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Wicca Beginner Tips

Updated on July 11, 2014
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Those who are seeking a new path in life and moving away from the mainstream faiths for whatever reason often come across Wicca. After learning about the very basics of what Wicca is, beginners jump right on in without always understanding what it is they are jumping into. Traditionally in Wicca, one had to be initiated into a coven before they can call themselves Wiccan. Before they could be accepted into the coven, they first had to spend a year and a day studying the faith. As Wicca has evolved to include looser groups and solitary Wiccans, newcomers are often left to figure out where to start on their own. The following tips will help the beginner to find their way in all the chaos of information.

Year and a Day

The traditional requirement of a year and a day study before initiation into a coven was set in place for a reason. Today, beginners learn about ritual and tools almost immediately. However, that kind of knowledge originally was presented during the initiation ritual. Study, then, needs to be focused on the faith and other areas.

The main topics to begin with are the history of Wicca, beliefs of Wicca, and the structure of Wicca. In studying these three areas you will find that there are some areas of controversy and a distinct difference between what makes one a Wiccan, Witch and/or Warlock, and Pagan. Although a Wiccan is all three, the terms most certainly are not interchangeable. You will study many other areas; however, you should have history, beliefs, and structure mastered by the end of your year and a day study.

Take the time during this year to pay close attention to nature in your local area. How do the seasons differ from one another? What marks the transition from one season to the next? What wildlife is in your area? What roles do they play? What plants grow in your neighborhood? Are there any features to your area that are different from others, such as mountains, waterfalls, forests, etc.? As you study the Sabbats, match the information you come across with your local area. Much of what you read in books on the Sabbats will apply to the geography of western European countries. To build a real connection with the earth, then, you need to learn about the land you are in.

Be Honest

Specifically, be honest with yourself. As you learn what Wicca is, you may find that you do not actually resonate with Wicca. Maybe you were drawn to Wicca because of witchcraft but failed to realize that Wicca is a specific religion that incorporates witchcraft. There is absolutely nothing wrong in being a witch and not a Wiccan (and some will joke that it is better to be just a witch). Maybe the reverse is true; you are drawn to the idea of a central Goddess and God, but have no interest in developing psychic and magickal skills and abilities (or simply lack the patience and dedication to do so properly) associated with being a witch. Many other Pagan faiths closely resemble Wicca and share this same concept of deity.

If at any point you find that Wicca is not the path for you, do not feel obligated to stick with it. Wicca does not judge against those who choose to walk another path.

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Psychic Development & Quantum Physics

These two subject areas will help you the most as you step into the world of witchcraft and real magick. We all have different strengths and weaknesses when it comes to what is known as extrasensory perception. Learning to trust and increase your abilities will help you immensely in your craft.

As you study psychic development, be sure to make protection magick and psychic protection a top priority. Those who are sensitive to energy are also more susceptible to attacks (intentional and unintentional). As such, think of protection as new hygiene. Taking a shower every day is good hygiene for the body. Cleansing and protection magick is good hygiene for the psyche.

As for quantum physics, you do not have to study so in-depth that you understand terminology and formulas that will make the average individual's head spin. What you want to study are the basic concepts with a focus on energy. Anyone can mimic the motions to cast a circle and use tools and props while reciting some words. It is called fancy prayer by some. However, not everyone can do real magick.

Magick is using your energy to work with other energies to manipulate energy to manifest real changes in the universe by your Will. Although many magickal practitioners (who do real magick) can do so without knowledge of quantum physics, the knowledge creates a great foundation for understanding how real magick works and how you can do it yourself.

Avoid the Urge to Convert

When we find the path that is right for us, we get so excited we want everyone to know all about it. It is so perfect for us, surely it will be just as perfect for others! Actually, no. You found the path right for you, not the path right for everyone. No matter how much you feel you know, you are not immediately ready to speak as a representative of the faith.

Imagine: You study a little on Wicca. About two months in, you get really excited and tell your best friend all about it. Your best friend responds with interest (not always sincerely). You tell them everything you know and fill in the gaps with your current understanding. Your friend takes what you say as gospel on the faith and continues to spread the information. As the years go on, you have continued to study and realize that what you thought of the path in your first few months was all wrong. Your best friend, however, did not study aside from what you shared and still holds all that wrong information as truth. Worse yet, your best friend has acted as an expert just as you had and has now shaped the opinions of dozens or more of others on the topic of Wicca using that information you now realize to be incorrect.

Bottom line is that there is absolutely nothing wrong with being excited. There is nothing wrong with sharing what you have learned with others. However, be aware that words can stick and that what you say will impact others to varying degrees. In your first year (preferably the first few), your focus needs to be on your own learning and not encouraging others to learn. This is not to say you should not network with others who may be on a similar path and at a similar level. We all have knowledge to share. However, if you are new to a faith, you are not an expert on the subject and those you speak with should be made aware of this fact.

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Never Stop Learning

Like other paths, Wicca encourages thinking for oneself and self-improvement. Even after you complete your year and a day study (assuming you do not find that a different path resonates more with you), you are not done learning. Even after you become someone who is well-versed in Wicca and are sought for advice, you are not done learning. Even when you become a subject matter expert and a representative of Wicca, you are not done learning. Even when you grow into elder status and are a respected Wiccan, you are not done learning.

There is far more to learn in this world than any one person can learn in a lifetime. Branch out and learn about everything. Wicca is only a part of life. Look into other paths and disciplines. Research different philosophies and sciences. Aspire to understand what enlightenment is and how it can be reached. Do not be lazy and idle in your studies and you will find that Wicca will be a satisfying religion, spiritual and magickal path, and lifestyle for the rest of your days.

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© 2012 Evylyn Rose

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      Evylyn Rose 5 years ago from Colorado, USA

      Awesome response, Lilleyth! I'm glad you have found what is right for you. :)

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      Suzanne Sheffield 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      You're welcome Evylyn. No, not pursuing Wicca or any other particular religion. I've come to the conclusion that we share our world with others who have passed on, and help us when the need arises. Of course, something had to start everything going in the universe, and that something is what we refer to as God.

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      Evylyn Rose 5 years ago from Colorado, USA

      Lilleyth, thanks for the comment! I'm originally from Wilmington, DE so I know the area. ;) Are you pursuing Wicca now, then? Or have you moved onto other paths since?

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      Suzanne Sheffield 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      A psychic since early childhood, I probably would have taken up Wicca decades ago if not for my mennonite best friend. I'm from the Delmarva Peninsula.

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      Evylyn Rose 5 years ago from Colorado, USA

      Daughter Of Maat, I'm looking forward to your new hub! I agree that telling our stories helps a lot with bringing awareness. Complete tolerance may still be a far ways off, but providing a means to understanding is the foundation of that tolerance for sure. ;)

      Dale, thanks for the comment, compliment, and votes. :) Yes, our media does a fine job of turning things around even more than they began with. It's part of why many of us who know what we are talking about will refuse to be interviewed by the media around here. More often than not, they'll cut out all the real facts and insert our comments about the misconceptions in such a way to make it look like fact because they think it sells better that way. Little by little the truth makes itself known. ;)

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      Dale Hyde 5 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

      A wonderfully done hub for the one seeking to start out on a wonderful and inspiring Path. As you made note of emails from teens, as a Wiccan High Priest with a coven, I get many such emails from teens asking advice. So many have various misconceptions thanks to our awesome media, lol. Voted up, interesting and useful.

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      Melissa Flagg 5 years ago from Rural Central Florida

      You're a breath of fresh air Evylyn Rose! I look forward to reading through the rest of your hubs. I've been a witch since 2002 and I'm actually in the process of writing a hub about my decade as a pagan. I think the more we talk about our stories and how we ended up on our current path, more people understand paganism and come to accept it, or at least tolerate it more so than they do now. (Let's hope I'm right lol)

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      Evylyn Rose 5 years ago from Colorado, USA

      Daughter Of Maat, anytime! ;) I've spent the past decade working on clearing up misconceptions including the lack of distinctions made between terms and where focus needs to be and when. Granted, I started the decade off with many of my own, but I have remained vigilant about fixing my past errors and ensuring I only present what facts are known and state when something is speculation or opinion. I am always happy to help! ^_^

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      Melissa Flagg 5 years ago from Rural Central Florida

      Well said. I'm happy to see the distinction between Wicca and witchcraft in your hub and the emphasis on the importance of patience in learning the religion and mechanics of magick prior to jumping right in with both feet. Voted up and useful and of course thanks for SHARING. (It's perfect for my Pagan Paths Study Group on facebook!)

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      Evylyn Rose 5 years ago from Colorado, USA

      Thanks for the comment, misty! I see no problem in a Wiccan or other Pagan newcomer telling others about their new-found faith, but I've had emails from so many teens asking me for advice on how to get their friends to take Wicca more seriously. When you hear the situation, it's always a case of they are more excited than the friend and the friend is either pretending to be interested to spare their feelings or into something totally different. There's no need to waste time and energy trying to get others to feel the same way about the same thing if it's not for them, and that applies to more than just religion.

      It was 2000 for me and I feel exactly the same. I knew it then that I was embarking on the right path for me. Never mind that I was about as fluffy as they get at first. It was the passion to keep learning that took the blinders off and let me see what was really there. Where others who do so often walk away and find a different path was right for them all along, this path feels more and more right for me as the years go by and I continue to learn and grow. :)

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Everything you said here is so true, and I am delighted to see you emphasised the point about not attempting to 'convert' others to being Wiccans. I was taught that individuals should discover Wicca/Paganism for themselves in order for it to be the right choice for them. I did this back in about 1997, and knew it felt right when I did. I would not go back now :)