Oh golly. This is a really old post and I am fairly sure you are no longer an active member, but I still think answering it will help other people who may be in the same situation.
(I will be sourcing a ton from phoenyxwitch on tumblr because they are great)
Being a witch is something I, personally, keep separate from church. I prefer it being secret due to witchcraft being /wrongly/ frowned upon in Catholicism.
Anyway, he most important thing to becoming a Christian witch is to first address how you view the bible. I personally believe the bible was written by men, and not by men directly controlled by God. This means that the oral traditions and metaphors could have gotten tainted by man's own opinion on certain matters when written down. The New Testament, especially Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John/s, tends to be what I live my life by. Even then, I still take in account for the history of the time period, and man's own opinion tainting the holy book. If you believe that everything in the bible is 100% straight from God's mouth, witchcraft may not be the best path for your personal journey.
The next step in being a Christian witch is to understand what the Bible says about witchcraft. To quote phoenyxwitch on tumblr;
Let’s go over some of the commonly used words in the bible that reference magic:
* m'nachesh (from nahash which as a noun, nahash translates as snake, and as a verb it literally translates as hissing. Also been used to mean whispering. In the bible is used as “Enchanment” or “Enchanter”)
* m'onen (Onan literally translates as clouds. Used in the bible as “divination” and “augury”)
* Qesem (Divination)
* Kashaph (either means to mutter, or comes from the root words kash (herb) and hapalah (using). The Septuagint (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Septuagint
) translates the phrase as pharmakia (poison), so it may refer to magic potions.)
* ba'al ob (master of spirits)
* yidde'oni (gaining information from ghosts/medium)
* doresh el ha-metim (one who speaks to the dead)
* sho'el ‘ov (communicating with the dead)
* qosem q'samim (predicting the future using lots)
* chover chavar (using knot-tying to perform magic. Also translated as Charmer)
* Pharmakeia (drug user/poisoner/dark magic)
Each of the above words are words used to describe magic in the bible. Depending on the bible, the translation can differ greatly. For example.... (phoenyxwitch as source again)
m'nachesh is found in two passages: Leviticus 19:26 ‘You must not try to tell the future by signs or black magic.' (New Century Version) and Deuteronomy 18:10-11 'Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft' (New International Version)
Deuteronomy 18:10-11 can also be interpreted as (Living Bible (TLB)) 'For example, any Israeli who presents his child to be burned to death as a sacrifice to heathen gods must be killed. No Israeli may practice black magic, or call on the evil spirits for aid, or be a fortune-teller, or be a serpent charmer, medium, or wizard, or call forth the spirits of the dead.'
Since we know m'nachesh is associated with snakes and black magic, most modern witches see these quotes to mean "Do not practice dark magic, or magic associated by the devil". We also have to take in account for the hostility towards the Israelites and many other religions at that time. Which would play a role in how they perceived each other. Especially after the whole shenanigans in Egypt.
Both these quotes are also in the Old Testament, which was revises when Yeshua/Jesus died on the cross. Therefore many of the old ways no longer applies to modern Christians.
If you ever wanted me to go through each term, I would be more than willing to. However, to save time- I will sum up what some Christian witches believe from the above terms:
- 1. Put Yahweh/God/Jehovah above all other Gods; as long as you do so, working with other Gods is alright
2. Do not perform "dark" magic or practice hypnosis without another person's consent
3. Do not work with the dead (some Christians say only the dead of humans, some say just demons/evil dead, and some say all spirits should not be worked with. It is how you translate it and which bible you use)
4. Do not ask any other Gods to help in fortune telling, always do divination in Yahweh's name
5. Yeshua/Jesus said absolutely nothing about witchcraft, therefore as long as you follow his teachings none of the above apply.
Alright, now that we got all the hard stuff out of the way. On to how do you begin practicing. The best answer is research! Remember, witchcraft isn't a religion but a craft. Look into different ways to practice the craft, and start trying it out! Even biblical characters used herbs and rocks to achieve goals. Remember, as long as you do everything out of love and in Yahweh's name. You are being a Christian witch. Do not let anyone convince you otherwise. So get out there and start reading! Sea witchery, green witchery, kitchen witchery, everything is open to you!