As a beginner witch, it can be overwhelming to know where to start your research. With so many different paths and traditions within the world of witchcraft, it can be difficult to know which topics to dive into first. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of 40+ things to research as a beginner witch.
From the basics of spellcasting to the history of witchcraft, this list will give you a solid foundation to build upon as you explore your own path. So grab a notebook and pen, and get ready to dive into the magical world of witchcraft!
Witchcraft History: Delve into the rich history of witchcraft, from its origins to the witch trials and modern practices. Learn about famous witches of the past and why witches have pretty much always been persecuted.
Types of Witchcraft: Explore various traditions such as Wicca, Druidry, Green Witchcraft, and more.
Witchcraft Ethics: Understand the principles of ethical witchcraft and the Wiccan Rede. Whether or not you choose to follow the Wiccan Rede, it’s still good to know about.
Altar Setup: Learn how to create and personalize your sacred space.
Tools of the Craft: Research common witchcraft tools like wands, athames, and crystals.
Candle Magic: Discover the power of candle colors and how to perform candle spells.
Herbal Magic: Study the properties and uses of magical herbs.
Moon Phases: Explore how lunar cycles affect magical workings.
Sabbats and Esbats: Learn about the eight Wiccan sabbats and full moon celebrations.
Elemental Magic: Understand the significance of earth, air, fire, and water in witchcraft.
Divination Tools: Explore tarot cards, runes, pendulums, and scrying mirrors.
Meditation and Visualization: Develop your psychic abilities through meditation and visualization exercises.
Protection Spells: Research spells and rituals for personal and home protection.
Psychic Self-Defense: Learn how to shield yourself from negative energies.
Spellcasting Basics: Study the art of crafting and casting spells.
Crystals and Gemstones: Discover the magical properties of crystals and how to use them.
Chakras: Explore the energy centers within the body and their alignment with witchcraft.
Astrology: Understand the influence of astrology on your magical practice.
Gods and Goddesses: Research deities from different pantheons and their associations.
Familiars: Learn about animal guides and how to connect with them.
Dreamwork: Explore dream interpretation and lucid dreaming.
Ancestral Magic: Connect with your ancestors and honor their spirits.
Kitchen Witchery: Incorporate magic into your cooking and meal preparation.
Cauldron Magic: Discover the symbolism and use of the witch’s cauldron and potions.
Spiritual Pathworking: Explore guided meditations to connect with higher realms. Pathworking is more active than meditation and is another great skill to have in your tool kit.
Paganism: Understand pagan beliefs and their connection to witchcraft. There are many different branches of paganism and all are really important to know about!
Astrological Timing: Learn when to perform spells based on astrological events.
Sigils: Create and activate magical symbols for various purposes.
Energy Work: Study techniques like grounding, centering, and raising energy.
Shadow Work: Explore your inner self and address unresolved issues.
Elemental Beings: Research spirits associated with the elements, like fairies and salamanders.
Spiritual Cleansing: Discover ways to purify your energy and space.
Candle Dressing: Learn how to prepare candles for spells.
Moon Water: Harness the energy of moonlight to make moon water.
Anointing Oils: Create magical oils for rituals and spells.
Charging Objects: Explore methods to charge crystals, amulets, and other magical items.
Magical Correspondences: Study how colors, herbs, and symbols align with your intentions.
I share lots of in-depth information on these topics on the Patreon, including herbalism profiles, ancestor spells, potion recipes, pathworking with deities and familiars, and more.
Wondering how to research all this? Some of my favorite books for beginner witches are:
The Modern Witchcraft Spell Book by Skye Alexander: A comprehensive guide to spellcasting, this book includes spells, rituals, and correspondences for various purposes, making it an excellent resource for beginners.
The Complete Book of Witchcraft by Raymond Buckland: Often referred to as “Buckland’s Big Blue Book,” this is a thorough guide that covers everything from history and philosophy to practical spells and rituals. It’s a great starting place.
The Green Witch by Arin Murphy-Hiscock: Ideal for those interested in nature-based witchcraft, this book explores herbal magic, gardening, and eco-friendly spirituality.
The Crystal Witch by Leanna Greenaway: For those interested in crystal magic, this book covers everything you need to know about using crystals in your witchcraft practice.
The Witch’s Book of Shadows by Phyllis Curott: A modern classic, this book combines personal experiences with Wiccan teachings and practices, making it an excellent choice for those new to the Craft.
Remember, your path in witchcraft is unique, and it’s perfectly fine to take your time exploring these topics. Witchcraft is a personal journey of growth and discovery, so embrace it at your own pace. Happy researching and may your magical journey be filled with wonder and enlightenment!