showing wisdom and listening is an act of friendship and education. We are all in the same terrestrial condition, but each one has his own time of evolution. One must be humble and always understand the condition of the other. Each has a path to follow and a daily journey, we need to be understanding, not judge, and not compete. We must be patient when listening to each other and after listening carefully, transmitting our knowledge on any subject, always seeking to help people. Not knowing how to listen is a habit that generates many disagreements and disagreements.
Be Aware That You Will Never Know Everything
We have to be aware that life is an eternal learning process. This pillar of natural witchcraft complements the previous one when it says that we must always be humble. Maintaining our ability to learn is very important, especially with simple things like the sunrise, the brightness of the stars, the innocence of a child, or the wisdom of an elderly person. We must also recognize when we don’t know something and have the simplicity to assume: I don’t know. Always be open to new learning.
Always Be Joyful And Your Joy Will Always Pass On All Who Surround You
All the energy that we emit into the universe, returns to us with triple force, as we have already explained in this article. So if you are moody, negative, and listless, the tendency is for it to get worse. Try to maintain a good mood, even when your day starts with a problem. Laugh at yourself, wish others good, vibrate joy and gratitude. Thus, your life will get better and better. We also must not hold people to our wants and goals, to achieve our personal satisfaction. If a person, a job, or any situation gets in the way, it really should be. If not, it would not bring you happiness and fulfillment.
Practice The Magick
After being aware of your role in the magical world and your conduct, it is necessary to maintain some values to practice natural witchcraft:
- Prudence and Respect;
- Knowledge is to be applied not stored.
Have Patience And Don’t Give Up Easily
Following the path of witchcraft is complex, there are several symbols, terms, rituals, and ways of living as a witch. Therefore, it is important to insist and never lose focus, with a lot of patience, dedication, and studies. Have perseverance, willpower, and faith. There is no magic potion or spell that shows you how to be a witch overnight. It is necessary to awaken all the wisdom of your being. From love for witchcraft, dedication, and a lot of curiosity, it is possible to find the strength of magick.