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How do you become a Witch
« on: December 12, 2010, 01:07:06 AM »
I get asked this soooo many times, so I thought I would post this in order to try and explain exactly what being a Witch means. Enjoy!

Becoming a Witch is a personal choice in my opinion and is not something that you just become over night or in a matter of days, weeks or months. You have to discover your chosen path and the best way to do that is by reading and studying.

Read EVERYTHING! It will tell you more about the beliefs of The Craft. The internet is a wealth of resource.

Always define your path. Write it down in journal, write down why you feel The Craft is for you. What does being a witch mean to you? What do you hope to achieve? How do you visualise the God and Goddess? What does the Divine mean to you? Be honest. This notebook will become your book of shadows.

Exploring Magic is simply raising and channeling energy that is found in yourself, nature and the divine. Do be careful though! Magic is very real and very potent!Before you begin working with magic you need to understand what it is. You also need to know the basic structure of a ritual, casting circles, calling quarters, invoking the God/dess, raising and directing energy, grounding and centering and closing the circle. Know the moon phases. Learn to feel how the moon effects your body. Keep records of all you have learned in your book of shadows.

Learn about meditation and visualisation exercises to increase your concentration. You can start out by meditating at least 3 times a week for about five minutes. You should do this for at least a month. Remember to keep a record in your book of shadows.

Now you can begin some basic spell work. Start with a full moon ritual or a new moon ritual. Every witch should write her own spells.

After you have been studying for at least five or six months on meditating and working with magic it is time to perform a self dedication ritual. Design it however you want. A self dedication ritual means you are dedicating yourself to the craft.

You can initiate yourself when you feel you are ready. The year you spend between your self dedication and your initiation you should spend celebrating the Sabbats, meditation, practicing your spellwork and studying. Use this time to learn about different forms of divination, such as Tarot or Runes, and different forms of healing, such as herbalism. Make sure you are recording in your book of shadows.

You should spend a solitary year study after self dedication before a witch considers joining a coven or a circle. This gives you a full year to celebrate the cycle of Sabbats.

An initiation should be something that's meaningful to you. The ritual should be written only by you. A coven initiation is a means of bonding a group together. Initiation into the craft should always be a solitary ritual.

You still have to learn and practice. If you truly want to be a witch be prepared to spend the rest of your life studying and learning about this religion.

The Craft involves constant learning and growing and changing.

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Re: How do you become a Witch
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2011, 09:41:33 PM »
Thanks for writing this, very informative. :)  I have toyed with the idea of being a witch since I was in junior high school. I used to go to the occult store with my friend and we would buy spells and practice them. lol  I've bought a few books over the years but still feel a little stuck and not sure how to move forward with things. I think joining a coven would help, but have no idea how that would even be done.

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Re: How do you become a Witch
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2011, 03:36:05 AM »
What a wonderful post! Thank you so much!

I had been practicing since I was a teenager. My beloved late Aunt was a practicing witch her entire life, she taught me well. However, I abandoned it 10 years ago and now realize that I must go back.

But thank you for your detailed, informative post!

Blessed Be !

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Re: How do you become a Witch
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2011, 02:52:03 PM »
The idea of witchcraft or the activity itself is usually been related to black magic. But i think having shows like Charmed had eventually changed the impression regarding witchcraft. I could say that i had read some articles about it but i have not done it.

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Re: How do you become a Witch
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2011, 07:16:17 PM »
This is a nice post on how to enter the world of the Craft. Personally I do not follow the "normal" path that most people do with the Craft. I would just like to add that while learning what magic is and understanding how it works is a must, the person should also respect the energy forces as more than a tool to achieve what they want. When working with energy it always goes smoother if you respect the energy as a living breathing being. I've seen a lot of people "dabbling" in the Craft who do not do this and it does end up biting them in the bum.

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Re: How do you become a Witch
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2011, 10:59:45 PM »
I've seen a lot of people "dabbling" in the Craft who do not do this and it does end up biting them in the bum.

I agree! My teenaged stepdaughter wears a pentacle and brags to people that she is a "pagan" and knows the path. But in reality, she knows nothing about the meaning of the pentacle, nothing about what being a witch really is,(or of Paganism),  nor does she care to study the ways and really learn the craft. It used to irk me to no end, but then I realized that she no doubt end up getting bit in the bum eventually. She'll have to find this out for herself.

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Re: How do you become a Witch
« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2011, 02:20:22 PM »
Yeah, there isn't much anyone can do to persuade  a teen to do or know something they don't want. I have a two year old and I fear the teen years, but we are raising her in a Pagan household. The mysteries of "magic" that so many "dabblers" want isn't something we will teach her until she is much older, and then only if she shows signs of responsibility.

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Re: How do you become a Witch
« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2011, 04:39:19 PM »
This is a nice post on how to enter the world of the Craft. Personally I do not follow the "normal" path that most people do with the Craft. I would just like to add that while learning what magic is and understanding how it works is a must, the person should also respect the energy forces as more than a tool to achieve what they want. When working with energy it always goes smoother if you respect the energy as a living breathing being. I've seen a lot of people "dabbling" in the Craft who do not do this and it does end up biting them in the bum.
Very well said, there are many that do not follow the traditional path. Yet still practice magic in all its forms. It is good to another person who firmly believes that energy is a living breathing being. Again well said.
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Re: How do you become a Witch
« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2011, 09:09:59 AM »
I’m just curious on your reasons on why you wanted to be a witch and as a witch what are you going to do with your witchcraft? Where are you going to use it or where do you usually use it?

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Re: How do you become a Witch
« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2012, 02:17:30 PM »
I believe witchcraft would be taken a lot more seriously if one of the witches actually performed some tangible 'witchcrafting' ;) Believing you are doing magic, and actually doing it, are two very different things.

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Re: How do you become a Witch
« Reply #10 on: March 09, 2012, 09:31:52 PM »
What qualifies as tangible in your mind? Or, how would you define magic? Is it supposed to be a la Mary Poppins or Matilda? Have you ever seen magic heal another person physically and emotionally? Have you ever seen magic used to open doors of opportunity? Have you ever made a faulty electronic device finally work by magic? Have you ever had a powerful dream only to wake up and find out that what you dreamed was really happening at that time? Have you ever made something happen for yourself, something big and extraordinary that wasn't going to happen for you until you put magic into it? Again, what is "tangible?" Objective and scientific? No. Totally discountable then? No.

Magic is self-empowering. It gives people the means to be more wholly themselves, more in alignment with their desires and goals, and allows them to be more effective. To refine and sharpen your skills, you have to practice and seek to master a craft. One moment of success is astonishing. What else can I do? What else is possible? What used to blow me away, amaze me completely, is nothing to what can do so for me now. =)
~Wisdom Begins In Wonder - Socrates~

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Re: How do you become a Witch
« Reply #11 on: March 12, 2012, 03:09:32 AM »
I've brought about plenty of tangible results with witchcraft. Most people who can't create serious results lack patience and discipline - they do a few spells over the course of a week with vague goals, then declare that it must not work because the world didn't fall into their lap. Magic takes just as much dedication as learning any trade.

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Re: How do you become a Witch
« Reply #12 on: May 22, 2012, 03:32:30 PM »
We must distinguish Wiccan witches who have roots in shamanism and black witches who are connected with the infernal powers. Both can bedevil. But the Wiccan witches can not rank as the devil's structure. Black witches are different from those they serve Princes of Darkness
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Re: How do you become a Witch
« Reply #13 on: June 23, 2012, 09:52:24 AM »
In addition to what was said above, we must differentiate modern Wiccan witches from tradition witches.

The first were witchcraft practitioners that used to conduct solo rituals most of the time, while modern Wiccan witches have developed an eclectic version of the former magick rituals and usually working in groups.
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Re: How do you become a Witch
« Reply #14 on: July 21, 2012, 11:43:59 PM »
Most witches tend to be solitary practitioners. Also not all Wiccans practice witchcraft nor are all witches believers in Wicca.

I'm Judeo-pagan, solitary, and my magickal practice is mainly along the lines of hoodoo. I don't believe in the devil so I certainly don't worship him.

There have been some interesting studies in quantum physics that discuss different planes of reality existing simultaneously and how thought and intention can have an effect on the sub-atomic level.

Psychoenergetic Science: A Second Copernican Scale Revolution by Dr. William A. Tiller, PhD
Some Science Adventures with Real Magic by Dr. William A. Tiller, PhD
The Intention Experiment: Using Your Thoughts to Change Your Life and the World by Lynne McTaggart

Most people think of witches as being superstitious and gullible, but that isn't necessarily who we are. Many of us are intelligent, well-educated, well-read and have studied our craft extensively.

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