Witchcraft is one of the world’s oldest spiritual traditions which is also one of the most misunderstood concepts in the world. Television, movies, and comic books abound with stereotypes and misconceptions about what it really means to be a witch. Sometimes, many people concern that “ How to become a witch?. Don’t worry. We are here today and will give you some advice for beginner witches. Let’s find out right now!
1. Let’s define witchcraft
The first thing people think about witchcraft is that witchcraft was considered a religion — pure and simple. It also went hand-in-hand with Wicca, and most people used the two terms interchangeably (Wiccan and Witch). Since the resurgence of interest in metaphysics, alternative healing, and witchcraft in the new millennium, the definition of witchcraft seems to have changed. Others will tell you witchcraft ISN’T a religion that it’s a magical practice.
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2. Read and study Witchcraft
First of all, if you come and ask where to start in witchcraft, the answer will almost always be this: What have you studied? If you then answer “nothing”, then this is the first step. There are many beginner witches ask for advice online. They’re told to read this or that book. And they don’t like the advice given to them. How does one expect to learn if one doesn’t want to put any effort into studying the topic?
3. Practice, practice, and practice
You’ve got a good grip on the basics, the next first steps to becoming a witch include actually practicing. Before you cast your first spell or perform a ritual, ask yourself the following questions:
- Do I know how to cast and release a circle?
- Do I understand why I want to practice this ritual or cast this spell?
- Do I understand the potential consequences of this practice if by chance the spell backfires or the ritual brings in unwanted energy?
- Do I know how to banish that unwanted energy?
- Am I practicing witchcraft because I am genuinely drawn to it or simply to put a spell on someone?
4. Seek the connection with nature
One of the most important steps to becoming a witch is to connect with nature. A connection with nature is essential. Connect with the Earth: plant a garden, walk barefoot, go for nature walks, pick up litter, support animal rescues. Connect with Air: feel the breeze in your hair, visit the top of a mountain, practice deep breathing, open the windows. Connect with Fire: have a bonfire, light a candle each day. Connect with Water: go for a swim, take an herbal bath, put a small water fountain in your home.
5. Focus on energy
The basis of witchcraft is about harnessing and manipulating energy to bring about change in the witch’s environment and life. So one of the first steps to becoming a witch is learning all about energy. Everything is made of energy and energy never stops moving. Visualization and meditation will teach you to focus your mental and emotional energy on an intention. Practice energy manipulation — there are wonderful videos on YouTube and resources online on this topic.
6. Connection with ancestors
Part of the first step to becoming a witch is to connect with your ancestors. Now, some new witches will disagree and say this is a religious aspect of the craft they don’t follow. The choice is yours. But the truth is — even when you feel no connection to a god or goddess, you ALWAYS feel your ancestors’ presence. Your ancestors are important in the craft because their blood pumps through you. Thousands upon thousands of people came together to make you. Some people say looking into one’s heritage or ancestry is pointless, but it is undeniable that your ancestors provide powerful magic and protection.
7. Use the spirit of animals
Often when a beginner witch comes to me, they want to know if one of the steps to becoming a witch is finding your spirit animal. This is not a necessity and you shouldn’t worry. Your spirit animal will come to you. If you have to force it, it’s not your true spirit animal. The animal spirit will appear when you are ready and in random places: in the wild, on the TV, on the internet, in books, in conversations with strangers, etc. Your spirit animal may come and go as it pleases and it will change depending on the phase of your life.
8. The power of God/Goddesses
Another big question from beginner witches is: How do I know my gods and goddesses / my pantheon? First, begin by researching your ancestry. It’s always great to start learning and working with the gods of your ancestors. Often gods and goddesses will come to you, just as your spirit animals will. When they do, set up an altar or shrine (it doesn’t have to be fancy), and honor your gods as often as you can by leaving offerings, burning candles, burning incense, etc.
With the above tips, you have initially entered the wizarding world, building the first knowledge base to become a true witch. Hopefully, the above advice will help and supplement your knowledge.