When you’re beginning your path as a new witch the whole magickal world can seem daunting. Where do you begin to bridge the gap between levitating feathers with wands or brewing potions like in Harry Potter, the stunning witchy aesthetics you might find on Insta or Pinterest, and where you are in this moment cosily sitting on your couch researching spiritual goodness?
Honestly, it’s a lot less complex than it sounds, promise. 😊
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Grab a cuppa and let’s dive right into some of the first steps to becoming a witch!
1. Let Your Passion For Learning Fly
Learn as much as you can about the different pagan paths. There are so very many different aspects of witchcraft. So, it can be genuinely helpful to learn as much as you can about each of the different paths. Look beyond labels like ‘witch’ too. Check out information on Druidry, Paganism, Wicca, Spirituality in a broader sense, and any other paths that you are called to!
Dive into different elements of culturally inspired witchcraft that you are called to whether that be Celtic, Norse, Egyptian, Greek, East European, or another culture that you resonate with. There are as many different ways to weave in the magick and traditions of your heritage into your path as there are cultures out there.
Let spirit inspire your research and then be a witchy sponge for a little bit, soaking up as much info as you can.
2. Make Some Mental Space For Your Spirit
With our phones always in hand and a quick scroll through social media just a quick arm’s reach away it can be hard to make the time for yourself to think. So once you feel content with your researching endeavours, make some time for you!
Step back so that you can think it out and feel it out.
Whether this comes in the form of meditation in a quiet space in your home, sitting outside and watching the clouds, or having a soothing bubble bath – that ‘me-time’ is precious to your spirit.
When you make a space where everything can be quiet, you can begin to allow spirit to guide your thoughts. Have a think about which aspects of your witchy research stand out most strongly to you. Let your mind freely flow with ideas on your spirituality. Listen to your own inner guidance, hear your intuitive insight out and let them be your guide as to where you want to go with your magickal practice first.
3. Reflect on How You Feel About The Divine
In my opinion, there is no ‘right’ way to connect with the divine or to connect with deity. It’s something that is unique to you.
You might find that you agree with others on what the divine and deity is, whether that be connecting with the Wiccan Lord and Lady, working with several different gods from ancient pantheons like the Celts, Egyptians or Greek deities, focusing on the divine in nature without connecting with any single deity, or perhaps another aspect of the divine will resonate most strongly with you. Many witches also practise witchcraft without a specific spiritual connection and that is totally up to them. What’s most important is that you allow spirit to be free by connecting with the divine and deity in the way that resonates most with you.
Whichever aspect you feel called to, roll with it. Don’t worry about trying to force an idea of the divine or deity into your practice that doesn’t fit with you. Also keep in mind, that you don’t have to decide on how you feel about deity right away. It is okay to let your journey with deity and the divine unwind at however and in whatever way feels best for your spirit.
Let your path be led by your inner truth.
4. Gather Some Magickal Tools
The beautiful thing about witchcraft is that you don’t need to break the bank to begin your practice. In all honesty, you don’t need to buy anything at all to get started. The most important aspect of your witchcraft practice is you.
When you’re just starting out, give it a bit of time before you begin gathering bought witchy supplies. I found this actually worked quite well in my own practice. Of course, now I am absolutely in love with collecting tarot decks and working with crystals and I run a witchy shop because I am passionate about these beautiful ways to work with the magick.
At first, though, I gave myself time to settle into what witchcraft meant to me. I didn’t buy my wee cauldron, which I love so very much until a few years into my practice. I began by working with herbs that were already in my pantry and with tealights I picked up at the dollar store (still btw one of my fav places to get tealights for spells).
Feeling set to give your first magickal spell a go? Then, read up on the magickal properties of ingredients you may have in your pantry like sage, rosemary, peppercorns, and basil. Then weave these together as you feel called to, to start casting your spells. Don’t stress if you don’t have a mortar and pestle to grind it all together. A bowl and spoon will do wonderfully for blending the herbs for your spellwork.
You can also head outdoors to gather some natural magickal ingredients and supplies completely free. Head to a local park and keep an eye out for feathers, pick up pebbles on the beach, see if any fallen twigs call to you as a wand. Let spirit be your guide as to which tools are best for you to begin using in your magickal practice.
Then, when you’re all set, start weaving your magick.
5. Keep an Open Mind to Learning
Always keep an open mind to learning. There is a beautiful and fabulously magickal community of witches, pagans, druids, spiritual, and magickally minded peeps online who are always weaving together new resources. Keep an open mind to new perspectives as they wind their way into your life. Then carry forth any of the new ideas and learnings that resonate with you and your spirit.
After reading material for new witches and beginner witches, feel free to dive even deeper. Pick up a field guide on local flora and fauna, learn new magickal recipes, immerse yourself in a history book, or something else that calls your spirit!
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