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Learning how to become a witch is easy. Actually following through, learning about witchcraft and becoming more powerful over time? That can be hard.
If you want to learn how to become a witch, the guide ahead will teach you what to study, how to find other witches, where to learn about witchcraft, what spells to start with, and so much more!
Be prepared, however. Witchcraft can be full of surprises, both good and bad.
The life of a witch is many things, but it isn’t calm and it is rarely easy.
Sometimes you have to face negative people, or even negative entities.
Over time, you will learn how to overcome these problems, but you should be aware of them before you learn how to become a witch!
If you are ready to face the negative aspects of the life of a witch, then let’s continue learning!
Are you a baby witch? Just starting on your journey in the occult?
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Learn 9 incredible tips that will help you as a beginner witch.
First and foremost, a witch studies.
Most witches spend their lives with their noses in a book, learning more about the world, the gods, nature, magick, and more.
But if you’re brand new to witchcraft, do you even know what you need to learn?
Learn What You Need To Learn
As a new witch, it can be hard to know what you need to research and study.
That’s why I wrote a blog post that reveals a few beginner topics that you can study, from the history of witchcraft to modern techniques and paths.
These are great topics to jump start your learning and will help you really dive into the different areas of witchcraft that you might be interested in.
You can read that blog post here: Things That Every Beginner Witch Should Research
The basics of what you want to research are:
|History||The witch trials, old grimoires, what ingredients in old spells actually were, the legal history of witchcraft, the beginnings of Wicca, archaeology, anthropology|
|Modern witchcraft||Witch paths, modern legal issues for witches, paganism, neopaganism, reconstruction religions|
|Spells||The different kinds of spells, how to make your own spells, when you should use magick and when you shouldn’t, ethical concerns around spells|
|Divination||Tarot cards, palmistry, tea leaf reading, dice reading, bone reading, scrying|
|Folklore and mythology||Ancient myths, modern myths, folklore, old wive’s tales|
|Cosmic cycles & astrology||Moon cycles, Sun cycles, planetary cycles, traditional astrology, vedic astrology|
|Holidays||The wheel of the year, ancient cultural holidays|
|Recognizing cults||The BITE model, how to avoid joining cult-like covens|
|Tools and sacred spaces||Altars, tools, candles, and other supplies for witchcraft|
Read the blog post linked above for more ideas of what you can research when you are just beginning as a witch.
And contrary to what your teachers told you, it’s fine to start with Wikipedia and other online sources!
Pick Up Books About Witchcraft
There was a time when books about witchcraft were fairly rare and hard to find.
Thanks to Lewellyn and other new age publishers, though, these books are more readily available than ever.
New books are published every month! And many of them are books for baby witches, so they are beginner friendly.
You can find books on love spells, money spells, Wicca, chaos magick, or even Luciferian magick.
There is a book to suit almost any witchy need. You’ll never run out of new things to learn!
I like to use a website called Scribd to read more books without spending more money.
While we are quarantined and unable to go to the library, Scribd has saved me a ton of money!
With Scribd you just pay a small monthly fee to get complete access to their ebook and audiobook library.
It’s definitely a better deal than Kindle Unlimited Or Audible! That’s why I recommend it.
Here are my favorite books about witchcraft that are available on Scribd:
- Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft
- Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner
- The Witch’s Book of Self-Care: Magical Ways to Pamper, Soothe, and Care for Your Body and Spirit
- The Green Witch: Your Complete Guide to the Natural Magic of Herbs, Flowers, Essential Oils, and More
- Solitary Witch: The Ultimate Book of Shadows for the New Generation
- Everyday Witchcraft: Making Time for Spirit in a Too-Busy World
- The Modern Guide to Witchcraft: Your Complete Guide to Witches, Covens, and Spells
- Living Wicca: A Further Guide for the Solitary Practitioner
And here are my favorite audiobooks about the occult that are available on Scribd:
- The Occult Book: A Chronological Journey from Alchemy to Wicca
- Weave The Liminal: Living Modern Traditional Witchcraft
- Enchantment of the Faerie Realm: Communicate with Nature Spirits and Elementals
- The Holy Wild: A Heathen Bible for the Untamed Woman
- Working Conjure: A Guide to Hoodoo Folk Magic
- The Goddess Is in the Details: Wisdom for the Everyday Witch
- Wiccapedia: A Modern-Day White Witch’s Guide
- To Light a Sacred Flame: Practical Witchcraft for the Millennium
- Basic Witches: How to Summon Success, Banish Drama, and Raise Hell with Your Coven
- Old Style Conjure: Hoodoo, Rootwork, & Folk Magic
- Blackthorn’s Botanical Magic: The Green Witch’s Guide to Essential Oils for Spellcraft, Ritual & Healing
So what kind of books are you looking for?
|Books about crystals||Crystals are a common element in witchcraft and new age practices in general. These books will tell you the purposes of different crystals and how to use them in your magick.|
|Books about different paths||There are a ton of different paths in witchcraft, which we will explore in more depth below. Books can cover folk magick, green magick, kitchen witchcraft, and more.|
|Books of spells||Books of spells are a great way to get new ideas for your own personal spells, or even just easy spells for you to use as is.|
|History books||The history of witchcraft is rich and interesting. It’s worth learning about!|
|Mythological books||Books of myths help us to connect with the gods and learn more about them. I love to read myths from cultures all around the world!|
|Books on herbalism||Herbalism is another common aspect of witchcraft. Not only that, but it can help us to bolster our health!|
|Books of correspondences & symbolism||Books of correspondences help us to make our own spells. They list different planets, gods, herbs, crystals, symbols, and more. Then they teach us how those elements fit in with our magick, so that we can mix and match to make our spells truly unique. These are important books to have!|
Read About Witchcraft Online
One of the many blessings of the internet age is the wide availability of information that would have been demonized and destroyed just 50 years ago.
For any topic, there are a hundred websites dedicated to research.
You can learn in one day more than what your ancestors would have never learned in their lives!
Of course, it’s important to find good sources of information.
You can find quick information on Pinterest for almost any pagan path.
It’s also a great way to save spells and information as a sort of digital book of shadows.
There are many smaller blogs and websites dedicated to witchcraft and paganism, most aimed at more niche topics.
Heck, my site is one of them!
All it takes is a little bit of time and the ability to search on Google to find blogs and websites to follow.
Talk To Other Witches
You may find yourself wanting to learn not just facts and news, but also how other witches practice witchcraft.
Speaking with other witches is a great way to deepen your own belief system and learn what you do and do not believe.
You Don’t Need A Coven
You don’t need to practice with other witches to learn from them!
Joining communities of witches doesn’t have to involve doing spell work or rituals.
Especially online, you can find communities of witches that love to chat and teach others about witchcraft and paganism.
If you want to join a coven, try to wait until you have done enough research.
Most witches that have covens or are forming covens see new witches as a potential liability.
Because you may change your mind quickly, and you haven’t had the time to develop your own ethical and religious framework, joining a coven too soon can not only put the coven at risk, but it puts you at risk of joining a toxic coven with cult-like aspects.
Where To Find Other Witches
The question remains, where can you find other witches to talk to without having to join a coven?
Once again, the internet is here to help!
There are so many online spaces you can join to find a community of occultists to learn from.
And if you prefer to learn in-person, there are options for you too!
|Amino||Amino has many communities for witches and pagans of every flavor!|
|There are so many great Facebook groups for witches|
|Tumblr||I personally see this as a dying social network, but there is still good information on here and people ready to chat and help you on your path|
|Libraries||You’ll be surprised at the meet ups, book clubs, and communities that your local library hosts! If your library doesn’t currently have something for local witches, you could offer to start one yourself.|
|Metaphysical shops||There are more and more of these every year, and they are a great place to meet local witches and find a community|
Watch Videos About Witchcraft
Do you learn better by watching videos?
There has never been a better time to find videos about paganism and witchcraft.
Videos are great because you get a much better visual idea of how people practice, do their spellwork, or set up their spaces.
You have the opportunity to learn from more advanced witches without having to leave your home or find a local community.
There are two great places to learn about witchcraft in video form: Youtube and TikTok.
Youtube has more long form videos, and many channels have really slick editing and thought out videos.
TikTok is a bit less edited, but you can get great information really fast.
Both spaces have interesting personalities and a lot of information that can be easily accessed.
Witches On Youtube
For each channel recommendation below, I’ve included a video that will help you to learn more about the channel and see if you like it.
|The Witch Of Wanderlust||13 Tips for Beginner Witches || Witchcraft 101|
|Harmony Nice||All about Wicca|
|The Green Witch||What Kind of Witch Are You? || Nine Types of Witches || Witchcraft 101|
|Temperance Alden||Things Every Budget Beginner Witch Should Have || Witch Haul|
|Jessi Huntenburg||Advice for Beginner Witches|
|HearthWitch||Litha – How to Celebrate|
|Owlvine Green||Solitary vs Coven | My First Coven Experience! || How To Manifest!|
|Self-Care Spellcraft||DOLLAR STORE WITCH HACKS|
|Mintfaery||Becoming a Witch: A Quick Guide to Starting Your Journey|
|EdgeOfNightfall||7 Reasons Why You Might Be a Witch And Not Even Know It…|
|Magickians||100 Types of Witches! 100K Special!|
|Hekterios||Stopping Spells & the Dangers of Magick|
Witches On TikTok
You can scrolling the #witchtok tag on TikTok to find great information, but these are some of my favorite accounts below.
|@chaoticwitchaunt||this may be just me. but my herb jars double as anger management tools.|
|@moon.child_111||An easy way to cast circles|
|@enchant_trez||My favorite form of divination|
|@c.est.bon.bon||On hexing figure heads|
|@madelineaford||How the law of attraction changed my life|
|@thatwitchblog||What being a generational witch is like|
You can’t be a witch without doing magick!
There are many different forms of magick and spellwork to choose from, but as a beginner your best bet is to go with something easy.
Simple spells include tea spells, candle spells, some forms of divination, and using crystals.
When you’re first starting out, it can be tempting to try to go big, but this can backfire fast!
Choose Easy Spells First
As I said above, there are a few kinds of spells that are inherently easy and perfect for a beginner.
Trying these out will help you to connect with your inner power as well as reveal your natural talents.
|Candle magick||Candle magick can be as simple as focusing on the flame of a candle and putting your intention into it. Another option: choose a candle color that suits your needs, carve your intention into it, and let it burn until it goes out naturally.|
|Divination||Using tarot cards, oracle cards, or scrying can help you develop your connection with the spirit world! Just make sure to protect yourself first if you’re scrying.|
|Tea spells||Tea spells are a great intro to magickal herbalism. Simply find some herbs that are suitable for tea and fit your intention, brew it, and drink up!|
|Crystals||Using crystals to manifest desires and focus your magick is a safe and simply way to start using magick.|
|Visualization||Visualization and energy work are basic techniques for most forms of magick and the law of attraction. Learning how to do this early will make your magick stronger later. Start by meditating!|
|Sigils||Sigils are drawn spells that help you to manifest something. They have the potential to go bad, but I’ve rarely seen that happen myself.|
Try Many Things
Did you come to witchcraft with the idea that you would be a green witch or a kitchen witch?
Hold on, because you may find that your interests change over time!
Especially if you are starting very young, you probably won’t always want to do the same kind of magick for the rest of your life.
That’s why I recommend dabbling with many forms of magick at first.
Try a few candle spells, test out chaos magick, see if you like meditating or not.
When you try out a lot of things, you give yourself the chance to find your real passions.
Passion is essential to creating strong magick!
Try To Write Your Own Spells
This is a skill I recommend that every witch should learn.
Writing your own spells empowers, and it means you will always be able to have a spell for any obscure situation.
Writing spells is as simple as adding different components with the same purpose together.
A spell can be as complex or as simple as you want.
I wrote a blog post about the anatomy of a great spell that should give you a good intro on how to make your own spells.
To write your own spells and understand the components on a spell someone else wrote, it’s important to understand correspondences.
Correspondences are usually handed to us through generations of witches and occultists that did the hard work of trial and error for you.
These ancestors learned the best uses for different crystals, herbs, deities, and symbols.
With the information passed down to us, we can easily switch out mint for basil in a money spell, for instance.
Here are some elemental and herbal correspondences to get you started on this journey:
- Air Element Plants: 30+ Divine Witch Herbs And Plants
- Air Element Magic: Elemental Magic For Beginners
- Herbs and Plants for Witchcraft: Water Element Herbs
- The Water Element in Witchcraft, Magick, Paganism and the Occult
- Herbs and Plants for Witchcraft: Earth Element Herbs
- The Earth Element in Witchcraft, Magick, Paganism and the Occult
- Herbs and Plants for Witchcraft: Fire Element Herbs
- The Fire Element in Witchcraft, Magic, Paganism and the Occult
Should You Use Curses?
Over time, you will develop your own ethical system. Some people choose to never use curses, others are less strict.
But the reason I ask if you should ever curse someone is to make sure you consider the ethics of your spellwork.
Even positive magick can have negative ramifications.
Speak with other witches that you trust, meditate on the topic, and discuss it with any deities you work with.
You will come to your own position in time.
Meditation is a skill that helps witches to develop even more skills.
When you train your mind to be calm, you open both your mundane life and magickal life up to amazing changes!
Meditation also teaches us to listen to our intuition, enhancing our psychic abilities.
Plus, there is nothing better than meditation to help train our focus so that our minds wander less when trying to visualize or manifest something.
When you are meditating, you are opening yourself up to experience the divine.
The emptiness that meditation creates leaves space for deities, spirits, and other entities to visit you.
This is also an essential practice for those that are into divination.
When you enter this space, you will probably find that your access to the future is much stronger and within your control.
Use Binaural Beats
Binaural beats use different frequencies to effect the brain (and other parts of the body!).
Some people find that binaural beats help to induce altered states, improve healing, and help with meditation.
They are also said to:
- Improve relaxation
- Reduce anxiety
- Help with focus and concentration
- Lower stress
- Manage pain
- Promote creativity
- Help to enter a “flow state”
- Increase positive moods
Binaural beats are best experienced with headphones on.
There are some small studies that provide evidence of the benefits of binaural beats.
One study found that binaural beats in the beta range improved performance when performing a given task.
It also showed that they can reduce negative moods.
I recently started a Youtube channel where I will post binaural beat meditations to help witches with magick (among other things).
Here is one of my videos:
Meet Your Spirit Guides And Familiars
Spirit guide meditation is a powerful way to meet your spirit guides and converse with them.
If you are still searching for a spirit guide, meditation is a great place to start.
Keep in mind that your spirit guide may hide themselves at first, to test you as well as to see how you react.
This process usually isn’t fast, and you will probably have to meditate multiple times before your guide comes to you in its true form.
A spirit guide is meant to teach you and help you throughout life, so many beginner witches want to meet theirs as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, this desire can leave you open to being used by malevolent entities.
Make sure you cast a protective circle around you while meditating, especially when trying to contact a spirit guide.
Meeting your familiar through meditation is a similar process.
It can take multiple sessions before your familiar reveals itself to you.
Always remember to be patient, and never try to rush a spiritual relationship.
There is always the possibility of negative energies trying to influence you while meditating.
These entities may want to feed off of your fear, anger, or other negative emotions.
Or, they may want to convince you they are a deity, spirit guide, or familiar.
If they succeed, they can feed off of you for a longer time.
You can clean your meditation space with bells (this is called sound cleansing), incense, or through visualization.
Visualization just requires you to focus on a white light growing from your heart to fill and cleanse the whole room.
After cleansing, you can choose to protect yourself with more incense, a ring of salt, or drawing a protective circle.
Choose A Witchcraft Path
What kind of witchcraft do you want to do?
As you learn how to become a witch, you may change your answer to this.
In time, though, you will settle on a path that brings you joy and spiritual fulfillment.
There Are Many Paths In Witchcraft
There are so many ways to be a witch!
Some witches are atheists, while others are devout polytheists. Some are Wiccans, while others are eclectic witches.
The path that you choose will reflect your interests, what you desire from the world, and your spiritual talents.
If you truly have a black thumb, you probably won’t become a green witch.
But you could easily be a kitchen witch!
Solitary Or Coven?
There are benefits in both being a solitary witch and joining a coven.
My advice here is to do what you think is best, and when that stops working, try the other option.
Many find that they outgrow their coven, or that their practice stagnates after years of working alone.
As with most things in magick, you cannot assume your work will always be the same.
Types Of Witchcraft
There are many different varieties of witch and witchcraft.
It would be impossible to write them all down here on this blog post, but this table will give you a quick overview of the options:
|Type of witchcraft||What they do|
|Traditional witch||Traditional witches tend to use ceremonial magick, and base their beliefs and practices on historical information.|
|Gardnerian witch||These are Wiccan witches that follow the teachings of Gerald Gardner. These witches are initiated into a Gardnerian order and follow a structured system of learning and advancement.|
|Alexandrian witch||Alexandrian witches follow the teachings of Alex and Maxine Sanders. It’s similar to Gardnerian witchcraft, but with elements of the Qabalah and more ceremonial magick. They often believe in using whatever magick work.|
|Correllian witch||Founded by Calorine High Correll, this form of witchcraft is eclectic and universalist. It’s one of the more widespread versions of Wicca.|
|Chaos witch||Chaos witches rely on the elements of chaos magick for their witchcraft, including sigils and sex magick. They often also believe that if something works, you should use it.|
|Hedge witch||Hedge witches study plants and the natural world, and try to be in tune with the natural order of things. They form relationships with spirits of the land and plants around them, making them very focused on local spirits.|
|Satanic witch||A satanic witch works with demons and “darker” deities like Satan, Lucifer, and Lilith.|
|Green witch||Green witches work very closely with plants, and much of their magick is rooted in herbalism. They are often in their gardens growing or harvesting something.|
|Kitchen witch||Kitchen witches put magick into the food they create, building up the health and happiness of those they love most.|
|Techno witch||Techno witches use technology in their witchcraft. They can still be very tied to the earth, but they see technology as an asset for their witchcraft instead of a hindrance.|
|Elemental witch||Elemental witches work with the traditional elements of Earth, Air, Fire, Water (and Spirit). Their magick uses elemental correspondences of plants, crystals, and tools.|
|Dianic witch||Dianic witches follow Dianic Wicca, a form of Wicca where only goddesses are honored. This form of witchcraft has its controversies, but it is also a beautiful tradition.|
|Hereditary witch||A hereditary witch is one that actually comes from a line of witches. They were taught by their mom / dad at the very least, though some have traditions going back farther than that. Many practice folk magick and have very unique traditions and beliefs. You cannot become a hereditary witch, you must be born into it.|
|Cosmic witch||Cosmic witches work with the stars and astrology for most of their witchcraft. They also follow moon and Sun cycles.|
|Secular witch||A secular witch is one that does not worship any deities, instead deriving their spiritual power from within themselves.|
|Christian witch||A Christian witch blends Christian traditions with witchcraft, often incorporating prayers and even spells from within the Bible in their practice.|
|Polytheist witch||Polytheist witches often call themselves simply pagans. These witches work with and believe in many deities. They may focus only on one culture’s pantheon, or they may be more eclectic in the deities they work with and worship.|
|Solitary witch||A solitary witch is one that works alone, rarely or never working magick within a group setting.|
|Coven witch||A coven witch has been initiated into a group of witches. They do magick together but most still have a solitary practice as well.|
|Eclectic witch||An eclectic witch will blend the traditions and beliefs from many other paths to form a system that is unique to them. They do only what works, and leave useless or outdated beliefs and practices behind.|
|Crystal witch||Crystal witches rely on crystals for much of their magick. Many form deep relationships with crystals and the spirits within them.|
|Faery witch||Faery witches work with the Fae (goblins, faeries, sprites, elves, and other spirits). This can often be dangerous work, since the Fae can be capricious, jealous, and sometimes downright mean.|
|Folk witch||A folk witch uses folk magick, passed down through their family or through mentors. Their magick is often very unique, and different regions will have different characteristics.|
Set Up A Spiritual Spot In Your Home
One thing that I think all baby witches should do is create sacred space in their home.
A small area where you feel safe meditating, communing with spirits and the gods, and practicing magick can be a poweful ally.
A sacred space can be as simple as a table with a candle on it, or as elaborate as a whole room dedicated to magick.
They can be portable and made out of Altoids tins, or they can be a locked drawer in a desk.
Having a space meant specifically for witchcraft helps you to get your mind into a focused and relaxed state that makes magick possible.
Let’s explore sacred spaces more.
Why Create A Sacred Space?
A sacred space can have many purposes, but in essence it is a part of your home where you feel safe and comfortable enough to open up your mind to experience magick.
A sacred space:
- Allows for deeper meditation
- Helps you to enter a state of flow
- Is an oasis in an otherwise crazy world
- Enhances healing
- Is perfect for journaling
- Is where you can place offerings to the gods
A sacred space is a physical representation of the peace and spirituality you are trying to build within yourself.
It’s an external reminder that you are more than just a physical person in a material world.
Types Of Sacred Space
|Altar||An altar is a sacred space that is traditional for witches. You can place tarot cards, offerings, crystals, candles, and more on your altar.|
|Locked drawer||A good option if you have access to a drawer that you can lock. Especially if you’re a witch still in the broom closet, this private space is a good idea.|
|Portable||A small, portable altar means that you can take your sacred space with you wherever you go! This is another great option for someone still in the broom closet.|
|Meditation space||A pillow, some singing bowls, a few crystals… you don’t need much to create a meditation space. This might be a safer option for someone living in a home hostile to witchcraft.|
|Outdoors||If you leave near woods, or you have an outdoor space that you know won’t be disturbed, you can set up an altar to go to when the weather permits. This is a great option for green witches!|
Get or Make Witch Tools
Tools play a role in most witchcraft traditions, unless it’s important to learn what tools witches use and why.
There are ritual tools, like knives and chalices.
There are also tools that are used in more everyday magic, like herbs, spoons, and measuring cups.
Some tools, like salt, and multiple purposes and should be stocked up on.
The tools for witchcraft play a role in ritual, spell work, and have correspondences of their own that makes them powerful elements in magick.
Do You Need Witch Tools?
Aside from spell ingredients, which tools aren’t technically necessary.
They are useful in representing certain ideas or themes, but you can do without a dedicated wand or athame.
I still recommend getting the basic tools, however.
Some spells do require them, and you may find that you love using them.
What Are The Most Common Witch Tools?
The most common witch tools have been used in ritual and ceremony since the beginning of witchcraft.
In this table, I don’t go over tools such as herbs and crystals, but instead just the ceremonial tools.
|Pentacle||Protection. Represents the 5 elements.||All 5 elements, but especially earth.|
|Athame||Ceremonial and ritual cutting. Rarely used to cut something physical.||Fire element or air element.|
|Boline||Physical cutting, useful for herbs, rope, thread, and other ritual ingredients that may need to be cut.||Same as athame.|
|Wand||Directs energy and summons spirits. Represents the divine masculine.||Fire element. Masculine energy.|
|Chalice||Holds offerings, represents the divine feminine.||Water element. Feminine energy.|
|Besom||A traditionally made broom. Used for both physical and spiritual cleansing.||Air element and earth element.|
Where To Buy Witch Tools
Witch tools don’t have to be expensive!
My blog post 9 Witch Tools Commonly Found At The Thrift Store shows you how you can build up your supplies without spending a ton of money.
I get a lot of my tools from thrift stores and dollar stores.
When I want to buy something that is more expensive, I look online first.
I try not to buy on Amazon for ethical reasons, but metaphysical shops online and in person will have most or all of the tools you need.
You can also find groups online to swap tools and supplies with other witches!
This is a great way to reduce your waste and bless other witches that are just beginning their journey, too.
How To Make Your Tools
If you’d rather make your ceremonial and ritual tools, then that is also a great choice!
Tools can be made from almost any material, but keep in mind that different materials have different correspondences and purposes.
A wand made from oak wood will behave very differently from a wand made of plastic, glass, or pine wood.
Check out these how to guides:
- How to make your own pentacle
- How to make your own ritual knife
- How to make your own wand
- How to make your own chalice
- How to make your own besom
How To Become A Witch
I hope that this guide has helped to guide you into your new life as a witch.
Witchcraft is a very fulfilling practice that can be as big a part of your life as you want.
Witchcraft will truly reflect your own desires, interests, hobbies, and habits.
It’s a spectacular way to learn more about yourself and the world around you.
My wish is that, in time, you will be able to help other people learn how to become a witch, too!
Do you become a witch through birth? Or can you study and learn witchcraft? This PDF explores that topic.