Gods would be multiple locations for power, earth is a location, sun and moon are both their own sources of power.... Much more then 3 there.
I dont think I have ever met a witch that uses a circle, though I am sure some might be out there.... I never use one. White light in my experience also wouldnt be that protective.
Alliances with spirits is probably the best protection you can get. Working with spirits is where the real magic happens (in your example, even though you claimed to not work with spirits, Gods, Mother Earth, Sun and Moon ect are all spirits). I mostly work with nature spirits, like Earth, Ocean, Sun, Moon, Stars, Mountain spirits, plant spirits ect.... I especially focus on plant spirits.
Based on what you have mentioned from your teacher.... I would try to forget as much of what they taught you as possible - they sounds kinda like a quack to me honestly. From there I would focus on learning protection and trying to find your spirit guides. Get to know some of the spirits in your practice and they can really teach you anything you need to learn, so this is the foundation to me.
I can really tell you how your practice should be.... I have a pretty specific style of practice that might not be for everyone else. I think learning how to connect with spirits is a good start though - and just by building a relationship with some you will start protecting yourself. I would recommend focusing on benevolent spirits at least at first - one personal rule of mine is that I only work with spirits who I would like to be with and be like - because I think anyone you spend time with will rub off on you some way. A few ideas for how to work with spirits might include scrying, prayer, altar work, evocation, astral projection or shamanic journey, trance work, entheogen or plant dieta, hollow bone work ect..... I personally work mostly with entheogens, plant dieta, and hollow bone work - if you have any questions about those or abut shamanic journey I can point you in the right direction.
I was a very malleable young teenager, so I feel as if it was a really fluffed-up version of Wicca, which I later studied on my own (read Big Blue, Cunningham's works, a couple of books by Raven Grimassi in regards to Stregoneria), but I feel as if now all of that information is useless to me other than the very basics, which I am questioning nowadays. I think I was very sensitive to energies and spirits back in the day, and now that I think of it, I can remember feeling connected to places and objects, in some cases being able to "feel the past" very strongly, but after years of being told to be afraid of spirits and spiritual energy, I think I completely shut it off, and I'm not sure if I can open up that aspect of me again.
Thank you very much for your response, though. Following the path that, like I said, is tugging at me is really making me flustered, but something in me knows I'm doing the right thing.
I agree with westofthemoon. Great place to start is making an ancestral altar. It is also great for protection, not just for working with spirits.
If you could source me to some posts about it, that would be great. I think I'm using the search tool incorrectly.
Circles, nakedness, consecrated cakes and white light...I'm missing out.
Everyone's different, but I agree with working with ancestors as a starting point. I did the opposite, worked with a couple of spirits and then incorporated ancestors but there was a personal reason for that. Ancestral work has made my connection with spirits stronger though.
"Skyclad", which always made me laugh because I could never take someone seriously with their nether regions flying about while doing rituals. (I partook once, and I vowed never again!)
As I mentioned above, I think at some point I was very much connected to spirits/had some clairsentient skills when I was younger. In fact, I remember being a child and having conversations with great great aunts and uncles, then telling my (very catholic) grandparents about it. I would love to reconnect with that aspect, but again, being so closed off for so long, I'm not sure if it's possible.
lol let's do it. On a more serious note, I'm a big believer in self-observance; I like to be familiar with the emotional, physical, mental, and magical aspects of my being before performing any spell. I'm also a big believer in symbolic action and moving with your magic, which helps it get worked up and flowing so it doesn't feel like you're trying to force anything. I will repeat some advice mentioned above: listen to the world around you and try to connect to whatever spirits you are comfortable with. But most of all, don't try too hard. Often, things will come to you when the time is right.
On to more specific stuff (from my personal experience and practice anyway)
My first experiences with energy were with the concept of ki/chi/qi; our internal spiritual energy. I practiced pushing it around my body and still do a weekly "ki workout", which is just to say that I practice tai chi at least once a week and spend at least one session focused entirely on my ki. Becoming familiar with how my own internal energy helped me recognize and harmonize with the energy around me.
For self-protection, be firm. State your intent whenever you are doing something. You can put up your own barriers, or you can ask other spirits to help protect you themselves. I recommend a combination of the two. If you feel like casting the circles was helpful in your practice before, you can try to do so again but with a more "this is the space I'm working in and I am safe inside this space" kind of feel. Hope this helps!
I think I've made the mistake of rushing into a lot of spells in my past, which is probably why I never yielded any substantial results. Thank you for the input on protection; that's something I do usually, I kind of try to build up my own energy and create a sort of "cocoon" in a sense. I've attempted to ward multiple rooms, but that didn't work, because I still experience a very mischievous spirit it seems. I probably did it wrong anyway. I hope that my "energy cocoon" is protective enough. I just don't want to encounter anything I'm not ready to handle. I still get a little sketched out when I wake up at 3am and have to venture out of my room. (I'm a total chicken sh*t)
I think we all have similar but different philosophies about the nature of energy and subtle energy, and how the spiritworld ties in, and where we as conscious beings fit into this metaphysical habitat that we seem to be at a disadvantage to experience because of how much we rely on physical senses to form our perception. The *journey* to find your own philosophy in this regard is the ciriculum. The process of digging is the teacher. Of course it doesn't hurt to have a few other teachers in your life (of the seen and unseen variety).
I'm still relatively new on this path compared to some of the folks here, but my advice for learning spiritwork is always to start with a simple discipline of ancestral veneration. There's plenty of info on this site and others about ancestor altars and appropriate offerings to get you started. It doesn't have to be anything elaborate, just an acknowledgement to those that came before you that may have a vested interest in you. And if you honor them regularly, and watch and wait, soon enough they start to make their presence known to you in the manner in which is most efficient for them. Observing and recording this process will help you begin to train yourself of how to communicate better with the unseen. Once you've started to build this working relationship with a few guides and ancestors, they will help to teach you the next steps if you continually set your intention towards progressing down that path. before you go any further, they will teach you how to protect yourself (and that may not be a pleasant process, but necessary).
Read all you can but don't accept anything just because you read it somewhere. Become a student of the universe...once your helpful spirits start engaging you, the signs and symbols can be anywhere and everywhere. If you are here, asking these questions, they probably already are guiding you subtly in the right direction. Meet people in many different traditions, listening and learning about a variety of paths, and find which one speaks to you the strongest. It may or may not be same tradition of your ancient ancestors, but that doesn't matter so much. But if you don't know where to start, looking at your ancestral cultures may give you a good place to begin searching. Or perhaps the local traditions where you live might give you more insight of how to work with the spirits of the land around you.
If you made any vows or oaths to deity in your Wiccan years, you may need to consult with someone on how to make sure those don't trip you up as you leave that faith behind.
Thank you very much for your input! Working with energy outside of circles and covens is a very different experience. I know we're not really supposed to talk about Wicca here, and I apologize for bringing it up so much, but it really is the only background I have in the craft up until now. I feel a very strong vibe during celestial events, and I actually went kind of crazy with it around my birthday (March 24th) which was a new moon I believe? I was abuzz with a very heavy vibe, almost a dark energy because I felt very powerful, but it only lasted a few days before I became calm again. I don't know if that just makes me sound crazy, or if it's actually something relevant. I keep a journal of experiences like that because they happen quite often.
As for ancestral altars/connecting with ancestors, if you have any information to spare, I would greatly appreciate it. I feel as if y'all are a lot more trustworthy than the rest of the internet, because a lot of the stuff I've found is complete B.S. I really do think I need to work on opening up, but it truly is terrifying because it is my norm. I am still very afraid of spirits, which is a fear that has become innate over the years. (I never was afraid of them until, I guess we can refer to it as my "dark times" lol)
Though, you make a good points about vows. I have no idea how I would relinquish them, because I dedicated myself to the Gods at the age of 15. It was a whole "rebirth" thing that never really made much of an impact on me. I don't even know where I would start with that, because honestly? I don't believe in their Gods any longer.