Earth is our foundation, our base.
Sometimes, when you’re venturing out onto a new religious path, it can be difficult to know where to go. There are so many paths, so many bumps in the gravel, and about a million and one signs pointing in a million different directions. What to read, when to read it, who to believe; it all ends up in a big jumble of information overload. It can seem scary, unnerving. It can put you off doing anything at all, because you can’t tell whether you’re moving forwards or backwards, whether you’re progressing or regressing. That’s why I’ve made this page. To be your Earth, your structure.
I’ve been on the Pagan path for just over 5 years now. I remember how confused I was that first year, when everything seemed so topsy-turvy. It was like being born again, trying to work out who I was, what I believed in, and how I fit into the universal picture. Going off of that, I think I have some tips that may be of use.
Resist the urge to cram yourself into a little box.
This is an important one. Transitioning from a very organised, clearly structured background to a more questioning, eclectic path is a tricky thing. Upon discovering Paganism/Wicca/Witchcraft, many are known to happily discard the shackles of their dogmatic pasts. But others still have that subconscious desire for a structure, boundaries, regulations. It can lead us to straight to Wicca (being well-known and pretty organised as it is) when perhaps we would be more fulfilled on a different path. The point? Allow yourself time to research, learn, and experience. Don’t feel obligated to join the first tradition that you find and attune with; there will be others.
Read critically when you see “You can’t – You shouldn’t”
Call it a pet peeve, but I self-ignite when I hear people being told what they can and cannot do, like “You can’t cast spells without a circle” or even “You shouldn’t cast spells without a circle”. I understand that in some paths these beliefs are held as truth; my only issue is when they are portrayed as universal facts rather than opinions. You will find that there are Pagans of many flavours in the world, each with practices tailored for their individual needs and tastes. Discover your own limitations, find your own moral compass. Form your own beliefs.
Actually do the stuff you’re learning about.
It’s easy to watch videos, read books, listen to podcasts. My advice? Take that first step. Do that meditation you’ve heard about. Experiment with prayer and affirmations and energy work. When you’re venturing into new territory like spellwork and ritual, tread carefully and respectfully, but don’t be afraid. We were all new once, and it’s okay to mess up. No experience is a wasted one.
Be broad in your learning.
There are so many aspects to Paganism and Witchcraft. A general outline could be:
- Learn about deities, let them lead you to a suitable path
- Learn about paths that draw you
- Learn about animals or plants that draw you
- Choose and study a method of divination
- Choose and study a method of healing
- Explore a new craft or activity like yoga, astral projection, painting, writing
- Find your own Daily Practice
Challenge yourself constantly, and be open to change.