Sorry everyone, I hurt my wrist knitting (lol very hardcore I know) so I can't type much.
Thank you for all your answers.
I am trying to understand the things that a novice witch should be concerned about, or be aware of. One of the things I have recently come to believe is this:
If you have it in you to be a witch, once you start practicing witchcraft with intent (like, a conscious decision to practice), a new world opens up to you. I believe that people who do not come from a magical background or understand witchcraft in depth may not comprehend the changes that could occur in their life once they start practicing. I believe some people put magic in a box, so to speak, and do not understand that it can permeate your life (and even your being) in ways you may never expect.
Does a witch have a certain level of control over his/her own path? I believe so, maybe even a great deal of control. But even so, a beginner may start opening doors that they never expected or knew existed. Perhaps no matter how careful or meticulous you are, some things are bound to come in to your life if you start practicing.
I know what you are about to say, Monsno - what about people who practice naturally, with no conscious intent? I don't know much about that. Maybe they have dealt with these open doorways their entire lives. Although it is a good topic for discussion I am afraid I can't comment on that.
My question is, which I think everyone has figured out (sorry again for the initial confusion), do you agree or disagree? Is it possible for a witch to practice only spellcraft and not have to worry about other things like spirit work, opening doorways, et cetera? Or, is even a novice witch inevitably bound to take on a little more water than they initially intended?
When I say spellcraft I mean: consciously harnessing various available energies to achieve a specific outcome in physical reality, achieved by using intent, magically affiliated ingredients, gestures, words, ritualistic elements, symbols, or other methods which help express intent, direction, and meaning. I am afraid that is the best I can do for a definition... I can try to explain further if anyone needs more detail
Edit: here is a follow-up question. Would you try to warn a novice witch of these issues (if you believe they exist), or would you let them figure it out on their own?
Edited by Wexler, 26 August 2014 - 12:16 AM.