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Where to start?

Postby WolfMoon » Wed Feb 08, 2012 12:23 pm

Blessings to all! I have been interested in, as well as have been reading numerous books, Wicca and Witchcraft for a few years. However, I seem to be a tad overwhelmed and not sure where to begin my actual "training." Could anyone provide information as to a specific book they've used that helped them begin to actually LIVE Wiccan and incorporate the craft into their everyday life? I have quite a collection of books and try to absorb information from each of them.

Thank you all so much for any direction you can provide.

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Re: Where to start?

Postby Ula » Wed Feb 08, 2012 2:32 pm

http://witchcraft.libsyn.com/2009/01

It's a pod cast. I love it and still go back and listen time to time.
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Re: Where to start?

Postby Althara » Wed Feb 08, 2012 5:07 pm

Several books offer 'year and a day' style guides.
Christopher Penczak is the author of the 'Temple of Witchcraft' series; that's a good place to start.
There's also Marian Green's "A Witch Alone".
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Re: Where to start?

Postby The Judge » Tue Feb 14, 2012 2:23 pm

There's also the book, 'Everyday wicca" or was it witchcraft. I'll edit when I have it in my hand. Not at home at the moment. There are many resources for it. If you have a Books-a-million or Barnes and Noble nearby you could go browse a few books from there, probably in the New Age section. I haven't found any under religion sections yet. See if anything they have fits what your looking for. :) If not perhaps a more specific idea of what you need would narrow the field down. There are literaly dozens of books out there on this and not all are helpful for day to day.

Though in Wicca all you need to do to live it is follow the Rede. :) Do your best. :D

As for Everyday Witchcraft; There are books that have a "Spell a Day" theme if that's what your looking for. I'll have to find it to even venture a guess as to the title. It's been a long time since I used it for anything.

The books by Morrison, "The Craft" and "Craft Companion" may be useful. They're what I started learning with. I also have the book "Wicca for beginner's", and it is quite useful. Even after years of study. Nothing like good reference books. :)

Edit addendum: And Raymond Buckland's, "The Complete Book of Witchcraft"
Do not attempt, Achieve
Do not hear, Listen
Do not go blindly forward, See
Do not judge, Understand
Do not forget, for in this you shall learn nothing
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Re: Where to start?

Postby SpiritTalker » Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:35 pm

Ooold post & the original poster is grown & gone on but I can't resist commenting to anyone who finds themselves In the same trench that if you've been "reading numerous Wicca & craft related books over a few years" &' haven't "started", um, what're you waiting for? Just begin by casting a circle (every few days or so) to get the feel of it. It's going to teach you grounding, centering, raising & directing power which are needed for spell casting anyways. Ground yourself before & afterwards & you'll be ok. You don't have to start out working with a pair of named deities - just generalize as Lady &' Lord of Nature - They know who They are. You don't have to summon the elements or invoke deity - just acknowledge them. You can't offend them by greeting them. Keep things simple.

You don't need to have all the gear & fancy robe to start. Improvise. Ritual doesn't have to go smoothly & probably the 1st few times it won't. Setting a sleeve on fire in a candle is a rite of passage :lol: (keep a water jug handy). Spills happen - no big deal. Phrases get garbled or left out & you laugh & just re-say them. Let cat's inspect everything before lighting candles. Just sayin'.

Use what you've got on hand to make an altar/work space & consecrate the table & dishes you have to start: cup, bowl, plate, knife, candle-holders. Expendable supplies: salt, candles, oil, incense-of-choice. You can add gear any time.

Set a time & meditate 20 minutes daily. Just gaze at a candle flame to begin.

These self-starting acts are your training so get going & come back anytime with questions as you think of 'em. You can't ask too many Qs.
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Re: Where to start?

Postby Silas Nightfall » Sun Jun 09, 2019 10:23 pm

Good advice. I would add something my dad taught me years ago.

“If you don’t know where to start, just start and it’ll soon be clear if you need to backup or move forward.”
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Re: Where to start?

Postby barker » Sun Jun 09, 2019 10:50 pm

these basic foundations:

1. grounding and shielding (golden and silver)
2. crystals and essences (good and bad)
3. study and practice (honesty and patience)

for spell work:

1. write and burn (choose and forget) the spell affirmation that you want to believe in
2. sex magic (I want) is perfectly selfish, for that part of you

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