Posted 03 May 2017 - 12:55 AM
Posted 03 May 2017 - 02:16 AM
The way I started was by picking one area to focus actively working on, while continuing to read more about actual systems, paths and histories, and also delving into personal introspection. What are you trying to achieve, what are your motivations, do you have spiritual beliefs, what's your background been so far, etc are good places to start.
For me, no specific system...no solid path...just some animism, my will, curiosity, and a couple of spirits. It feels like you have to pick something specific, but if nothing calls to you, do what feels right. Honestly? That's probably the hardest part, especially if a tradition or system doesn't call to you. But pieces eventually come together and you figure it out. Learn to listen to your intuition. If you get a sudden feeling that you should do something, try it out, it could become important to you.
You probably already have some skill already that you aren't considering as a helpful part of witching, but is actually important toward your success. Meditation and/or trance, visualizing, gardening, art, playing music...these can be used. What are your passions? Interests? Because you are even entertaining the idea, you have something already
I already was proficient with one type of divination when I began, so I began working on another while revisiting meditation (I used to meditate/trance and then quit for a period of time before beginning this path). From there, I just started trying things...things I thought of randomly, things I'd read somewhere, things I'd heard other people try, but most importantly, things that I was interested in.
Books can be good, but depending on what you're trying to do, don't lean on them too much. Getting going can be tough, but once you make some headway it gets better.
Posted 03 May 2017 - 03:25 AM
Posted 03 May 2017 - 04:59 PM
For me, research and practice are equally important. Sometimes I develop a technique on my own and then research it, though. Books that I've found particularly helpful are; Mastering Witchcraft by Paul Huson and The Sorcerer's Secrets for getting the basics. I like Peter Paddon and Robyn Artisson for understanding the principles behind the Craft. I like books by The Gallery of Magick for simple, effective rituals. A Deed Without a Name by Lee Morgan and Hedge Rider by Eric De Vrie are good for understanding hedge riding.
Also, learning to listen to your intuition is vital as well as listening to nature. Ancestor work is very important in a practice as well.
Posted 03 May 2017 - 05:02 PM
Posted 03 May 2017 - 05:26 PM
As far as ancestry goes, just some ideas- ancestors can be those we descended from. In which case getting a DNA test from 23 and me or ancestryDNA can be helpful. Ancestry even has a data base that connects you to relatives and is helpful in researching your family tree. These tests only show the DNA that is present in your body, from what I understand. It doesn't show whatever may be dormant. So if you start getting visions of, say a welsh grandother when that lineage isn't showing up in tests, don't rule out that this may be an ancestor. Also, as a witch all witches are ancestors. You can also have ancestors that are not yet born as time is not linear in the spirit world.
Posted 03 May 2017 - 10:36 PM
Posted 05 May 2017 - 03:46 AM
Hold the bus, Gus. This is NOT a teaching forum. Never was, never will be. You can certainly learn a lot of valuable things from participating on these forums, but this is not the place for new people to hunt for teachers.
As for you learning, who knows - maybe you will find something local to you, if you look around, such as a group to coven who is willing to take on students.
Posted 05 May 2017 - 04:30 AM
It never ceases to amaze me that people want to be 'taught' instead of Learning... and actually Practicing.
Half the times the ones who want to be taught (not all, but most) don't listen and don't practice worth a damn anyway.
Wanna learn? READ this entire forum and whatever books you think might be useful in learning the basics. Use common sense.
Then, get to work.
Practice. Practice. Practice.
The difference between Medicine and Poison is the Dose.
I Love you as certain Dark Things are to be Loved,
In Secret, Between the Shadow and the Soul.
- Pablo Neruda
Posted 05 May 2017 - 04:39 AM
Practice really is the best way to learn. Everything is different for each individual, and you'll never know if an approach works for you unless you put on your big witch pants and take it for a spin. Certainly teachers can arise - for moments, days, weeks, or years - but for the duration of the Pathwalking we are alone. Witchcraft is work. Witchcraft demands involvement to get better or to truly learn anything. Books are helpful, guidance can absolutely help, but if you're not willing to walk through the fog alone then...well, you're just not going to go anywhere.
Posted 05 May 2017 - 05:47 AM
So instead of looking for a teacher.. just read the basics... like how magic works.. theories.. journals.. all that jazz.. and research aspects that really speak for you.. and just do what feels right.. What works for one person... might have no effect on another...
Posted 05 May 2017 - 05:42 PM
Posted 05 May 2017 - 06:17 PM
Posted 05 May 2017 - 11:37 PM
I can give 2 common sense tips: always close what you open (which includes a compass, spirits, and spells), and never evoke what you don't know how to dismiss.
Posted 06 May 2017 - 09:17 AM
This isn't a teaching forum, but I can give you a good tip: start reading the forums. A large part of studying the occult is being scholarly and seeking out information on your own, there are plenty of reasons why information on witchcraft is hard to find including the fact that most people who practice closely guard their secrets. If you're looking for eye of newt life shortcuts or love spells then perhaps you're looking in the wrong place.
"It is better to be a warrior in a garden than a gardener in a war."