New to Witchcraft? Start Here!

Welcome to the Witchipedia. Whether you call yourself a newbie, a baby witch, a seeker, an acolyte or just a beginner, you are welcome! I understand the getting started in witchcraft, magic and the occult can be overwhelming. Where do you begin? The Witchipedia is a wonderful resource, but it’s Just. So. Much. So, I have put together this handy getting started guide.

How to get started

  1. Start a journal. It does not have to be fancy. You can use it to keep notes on what you learn, as well as observations of your environment, your feelings about things, behaviors you observe in others, your dreams, etc. You can draw in it, paste pictures and articles you like into it. Or just write in it. It doesn’t have to be fancy. You don’t need to worry about your Book of Shadows right now, but this journal will eventually be a part of it.
  2. Meditate. Daily. Learn to observe your thoughts and feelings without judgment.  You will use this in magic one day. It will help you know yourself (Witch Skill #1 Know Yourself) and focus your energy as well as segue into things like divination lucid dreaming and astral projection.
  3. Observe the world around you. Don’t worry right now about what they did 1000 years ago on another continent. Learn about your immediate environment. Identify the plants, birds, and other life in your own yard and get to know them. Go to your local historical places, cemeteries, monuments, even churches, and spend some time in them. Note how they make you feel and the effect they have on others. This helps you learn about energy, how it affects you, how you can affect it and how it flows. This is a basic skill for spellwork.
  4. Observe natural cycles. Again, don’t worry about what they did 1000 years ago on another continent. Take note of the changing of the seasons and how they are marked in your own community. Take part in those celebrations. Tend a garden, take regular nature walks, and observe the changes in the scenery. Mark the full moon and the new moon. How you do it is not as important as just doing it. If it is helpful to you, you can join our Virtual Circles on the Discord group. But you can create a simple ritual to do on your own. Light a candle and meditate. Take a moonlit walk. Play some music and dance. Pray. Choose a way to mark the full and/or new moon and just do the same thing each month. It need not take more than a few minutes. This helps you be in tune with the cycles of the universe to plan your own activities in harmony and increase your magical success.

Connecting with the Community

We have a number of Facebook groups, including Witchipedia’s Introduction to Magick and Witchcraft, Theory and Practice. You can also get answers to your questions, weekly chats, and information on our Discord Server.

In addition, you are invited to join our other Facebook groups:

Witchipedia Chat

Kitchen Witch Corner

Bloomin’ Witches: Wortcunning, Wildcrafting and Magickal Gardening

Recommended Reading

In beginning your magical practice, it is important to read from a wide variety of sources. These are a few to get you started and provide you with a solid foundation to grow from. I have purposely chosen a somewhat broad range of perspectives, but not too broad, so as not to confuse. Many of these are considered foundational works.

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Psychic Witch: A Metaphysical Guide to Meditation, Magick & Manifestation
Psychic Witch: A Metaphysical Guide to Meditation, Magick & Manifestation
Auryn, Mat (Author); English (Publication Language); 264 Pages - 02/08/2020 (Publication Date) - Llewellyn Publications (Publisher)
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Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America
Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America
Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-worshippers, and Other Pagans in America; Adler, Margot (Author)
The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft
The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft
Amazon Kindle Edition; Hutton, Ronald (Author); English (Publication Language); 501 Pages - 02/15/2001 (Publication Date) - OUP Oxford (Publisher)
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Paganism: An Introduction to Earth- Centered Religions
Paganism: An Introduction to Earth- Centered Religions
Higginbotham, River (Author); English (Publication Language); 250 Pages - 07/08/2002 (Publication Date) - Llewellyn Publications (Publisher)
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Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner
Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner
Scott Cunningham (Author); English (Publication Language); 240 Pages - 12/03/1989 (Publication Date) - Llewellyn Publications (Publisher)
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Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft (Llewellyn's Practical Magick)
Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft (Llewellyn's Practical Magick)
Buckland, Raymond (Author); English (Publication Language); 251 Pages - 09/08/2002 (Publication Date) - Llewellyn Publications (Publisher)
The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Goddess: 20th Anniversary Edition
The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Goddess: 20th Anniversary Edition
Starhawk (Author); English (Publication Language); 336 Pages - 09/22/1999 (Publication Date) - HarperOne (Publisher)
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The Crystal Bible (The Crystal Bible Series)
The Crystal Bible (The Crystal Bible Series)
The Crystal Bible: A Definitive Guide to Crystals; Hall, Judy (Author); English (Publication Language)
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The Herb Book: The Most Complete Catalog of Herbs Ever Published (Dover Cookbooks)
The Herb Book: The Most Complete Catalog of Herbs Ever Published (Dover Cookbooks)
Lust, John (Author); English (Publication Language); 640 Pages - 07/16/2014 (Publication Date) - Dover Publications (Publisher)

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