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.
peace and Love