Sunday 28 November 2010

My Advice to Newbies

I am by no means an authority on all of the Craft. I am however an authority of my own Path (or so I tell the Gods). And these are the things I wish I had known when I started on my path.

1) No matter how much you study this isn't a path that has one definite end. You are constantly learning and the information you once thought was solid?? Give it a few more tries and believe me something new will pop up, It's up to you to determine if this will influence you practice.

2) There are no definite authorities in this path, no one person who can say "this is the only way it can be done" this is both comforting and it is daunting. You are now in charge of learning and expanding your knowledge and constantly challenge your understanding of your understanding.

3) Tools will seek you out, when you are ready to move onto something new you will know. You will be at a craft store, a bazaar, the witchy shop or even in the comfort of your home and surfing the internet, but you will KNOW it when you see it. So don't stress

4) What you do today, may not be what you do in two months, 1 year, 5 years. And that is OK, your practice evolves as you evolve and understand the Gods and your path.

5) Don't buy everything listed in the witcy books, unless you really feel the need for them, because and believe me this is true, no matter if you have all the tools, incense and perfect ceremony, if your heart and soul aren't into it??? It's not worth the time it took for you to half-ass call the Elements

6) Not everything is black and white., What you say you will never do today, may come back to haunt you later when you have exhausted all other possibilities and are now stuck, in the case of hexing it's a absolute last case life and death choice for me. Exhaust ever other avenue first, because as long as the hex is working you are stuck with that person tied to you.

7) A witch must know her limits, we can't know everything to do with the craft, learn at your own pace, I have been doing this a while and am now just getting to Theban script. O_o Yeah I know. Become good at one thing instead of adequate at everything.

8) No one likes a know it all,, if your opinion is on everything has to be right ALL the time, you should start to really look at yourself, other's opinion matters also, don't get into the habit of correcting everyone way of saying something (even if you are right, it's annoying to hear all the time)

9) Go with your gut, if it doesn't feel right, walk away, your instincts are there for a reason, no matter what they say, not everyone who is in the Craft is there because they want to help the masses, some people are here because they think they can control others, or are narcissistic and which to be the Priest or Priestess. Run don't walk away from these people and their issues. 

10) Know your limits and know yourself well enough to walk away from "friends" if you must. Not everyone is going to understand your faith, you could talk til your blue, and they still won't understand, Don't make it an issues and it won't be one. 

11) There is no one perfect image of a witch, we come in all shapes, sized, race, sex, and orientation, there is no need to all attempt to look like Starhawk or Laurie Cabot, don't be a second rate Starhawk be a first rate you, maybe in a few years people will want to emulate you too. There is no one way to dress as a witch, so don't feel the need to run out and buy a new wardrobe, what you have works just fine.

Blessed Be my loves


  1. Newbie or not I have to say that these are good points for a witch/pagan on any place in their path. It is amazing how often we loose track of these simple principles. The world is shades of gray not black and white, a point to always remember.

  2. A wise and wonderful post, Aisha. Thank you for sharing.

  3. @ Faerie Sage: How true we need to hear these new or "old" hats alike, it's so easy to get lost in the mire of being "the witchest witch" and forget that this is a Faith not just a religion.

    @ MsLilypads :P

    @TD Your welcome. thanks for stopping by

    Blessed Be


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