10 Tips For Beginner Witches
The idea of witchcraft was fascinating to me from an early age. Obviously a different idea of witchcraft where blue sparks would fly out of the witch’s hands or where they could manipulate things that weren’t humanly possible. None the less, that’s what I wanted to be when I grew older - sparks included.
Obviously, I had a rude awakening when I realised that the kind of witchcraft I’d seen on the likes of Charmed and Sabrina The Teenage Witch was a complete work of fiction.
But when I found out about the true practice of witchcraft - the spiritual, the metaphysical and the occult - it spoke to me on another level. I could relate to it all. It felt right.
I took that as my calling.
Seven years ago, I went out and purchased my first tarot deck, another thing that I had always been drawn too. That’s when I started thinking seriously about witchcraft. I mean, witchcraft and tarot kind of go hand in hand and, together, they can make such a difference in your practice and in your life.
The only problem was... I didn’t have a clue where to bloody start. What do I need? What do I do? How does it work? So many questions and, to be fair, there’s only so much that the internet and books can tell us. To say I went in blind would be an understatement.
After seven years, I now look back at the beginning of my journey and wish that I’d known then what I know now. I haven’t got a time machine (working on it), so, instead, I want to share that information with you.
1. Take Your Time
Witchcraft is not something to take lightly and it’s not something that should be rushed. I know, easier said than done, right? There are so many things to do and so many possibilities and the temptation to jump from one thing to another is crazy but, trust me, slow down and take your time. Get a feel of what you’re doing. Understand it. Gain some experience. And enjoy it before jumping on to the next thing.
It can be quite a complex and overwhelming practice, but rushing won’t fix that. It will just cause mistakes. And, although mistakes can be good because you learn from them, mistakes in witchcraft can end very badly. So be sure to slow down and practice safely.
2. Patience Is A Virtue
Unfortunately, spellwork is not an instant thing. You can’t just click your fingers and have your desires appear right in front of you - if only Charmed was real, amiright? It actually takes time and patience to be able to manifest.
During my first year, I would get so impatient with my spells and then I’d start getting frustrated when I didn’t see results. It was a downward spiral from there because my attitude towards it actually cost me the results I was hoping for.
So be patient and trust that the Universe will deliver!
3. Consistency Makes A Difference
Although you don’t need to practice every single day (unless you want to), being consistent with your practice really can make a huge difference in your overall experience.
Experience is everything in witchcraft. Find out what works for you. What doesn’t. Learn from your mistakes. Learn from your success. Improvement comes with these experiences And before you know it, you’ll grow more confident with your work and eventually see better results. All with a regular practice.
4. Cleanse. Cleanse. Cleanse.
I can’t stress enough how important cleansing rituals are! Negative energy is a bugger and clings on to absolutely anything and everything that it can. It can’t be avoided because it’s everywhere. Literally everywhere.
It’s in us. It’s in the environment around us. It’s even in objects that we surround ourselves with everyday. And it will affect you and your work if you don’t banish it - sooner rather than later.
So, yeah. Cleanse yourself. Cleanse your space. Cleanse your tools - everything from your crystals to your tarot decks. Seriously, just cleanse all the things!
5. Know Your Dates
Although (in my opinion) every day is a good day for magic, there are key dates throughout the year that really should be taken advantage of for better growth and results. Including:
- Moon phases
- Winter & Summer Solstice
- Spring & Autumn Equinox
- Imbolc, Beltane, Lammas, Samhain
and so much more!
Grab a diary or calendar and jot down these dates. Take advantage of nature’s very own magic.
6. Less Is More
I know, I know. When you’re scrolling through Instagram and Pinterest and you see photos of other witches altars loaded with beautiful tools and accessories, you want to go out and buy all the things. I‘ve been there and I almost went bankrupt doing it. And, guess what, I barely used those things in my first few years.
Honestly, there‘s no point overloading your altar - or your brain - when you don’t know what your doing yet. It could end in disaster - or a headache - but mostly disaster.
Start off with what you already have and then limit yourself to buying one or two things a month. Make sure that you fully research them so that you know how to use them and that you’re ready to use them.
7. Confidence Is Key
This is an important one. Be confident in your practice and in yourself. Believe in what you’re doing and why. When I first started, I felt silly voicing spells and enchantments out loud and I kept my practice a complete secret, thinking people who laugh at me or judge me if they knew. Let’s just say, I didn’t get very far doing that.
The Universe is always watching and if it thinks for one second that you don’t believe in yourself or your practice, it’s will not help you manifest your desires. It’s that simple.
So, don’t shy away from your truth. Shout it from the rooftops and stop caring what others think of you.
8. Make Do With What You’ve Got
Like I said in point six, there’s no point in going out and buying everything all at once - that’s a headache that nobody wants. Start of with what you already have. You’d be surprised by the amount of things in your kitchen and your garden that could be incorporated into your spellwork, seriously.
Start off small, with what you already have in your cupboards and then treat yourself to something new every month, like a reward.
9. Experience Over Research
Although research is always a good idea, make sure that you don’t overdo it. Instead, feel the spells out yourself. What works for others may not work for you, so you could be gathering information and learning about things that you can’t even work with. Don’t waste too much time on research, get out there and gain the experience yourself.
10. Reach Out To Fellow Witches
This is the most important point! You don’t have to join a coven or anything, but reaching out to fellow witches or even joining a community can open yourself up to so many opportunities. Get tips, compare practices, get advice and, if necessary, join forces. It’s good to have someone who understands the struggles to turn to for a helping hand or guidance from time to time.
There are so many Facebook groups, forums and much more, specially created for witches to come together. If they don;t appeal to you, feel free to contact me here or through any of Sacred Black Moon's social media profiles - I'm always looking to join forces with fellow witches like myself.
I hope this post helped you out during your magical journey! What do you wish you’d have known when you first practised witchcraft? What tips can you offer beginners?