Starting your journey into practicing as a witch is overwhelming. There are so many different types of witchcraft, there are so many different skills you can learn, and there is so much history to it all. Where do you even start?
A quick few on my personal status: I’ve been interested in witches as long as I can remember, both surface level and eventually more in-depth. When I was little, I would come up with spells with my friends, I would pretend to make potions, I would talk to animals, and collect rocks. I even remember picking what I thought to be chamomile out of my yard and made tea with it in the microwave. As I got older, I would love reading articles on actual “beauty potions” found in my teen magazines, aka basic level herbalism, and, of course, listened to The Cure and Bauhaus, reading as much as I could about the goth subculture on early 2000s webpages.
As an adult, I started practicing tarot on my own, collecting crystals and learning their uses, incorporating herbalism into my diet to help with ailments, and started filling up more and more of my bookshelf space with books on grimoires, spells, astrology, and the history of witchcraft itself.
However, I have so much more to learn. If you’re still a beginner new to witchcraft, just as I am, here are some dos and don’ts that might help you relax and enjoy yourself a bit more as you get further into exciting territory, as well as make sure you’re doing things the best way you can.
Tips for Witchcraft Beginners
Again, a disclaimer: I am in NO WAY an expert on any matter, just someone who is starting to take the next step in my practice. These are only suggestions and advice that I’ve learned along the way.
Do Listen to What You’re Drawn Towards.
This one is so simple, but so freeing once you figure it out. Basically, follow your interests as it relates to studying witchcraft. Do you love cooking or gardening? Pick up a book about herbs and their healing properties! Have you always been intuitive, sometimes to the point of too much coincidence of “knowing things” before they happen? Maybe you should look for a class on mediumship or developing psychic abilities. There is no law on what you should or should study first, so go with what feels right and what got you started on this journey in the first place.
Don’t Feel Confined.
Like I mentioned above, there isn’t a guidebook on what you need to study in what order before you can move on to the next. So, maybe a pendulum just looks like a charm on a string and runes just look like a pile of rocks to you. Maybe every time you try a new recipe with healing herb components, you burn it into an inedible territory. Don’t force it. Not all witches are the same: this is a very personal journey. Embrace what you feel strongly about, and you can eventually start adding in other elements little by little as you see fit.
Do Your Research.
This is a big one. Becoming a witch is a journey and you need all the help you can get. As you know, this practice is very old, and because of that, there are so many resources out there to help you learn the history, the basics, and the actionable habits of modern witchcraft. Don’t just assume since you watched the new Sabrina or read a few articles in a magazine that you’re good to go. Do your research and then do some more. Read, read, read. Listen. Learn from everyone who has been there, and once you get started, don’t stop learning.
Don’t Get Discouraged.
Yes, witchcraft is a journey and can be a long process to feel like you know what you’re doing. You can’t expect to cast a money spell and see $500 deposited into your bank account in the next hour. Learn from what you’re doing, make notes of what did and didn’t happen, and keep trying. Find communities online of people just like you and read about their experiences. It’s called a practice for a reason. As long as you are taking it seriously and being genuine, you’re doing it right.
Do Be Respectful.
This is a pretty basic one. This is not a hobby or an aesthetic phase for so many people: it’s a religion. The practice is sacred and should be treated as such. Take care to respect the things you learn, how you set out to practice, and how you talk to those who are practicing witches.
Don’t Set Out to Harm Others.
One of the first things you should ask yourself is, “why do I want to be a witch?” Is it to draw yourself closer to nature, bring more positive vibrations to the universe, strengthen your cosmic self, pay homage to those who have come before, heal yourself and others, etc? Or is it to get back at someone, to learn how to place a curse or hex, or to even hurt? Well, if your plan is to harm someone, then consider another spiritual path to go down.
Do Keep a Journal.
Keep track of what you’re doing as you go down this journey! Write it all down! Are you learning someone new? Jot it down in a notebook. Try a new spell? How did it go? Would you try anything differently next time? How about your last tarot reading … were you able to read the cards and feel connected to their meanings? Seriously, write it all down so you can reference back to it as you continue on your practice.
Don’t Spend All Your Money At Once.
Yes, yes, it’s very exciting to start something new, and when you’re in this position, you might feel like you need to invest in A LOT to get started. But, you really don’t. I recommend a few books here and there, (but there are plenty of online resources for beginner through advanced witches), a few crystals, a notebook, a deck of cards, etc, but don’t feel like you need to break the bank. You don’t need to spend $100+ on a new cauldron if you haven’t even begun research basic spellcasting yet. You don’t need to drop a ton of money on 100s of crystals until you know which ones are best for beginners or are more suited to what you’re interested in.
I hope these tips helped a little! Please let me know in the comments any advice you’d give to beginner witches. Everyone was a baby witch at some point — maybe there was a lesson you learned the hard way? Let me know!