Hello, : )
First off this is how I was taught and how most of my family and friends were taught and I Believe it is the Best and Safest way to work with Anything Magical. Others have different ideas some of them are Dangerous, others will work. It will be up to you to choose Wisely what you do, MAGIC IS Not A GAME. you can run the risk of mental health problems, and at its very worst Possession to name just a couple of things that can happen when things go wrong or you are Ill Prepared. If your Grown up to want to learn this stuff then you should be grown up enough to learn about the things that can and do go wrong.
So you are interested in become a witch then there are a few things your going to need.
You’re going to need a Library card in fact its about to become one of your new close friends.
Patience because you can’t hurry knowledge OR Magic.
A Good Grounding or foundation in the Basics - the first year or so of a new witches life is spent in a 70% reading and learning and 30% practicing what they are learning. In that time you learn to protect yourself, you learn which branch of magic and the deities you’re attracted too or not attracted too( if the last bit applies as not all witches have or want deities).
You learn to meditate and visualize, cleanse and ground. Even if you do not follow witchcraft as a religion you Need the Protection, Meditation and Visualisation cleansing and grounding for All Spell Work. You will need to learn how to craft a spell, learn about the moon phases in spelling, learn about essential oils and gems (Although this is now going into the second year)
When I say you will need to learn these things I mean you will learn the first level of these things as you progress in learning and strength you will need to learn better and stronger protections, energy meditations/ visualizations. but you will also learn to craft and spell, to manipulate nature, if you have a calling for it. then you will learn some of the divination arts and all those fun bits everyone wants to do from day one.
I’m not saying don’t do Any spell work, of course you will do some Basic spells, But what I am saying is Do the Rest so you can learn to do Bigger and Better Spells because you took your time and learned the foundations first. If you do it right from the start you wont have to go back and learn it or get yourself in trouble and have to hope someone will help you get out of it.
If your still interested check out our F.A.Q’s where we have more than a few book lists to get you started and some of the basics in article form to give people an Idea how and where to Start.
There are a Lot of Fun Elements to being a witch the Sabbats and Ebbats, craft work etc are all fun and should be enjoyed, Getting back in touch with nature and all that it can bring us, and yes even learning to work with the Elementals, Fay etc can all be fun if done correctly. Then there is the personal satisfaction of knowing you have learned and carried out successfully a spell you have been crafting and learning how to do for weeks/ months.