Becoming a Witch – male or female – is not just about casting spells and working with Magic, it is also about building awareness, finding your own Power and living in harmony with Nature and the Universe. In the process, you will also become more confident, more focused, and you will learn to find inspiration and see the bigger picture in every situation. In the end, you will be developing your intuition as a way to wisdom and connection with the spiritual world.
Witches are very exceptional people and some will call us freaks because we think in a different way. We find beautiful patterns in the simplest things and we really believe we have ultimate control over what happens in our lives… Our wonderful fairy tales! 💜
So keep reading if you want to join this tour of self-discovery as you learn not just how to cast a spell, but also how to channel the energies of the Earth, the Sun and the Moon following the ancient principles on which all Witchcraft is based. Sounds easy? Becoming a Witch is a path that could take you a lifetime.
How Can I Become a Real Witch?
In the first lesson of Spellcasting 101, we will learn:
There is no set guide or standard procedure, there is no “Hogwarts School of Magic” where long-bearded professors will teach you exactly how to become a Wizard.
Remember, everyone has a different path to discover. No two Witches are the same, that’s why sharing experiences and learning from each other can be the most important part. Open your mind to new beliefs and practices, search for books, courses, browse the Internet or watch documentaries that can guide you into what tingles your senses, so you can shape your own spiritual life. 🔮
Here’s a quick guide with 5 easy steps that will help you get started.
Step 1: Know 💡
The first step to becoming a Witch is to Know what your intentions are. Where would you like your Witchcraft to take you?
Let’s set a goal for the short and long term. To do this, you must know where you are. This is a great opportunity to use your intuition. Stop for a second and think of who you are right now.
Some of the main traits of Witches are:
- High sensitivity,
- Powerful intuition,
- Manifest creativity,
- Meaningful ideas,
- Intense character.
We are all born with psychic and instinctive abilities. We are born with the ability to connect with our soul, our Higher Self, and to listen to our intuition. While most people might not use these skills everyday, they can only get so far by thinking it’s all just coincidences. Sometimes we really are channeling the energy that exists in and around us 🙌.
The first step to becoming a Witch is to know that your life is the result of your actions. And your actions are the result of your words and thoughts. To gain control of your reality, first you need to know how to control your mind. And this is something that you can learn and master.
So, how does this relate to Witchcraft and casting spells? There are many types of Witchcraft and each of them offers different experiences. But most of them have their roots inside the heart and mind of the spellcaster.
Positive Witchcraft is a practice for the keenly aware and well-disposed Witch. As with any other subject, there is an ethic to working with Magic and other energies. Most of the time you are free to do whatever you please, as long as it harms none.
A true Witch never sees things from a single point of view. That’s why we never petition for revenge, but rather for justice. From now on, you must be flexible and able to see the different facets of everything around you: things, people, attitudes, and opinions.
If Witchcraft is what you want for your life, the best thing you can do now is read books on Witchcraft, Paganism, and the Occult. While reading books and studying are very beneficial, Wicca and other forms of Paganism are closely related to Nature. Whatever has to happen, will be in conformity with the laws of Nature.
So go out and experiment with the creation of the Divine. Go camping. Take hikes in the mountains. Swim in the lake. Absorb the energy of the Sun and the Moon. Watch birds. Learning Witchcraft means to research as much as you can about ancient traditions, worship of the Earth, Sun, and Moon as proof of the forces of the Universe. This is all part of the first steps towards becoming a real-life Witch.
You will learn more in Lesson 10: What is Wicca?
Let’s say you already know the basics and you have decided that this is definitely something that fits your belief system. Do this Exercise:
📓 In a notebook or journal, begin to write some of the reasons why you think Witchcraft is your way:
- What does it mean to be a Witch for you?
- What do you hope to achieve while learning Witchcraft?
- What fears do you find in following this path?
- What do you feel when you think of God/Goddess?
- What does the Divine or the Spiritual World mean to you?
Be completely honest. Nobody is going to read it except for you. Unless you feel like sharing your thoughts, then you can post them in our Community Forum for feedback. There are no right or wrong answers to these questions.
Having a notebook that will eventually become your Book of Shadows is a great way to start. Later, you will use it to keep your favorite spells, track your experiments and your progress as a Witch.
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This PDF page comes with a transparent background so you can print it on any kind of paper you want and add it to your own Book of Shadows.
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Step 2: Focus 🔍
To Focus means learning to meditate.
More importantly, Focus is the quiet moment in which we can communicate with the God, the Goddess, and with ourselves, taking pressure away from the conscious mind and channeling instead our spiritual consciousness. Meditation usually precedes every Magical act and ritual of worship ✨.
Meditation has very ancient origins. Early humans needed to stop and contemplate Nature just like we do. From active observation to meditation there are a few steps, and beyond there is an altered state of consciousness which doesn’t require any substances. Meditation, in a way, is a door to the spiritual world.
Witchcraft and Meditation can be combined in many different ways: It is the perfect moment to connect with the Divinity, or just to create a quiet space that helps align the mind.
An advanced Witch is able to voluntarily travel between different levels of consciousness. Other techniques include contemplative and introspective meditations, lucid dreams, and visualizations.
Many followers of Paganism and Neopaganism know that meditation is a fundamental pillar to maintaining a solid connection with the Higher Self and the Divinity.
Meditation is a daily practice that can help us connect with our deepest, wisest and most intuitive mind 🌅.
The best way to Meditate? Follow our witchy Guided Meditations
Step 3: Cast 🔔
To Cast means to throw or direct outwards. This is the ritual part of Magic.
The manifestation of a desire is just energy of thought that runs throughout the Universe. In this way a deep desire can be realized. Manifesting the life you want is an art that requires a lot of discipline, an open mind and a good dose of Faith in Life.
Your thoughts and your words become your reality, so protect your thoughts and guard your words. Always stay positive!
Once you acquire the practice of visualizing and creating what you want, nothing can stop you 💪.
Following the many lessons you can find in this website, you will learn how to master your thoughts, your words, your actions, and in turn, your Manifestations. We achieve this by casting real-life spells and rituals.
How do rituals work?
When working with metaphysics, a ritual act or spiritual practice is basically a form of exercise. Think about how your body works: by exercising frequently and staying active, you stay in shape and promote a healthy body. Your spiritual life is no different: To keep it healthy, you must have some kind of spiritual exercise. Spells are a great way of achieving a healthy spiritual life and staying engaged in our own personal growth.
Another type of powerful ritual acts are affirmations. They work on the subconscious mind through “auto-suggestion”, fostering a better mindset for your everyday life. For example, by concentrating your thoughts before you go to sleep, you can channel part of your energy onto what you want and need. If you are going through a moment of fear you could say “I transform my fear into Power”.
As with any other religious practice, it is essential to stay positive and have faith in what you do at all times.
You probably already know that many spells use the power of candles. You probably made a wish before blowing out the candles on your last birthday cake!
Since ancient times candles have been used in rituals of Magic due to the indisputable power of fire to protect and to awaken vitality through light and heat 🔥.
Many Pagans and practitioners will always add candles to their rituals. Lighting a candle can help you relax, making your spaces more welcoming and peaceful. You can benefit from their energy during moments of introspection, whether during meditation, writing a wish list, taking a relaxing bath, practicing yoga, etc.
If you feel comfortable with the idea of using candles for your rituals, then you are ready to start casting Magic spells.
We have collected plenty of spells from different sources, you can find them all by browsing Spells8.com
It is a great idea to start by following spells or rituals that you find in books or websites, but keep in mind that every spell was written by a particular Witch at a given time in their life, so it is best to use them as a guide to create your own rituals and write your own spells for your individual needs.
Step 4: Connect 🎯
To Connect means to use your Power to improve your relationship with yourself and others.
Many times we do not realize that everything we have – family, friends, work opportunities, projects, travel, health, love, as well as any wish we have fulfilled – are small miracles that not everyone can have. We assume that we deserve all these, but often times we are not aware of how difficult or impossible it is for other people to have that which we take for granted. Think about it!
You can easily get into a different state of consciousness by just spending some time everyday thanking for everything you have. For example, you can start in the morning when you wake up, giving thanks for having had a good night of sleep, for having the opportunity to live one more day, with all of its potential. Do the same at night before going to bed. Your “To Thank” list can get really long if you focus on the positive aspects of your life and everything you have, instead of the negatives or what you do not have yet.
Giving thanks should be a daily ritual. But even if you do not practice it very often, you will still notice a big change happening in your life, as soon as you start thanking the Universe. Take it seriously, take a minute to do it now. You can write it down on your notebook, or you can sit back and meditate for a minute, then create a mental list of things which you are grateful for. Start by focusing on yourself and you will notice how others automatically start to appear in your mental picture. Give thanks to them in your mind first. When you are ready, you can thank them in person.
Looking for Daily Rituals? Go to the Daily Wiccan Devotional Page
Some will recommend a year and a day of self-studying before considering joining a coven (a circle of Witches, male or female). This time should be more than enough to fully consider why you want to become a Witch and what your path will look like, while discovering what ideas, rituals, tools, and practices work best for you.
Some people may choose not to join any organized group, that’s not a problem. A Solitary Witch is still a Witch. But even if you do not join a group, you may want to consider meeting with others who think alike from time to time. It always helps to discover new ideas and meet other people who share your interests.
A Coven refers to meetings of Witches of any magical tradition 🍷.
A coven is a group of practitioners, say a brotherhood or sisterhood, that meets to study, share and celebrate, and is governed by certain rules.
Some covens consist of a traditional maximum of 13 members. The organization of the coven depends a lot on the Tradition that is followed, since there are several Wiccan currents: Traditional Wicca, Dianic Wicca, Celtic Wicca, Eclectic Wicca, etc.
The Coven can become an extension of the Witch’s family. It is a place to deepen your experience and knowledge about religion and Magic.
What about the people around you now? Your friends and family, coworkers or even your partner. It is possible that they won’t understand all these new changes going on in your life. Change can be uncomfortable for people. It makes them face the reality that someone is working hard to improve, and it challenges what they’re doing for themselves.
Some say that you become the average of the 5 people that are closest to you. They have a subconscious and powerful impact on your decisions, actions, and mindset. This is the reason why successful Witches enjoy each other’s company in the same way athletes prefer to talk to other athletes. As you are getting into Witchcraft more and more, you will need to surround yourself with people with the same goals as you.
This could mean that if you tell your friends and family about your newfound wisdom, they might not accept it and you will end up a “Broom Closet Witch“. Don’t study alone! Join our little online coven and meet witchy-minded people.
Step 5: Transform 🔥
To Transform means to Empower yourself and finally change your life.
This Transformation implies a connection with the hidden reality that alters this world and that can precisely and successfully reveal and bring to fruition your True Will. In other words, using your Witch Powers in real life.
Transformations occur when Magic, something truly invisible to others, becomes your connection with Nature, with Life, and it becomes your day to day 🌎.
Practicing positive Witchcraft! Follow and create your own rituals every day. Steadily improving your life can lead to amazing transformations in the matters of love, relationships, career, looks, or whatever success means to you.
Real Magic is an active, premeditated, sure and firm attempt to change a current reality, removing obstacles and allowing a reality that has not yet occurred to finally blossom. Remember that sometimes your subconscious is a few years ahead, so stay positive!
Be welcomed to join this sacred path that always has a happy ending. Follow your dreams and, above all, get rid of everything that is holding back your encounter with Happiness.
Learning Witchcraft and practicing rituals of Magic by yourself will teach you what works for you and what suits you best. Once you realize that, you can find others with whom to share your experiences, spells and rituals.
Witchcraft is about working with the energies of Nature, finding patterns and connections within the big picture and the Universe.
The decision to become a Witch is not something that should be taken lightly. It is not a costume that can be put on or taken off at will. Witchcraft becomes your whole life and can drastically change your perception of the world.
Becoming a Witch affects everything and everyone around you. In some cases in a positive way, but it always alters how others will see you, so be aware that they may start to consider you different and you should be prepared for this.
Most important, remember the First Rule of Witchcraft:
If it does not harm anyone, do what you want and be happy.
📓 In this lesson, you will learn the following, and more:
✦ What are Spells?
✦ Do Spells Really Work?
✦ Rules for Spellcasting
✦ Your Altar
✦ Casting a Spell
✦ Safety Measures
✦ Invocations and Spiritual Aids
✦ Chants and Prayers
✦ Closing the Ritual
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