5 Common Mistakes Made by Beginning Witches

Updated on August 10, 2017
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Sage has been a witch for 25 years. She enjoys writing informative articles to teach others the craft of the wise.

Learning Witchcraft

Beginning Witchcraft can be a bit confusing, especially when you don’t have a mentor or any kind of guidance. It’s no surprise—if the Craft were the quick and easy way to deliver your heart’s desires to you, everyone would be using it. There is a reason why so many people say, “I tried Witchcraft, it doesn’t work!” This is because dabbling gets you nowhere. It’s a little like someone who has never played a musical instrument before coming into your house, banging on your piano for 30 minutes and proclaiming pianos don’t work because it didn’t play a song. The problem is not the instrument; the problem is you have to learn how to play it.

When you first begin learning, there are some common pitfalls you may want to avoid.

Learning Witchcraft

There's nothing wrong with making mistakes; just learn from them.
There's nothing wrong with making mistakes; just learn from them. | Source

I want to freeze time and shoot fireballs !

There’s no faster way to bring yourself down that unrealistic expectations. Witchcraft won’t make your brown eyes blue, it’s not going to make you taller or drop 100 pounds by next month. It won’t deliver your favorite celebrity to your door, or poof things into existence for you. It’s not going to solve all your problems, fulfill your dreams for you and make life easy and perfect. Forget what you saw in fiction—you are not going to be like Bewitched, or Harry Potter, or the Charmed Ones. It just doesn’t work that way.

This is why people get disappointed or renounce Witchcraft sometimes—just because you can’t turn your ex into a toad doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with the Craft; the problem is having unrealistic expectations of what the Craft is about. Someone skilled in the Craft can accomplish great things, but on a natural level, not on par with tall tales and Hollywood special effects.

Fictional Witchcraft

Real life Witchcraft is not like fantasy fiction.
Real life Witchcraft is not like fantasy fiction. | Source

Gimmie the ‘real’ spells!

Some beginners think that to start practicing Witchcraft means finding spells that ‘really work’. They want the fast and easy spells for beginners so they can get started. What they think they need to begin their career in the Craft is a ‘real spell book, with real spells.’

The mistake here is in thinking that spells will do anything for you without knowledge and skill behind what you’re doing. Spells are methods; they’re great, they’re like recipes. But before you can start using recipes—as any cook will tell you—you have to learn some basic cooking techniques. If a recipe tells you to braise the vegetables, it’s useless to you if you don’t know what braising is. If it tells you to caramelize the onions, you need to know how to achieve that, and what they should look like, before you can produce them.

Going for spells first is jumping the gun. The spells do not have power— the Witch is the one with the power; and knowledge is a major component of that power.

Did Your Spell Fail?

I don’t really need to meditate, do I?

Maybe you don’t. There are people who naturally are very attuned, extremely sensitive, who are instinctually able to alter their state of consciousness at will and maintain extensive focus. But the sad fact is, most of us – particularly most beginners – would not qualify.

If you think of meditation as sitting there doing nothing, I can totally see how you would feel it’s a waste of time and would not want to do it. However, the primary tool of Witchcraft is the mind, and training the mind is an essential part of learning the Craft. Mental training is something that’s not just a hurtle to get over, but will continue on for your lifetime, or for as long as you practice magical arts. Even those who resisted it in the beginning will, as their practice continues, realize the value of it and begin dedicating more time to it later (if they don't give up at all, that is). It's part of the package-- might as well get used to it.

But I already read a book on The Craft, I don't need another.

Have you ever seen books that claim to be the only book on Witchcraft you’ll ever need? If so, put it back on the shelf. Good books on Witchcraft, good mentors, good sources will encourage you to read and read and then read some more. And you don’t just read things once, maybe twice—the really good, really tough reads should be read several times. Take notes, make lists and really study.

Hey, it’s not known as “the Craft of the Wise” for nothing. Wisdom doesn’t grow on trees.

Recommended Book

The Witch's Magical Handbook
The Witch's Magical Handbook

I'm not a regular fan of Gavin and Yvonne Frost. Some of their ideas about Wicca, and some highly controversial ideas about sex, have garnered them a lot of criticism, and rightfully so. I don't normally defend them in that, or recommend their Witch School at all.

That said, I have to give credit where credit is due. This book educational, insightful and understandable. I would offer caveats: this is not the typical 'white-washed' Wiccan-style stuff you'll find in the Llewellyn 101 books. People fed up with the Watered-Down approach to Witchcraft will probably appreciate this book, as will students of The Craft seeking true understanding.

 

But the book says to do it this way...

While I say ‘yay’ to reading books, I say ‘nay’ to taking them as scripture. Books are guides, they are not holy writ. Witchcraft is one of those things (like writing, or like cooking), that can be both an art and a science. It’s both creative and technical. It utilizes both the left and the right brain functions.

Therefore, learn from the book, but then fly with it. While books and study will give you a vast base of knowledge to draw on, wisdom is only gained through putting things to practice. You really will hone your skills by doing them—and tweaking them to suit you individually. Don’t let a book hold you back like a ball and chain—act with your own instincts, just do it in an informed and deliberate way.

This is by no means a comprehensive list. In fact, you can find even more on the topic in my other article: Witchcraft for Beginners: 7 More Mistakes Made by Beginning Witches. Pointing out mistakes is not meant to put anyone down—we all make mistakes when we start out (and even when we've been at it for a while!). But knowing what pitfalls to watch out for by being warned by those who have traveled before you can really help you steer clear of them, or recover from them quickly.

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      Tazzie 

      4 days ago

      Hi my name is tahleah and i have recently started research all the information but before i want to cast spells or when im ready to cast spells. i would like to know if you cast a spell wrong or something goes wrong can any spell cause something bad to happen.

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      komal sharma 

      5 weeks ago

      Hello! Mackenzie, I am 25 and I really wanted to be a witch how can I ? can u help me or can you explain me , teach me that I can learn witchcraft.....

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      Asami Emiko 

      2 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hello Mackenzie! I am a young beginner witch, and I have been reading your articles and gathering a ton of notes! Your information has been super helpful, and I just wanted to thank you for clarifying so much for me.

      As a 13 year old "witch", (I'm not sure if I can consider myself one yet, since I haven''t really practiced any spells yet,) I was wondering what would be the next step for me after gathering notes. I've checked out a bunch of books and watched videos and read articles, and I wanted to know what would be the next step up after I finished gathering information.

      I also wanted to know what to do if I would want a mentor. I'm VERY much a beginner, and I honestly do not know where to start after gathering notes, and with all the types of symbols, crystals, powers, spells, potions, altars, herbs, rosary, and meditation, I can't help but to feel overwhelmed. Can you help?

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      2 months ago

      Thank you Shameka, makes my day to know I've helped someone!

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      Shameka 

      2 months ago

      Hi I just love you! Thank you so much for making these videos and writing these articles. I am literally just starting and haven't casted any spells yet. What you said about the mind and reaching too high and being too specific or too vague is very good advice. Your words have grounded me and brought clarity. I will keep reading. Thank you

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      2 months ago

      Hi hon; teens need to be careful looking for mentors when the family prohibits practice, because the sad fact is, if someone would encourage you to deceive and sneak around behind your parents back, it just isn't someone you should trust.

      Here's some articles I've written on this: https://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Wicca-for...

      https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Teen-Wiccan...

      The latter can apply to Witchcraft as well.

      The good news is, it's not a problem you'll have for long-- you're going to be 18 in less than 2 years (which, I know, seems a long wait at 16, but it'll be here soon enough).

      Hope that helps for now!

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      elizabeth 

      2 months ago

      hi im 16 yrs old I come from a family who used to be what would be called witches. they took after mothers and grandmothers but in 2011 they put a stop to it. I found out about the things they used to do by looking through photo albums. my mother caught me doing witchcraft and she got mad but I want to do this and I don't have a mentor. do you know where I can look??

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      Yonna Garza 

      3 months ago

      How could you put energy in crystals?

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      3 months ago

      Hi Theyna; no, there are a lot of Witches who don't bother with astral projection or spirits of the dead much. Training in Witchcraft will actually help improve your ability to do these things if someday you want to pursue them. Magic is something anyone can learn to do-- like any skill some people just have more innate talent than others, but it's part of nature, it's a natural resource we can all learn to harness. No special psychic abilities are necessary.

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      Theyna 

      3 months ago

      Hi! Your article was super useful and good job. I want to learn witchcraft and I am doing as much research as I can but I look at people's comments on articles like yours and they say things like "I've come in contact with spirits before" or "I have had out of body experiences." I've never met a spirit, never had an out of body experience, and never had an experiences that seemed magical. This probably is a stupid question, but will this prevent me from being a witch? I have always wished that I could do magic or be a witch, and just recently discovered that this dream I once thought was silly could come true, but know I'm worried. So, will this prevent me from being a witch?

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      3 months ago

      Hi Cloud; you had quite a journey that started at such a young age. Thanks for sharing.

      There are various reasons why you can get sleep paralysis during/after OBEs; part of your mind is still awake but your body is asleep so it's not surprising or uncommon, usually if you just wait it out a few minutes you'll either fall asleep or your body will wake up.

      If you feel you are bringing back some kind of harmful spirit or energy you should probably cleanse the room and protect yourself before practicing astral projection.

      I don't believe Witchcraft attracts spirits per say, not as a backlash in that way. But in practicing the Craft, in meditating more and honing our intuitive skills we can become more aware of what's always been there and around us.

      Meditation definitely helps discipline the mind, various forms help you learn to achieve the right state of consciousness for magic/spells and in general it will improve your intuitive abilities (sounds like you have been working on yours for quite a while).

      Thanks for your comment! Hope that helped :o)

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      Cloud Mclade 

      3 months ago

      Hi Mackenzie, thank you for this wonderful article i've always been interested in the arts of witchcraft even as a child... but was always told that magic is a myth and that it does'nt exist, i've only recently started to do research about magic, witchcraft and voodoo and so far your article makes the most sense and gave me alot of knowlage regarding witchcraft and magic. I'd like to ask you a few questions regarding meditation and a ability i happen to have if you'd please answer my questions i'd be very greatful. Due to the fact that i have been searching for the answers for years.

      So to begin with I was born as a christian but roughly around 9 years ago i lost what i believe in due to the fact that at the age of 15 i was diagnosed with cancer thru this struggle i got a hunger for knowlage i started to research all the different religions and cultures in the world thru my research i have learned that religion blinds us gives us tunnel vision. meaning we only see the world in one way and block out the thought to see that theres more than meets the eye to the world we live in and thru my research i started to believe in a mixture between bhudism and ohmnism as my knowlage grew i came to see god is not a man or women or a physical being but simply a positive energy that is always around us no matter where we are and as i read your article i understand that witchcraft relies on strong energy and for a begginner to master the art of witchcraft one must understand energy and that your mind must be trained to work with this energy. as i read i understand that this could be done thru meditation. this is what i understand so far am i correct or did i miss something ?

      As a bhudist i am known to the art of meditation and have been practicing for years now, thru my understanding and expierience of meditation i've become obsessed with the spiritual dimention. i started to research "OBE" also known as "astrual projection" in my opinion its like the advanced form of meditation.

      i do practice this art but don't always seem to be successful, i go into that state when i least expect it to happen and even then i can only roam the earth as a spirit for a few seconds before my body pulls me back and then as i return experience sleep paralisis, sometimes i experience sleep paralisis before i exit my body. When this happens my body is paralized for a few minutes also i know my eyes are closed during this experience but can still see around me as if my eyes are open i also see spiritual entities around me until i regain movement of my body again. Do you by any chance have knowlage about this, as i still have much to learn about the art of OBE and id like to know if you can give me an answer on why i experience sleep paralisis before or after my spirit exit's my body and also if you could give me advise on what to do when it happends maybe tips on how to control it ?

      Do you think that all the years i have been practicing the art of meditation wil help me in my journey to learn and understand witchcraft?

      Also a question ive been waiting to ask a professional for about 3 years now ive realised i have a strange but kind of awesome ability(dont know if its the correct word for it) but i can read the minds of other people, ive tested this sevral times and everytime i prove to myself that its not just luck i can really see or read minds of other people around me, for instance i will ask someone to think about someting for example a random colour or number and seem to get the correct answer every time i do it. Sometimes i tend to see stronger thoughts like when the indvidual im reading thinks of the next activity or thing they're going to do , i can actually see these thoughts, sometimes i can see the things that another persons subconsious is thinking about and i've never been wrong about what i see. these thoughts come to me in a energy form i can actually tell the difference between my own and the person im reading i know this because of the energy that surrounds these thoughts are different than the energy my thoughts produce and this is how i tell the difference between the two. sometimes i see more than my own and 1 other individuals thoughts. Once i had 5 different people around me and all of their thoughts running thru my head and i actually knew whos thoughts were who's even though it made me feel heavily clostaphobic as if my head is being squished. But wat i don't understand is that this ability tend to fade if i use it non stop for awhile. also i know when i cannot read a mind anymore because when i attempt to do so there is no different energies in the thoughts i have i only feel one frequency then. The ability returns after a few minutes sometimes it takes longer than usual when i use the ability more than normal use.

      Could it be true that i have such an amazing gift or do you think its just a coinsadince everytime?

      Also if you believe that i do indeed have this ability why does it get weaker if i use it to much at once?

      i have much to learn about witchcraft and im sure some of the knowlage i seek is in your article i havent read thru everything yet..... i already have a much better understanding of witchcraft just thru the little bit ive read.

      might be amatuer question but does witchcraft attract spirits.... and is it true that you get backlash from the spells you cast, meaning that if you cast one on someone else it might have a effect on the caster?

      P.S apologies for my spelling of some of the words.

      please be in touch id like to know more and id like to contact you to via email to find out more about this sacred art

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      3 months ago

      Hi Tracy, thank you so much! It can be, yes, but remember-- it's a marathon, not a spring. So pace yourself, learn the basics, practice your meditation/mental discipline. Let me know if I can ever answer any questions for you.

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      Tracey 

      3 months ago

      Hello Mackenzie Im reading your articles and I think they are great, I could really use a mentor and some guidance in the craft. Im fairly new to practicing and I enjoy it but I admit it can be a bit overwhelming.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      4 months ago

      Hi Tracey. Initiation is simply when a group accepts you as one of their own. It's not needed to practice magic, it doesn't make you better or more skilled, only study and practice can do that.

      If you want to do some kind of self dedication to your path, that's always a nice rite of passage that can mean a great deal. But to learn and grow with the Craft, just keep studying/practicing.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      4 months ago

      Hi, I can be emailed through my Hubpages profile page, or through my website at Wicclit.com. I'll respond & you'll get my personal email back... but I don't like to post it directly on boards (spammers).

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      4 months ago

      Hi Olivia; there's a simple solution for those who would disrespect you for your beliefs or experiences: don't talk about them. Sometimes you'll come across others who are more like-minded and it's fine to talk about, but if people aren't receptive then it's best to just talk about other things you have more in common with them.

      If this is your path, just keep reading and learning and open yourself to experiences. It's a lifelong journey, no rush. Enjoy boarding school!

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      Olivia Gavel 

      4 months ago

      I don't know what to do I am only 13 and I go to boarding school and everyone I know doesn't believe in Witches or Wiccans and if I told someone they would make fun of me and I really want to become a Witch or Wiccan without being bullied cause I see spirits and feel weird things in my boarding house as well and every time I tell someone they say it was just my imagination or the wind. My dad is superstitious but he doesn't believe in demons or spirits and I need a mentor to help me learn witchcraft. (sorry for the rant)

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      alexis bermudez 

      5 months ago

      i really really want to be a great wiccan.i still believe someday i learn much more of this magic or a witchcraft,cause it's so interesting and helpful on me.it really is.

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      Cindy Relly 

      5 months ago

      Could this BE anymore patronizing ?!?!

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      Sarah Tarette 

      5 months ago

      Are you serious? This article is FAR to rough for beginning witches! Seriously? Your supposed to encourage readers to become witches and practice the craft, not tell them that it's too hard and that you cant start unless you have done years of practice or something. If this was the first article I read as beginner, I wouldn't have started! I hope you get hexed by a professional!

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      Tracey 

      5 months ago

      I want to initiate myself but am worried that i still dont know enough. I have been holding back from doing spells until i am initiated (solitary witch) My problem is that i dont retain knowledge so i learn from doing. I have read 6 books and have been a healer for a while but not practising atm.

      Any advice?

      Thanks in advance

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      Babble 

      7 months ago

      Hi! DO you have an email?

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      Evelyn 

      7 months ago

      in just starting out my witchcraft research is there something us new witches/ wizards need to know?

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      dell mcintyre 

      8 months ago

      i am trying to figure out the working ritual and drawing down the moon i am still new to this

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      andria 

      8 months ago

      what books would you recommend for beginners

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      Brandy 

      8 months ago

      How do i start witch craft? Im not in a big hurry but always been looking into it but i haven't started at all so can i try something to start doing? Needing help how to start!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      8 months ago

      Hi Larry; I'm not sure, you mean online? Can't say I know much about that but if I hear anything I'll post it here.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      8 months ago

      Hi Miriam! Thanks so much, glad you like it and glad to be of help on your journey. Yep, study/learning is key-- 'the more you know', as they say, lol.

      Welcome.

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      Larry W.Daniel 

      8 months ago

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      Miriam 

      8 months ago

      So glad I found this page. I can see it will take alot of reading and studying. I always knew. Now I can finally come to grips, accept (excitedly) and study. What a fun self-discovery. Now it all seems to make sense. Hello everyone!

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      Gemma Anderson 

      9 months ago

      Hi,..I come from a strict christian background, yet all my life I have felt compelled towards witchcraft since I was very small, ..my problem is, my family won't agree with it, they believe it to be evil , I'm afraid of doing anything to displease them, also Christianity has been drilled into me all my life, I'm finding it very hard to come away from, I've never practiced witchcraft, but I have read and taken some notes out of curiosity without my parents knowing.

      How do I shake off the feeling that I'm doing bad and delving in to what my parents term "the devil's work"?

      Where would I begin, if I were to practise in secret, I have a quiet place to go, surrounded by nature, but I'm unsure where to start.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      9 months ago

      Meditation is when you calm your mind and you may put your awareness in the moment, you may contemplate/focus on a thought or specific thoughts. It's basically how you learn to discipline your mind.

      We all naturally go in and out of meditative states occasionally; but learning how to do it deliberately is important to learning Witchcraft.

      Try this: https://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Learning-...

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      9 months ago

      Hi there Aubrey; there are Christian Witches.

      There seems to be some confusion that all Witches have to be Pagans (or specifically, Wiccans, a Pagan religion). This isn't true; for centuries, before the Pagan revival, most people practicing magic were Christians (they didn't tend to use the word 'witch' because it had negative connotations, but basically by today's definition of Witchcraft, that's what they were doing).

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      savvanah 

      10 months ago

      hi i recently started to study witchcraft and i dont know what meditation means

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      Aubrey 

      10 months ago

      I'm Christian, episcopalian, does that interfeire with me wanting to be a witch?

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      Michelle 

      11 months ago

      When it comes to witchcraft i think what feels ok to you should be the direction you go in. As long as no harm to others. It stops a lot of confusion. This has worked for me. Ill never stop learning the craft.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      12 months ago

      Hi Siriea, and welcome to the path! At this point, just keep reading, learning new things, and of course, pray and follow your instincts as well. Getting a good foundation with meditation will also benefit you, so start up a daily regime. Bright blessings

      :o)

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      Siriea 

      12 months ago

      Hello my name is siriea, I am a new witch and have been studying and practicing for about a month now. I started out with the book " complete guide to witchcraft" by Buckland and now I'm reading "elements of witcraft even thought it for teens I feel this is more basic for me. I have been meditating like I should still getting you to it though. I read the the 5 common mistakes I thought it was very helpful. As I embark on my new journey what kind of advise would you have for me?

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      12 months ago

      Hi SC; There's actually a difference between Wicca & Witchcraft, the terms aren't interchangable:

      Wicca is a theistic religion; many Wiccans practice Witchcraft, as the religion was inspired by old witch-cult theories (many of which have now been debunked).

      Witchcraft is the practice of magic; it is a learned skill. You can be of any religion, or of no religion. There are Wiccan Witches, Christian Witches, atheist Witches, etc.

      Taking Gods out of Wicca though would be like trying to take Jesus out of Christianity, or like taking chocolate out of chocolate ice cream: just, odd, lol, kwim? Like, is there enough left to even call it what it was before you removed most of it? While it is a valid practice for an atheist to take some Wiccan influences and practice Witchcraft, I'm not sure if what you have left could be accurately called 'Wicca', or what appeal such a theistic religion (all of our most sacred rites, rituals, liturgy, holy days, etc. revolve around eity) would actually have to an atheist.

      You certainly can practice Witchcraft without being Wiccan or without believing in any Gods. You could certainly consider yourself a Pagan or Neo-Pagan Witch without belief in Gods (Pagan is an umbrella term for many, many religions and spiritual paths, including Wicca, and many have overlapping practices and beliefs). I've known many, there are no conflicts there.

      Hope that helps!

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      slightlyconfuzzed 

      12 months ago

      I'm an atheist. I've read little about Wicca, but not much. I don't believe in any higher power/god or goddess but I am interested in rituals, spells or traditions. I just don't know what I need to know or do if I was going to practise them. Do I need to be religious to practise Witchcraft?

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      LWolf 

      15 months ago

      Great for me to bigain with

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      Twinkle 

      16 months ago

      Loved your article,quite expressive and informative. My first time on the HubPages and I found it wonderfu...

      Thank you

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      Abel Angel 

      16 months ago

      Hi I am a Biggnner and i wish to become a Wizard and i have a lot of doubts could u just help me out in clearing or could u provide me some one who can ///plz provide ur email id to ask qus

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      Lannah 

      21 months ago

      Always helpful! Thank you. I don't meditate enough, but my instincts have guided me well. I've always read and researched (i actually love research) to find as much information as my little heart desires. I've always tried to find things that feel right to me and not get caught up in what everyone else is doing. My dreams also seem to guide me. I had seen Hecate in my dream when I was confused about something. The confusion was pretty well cleared after that :)

      Thank you so much and Blessed Be!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      23 months ago

      Hi Titanna; thanks for your comments and sharing your beliefs.

      Personally, I don't believe in the threefold rule. It's a more modern concept; I'm a bit more 'old school.' But I agree with you that if someone wants to wallow in petty or negative emotions, they're not going to be very happy people. We have to be mindful of ethics and intentions, both in The Craft and any other area of life.

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      Titanna 

      23 months ago

      I am a polytheist, which means I believe what ever name you call it, god, allah, the goddess, nature, zeus or odin, it is all the same spiritual energy we put out into the universe. Witches just work with that force but always with the full knowledge and understanding of the three fold rule. Myself, when I make a spell it's comfort, or to remove negativity. Every Full moon a circle is walked around my house with unidolized sea salt and ground Maize. Any thing we put out in to the universe, be it petty, rude, or even happy and joyous comes back. I always feel sorry for those who want to be part of witchcraft for petty evil purposes. This is a wonderful article to help weed out the dabblers, the I want the world to go my way. I grew up in a house of witches, and learned as I grew. Comparing it to cooking was a wonderful anology! and both require commitment and attention to detail.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      23 months ago

      Hi Jennifer; I'm glad you found my article useful. Thanks for commenting :o) ~Sage

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      Jennifer young 

      23 months ago

      Good advice im just starting to learn about wicca

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      23 months ago

      Thanks Gabra; I've got a defunct blog about Wicca, a new blog about Spirituality/Witchcraft in general, and I've got a couple hundred articles on Witchcraft at Hubpages.

      The best place to go is my website (wicclit.com) because you can link to it all through there-- look for the heading on 'web writing' for the links, the new blog entries show up at the bottom of the page.

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      Gabra Lilly 

      23 months ago

      Awesome! Do you have any blog about witchcraft?

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      3 years ago

      Thanks Lisa, glad you are finding my articles useful!

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      Lisa 

      3 years ago

      Im so thankful I found your articles!! I am a beginner on this journey. I've taken the long way to get here, but I have finally found my place! I am a sponge and all of your articles are so amazingly helpful and informative!! Thank you so much!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      4 years ago

      Thank you Kitty, I appreciate it! Thanks for commenting.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      4 years ago

      Thank you DzyMsLizzy. As unbelievable as it is, there are kids that contact me sometimes asking if things in Harry Potter is real and if they can learn to do it. I don't know... it's beyond me. Thanks for commenting!

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      Nicole Canfield 

      4 years ago from Summerland

      LOVE it! All great points! Thanks!

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      Liz Elias 

      4 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Very good and useful information, presented in a no-nonsense, fact-based manner.

      I had to chuckle at the Harry Potter comparison, and offer my own tongue-in-cheek explanation of that skill. Harry Potter and his schoolmates were not witches or warlocks; they were WIZARDS, and therein lies all the difference! ;-) LOL

      I enjoyed this article, and appreciated your honest assessment of your reservations in the book you recommended. You are right--all the answers are not found in a single book--a mistaken belief held by many of the "non-witchy" religions.....

      Voted up, useful, shared and pinned.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      4 years ago

      Thanks bethperry; I totally agree, dabbling leads to so many messes it's not worth it. As for my niche-- it's why I started a hub page account. I mainly ghost write, but rarely on Wicca. I just wanted an outlet for a topic near and dear to my heart. Thanks for your votes & stopping by, much appreciated.

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      Beth Perry 

      4 years ago from Tennesee

      Fantastic article on the subject, WiccanSage. And I am so glad you pointed out the mistake of dabbling. Dabbling isn't recommended in any other science, religion or activity if one wants to become adept at it, and the same holds for the Craft.

      Voted up.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      4 years ago

      SM, great quote and so true. There's a lot of misinformation out there, and with fiction making it look so cool and easy it's very easy for people to misunderstand. Thanks again for your comments.

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      Sharon OBrien 

      4 years ago

      Very well done. Too many people who are new to The Craft have been mislead by fictional portrayals. They are then a bit crushed to learn how much reading, studying and work is truly involved. Also, to paraphrase Terry Pratchett's very wise Granny Weatherwax, it is more important to know when not to use a spell then to use one. A very good, very necessary hub.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      4 years ago

      LOL, d.william I'm sure you could have tackled it if you wanted. But it's true, it's not for everyone; very time-consuming and there's so many other awesome things to pursue in life. Thank you for your comment, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      d.william 

      4 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Great article. I enjoyed the read. I did look into this practice many years ago, but it seemed way too complicated for my simple mind.

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      Kukata Kali 

      4 years ago

      You're welcome! Agreed totally~

    • WiccanSage profile imageAUTHOR

      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      4 years ago

      Thank you Kukata Kali, I appreciate your comments/votes. I agree-- we're born with the potential; it all comes down to whether we want to hone it, improve it and use it.

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      Kukata Kali 

      4 years ago

      The power as always been inside us. With a clear understanding and appreciation of nature (Earth & Cosmos), and a real desire to shift the energy, anything we do will work. Enjoyed your expression! Voted ^

    • WiccanSage profile imageAUTHOR

      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      4 years ago

      Thank you Tembrooke, I appreciate your comment!

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      C. A. Chancellor 

      4 years ago from US/TN

      Excellent advice for anyone studying a new life skill!

    • WiccanSage profile imageAUTHOR

      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      4 years ago

      Thanks Anniekatz, welcome to Hubs and I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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      anniekatz12 

      4 years ago

      good article! my first time on Hub, so far all good stuff!

    • WiccanSage profile imageAUTHOR

      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      4 years ago

      Thanks Purescience, I appreciate the comment!

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      karthik rv 

      4 years ago from india tamilnadu karur

      thanks for your good article

    • WiccanSage profile imageAUTHOR

      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      4 years ago

      Thanks Karthikkash!

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      Karthik Kashyap 

      4 years ago from India

      Wonderful article as always :) Voted up.

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