I remember when I first got started on the path of paganism, I took about 6 months to a year to just explore my options. I read books on Buddhism, Taoism, the Book of Mormon, other “lost” books of the Bible (just out of curiosity. I found these to be interesting but not really the right fit for me. I have always loved different cultures and taking the time to just learn about a whole bunch of different ones and take the time to consider my spiritual path was an enlightening time that taught me a lot about myself.
My father died in 2008 and it really shook me to my core. I stopped going to church (I was a baptist up until the age of 25, which is when my father died) I became a Deist for about two years, since I was very angry at a god who had killed my father as a joke, laughing at my pain, after years of infertility it was just too much. On top of that I was married to an emotionally abusive man and I was just broken spiritually. I know now that “god” wasnt playing tricks, or laughing at me, I’ve come a long way from where I was. All of those experiences really tested me and completely changed me in a way that made me reconsider and examine everything I ever believed in.
When I was going through my separation and divorce, I finally felt free enough to just explore. To examine my belief system and make a decision. Yes, I had also researched Wicca and Witchcraft. While it truly interested me, it felt overwhelming to even begin to make sense of all that I’d need to learn and study in order to make a true decision. So I decided that the study of magick wasn’t right for me at that time. I knew my heart had been calling me to the Native beliefs for a long time, nearly all of my life. So I went with my heart and chose the Native path. I feel at the time it was where I was meant to be and it was a good way for me to transition into Paganism.
It took me a few years of following Native beliefs to come to the realization that it was seriously lacking. I love Native spirituality but I needed more. I could still hear my spirit guide calling me to learn more and answer the call of my spirit to higher spiritual things.
When I decided Native spirituality wasn’t giving me enough of what I needed, I went online and resumed my studies and research. I also found Azure.com and spent way more money on Witchy supplies than I should have. But it was a good lesson learned concerning what a new witch or Pagan actually needs to get started on this path.
So what do you actually need? You can just go all out like I did and invest in over $200 in supplies like a beautiful oversized Book of Shadows (that looked a lot like the one from the tv show Charmed, lol), books and altar pieces. So that was great in all but what I did not realize was that all those things didn’t make me more magickal or witchy.
I was ready to start trying spells and I had no idea that attempting spells should come after study about doing spells. I needed to figure out what my personal beliefs were concerning types of spells and witchcraft. I learned the hard way that “things” dont make the magick. Your intention and willpower do. Your focus on energy, directing it towards your desired goals is the most powerful aspect of who you are as a witch.
Of all the books I bought in the beginning, my absolute favorite and most highly recommended would be Solitary Witchcraft for the New Generation by Silver Ravenwolf. It is written for teenage Wiccans, but nevertheless a great book to start with because it has nearly everything you need to start studying. It is just like a big work/study book on multiple subjects that pertain to Wicca, Witchcraft and also Paganism.
Now I’ve not yet read Raymond Buckland’s Blue Book on Wicca, but I do hope to get my hands on it someday just for difference in opinion and to learn a few more things as I go. There are several other books such as Ann Moura’s Grimoire for the Green Witch. While it is a gorgeous book, I personally feel it is not a good book for a beginner because it has more information (like knowledge you would already know from years of study) than it is learning material. It is basically a Book of Shadows or Grimoire for the Green Witch. There is a LOT LESS information in Ann Moura’s book in comparison to Silver Ravenwolf’s Book of Shadows. Both are wonderful books so I can’t complain but if you are looking for a good study guide Silver Ravenwolf is my go to for beginner’s personal study guide.
There are tons of great books out there, please be sure to get your hands on the books mentioned or something similar. The importance of research and study can’t be stressed enough. Study before you practice and it will go a long way in helping you grow and also in helping you discover your beliefs and how you would like to go about your pagan or witchy life
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