Teenwitch: How to Learn Witchcraft

Updated on June 20, 2018
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Born in deepest Cornwall and now living in wild Wales, Bev has been practising her personal form of witchcraft for years and years.

So you decided you are a witch, or at least you want to be one? Well, you can’t wake up one day and be a witch just like that. There is a basic process to negotiate before you can call yourself a true witch. The good news is that it is fun, engaging and enjoyable.

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What Makes You Want to Be a Witch?

The first thing to do is to work out what it is about witchcraft that you are drawn to. This calls for complete honesty because knowing and understanding your motivation is key to whether you will become a real witch, or are just playing at it because it’s a cool thing to do.

So, your first piece of witchcraft homework is to write out what attracts you to witchcraft and why.

Here are some prompts to help you along:

  • What was your first experience of witchcraft?
  • Do you know a witch?
  • Did you see a TV show or movie that influenced you?
  • What does it mean to be a witch? What do you think witches do?
  • How do you think becoming a witch will enhance your life?
  • How will it affect your close family and friends?
  • How do you feel about religion, faith, and the spiritual aspects of being a witch?

There are no wrong answers but I encourage you to explore the idea of being a witch as deeply as possible. One of the main attributes of a witch is that he or she knows themselves really well. They know when they are making decisions based on their emotions. They know when they are acting flaky. They know when they are at fault, and they aren’t ever too proud to apologize. They also know when to follow their intuition. When to use energy to get a desired result and, most importantly, when not to interfere.

Being a Witch Is a Way of Life

It’s true, it’s not just something you do, but is part of who you are. As you learn and practice it becomes imbued into your soul and personality. You view the world through the lens of witchcraft. These are some of the things that you will learn:

  • Witches are never cruel.
  • Witches do not manipulate people for their own benefit.
  • Witches try not to judge others.
  • Witches use their knowledge and wisdom for good.
  • Witches love nature and revere the workings of the universe.
  • Witches are in tune with their own bodies.
  • Witches always give the benefit of the doubt.
  • Witches are protective of their families and loved ones.
  • Witches like making money and they usually do well in their careers.
  • Witches read a lot.

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What Witchcraft Tradition Are You Drawn To?

Have a look through this list of 60 Witchcraft Traditions and see which ones appeal to you. You don’t have to choose just one. You might find a combination will suit you. Having said that, if you are looking at Witchcraft as a faith or religion, then Wicca is probably the best place for you to begin.

Witches Build Up Collections of Knowledge

If a witch doesn’t know the answer to something she knows how to find it. From being comfortable with technology and the goddess Google, to having an enviably spooky collection of books, she accumulates information. She absorbs everything she can and then chooses the bits she likes best.

Create a Personalized Study Plan

Once you have decided which path appeals to you, it’s time to begin researching. And know, right now, that this is a journey that will take all your life. A witch never stops learning. Not ever. There are always new things to study, new pathways of interest. And all your real life experiences will be incorporated into your increasing body of knowledge.

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Start With a Good Book

Your first step is to get yourself a really good book about witchcraft. Not one that’s full of fluff, but one that covers the basics in a sensible and down-to-earth way. My recommendation has to be Lisa Chamberlain’s “Wicca for Beginners”. It’s not just for Wiccans either. The book covers the history of Wicca (which is fairly modern as you will discover), beliefs, celebrations, the Wheel of the Year, other occult systems, magic and its basis in science, rituals and spellwork, and how to use all your new-found knowledge. It’s an easy read, and if you have the print version, I highly recommend that you scribble in the margins, make notes of any questions, and add your own observations. If Wicca is your chosen path, then you can follow on with any or all of Lisa Chamberlain’s books. They are all straightforward, comprehensive and a good basis for your witchy library.

If Wicca is not your thing, then Chamberlain has also written a wide-ranging book called “Modern Witchcraft and Magic for Beginners: A Guide to Traditional and Contemporary Paths, with Magical Techniques for the Beginner Witch”. Although it does touch on Wicca and the differences between Wicca and other flavors of Witchcraft, it is more broadly based and secular. This book encompasses what the craft is and isn’t, a brief history of western witchcraft, the various paths and traditions, healing, animism, nature as a sacred space, the Hermetic principles (important for every witch to explore), she even throws in a little quantum physics. And of course, spellcraft and candle magic are also included. There are too many topics to mention here, and it really is a good place to begin your studies.

Witchvox: Online Resource

Witchvox, or the Witch’s Voice (no affiliation) has been going a long time. It’s a great sprawling website full of nuggets of gold, if you have the patience to explore it. Never mind that many of the articles were written before you were born; they still hold a lot of wisdom. There is tons of information there for the beginner witch.

And of course, our own site, Exemplore, right here has numerous Wiccan and Witchcraft articles to explore.

Keep a Journal

You can call it a Book of Shadows if it makes you feel more authentic, although that’s also a modern term. Witches of old may well have kept a ‘family book’ that contained everything about everything, from recipes to charms. They were rarely called spells, and also not really connected to magic. Witches back then believed wholeheartedly that they were aided and abetted by otherworldly creatures, and most of their magic was concerned with calling upon these entities to help them achieve some desire or other. We might call them goblins, sprites or fairies, but they had many names depending on where in the world the witch lived. Anyway, I digress…

So, yes, keep a journal to record your new-found knowledge, your thoughts, and practice of witchcraft. You’ll probably build up a little collection of several. Some witches keep one for spells, another as a sort of witch database of skills and wisdom and another where they record their insights and thoughts.

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Ask Me a Question

As well as being a witch, I am a writer. That means I am online several hours a day, so feel free to ask me a question about witchcraft. If there’s anything you don’t understand or are curious about, I’ll do my best to help. All I ask of you is that you read the above article thoroughly and then scroll through the comments and questions to see if yours has been asked and answered already.

Good luck!

Questions & Answers

  • Can I be a psychic and a witch?

    When you are old enough. For now, learn all you can. Focus on your schoolwork - that's the most important thing. Keep a journal of your psychic experiences.

  • Do you have any suggestions for coping with the fear that I am doing something wrong? I believe that magic is good, but I am from a Catholic family and have a fear of hell.

    It's a great thing, isn't it? When your faith instills fear in you. Okay, you don't have to call it witchcraft, you can call it "aligning with 'All that is.'" Because that's what magic is; getting your emotions aligned with universal power. And that's exactly what prayer is, too.

    There are many Christian witches out there. People who have reconciled the two things. There are also those who say that Jesus was the most powerful witch who ever walked the earth.

    You don't have to launch yourself into full-scale circle casting or anything like that; you can just be easy about it and try some ideas out for size. These might help:

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

    https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Witch-and-W...

    https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/7-Myths-Abo...

  • Will I attract spirits when I start witchcraft?

    Only if you call on them. And even then, you probably won't be able to tell.

  • How do I know if I’m fit to practice witchcraft?

    You don't know. You simply have to start gently and see how it goes. I wouldn't suggest anyone starts messing around with spell casting until they feel comfortable doing so.

    You can incorporate tiny magickal practices into your daily life and build on it to the point that the idea of performing a ritual is something you'd like to try.

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

    http://hubpages.com/wicca-witchcraft/How-To-Begin-...

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    • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

      Bev G 

      5 weeks ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Mia, thank you.

      Try this article: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/How-To-Begi...

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      mia 

      5 weeks ago

      this information is very useful to find out who you want to be, could I ask a question though what spells are good for beginners which help start with experience.

    • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

      Bev G 

      7 weeks ago from Wales, UK

      Well, ejay, the research part is up to you. Have a disguised folder on your laptop/phone/Dropbox.

      As far as practicing is concerned keep it to the bare minimum. There might be a few things that will help you here: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/50-Ways-To-...

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      ejay77 

      7 weeks ago

      Hello! Your article was very helpful! I am just beginning to research witchcraft and I was wondering if you had any advice for keeping my research and practice secret? I live with my parents who are very conservative and they would never approve of me looking into witchcraft and Wicca.

    • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

      Bev G 

      3 months ago from Wales, UK

      Oh I'm very ugly and evil. Cackle cackle...

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      Mr. Happy 

      3 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      Haha, I saw the comment about opening portals and I had to come by again. You know, I've had the exact same thing told to me by someone: "You know, You shouldn;t be doing things like this. What if You bring-in a Djin?"

      This underlines to me how people who do not know anything about sorcery, magic, witchcraft and the like are very fearful. Of course, Holywood never helped either on this topic. Most witches are protrayed to be ugly, evil, etc.Ohh well. We're doing much better nowadays anyway. At least we're not being burned on stakes lol

      All the best! : )

    • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

      Bev G 

      3 months ago from Wales, UK

      No offense, Bee, but you really don't understand how this works :) I've been a witch for decades. I promise you I haven't been invaded by 'unwanteds'.

      But if you have direct experience of being a witch and being harassed by unclean spirits, please share. Maybe I can help?

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      Bee 

      3 months ago

      Like no offense...but you don't want to be involved in witchcraft. Believe me you will regret it. You are opening portals that allow evil, unclean spirits to manifest in your home or around you or loved ones. It is not worth it

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      John Ray 

      3 months ago from Philippines

      While growing up, witches for me are women who cast evil spells. I never thought that witches could be as successful and loving as you described them here. I become so interested in your articles Ma'am.

    • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

      Bev G 

      3 months ago from Wales, UK

      What about them, poppy?

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      poppy 

      3 months ago

      but what about the magic spells

    • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

      Bev G 

      3 months ago from Wales, UK

      Thanks for your comment, Mr H :) I agree, it's tough to know what's important, relevant, and valuable these days. For myself, I can only rely on whether it feels right to me. And question everything.

      I've been involved in witchcraft since the late 90s. Strangely, it was a radio program, and it was sort of half-humorous, but as I listened I suddenly understood what I'd been missing. I kind of went slightly sideways in the early 2000s and spent all my spare time studying tarot, but witchcraft was underlying all that for me.

      Thanks again for stopping by.

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      Mr. Happy 

      3 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      First of all, I would like to say that Cornwall is so very beautiful! I feel grateful for having been able to visit and You are very lucky for being born there. : )

      Now, thank Youv for your article. Not many people venture into writing about witchcraft and/or sorcery. (I prefer sorcery.) Often times, it is a taboo.

      Here in North America, Wiccas are found here and there. I am glad that more people are talking about it. There is indeed more to Life than what we see in this three-dimensional perspective.

      I will say this about sorcery/witchcraft though: it takes love, dedication, persistence, many failures and lot of hunting for knowledge. In a world where there is a flood of information, one has to be good at judging what's worth following (in terms of research/studies) and what is not.

      So, what drew You to follow the witchy ways? lol : )

      Thanks for the article. All the best!

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