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How to Learn Witchcraft: A Beginner's Guide

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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.

Do you feel called to witchcraft?

Do you feel called to witchcraft?

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.

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:

Truths About Witches

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

Witches use their knowledge and wisdom for good.

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.

Your first step should be to get yourself a really good book about witchcraft.

Your first step should be to get yourself a really good book about witchcraft.

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.

Online Resources

Here are two online resources that I recommend:

  • 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.

Keep a journal to record your new-found knowledge, thoughts, and practice of witchcraft.

Keep a journal to record your new-found knowledge, thoughts, and practice of witchcraft.

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!

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: Can a 13 year old study witchcraft, and keep a book of shadows?

Answer: Sure, but I recommend you don't launch yourself into full-on spell casting until you are a few years older. The consequences can be unintended and lead to heartache for a very long time.

Question: Can I turn people into things?

Answer: No, you cannot turn people into things. That is the stuff of fiction. Real witchcraft is not about 'tricks'.

Question: What is a good spell or ritual to start with?

Answer: You are too young to be playing with witchcraft of any kind. Please don't even try. Instead, read some good books about witchcraft or Wicca that are aimed at teens.

Question: I really want to become a witch. More of a white witch than an evil one. Is this possible and what can I do to become one?

Answer: You might have the wrong idea about witchcraft. Modern witches aren't divided into good and evil. All are human and, like most humans. are a mix of positive and negative. To be a white witch, i.e. pure of thought and deed, you'd need to be like Mother Theresa.

Here are some articles to help you: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/How-to-be-a...

Question: Can we make someone fall in love by using witchcraft?

Answer: Yes, we can, but it's a dangerous thing to do. Manipulating the feelings of another person is not only immoral, but it can also cause a whole lot of problems in both party's lives at a later date. When casting love spells, it's always better to keep them general. In other words, cast spells to attract love but don't focus on a specific person.

Question: I’m a 20-year-old male and I've always been attracted to witchcraft, how do I go about becoming a witch (or a warlock)?

Answer: You want to be a male witch, not a warlock. The term 'warlock' has negative connotations. If you are uncomfortable with 'witch', then consider calling yourself a pagan. The article above has many suggestions on how to get started.

Question: How should I ask my dad for a book on witchcraft? He doesn’t know the path I’ve chosen.

Answer: If it's difficult, the confine your reading to the internet. There's lots of info right here on this site: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft.

Question: Is sensing someone emotions clearly, as if you're reading their mind, a witch trait?

Answer: No, it means the person is an empath, which is a psychic gift. Witches can be empaths, but not all empaths are witches. Witchcraft is a path you choose.

Question: How do I know if I'm a witch? If I'm not, can I become one?

Answer: Most witches are not born witches. In fact, that is very rare. Becoming a witch is straightforward enough but having certain traits and characteristics is helpful. This article might be helpful: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Are-You-a-W...

Question: I am a very practiced witch and stumbled across this article. I was wondering if you knew any schools for witchcraft where I can further my knowledge and I don't mean an online school, I mean an actual school. Can you help me find one?

Answer: No, I'm sorry I can't. I'm pretty sure that no such school exists. However, if you are over 18, you can look around for a local Wiccan coven that may be able to take you on as a neophyte. You'll have to check out social media and witchy communities in your area.

Question: Where do I begin on this journey of witchcraft?

Answer: You begin from right where you are. I have made suggestions about where to start in the article above. Additionally, you can read these for more ideas:

https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Are-You-a-W...

https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/I-think-Im-...

https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/I-think-Im-...

Question: 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.

Answer: 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...

Question: I am young, and I don’t know how to break it to my mom that I want to be a witch. How should I tell my mom I want to be a witch? Or should I not tell my mom about my interest in witchcraft at all?

Answer: Only you can decide.

Read this article for some more information: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Im-a-Young-...

Question: Can I use witchcraft to change my physical appearance?

Answer: You can't change your physical appearance. However, you can change people's perception of you. The spell is called a 'glamour.' I can't give you details here, and anyway you are too young to be messing around with energy and forces you can't control.

Question: Where do I actually learn magic?

Answer: There's no 'magic' in the sense you mean. If you want to perform magic tricks, then you are seeking something called conjuring. That's what stage magicians do. Witches, on the other hand, don't wave their wands and cause sparks to fly. Witchcraft is a much slower, gentle kind of magic.

Question: Do you have to dress a certain way while practicing witchcraft?

Answer: No. You can dress as you please. Some witches like to display the fact that they are witches by wearing black and lots of silver jewelry. However most of us find it more advantageous to blend in.

Question: What does it mean that I feel vibrations in my hands or arms when I am doing research about witchcraft?

Answer: You are senstive to energy and you are able to tap into it at will. If you begin to study and practice witchcraft, it will stand you in good stead. Combine that feeling with deliberate emotions and your spellcasting will be effective.

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

Answer: 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-...

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

Question: My father is an extreme and closed-minded Christian. I feel like I should follow this path, but something in witchcraft attracts me. How should I tell my father without creating a war between him and me?

Answer: The simple answer is while you are living at home, you cannot practice witchcraft. I would not even tell your father anything, otherwise you will upset and stress him. The best thing to do is wait until you have your own place to live. When you are an independent adult, you can live your life any way you choose.

Question: How can I determine what type of witch I am?

Answer: The kind of witch you become is dependent upon your interests and spiritual leanings. Some witches see witchcraft as a religion; others see it as a way of making a change; others view it as a way of life.

This article may shed some light: https://hubpages.com/wicca-witchcraft/What-Kind-of...

Question: How do you know if someone else is a witch?

Answer: You don't unless they share that information with you. There's no secret handshake or wink.

Question: As a young witch, what spell should I cast first?

Answer: I would first practice casting circles and spending a little time meditating within. I would also keep a record of any insights received while doing that, so keep a magical journal. After that, it would be a good idea to progress to protection spells for yourself and family. For instance, you could bless the family's vehicles and your home.

Question: At what point is it okay for younger aspiring witches to begin trying out spells?

Answer: When someone feels they have reached the point where they feel confident about working with energy. Witches need to have a keen sense of right and wrong, be mature enough to have the patience to wait for results and have a whole load of common sense. These qualities may not be developed sufficiently in a young person. It takes a certain amount of life experience and all the knocks and achievements that accompany it.

I recommend beginning with spells that don't impinge on anyone else's actions or thoughts. Things such as protection spells, and perhaps healing spells (always ask permission if doing them for someone else), Finding lost things, bringing stray pets home, raising funds are all good spells to start with.

Question: My 8 year old sister wants to be a witch and practice witchcraft with me but she is too young. How can I include her in my magic practice and help her learn things about magic?

Answer: You could teach her some of the practices on this page: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/50-Ways-To-... There are several things that your sister could do with you. They are harmless but can teach her to appreciate the magic all around.

Question: What do you call a male witch?

Answer: A witch.

Question: Can a Book of Shadows be a regular notebook that you convert, or does it have to be specially bought?

Answer: You will have many witch journals throughout your life - some will be ordinary notebooks, others will be special ones. You can use whatever you like. Even your phone or computer.

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

Question: Where should I start researching if I want to be a witch? What if no one in my family is a witch, can I still be one and practice witchcraft?

Answer: Yes, you can be a witch if no one in your family is already one. The choice is always yours. The article above is a guide for beginner witches. It's not limited to teens. There are suggestions, links, and book recommendations.

Question: Will I attract spirits when I start witchcraft?

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

Question: What spells should I start doing? I’m a beginner witch. I want to be a solitary and continue learning divination and sigils. Can you give me some spells to start with?

Answer: My advice is to start with easy spells that don't affect anyone else or cause any kind of repercussions. These articles may be helpful:

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

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

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

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

Question: How long does it take to become a witch?

Answer: At least a year of focused studying to be able to call yourself a witch. However, the learning continues all your life.

Question: I feel like I'm too young to even know if I am a witch. Are there any signs or symptoms to associate with witchcraft? Am I supposed to experience things like levitating something or accidentally setting something on fire to know I'm a witch? I just don't get how I'm supposed to know.

Answer: Firstly, you are too young to practice witchcraft. And real witchcraft is not about levitation and setting things on fire - that's the Hollywood/Netflix version. Real witches quietly get on with their lives. They understand that magick is powerful, but it is not spectacular. Being a witch means you need to have a wise head and a kind heart. First steps to become a young witch might be to volunteer at your local animal shelter or help your elderly neighbors. Then one day, you will know you are a witch.

Question: I think witchcraft runs in my blood. I tried some magic and was very successful. Can you help me find someone who can give me text lessons on magic and how to use it?

Answer: The best way is to do your own exploration and research. Later on you can join a training coven if you want to. I do know of a website that offers free lessons, but there's no one-on-one training:

https://www.quareia.com/#apprentice-welcome

Question: Is it fine for a boy to be a witch? Do they have a different title?

Answer: Yes, it's fine for a boy to be a witch. They don't have a different title. Warlocks and wizards are different. Some male witches simply describe themselves as 'pagan'. In the end, the label doesn't really matter.

Question: There is something about witchcraft that attracts me. I want to help my friends, family, and myself. I want to have a sort of voice in the world, and I believe the witchcraft could be my answer. My question is, am I making the right choice? I only have second thoughts because of my age and how my friends and family might take it. But I need an honest opinion. So, should I go through? Or is this just a phase?

Answer: I'll say the same thing to you as to all the others who have asked the same question. Spend the next few years studying. Please don't try to work magick or, rather, manipulate energy on behalf of others as there could be serious and unintended consequences. Instead, dip your toes in gradually.

https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/What-Type-o...

https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Im-a-Young-...

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

Question: I have this feeling that I am meant to be a witch or something magical. I just don’t know what. Can you help?

Answer: Lots of information in the article above. You might also find this interesting: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/What-Kind-o...

Question: What are some things I can do to start practicing witchcraft today?

Answer: Read the article. Plenty of suggestions there to help you get started. You can't be a non-witch one day and launch yourself into witchcraft the next. You have work to do first.

Meanwhile, here are some simple witchy practices that will help you find your connection to the earth and to witchcraft: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/50-Ways-To-...

Question: Is it just witches that are real, or are werewolves, fairies, mermaids, and other mythic creatures real too?

Answer: Witches are human beings who practice witchcraft. The others are mythical and don't exist.

Question: Is meditation a good start to learning witchcraft?

Answer: Meditation is always a good thing to incorporate in your practice, and indeed, into your daily life even if you are not into witchcraft.

Question: Can I remove a curse without candles and incense?

Answer: You are only cursed if you believe you have been. The power of the curse is in your knowledge of it. Once you understand that this person has no influence over your life, that their curse on you is just a symptom of their own fear, then you will be free of the idea of a curse. It is nothing. Gone.

Question: What, in your opinion, is the most important thing to understand about witchcraft?

Answer: The most important thing is that it's all personal choice, and about learning who you are. It's about your connection and place in the universe, and it's about learning how to work with natural cycles and 'the flow' of the universe.

I know that's several things, and I could go on...

Question: How do I start a book of shadows?

Answer: I have a whole article about how to create a Book of Shadows or witch journal. It gives detailed suggestions how to get started and what to include: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/A-Witchs-Jo...

Question: I am a white witch, and a clairvoyant. I would like to start my journey. How do I do this without people thinking I'm crazy?

Answer: I think the answer to your question is in the article above. Start with small steps. These pages might help:

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

https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/I-think-Im-...

https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/White-Witch

Question: How can I cope with being an empath and a witch?

Answer: You have to keep yourself grounded and focused on reality. If your empathy is causing you stress, then learn some basic coping skills. Put witchcraft aside until you feel ready to resume it. You could also practice some psychic blocking, cleansing and protection.

https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Psychic-Pro...

Question: How am I supposed to know if I could really cast a spell?

Answer: You learn, you study, and then you try casting a basic spell. You don't know it will work until you do it. It's important to learn the principles of spellcasting and also the moral aspects of working with universal energy too.

Question: I have always been attracted to witchcraft. I am able to read people, see and speak to spirits and I have premonitions. I was wondering if I’m a witch or just sensitive?

Answer: If you practice witchcraft, then you are a witch. What you describe are psychic gifts. You can be psychic and be a witch, but one does not automatically equal the other.

This article may explain better: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/I-Have-Psyc...

Question: Can I be a psychic and a witch?

Answer: 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.

Question: How do I tell my parents that I am a soon to become a witch?

Answer: If you are a young teen, I advise that you wait a few years before beginning to practice witchcraft. Instead, spend the time studying and learning more about it. If you tell your parents now, it will maybe upset them.

https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Im-a-Young-...

Question: What is your definition of full-on spell casting? Does that mean that you could still cast smaller spells?

Answer: A spell is a spell, whether it is a complex ritual or a quick scribble on paper. If you are trying to make a magickal change by taking an action, then it's a spell. If someone is a really powerful witch, it might be a mere thought-intention.

Question: How do I get a Book of Shadows? I have always loved nature and feel I have a connection.

Answer: You don't get one, you create one. It's your own personal witchcraft journal. This article explains more:

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

Question: Do I need any specific things to become a witch? For example, a silver cup, pentagram, and all that, for initiation?

Answer: It depends on which tradition you are going to follow. Wicca, for example, tends to call for all kinds of paraphernalia like you describe. My brand of witchcraft... not so much. Coven-based Wicca requires initiation and progression; plain old witchcraft does not.

Personally, my witchcraft is mind and body-centered. Sometimes I use a candle and pen and paper. If I'm in the mood, I'll gather items to represent the elements.

Beware of falling into the trap of thinking you have to buy all those material things. It's really not necessary.

© 2018 Bev G

Comments

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

Hi Sky, not sure what kind of help you are asking for? I have a ton of witchcraft articles that could help you:

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

sky on July 28, 2020:

I am turning 20 years old in two weeks, male. I don't know if my age is related about any connection of mine to these practices but each day, there's something calls inside of me that gets louder and louder. I've been researching for a quite some time now but I cannot find something that helps me. I hope you can help me.

Delilah on June 22, 2020:

Many thanks for getting back to me, i'll be sure to take a look at your other articles!

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on June 21, 2020:

Hi Delilah, it sounds like you are doing really well.

You absolutely do not need any of that stuff. Your mind and body are the fundamental channels for energy work. Think of yourself as an antenna to receive energy and, at the same time, as a transmitter emitting it. Witchcraft can be as simple or as complex as you wish.

I have lots of other articles listed here: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/How-to-be-a...

I also have more recent ones which you can reach here: https://hubpages.com/@theraggededge

Please feel free to ask questions on any of them.

Good luck to you and your mum.

Delilah on June 21, 2020:

Hi, thanks for the article - it was very interesting. Just a quick question; I am 17 and have been researching witchcraft and journalling my findings for probably about 2 years now, and me and my mum both celebrate the solstices etc. but I am a little stumped about how to begin 'practising' myself. Most of the info I get online about spellwork/ritual infers that I'll need an abundance of crystals, herbs etc which just isn't possible for me right now as i'm out of work and my family are tight for money. I can't seem to find much on practising without all of this. If you have any articles or advice I would really appreciate it! Thanks. :)

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

Hi Dannan,

It might be that witchcraft is going to be your path, but you are too young for now. Keep it at the back of your mind, focus on school and come back to witchcraft when you are older. It's not going anywhere, I promise.

dannan on June 01, 2020:

hi, I am only 12 and know that I may be way too young, but ever since I was 6 I have felt something was missing from me. Since I discovered witchcraft I have felt whole. what does that mean? Could I be a young witch?

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

Hey, pandapanda, you are too young. There aren't any such things as familiars in the way that you are thinking of them. If you want to work with animals, then your should aim for a career that will enable you to do just that.

Casting spells at your age is dangerous. So don't do it in case unforeseen consequences cause problems you cannot undo.

pandapanda on April 20, 2020:

hey i am 13 and i want how to *get* a familiar and i want to be that witch that work with animals and a green witch

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

Hi Jak, you can study as many traditions as you like. There are no rules in witchcraft; just a few guidelines. For instance, I would advise you wait a couple of years before attempting to cast spells. Unwise choices can have a long-term detrimental effect. But enjoy finding out about your preferred trads.

jak on April 08, 2020:

hi, im 13, and i've always been interested in witchcraft. my grandmother is psychic, and my mom has plenty of tarot cards and voodoo dolls. ive been researching everything about witchcraft and im most interested in being a celestial witch, and a green witch. do i have to choose one or can i use both in my research?

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

Hi Emma, there are a lot of suggestions given in the article. Please consider your parents' feelings while you go about this. You really don't want to make them worry about you.

Here's an article with fifty suggestions of how to incorporate magickal practices without anyone noticing: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/50-Ways-To-...

Emma on April 06, 2020:

Hello. I’m 14 years of age and am study witchcraft. even though i am not doing any spells since i don’t believe i should be doing any, i’m afraid my parents will find out about me just researching on it and will become angry. do you know of any possible things to do?

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

Hi Jacky, I'd suggest you get yourself a good book. Something like "Modern Witchcraft and Magic for Beginners" by Lisa Chamberlain. Most of her books are specifically for Wiccans, but that one is more general. It will give you the structure you are looking for, so you can then delve into the topics that interest you in greater detail.

Jacky on March 09, 2020:

I am currently 18 years of age who is fascinated by these kinds of things. I really do want to get involved in this path, but want to do more research. Though, I can't wrap my head around how to begin my research. I am not interested into jumping into big spells and such, but just wanting to get filled with knowledge. I know that there is different kinds of witches, beliefs, and such, but, I am not sure what path is right for me. In other words, I know that a label is not needed due to the fact that I want to learn more first, but I do want my research to be more narrowed down. Does that make sense?

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on November 29, 2019:

This is a tough one, Katherine. I think you have to keep your studies and practice very, very low key until you are independent. But that's okay, you don't need 'stuff' to be a witch. Most of it is done in your mind anyway.

By the way, some say that Jesus was the greatest witch to walk the earth.

Katherine Lucas on November 28, 2019:

I have been doing alot of research lately on witchcraft. It was spurred partially by my fascination with physics and how the world works. The sad thing is that my family is strictly Christian, they believe that all witchcraft is evil/satanic. That's what I have been taught my whole life, but Christianity was never a personal conviction. I feel called to be a witch, but I don't know how to practice in secret. I am seventeen years old, but have lots of rich and unique life experience. I know myself intimately and am certain that witchcraft is what I am destined to do. I want to help others, including my family. They are well intentioned, but so am I. I know that it would destroy my relationship with them if they knew that I'm a witch however. What is your advice?

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on November 17, 2019:

Hi Cody, the fact that you ask this question indicates that witchcraft is not for you.

Cody on November 17, 2019:

I was intrested in learnig witchcraft, but I saw some articles about witchcraft being boring . Real life witchcraft Is different fron the way it is on tv . Maybe I should learn magic tricks . Do you think I should learn witchcraft or magic tricks .

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on October 13, 2019:

Jasmine, are you also posting as 'Angel'? I've answered your question here: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/How-To-Begi...

Jasmine on October 12, 2019:

Since he is not ready to be practicing witchcraft . I will teach him some simple magic tricks and get him a magic book . Being a magician does not require alot of responsibility as being a witch . I do not get why the bible says that witchcraft is evil . I read some articles from exemplore .com that says witchcraft is not evil so I am confused on what should i believe . Should I let him incorparate witchcraft into his daily life like making a nature altar , saying thank you when he gets up in the morning . and checking and studying moon cycles ? I will buy him a crystal ball and a magic trick book for his 13th birthday in december . I will not allow him to cast any spells unto he is 18 years of age, but I will encourage him to keep studying witchcraft unto the day he turns 18 and is ready to cast spells . He is into green witchcraft and loves things to do with nature . Why does the bible say that witchcraft is evil ?

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on October 12, 2019:

Sorry, Jasmine, I think he's too young. Being a witch is about being wise enough when to know to use magick and when not to use it. I don't think a 12 year old would be ready.

He'll be a male witch, not a wizard, by the way. A wizard is a sorcerer and they tend to be fictional.

Jasmine on October 11, 2019:

My 12 year old son is into becoming a wizard and practicing witchcraft . He has been studying witchcraft for 3 months . He knows witchcraft is not about spell- casting only . When should I teach him to cast simple spells ? What spellbook would you recomend me to buy ?

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on September 03, 2019:

Hi Lea,

That's something you'll have to work out yourself because you know what the likely reaction will be.

One way of doing it is to not say anything, but let you actions speak for you. Gradually, they'll get used to you being a little 'fey'.

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

Lea on September 02, 2019:

How do I tell my family I’m a witch?

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

Hi Sophia, Wicca is simply a specific branch of witchcraft. There are many other traditions... or if you choose, you don't have to follow any tradition at all.

You just answered your second question... spells that lead to heartache are exactly that. And that pain can last for years, so avoid any spell that involves the manipulation of others.

Here is a list of 60 witchy paths: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/What-Kind-o...

Sophia on August 15, 2019:

I am very interested in becoming a witch, but not becoming a Wiccan. Would this make me less of a witch, and make my spells less successful? Also, what are the consequences of spells that can lead to heartache?

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on April 17, 2019:

https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Solitary-Wi...

Zoe on April 16, 2019:

I see in one of your answers I see you put try casting circles. How do you do that.

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on April 02, 2019:

Wicca is a religious doctrine based on belief in, and worship of, the Goddess. Wiccans may also incorporate other deities into their faith.

As far as their witchcraft practice goes, they are a very varied bunch and encompass a huge range of magickal paths.

It also depends whether you are a member of a coven with a structured code of practice, or a solitary who is free to do witchcraft and religion however you please.

Miranda on April 02, 2019:

Can you choose you choose to go down a certain path, for example Cosmic Witchery, and still practice Wicca as a religion? Or is Wicca itself a path to follow certain belifs.

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

Hi Abby, one of the best resources is right here on this site, Exemplore: https://exemplore.com/

Just let yourself wander down all the avenues and click on things that interest you. I also recommend keeping a journal and build up a small collection of good books.

Abby on March 24, 2019:

I would love to be a witch! I study a lot about Witches and i think it would be very interesting. I myself know a couple of friends that are Witches and tell me a lot because they trust me and i want to be one! Can u give me a couple of websites that i can use to study a bit more?

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on January 25, 2019:

Hi Rose, you are too young just yet to practice witchcraft. However, you can study and learn all about it. Casting spells without having the life experience to understand the possible consequences is not a good idea. I have been contacted several times by people who regret the spells they worked when younger. They can affect you and others for a very long time.

Learn first, practice later.

https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Im-a-Young-...

Rose on January 24, 2019:

Hello. I am in 8th grade and have been attracted to witchcraft since a child. I have done a few spells and some have worked. I understand the meaning of witchcraft since I have researched my whole life including reading your articles. I feel like I am ready to become a witch and use my spells only for good. I just don't know where to start on how to practice spells and such.

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on October 29, 2018:

I've given you some suggestions in the article, Sarah. You can also read this:

https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/I-think-Im-...

And this:

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

Sarah on October 29, 2018:

My grandmother used to say she was a white witch. No one in my family believed her besides my mother. She never told me until after my grandmother passed. Now I have had many dreams, day dreams, and intuitions that have rung true. I knew a family member was going to die a month before it happened and that my sister was going to get injured the day she did. I'm new to this, but how should I start?

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on October 10, 2018:

Hi Susie, just begin right where you are. Here are some suggestions: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/50-Ways-To-...

Susie on October 09, 2018:

I myself am a witch. However I haven't faithfully practiced as much as I used to In high school. I'm now in my 20's and wish to find that part of me again. I fell into a deep dark depression after several deaths came about in my family and also after I decided to face a dark part of my past when I turned 18. I used to find comfort and strength in my practice, and I've been in such a dark place for so long now that I dont know how to pick up where I left off, so how would you suggest someone like me picking back up or, if push comes to shove, beginning again?

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on October 03, 2018:

Glad you have found us and that the site is a useful resource for you, Cyberia.

Cyberia on October 03, 2018:

I must say that I have read through a few articles on this site, and all have made me feel more drawn to and hopeful for a future in witchcraft! I'm very happy that I have found this site, and thankful for all those who contribute to it.

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on August 19, 2018:

Hi Mia, thank you.

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

mia on August 19, 2018:

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.

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on August 05, 2018:

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-...

ejay77 on August 05, 2018:

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.

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on June 25, 2018:

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

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on June 25, 2018:

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! : )

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on June 24, 2018:

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?

Bee on June 24, 2018:

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

Ray from Philippines on June 23, 2018:

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.

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on June 23, 2018:

What about them, poppy?

poppy on June 23, 2018:

but what about the magic spells

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on June 19, 2018:

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.

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on June 19, 2018:

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!