When we first start on a new path we are often overwhelmed by the amount of information we need to consume. Where do we begin? What is most important? Truth be told, there's no one way to do so. In Wicca, the best way is to begin with a First Degree training program. There are many good classes online and free. However, factors such as internet availability, mundane responsibilities, current schedule, and others may all interfere with an individual's ability to take formal training. This list is devised for those individuals. Study at your own pace. Ask questions. Begin with what interests or confuses you most. Ask questions. Don't feel as though you must know everything right away as changes in lifestyle take time. Ask questions. May this list help you on your new journey!
Studying the history of one's religion, traditions, superstitions, and beliefs provides perspective on how such paths came about and why they are relevant. By studying history you find new respect for old views, strengthen your own beliefs, or even determine which modes of thinking may be too outdated and require renewal. Areas of study include:
When studying any new religion or way of life, the beliefs are the core area of study. Why? Because the set of beliefs in a religion or way of life is what differentiates it from other religions or ways of life. Here are some topics of belief to get you started:
Depending on who you talk to the elements are the building blocks of life, everything, or simply spiritual entities that rule over specific areas of creation. Understanding the role of the elements in Wicca can help to connect you with nature and the Gods. To begin building a relationship with the Elements, study:
Tools in Wicca and Witchcraft serve a myriad of purposes. How important are they to you? Understanding what they are, how they work, and how they are used will help you answer that question. Be sure to research:
Covens, Groups, Solitary
Hierarchical structure is important to know in every aspect of life; business, community, government, military, etc. Humans are not alone in this as knowing and abiding by hierarchical structures can mean the difference between survival and death, success and failure, acceptance and rejection, etc. Studying the different structures within Wicca provides similar survival and acceptance. Topics to research include:
The celebrations of a particular religion are key to understanding what is important to that particular religion. Each holy day carries with it spiritual understanding, guidance, and reverence. What is important to Wiccans? Here's some areas to research to find out:
Meditation serves many purposes both spiritually and in the mundane world. In Wicca, this practice is important for setting the stage for effective magick and journeying between worlds. It's a lifelong practice with lifelong benefits. To get started:
Divination & Channeling
The witch is so often known for fortune telling and conversing with spirits that to study a Witchcraft-centered faith would be silly without it. Not every Witch chooses to do these things and some are outright uncomfortable with channeling directly (for several reasons). Still, it is an important area of study for the novice witch.
More often than not, discussions of sacred space in Wicca appear limited to ritual and magick. However, all religions share the concept of sacred space. Why is it so important? What purpose does it serve? To answers these questions begin with:
Magick & Spellcasting
Perhaps most important in a Witchcraft-oriented faith is that of magick and spellcasting. Because this is not limited to Wicca (Witchcraft comes in many forms, and magick is practiced in non-Witchcraft groups) areas of research are unlimited. Here is a list to get you started:
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