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Learning Witchcraft for Beginners: What to Look for in a Mentor or Teacher

Sage has been a witch for 25 years. She enjoys writing informative articles to teach others the craft of the wise.

Finding a mentor can help you on your journey to learning witchcraft.

Finding a mentor can help you on your journey to learning witchcraft.

Learning Witchcraft

Learning witchcraft can be overwhelming. Your first job is to try to sort through mountains of information to try and figure out which sources are the good, the bad, and the ugly. Once you do find decent sources, there's a lot of research to do and it may leave you with many questions. When beginning witchcraft in practice, you may hesitate or feel uneasy because it's new and you're not really sure if you're doing it right.

Many people hope to find a mentor or teacher to help put them on a solid road to success in the craft. It can be really great to have a guide—provided you find a good one. Unfortunately, not all those who offer services as 'teachers' are worthy of the title. They're either not what they claim to be, or have failed to learn the lessons themselves.

Here are some qualities to look for in someone offering to teach you the craft.

Please note: this article is more geared toward the discussion of witchcraft, not necessarily Wicca. While some may apply to Wicca as well, they're two different things. If you don't know the difference, please see "Wicca and Witchcraft: Which is Witch, What’s What?"

Great Places to Find Witch Mentors or Teachers

Remember these are just places for networking where Witches may be around; there is no guarantee you'll meet a Witch, let alone one worthy of being a mentor or willing to mentor you. These are just suggested places to start looking if you don't know

Open Pagan Festivals and Events

Unitarian Universalist CUUPS Groups (Covenant of the Unitarian Universalist Pagans)

Spiritual Shops and Classes

Spiritual Reading/Study Groups

Psychic Fairs

Find a Witch Who Knows Her Stuff

Witchcraft is such a broad term, and there is no one single way to practice it. Some people have learned from modern sources like Llewellyn books and the internet. Some may have been initiated into covens. Others may be practicing folk magic passed down through the family line. You will find conflicting information—different schools of thought, different methods, and different opinions.

If you're seeking a mentor, make sure to find someone who appears to be well versed in at least some specific areas of the craft. She should be able to provide you with the names of reputable books or of systems of magic she's studied, and should have an in-depth grasp of these concepts. If she learned traditional or folk magic from a particular culture, there should be records of it somewhere. If she joined a coven, she should be able to provide you with a name and lineage.

When you're beginning witchcraft, it may be difficult to differentiate between people who know what they're talking about and people who are essentially 'wannabes' who watched too much Charmed. A good rule of thumb is to avoid people who offer you silly little rhymes such as 'spells' and lists of 'magickal [sic] ingredients', and find someone who actually takes study, understanding, philosophy, mental discipline, ethics, etc. seriously. Look for people teaching the hows and the whys rather than just telling you 'do this and that'.

As you read and learn, you'll be able to determine the extent of your teacher’s knowledge. Never be afraid to research any of his or her claims in depth. A true witch and a good teacher won't want a student who just takes her word for it. She won't be intimidated by having to explain her position on something or offended by different opinions.

Beware of witches who seem to be making stuff up as they go along, who contradict themselves or who can't (or won't) explain why they think something. Avoid those who seem to be regurgitating things from books and websites (especially while hiding the fact that they got the ideas from other authors, presenting those ideas as their own inventions). Avoid teachers or mentors who become agitated or angry if you question them or challenge their information.

Don't OD on fantasy. I'm all for eccentrics for the most part; but some people are just looking to live out their high fantasies in their lives, and are more looking for LARPing partners than real students.

Don't OD on fantasy. I'm all for eccentrics for the most part; but some people are just looking to live out their high fantasies in their lives, and are more looking for LARPing partners than real students.

Find a Witch Grounded in Reality

While people with a flair for drama can be fun to be around, you still want a mentor who is grounded in reality. There's no doubt that witches are people with open minds who may believe a lot of different theories and have spiritual interests. Sometimes what witches believe may generally be considered 'out there' by most other people. That's a given.

But even as far as witchcraft is concerned (or maybe particularly where witchcraft is concerned) a dose of healthy skepticism is an asset. Witchcraft does not exclude common sense, or rational explanations. Jumping at shadows is not being open-minded, it's being gullible.

Beware of witches who promise to teach you absurd things like how to fly, how to turn into a mermaid, or how to raise the dead. If your potential mentor is making too many fantastic claims about things he's done or can do, consider it a red flag. Avoid people who are still under the delusion that witchcraft is a Pagan ancient religion, who rant about "the burning times" or claim an unbroken line of witchcraft through the ages.

Find a Witch Who Has Their 'Stuff' Together

Witchcraft is known as the 'Craft of the Wise' for a reason. Unfortunately, however, some of its lessons are lost on people. Even people who have read every book, who has been studying and practicing for years, may never really 'get it'.

Before someone can offer to teach or mentor, she should have her own life together. That doesn't mean she has to have a perfect life; everyone has problems and everyone makes mistakes. But consider within reason whether she is a 'together' kind of person that has something worthwhile to offer. Has she herself achieved wisdom and learned to apply it to life enough so that she can pass it down? If her life's a mess and she's like an emotional train wreck, chances are it may not be so.

A witch that makes a good mentor should also have her own ego in check. Look for someone who can admit mistakes and faults, who can laugh at herself, and who doesn't make every lesson into a show about how wonderfully witchy she is.

Beware of witches who look like they need more help than they can give. If she doesn't have any happy relationships, if she has no self-control, if she finds life miserable, if she's deep in debt and legal problems because she's always making mistakes, if she blames the world for her problems, etc.—how can you trust anything she tries to teach you about the craft when clearly she can't even use it to straighten out her own life? Also, always remember—you're a student, not a fan. If your teacher sounds like a crazy cult leader who expects to be worshiped, get out of there.

Find a Witch Who Behaves Ethically

Ethics and witchcraft should always go hand and hand. Obviously, ethics and morals are frequently something that is debatable. I'm not going to lay down any arbitrary list of laws that I think all witches should adhere to. There are always going to be differences. For example, if you're a Christian witch, you may not agree with all the morals and ethics of a Wiccan witch. That's okay—you have different sources for your ethics. It doesn't mean one must be right and one must be wrong.

However, when you are ready to crawl up under someone's wing to learn from him, that person should be someone who you can trust and respect. When he asks you to do things, it should be something you feel is a sound request, and something you feel ethically comfortable with doing. If you're not comfortable with something, your teacher should at least be respectful of your boundaries and feelings even if he disagrees with your ethics and morals.

Beware of witches who would try to milk you for all you're worth. While I'm personally not against charging for goods and services (even a witch has to make a living), it should be for reasonably-priced supplies, or an honest service (you get what you pay for). Use caution if everything keeps leading to you 'needing' to make another purchase, the price gets higher and higher, and if the person tries to scare you with threats that something bad will happen if you don't pay. Beware of witches who would encourage you to sneak around or lie to your parents if you're a minor. Steer clear from witches who would try to pressure you into doing things you're uncomfortable with, such as anything sexual or criminal behavior.

Remember That Witches Are People Too

Witches are human. When someone says she's a witch, don't assume anything about the person. Witches can be nice or mean, they can be people with good intentions or bad intentions, and they can be upstanding citizens or criminally depraved, educated, or just plain short on intelligence and common sense.

If you are considering someone as a mentor, get to know that person, listen to your gut, and don't be so desperate to learn that you're willing to ignore warning signs and red flags.

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.

© 2014 Mackenzie Sage Wright


Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on September 24, 2020:

It wasn't me, it was probably a problem with the website. I never got it, sorry.

King April on July 07, 2020:

I wanna learn more about witchcraft and I need a mentor to pull me into that world. Pls I really need help.

zanthin knights on June 29, 2020:

i am only a level 2 wiccan and i want help t be abl to do spells can anyone help

Maria on June 09, 2020:

Hi, I live in Portugal and I`m looking for a mentor, it can be by phone but l´m really excited to start this jorney

Desiree Roy on February 26, 2020:

Where can I find a mentor near me?

Akssquad10 on December 22, 2019:


I live in Asia

And in my area no one know witchcraft

Pls I need a mentor and i really need a mentor and I mean it.

Kaitlin on September 07, 2019:

I really need a mentor.

Somebody who knows what they're talking about and can point me to the right decision of the right school.

Can you help me out??

Ashley on July 16, 2019:


I am currently looking for a mentor. Is there anyway that you could be of help?

gef on May 21, 2019:

i know someone telling that she have a teacher but the "teacher" seems to always be around her. I study myself the philosophy of hermeticism because this is on what i fall in the past, nothing else, and i do see that this person seems to be able to move on hermeticism too but she's kept strongly on other stuffs like witchcraft but the same as you describe with silly little rhymes as 'spells' and lists of 'magickal [sic] ingredients', etc..the first contact i have with this "teacher" 4years ago was a very bad feel of someone who want to take control on someone else,no more no less.

I do my best to letting her learning something else by describing all i know, but this "teacher" seems to have a total control on her decision, maybe not directely. She consider this "teacher" as a best friend for about 2 years... My best friend and myself have 25 years behind our relation.. the "teacher" is a man and he have a buisness hidden behind this witchcraft mascarad. I have no doubt that he push her to make a spiritual contract in exchange of his "lessons". I want to save her and to protect her from him, im even able to call any archangels,demons all together and dying for her. im prepared for that and plan to craft all sigils and make me bleed to death.

Benjamin on April 10, 2019:

Hi, I can't find a mentor in my area I live in Nigeria please email me at

Christie on February 22, 2019:

Hi I cannot find a mentor in my area. I live in a small town in New Brunswick Canada. Could you please email me or send me your email please. My email address is Thank you

Annabelle Hayes on February 19, 2019:

Thank you for the help!

Jennifer May on December 02, 2018:

I have always believed that I have a lot of channeled energy. I’m a Christian. But the Witches energy is not a religion it’s a feeling and an art. I’m fully educating myself on the craft. I hope to get the fulfillment I have needed. Because my life has always been a curiosity. A void that was never fulfilled. Wish me luck on my journey

Elizabeth on October 10, 2018:

Hi, my name is Elizabeth. I have been wanting to practice since last year. And the person I was originally with never helped me of taught me what I needed to know. I was womdering if I could get your email? This would help me a lot because you have been a Witch for 25 years now

CSP on August 13, 2018:

Where can I find a Wiccan mentor/teacher , in or near Herrin , Illinois?

Iris on June 29, 2018:

where do you think i could find a good mentor to help me learn and get on a steady path.

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on April 27, 2018:

Hi EMSS; there are a lot of opinions about Witchcraft... and the ones you have read about are not views I share.

I don't believe in 'natural Witches', just like I don't believe in 'natural carpenters' or 'natural doctors'.

I don't believe the Craft is a power; it's a literal Craft. Magic is part of nature. Witches learn to use it. Anyone can, if that's what they wanted to do.

I don't believe in 'powers' that are awakened. We all have various levels of ability, some have more talent than others, but waiting for powers to be awakened is, in my opinion, a waste of time... people get good at the Craft by study, mental discipline, & practice.

So I encourage you to read some of my articles to get a different perspective, and make up your mind of which perspective makes sense.

If it's about having powers that need to be awakened... then I am not a person who can help you as I hold a different world view. I wish you luck.

EMSS on April 27, 2018:

Hi Mackenzie Sage Wright

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

EMSS on April 20, 2018:

Hi Mackenzie Sage Wright

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

EMTS on April 20, 2018:

Hi Mackenzie Sage Wright

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 have also felt cold or hot and have seen something in my mind and my eyes 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 magic powers ?

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on April 17, 2018:

Hi EMTS; it is a different experience for different people. It can even be different depending on your goal.

For some people it's a physical tingling. For some people it's like a little bit of heat radiating, or cold radiating. For some it seems a little like waves in the air currents. Some people 'see' it in their minds eye, it might look like a color or smoke or laser beam, other people might even 'hear' it or 'smell' it.

We all have different ways of sensing and experiencing such things; experimenting by just meditating, becoming mindful and aware of it, etc. can help you start to learn how it works best for you.

EMTS on April 16, 2018:


Could you please explain what does magic energy feel like so I know what is feels like I am new at this

EMSS on April 13, 2018:

Hi Mackenzie Sage Wright

The spells I have been casting are not working. What should I do so the spells work? Should I do them in the morning and at night? I have been dealing with things that have been going in my life the direction say keep a clear mind keep stress out of your mind control your feelings could this be effecting it what should I do to make it work I am new at this.

EMSS on April 13, 2018:

Hi Mackenzie Sage Wright

The spells I have been casting are not working. What should I do so the spells work? Should I do them in the morning and at night? I have been dealing with things that have been going in my life the direction say keep a clear mind keep stress out of your mind control your feelings could this be effecting it what should I do to make it work I am new at this.

EMTS on April 13, 2018:

I have casting spells they I am not sure it is working . The information say it takes time for spells to work try it many time for new witch and it explains when you are very stress and have a lot on you mind it could effect the spells working. I am new at this I cast the spell many time a day. What could I do ? I am very stress., and would like this to work.

EMTS on April 13, 2018:

I have casting spells they I am not sure it is working . The information say it takes time for spells to work try it many time for new witch and it explains when you are very stress and have a lot on you mind it could effect the spells working. I am new at this I cast the spell many time a day. What could I do ? I am very stress., and would like this to work.

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on April 11, 2018:

Hi Breonna; nope, you don't need a religion. Witchcraft alone is a spiritual art, it can be combined with just about any religion... people definitely let their religions influence their practice... but having a specific religion isn't necessary.

Breonna on April 11, 2018:

Hi Mackenzie Sage Wright

I am really into this

But i got One Question

1. Do you have to be in a religon or No? to do witch stuff?

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on April 10, 2018:

No, that wouldn't mean you're a Witch; it might mean you have strong psychic abilities, or are astral traveling in your sleep, or it could be you just have very vivid dreams.

It's easy to tell if you're a Witch: do you study/practice some form of Witchcraft? If yes, you're a Witch. If no, you're not. :o)

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on April 10, 2018:

Hello Emss; in my experience, Witchcraft is a skill. No matter what talent we have, you still have to work to learn the Craft. It takes study, mental discipline & practice. Best of luck!

EMTS on April 10, 2018:

I have always had dreams that are very real it is me and i know it real. I am in all different places doing different things traveling at times I wake up knowing and feeling the very strong effects It happen it could be a few in one night I been having these dreams since I was a child at times they are very strong does this mean I am a witch with powers ready becoming aware of it and will be able to use powers.

EMSS on April 10, 2018:

Since i was a child I have had a feeling i was a witch with magic powers but was scared to do anything in fear some one find out they would think I was crazy as a adult i read about but still was worried to act on it things in my life got in the way. But now the feeling is very strong things happen hard to explain does this mean I am a witch awakening I would have wanted this to happen years ago

emss on April 10, 2018:

I known and always felt i was born a witch with powers on March 26, 2018:

I'm just started studying Wicca .I'm very serious and I need a good menor

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on March 23, 2018:

Oh, I've got the TV thing to... also works with songs on the radios or movies, lol. Even if I had not thought of the show for years, even if it's real old, if I sort of let my mind wander on it, it'll pop up.

Keep working on these intuitive abilities; as they expand they can serve you well. It seems you have a natural talent.

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on March 23, 2018:

Hi Luna; sorry, but I have strict rules about not training minors without knowing their parents. Also I have a group now I'm working with for the year and don't have time for more students. When you're 18 you're welcome to join my workshops or my year-&-a-day Wiccan Way Grove class.

Yamaç Şahin on March 17, 2018:

I am a 45 years old who was new starting to learn for witchcraft, but I have not any teacher that for helping me. I am from Turkey and I am muslim too..Would you be apposed to assist me?

Mike Hofer on January 29, 2018:

I am new to this, but I have always known I had special abilities. For example on most occasions I can see how a situation turns out without actually going through it, and I know this sounds a little weird but even when it comes to TV programming I usually have a particular episode of a show pop into my mind and then later on that day/evening that episode comes on. I don't know where to start, I don't know where to look, but I want to start somewhere.

Aunvik on January 10, 2018:

I would love to gain some knowledge! How should I contact you, MaiGentry?

Ellisha on January 07, 2018:

I have wanting to become a witch since 2015 but things have not working out as i thought they would

I need help

Like a teacher who would be there to guide me

Luna Lover on December 15, 2017:


i am a 16 year old who was starting to learn, but my teacher died last summer. Would you be apposed to assist me?

-Blessed be

Margaret Adamson on November 30, 2017:

I have always been intuitive. I am me at a time in my life, I need to except my gifts and learn about other gifts I could receive. Not just for myself, but for all the important people in my life and the ones I have yet to meet and may not recognize do to my limited ability to see clearly.

Thank you for thoughts

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on October 02, 2017:

Hi BhawnaRathore; I try to help as many people as I can with my writing, books, youtube videos, blogs, question answering, etc., but at this time I'm not taking on any more private students for personal mentoring.

If you check my website,, I offer workshops and sometimes I run a year-long private Wiccan Way Grove group (though one is in progress right now, I won't be accepting new students till late 2018).

Hope that helps!

BhawnaRathore on September 15, 2017:

I am not a witch till now, but I want to be a witch. I want to help others. And I want someone who can guide me

I am an Indian and I don't know anyone, who does witchcraft?

Can you help me?

Chrissandra Upchurch on August 14, 2017:

Pardon me, but I am a beginning witch, at the age of 17. I want to be able to work and study in the arts of protection and healing, but want to stay close to my religion as a Christian Witch. I live in a small town so i dont know if there is anyone around who can mentor me on anykind of craft, so I might have to refer to books. I would need easy spells that dont involve much expensive or hard to find items. I want to learn everything I can so that i can be the best possible healer for my loved ones. I want to practice in light magic and take care of those around me, but im scared to trust every site because you may not know what you are getting into. My mother wants me to becareful but she finds my " My wanting to be a witch " alright. I want to protect her and use my power to keep her safe and healthy, and maybe feel better about how I look and feel with a few beauty spells. My point is, do you have any ideas for my issue? About learning, a teacher, spells, and or anything else that can help me find my way in my beginning practices?

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on June 03, 2017:

Prove this is the way I suggest looking for a mentor? I assure you, this is my advice. Whether you follow it or not is up to you.

nerida scott on June 03, 2017:

prove it to me

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on May 07, 2017:

Hi Nicole; a good mentor is definitely an asset. I do teach classes & workshops, write articles and put out YouTube vids to help teach beginners, and I'm always happy to answer questions, so if you are interested then poke around on my website at But at this point I can't take on any more personal 1-on-1 students.

A good way to find a mentor is to get involved in the community. Show you are studying, show you are serious and dedicated, and someone after getting to know you a bit will probably be willing to take you under their wing. For Wicca, is a great start, it'll give you listings of local events, classes, groups, etc. Vodou is a different religion, a lot is going to depend on where you live so you might have to do some research. When in doubt, look for shops; shop owners will usually have their finger on the pulse of the local community.

nicole hill on May 06, 2017:

I'm in need of a mentor. I don't believe I can do this b myself. ive always had a passion for witchcraft and voodoo, and I want to learn the right things instead of the silly stuff that people fantasize about. I'm 17 years old but will be 18 in a few months so the being a minor shouldn't be a problem. I was hoping you could guide me in the right direction or even mentor me yourself.

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on December 13, 2016:

Hi Mz. Lady; I can't personally take on any more students right now (I have a new year-and-a-day Wicca class getting started in January), but I'm always happy to answer questions or guide people towards resources. You can ask them here or on my website at

My articles on Hubpages are designed to answer questions, so you might even want to go through them. Here is a directory of my Witchcraft articles:

In the Spring I plan to start teaching online workshops, and that's something that info will be available on my website in March.

Blessings on your path!

Mz.lady on December 11, 2016:

I'm looking for a mentor I have lots of questions and would love to learn more.

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on October 25, 2016:

Hi Dark; I honestly don't think about the pronoun, either one can come up. I am female, and I know mostly female Witches, and I have a largely female audience and most of my students are female. So 'she' comes up more often than 'he' I guess.

It certainly isn't bad to be a male or a Witch at all. The article applies to Witchcraft in general, who is practicing is irrelevant.

Hope that helps!

Xavier DAH from Utah on October 25, 2016:

when you talk about witches you say she why

i am a witch but im male is that bad

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on September 26, 2016:

Hi Lunabird;, lol. Seriously, yes. I shop at Amazon, Walmart, Target, thrift shops, garage sales, etc. When it comes to things like candles, even most specialty shops are just getting the same stuff from the same manufacturers.

I do like to shop at specialty shops sometimes, to support the Pagan merchants-- they deserve it! I usually will buy hard-to-find herbs and objects, or ritual tools, or arts, or gifts for others in them. My favorite ones are listed and linked to at the bottom of this page here:

Hope that helps!

Lunabird on September 21, 2016:

Hi, I'm very new to this but am eager to learn more :) a dear friend of mine is devoted to studying and learning this craft and I was hoping to get him a gift but not sure where I should purchase it from- I was hoping you could tell me where you purchase your colored candles from?

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on November 17, 2015:

Hi WolfAngel; magic is woven into the universe-- it's in everyone. If you want to be a Witch, it starts with studying the craft. I hope you find my articles on the topic helpful, they can really give you a good basis for beginning. Thanks so much for commenting!

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on November 17, 2015:

Hi WolfAngel; as I mentioned, it's unlikely you'll get offers of mentorship from anyone reputable if you're a minor, unless your parents are on board with it. I'd be very careful of people online making random offers. Please re-read the article here, there is some good advice to help you protect yourself, as well as find a mentor who can truly help you rather than mislead you. Best of luck on your search!

WolfAngel on November 01, 2015:

I do not know if I'm a witch or something else but I do know that I have magic in me

WolfAngel on November 01, 2015:

I am looking for a mentor, I have no clue if I even have the talent, my element and so one.

Web site tests can't tell you those things nor can it help you learn in the way that you need when you are just starting.

If there is some one who is willing to help me learn I will be truly greatful.

I am 15 years old and ready for some learning

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on May 17, 2014:

Hi broken angel; thanks for your comment.

I'm Wiccan; not a Judeo-Christian Witch. I don't personally believe in angels, earthbound or otherwise. If someone believed themselves an 'earthbound angels' I would encourage them toward a Christian or New Age Witch for guidance, and again-- only if they're above 18.

I'd be hesitant to take on a student who felt the need to consider themselves non-human or above human. If someone can't come to terms with being human, this speaks to me issues they need to work out, either an inflated ego, low self esteem, etc.; Being Wiccan, my beliefs are more based in nature, and I feel it's kind of important to accept our own human nature because lying to ourselves or building delusions gets in the way of growth.

So if someone thought they were part angel, demon, vampire, werewolf, mermaid, etc... whatever... my advice to them wouldn't change.

brokenangel on May 17, 2014:

If an earth bound angel where willing to join you would you be receptive?

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on March 19, 2014:

Hi hon; I actually wrote an article on that topic:

I hope you will read it as it contains useful information for someone in your situation.

Bright blessings ~

witchgirl on March 18, 2014:

Uh I want to learn witchcraft but my parents are antiwiccan what do I do

MysticMoonlight on March 01, 2014:

That's very true, Sage. Great point...thanks for the encouragement :)

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on February 26, 2014:

Hi Mystic; I think sometimes it's just better that way-- no teacher may result in some struggling along, but a bad teacher can do a lot of damage. I'm sure if you're ever truly in need that the universe will help direct you to where you need to be, and who you need to meet. Thanks for commenting!

MysticMoonlight on February 25, 2014:

Really important tips to keep in mind here...very well thought out, Sage. I think that finding a great teacher is hard. Although I'd love to learn from a great teacher and to be part of a group, I'm not sure, at this point, it will ever happen. I've browsed without luck. I live in the Bible belt and even finding like-minded people near me has, so far, turned up nothing. I've come to realize that I just may be on my own and if so, that's fine. I go about my studies and learn...slowly but surely!

Great advice and Hub!