This week our letter comes from a dear sweet new witch.
I have just started looking into Paganism and Witchcraft but I don’t know where to start. Do you have any recommendations? Websites? Books? Anything at all would be greatly appreciated.
Dazed and Confused
Dazed and Confused,
Look no further my little new witch. I am here to help you wade through all the bullshit and mass confusion that comes from being new. There are tons of books on the shelves for beginners and I mean a ton, so much that it is mind boggling and truly unneeded. Don’t break your bank account picking all of them up, I know it is tempting as I did that in the beginning. After reading most of them, I ended up turning more than half of those books over to other individuals and these days I rarely pick up a new book. What’s sad is this, once you have read one book about Wicca, you have read them all. There are some slight shifts in things, mainly the spells, but in all honesty, one book is as good as another.
What I do recommend is picking up one good book about herbs, one about stones, one about the sabbats, oneabout a path that interests you, for example; Druiditic shamanism, Fae magick, ect., one about a mythology that interests you (these I can never stop picking up) and one beginner witch’s/Wicca book. Six books are a great place to start. I always recommend Scott Cunningham, he is one of my favorite authors, and he covers multiple topics in a range of books.
http://www.facebook.com (there are many great Pagan groups on Facebook)
Don’t get too overwhelmed by all the information that is out there. I know it is easy to do because there is sooooo much information that is available but remember that some of it is utter bullshit. Also, always question. If you see something that you don’t agree with 100%, question it and flip the middle finger to the people that tell you that it HAS to be the way they said it is. Look for multiple sources for information, ignore the obnoxious Gatekeepers, and never be afraid to ask questions. Have fun on your journey and go start learning.
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