Witchcraft Basics – because the expert in anything was once a beginner.
When you’re first starting out, it’s so easy to become discouraged by everything you don’t know about witchcraft. Lurking in Facebook groups, stalking the Insta-witches of Tumblr and re-pinning every vaguely esoteric article you stumble upon? Amassing a kindle full of e-books and practical guides which all seem to contradict each other? trust me, I’ve been there!
But here’s the thing. While you’re screenshotting relevant posts, too afraid to speak up because everyone else sounds so knowledgeable, remember this.
Absolutely everybody starts somewhere. Even hereditary witches aren’t born knowing it all.
Where Should I Start?
There are some who say you need to study for a year and a day before you begin practicing, while others jump straight in and get their hands dirty on day 1. Which way is right?
Just as there are many different types of witch, I think it’s important to remember there are also different types of learner. Some students are happiest reading everything they can get their hands on and taking notes, the same as they did at school. Others find they learn better by completing practical tasks. The question should be, which way is right for you.
If you are a task based learner, having to study theory for a year and a day before you can get down to business isn’t going to be very appealing. It’s also not going to be sustainable. You can have the best intentions in the world, but 366 days is a long old commitment. On the flip side, the idea of diving in without learning any of the basic principles of magick and with no idea what you are doing might not sound especially appealing either.
It’s Like Baking
As with most things in life, it’s all about striking the right balance. Not an especially exciting analogy I know, but you could think of it like learning to bake. I’m willing to bet most of us have experienced the disappointment of a completely flat cake at some point in our lives. How can this be? We followed the recipe to the letter but somehow it looks nothing like the picture.
I’ll let you into a secret. It wasn’t until I invested in an electric whisk that my cakes started to rise. And it wasn’t until my cakes started to rise that I realised – the secret was in the creaming of the butter and sugar. The whole outcome rested on such a simple, yet crucial step. Once I’d got my head around that, the whisk was neither here nor there – I knew what needed to be done and how to do it, the whisk just made life easier.
Spell craft is based on a similar principle. You can follow as many different recipes as you like, but that cake aint gonna rise until you learn what you need to do and why, to make that happen. But by the same token, that cake aint gonna bake itself while you’re reading up on creaming techniques and learning how to line the tin. It’s all about finding the balance that works for you.
With that in mind, I’m dividing my witchcraft basics into theory and practical, so there should be something here for everyone.
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This section is a work in progress. Please do give me a shout if there’s anything in particular you want to know about which hasn’t been covered yet.
Witchcraft Basics – Theory
Getting Your Head In The Game
Anatomy of A Spell
Altars, Deities and Ancestors
Witchcraft Basics – Practical
Basic Candle Magick