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? Yes, I think so.
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.
Hmmm, consciously harnessing various available energies, can and does open doors. I think using energy that isn't soley yours to power spells is a different skill set. This is where one can unwittingly enter unexpected and unwanted waters. Ignorance is not bliss in this cases. Personal responsibility is a cornerstone in life and witchcraft for good reason.
Or, is even a novice witch inevitably bound to take on a little more water than they initially intended? See above.
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? Depends if I care, but generally, for me..Yes, I would try.
I think I would not try to warn upfront. I would wait for them to ask questions. I agree to disagree. Some don't know enough to ask the questions that might save them trouble to begin with.
Edited by Nikki, 26 August 2014 - 09:02 PM.