“I want to get into witchcraft, but I don’t know where to start”
I hear this all the time, both from readers and even friends or co-workers that know I practice witchcraft and want to see what magick can do for themselves.
While I do love hearing this, sometimes trying to tell a newbie everything they need to know can be overwhelming.
Not because there is so much to learn (which there is), but because I always ask myself… “What the hell do they NEED to know?”
Alas, I’ve figured it out.
And if I’m being honest, a witchcraft boot-camp course isn’t necessary. Though, I am planning on creating one in the future. 😉
Because baby witches have a tendency to love having their hand held their first year (Which ISN’T a bad thing), I’ve figured I’d make this post a series.
I’m not entirely sure what I’ll be covering through this series, but every post will be listed in a table of contents within this post.
So, keep this bookmarked, or simply get on the My Witchy Life Newsletter to stay updated when the next post is out.
You can also get a free Book of Shadows eGuide with it! 😀
The Beginner’s Guide to Becoming a Witch Series:
Chapter One: What you need to know
Part 1: 16 Commonly Asked Questions About Witchcraft, Answered (Currently Reading)
Part 2: (Coming soon)
“How do I know if I’m a witch?”
Well, if you are into witchcraft, are learning about it, and want to, plan to, or are practicing witchcraft then…
I guess you are a witch, hun.
Really, this question can be answered by you, and you alone.
Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you aren’t a witch (or not as “witchier” as someone else) (And seriously, wtf does that even mean?)
Being a witch isn’t like the movies and TV shows. Your parents, grandparents, or ancestors didn’t have to be a witch for you to be a witch. You don’t have to learn from some ‘great master’ or be in a fancy coven.
Anyone can be a witch, and that’s reality.
“Do I have to be Wiccan to practice witchcraft?”
In fact, I’m not Wiccan, hence why My Witchy Life doesn’t usually have spells or rituals that are specifically for Wiccans, or other religions.
You can actually be literally any religion to practice witchcraft (because yes, witchcraft is in pretty much every single religion, even if they don’t call it witchcraft).
There are Christian witches. Muslim witches. Druid witches. Buddhist witches. Catholic witches.
The list goes on, and on, and on…
You get the point.
“What kind of witch am I?”
Many baby witches love to ask this question.
But here’s the thing.
If it’s your first year – let alone your first week – of getting into witchcraft (and maybe not even getting to the practicing part) then you shouldn’t expect to have an answer for this yet.
But, asking this question isn’t bad. And let me tell you why.
When I first started, I had all these questions, and more. I wanted to know what kind of magick I would excel at, what my element was, and so forth.
If you are curious, here’s the best answer I can give you.
- Look at your zodiac sign to possibly find the element you work best with
For example, I’m a Sagittarius. My element is fire.
And in witchcraft, I couldn’t agree more.
I excel when it comes to using fire in my craft. One of my favorite spells is using sigils and burning them to activate them. If I can burn things (or smoke them), then I know the spell will probably work very well for me.
But sometimes, you might look at your zodiac sign’s element and realize you don’t want to work closely with that element – and that’s fine. You’ll figure it out as you go.
It’s your first year as a witch. Don’t worry! Simply practice all sorts of different spells using different methods, techniques, and ingredients, and you’ll find the ones that you not only seem to be really good at, but ones that you enjoy the most.
In fact, later in this series we’ll talk more about the different types of spells and magick, types of witches, and even how to advance your magick.
“I’m new to witchcraft and I’m feeling overwhelmed. Where do I start?”
Right here, for starters.
But besides this awesome baby witchcraft series, you still should research from other sources – not just one source.
Why not just one source?
Because everyone will have their different beliefs and point of views. While I try to accommodate every witch’s beliefs on MWL (especially as MWL is geared more towards eclectic witchcraft), I can’t have all the answers to your questions.
For example, I actually know nothing about Wicca…because I’m not Wiccan! And I never have been.
So, where can you find other blogs/sources online?
I’d recommend a couple places and witchcraft communities that share a lot of witchy information for you to study.
- Tumblr (amazing source!!!)
- Facebook Groups
One of the very first websites I started off at was Spellsofmagic.com.
However, I don’t always recommend them because there are many baby witches on there that believe magick in reality is just like magic in the movies (in other words, thinking we can do things that are just not possible).
While I do believe there are a lot of things we can do if we practice (a lot of psychic abilities and whatnot), SoM can get a little extreme.
Also, there are a lot of spells on there that are crafted by inexperienced witches who threw things together and called it a spell.
But, there are also a lot of amazing spells on there, too!
What about books?
It’s funny how if you look up witchcraft books, you’ll find too many of them focusing on Wicca only.
So naturally, because I am not Wiccan, I didn’t read that much.
However, there are some books that I do enjoy, but majority of them may not be focused on witchcraft, per se.
For example, I have some lovely herb and crystal books that I will be reviewing in an upcoming blog post soon!
Whether you do your research online, with physical books, or both, make sure you ask yourself what you believe in before immediately taking what they say as fact.
Even with the information you find on here.
For example, if a blog says to “never do x, because that can be bad”, then you can take it into consideration (but know that it may simply be their beliefs).
Also, remember that if you strongly believe in something, it could easily manifest.
Such as, if you strongly believe that a spell is going to back-fire because you used x herb instead of y herb, then it probably will.
But in reality, if you substituted an ingredient (especially if it is non-consumable), then it won’t make that much of a difference, if any.
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“How do I start my first spell?”
I’m so glad you decided to dive in and start practicing!
First, it’s a generally good idea to first research spell-casting tips and to understand the risks of casting spells.
We’ll be covering this in the series, but to help you out, here are some general tips to keep in mind before casting your first spell (plus, how to):
Consent is important.
As a beginner, chances are you may not feel comfortable asking someone if you can perform a spell on them. In fact, it is not generally recommended to do spells on other people as a beginner.
But nevertheless, many beginner witches still cast spells on other people their first year.
So if you do, remember that you may be able to edit the spell in a way that it isn’t forcing anyone to do anything.
You should also have rules and a moral code before you start practicing spells.
Here are some examples:
- Love spells
- Do a general attraction spell to attract love/crushes your way. This doesn’t work on a specific person and doesn’t force anyone to do anything. Of course, read the spell carefully before casting, as all spells are different and work differently.
- Mend a relationship spell works better versus a “get your ex back” spell. While it is very possible you won’t get your ex back, this might actually be a very good thing.
- Self-love spell – It’s important to love yourself before you love someone else. Plus, a little self-love hasn’t hurt anyone!
- Money/luck spells
- If you want to attract money, luck, or so on for a specific person (a friend, family member, etc), make sure you have done these kinds of spells on yourself first. Practicing on other people isn’t always a good idea as a beginner.
- You can word your spell to only work if the universe allows it, it matches the person’s vibrational frequency, and if it harms no one.
- Often, luck spells are very generalized. While you or the target may get a boost of good luck short-term, often they may get a rush of bad luck shortly after. While this doesn’t happen every single time, it is a common side-effect.
What do you actually want?
While it may be tempting to find a spell simply titled “wealth spell” and cast it, ask yourself what you actually want and choose a spell that works specifically with what you want.
You can also easily do this with general wish spells that allow you to specifically wish for what you want (but word your wish carefully!).
For example, a spell that gives you more hours in your day job or attracts more money from your side-hustle is more specific and may word better than a general “money spell”.
Word your intention carefully.
While we could go on and on about loop holes, remember that loop holes aren’t the only problem when it comes to wording your intention.
In fact, if you cast a wish spell and write down your wish that is too specific, it may not work, either.
You need to still leave room for the universe to work.
Put in some work.
If you cast a job spell, don’t expect to get a job if you haven’t applied anywhere.
You must meet halfway.
Find the right spell (or make one).
Generally speaking, most beginner witches like to find pre-made spells before making their own.
But you can also create your own right away if you wanted to.
A great way to find spells is using Tumblr or AminoApps.
Follow the instructions.
Now that you have your spell, make sure to read the instructions carefully, get your materials ready, then cast!
Remember that some ingredients can easily be substituted or excluded from the spell.
Also, remember that it may be best to write down the spell first. Not only can you write down your experience later on, but reading an incantation from your phone can disrupt your focus because of the glare of your phone.
In fact, not only is technology very sensitive to energies, but so can our focus (or even brain waves as we cast the spell).
While there are many technology spells out there, perhaps start off by ignoring harsh glares from technology.
Probably the most important piece of advice.
After you cast your spell, try to detach.
In other words, trust in the universe that what you requested is coming.
If you keep dwelling on it, wondering if it worked, or thinking it didn’t, then it won’t.
Trust the universe.
“What are the basic supplies I need to practice witchcraft?”
The great thing about witchcraft is that you don’t need any supplies!
In fact, there are a lot of no-ingredient spells or even extremely affordable witchcraft spells using nothing but pen and paper.
But if you want to invest in some sort of supplies for your craft, I would recommend crystals and gemstones, tarot cards, and candles.
Here are also some awesome supplies that wouldn’t hurt to have:
- White candle (can be substituted for any candle color)
- Clear Quartz (can be substituted for any crystal)
- Rosemary (can be substituted for any herb in non-consumable spells)
- Frankincense (can be substituted for any oil)
- Jars (for jar spells)
“Do I need to perform spells on a full moon/new moon/etc, or a specific time of day?”
While it doesn’t hurt to perform a spell at a specific time of day to boost your spell, it will definitely not hurt it.
You can do any kind of spell, day or night, whenever. It won’t hurt it in anyway (unless you strongly believe it will, but then you are hurting your spell).
“What religion is witchcraft associated with?”
None! There are witches from all religions.
Witchcraft is a practice, and not a religion.
“How do you start witchcraft?”
Just do it.
Literally, it’s that easy.
Don’t let your fear get in the way.
Just choose and cast your first spell! (And maybe research it for a day, two, or longer if you wish).
“Are curses bad?”
This answer is different for every witch.
Curses and/or hexes can easily be good for defense and protection, and are also used to fix broken systems.
Cursing anyone who made you mad, on the other hand, is generally seen as a no-no.
While magick is great, and all, using it to ‘fix’ all of your problems will only make them worse (or generally not go away).
“What exactly is magic and magick? How does it work?”
The term ‘magic’ is usually reserved for stage magic or fictional magic.
The term ‘magick’ with a ‘k’ (other times magik, or with other spellings) is used when referring to witchcraft.
However, sometimes you may still hear witches call witchcraft magic, and that’s fine, too.
As for how it works, this can sometimes be difficult to explain because it can easily get really complicated.
But for the most part, it all comes down to energy and vibrations. As we cast spells, we send out our intentions that are carried by energy. This energy then goes and does it’s job, dispersing into the universe to get things done.
We gather this energy through our ingredients or visualization. All items we use carry energy and their own vibrational frequency (and these frequencies carry our information or intention). In our spells, we absorb that energy from our herbs, the smoke, the ash, the essential oils, the fire, the light, and so forth (each with their own frequency, and own correspondence, information, or vibration), then we send all of that energy out. What you get is what we call magick.
We also all vibrate at specific frequencies. The more happy, grateful, and at peace we are, the higher the frequency. The more depressed, angry, or guilty we feel, the lower we vibrate. According to the Law of Attraction, like attracts like.
So, if we are vibrating at a low frequency, we are allowing negative things to happen to us.
But as we vibrate at a higher frequency, we can easily attract and manifest things that we want and opportunities our way.
This also explains why some spells may not work – because our frequency doesn’t match what we are trying to manifest.
However, say you have a high frequency, and you cast a spell on your friend who is depressed. The spell can still very much work (and has many times before for me)!
If this sounds too “hippie”, “spiritual” or so on for you, go ahead and dive into the research of this all over the web. While magick in itself is not “scientifically proven” (only “proven” by the millions who experience it, even though yes, many people will say that a spell worked when it could have easily been the placebo effect), you can research about how humans vibrate at different frequencies and the law of vibration, law of attraction, law of correspondence, and so forth.
“How do I practice witchcraft when I live with my parents/roommate, etc?”
There are a lot of no-ingredient or super simple “closet witchcraft” spells out there.
In fact, we will be sharing many of them in later posts.
“Is it possible that I can’t do magick or I’m bad at it?”
Anyone can do magick.
Medical condition or disability? You can still do magick.
Struggle with visualization (due to disability or condition)? You can still do magick.
Are you going to be good at it when you first start?
Probably not. Maybe. Who knows!
While it is possible to be really good at it starting off (especially when you start off young), it’s normal to not be good at it starting right off the bat.
It takes time and patience.
Would you expect to be good at playing piano if you just started? No.
Then don’t expect the same thing out of witchcraft.
One more thing: Witchcraft is all about practicing and research. You won’t know everything, even after ten years of practicing.
Witches are constantly learning!
“Are all witches women only?”
Nope! There are men witches, too.
Heck, there’s all sorts of witches.
Transgender witches. Pansexual witches. Asexual, aromantic, gay, straight, so on and so forth.
“How do I protect myself from curses/hexes?”
Did you know that majority of curses/hexes are cast subconsciously?
We aren’t even always aware that we are sending out that hatred and anger towards a direct person.
So, it’s no surprise that curses, hexes, and so on can be a real issue.
Because talking about protection can be a long topic, we’re going to talk about it in a separate blog post. However, here are some tips to help you out:
- Do a protection spell on yourself, your loved ones, and your home.
- Sage the house.
- Meditate and ground yourself, clearing out any negative energy.
- Shake off any negative energies like a dog.
- Do a cleansing bath spell
“Do I have to join a coven to practice witchcraft?”
As a matter of fact, many witches practice witchcraft without being in a coven.
Of course, you can join a coven if you want, but I personally enjoy practicing by myself or with friends, without the fear that I’m breaking some Coven rules.
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