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Study Help

PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 5:28 pm
by Kayla
So, I know I've made a similar request before, but this time is a little more specific. I've studied witchcraft and magic on and off for many years, but I've never really felt comfortable calling myself a witch. This is mostly I think because, I don't feel that I have done enough actual practice, or spell work, and I just don't know enough to actually actively practice the craft. So, in conclusion I've decided to take the plunge and do a traditional year of study. I'm kind of just going to start with building on what i already know and branching out into areas that interest me the most, and go from there. I want to gain more knowledge before i start doing any practical spell work.

IN CONCLUSION; any recommendations of study materials for a beginner witch would be more then a little helpful. Written word just speaks to me in a way not much else can. Other areas of study i'm interested in studying are garden magick, kitchen magick, runes, pendulums, and anything related to the fairie path would be appreciated. Thank you, and sorry for the long paragraph.

Re: Study Help

PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:52 pm
by SpiritTalker
You mentioned you've studied on & off for many years. So can we assume you're past Cunningham's Wicca for the Solitary Practitioner which is intro-level?
Buckland's Big Blue Complete Book of Witchcraft workbook https://www.amazon.com/Bucklands-Comple ... +Blue+Book
Thorn Mooney has a newly released book Traditional Wicca, a Seekers Guide. https://www.amazon.com/Traditional-Wicc ... orn+mooney
The Ancient Art of Fairy Wicca, DJ Conway https://www.amazon.com/Ancient-Art-Faer ... .j.+Conway
Kitchen Witchery https://www.amazon.com/Book-Kitchen-Wit ... chen+Wicca
Beginners Guide to Runes https://www.amazon.com/Runes-Beginners- ... agic&psc=1
Pendulum Magic DJ Conway https://www.amazon.com/Little-Book-Pend ... ulum+magic
Your Backyard Herb Garden https://www.amazon.com/Your-Backyard-He ... erb+garden

I'm sure you can peruse books at Amazon as well as I can, unless both hands are in casts, which doesn't seem to be the case :D . I've either read or browsed those I've listed - &just got Thorn Mooney's book in the mail last Fri so haven't read it yet. It's in my stack. If you like to read :) you'll know about the To Be Read book stack that never gets any shorter no matter how many titles you read. Sometimes if you slouch off it even grows :shock: .

Now the above suggestions are just books but you'd chosen the delightful phrase "study materials" and that suggests hands-on & getting out in Nature, engaging the physical & intuitive senses to experience the Earth. Wicca is a nature-religion so it makes sense that you have to meet Nature face to face once in awhile. Make some time to find the elements in Nature & observe each one first hand - Sun can be Fire so you don't need to BBQ & blister fingertips.just saying. Seek the experience. Books are guides but Magical practice needs to be felt. To intuitively function it engages the senses.

The seasons we celebrate at each Sabbat mean more when we've paid attention & sampled what makes each season unique. Kitchen crafting & gardening to get our hands dirty can teach a lot about seasonal changes. There are many tiny critters in even a small patch of garden that each play a part. Katydids look exactly like leaves! Suddenly you become aware that the bush is watching you! They can't possibly harm you. They're fascinating. The book covers garden tools.

The most useful study material we can have is a crappy cheap notebook we aren't afraid to scribble in & blot, & drip coffee on for note taking. Get a few & fill them with stuff that tells you what you want to know. Enjoy yourself thoroughly.

Re: Study Help

PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 1:00 am
by Siona
If you lean toward Wiccan practice at all, you might find the book "Wicca: A Year and A Day: 366 Days of Spiritual Practice in the Craft of the Wise" by Timothy Roderick, to be a helpful guide. It actually gives 366 day by day lessons for beginners, that will teach you the basics of energy work, forming rituals, spells, and so on. The downside to the book is it does have you shopping for quite a bit of materials, but you could use that to learn how to substitute with what's around you.

Other than that, I would suggest actually including some practical practice and workings in your year and a day, and not just study/reading. A traditional year and a day isn't just study, but you will also learn how to feel energy, ground and center, shield, learn to cast a circle (or whatever ritual structure one's chosen tradition uses), purify, to bless, and so on. If you've not done much of that, now's a good time to start incorporating it into your day to day life. Especially grounding and centering.

Re: Study Help

PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:54 pm
by Kayla
SpiritTalker wrote:You mentioned you've studied on & off for many years. So can we assume you're past Cunningham's Wicca for the Solitary Practitioner which is intro-level?
Buckland's Big Blue Complete Book of Witchcraft workbook https://www.amazon.com/Bucklands-Comple ... +Blue+Book
Thorn Mooney has a newly released book Traditional Wicca, a Seekers Guide. https://www.amazon.com/Traditional-Wicc ... orn+mooney
The Ancient Art of Fairy Wicca, DJ Conway https://www.amazon.com/Ancient-Art-Faer ... .j.+Conway
Kitchen Witchery https://www.amazon.com/Book-Kitchen-Wit ... chen+Wicca
Beginners Guide to Runes https://www.amazon.com/Runes-Beginners- ... agic&psc=1
Pendulum Magic DJ Conway https://www.amazon.com/Little-Book-Pend ... ulum+magic
Your Backyard Herb Garden https://www.amazon.com/Your-Backyard-He ... erb+garden

I'm sure you can peruse books at Amazon as well as I can, unless both hands are in casts, which doesn't seem to be the case :D . I've either read or browsed those I've listed - &just got Thorn Mooney's book in the mail last Fri so haven't read it yet. It's in my stack. If you like to read :) you'll know about the To Be Read book stack that never gets any shorter no matter how many titles you read. Sometimes if you slouch off it even grows :shock: .

Now the above suggestions are just books but you'd chosen the delightful phrase "study materials" and that suggests hands-on & getting out in Nature, engaging the physical & intuitive senses to experience the Earth. Wicca is a nature-religion so it makes sense that you have to meet Nature face to face once in awhile. Make some time to find the elements in Nature & observe each one first hand - Sun can be Fire so you don't need to BBQ & blister fingertips.just saying. Seek the experience. Books are guides but Magical practice needs to be felt. To intuitively function it engages the senses.

The seasons we celebrate at each Sabbat mean more when we've paid attention & sampled what makes each season unique. Kitchen crafting & gardening to get our hands dirty can teach a lot about seasonal changes. There are many tiny critters in even a small patch of garden that each play a part. Katydids look exactly like leaves! Suddenly you become aware that the bush is watching you! They can't possibly harm you. They're fascinating. The book covers garden tools.

The most useful study material we can have is a crappy cheap notebook we aren't afraid to scribble in & blot, & drip coffee on for note taking. Get a few & fill them with stuff that tells you what you want to know. Enjoy yourself thoroughly.


Thanks this all really helps. I've already started, being more in nature and doing observation and just feeling the earth, it's been very comforting, and you'll be happy to know ive already been filling note books.

Re: Study Help

PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:55 pm
by Kayla
Siona wrote:If you lean toward Wiccan practice at all, you might find the book "Wicca: A Year and A Day: 366 Days of Spiritual Practice in the Craft of the Wise" by Timothy Roderick, to be a helpful guide. It actually gives 366 day by day lessons for beginners, that will teach you the basics of energy work, forming rituals, spells, and so on. The downside to the book is it does have you shopping for quite a bit of materials, but you could use that to learn how to substitute with what's around you.

Other than that, I would suggest actually including some practical practice and workings in your year and a day, and not just study/reading. A traditional year and a day isn't just study, but you will also learn how to feel energy, ground and center, shield, learn to cast a circle (or whatever ritual structure one's chosen tradition uses), purify, to bless, and so on. If you've not done much of that, now's a good time to start incorporating it into your day to day life. Especially grounding and centering.


Thank you, and i have already stated doing hands on practice and learning.