|—||Barry H. Gillespie (via onlinecounsellingcollege)|
The exquisite ancient standing stone circle of Lauragh, Kerry, Ireland by Hughie O’Connor
Hi lovely, I can certainly do that.
- Don’t commit to anything right away. A lot of people who are new to witchcraft or paganism (note: the two are separate concepts but often go hand in hand) feel the need to “choose” a specific tradition, path, or deity. This is absolutely not necessary, you don’t need to label yourself right away, or even at all. Of course, if you really feel drawn to something, go for it; what I’m saying is that you shouldn’t feel pressure to make up your mind immediately about the direction you’re going to go in, ya feel?
- Experiment. Something that I figured out when I was starting was that there isn’t always a specific way to do something. For example, astral travel: there isn’t a specific spell or ritual shared among all witches to enable you to astral travel. Certain traditions might have specific ways to do certain things, but witchcraft is really customizable. I always recommend doing what works best for you personally, and to figure that out, you have to experiment with different ways of doing things. Which brings me to my next point…
- You will make mistakes/fail/be wrong/fuck up sometimes. This is just a fact, and regardless of what they claim, every single witch has done this before, and they’ve probably done it many times. And, people are probably going to get shitty with you about it, especially if your mistake takes place here on Tumblr. Or, you’ll do a spell that totally backfires and does the opposite of what it was supposed to do. Or, you interact with an entity who turns out to be unsavory.
You cannot let this prevent you from moving forward, or you will never make any progress! But, it’s important that you recognize your mistake(s) and learn from it. If someone calls you out for something, listen to what they have to say, and ask for sources if they don’t give them to you immediately. If you were wrong about something, apologize and move on. If your spell backfired, figure out why, and decide what you’ll do differently in the future. The same goes for unpleasant entity interactions, except you’ll likely want to figure out how to protect against that sort of thing in the future and banish them from your presence for the time being.
Those are the main things I can think of! For the record, I am not one of the people who is going to be mean to you if you have made a mistake, so you can always come to me if you’re nervous. I’m only mean to people who are being assholes.
If you have any other questions about getting started, don’t be afraid to ask me!
Rain falls down my cheek
I wish, I wish I knew better then I know now
As the wolf comes running and running we did.
Bryn Celli Dhu (The Mound in the dark grove), Anglesey.
Bryn Celli Dhu began as a henge - a bank and ditch enclosed a cricle of 14 stones. Shortly afterwards the site was deliberately overbuilt by a large burial mound. (Photosnappery by me).
|—||John Muir (via inatt)|