That is so lovely to hear. I’m passionate about the Craft and embracing the mystery of the divine within. First off, get yourself a beautiful journal, you’ll start recording your magick and invocations, rituals, spell recipes ect…. this is your Grimoire.
The Beginning Practice ❤️
Do you want to become a Witch or a Wiccan”? I’m a Green Witch, so I’ll be sharing great beginners tips for Witchcraft not Wicca. Although, I will never preach or claim to “have the answer”.There are indeed many paths and many ways, it is my goal to give you the tools to get started and what to look out for.
The Beginning Practice Phase…
Some of the different Traditions and Ways that Witchcraft is practiced today.
The basic ethical guidelines, such as the Rede or Law of Three.
A basic overview of karma and reincarnation (or transmigration).
An understanding on how Magick works.
Deity Names and Aspects.
The Elements and correspondences.
Basic Tools of the Craft and their use in ritual work.
Some divination, visualization and meditation techniques.
Along the Way, you will stop often to ponder about new materials and visions. Remember to go slowly and to reflect much on what these concepts personally may mean to you. Again, it is very important to allow these new ideas to become integrated into your spirit. This is the only way that they can become “real’ to you. They become a part of who you are and how you think and feel. One of the ways to help this process along is through “practice.”
The rules that my Coven and I abide by are as follows:
1• Thou art God/dess
2• As above, so below; as within so without.
3• Spirit abides in all things; words & names have power. 4•Maintain an attitude of Gratitude (walk the talk 🔑)
5• Honour the Ancestors, teachers,elders, and leaders.
6• All life is Sacred ( Including your own)
7• All acts of Love and pleasure are sacred.
8• Whatever you send out returns threefold.
9• Love is the law, love under will.
10• For the greatest good, an’it harm none.
Chances are pretty good that you have already “dabbled’ a bit with some of the techniques of ritual work. Even if you have only begun this in your mind, you are beginning to feel the stirrings of a desire to actually DO the workings that up until this point you have only been reading or hearing about. Where do you “begin”? Do you dig through your books and find a ritual that appeals to you? Do you have a specific need in your life right now? What will you put into your (Grimoire🌿 ) Book of shadows that you have underlined as important or particularly relevant? What do YOU feel?
You will notice a lot of emphasis on “feelings”. What do “feelings” have to do with all of this? Well, your feelings tell you what is right or wrong to your Spirit, they will create your path. Trust yourself, know you are powerful.
Look for SYMBOLISM-The subconscious mind works through pictures and symbols. This is why the “inner” work that you do is the starting point of all Magick. Look over your magickal tools and objects. Choose one or two at random. Touch them. Hold them in your hands. Close your eyes. What are they “saying” to your inner self? What images do they bring up and what memories do they unlock?
You are using your IMAGINATION-You are not “making things up”, give yourself permission to Believe!
Imagination is the ability to use your mind creatively. The word “creative” is linked with “creation”. In a very real sense you are creating what you imagine. Just as a sculptor has an image of a work in his or her mind and then seeks to unlock the image from the physical materials at hand, so you create magick from the images that surface as a result of your meditations and desires.
Now put the symbolism and the imagination together. What symbols came into your mind and what did your imagination do with these images? Ask a question and see if the images change around or become more clear. Don’t be surprised where you may end up. Your subconscious mind is a very rich and fertile place. It is the ‘playground’ of your spirit where anything is possible. And if you “wake up” with a start and realize that you have just spent 20 minutes in reverie, you are really getting the hang of it!
The next exercise will be your first step from the mental/spiritual into the physical/spiritual realm. This is where you begin to actually DO THE WORK. You will start slowly and build on each previous step. Do not rush this process. This is very important. Let me explain a bit.🌿🔑
The gestures, tools and workings of your beginning ritual practice should be exactly the same each time that you do them during your Beginning Practice Phase. This repetition trains your subconscious mind to remember what is coming next. The subconscious is like the child who wants to hear that story the same way over and over. The “ritual”-repeated over and over- provides a safe and comforting setting for both your imagination and the symbolic elements to expand and grow. You’ll have plenty of time to “get fancy” later on.
DO The BASIC RITUAL OUTLINE something like this:
Activate the Chakras…. Use a singing bowl or bell over the energy centers of the body.
Cleansing the Area.
Get the Altar set up.
Lighting the candles.
Casting the circle.
Welcoming the elements.
Welcoming the Deities.
Stating the Purpose of the ritual.
Magickal workings or devotions.
Raising the Energy. Releasing the Energy.
Thanking the Deities.
Thanking the elements.
Closing(or sometimes called opening) the circle.
Celebrating with food or ( I love to have a bath)💕✨
There are many simpler or more elaborate ways to do a ritual. Many Traditions have their own formats as well. But if you know how to do this basic ritual, you will pretty much be comfortable in any open Circle that you may attend.
Make notes on each step in your journal as you begin to plan your ritual. How will you cleanse your working area? Salt and water? Besom (broom)? Incense? What will you place on your altar? (Making a list first insures that you will not forget something….”Matches, anyone?”, is the most classical “oops”!).
Take time to sit quietly and center yourself before you begin. Be honest about your feelings. Are you excited…scared….nervous? That is normal. This is important stuff and not to be entered into lightly. O.K.? Now you can start….. Remember to breath, it’s all okay, we all start somewhere at the beginnin🌿🔑
Tell the Old Ones that you are “practicing’. Although They already know this (and They are ready to help you), it will be reassuring to YOU to state this in case you end up feeling that you may have “done something wrong”. You haven’t. You are “practicing” and practice involves a certain amount of trial and error. No one ‘upstairs’ is laughing at you.
Perform each step slowly and carefully. Let the symbols speak to your inner self. Take time between each step to feel how the ritual has affected you and changed your surroundings. As you ground, listen for answers…listen for advice…listen to yourself…listen to the phone ringing because you forgot put it on silent or even better turn it off.🌿🔑Listen. We ask for things and then we often do not take the time to listen for the answers. Write everything down. Doodle impressions in the margins. These symbols may be important late🔑🌿this same basic ritual over and over and over again. Rather than becoming boring, you will probably find that it becomes MORE meaningful each time that you do it. And your inner child’s subconscious mind will be loving it👻🔮
Witchcraft is based on the “rhythms’ of Nature and that will be the next step…watch the moon and her phases, learn to achieve the best rituals in harmony with the Goddess.🌒🌕🌘
If a ritual is to much for you at this time, I suggest you go for a walk and connect with the elements. Talk with the animals, record what you see and read up on that animal or tree medicine. Animals have great massages to share with us, honour them by listening. 🌙🍂🌿🔑
There is so much to go over but I would like to send you a witches starter kit, handcrafted by myself to help you begin. I was in your shoes once and had no one to help me along, it’s been years but I’ve found a great circle of Witches, Buddhists and Druids to practice with the laws of Spirit with and I’m very connected to my Guides. You will be here too, if you keep up faith and trust in your power.
Please message me, and I will send out your magical tools. Perhaps you’ll have it right before Candlemas!
Be Well my little Sister,