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Can a Young Teen Be a Witch?

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Born in deepest Cornwall, now living in wild Wales, Bev has been practising her personal brand of eclectic 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.

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.

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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.

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

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

Answer: 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.

Question: 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?

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

Question: Is 14 years old enough to start practising witchcraft?

Answer: No. At 14 you haven't lived enough to have gained the insight and wisdom that a witch needs. You need to have experienced a broken heart, loss, pain, love, and sheer joy. Life experience is a basic qualification to be a proper witch. Don't let that put you off, you can keep studying, and ease into the practice of witchcraft gradually.

Question: Is it against the rules to be younger than 18 and study witchcraft and maybe do small rituals here and there?

Answer: There aren't any rules as such. However, what I tend to tell everyone who asks a similar question is that you need to have a certain amount of wisdom and self-knowledge. It seems that many teens think that witchcraft is only about casting spells when that is far from the truth. If you want to be a witch in the truest sense, you have to be a 'wise woman/man'. You are the one people come to with their problems, you are the one who volunteers to help at the animal shelter, you are the one who people a drawn to like a magnet because you give off such great vibrations. It's not just about sitting in your room casting spells.

Question: What are some good witchcraft history resources? I can't seem to find many.

Answer: Firstly, before you dive in, remember that there are no definitive factual accounts of witchcraft. Few are written by witches, so are often very biased. Many of them see witchcraft as a negative and evil practice. Most accounts are cobbled together via hearsay and conjecture.

Presumably, you've searched for 'the history of witchcraft' in a search engine and read the sites that come up? Once you've perused a couple of those, try for some cheap second-hand books on Amazon. Look for ones with good reviews. I just picked up a copy of The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft and Demonology by Rossell Hope-Robbins for less than $5. There's a series by Susan Greenwood that's not so heavy going. Also 'Witches' by Erica Jong is interesting.

If you'd rather listen to podcasts, there's a 40 episode 'History of Witchcraft' series here: https://player.fm/series/2322715 I haven't listened to it myself so I can't comment whether it is useful or not.

Question: Does the pentagram have to be the one above with the elements or can it just be one without the elements?

Answer: You can do it any way you prefer. I included the elements because it's a good way to begin learning about them.

Question: I want to be a witch but I don't know where to start. Can you give me some tips?

Answer: Go here to start: https://hubpages.com/wicca-witchcraft/Teenwitch-Ho...

Question: Do you have to do the ritual to start the learning process?

Answer: No, it's completely voluntary. It's simply a small ritual to cement the idea that witchcraft is a whole life learning path.

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

Answer: 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.

Question: Can you be a believer in God and a witch?

Answer: Yes, there are many Christian witches.

Question: Will becoming a witch cause me to lose my religion?

Answer: Not if you don't want it to. Some do adopt witchcraft as a faith, revering various deities, while others simply treat it as a part of their daily life. In other words, they do the witchcraft without the religious aspect. That means that if they want to retain their own faith, they can.

However, it depends whether your religion is tolerant of witchcraft. You could find that there are times when you are pulled in different directions. You have to decide whether you can integrate the two. Try doing an internet search for 'witchcraft + your religion'.

Question: Can you be a witch and a Muslim at the same time?

Answer: Yes you can. Witchcraft can be a religious path, but not always. There are many Christians who are also witches. Witchcraft can be more a practice, rather than a faith. It's up to the individual. However, you may find that others of your faith disapprove, so be careful.

Question: Why is it a year and a day that new witches have to dedicate to studying?

Answer: It's a traditional Wiccan period of commitment. A year and a day is often used when a couple 'handfasts', i.e. commit to stay together before renewing their vows again.

Question: I want to get involved in witchcraft and am prepared to dedicate myself, but will my young age ruin my chance and ability to be fully involved?

Answer: The dedication I offer here is not a full-blown dedication to being a witch, it is merely a dedication or a promise to yourself to study for a year and a day. It is meant to focus your attention. It is not necessary for you to do it at all if you feel you aren't ready. As you are so young, I encourage you to read and learn all that you can. You will know when it is time to take it to the next level.

Question: How do you become a neophyte witch?

Answer: You become a neophyte by joining a coven of witches who offer a training program. Most covens won't accept anyone under the age of 18.

Question: Do you know any spells that work that can get me, my boyfriend, back?

Answer: No. And you shouldn't try to do it either. Manipulating people is just plain wrong. If he wants to come back, he'll do so of his own accord. Just imagine if you brought him back using magick, and then in a couple of years, you realize it isn't working out. But you can't break up or get him out of your life. Not good.

This is why teenagers should not be attempting to work with energy in this way; they haven't had enough life experience to understand what the consequences might be.

Question: Will becoming a witch help me with my emotional stress and breakdowns?

Answer: It can. Witches, by their nature, are able to understand that life is based on cycles and therefore, it behooves one to live with enthusiasm and confidence because you only have this moment, so you might as well get the most from it. Witchcraft is very down-to-earth and incorporates a lot of common sense.

If you can begin to root yourself in the present, instead of worrying about a future that may or may not happen, you might begin to enjoy your life.

Question: Am I a witch if wild animals follow me and I get weird visions?

Answer: No. You can only be a witch if you practice witchcraft;

https://hubpages.com/wicca-witchcraft/I-Have-Psych...

Question: How do I know what kind of witch I am?

Answer: You get to choose your style of witchcraft. You can follow a preferred tradition or you can create your own path in any way you choose.

This article might help: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/What-Kind-o...

Question: Can witchcraft cause harm?

Answer: Yes. If you attempt to manipulate anyone, it could go horribly wrong. And the worst thing is that it usually rebounds on you. So be cautious.

Question: Is it true that witches have familiars? If so, how do they help you? I always wanted to know more about the familiars.

Answer: Not in the old sense. The concept of familars was invented by witch hunters as another layer of evidence with which to torture people as witches. However, the modern witch may often refer to her pets as familiars. I have nine but they aren't terribly helpful other than for cleaning crumbs off the kitchen floor and making sure I get my daily walk.

Question: I want to study witchcraft because I want to make a difference in the world. But I’m not completely sure because I’m scared of evil spirits. Will evil spirits come to me if I become a witch?

Answer: No, you won't be bothered by evil spirits. Most witches, today, are on the side of good and use the craft wisely. There are those that work in a darker way, but you don't have to. However, as I keep saying, if you are very young,then you should wait a while.

Question: Can you start keeping a Book of Shadows without doing the whole dedication thing? I'd like to start keeping one but I'm so busy I usually do things like this when I have free time.

Answer: Sure you can. Everything to do with witchcraft can be adapted to suit the practitioner. I have an article that explores the possibilities offered by keeping a magickal journal:

https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/A-Witchs-Jo...

Question: I really want to become a witch. I know that witches shown in TV shows are not real, and I'm not attracted to fairies and that stuff either. I’m a bit of a goth, and am into magic, moon, stars, and crystals. I think I read most of your articles. Can you give me advice please?

Answer: My advice is to keep researching and reading as much as you can. Being a witch means following the path of the wise, and teens are generally not quite ready to take on that mantle. Your main priority is to learn who you are as a person and to work towards being the best version of you. Meanwhile, you can practice some easy rituals to bring a little magick into your life.

https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/50-Ways-To-...

Question: Does being a witch affect my relationship with God?

Answer: That depends entirely on you. There are many Christian witches who have managed to combine the two things. You can practice witchcraft without compromising your faith. However, you might want to keep it secret.

Question: Can autistic people be witches? I'm aware that a common problem among those with autism is that they have a hard time showing emotion, and some don't even feel much emotion whatsoever. If someone is like that, would it be hard or even impossible for them to become a witch?

Answer: No, it's not impossible at all. Casting spells and manipulating energy using emotion is just a small part of what it means to be a witch. Rather than give you any specific advice, I'd encourage you to keep reading and researching - something will resonate with you. For example, you might make a really good tarot reader, or a healer. Maybe herbalism or the study of witchcraft history might be your thing. Along the way, you could hit upon the perfect way to cast a spell that works for you.

Question: How much time would you say is needed to practice witchcraft? Could I still balance school/ work with it? How have you balanced everything?

Answer: Impossible to say. But, firstly if you are still in school, then perhaps you should set the idea aside for a while? Witchcraft will wait until you have your studies out of the way.

I used to spend hours on my witchcraft studies, but now it is part of my life. I don't compartmentalize. I'm a witch when I'm walking my dogs in the woods. I'm a witch when I'm cooking for my family. I'm a witch when I'm planting and weeding in the garden. I'm a witch when I'm writing. Casting spells is a very infrequent activity for me nowadays.

Question: If I want to go deeper into witchcraft where can I get the resources to learn more about it?

Answer: There are several suggestions and links provided in the article above.

Question: Do you have to do spells if you are a witch? I am very interested in the nature aspect, and listening to the things around me, but I have no attraction to spells. What should I call myself?

Answer: No, you don't have to work spells if you don't want to. Witchcraft encompasses a whole lot of other activities, such as gardening, divination, etc. And you don't have to call yourself anything, but perhaps look into paganism and earth religion.

https://exemplore.com/paganism/Are-You-a-Pagan-7-S...

Question: I have always been described as mature and responsible for my age. I want to start learning about the art of witchcraft, though I don't want to cast any spells. I understand using it is not like in the movies and stories, and I don't want to cause any accidental harm. Is it alright to learn about magick, but not use it at my age?

Answer: No one can stop you learning about witchcraft, unless your parents/guardian disapprove/s. In which case, you should wait.

Question: Why do the young become attracted to witchcraft?

Answer: 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.

Question: What age would be appropriate to begin witchcraft?

Answer: It's not about the number, it's about having the necessary maturity and life experience to enable you to make wise choices. If you think about it, the word 'witch' means 'wise'. And it takes a few years of triumphs and failures to become wise. However, you can study and learn all you can. Read widely, not just about witchcraft. Learn about your fellow human beings. Become a wise person and a good witch.

Question: What is the first basic spell of witchcraft?

Answer: There isn't a 'first spell'. I would suggest you begin by practicing circle casting: https://hubpages.com/wicca-witchcraft/Solitary-Wit...

then: https://hubpages.com/wicca-witchcraft/How-To-Begin...

Question: I would like to start studying witchcraft. I would be grateful if you can give me pointers on how to move forward?

Answer: You can find all my witchcraft articles for beginners here: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/How-to-be-a...

Although the list is not structured in a step-by-step way, the articles try to answer many questions a person new to witchcraft may have. They also give suggestions for further activities and reading. So just skip around, reading the ones that interest you.

Question: What do a small mark on my shoulder and a single freckle on my left arm in the middle of my palm and elbow crease mean? Also I have wanted to be a witch for over a year and I want to figure out what I will need and how I can practice witchcraft at this age.

Answer: The marks don't mean anything. Everyone has some kind of mark, freckle or mole. It would be a very unusual person who didn't.

You are too young to practice witchcraft. If you read through some of the comments and questions, you will find out lots more information and ideas about what to do until you are old enough.

Question: What age do you recommend to start doing simple spells?

Answer: There's no specific age at which you should start. However, I always advise against manipulating energy if you are very young. There is a reason why witchcraft/Wiccan groups and covens only take on those beginners who are 18 and above. Setting the legal implications aside, it's because young people have not acquired the necessary wisdom and life experience to understand the possible consequences of messing with spells. This is evidenced by the number of young people who inform me that they've 'studied for years and know all about it'. The problem is, they don't. Until you have a good idea how the ripples of magic could affect your entire life and the lives of other people, you should restrict yourself to study. There's plenty of time for spells later.

Please read through the questions and comments on this page for more information.

Question: For the photo of the fire for witchcraft, can it just be a clip-art style drawing? Can you use an unlit tealight? For air, could you substitute the leaf for incense? Does essential oil count as incense?

Answer: You can do it however it works for you. There are no rules. It's just to have something to focus on and remind you of the element you are drawing on during the ritual.

Question: Can I use a normal candle if I don’t have access to a picture of fire or an electric candle?

Answer: If you are young, I don't recommend the use of candles unless there is an adult around.

Question: I have known I am a witch since I was 11 and have been trying to do research for two years but everything on the internet is so different and I'm not sure what to believe. From reading your articles I have come to the conclusion that I am an animist witch. What websites, apps or books would you suggest I use?

Answer: Most of the Animism books I know of are quite advanced and might be too much for you at the moment. I would start with a basic witchcraft book, such as "Modern Witchcraft and Magic for Beginners: A Guide to Traditional and Contemporary Paths, with Magical Techniques for the Beginner Witch" by Lisa Chamberlain. She mostly writes about Wicca, but this one takes a more general approach.

Question: I saw dead people in my youth but now I don't, I just feel the energy. I also have a witch mark on my right side of my stomach and back. But how can I get in control of this witch thing? Where can I get more information to study how to be a witch?

Answer: Firstly, being able to discern spirits and energy of dead people is a psychic gift. It's not necessarily connected to witchcraft, although it is a useful skill. Secondly, there's no such thing as a witch mark. It was made up by the witch hunters of old, looking for evidence. Every human has a mark, scar or blemish of some kind.

To study witchcraft, all you need to do to begin is to read. There are so many resources available on the internet and in book form. I have many articles for the beginner, but you might prefer a structured method of learning, so choose a good book - I highly recommend anything by Lisa Chamberlain. http://wiccaliving.com/

Question: Is binding someone from doing harm manipulating them?

Answer: Yes it is, but sometimes it is justified. I prefer a banishing spell to keep them away.

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

Question: Do I have to do the ritual to dedicate myself or can I just write it in my book of shadows?

Answer: The thing about witchcraft is that it is perfectly flexible and up to the individual how they do it. Nothing is written in concrete, so always adapt and change things to fit your way of doing it.

Question: Can a book of shadows be typed up on a computer instead of written?

Answer: Sure it can. It's your book, you do it your way. I recommend something like Evernote to collect information, websites, images, and make notes.

This article may be of use: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/A-Witchs-Jo...

Question: My daughter wants to start her journey to study and research Witchcraft, could you advise any books for her to start with?

Answer: I'd suggest "Modern Witchcraft and Magic for Beginners" by Lisa Chamberlain. I've also heard that "The Door to Witchcraft: A New Witch's Guide to History, Traditions, and Modern-Day Spells" by Tonya A Brown is good.

Question: Should I learn about the moon cycle before becoming a witch?

Answer: There's no particular order of learning aspects of witchcraft, but moon cycles and moon lore are good places to start. Go with what interests you, or get a decent book and use its structure to guide you.

Question: While researching, I found a spell I’d like to use in the future, once I’m more competent as a witch, but I don’t want to ruin the flow of my Book of Shadows. Does it matter if I scribe a spell in between note pages, or is it more of a personal choice?

Answer: It's always a personal choice. If you don't want to spoil the flow of what you've got going you could write or print it out and keep it in the back of your BoS, save it on your computer or phone, or keep a separate notebook for spells.

Question: I am currently living in dorms and have been focusing my practice around it as my home. Eventually, I will move out. Do you have any tips for transferring my witchcraft to a new house?

Answer: You could do some cleansing, blessing and protection rituals in your new home to make it yours. Then you can just do what you do now but perhaps with more freedom.

Question: I've been wanting to start learning about witchcraft for a couple of years ago but I thought that I was too young and inexperienced in life. I hadn't gone through grief, joy, being in love, or being heartbroken at that point, but I have gone through some of each now. I've started taking notes on how to get started based on articles on this website. Would it be wise to continue researching witchcraft even if I'm still young?

Answer: To continue exploring, researching and studying is an excellent idea. Then you can ease yourself in and it will feel like a natural progression. Here are some ideas to get you started: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/50-Ways-To-...

And here is a list of all my other articles on witchcraft: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/How-to-be-a...

Question: Can you give me some advice about balancing studies and witchcraft?

Answer: This is something you need to work out for yourself. Always put your studies first... and wait until you are older before casting spells.

Question: What would you say is an appropriate age to start practicing witchcraft and spell casting? I’m sixteen, and I have a little collection of things from nature hikes as well as other connections to nature, but I might be too young/ turbulent to influence the Universe.

Answer: There is no definitive age to start witchcraft. However, the whole premise of witchcraft is that it is 'wise'. For wise, read experienced. So there's nothing preventing you studying and reading about it and then gradually introducing small daily witchy practices into your life.

This article may be helpful: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/50-Ways-To-...

© 2018 Bev G

Comments

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on September 14, 2020:

Hi Blue, it's not really about age, but about maturity and wisdom. Read the article and take it slowly.

More here: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/How-to-be-a...

Blue on September 13, 2020:

Does my age have anything to do with me becoming a witch? I’m really thinking of being one and I would be completely dedicated to it. I’m 15 and experienced hart break loss pain love and sheer joy.

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on September 04, 2020:

Hi Holly, this article explains it in detail:

https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Am-I-a-Witc...

Holly on September 04, 2020:

Am I a witch if I am part of the pagan religion and is the pagan religion mainly about witchcraft, and how do you become apart of the pagan religion?

Also I believe I am a witch so I was wondering if I am part of a religion because sometimes I feel like I am the odd one out and I wish I had a group of people like me so being apart of religious group that is witchcraft related would make me feel more normal, so if you know another witchcraft related religion please let me know.

Ann Ira Jade on July 07, 2020:

after reading this i'm sure this is where i belong, i don't just think its fun, to me its some kind of way of life i guess. Even though i'm too young to do spells, i will try my hardest to learn all i can before attempting my first spell.

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on June 16, 2020:

Hi Olivia, thank you for your kind words. I'm glad you find my articles useful.

My two pieces of advice are:

1. Keep reading everything pagan/witchy you can get your hands on. Pretty soon you'll be able to filter out the good stuff from the fluffy-bunny nonsense.

2. Maintain a connection with nature. There is peace and magic in the woods, in the desert, on a hilltop, walking on a beach or even sitting in a garden. Those kind of places are where your heart will absorb the beauty and inspiration in the same way as our ancestors.

When you are ready, you can take your favorite book and follow the author's advice to get started in earnest.

Good luck, and have fun.

olivia :) on June 16, 2020:

hi bev!

first of all, thank you for writing such useful and insightful articles on witchcraft. i am really curious about paganism, particularly about worshiping gods from ancient pantheons, but i am still on the younger side (17) and don't want to mess around with things more intense than i can handle. do you have any advice on how to get involved with pagan religions gradually?

thanks!

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on May 14, 2020:

Hi Gwen,

Dionysus, wow! Maybe there's a mischievous spirit having fun with you. Dionysus (or Bacchus) isn't really the best deity for a young witch.

Okay, first of all, I don't know if you have found a deity. I've never felt the need for one because I'm not Wiccan. I don't do 'worship' at all. If I were to become friends with one, Dionysus and Pan would be at the top of my list, for sure.

So, if you want Dionysus, then go with it. Just don't do the things he is famous for.

Gwen Minor on May 13, 2020:

How do I know if I have found a deity or not? I am a baby witch so this obviously is going to sound like a weird thing but I used a pendulum and asked it to spell out its name and it spelled Dionysus...So I lit a candle and asked it to clarify yes and no and it did. (I made sure to ask if it was still Dionysus) But then my mom went into my room and blew out the candle... Im worried now

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on May 01, 2020:

Hi Cade, yes, while you are living at home you have to abide by your Mom's wishes. Good luck on your path.

Cade Ellis on April 30, 2020:

My mom thinks that witchcraft is dark and evil. I know my mom will not be supportive of my beliefs so I should stay in the broom closet for awhile and stick to my main intrest which is playing tennis . I have been studying witchcraft more since this coronavirus pandemic

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on April 28, 2020:

Hi Beth, you are too young to practice witchcraft yet so I'm glad you have decided to wait. As you've probably read, witches are wise people who have lived enough to gain some valuable life experience.

Once you become a witch, you can start and stop practicing whenever you want to, but it never really leaves you. It's not like being part of a cult; it something within. When you catch a glimpse of the full moon, your heart will beat a little faster. When the wind takes your breath away, you will be reminded of the unseen energy of the Earth.

I don't know much about fae. It's not an aspect of witchcraft that I felt drawn to. There is a ton of information out there, just be careful of taking stuff too literally. As I tell my daughter, question everything :)

beth on April 28, 2020:

hey, I really would like to start getting into becoming a witch, I am 12 and i will wait till i am 18 till i even think about spells, my only worry is, once i'm a witch will i stay like that forever or can i break free ?? and if i do can i come back ?? i would also like to know a little bit about the fae, the seem mischievous but i would love all the advice i could get for starting !

thank you x

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on April 27, 2020:

Sorry Kimmy, I don't make potions; too much faff for me - I mainly use energy healing... and Sudocrem :)

Kimmy on April 27, 2020:

I do understand I was just looking for quicker ways for the body to heal as I am a nurse. What would you say is a good practice healing potion?

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on April 27, 2020:

An actual healing witch will study a little bit about the body and how it heals. Then they might learn what energy healing is and practice some of that. Later on, as they become more knowledgeable, they might decide to study herbs and potions. Though they would not be able to administer such advice or medicine to others without suitable qualifications and insurance.

Kimmy on April 27, 2020:

Ok well what other spells would be good for a healing witch

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on April 20, 2020:

Go to your local pharmacy and ask them. Always take the medical route first.

Kimmy on April 19, 2020:

What is a good spell or potion for healing infections on skin?

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on April 11, 2020:

yes, it would work fine, Saki. It's simply as a representation.You don't even need to do that if you can visualize the elements.

Saki on April 10, 2020:

Hi, I'm sorry to be a bother but I was wondering if drawing a pentagram and a drawing of fire work for the dedication ritual?

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on April 08, 2020:

Hi Alicia, you are going to have to work these things out yourselves. The spells you do depends what you want to achieve.

Why don't you get yourselves a couple of good books? Have a look on Amazon - there are tons of good witchy books there.

Alicia on April 07, 2020:

Thank you do you have any recommendations for beginners spells for a green, sea, and healing witch. Also these are the types of which is my friends are and I’m still not sure about what I am if you have a team or group of witches is one a green one a sea and one a healing which what would be a good one to fit that group meaning what would you recommend I should be for the group to work well in all magick and spells?

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on April 02, 2020:

H Alicia, healing witches can (or might try to) heal whatever needs healing. Though, someone who is a gardener would most likely heal plants if it's possible to do so.

So, yes, living things can be healed by a healing witch. However, that doesn't mean a witch can be successful at healing everyone and everything. Sometimes, pain and illness is part of a person's life experience, and sometimes death is the natural way forward.

Alicia on April 02, 2020:

Sorry for asking so many questions but do healing witches heal plants

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on April 02, 2020:

Yes, Alicia. But witches also understand when it is time for an animal... or a person... to let go, that is the best path for them. Witches don't avoid the subject of death.

Alicia on April 01, 2020:

Can they help animals as well?

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on April 01, 2020:

Hi Alicia, a healing witch heals people. She may practice Reiki, reflexology, energy healing, spellwork, counseling, be an expert herbalist, or even be a doctor of medicine. Anything that helps people feel better, whether it be mentally or physically.

Alicia on March 31, 2020:

What exactly does a healing witch do?

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on March 31, 2020:

Okay, well I don't know of any 'testing' spell that would indicate your level of ability. Why don't you take a look of my new article about mind magic and see if that works for you?

https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/How-to-Cast...

Izzy on March 30, 2020:

I am 17.

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on March 30, 2020:

How old are you, Izzy?

Izzy on March 30, 2020:

I feel I am ready for harder and stronger spells is there a spell or spells to practise to tell if I am ready?

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on March 29, 2020:

Hi Paris, you sound very young to be messing around with spells.

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on March 29, 2020:

I agree, Ella. The moon is in the perfect place to maintain our tides so that they are not so strong that they overwhelm the land, or be so weak as to cause the oceans to stagnate. I also think the moon, along with planets like Jupiter, act as protectors of the Earth.

Here's a list of different types of witchcraft traditions: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/What-Kind-o...

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on March 29, 2020:

Eclectic, Alicia. But my main interest has always been divination - tarot reading.

paris on March 29, 2020:

hi so me and my friendi was woudering if their was spelles to help memories are studies for school ?

Ella c on March 29, 2020:

Hi I’m 18 and I have been studying witch craft since I was 17 I was wondering how many tripe’s of witches are there or if I were a with what time of witch would I be, but I like moon spells especially I passion the moon every night on my birthday I would stare at the fool moon and wonder “ how does it do it do it’s job so well and never fail” I personally think it’s fascinating.

Ella

Alicia on March 29, 2020:

What type of witch are you?

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on March 29, 2020:

Hi Alicia, yes a sea witch would naturally work with moon cycles because the moon determines the tides. And the weather also affects sea and lake conditions.

I don't there is any assessment system that would show us what a sea witch would be 'best' at. It depends what the individual prefers to focus on.

You have to remember that there are no cut and dried standards in witchcraft. Mostly it's all down to personal choice.

Alicia on March 28, 2020:

On other websites it says that a Sea witch works with not only to sea but also moon cycles and the weather is this true? If so what would a sea witch be best at moon cycles, weather or the sea?

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on March 28, 2020:

Hi Evie,

I'm not sure what to say really. Witches do what they do. There is no such specific tradition or path called a 'charm witch'.

Maybe this article will help: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/What-Kind-o...

Evie on March 28, 2020:

What I mean is, is there a specific witch type who does charms.

Because my friend thinks she could be a charm witch because she is great at luck, healing and future charms.

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on March 28, 2020:

Hi Evie, I've never heard of the specific term 'charmer witch'. When you describe someone as a 'charmer', it is a derogatory term, as in "That guy's a right charmer'. Meaning that they are, in fact, charmless and ignorant.

A charm is another name for a spell, so all working, practicing witches use charms in one form or another.

Evie on March 28, 2020:

Is there such thing as a Charmer witch?And If so what do they do?

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on March 23, 2020:

Hi again, Love, I don't use spells with ingredients, other than pen, paper and candles. There are tons on the internet.

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

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on March 23, 2020:

Hi Love,

Right here: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Really-Easy...

love on March 22, 2020:

My friend was wondering if love spells will help her find love and she would like to see if you have any spells that dont need ingredients too. Thank you.

love on March 22, 2020:

Thanks and I also so was wanting to know if you happen to know any spells that i could try that do have to have ingredients if so would you please let me know. Thank you.

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on March 22, 2020:

Well, most witches have jobs and careers, so your witchcraft would just be part of your life. There's no 'emergency services witch' as such, but feel free to use that description. However, when you are on the job, please put thoughts of witchcraft out of your mind and focus on what you are doing. And thank you xxx

love on March 22, 2020:

what kind of witch would like to help save peoples lives because im a firefighter and an EMT

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on March 12, 2020:

There's no need for a circle because you are not working magick. However, you can do, if you like :)

beginnerwitch on March 11, 2020:

me again! :)

I just wanted to ask whether, for the self dedication, should I cast a circle, before doing it? or is it not needed?

thanks!

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on March 07, 2020:

You aren't bothering me, Krysta, I'm happy to answer questions.

There aren't any rules; use whatever works for you. Four pebbles would be fine, or you could use items in the following colors: Brown - north/earth, Green - east/air. Orange/red/yellow - south/fire, Blue - west/water. x

Krysta on March 07, 2020:

Hi, I'm 14 currently, and I'd like to try the ritual. Would a drawing of fire work or does it have to be an electric candle or a picture? Apologies for bothering you.

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on March 03, 2020:

Hi Gianna, maybe wait until you are 18. Witchcraft isn't bad, although, like most of humankind, there are bad witches as well as good ones.

gianna on March 02, 2020:

hi, what age do u think I should start witchcraft. Is witchcraft evil or bad because most sites I looked at are saying it is bad and I don't want to do it if it is bad.

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on February 09, 2020:

No, sorry, Laura. What is it you are trying to do?

Laura B on February 09, 2020:

Well do you know anyone who can help me?

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on February 09, 2020:

Laura, I'm sorry but my kind of witchcraft does not involve talking to spirits.

Laura B on February 09, 2020:

I am a 17 year old witch and I have studied witchcraft for 6 years now I am ready I want to talk to the spirits it’s important and will not interfere with nature’s spirits how do I talk to them please give me a spell like I said it’s important and urgent

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on February 09, 2020:

At 12, Rose, you are too young to be casting spells of any kind.

Rose on February 08, 2020:

What is the best spell for a 12 year old witch on a full moon

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on February 07, 2020:

Wait until you are older, Lily. The material for learning witchcraft is not written for children. It's complicated and difficult to understand.

Lily on February 06, 2020:

Claudia is my friend at school.

We can study together what study’s are the best for me. Maybe Give me an article moon studies any thing else maybe some thing you suggest. Claudia is the same age as me. 8 please reply soon from lily

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on February 06, 2020:

Hi Claudia, I have lots of other articles here:

https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/How-to-be-a...

claudia on February 05, 2020:

hi

my name is claudia and i have been studing witchcraft can you help me know more about witchcraft? claudia

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on February 02, 2020:

Hi Lily, you should forget about spells for now. Being a witch isn't just about casting spells.

This article will explain it in more detail: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/What-I-Need...

Lily on February 02, 2020:

Hi,

I was wondering what spells should I study on not saying that I should actually do it. its pretty advanced even for my sister thanks from lily

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on February 01, 2020:

Hi Parva, keep doing what you are doing. Wait until you are older before messing around with energy manipulation (magic).

Parva avis ~ on February 01, 2020:

Hi Bev G! I've sort of been studying witchcraft for about a year now, but not properly in the ways you have suggested. I've been doing lots of meditation and small things with crystals and chants; now I'm almost 12. What's my next step with magick?

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on January 31, 2020:

Hi Rose,

I don't know of a particular site. You can get moon phase apps. so that you can follow the moon phases.

The best 'magical properties of trees' site is https://tesswhitehurst.com/the-magical-and-metaphy...

Learning about nature is something that witches love to do. Witchcraft is an earth-based path, so anything to do with the natural world is a good thing for a with.

I'm old enough ;)

Rose on January 31, 2020:

What site would you recommend for learning about moon phases? Also what are the easiest trees to learn about seeing as I’m only 12?

And what will learning about these 3 subjects do to help us and also just curious how old are you?

From

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on January 31, 2020:

Hi again Lily :)

Yes, I do spells, but they are very low-key these days. Usually written ones. They do take a bit of practice to get right.

The most important thing is that you must, must know what you are doing. It's very easy to make mistakes that could have an effect for years and years. That's why I recommend people don't begin practicing witchcraft until they are grown up. It's not like the movies.

The most common witches are probably Wiccans and 'eclectics' - people who take little bits of different traditions and follow their own unique path.

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on January 31, 2020:

Hi Lily, by all means do lots of witchy reading, but you need to know that most material on witchcraft is meant for older people. You might like Lisa Chamberlain's books - they are readily available on Amazon.

And yes, I am a witch :)

More articles here: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/How-to-be-a...

Lily on January 31, 2020:

Hello its lily again. I was wondering about all the spells and I thought I might ask you that do you practice spells or does the talent come straight away. I am very great full for you telling me this info.

From lily p.s. what is the most common witches.

Lily on January 31, 2020:

Hi my sister is Rose. I do not feel quite as ready as my sister, however I am going to use this time to learn. Would this be good for me a nine year old or would you know a easier site for me to follow. Are you a witch? And are there different types of witches if so how do you find out what type of witch you are?

From lily thank you

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on January 28, 2020:

Hi Cafe Ellis, no casting spells is not satanic, it's simply working with the energy that permeates the universe. Prayers are the same thing.

At 13, you are too young to practice witchcraft, but you can learn about it until you are ready.

https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/How-to-be-a...

Cafe Ellis on January 28, 2020:

Is casting spells satanic ? Why do people view witchcraft as being satanic ? I think witchcraft spells can be used for good, or for evil . Witchcraft is not that bad . I am 13 years old an intrested in witchcraft and magic

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on January 28, 2020:

Hi Rose, I don't know of any witchcraft 'schools'. You can join a training group in your area (you'd find it on Facebook or Instagram). However, they won't take anyone under the age of 18.

Meanwhile, this article might help you: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/What-Kind-o...

And there a lot more here: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/How-to-be-a...

Good luck.

Rose on January 27, 2020:

Is there a way to know what type of witch you are?

could there a school of witchcraft you can go to ( where i live Australia

NSW) or are there any school online.

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on January 27, 2020:

Hi Rose,

My favourite tree site belongs to Tess Whitehurst: https://tesswhitehurst.com/the-magical-and-metaphy... She has a book as well.

I don't make potions so can't help you there. You'll have to search for something on the web. The only 'potion' I use is by holding my hands around a glass of water and visualising energy going into it. That's called 'charging'.

Good luck on your journey.

Rose on January 26, 2020:

You might remember me from the witch marks websites I called myself marie ( thats my middle name) I just started researching the trees on this website for magical properties. However every website has something different about the Jacaranda tree the first one I’m studying do you know a particular website that is very trustworthy. Also while I am doing this studying is there any cooking herbs but I could do for a simple beginners potion.

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on January 13, 2020:

Of course, Kai. You could draw all four of the elements if you want to. They are just representations, that's all. In your mind's eye, you can see them as the real thing.

Kai on January 13, 2020:

Hi for gathering things that represent the elements would it be possible to draw the fire instead of printing it?

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on November 24, 2019:

Hi Jen, that's called 'deja vu'. Most people experience it at one time or another.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Déjà_v...

Jen on November 23, 2019:

Hey so I've been having these dreams where I dream of a moment, but it happens in the future (My most time span is about 1 year.) But I don't remember 'till it happens. What is this and what does it mean?

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on November 15, 2019:

Hi Zak, I'm not great at meditating either and you don't have to do it to be a witch. So just put it to one side for now.

Instead of full-on meditation, sit quietly and feel at peace. Do it out of doors whenever you can. Allow yourself to gently merge with your surroundings and reach for the feeling of oneness. Aim for feeling rather than thinking. Breathe and relax back into 'reality'. And that will do.

I have to warn you against working magic if you are not fully aware of what you are doing. You could cause irreparable damage to your well-being. Don't attempt anything unless you know why you are doing it. It can be fun to experiment, but remember that 'witch' means a wise person, so aim for life experience before witchcraft.

Good luck.

Zak martin on November 14, 2019:

Ive been into magic[k] for quite some time now, however im only 16 and dont fully understand things (to an extent). I wish to become a witch, but it apperently requires meditation. While i like meditating, ive got a few problems. Whenever i meditate for a certain amount of time (time getting shorter each time i do so) i begin to feel as if i was numb. In this state i can barely move, and feel, how should i put this... warm and cold (for lack of a better term). Another problem is im autistic and dont always (if at all) understand complex things, ive evsn tried making a psi ball. Im a great visualiser and can meditate, but i run into these problems a lot. May i have a little advice for how to raise my energy level and subconscious mindset

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on October 27, 2019:

Hi Kitty,

Have a look at this article: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Are-You-a-W...

Kitty on October 27, 2019:

I was just wondering if there are signs and or symptoms that show you if you are a witch or not?

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on October 18, 2019:

That sounds like a good plan, Zach. Real witchcraft is quite dull and there aren't any magic tricks.

Zach on October 17, 2019:

I really dont know if I should practice and study witchcraft my mom looks at witchcraft as being evil magic . I dont kniw why people look at witchcraft as being evil magic . Maybe I should not practice witchcraft and start practicing magic tricks .

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on September 16, 2019:

Hi Heather,

My advice is to spend the next couple of years learning as much as you can. The whole point of witchcraft is that it is a craft practiced by the wise, so I think you should get a few more years' life experience under your belt before you begin working with energy. Good luck.

Heather on September 16, 2019:

Hey! I'm 15, and I have been interested in witchcraft well over a year now. I have friends but I never really felt connected with them but when I learn about witchcraft I feel as if I fit in 100%. I have been trying my best to learn about witchcraft. My family is strict Christians, but they already think I'm a satanist (I'm not). So do you think I should start doing rituals? Ever since I stumbled onto this stuff, I have been interested. If you do advice me to start practicing rituals or oaths, where should I start?

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on August 19, 2019:

Okay, Katie, I'll approve your message. Hurry up and get some more content and make sure the images you use are Creative Commons. Try Pixabay.com for free images :)

Katie Par on August 18, 2019:

Hi! I know self-promo is lame, but this is to help people here too. I just made a blog that will take you along with me on my journey as a 13-year-old witch! I am sharing this in hopes that this can help you! https://lovebubby8.wixsite.com/mysite

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on August 06, 2019:

Hello Amie, that's a much better idea than printing out a piece of paper. You don't need to take a board, just place your stones out in the rough shape of a pentacle. As you go on learning, eventually, you'll simply trace the shape in the air (it corresponds to North/Earth). xx

Amie on August 05, 2019:

Hello, I dont have a printer where I live. I was wondering if i could make a pentagram at the creek (Its rocky but i could bring a board down).

Much love, Amie

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on July 09, 2019:

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.