January 6, 2011 at 11:39 am #28886
January 6, 2011 at 11:39 am #292069::
1)Ignore the fundies saying you’ll go to hell and are opening yourself up to demons. They don’t believe in either.
2)Get the book: Wicca, a Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham (Amazon.com used books is a great resource)
3)Avoid Silver Ravenwolf, DJ Conway and most Llewellyn books
4)Do NOT pay for lessons over the internet. You can’t ask for references. Do NOT give out personal information to anyone over the internet. Get a PO Box.
6)Learn and keep learning about various paths in paganism.
7) get the book: “Drawing Down the Moon” by Margo Adler (an older book that’s a little dated, especially concerning Asatru but a good resource) – it gives an overview on a lot of pagan traditions.January 6, 2011 at 12:37 pm #292035January 6, 2011 at 1:07 pm #292015January 6, 2011 at 1:41 pm #291990January 6, 2011 at 2:01 pm #291975January 6, 2011 at 2:32 pm #291953::
look up oberon zell ravenheart, he teaches things that every wizard/witch should know. however if your just looking to someone you can talk to and get opinions from and bounce ideas off of i would be willing to have a new friend to chat with. i can even help you make your own book of shadows if you would like.
blessed beJanuary 6, 2011 at 3:14 pm #291924::
If you are interested about learning Wicca and/or Witchcraft here are a few legitimate sources to glean knowledge from. One being Witchvox at http://www.witchvox.com/. Here you will gain knowledge through fellowship with other of like mind and knowledge through the countless articles posted. If this is not enough one could look into getting online training through the Sacred Mists at http://www.workingwitches.com/wicca/cour… or OZ Wicca at http://www.ozwicca.com/ , both are pretty decent for learning the Craft on the Web.
Also if you are close enough to a group that specializes in education and development like the SCWF try and join them even if it’s on a limited capacity. Ultimately, study, study and then study some more. Find all you can and definitely cross reference whenever possible, this way you can get the best out of all you learn.
I also suggest that you get your hands on Wicca for Beginners by Thea Sabin and/or The Circle Within by Dianne Sylvan. Both of these books are very good reading and both will give you some deeper insight to the Craft and how it relates to you. Also you cannot go wrong with anything by Scott Cunningham.
If you are a teen, I suggest Elements of Witchcraft: Natural Magick for Teens by Ellen Dugan. Teen Witch by Silver Ravenwolf is also good. But neither are completely accurate, but they will help you out.
Ultimately, study as much as you need to before deciding that you are Wiccan. Find those near you who are reputable and knowledgeable. Also stay away from those who are playing Wicca if you are serious about the religion and the craft, they will only slow you down and/or mislead you.
I hope my blurp helps out.
NyjhJanuary 6, 2011 at 4:06 pm #291887::
One of the other answers on here listed http://www.witchschool.com, and I agree with that suggestion.
I have been a student of Witch School for about 2 1/2 years now (although I have been a practicing Wiccan for over 15 years). They have some great classes, a clergy program, and a lot of knowledgeable people to ask questions. It really helped me to focus in my studies having a set outline to learn from.
They do have some classes that are available for free, others are only available if you are a supporting member. Usually I would stray from places that ask for money, but in my humble opinion, the fee for joining is well worth it. I paid $99 to be a lifetime member, and it truly is a LIFETIME membership. There are no other annual fees or anything like that to pay farther down the road.January 6, 2011 at 5:05 pm #291847January 6, 2011 at 6:04 pm #291816January 17, 2011 at 11:28 am #284133::
I reccomend the ignotuspress website. It has some excellent books no matter what level you are on with links to distance learning cources.
These are genuine learning courses with genuine teachers.
However one book I do reccomend is Mean Streets Witchcraft by Melusin Draco. It is really refreshing and packed with more information than in three or four volumes of other books put together. It is great for those who are starting out. It also comes from the point of view of the energies that are experienced from living in an urban enviroment and how to accomodate it into everyday life.
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