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What is the First Step to Becoming a Witch? (Guide)

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Written by: Tina Caro

So, do you think you are a witch? Do you feel it? Do you sense it? But you don’t know to become one of us? With this step-by-step guide, you will know exactly what is the first step to becoming a witch.

I know there is a lot of misinformation about witches and witchcraft in general and things might seem confusing and hard to approach, but don’t worry because following these steps will make a huge difference in how you connect with the craft and how you explore your powers and gifts.

Witchcraft is a complex and personal practice, a way to implement popular magick, and involves a deep knowledge of nature, the spiritual world, and oneself. If you feel well prepared and at the same time dissatisfied with traditional beliefs, knowing more about this topic could be the solution you are looking for. Witchcraft is a lifelong practice.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

The first step to becoming a witch involves research and study of witchcraft’s various traditions and practices.

Self-reflection is essential to identify your interests and intentions within witchcraft, such as healing, divination, or connecting with nature.

Setting clear goals and intentions guides your path.

Connecting with nature and creating a sacred space for rituals and meditation fosters a deeper connection to the craft.

Learn foundational skills like meditation, visualization, and grounding, and embrace mindfulness in daily life.

Engage with a community for support, adhere to ethical principles, and keep a journal to document your experiences and growth.

Learn all you need to know about witchcraft.

Learn all there is to know about the various magickal traditions. There is no general school of witchcraft or spell casting, which means that novices often find it difficult to distinguish what is true from what is false.

Becoming a witch is a personal path that requires a lot of research, commitment, and study. Depending on your interests, some schools of thought and traditions may be more appropriate than others. Here are some examples.

  • Wicca and green witchcraft: Both are very popular these days. Their studies are centered on the concept of Gaia, meditation, and nature-based spells. The early Wiccans were followers of Gerald Gardner, a 19th-century British student of magick, whose ideas and works became famous in the 1950s. If you have a lot of interest in crystals, the use of herbs, rituals, and essential oils, then this type of witchcraft could be for you.
  • Neo-paganism and Druidism: Together with all the other ancestral witchcrafts, these concentrate on history and tradition, the practice follows the succession of the seasons by means of rites. If you want to go back to the origins of traditional witchcraft, this style may be suitable for you.
  • Esoteric and regional witchcraft: These forms remember the Santeria, the Witchcraft, the Lighthouses, the Pharmakos. These are practices related to local tradition and culture. If you have a strong connection with the place where you grew up, do some research as this may be suited to you.

Read a lot

The thing a novice witch has to learn quickly is that each form of witchcraft practices differently. There is no bible of witchcraft, there are no guidelines or a set of laws and principles for witches.

my favorite witchy books
My three favorite witchy books.

Your practice is yours and nobody else’s, so it is essential to evaluate each expert with a little critical sense. You can read classics, but you have to visualize them according to your thinking and interpret them according to the practice. Here are some of my favorite readings:

Witch Unleashed. Untamed. Unapologetic by Lisa Lister

Witch Lisa Lister

You can buy it on Amazon US and on Amazon UK.

Moonology by Jasmin Boland

Moonology – Yasmin Boland

You can buy it on Amazon US and on Amazon UK.

Green Witch by Arin Murphy-Hiscock

The Green Witch Arin Murphy Hiscock

You can buy it on Amazon US and on Amazon UK.

Determine the goals of your personal practice

It will never be repeated enough, witchcraft is a personal journey. There is no single way to practice it. It is essential to learn what you can and should do and write down what your goals are.

It may help to keep a journal, I use one and I can’t stress enough how helpful a tool it can be, so, write down what you hope to explore and what you hope to discover. Here are some questions you can ask yourself and that will serve as a guide to get you started, the task of finding the answers is entirely up to you.

  • What do you want from witchcraft?
  • What types of spells do you hope to be able to do?
  • What do you hope to learn from being a witch?
  • How do you hope witchcraft will change or improve your life?

Casting your first spells

Get the tools you need

To begin casting spells and practicing magick, it is a good idea to have some basic tools. A pointed hat, flying broom, and a black cat are not necessary. Each witch needs different objects to perform different spells, but the basic ones are universal.

I’ve written an article on the most essential tools a witch needs here.

Choosing your wand

the wiccan wand

This tool is chosen because it has a special connection with the witch. Yes, it is about finding and taking a stick, but in truth, there is much more. Spend some time walking in the woods and try to find a short stick, with which you feel connected. You will know that it is the right one when you find it.

Mortar and pestle

mortar and pestle

Mortar and pestles are indispensable for casting spells. They are used to mix herbs and other ingredients for fantastic potions. You can find them in most houseware stores.

 

You can buy them on Amazon US and on Amazon UK.

Herbs

herbal bag by Tina Caro
My herbal bag.

Witch hazel, mugwort, sage, lavender, and many other herbs are commonly used by witches.

Arin Murphy-Hiscock ‘s “The Green Witch: Your Complete Guide to the Natural Magic of Herbs, Flowers, Essential Oils, and More” is an essential guide for a novice and I love it so much.

The Green Witch Arin Murphy Hiscock

You can buy it on Amazon US and on Amazon UK.

You can learn a lot about the power and uses of various common herbs and learn how to use them.

Salt and crystals

energy crystals

They are used to purify and keep spells safe, and both are barriers against the spirit world.

Get your Book of Shadows

book of shadows

When you first enter the world of witchcraft, it’s a good thing to start your own book of shadows. It doesn’t have to be an old leather-bound book stained with goats blood, a normal notebook is fine.

Decorate it as you would a personal diary, with images that you find powerful, motivating or full of witch wisdom. Use the notebook to write down spells and your observations as you study, read, and do your research.

You can buy a similar on Amazon US and a similar on Amazon UK.

Charge your magick power tools

Tarot cards, crystals, and all magick tools involved in psychic practices must be thoroughly cleaned before and after casting a spell. A good witch is attuned to her tools, keeping them charged and free from negative energies. Use the techniques and traditions of your practice to purify the tools.

Each witchcraft tradition has different techniques for this task, but in general, many witches use the energy of the moon to charge and purify their wands, by leaving the wand in the moonlight all night long to absorb the moon’s energy.

You can also rub the rod with turpentine, this is a popular technique also for cleansing and purifying instruments from any bad energy.

Cleanse the area where you work

Spells and rituals don’t necessarily have to be cast and formed in dark woods at midnight. Many magickal rites can be performed equally effectively, even in the comfort of your home. Choose a place where you can stay calm, peaceful without interruptions. It is imperative to make sure that no one interrupts you for as long as necessary to complete the ritual.

Meditate for several minutes, according to the practice you follow

Say a prayer of protection in which you cast out evil spirits, negative energies and at the same time invoke positive ones and light. Meditate on the task you are about to perform.

Light the candles and prepare all the objects that you will need for the ritual.

If other people are present, hold hands and say the purification prayers together. Be a single entity.

Also read:
Find out “Why do Witches have Brooms?” (Symbolism)
Why do Witches Have and Like Black Cats? (Witchy Connection)
Why do Witches have Purple Doors? What Makes them Special?

It’s time to cast your first spell

First of all, choose a spell that seems right to you and fits your goals. If you are a newbie, don’t be afraid to try something as easy as a non-ingredients spell. On the contrary, consider magick as a journey and the spells as the baby steps you take to create your own unique path.

So, follow your intuition. If you feel that it is right, do it, otherwise don’t. Your intuition is your most powerful tool. Just be patient, be mindful, and give yourself the time to commit to the practice to help the magick happen and your first spell to manifest. Choose a spell according to the goal you want to achieve, but make sure you are 100% sure of what you want.

That’s the reason why before casting any spell, meditating and visualizing what you want and setting your intentions, is definitely a good practice to follow. If there is any doubt whether you want this spell, it will not manifest.

Also read:
What does ‘Mote’ Mean in a Spell? (Why is it Important?)
Find out “What Witches say When They Cast a Spell”

If you need some inspiration for your first spell, check my beginner-friendly spells and embark on your witchy journey today.

About
Tina Caro

Tina Caro is a witch with more than 10 years of experience, a yogi, an astrologer, and a passionate supporter of all things holistic! She’s also an owner of the website Magickal Spot where she discusses a variety of her favorite topics.

Magickal Spot has helped thousands of readers worldwide, and she’s personally worked with hundreds of clients and helped them manifest desires to have a happier and more abundant life.

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