How to become
Step 1: Learning Witchcraft
Before you jump into practicing spells, specific practices or any practical applications it is very important that you start learning witchcraft fundamentals. There are many misconceptions about witchcraft, and there are many sources that will have inaccurate information. It is important you do your due diligence and read accredited books and papers and sources. Find books to read and more info on information to be wary. Also, keep in mind that everyone’s journey is their own, there is not a set path for everyone. That is why doing research is vital, so you can find information about witchcraft that truly connects to you and what you believe.
Research information on different traditions and see if any connected to you. Keep in mind there are many traditions that are “closed”. Meaning that you either have to be born or formally initiated into the culture or religion to have the right to practice and participate in their spiritual traditions. Examples include Native American and Hindu related practices, and also formal Wicca in its traditional form where formal initiation into a coven is “required”. Be respectful of traditions and practices that are closed for specific cultures. Talk to people involved in that practice and culture, ask questions. They will let you know what is okay and what is not.
But remember, witchcraft is for everyone, no one is prohibited. There is not set rules that you must follow to learn how to become a witch. While it is important to respect those closed cultures, there are so many different types of witchcraft from various religious associations; atheist, Jewish, Luciferian, Wicca, agnostic, and many others. Or you don’t have to be associated with religion at all. Do your research, learn as much as you can, set goals for your practice and what you want to learn, and decide what is best for you.
Step 2: Begin to Practice
After learning, researching and finding what general path resonates with you, now you can start collecting tools of the trade so you can begin practicing witchcraft. Each Witch will require and/or desire different tools depending on their traditions and preferences. Also, different tools are required for different spells and intentions. There are many tools that are more or less universal. But remember no specific tools are required in order for you to be a witch. Tools that you can start looking into are wands, herbs, mortar and pestles, mineral spirits and salts, and other altar related materials.
Another step depending on what tools you start to acquire is knowing if they require any charging or cleansing related rituals. Tools that can require this include crystals, wands and more. Be in tune with your tools and keep them free of negative energy. Use traditions and practices related to your specific path, and be respectful of those used by close cultures.
Choosing a space for your practice is also something to consider. Somewhere you feel safe and content to practice your traditions. Cleansing this area is also important, and keeping in mind that this area can go undisturbed while your practice rituals and spellcasting. This is a place where you can keep your tools, your altar(s), and other materials.
After you have gathered tools and found your space, start to look into spellcasting if you are interested in the practice and how to perform them in a safe way. Make sure you have fully researched not only how to start and cast the spell, but also how to end it. I also think it’s important to note that in the beginning, practice simpler spells. Build your way up to more difficult spellcasting, and be careful. There are many spells you can find on the internet, some that aren’t legit or aren’t created with the best intentions. Spells can backfire, they can leave a negative impact if done incorrectly. Be smart, and be careful.
"Everyone's journey is their own, there is not a set path for everyone"
Step 3: Develop Your Practice
Witchcraft is a lifelong journey and practice. Always keep learning and developing your tradition and practices. One way to do this is by finding a guide. Finding a guide is of course not required, but it can help to have someone to help you further develop your learning. Being conscious of your capabilities is very important. Be conscious of what tools you have and what you know, don’t over perform. It is much better to be honest about your knowledge and learn and get help from there.
When you start your practice, it is a good idea to start your own book of shadows and/or grimoire. Most witches have a book of shadows because it is a more personal documentation of your practice. You can use it to record spells, observations, dreams, and incantations as you find them through your research and learning. Think of it more as a diary. While a grimoire is less personal. It can also include spells and incantations, but it is specifically for more technical information. You can write instructions for potions and the magickal properties of herbs and crystals. Book of shadows are personal and need to be protected, while a grimoire can be shared and revised.
You can also start to build your altar or general magickal practicing space. The construction of your space can vary entirely from tradition to tradition, and based on what tools you need or want. You are quite simply, creating a space where you can practice. It can display personal totems and inspirational objects and tools essential for your practice like crystals, candles, etc. Research what specific types of objects you may need for your space based on your tradition. For example, if you are a Green Witch or Wiccan, you may want to include nature related objects like herbs and rocks on your altar.
You may also want to look into how your tradition and practices relate to the seasons and/or lunar cycles. This is not a required aspect of witchcraft, but many witches find it to be beneficial to be in tune with the changing seasons and lunar changes. Astrology and planet shifts can also play a part in witchcraft. Research it if it interests you and see how it affects your emotional, physical, and magick-related responses.
The most important thing is to never stop growing and learning; keep writing your discoveries and spells, acquire more herbs, crystals and oils, keep your designated magickal space growing. Read new and old books and published works. Talk to other witches, look into a coven if that interests you. Keep moving forward with your craft and your craft will move with you. In no time, you will have many resources at your disposal that will show you how to become a witch in a way you are happy with.