I Think I'm a Witch—What Are the Next Steps?

Updated on April 17, 2018
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Born in deepest Cornwall and now living in wild Wales, Bev has been practising her personal form of witchcraft for years and years.

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Do you ever wonder if you are a witch? Or perhaps you are certain of it? Either way, you are very likely confused and unsure of what to do about it. If you need to check some of the signs of being a witch, hop over to this article, 'Are You a Witch?’ then come back here.

You Don’t Have to Do Anything

First of all, relax. There’s nothing you have to do. Really. Being a witch is who you are, it is not something you do. You’ll come across cauldron-loads of sites that offer instructions and say you must do this and do that. Ignore all. You are a witch and that’s all that matters.

Having said that, most newly self-discovered witches want to take it a step farther. They want to explore what it means to be a full-on, energy-manipulating powerful woman (or man). So I’m here to make it easy for you to decide how to proceed.

Educate Yourself in the Ways of Witchcraft

For anyone who thinks they have witchy tendencies, the first thing to do is to educate yourself in the basics. Before you reach out to any groups or individuals, make sure to find out what it’s all about. You need to know what you are getting into.

So read, read, and read some more. Read good stuff and not-so-good. Make notes in margins about what appeals to you.

Remember, though, that all authors have their own perspective on witchcraft. You will have your own perspective too, so discard anything that doesn’t resonate with you. In some cases it might be everything they write. And that’s okay. The more you can pare it all down, the better you will carve out your own personal version of witchcraft.

Topics to pay attention to are:

  • The seasons
  • Moon cycles
  • Manipulation of energy
  • Meditation
  • Your connection to the earth.

Some of the best material is not classified under witchcraft, so I encourage you to read other sources too. It’s good not to get bogged down in all the ritual and accompanying information too soon.

Other Sources of Information

YouTube has a ton of witch-related videos. Some will resonate with you, others will put you to sleep, and some will even send you screaming into the hills. Again, I can’t emphasize this enough, you don’t have to subscribe to anyone else’s views other than your own.

I love the video, below, by Jessi Huntenburg. She is so down-to-earth and real. Her take on witchcraft mirrors my own. Watch out for a little bit of swearing. Her idea of working with archetypal characters in pop culture is excellent.

Podcasts are also useful. Beware of the hyper-witches though. For some reason, many people think the more hysterical and upbeat they are, the better witches they be. This is not so. The people who have an inner serenity are way more authentic than the screamy kind.

The Religious Option

For those who feel witchcraft is a religious calling, you will probably be drawn to Wicca. Wicca is a highly ritualized path with the benefit that the information is well-organized and readily available. There are many Wiccan groups all over the world and finding one is not difficult. Most Wiccans are kindly and welcoming, and pleased to help a new witch along his or her path.

One of the best proponents of Wicca is Lisa Chamberlain. Her book, “Wicca for Beginners: A Guide to Wiccan Beliefs, Ritual, Magic and Witchcraft” is highly rated and, if Wicca, is your thing, you should grab a copy and carry it everywhere.

Lisa defines Wicca thusly: "Wicca is classified as a nature-based religion encompassing a wide variety of beliefs, traditions and practices inspired by many different sources—Wiccans often refer to these sources as “the Old Religion.”

Despite that, Wicca has its origins in a very modern form of witchcraft—and that's a good thing for people starting out. Be aware that witchcraft in general doesn’t need to have religious connotations at all. It is whatever it is to you. It’s personal.

The Solitary Option

A ‘solitary’ is a witch who practices by herself. Let’s assume for brevity, that she is a she for now. Apologies to any male solitaries out there. The solitary works alone and usually in secret. She sets about teaching herself what she needs to know. She may well follow a Wiccan path, or she may not. As always, it’s down to personal choice.

The "Just Be Yourself" Option

This is probably the most common path. Those who have that certain way with energy, a closeness to nature, and confidence that they are masters and mistresses of their own destiny, will often simply choose to be themselves. They don’t need any accoutrements or deities to worship. They are simply who they are. And this is perfectly fine.

I like to call it 'Simple Witchcraft'.


Tread gently on the earth

Breathe gently of the air

Lie gently in the water

Touch gently to the fire.

— Carolyn Hillyer: Dance of the Elements

Paths of a Witch

Whatever your main choice of how you practice the craft, within it are little avenues that branch off. Sometimes these little avenues become the focus of your practice. For example, when I began, it was suggested that I choose a skill to learn. I decided on tarot. Gradually, the study of tarot took over everything else for me, and it’s only in the last few years that I’ve been called back to the more general study and practice of witchcraft.

Some witch-related paths:

  • Healing
  • Divination
  • Magic and Spells
  • Music
  • Crystals
  • Herbalism
  • Storytelling
  • Art
  • Gardening/conservation
  • Working with animals
  • Counseling

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Tools and Accoutrements

Let’s face it, witchcraft is an industry, and that means there are some canny marketers out there. Know this: you don’t need any expensive tools or clothes to be a witch. If you need items to help you focus in a ritual, you can start with:

  • A candle, even a tea light will suffice, to represent the element of Fire and the direction/quarter South
  • A pebble, to represent the element of Earth and the direction/quarter North.
  • A paring/veg peeling knife to be your athame (ritual knife) and to represent the element of Air and the direction/quarter East
  • A glass of water or wine to represent the element of Water and the direction/quarter West.
  • A smooth twig or sick to be your wand.

A lovely thing to do is to go out for walks to look for natural objects you can use in ritual. Always ask permission, and give thanks to any tree that graciously donates a wand.

You can substitute these with anything that works better for you.

There’s No Time Like Right Now to Cast a Circle

Okay, maybe you can do it later, but casting a circle is fun and you never forget your first time. A really good thing would be to carry out your first circle-casting at the time of the Full Moon. When witches gather at this time, it's called an 'esbat'. Other occasions, such as the solstices and other major witch celebrations, the gatherings are called 'sabbats'.

Here’s a suggestion for your first ritual. Cast a circle to provide protection and a bubble of love while you pledge to dedicate yourself to the study of witchcraft.

  • Step One: wear something comfortable and decide where you will work. You need some decent floor space, because you are going to sit down in the circle.
  • Step Two: gather your tools, if you have any. They are not mandatory--when I mention using a wand or athame, just point your finger instead. A cushion to sit on is also a good idea. Place them on the floor or a low table.
  • Step Three: make sure you won’t be interrupted.
  • Step Four: stand still, close your eyes for a moment and breathe deeply.
  • Step Five: clarify your intent for the ritual. In this case it is to experience working with energy and to pledge yourself to the craft.
  • Step Six: hold up your wand and turn to the East. Say, “I call upon the guardians of East and Air to watch over and protect me. Do the same, in turn with the other three quarters, going clockwise (or deosil): East (air), South (fire), West (water), North (earth). If yo live in the southern hemisphere, do it in reverse order.
  • Step Seven: point your wand and describe a circle around yourself and your tools. Again clockwise/deosil. Visualize the circle forming a sphere. Now don’t step through the circle, stay within its boundaries. If you have to leave the circle because you need the loo or anything, use your athame/kitchen knife to 'cut' an imaginary doorway. Oh, and cats, dogs and small children can pass through the circle with no harm done.
  • Step Eight: light your candle and sit on the floor. You can close your eyes if you like. Feel energy rising up through the floor and into your body. Imagine this strong earth energy filling your circle/sphere and mingling with the air, fire and water energy.
  • Step Nine: when you are ready, say, “Within these walls, within this circle, and within my heart, I dedicate myself to the craft. I ask that the guardians support me and help me as I explore this path. Blessed be.”
  • Step Ten: sit for as long as you like. Then stand and thank each of the guardians in reverse order, turning anti-clockwise (widdershins): North, West, South, East. “I thank you guardians of the North and earth, please go in peace.”
  • Step Eleven: Pick up your athame and turn widdershins (anti-clockwise) to disperse the circle.
  • Step Twelve: Have something to eat and drink to ground yourself.

Over time, you will adapt and change your circle casting ritual to fit your preferences. It can be as complicated or as simple as you like. Your circle is a space where you are one step removed from the ‘real world’. It is where you raise energy to work your magic. It is where you commune with spirits, guides, ancestors, and any deities or archetypes you want to work with.

Any Questions?

I hope I’ve given you some ideas how to get started. I didn't want to overwhelm you with information. The most important thing is not to stress or worry about it all. Being a witch will unfold over a lifetime. Some of you will take to it, others will try it and move on. That’s how it goes.

Please feel free to ask any questions in the comments section below.

Merry Part and Blessed Be.

Note: I don’t actually go round saying that to people, I say “Bye, see you later” most of the time. It means the same thing.

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© 2018 Bev G

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    • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

      Bev G 

      5 days ago from Wales, UK

      While you cannot change the past, Emss, you can change how you view/remember those things. I recommend you go on YouTube and look for videos by Esther Hicks/Abraham. They will help you to understand that a good life is all about how you perceive it.

      So if you take a past apparently negative event, you can choose to see how bad it was, or you can choose to see that it helped you grow spiritually, that it made you a stronger person and brought you to where you are now.

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      EMSS 

      6 days ago

      Hi Bev G

      I have not been on for a while I read the other day what p3 dealing with so i feel I could talk about this. I just lost some one very special to me and I am hurting in pain. Went through years of medical treatment and I have other family who are sick in my life so many bad things has happen in my life for many years and wish many time to change the past there had to be a way I felt. I have been doing spell to unlimited wish what ever I want I put all my emotion visualization in to it to change the past for my family and I. I did try healing spells. I did read about a witch can change the past to what they would like to be. When I do the spell I have strong pulse of energy in my body. You did say maybe one day could be done, or maybe it is being done. Right now I am studying witchcraft and reading your article has explain so many things to me. I am new at this If you ever find out information about changing the past please let me know. Your comments from the questions I have sent you have been very helpful with information.

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      Bev G 

      6 days ago from Wales, UK

      You have to understand that death is a natural part of life and trying to interfere with a person's passing (unless it is feasible for medical staff to save them) is not a good thing for any witch to do.

      You cannot bring anyone back from the dead and you cannot change the past to change the present. One day, we might discover how to do this but not at the moment.

      If you are new to witchcraft you should not be trying to work with energy you do not yet know how to control. It is extremely dangerous. You start with small steps and as you progress, you can be more ambitious.

      For now, please stop what you are doing and learn your craft.

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      P3 

      7 days ago

      A family was very sick I was doing healing spells and witch spells to heal and to change our lives in the past so this life did not happen this way. I am new to witchcraft I felt the magic energy going trough my body felt warn I put all my emotions and visualizing they are better they still died.I would visualizing our lives changing in the past they way I would want to be. I read witches have to powers to bring back someone who died and change the past so things did not happen,believed being a witch learning how to control magic energy would help my family and me? Do you know how to do this I need guides.

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      Bev G 

      5 weeks ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Rin, you don't need any tools to be a witch. None. It's a total fallacy that you have to have them. Tools are there to help you focus and to raise your spiritual energy. However, they are not really magickal on their own.

      Try this: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Simple-Witc...

      You can also click on my profile above to find more simple witch articles.

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      Rin 

      5 weeks ago

      Hi, um my parents are wary of anything to do with witchcraft, and that means I can’t buy tools without looking suspicious. Is there anything I can do ?

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      Bev G 

      2 months ago from Wales, UK

      I'm sorry, Akira, I misunderstood. No, I don't know of anyone who can help you with this, but you could try techniques to enable you to close down your abilities. I would guess that visualization might work. Perhaps you could enlist the help of a volunteer? Someone who wouldn't mind being a guinea pig.

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      Akira Thorn 

      2 months ago

      I asked you a question about if you've seen anyone who can control peoples emotions and you told me that it is not something many can do, I am well aware of that, it is a horrible ''gift" when you have no idea how to control it. The question wasn't about someone needing not to do something without another person's permission but if you knew of someone out there like me who could help me. I don't like pushing emotions onto people but I don't know how to stop. Now I'm ranting, I am sorry. Thank you for writing an article to help women who don't know that they are a witch, I may come from a line of witches but no one in my family has my "gift" they mostly just see visions. So any help you could offer of how to turn my "gift" off or at least able to manage, would be great.

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      Bev G 

      3 months ago from Wales, UK

      Eyes open or closed, whichever feels best at the time. We all have the magic energy, EMSS, it's how we direct it that's important. You can send it back to the earth just by visualizing it when you touch the ground. You can reabsorb it into your body, or you can send it to someone else.

      I recommend you get some books on the subject. Witches love their books. Try anything by Lisa Chamberlain. Good luck.

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      EMSS 

      3 months ago

      HI Bev G

      Thank you for explaining about meditation and how to do it.

      I have been doing the meditation the way you explain I have my eyes open or at times closed is both ways right? I do feel pulses of energy like sparkles.in my hands and it goes through my body I have always had this feeling but I did not know what it could be. Some time it will just start happening or if I am thinking about sometime I want to happen/ Does this mean I have the magic energy working. Will I be able to control my magic ?

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      Bev G 

      3 months ago from Wales, UK

      EMSS, you can just start by sitting still. Breathe steadily and focus on feeling the breath, in and out. Rest your hands loosely in your lap and just breathe and see if you can feel the energy in your body as a white light. Allow the light to expand and envelop you. Then let the light fade away. When you're ready get up and do the stamping feet thing and have a drink of water x

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      Bev G 

      3 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi EMSS, maybe it's because you are ready to start learning now.

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      EMSS, 

      3 months ago

      Hi Bev G

      Thank you for explaining about magic energy feels what type of meditation, should I do to help me with the magic energy I am new at this so how could I get started, and where do I find this information

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      EMSS, 

      3 months ago

      Hi

      Hi Bev G

      I have known I could be a witch I have read all the information it say I am a natural witch with magic powers does this mean my powers will start awakening I have always had this feeling for many years why is the time now and not years ago as a child ?

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      Bev G 

      3 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi EMSS,

      I think everyone could feel this energy if they paid attention to their body. That means we all have the ability to work magic.

      When you finished working a spell. Do a grounding meditation, then eat and drink something, or stamp your feet. Like Taylor says, "Shake it off."

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      EMSS 

      3 months ago

      Hi Bev G

      Thank you for explaining magic energy feel like I do get my hands tingle. and it goes up my arms and my body and my body feels something going through it like energy when i am thinking about something I would like to happen our it would just happen , and when my emotions are high depending what is happening at that time, I try to focus on it or trying to doing spells I would always have this feeling a lot for a long time I did not know what it was. Does this mean I have magic energy? how could I learn how to control it my powers ?

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      Bev G 

      4 months ago from Wales, UK

      I'll copy in the answer I just gave on another article., EMSS.

      I expect it feels different for different people, so I can only explain how it feels for me.

      When I am about to do anything 'magickal', whether it's a ritual, circle-casting, spell, or sometimes (but not always) a tarot reading, I feel my hands begin to tingle. Sometimes I only have to think about it and they start. As I stretch my fingers, I can feel little pulses of energy like sparkles. And, although I feel it in my hands first, I think it comes up through my feet.

      Then, if I am still and focused I can direct the sparkles around my body and out through my hands. There are no actual visible sparkles; it just feels like that. I am Reiki attuned, so that might be part of it, though I seem to remember it started before that.

      Magic energy is like a connection to the universe. You can experience it in activities like singing, meditating, sport, all kinds of things. You might feel it when you look in your dog's eyes. Or when standing on a beach when the waves are crashing.

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      EMSS 

      4 months ago

      Hi

      I was wondering if you could explain what magic energy feels like. Could you also explain about what is magic energy?

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      Bev G 

      4 months ago from Wales, UK

      Of course. Many witches work outside. And you don't have to use candles if you want to work indoors.

      You make it work for you. There are no rules.

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      Nightstar22 

      4 months ago

      Can this be done outside? I live with parrots and can’t burn candles indoors.

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      Bev G 

      4 months ago from Wales, UK

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      Aquilina 

      4 months ago

      David the exact same thing has been happening to me for about a year now, I've been trying to find out more about it but I can't find anything. Like you I have all the signs of being a witch but I don't think this happens to witches or it would've said so in the article. But the the strange thing is when it happens I don't feel trapped by it, I feel free like I can do anything I feel fearless. Since it started I've been a lot less interested in people if that makes any sense I prefer being alone than around people. As far as I know this doesn't happen to any of my relatives so I don't think it's genetic.how old were you when it it started?

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      Bev G 

      5 months ago from Wales, UK

      And I wish you all the best, Debra. Have the most rewarding and fun experiences :)

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      Debra 

      5 months ago

      I’m finally in a place in my life that I can do what all of my life I should do. I’m 56 and I know a lot about the craft, and I’m not afraid to strike out on my journey. Thanks to you for helping.

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      Bev G 

      5 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Liz, I think this is something you have to approach on a tiny-step basis. I can't tell you how to go about it because I am not you and I don't have your experiences.

      You are going to have to feel your way through this. Perhaps research aspects of psychic development. As I tell most people; read and research, talk to others, experiment carefully.

      You might try releasing the energy through 'gentle' means, such as hands-on healing, or using your written word to create desired scenarios. You'll find your way, I'm sure :)

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      Liz-ard 

      5 months ago

      Hello Bev, I found your article very helpful. I knew from an early age on what I was. My body is the first one holding a great amount of static electricity (body hair, longer hair than others, plastic clothes, type of shoes...don't aply as an explanation), my energy is overflowing before and during a full moon and in irregular intervals I can see bits of the future in my dreams. Those dreams often show me one fast picture or ten seconds of what will happen. It is often also something that my brain couldn't make up: what someone wants to tell me and their exact sentences in doing so, paperwork that I have never seen before but saw exactely in my dreams, future dangers and merits that aren't a logical next step in the moment but are already apparent in my dream. I have a very good memory and am in good health so any kind of brain disease doesn't explain it either.

      My question is: Is there a way to increase this ability? Or is there a way to direct my energy in a meaningful way?

      It is a vast amount of energy that I treat with respect and keep locked up and sealed away. I would like to use it. But I would like to know how to use it for something positive before touching it at all.

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      Bev G 

      5 months ago from Wales, UK

      Good question. Try Witch Crafting by Phyllis Curott. She's very 'normal' :)

      There are many 'classic' books that all witches should get round to reading eventually. Just go on to Amazon, search and look for the highest rated and ones with good reviews.

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      David 

      5 months ago

      It is almost a full moon right now and over the years I have realized that when it comes or is close I tend to get a little "out of control" as some might describe it but in reality I just feel so filled with energy and contrary to what other might think(if they knew) I feel 100% in complete control I want to fly down the freeway at 160 just to put a muzzle on it(I have learned to have more self restraint and don't do this anymore). This energy has been so profound and almost like a high the last year or so because I no longer allow the it to influence my action and I came across your article 'am I a witch' and relate to almost everything listed. I don't know what to do with the energy the moon allows me to harness when she is full. I don't know where to start so could you point me in the right direction? I'm drawn to spells/magic. Any good books? I don't really want to look this up online because I don't want to do anything that may cause harm to anyone.

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      Bev G 

      5 months ago from Wales, UK

      Catherine, You'd think she'd have taken a photo. I'm pretty sure she was making it up. Unless she can show you the proof, of course :)

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      Catherine 

      5 months ago

      I have a friend who was a wiccan she had these rocks that no one was allowed to touch and she was supposed to turn them red for her element was fire. I had opened them not knowing anything of wicca and she had told me that the one in my hand turned white and once i was gone the others had started turning white too. She went to her teacher and the teacher freaked out amd wpuldnt talk to her about it. Im not sure if she was lieing or if any of this is true but i think i might be a witch after readimg everything you wrote. If there is an explaination for this I would like to know.

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      Tiffany 

      5 months ago

      Hello!

      I love your articles....i am a beginner witch and found these very helpful.

      Thank you so much!

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      Bev G 

      5 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hello Liah, I know how you feel. It's really horrible when you feel as though you are disconnected from who you are and want to be.

      I suggest incorporating the smallest of magical things into your daily life: an acknowledgement of the life-giving energy of the sun; a nod to the moon at bedtime; silent blessing of the water you drink, and a regular appreciation of yourself as a magnificent human being. Blessings.

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      Liah 

      5 months ago

      Hello, Bev G.

      I read some of your articles and I really liked.

      Do you have any advice for aspiring-witches that have to work/study full-time and barely have time to practice witchcraft?

      I often feel weighted down by all the energy surrounding me, my family says I'm probably depressed or something like this, but I know it's because I'm drowning in routine and not communicating with my magic enough.

      Thank you so much. I hope you can understand what I'm trying to say, English is not my first language.

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      Bev G 

      5 months ago from Wales, UK

      SS, exactly. It's signalling the end of the ritual. It's the metaphorical act of moving from the magickal to the mundane.

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      SS 

      5 months ago

      What is the purpose of closing the circle and grounding? Is it like making the bed in the morning, or more like shutting down a computer, or would you describe it some other way?

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      Bev G 

      5 months ago from Wales, UK

      Don't do anything, nana. It's your secret. Wait until you are old enough to live your life freely.

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      Jasmine 

      5 months ago

      Ok, Thanks for your advice though. I'm trying my best to get stuff to work the way I want it to. I'm trying harder on the 'Good side' ( I really don't know how to word these things) It's just easier for me to work on the other side of the Spectrum (Again, sorry if it's worded weirdly) So I can try, but no promises. Again thank you for your advice :)

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      Bev G 

      5 months ago from Wales, UK

      'Ill-intent on a being'? You mean a person, right? Okay, Jasmine, you have to stop doing this kind of thing. The only 'being' you will hurt, long-term, is yourself. It will come back to you. Please believe me. At 15, you should not be messing around with such things as ill-intent or even 'good wishings' because you cannot know the consequences of what you are doing. It is far more dangerous, than 'no progress'. You could possibly ruin your whole life if you don't stop what you are doing.

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      Bev G 

      5 months ago from Wales, UK

      Why would you be using 'black magic' in the first place, Jasmine? And how do you define it anyway? Are you talking about wishing ill on someone?

      You are aware that 'what goes around, comes around' is an actual thing, don't you?

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      Jasmine 

      5 months ago

      Hi! I've been reading your articles lately and I feel 'drawn' to read more of them... but I have a question. In the past couple weeks, I've been looking at some rituals and how to create your own. When I performed the rituals, only the black magic ones worked. It was about 4/13-14 rituals... Could I get some advice? :)

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      unknown_person 

      6 months ago

      I feel like I am but I do not know how to combine my religious beliefs with this.

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      Bev G 

      6 months ago from Wales, UK

      Raiby, you need to understand... there are no 'shoulds'. This kind of witchcraft is your own. You adapt it to suit you. Why don't you start with this one, and then get a larger one next time?

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      Raiby Gunesh 

      6 months ago

      Hey it's me again. I bought a notebook to make it my own BoS. and the book is small.

      So do I have to buy a big notebook with more papers for this?

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      Bev G 

      6 months ago from Wales, UK

      All my suggestions are in the article above, Raiby. There is no 'right way' to be who you want to be :)

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      Raiby Gunesh 

      6 months ago

      Hey I asked this question in another article but the author didn't reply soo.. Do I have to have a wand? and should I start witchcraft with casting a circle or do I just start by easy spells like good luck?

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      Bev G 

      6 months ago from Wales, UK

      Thanks, Vlad. I like your perspective.

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      Vladimir Karas 

      6 months ago from Canada

      Bev---Once a "psychic" told me that in one of my incarnations I was a high priest in Atlantis and beloved by the crowds. Now, flattering as it sounds, in this incarnation I am not into religion, but have fromever felt the presence of that other, unseen reality---in modern times basing my deepest convictions upon the quantum realm.

      Just like you said, it's all a VERY personal experience, for me not easily communicable. I liked your article.

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      Bev G 

      6 months ago from Wales, UK

      Of course you can, nothing is set in stone. Use what works for you. Even your finger or the side of your hand. Athames look intimidating but they aren't sharp. You can get wooden ones too.

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      Bev G 

      6 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Raiby, an eclectic witch is someone who follows their own path - takes a little bit of this and a little bit of that.

      The knife (athame) is a bit like the Swords in tarot. Think of them cutting through the air. Swords are truth, thought and communication.

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      Raiby Gunesh 

      6 months ago

      Hey I'm sorry its me again. I ask a lot but what kind of a knife is atheme/paring knife? I googled it but I just saw daggers etc.

      can we use any knife instead of it?

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      Raiby Gunesh 

      6 months ago

      Hey I really need advice. I can't find out what kind of which I am. I'm insterested in a lot of things. I like gardening, animals, crystals.. and I am agnostic so I can't be a wiccan. and btw can you tell me what is an eclectic witch type is?

      and I couldn't understand why do we use a paring knife to represent air.

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      Daisy gutierrez 

      6 months ago

      I just read this article and came to realize that I am a natural born witch omgosh I just am like wow I knew I was diffrent

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      Bev G 

      6 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Raiby, simply use your athame/knife and imagine cutting a rectangle in the sphere. Eating and/or drinking grounds the body. In witchcraft/pagan/wicca rituals this part is called 'cakes and ale'. You can do it however you want. Nothing is cast in stone. It's about what works for you.

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      Raiby Gunesh 

      6 months ago

      I couldn't understand how do we cut open a door through the circle. and lastly do we have to eat something in step twelve.

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      Bev G 

      6 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Cassidy, there is lots of advice in the article above. Your family are holding back because it is not something people generally talk about. You will have to research and decide on your own path. xx

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      Cassidy 

      6 months ago

      Dear Bev

      I am 18 from the US, and ever since I was little I have felt like I was different. My sister, my father, and my grandmother are all familiar with magic, but they don't really talk about it much. If you could give me some advice that would be deeply appreciated.

      Sincerely,

      Cassidy

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      Bev G 

      6 months ago from Wales, UK

      Good morning, to you, Linda. Thank you. I hope your circle is a beautiful, peaceful and rewarding experience. Then as soon as you are ready, try a magical money manifesting spell. I think I need to do one as well :D

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      Linda 

      6 months ago

      Good morning Bev!

      Loved your post! You break it down into such simplicity!! Perfect!! I am just starting my journey & I'm one broke witch!! So these ideas are perfect!! I'm definitely going to try this circle casting! What a perfect idea to "seal the deal"!

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      Bev G 

      6 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi amibame. No, it's not necessary at all. You can do spellwork with absolutely no tools whatsoever. All you need is your thought and your intent. You can write spells, speak them or just think them. However, it's important to keep the intention clear and interference-free, so I recommend writing out your intention, then hiding the paper, or even tear it into pieces and flush it down the toilet. x

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      amibame 

      6 months ago

      Hi Bev, I hope you're having a peace filled day!

      I wanted to ask if it is always necessary to light candles when doing rituals etc? I live at university where lighting candles etc. isn't allowed for safety reasons. Is there any way to get about this? I haven't been able to find any solutions to my issue.

      Peace and love x

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      Bev G 

      6 months ago from Wales, UK

      Yay! Kate. Have a joy-filled life xx

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      Kate 

      6 months ago

      I'm in my 50s & have felt most of my life, different! To the point of pos insanity! Until a good friend recognised the symptoms & encouraged me to explore. Finally through this wonderful site my eyes are opening & I know I'm a witch of sorts. Am so privaledged & full of excitement as I gather my first tools. Thank you xx

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      Bev G 

      6 months ago from Wales, UK

      Ashley, there are lots of witchy and pagan organizations out there, depending where you are. They all have websites. Try searching for Pagan or witch or moot followed by *your area*. You'll soon find your community.

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      Ashley 

      6 months ago

      I’m 21 and I’ve never felt normal. I can do things other people cannot and I’ve been feeling like there was something wrong with me to the point where I was going to get a psych evaluation until I read this article. I feel such a great peace. This is the answer I’ve been searching for. I’d really love to speak with someone more about this if thats possible.

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      Bev G 

      6 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi again, Nikki. I'm not sure how you can stop it. It's down to the other person's sensitivity. Personally, I would practice 'being in the moment' so that you become aware of the intensity of the emotional energy you are 'broadcasting'. Try to let it dissipate gently rather than trying to force it into a 'mental box'. Maybe you could create a momentary visualization where you see the energy float away like smoke?

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      Bev G 

      6 months ago from Wales, UK

      Meryl, you don't have to do anything until you are ready. Read my article https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/I-think-Im-...

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      Nikki077 

      6 months ago

      I see you wrote about manipulating energy. I feel I've been doing this for years. I didn't realize what it was but lately I notice different things. I feel different emotions very intensely. I've to actually close my eyes and push it into a mental box. However recently someone told me something I'd never said to anyone. I asked how he knew and he said he'd felt it he could feel me. My husband says the room and my eyes changes with my mood. Can I be pushing my thoughts and feelings with energy onto others? If so how do I stop it?

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      Meryl 

      6 months ago

      Im scared of what I can do and I’m scared to try because I don’t want to mess with negative spirits

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      Kari Poulsen 

      6 months ago from Ohio

      Thanks Bev! I will do that.

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      Bev G 

      6 months ago from Wales, UK

      There are many Christian witches, Kari. They manage to combine a love of nature with their religion. They also consider their witchy traits gifts from God. Try searching for Christian witchcraft and see if it brings up anything of interest. xx

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      Kari Poulsen 

      6 months ago from Ohio

      How does being a witch and being a Christian get along? I seem to have many of the traits of a witch, but I've always considered these to be gifts from God.

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      Bev G 

      6 months ago from Wales, UK

      What process are you referring to, Shruti? The circle casting? No, the whole point is to form a sphere of love and protection. It's important to understand that, while some witches will manipulate energy for nefarious purposes, we all will feel fulfilled and live better lives if we focus on love. And, of course, that applies whether we are witches or not.

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      Shruti p 

      6 months ago

      Are you sure that I wouldn't attract some negative energies in this process?

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      Bev G 

      6 months ago from Wales, UK

      Okey dokey :D

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      Linda Lee Crisp 

      6 months ago

      not interested

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