Can a Young Teen Be a Witch?

Updated on November 6, 2018
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Born in deepest Cornwall and now living in wild Wales, Bev has been practising her personal brand of witchcraft for years and years.

I get many questions from young people, some only 10 or 11 years old, asking how they can become a witch. They’ve watched a TV show or a movie, and the idea of being a witch is cool and glamorous. They believe all they have to do is unleash some magickal power within and that’s it, they are a witch who can do anything they want.

The truth is, that’s not how it works. Becoming a witch can be fun and exciting, but it is also difficult. Firstly, it’s rarely possible that someone of such a young age can be sure that witchcraft is their true calling. Secondly, all that CGI stuff in movies is not real. Not one bit of it is rooted in reality.

Nope, it doesn't work like this.
Nope, it doesn't work like this.

What Real Witches Do

They…

  • Don’t talk much to non-witches about their path.
  • Offer help where it’s needed.
  • Develop empathy for other people.
  • Are kind and considerate.
  • Never bully or intimidate.
  • Don’t seek revenge except in extreme situations.
  • Understand the principle of Threefold Return and live their life accordingly.
  • Are never cruel or mean.
  • Respect nature.
  • Don’t manipulate people for their own gain.

Should You Tell Your Parents You Want to Be a Witch?

Well, only you know that. If my teenage daughter decided to become a witch, I’d hope she would tell me. It also depends whether you are just thinking about it, or actually trying to practice. If you are merely mulling over the idea of becoming a witch, you are entitled to your private thoughts. However, if you are practicing, or attempting to practice witchcraft, as a responsible parent, I’d want to know about it.

If you know that your parents would be utterly against you following this path, then you must respect the fact that they are your parents and set aside your magickal ambitions for the time being. When you are old enough to make your own decisions and perhaps have your own place, you can do as you please.

You can put the waiting time to good use and learn all you can about, nature, moon cycles, herbs, flowers, animals, crystals, dreams, colors and all the other myriad things that witches are drawn to.

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Your Psychic Powers

People often confuse the fact that they have a psychic gift or power with witchcraft. Having a psychic gift does not automatically make you a witch. Many people have dreams that foretell the future. Many receive ‘messages’ or knowledge about things they wouldn’t normally know. You can be psychic without being a witch. And you can be a witch without being psychic. It’s your choice if you decide to combine the two.

So How Do I Know if I am a Witch?

People who are born into witchcraft are rare. The path of a witch is a choice. You might feel extremely drawn to it, or you might stumble upon it almost accidentally. If you are meant to be a witch you will know it.

Dedicate Yourself to the Study of Witchcraft

If you truly want to be a witch, then you can undertake to be a neophyte (student). Know that your witchy education continues all your life. However, if you want to perform a short ritual you can dedicate yourself to study for a year and a day.

Before you do so, think carefully, if this is what you want to do. It’s a big commitment that will involve a lot of time reading, studying and thinking. Will you have the time on top of your school work? Would you rather wait until you know for sure that this is something you want to do?

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Self-Dedication to Learning Witchcraft

Gather the following:

  • A leaf to represent the element of Air
  • A pebble to represent the element of Earth
  • A tiny cup of water to represent the element of Water
  • A photo of a fire or electronic candle to represent the element of Fire (no real flames, please).
  • Find a photo of a pentagram and copy it onto a large piece of paper. There's one above.

Now sit quietly with your elements and your drawn pentagram in front of you. Place each item on one of the lower points of the pentagram as shown in the diagram above. Breathe deeply in and out three times.

Now place your left index (pointy) finger on the topmost point of the pentagram (Spirit) and say:

Goddess of Grace I sit before you in gratitude and humility
I hereby dedicate myself to the study of witchcraft for a year and a day
I promise to learn all I can.
I promise to do no harm.
I promise to use my knowledge wisely and for good.
As I say these words, so must it be.

Repeat the dedication three times. Remove your finger, sit back and breathe out with a big sigh. Congratulations, you just completed your first ritual. Tear up the pentagram, put the other materials aside/away and go about your day as usual.

To Begin Your Studies

You need a blank notebook or journal.

Copy out the dedication above onto the inside front page. You can change the word ‘say’ to the word ‘write’.

It doesn’t matter in what order you do these things, be flexible.

  • Find out the names of five different trees in your locality and research their magickal properties. Google is your friend here. Write the details in your book.
  • Learn the moon phases and determine where the moon is in her cycle right now. Write it down, using little illustrations.
  • Find out the names and dates of the witches’ celebratory days. We call them ‘sabbats’ and ‘esbats’. Describe what each one is for.

That will do for a start. As you learn more, and be aware, one interesting thing will usually lead to another. And more congratulations are due; you just started your first Book of Shadows. There will be many more.

The Study of Witchcraft — History

It’s true, if you are to call yourself ‘witch’ then you must know the history of witchcraft, or at least have some rudimentary knowledge of those who walked the path before you. It goes back thousands of years. Witchcraft spread and changed. It developed into various traditions, varying from country to country, town to town and even from village to village.

The witchcraft that attracts you has its roots in Europe, not in the USA (unless you are following a Native American, South American, or African tradition). So you need to know at least a little bit about those traditions. Without a basic grounding in witch history, you cannot hope to be an authentic witch.

Find out:

  • How the wise woman was perceived back in medieval times.
  • What she did. What was her contribution to her community?
  • Why did she become an object of hatred?
  • What happened to people, men and women, who were accused of witchcraft?
  • How, when, and where did the modern practice of Wicca begin?

Natural Cycles

As mentioned, you need to know the moon cycles and why witches respect them when working magick. It’s also a good idea to pay attention to the seasons and link them to the sabbats. This is called ‘The Wheel of the Year. Become aware of the changes in the air, temperature, leaves on the trees, formation of ice, new growth, etc. Become an expert in nature’s cycles.

Cooking and Gardening

This is not absolutely necessary, but most witches are attracted to hearth and home. It’s where they grow their herbs, make their potions, and work their magick. Witches know the power of food; its restorative and comforting qualities. So many witches follow the paths of kitchen-witch or hedgewitch.

Healing

Some witches are attracted to the practice of healing. They learn about crystals, hands-on healing, Reiki, etc.

Divination

The art of telling the future or delving into underlying energies. Commonly by using tarot cards or other such tools.

Volunteering

Witches are community-minded and will volunteer to help out whenever they can. Look for opportunities to volunteer your services.

Reading

Witches love to collect witchy and witch-related books. They tend to amass quite a reference library. You might not be able to do this yet, but there’s nothing preventing you exploring the metaphysical section of your local library and bookstore.

Why Haven’t I Mentioned Spells and Magick?

The reason why many young people are attracted to witchcraft is because they think that it’s all about casting spells and getting what they want. The fact is that magick is never a fast and wizzy process. It’s usually slow to unfold. It also involves a deep understanding of the forces at work. Another consideration is that spells can backfire—big time.

So I am always wary when young teens ask me about working spells. You are not mature enough to be able to raise the emotional energy necessary, nor to make sure you are protected against psychic and magickal repercussions.

However, if you are really dedicated to the study of witchcraft. If you are prepared to make an ongoing commitment, then sure enough, within a few years you will be ready to work with energy and magick. So be responsible; you don’t want to unleash power you cannot control or neutralize, before you understand what it all involves.

Do you still think you are a witch?

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Traditions

There are many varied witchcraft traditions. You can read about some of them here: What Kind of Witch Are You? 60 Witchcraft Traditions

Further Study

I have another page here: Teenwitch: How to Learn Witchcraft which offers more ideas how to begin studying the craft.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Questions & Answers

  • Why do the young become attracted to witchcraft?

    I think it's mostly because of what they watch on TV. The problem lies in trying to explain that it's not like that at all. Witchcraft can be exciting and uplifting when practiced in a group, or quiet and contemplative when practiced in a solitary fashion. But it's not like the movies.

  • If you do the self-dedication to witchcraft spell what are the consequences if you stop learning witchcraft?

    There aren't any consequences. You can walk away at any time. However, it would be wise to ask yourself why you would dedicate yourself to a path that you think you might give up.

    So, my suggestion would be to learn as much as you can before even considering a dedication. A dedication is a promise to yourself and giving up can feel like a failure. Witchcraft is not something to play with; it's a serious commitment. So, learn a little, explore a lot, and wait a while before you make up your mind.

  • I want to be dedicated to witchcraft, but being an anxious and nervous human being, I’m scared that it’s gonna harm me in some kind of way. But will it?

    If you have doubts, then wait until you know for sure. It won't harm you; it's basically self-education.

  • I don’t completely understand the dedication part of witchcraft. Who is Goddess of Grace? I want to know before I take the oath.

    The title 'Goddess of Grace' is simply a general term for the female deity of the witches. It's not an oath of allegiance, it's merely a promise to yourself that you will study for a year.

© 2018 Bev G

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    • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

      Bev G 

      10 days ago from Wales, UK

      It doesn't matter whether you believe in them or not. They exist. Witches are people who have chosen to practice witchcraft. The fact that you connect them to devil worship shows that you don't have any idea what witchcraft is.

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      mary john 

      10 days ago

      I don't believe in witches because they are deviles agents

    • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

      Bev G 

      13 days ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Ashley, a lot of people feel the way you do when they come to witchcraft. There is a sense of finding your place, or 'coming home'. It's lovely.

      I tend to advise teens to wait a while, not because they couldn't practice magick, but because they need to live a little first. A witch means to be wise, so we need to have those positive and negative life experiences to draw on. Witches need to be discreet, know when to act and when not to. When to speak and when to shut up.

      So there's no right age to start, but there definitely is a right level of maturity. Only you can know when you are ready or whether you want to try something else.

      Good luck.

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      Ashley 

      13 days ago

      Hey I'm 15 and i was just wondering if im "old enough" i ran into magick by accident over instagrams explore page, for the past month i had been learning about youre third eye, then i stumbled upon a post called how to do candle magick i was very intruiged, ever since i was 7 i had a feeling i was supposed to be in some way or another connected to something supernatural and i believe i have found what i believe is my place as a witch, i have not practiced any magick i have not done anything until i am sure, i have however been studying i have already aqquired some books about herbs and crytals and psychic stuff i have been writing what i learned down i have learned about 3 of the trees in my yard, and 2 that are in my friends yard, i am very drawn to magick and want to practice but i would just like youre opinion/advice on what i should do and whether i should continue on this path of magick or if i should try something else

    • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

      Bev G 

      4 weeks ago from Wales, UK

      No, you don't have to. As it says in the article, "If you want to do a short ritual..." It's just a practice run and to introduce people into the idea of working a ritual.

      Study as long and as often as you wish. Obviously the more effort you put into it, the better in the long run.

      Good luck on your witchcraft journey.

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      Bonbon 

      4 weeks ago

      I’m 11 so I just wanna study for a few years, do I have to take the oath thing? And if I do, how often do I have to study, does it have to be everyday?

    • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

      Bev G 

      5 weeks ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Ro, I would suggest you tackle both issues by bringing in tiny practices that fit into your life easily. Feeling connected to the earth and the universe can give you a necessary sense of being grounded.

      Try a few of these: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/50-Ways-To-...

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      Ro 

      5 weeks ago

      I've always felt different and wanted a more exciting life and be able to use magic...I've never really made friends or was interested cause i never felt like i was one of them...it's like I'm not human..i don't feel like a human being and i do not want to be an ordinary human..i am obsessed with power and I'm also a perfectionist and I've always been really into supernatural stuff...I'd love to practice but it takes focus and my head is really negative (despite that i can say that I'm strong enough to somehow shut off my emotions ) like other people i can choose to not care about anything...it takes about a day to do that and that kinda makes me feel even more different...I'm also pretty creative (i guess) and i have great imagination i think? But when it comes to trying to train my mind into all thoes stuff idk what to do..no i don't want to give up on my passion for witchcraft but my head is so messed up by depression and i would love for you to give me some advice

    • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

      Bev G 

      7 weeks ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Mak, you are confusing witchcraft with psychic gifts. This article may help explain:

      https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/I-Have-Psyc...

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      Mak 

      7 weeks ago

      Hello, actally i am searching out this for quite a lot time now. People actally don't belive me when i tell them i have dreams that tell me if something bad or good is going to happen. That also includes deaths. I feel a "connection" to the moon. ( i don't know if i am choosing the right word for how i feel). I just feel

    • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

      Bev G 

      2 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Libby, I think you are too young to be practicing any form of witchcraft. I

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      Libby 

      2 months ago

      Hello, I’m thirteen now and I think I’m a witch. One of my family members have practiced Wicca before, so is it possible I got it from her? I feel as if I’m drawn to this, I read an article on signs that you are a witch, and I relate to almost all of them. I’ve been studying Trinitarian Wicca for about a week and a half, and I did one spell for my friend, who was really depressed and after I did so, I asked him if he felt any better and he said yes. I’m not sure if this is a coincidence or not. Do you think I’d be able to keep going into Trinitarian Wicca?

      Thanks, Libby x

    • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

      Bev G 

      3 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Zoe, if you spend the next few years learning and immersing yourself in study of witchcraft, you will know when you are ready to become a fully fledged witch. It will sort of happen gradually.

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      Zoe 

      3 months ago

      Hi, I really think I am a witch and I love learning about the witch's world. There is even a girl at my school who is a green witch (SHe told me that she worked with plants and stuff) But how will I know when I'm old enough? ( I would like to keep my age a secret)

    • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

      Bev G 

      3 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Mandy, casting a spell is a deliberate action. If you find yourself wishing for something and it happens, then that means you are very powerful.

      In which case, I advise using great caution and holding back until you are much older.

      Learn all you can. There are tons of resources available, including right here: https://exemplore.com/

    • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

      Bev G 

      4 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Jessilynn, while you are under your parents' care and living in their home, you have to abide by their wishes. That doesn't prevent you learning more about your chosen path, if you are able to do so.

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      Jessilynn Carter 

      4 months ago

      Hi, I'm a new witch and I'm quite young to be one but I've always known deep down this is what I want to do with my life. What do I do if my parents don't like or support my decision?

    • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

      Bev G 

      4 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Athena, well obviously he is too young to understand that being a witch involves a lot of responsibility. And he probably has completely the wrong idea what spell casting is actually about.

      How about you persuade your parents to let him learn to do 'magic tricks', i.e. conjuring. There are lots of YouTube videos that can help.

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      Athena Rose Schreck 

      4 months ago

      Hi! I am a new witch (I have been practicing for about a year) and my little brother wants me to teach him about Magick. He is only 9 years old and isn’t listening to me while I talk and “Wants to do the spells already!” What should I do!?

    • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

      Bev G 

      4 months ago from Wales, UK

      Witchcraft doesn't have to involve religion. Some witches live it as such, but many are atheists.

      For me, it's all about energy...

      https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Witchcraft-...

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      Beck 

      4 months ago

      I have a question: I'm almost 17 and I'm an atheist, can I become a witch anyway?

      because as an atheist I don't believe in the existence of any gods, so it'll be difficult to pray to a god I don't think even exists

    • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

      Bev G 

      5 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Emma, you are right to hesitate. You are too young to be messing around with witchcraft. Read, research and study for a few years. Get some life experience and then reassess your options.

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      Emma 

      5 months ago

      I want to become a witch but I'm not so sure to become one because I don't think I'm ready yet... I'm a bit psychic though and I'm really connected to nature is that all it takes to become a witch? I really want advice about this and I'm still not sure enough if I'm old enough to become one because I'm almost thirteen.

      Thanks, Emma

    • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

      Bev G 

      5 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Sophie, I used the 'Goddess of grace' as a general expression to mean 'spirit'. Take it as you will. It is not a recognised deity. Witchcraft can be faith-based, or not. Mine is not.

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      Sophie 

      5 months ago

      Thank you! I'm going to try this path and see where it takes me. One question: my family is pretty much atheists. If this is a religion with the Goddess of Grace, I'm a bit hesitant to dive into it. I feel so silly asking this, but what exactly is it?

    • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

      Bev G 

      8 months ago from Wales, UK

      You are very welcome, Ashlee.

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      Ashlee 

      8 months ago from Somewhere in dreamland

      This article was really helpful, thank you! Blessed be~

    • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

      Bev G 

      10 months ago from Wales, UK

      One day you will know. It's possible that you could be drawn to a slightly different path. Ask yourself what is the one thing that attracts you the most and go after that.

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      Hannan Zhou 

      10 months ago

      I'm a young teen, and I've been on-and-off researching witchcraft since I was nine. I'm interested in becoming a witch, but I'm not sure if that's the right path for me. Actually, my family has plenty of superstitions (my mother enforces a lot of them) that I do.Not sure if that counts as witchcraft-I think some of them cut it kind of close.

    • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

      Bev G 

      10 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hey Jehan, try this page instead: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/50-Ways-To-...

      Have fun witching!

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      Jehan Forro 

      10 months ago

      I'm way past my teenage years... but I still wanna be a witch. Lol! I might follow your instructions one day. :D

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