TIPS AND SUGGESTIONS FOR THE WITCH-CURIOUS
For all those who hold that wonderful motivating force, curiosity, in their hearts! 🌜🌞🌛
- •Look into the history.At the risk of sounding like a teacher assigning a research project—look into the various options regarding what it means to be a witch! There is no monolithic 'witch culture,' despite what many modern writers, choosing to ignore historical context, would have you believe. Throughout history, the persecution of witches generally did not target self-identified witches but rather has always been rooted in factors like misogyny, ableism, ethnoreligious discrimination (notably antisemitism), etc.
- •Consider your options.With the above statement being said, one wonderful consequence of the variability of what falls under the umbrella term 'witchcraft' is that there are endless numbers of ways to incorporate witchery into your life. There are herbalists, diviners, root workers, healers, alchemists, kitchen witches, naturalists, metallurges, annointers, priest[esse]s, and so on and so on and so on! The possibilities are truly unlimited.
- •Think about how witching might best fit into your life.Becoming a witch (or choosing to accept that you are a witch, or further delving into your magic, etc.) does not call for the renunciation of previous beliefs or occupations: though there are those who align themselves with Wicca and other formal witch-specific options, there are also witches in every religion, even those of which certain members may historically have condemned witchcraft; for example, there is absolutely no contradiction in being a christopagan or other such believer.
- •Thus: it is possible to work your witching into any aspect—be it temperament, occupation, conviction, or anything else—of your existing identity.Being a witch calls for openness, not for a prescriptive closing-off.
- •Explore possible affinities.Many people, even those who have never (consciously) acted on any natural undercurrent of power, find that there are certain elements or objects with which they have a particular connection. If you have no experience with this, that feeling may be difficult to trace or describe, but pay attention to subtle buzzing or glowing sensations, feelings that something is 'off' but not in a negative way, and other such palpations. You likely already have inherent potential waiting to be manifested.
- •Begin small. Be careful not to intimidate yourself or become overwhelmed! If you are curious about witchcraft but don't know where to start, give a minor spell a try and focus on how you feel in having done so.Try imbuing a token or amulet with particular energies (need a boost? create a confidence charm! susceptible to worry? put soothing positive power into a physical symbol to ground you!) and carry it around with you for a few days.Even if you don't notice a tangible effect from the object itself, do you feel impacted by the ACTION of the magic? The hope is for witching to be a positive force for you in some, any, way.
- •Ask around.You might be surprised by how many people in your life are already practicing witchery in their own ways or who are also curious and yearning for more. There are certainly solitary witches, but witches also thrive in communion with one another.
- •You may already have the makings of an impressive circle (or community, or coven, or cohort, or camaraderie, or even cabal) of fellow witches to whom you can turn for companionship, strength, comfort—and ideas.Together you may be able to help one another work to even greater understanding and achievement than you would have on your own.
- •Keep your curiosity! ✨If you have other questions or would like more specific tips, please do remember that we are here! I am here! Many witches are very open to helping others grow in their knowledge. I certainly am warmed by such inquiries. Your curiosity is a wonderful thing, and I encourage you to nurture and sustain it.