Beginning Wicca and Paganism – tips, tricks, advice and books.

“I’ve recently become very interested in Paganism, and I was wondering if you had any tips or suggestions for starting out. I’m honestly clueless and I don’t know where to start. Could you recommend a few good books?”

“I’m extremely new to the wiccan culture, is there anything you could give me tips on, or any good sites that could help me out?”

I’ll be able to kill two birds with one stone here, because I’ve answered these types of questions more than a couple of times. Below are links to some of my posts about Wicca 101 and beginning Wicca/Witchcraft, and a list of some of my personal favorite 101 books.

Along with these posts and the information within them – you have the plethora of information that you can obtain online and books that you can find at your local library. The best advice I can give for anyone just beginning or is interested in Wicca/Witchcraft/Paganism, is to read. A lot. The best thing you can do for yourself is shove as much information as you can into your head. You’ll be smarter and better¬†practitioners.

A simple guide to beginning Wicca and the Craft.
Being new to the Craft and living with parents.
Writing your own spells and the use of objects and tools
Where to start learning Paganism

Along with these posts, feel free to look through the archives on Ask a Pagan – you’ll be able to find lots of useful information, advice, tips and potential answers to some of the questions you might have.

 

Blessed Be
Sage

Where do I start learning Paganism? What’s the Pagan Bible and necessities of the Craft?

“Well really, I’m interested in Paganism. Have you got any websites that I can visit to read more about it? What are the things that are considered necessary for a Pagan, too? (Like the bible to Christians?)”

Hello,

Websites are just a small part of where you can get your information. Personally, I hate ebooks, and reading online. I prefer good, old fashioned books! So I suggest visiting your local library or bookstore and get your hands on some books. Please refer to my post about Wicca 101 books. Otherwise, use Google. It takes a simple search to find the millions of websites on the web that has information on Paganism, Wicca, Witchcraft, and literally ANY subject matter you’re interested in.

But, in my early years of learning the Craft, one of my favorite websites to refer to was About: Paganism & Wicca. It’s still a website I visit today to see what’s new and what new information they have.

As far as a “Pagan bible.” No. Just… No. Paganism is a personal, spiritual religion. Unlike every other man-made, bible writing religion, Paganism’s beliefs and ways aren’t set in stone, or on paper in this case. Nothing is really “necessary” to practice. Yes, there are tools and some supplies that are sometimes needed for spells and rituals, but really the “magic” and energy is within you, and that’s really all you need. You should refer to this post and read it. It covers new ways of getting into the Craft and the use of tools and what you really need to practice.

Practicing can be as simple as lighting one candle and conduct your spells/rituals. Or as elaborate as having a full-blown circle, fully decorated with candles, incense, symbols, tools, herbs, etc. Sure, some of these things can help enhance your magick, but nonetheless, the power is within you and all you need to do is find it and conjure it up to do what you want to do.

Blessed Be
Sage