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How do I go about learning on my own?

PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 1:04 am
by RhiannonRain
This is proving to be difficult. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated

Re: How do I go about learning on my own?

PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 7:09 am
by corvidus
What books have you read recently?

Re: How do I go about learning on my own?

PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 8:52 am
by Xiao Rong
Have you checked out our Witchcraft 101 guide?

Re: How do I go about learning on my own?

PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 11:35 am
by SpiritTalker
Yea, it can be a challenge. Nobody's going to pour the knowledge into our heads, dang it. I think it helps to organize so make a list of what you are most interested in knowing; be specific with the questions you have. Then tackle the subjects one at a time. Look up the discussion topics on the board. Get a cheap notebook & make notes. Then move to the next topic when you're satisfied or post Qs for clarification.

Simplify. Break down topics like circle casting into its parts. I found learning circle casting was a short cut to learning grounding, centering, projecting energy all in one package. And unless you practice casting circles you won't get it. Simple fact. So write down the steps in order & walk thru it over & over like learning a dance routine.

Re: energy - practice energy is live ammo & should be grounded into the earth or loaded into a glass of water & poured on the ground later.

Full moons are good opportunities to practice "live." Look up the current year's full moon dates & then observe them with a simple circle - just cleanse the space, raise energy & project the circle - no quarter calls or invocations. The simple circle disipates when walked through. A full moon rises as the sun sets. The moon's energy is still there even if it's cloudy & can't be seen. Extend your subtle senses to your surroundings. Greet the spirit-of-the-place. Leave an offering. That's a simplified ritual.

Re: spells - Just get to know some different methods . Ex: a Witch's bottle, a basic candle spell, the Witch's ladder, the 9-Knot spell, sigil-making. (see Simple Spells topic in spell section.)
. select ingredients that feel related to the goal by element, color, scent, appearance or former contact.

To get a working knowledge of herbs, choose 3 - lavender, rosemary, thyme - & get familiar with their properties, uses & scents. Our primal sense of smell is triggered by distinctive aromas. Then choose 3 garden flowers or wildflowers (flowers impact emotions) that you can find growing in your location & do the same. A raw quartz stone (found on the ground or at landscaping/garden supplies) is great to learn with. Quartz is all purpose & reusable with a wash & re-programing intent. With these few items you can do a lot & then you'll have started your supplies & gear.

When you need "stuff" remember that repurposing is traditional & started with the iconic household broom & cooking pot. Many wiccans make their own tools or use household items & nature-finds.