7 Tips to the new Witch.
As a Witch I see these tips as a great thing to impress upon those who are seeking to be practitioners of the craft. These tips apply less to the practice of witchcraft itself and more about the learning and the process.
1. Take everything with a grain of salt:
You will see a lot of spells, rituals, correspondences, and “ancient magical secrets” online, and even in books, that are completely false. If you ingrain yourself in the community you will absolutely find witches who will take advantage of you for money, for self-reassurance, or just for shits and giggles. Learn to decide for yourself what seems logical and reasonable to your craft and what doesn’t. You will also see many witches who are incredibly skeptical or opinionated to certain aspects of magic. Form your beliefs and opinions off of what you feel and think, not what other witches do.
I am very open about my craft, and I’m willing to divulge just about any information I can to help others. However, some witches are very secretive about their practice, and view it as a deeply personal part of their lives. Whenever asking for help, questions, tips, or advice, always do so in a very polite way. If someone does not want to answer a question, do not cross that line.
This also applies to certain parts of another witch’s craft that you do not agree with, such as cursing and hexing. If you must share your opinion, do it respectfully.
Do not just go read one website that uses the terms Wicca and Witchcraft interchangeably and assume you know it all. Gather as much knowledge as you possibly can, and form your own beliefs based off of that compiled research. You can never know too much about your craft. Utilize your library and their ability to get books from others. Avoid the masses of .PDFs of books that can be found online as they are usually illegal copies and historically stealing from a Witch is bad.
4. Don’t be scared of the big boys and girls:
I’ve run into a lot of self-aggrandizing asshole witches who think they know everything and that their craft is the only way because they’ve been practicing longer than I have. You’ll run into these Witches too, and you know what? Take advice when it’s given, but don’t let someone tell you how to use your magic if you don’t agree with them.
5. Common sense:
If your parents don’t approve of witchcraft, obviously don’t practice when they’re going to walk in on you. If you live in a conservative area, maybe don’t parade around town with pentacles flying and broomsticks up. If you find a spell that seems like it’s dangerous, or that you aren’t ready for yet, don’t do it. If you’re allergic to a spell component, don’t use it. I’ve gotten by this long by using my magic creatively, and learning how to adapt to my environment as well as using magic to make it more comfortable. Don’t think that you’re invincible just because you call yourself a witch.
6. Be responsible:
You are going to screw up. You know it. I know it. You will try to do something you aren’t ready for. Now, how will you handle the consequences? The right thing to do is to take responsibility for your actions. Don’t blame the moon, the gods, or the planets (everyone know what I am talking about) for things going sideways.
7. More common sense:
Witch, heal thyself but don’t negate the value of a trip to the doctor or hospital if something is ailing you. Yes, you can cast for healing and meditate but only after you have sought the care of a qualified medical professional.