Can a Young Teen Be a Witch?
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.
What Real Witches Do
- 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?
Self-Dedication to 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.
- 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?
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.
Some witches are attracted to the practice of healing. They learn about crystals, hands-on healing, Reiki, etc.
The art of telling the future or delving into underlying energies. Commonly by using tarot cards or other such tools.
Witches are community-minded and will volunteer to help out whenever they can. Look for opportunities to volunteer your services.
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?
There are many varied witchcraft traditions. You can read about some of them here: What Kind of Witch Are You? 60 Witchcraft Traditions
I have another page here: Teenwitch: How to Learn Witchcraft which offers more ideas how to begin studying the craft.
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