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Before You Begin - How to Get Started With Wicca

Updated on March 13, 2012

Wicca Huh?

Wicca is a very interesting path, and I'm not surprised you're here to learn about it. So many find themselves drawn to the Wiccan Way, and while many find they aren't hardy enough to keep up with it, others find themselves lifelong lovers of the craft.

So, if you're looking to get started with Wicca, I'd like to offer you this hub, to help send you in the right direction. I'm hoping that you'll be able to benefit from the years of stumbling and crashing through it that I did, as there is so much more available to you in this advanced technological age.

Before we begin, I'd like to offer you some forewarnings and information that you may not yet be aware of:

  1. Wicca is not "satanism", "black magic" or "devil" nonsense. The devil doesn't even exist along the wiccan path.
  2. Most practitioners generally agree that you cannot be considered truly wiccan until you have studied for a MINIMUM of one year and one day, by which time most will take part in an initiation (either by a coven or through self-initiation)
  3. Wicca is an ancient religion, though one shrouded in intense mystery. The reason for this is because Wicca on a whole, only has only a few hard rules that must be followed. Other than that, the path can be cultivated, adapted and developed by any who wish to do so. For this reason, Wicca has metamorphed through time, even changed names here and there. Do not let other mislead you into thinking that it is just a "new ager" thing. Wicca is the craft of the wise, and a noble path to follow, regardless of the generation or times when the craft has stepped out of the mainstream history books.
  4. It is generally considered unwise to use Wicca to bend or command another beings will in anyway. Love spells, hexes, curses and magick of that nature is very much frowned upon in Wicca, so if those are your goals, please consider studying another path.
  5. "As ye harm none, Do what ye will."

Books

Books are going to be one of your greatest resources in Wicca, as they have been since the days the Ovates stopped singing and started writing it all down. So when you find yourself with an interest in practicing Wicca, your first stop should be a book shop (physical or online, either works).

Since you're at the start of your spiral dance, take your time to pick out books that really call to you. Get some that take you through at least a brief history of Wicca, the basics of magick and information about various tools you'll want to keep handy - such as herbs.

Recommended Beginners Books:

  • How to Ride a Silver Broomstick - Silver RavenWolf
  • How to Stir a Magick Cauldron - Silver RavenWolf
  • To Light a Sacred Flame - Silver RavenWolf
  • Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magickal Herbs - Scott Cunningham
  • Wicca: A Guide For The Solitary Practitioner - Scott Cunningham
  • Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft - Raymond Buckland
  • The Spiral Dance - Starhawk

Once you've devoured these books, I recommend any of these authors on crystals, stones, charms, spellcraft and ritual knowledge. If you're willing to stretch yourself a bit, I also recommend anything by Carlos Casteneda. He's not about Wicca, however, it is about magick and it is a great way to open yourself up to many paths available to you.

Wiccan Websites

The first and best place I can recommend for any beginner, is Witch School. I have been attending their online school for three years now, slowly soaking in all they have to offer. Witch School teaches mostly Corrillean (I hope I spelled that right?) Wicca, though the principals are pretty similar to most modern Wiccan cultures. It's well worth it to learn at Witch School, even if you're ultimate path is outside f the Corrillean traditions. They have varying membership prices, including one for $5 a month.

Go to Witch School

You'll also want to swagger over to youtube and check out Magick TV which was started by Witch School, though now it has quiet an eclectic selection of videos.

Last but not least, if you really want to learn, your best source is going to be through meeting other like minded people. The best place I can recommend you start doing that, is to check out MeetUp.com events for your area.

Of course, you won't want to neglect Wikipedia in your search for spirituality. It's going to be a large part of your year and a day learning, and it's fairly unbiased, which is hard to find in most encyclopedias.

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  • Thundermama profile image

    Catherine Taylor 

    5 years ago from Canada

    Fabulous hub and comments. Very informative to the newcomer and book list most appreciated.

  • BizGenGirl profile imageAUTHOR

    CapriCookie 

    6 years ago from Lake Stevens

    Wow! That is an awesome list of books to recommend. I know it will help others who come across this hub =)

  • BizGenGirl profile imageAUTHOR

    CapriCookie 

    6 years ago from Lake Stevens

    @Diane, thank you for the great comment! I usually have the same problem - trying to explain all the slights and misconceptions of wicca and paganism in general, and in fact, this hub took me longer then expected because I went back through and deleted all that and just left the shortlist of things to be aware of. lol.

    I definitely want to go through eventually and do a three part series about wiccan misconceptions, though that deserves time that I don't have at the moment. lol.

    I also have a theory about wicca developing when the ovates "disappeared", and I want to explore that in a hub to, and see what others think.

    Anyway, thanks for the hublove! And feel free to print out this page and carry it around =)

    ~BB~

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    ScottLoogan 

    6 years ago from High Point, NC, USA

    Very good advice for beginners. My very first Wiccan book was actually A Wiccan Bardo, I think by Paul Beyerl. Just happened to be the first Wiccan book that fell into my hands. Was a great, enlightening read, but a little confusing to Wiccan newcomers. Then I read Cunningham's Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner, and got a better rooting in the basics. I briefly led a multi-path Pagan study group, and for people interested in learning Wicca, I always referred them to Cunningham and Buckland. Also, True Majick by Amber K., and Celtic Magic and Norse Magic by D.J.Conway were books I also felt gave a very good beginning in the art of magic in general. I'm still a Pagan, but no longer Wiccan, but it is what got me onto my Path initially, and I feel it is as good a place to start a journey as any, and very well might be where they stay for the rest of it. A good website for all Pagans looking for info and connection, is witchvox.com. There are also lots of viable online communities, on Facebook, Myspace, etc; for those who may not be able to have a local group.

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    Diane Van Hook 

    6 years ago from CT

    Thank you for putting up this post. Often when I introduce myself to non-Pagans, and state my interest, I find myself giving an impromptu intro to Wicca and Witchcraft, trying to dispel the long held misconceptions and propaganda that still stands. I should carry this around in my pocket!

  • BizGenGirl profile imageAUTHOR

    CapriCookie 

    6 years ago from Lake Stevens

    I agree completely. There are few books that I've loved from cover to cover, but all had something that helped me.

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    Dale Hyde 

    6 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

    Merry Meet BizGenGirl! Thanks for the kind words! :)

    As for any books I would recommend, well you mention two authors that helped me a lot when I was first learning and that would be Scott Cunningham and Silver RavenWolf. No books specifically, but reading what one can find by those two authors benefited me. I also used a method of going to a book store or the library, getting to that "good" section, lol, and then reaching for the first book that called out to me. I would read the book, take out of it what worked for me on various levels, and let the rest go. Rarely did I find a "whole" book that I could recommend completely, agreeing with every concept given.

  • BizGenGirl profile imageAUTHOR

    CapriCookie 

    6 years ago from Lake Stevens

    Thank you so much Dale! And Merry Meet! I really appreciate your insight for those that read this hub. I was trying to exemplify just what you said, though obviously I don't have the years of experience you do, to put it down so eloquently, lol.

    Are there any books that you would recommend for the beginning wiccan?

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    Dale Hyde 

    6 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

    A good hub with some great information. As a Wiccan High Priest with a coven that is quite large, I can speak with some authority on this. First of all, I don't believe that there are any "formal" guidelines outside of the few Traditional Wiccan Paths. It is great to have studied, researched and even attended a school, however, none is necessary to some and not required to become a Wiccan. Some people are drawn to Wicca simply by their conviction and heart condition. We set no guidelines for those who are new to the Path. We are teachers and elders and here to be available to those seeking without some formal guidelines and laws.

    The overall concept of Wicca is old indeed and ancient, however, Wicca itself, by that word, is relatively new on the scene coming into play in the early to mid 1900s.

    Out of all the books out there, I can not recommend one over the other, as all will have some value to the reader, but it could just be a chapter, a single paragraph and such that resonates with the reader. I suggest read what you will, but pick and chose what resonates with your heart and above all, follow your intuition. Intuition is our best guide for all things.

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