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Are you a beginner witch? When you’re new to something, not only do you not know anything, you don’t know what you don’t know! Witchcraft is a huge topic with so many different aspects and things to research.
I write my blog in the hopes of helping witches to learn their craft. However, I am only one person (with the occasional help of my husband or friends) and I can only write so fast.
Luckily, though, there are others who came before me that will have researched and written about these topics already. So if you’re ready to start learning, here is a list of things you should read about as a beginner witch.
Things That Every Beginner Witch Should Research
- The history of witchcraft
- The witch trials
- Modern legal issues for witches
- Where local new age shops are
- Famous witches through history
- Types of witchcraft (druidry, chaotes, green witchcraft, ceremonial magick, etc)
- Types of magick (Curses, hexes, sympathetic magick, fire magick, etc)
- Divination types (Astro dice, tarot cards, crystal balls, scrying, etc)
- Local folklore
- Lucid dreaming
- The best books on paganism and witchcraft
- Spiritual healing techniques (Reiki, chakra work, etc)
- Crystals and their correspondences
- Moon cycles and their correspondences
- Dream interpretation
- Psychic abilities and how to harness them
- Synchronicity and coincidence in witchcraft
- Spell creation
- How to focus your intent
- Witch holidays
- Rites of passage and larger rituals (Weddings, funerals, etc)
- Different ways to protect yourself spiritually
- Symbols (Sigils, pentacles, etc)
- Different forms of spirit work (Ancestor worship, seances, etc)
- Color correspondences
- Herbalism and plant correspondences
- Astrological concepts
- Spell ingredients and their correspondences
- Witch tools (The athame, besoms, bells, etc)
- The elements and their correspondences
- The BITE model to help you stay away from dangerous cult-like covens
- How to build and care for your altars
Of course, this isn’t everything in witchcraft. There are things that I’m sure I’ve forgotten on this list. And you’re not going to be interested in everything on it, either! For me, I don’t even kind of want to spend time researching familiars, because they have no place in my practice and seem a bit fluffy to me.
But you might find sigils or the witch holidays unnecessary in your practice. It doesn’t hurt to do a quick read on them to know what they are, but you don’t have to spend a year and a day researching them.
It’s also perfectly fine to start your research on Wikipedia. It’s a fine start to true understanding, especially if you click through on their list of sources for deeper reads.
Each of these topics will no doubt lead you to 10 more. No one will ever know everything about witchcraft, and I think that’s the best part of this craft and way of life. There is just so much knowledge and information that is held in individuals and books and history. You will become a master in your field in time, but you will always have room to learn and grow as a witch.
And isn’t that the meaning of life, in the end? To learn, grow, and become better than what you were yesterday?