Top 10 Tips For Learning Real Witchcraft
RÁVEN MYRKWOÓÐ

RÁVEN MYRKWOÓÐ

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Top 10 Tips For Learning Real Witchcraft

Top 10 Tips For Learning Real Witchcraft… I Wish I Would Have Known These “Secrets” When I First Got Started On My Occult Path… I Would Have Saved Years Of Confusion, Trial, And Error…

Today I wanted to talk about the 10 things I wish I knew when I started on my Occult path years ago. My goal here is to prevent you from making the same mistakes I made in the past, shortcut your success, and help you get results faster. 

These key principles are important especially if you are new to witchcraft and sorcery.

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Ráven Myrkwoód – Top 10 Tips For Learning Real Witchcraft

Tip #1. Witchcraft Is More Simple Than You Think

Regardless of what the so-called “gurus” might tell you, witchcraft and sorcery are actually a lot more simple than you might think. There is no need to over-complicate things. 

As human beings, magick is a natural part of us and we all have the ability to perform witchcraft if we choose to. You just have to learn how to awaken your inner power and ignite your inner flame. I personally call this inner force the “witch’s black flame”.

Witchcraft, In its basic and most effective form, is really natural and simple. When conducting a ritual, rite or spell, the more natural and effortless it feels, the more powerful and effective it will be.

Sorcery, in essence, is projecting one’s own Will into the Universe to manifest the desired results.

In the beginning, don’t worry too much if you are doing things correctly, just listen to your intuition. Focus on developing your basic skills; concentration, visualization, meditation, divination, manifestation, lucid dreaming, and energy workLearn to feel, sense, and direct different energies while practicing your craft.

I know there’s A LOT of information out there, but don’t worry and don’t get discouraged and overwhelmed. Just pick up one thing that interests you, stick to it, study and practice it until you understand it, and then move to the next thing.

It is important to trust yourself. You have what it takes and everything will fall into place eventually.

Tip #2. Follow Your Own Personal Path

This is important if you want to develop your skills at a rapid rate. Many people seem to think that witchcraft is all about certain rules and specific steps that you have to follow rigidly in order to get it all to work… 

This is not quite true. 

The key that makes your magick truly effective, is to make it your own… your magick is your magick. Listen to your inner voice and intuition. Each one of us has different interests and different things we resonate with and feel a pull towards. 

Of course, there are certain rules that you have to learn when starting your path; rules and mechanics that make witchcraft actually work… but once you have learned these fundamental principles, you can take and use what works and leave the rest.

I can not emphasize enough how crucial it is to make your path as personal as possible. The more personal you can make your practice, the more effective your magick will be. 

Witchcraft is a spiritual journey and a personal path that everyone will experience differently.

Ráven Myrkwoód – Top 10 Tips For Learning Real Witchcraft

Tip #3. Follow A Specific Tradition

Although, I said earlier that it is really important to follow your own path, It is equally important to start following a specific path or tradition. This will give you experience, and solid structure to your craft, you will learn the basics and the initial rules of witchcraft. 

But… don’t solely follow just one path, be flexible, and make your practice as personal as possible. 

Following a specific tradition and learning the proven systems are crucial to your journey from a beginner to adept, but at the same time make it to your own and always give your personal touch and spin to it.

Tip #4. Learn & Master The Elements

Ráven Myrkwoód-Top 10 Tips For Learning Real Witchcraft-Pentagram-Elements

This is another important tip. I highly recommend you to learn, meditate on and study both the physical, and energetic properties of the five elements (the symbol of the pentagram) Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit, and integrate them into your practice.

I also recommend connecting and working with the nature spirits/elementals of each element. 

They are grouped into four main categories:

  • Earth: Gnomes, Dwarfs, Haltijat, Leprechauns, Elves, Landvaettir, etc.
  • Water: Undines, Nymphs, Mermaids, Sirens, etc.
  • Air: Sylphs, Fairies, Keijut, Sprites, etc.
  • Fire: Genies, Fire Giants, Salamanders, etc.

The primitive elemental spirits possess supernatural powers and are usually invisible to humans, living among the trees, plants, rivers, swamps, mountains, hills, etc. They can be really powerful allies and teachers to the witch or sorcerer. 

You should go out in nature as often as possible to connect and experience elements and elemental spirits in person – e.g. meditate in the wilderness, listen to the water flowing, the wind blowing, observe different trees and plants… make a bonfire and gaze into it, etc. Personally, I tend to conduct most of my rituals outdoors in the wilderness as well. 

There’s a reason why performing your rituals and spells in nature is often more powerful and effective than doing your rituals inside. This does not mean that you cannot perform witchcraft indoors – it’s just that often times when you are in nature, you are tuning in with the physical elements more effectively. 

The elements also affect your mind and help you access an altered state of consciousness more easily. An altered state of consciousness is one of the first things you need to learn and do before any magical operation because the right state of mind is necessary and crucial to get your witchcraft to work. This is why it’s so important to come in contact with the elements. 

The greater the connection you’ll have with the elements, the greater your witchcraft is going to be.

Ráven Myrkwoód – Top 10 Tips For Learning Real Witchcraft

Tip #5. Setting Up Your Altars

At some point, when starting out your personal craft, you are going to want to set up your altar or multiple altars. Altars are used for various different purposes, a personal altar, altars for specific traditions and specific deities, spirits, and gods, etc., altars for meditation, protection, money, prosperity, love altars, and so forth…

You can have an altar for just about anything, but what I’m going to talk about now specifically, is setting up your personal altar which I think is the most important. 

Like I said earlier, you need to make your practice personal, and the same goes with your altars. This is crucial to talk about because people tend to go wrong with this one. People get a false impression that they need to set up their altar in an exact way that they read from a book or online, etc. This is easily misleading and I personally made the same mistake when I first started. 

You need to understand that the altar examples that you get from different sources may be a good way to do things, but think of them more as guidelines and always add your personal touch to your altars.

Your personal altar does not have to be exactly what you see in a book. The look and feel of your altar should be directly in line with who you are and a personal reflection of you and your style of practice. If something feels right, it’s right, if something doesn’t, it’s not. 

You must follow your inner voice and what resonates with you. Altars are special spaces that symbolize your innermost self and your personal spirituality and your personal path… so make them as personal as possible.

Tip #6. Your Witchcraft Tools

You don’t need a lot of tools. This is another common mistake I see people making. When people are seeing all these fancy ritual tool pictures in books, online, etc. they think they have to get all these tools at once. In reality, ritual tools are actually collected and picked up over time, and I recommend that at least some of the tools you should make by yourself. 

What I have personally found, is the fact that if you make some of the tools by yourself, they seem to be more potent. Of course, if you can, it’s not wrong to buy all these tools that you think you need per se, but it’s not necessary… especially when you are starting out.

One of the things that I have personally found when I progress on my path is that the spirits that you are working with are constantly aiding and helping you… and the right ritual tools will show up at the right time. I have found and collected some amazing stuff from the second-hand shops, from the wilderness while hiking and exploring… and so forth.

Ráven Myrkwoód – Top 10 Tips For Learning Real Witchcraft

Tip #7. Witchcraft Is About Self-Transformation

Contrary to what most people may think, the core principle and goal of the Sorcerer’s path is self-transformation, not about gaining monetary wealth, money, fame, etc. 

At first, this may seem conflicting to the nature of witchcraft because, by technical definition, sorcery is using different magickal powers to get those very physical things… 

But let me explain… 

Anybody who is pursuing a spiritual path sooner or later will start to realize that there’s more to it than just getting what you want. Over the years I have seen a lot of practitioners (myself included) who start out casting spells and conducting rituals to get what they want but eventually get tired of it. 

Of course, there’s nothing wrong about using witchcraft for physical gain per se, but it starts to get boring if that’s all you focus on. I’ve seen that after a while there seems to be a shift in practitioner’s mindset and they start to be more focused on personal transformation rather than just getting what they want. 

The truth is, sorcery at its deepest core is about self-transformation.

I know that’s not what people would usually expect when they think about the occult and witchcraft, but it is truly about personal transformation… and in my opinion, it’s the greatest method of personal self-transformation there is.

Tip #8. Always Follow Your Intuition

You will have people in the occult community tell you different things and recommend different things, but the reality is… you know what is best for you, not anyone else

You are the one that deep down inside knows where you need to go. If something does not feel right, don’t do it. Allow your inner voice to guide you to success and allow your intuition to be your inner compass that it was always meant to be. 

Your path is personal to you and it should evolve naturally based on what you feel is most natural to you. Don’t let anyone tell you you need to do something that does not feel right. There are so many areas of study in the occult that following your intuition and inner voice is really the only way to get to where you truly want to be on this path.

Tip #9. Don't Get Trapped With Correspondences

This is another important tip. You should not get obsessed with correspondences and allow them to take over your practice. 

If you have ever looked at different grimoires and spell books, you probably noticed that there are several recommendations for different items that you need, different ritual tools and items (often quite expensive), herbs, stones, different oils, and so forth. Keep in mind that these items are just, well… recommendations, so don’t allow yourself to become obsessed with the perfect tools, the perfect timing, etc. 

This goes back to that same false mindset I talked about earlier that witchcraft is all about mechanical series of steps that you have to follow exactly to get your magick to work.

Don’t become a slave to that mindset because that’s NOT what witchcraft is really about. 

The purpose of magickal tools is only to help you and assist you to get in a certain state of mind. Items are not the actual practice itself. Always embrace your craft from a place from within yourself, never let something outside of yourself be your practice. You must follow your inner voice and what resonates with you. Yes, tools and items do help but what really makes your witchcraft and sorcery effective, is what’s within you.

Ráven Myrkwoód – Top 10 Tips For Learning Real Witchcraft

Tip #10. Armchair Occultists vs. Practicing Witches

“There’s a difference between knowing the path and walking the path… Knowing is not enough, you must apply, willing is not enough, you must do.”

The difference between armchair occultists and practicing sorcerers is the fact that an armchair occultist is a person who reads a lot of books but does nothing with the knowledge he or she had acquired (well, other than talking about it). A practicing sorcerer on the other hand constantly applies and implements the knowledge he or she is learning. 

As I always like to say to my students, learning witchcraft is like learning to play a musical instrument. You can’t learn it by just reading about it, you must practice it (by actually playing the instrument!) until the muscle memory and desired techniques are truly mastered. 

I hope you found value in this blog post and I hope you take the information given and apply it to your specific path. Because again, if I had applied the information that I’m now giving to you, I would have saved years of confusion, trial, and error when I first got started… 

Of course, making mistakes is part of the learning process, but it’s always rewarding to take the mistakes that you’ve learned and help others to avoid those same mistakes on their paths. (More useful articles can be found here)

Before you go, I would love to hear how long have you been practicing your craft? What kind of path do you follow? 🙂

Please, leave a comment below in the comment section 👇

Talk again soon,

— The Witch from the North 

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