QUESTION - I was raised in a Christian home, but I've never felt like I really belonged in that faith, and I don't think my family has even considered the possibility of me not remaining a Christian my entire life - they see that as a catastrophic worst-case scenario that couldn't ever happen because they've raised me "the right way." I feel this kind of pull towards magic that I can't really explain, it just feels like all the pieces falling into place after being so confused about spirituality and religion and stuff like that my entire life. I just don't know how to start. I guess I want to know how to determine which path is right for me, and what I need to do or believe to be a witch. Sorry if this is vague, but I'd really appreciate advice.
ANSWER – Many people involved in any faith or spiritual path talk about how it seemed like the Universe conspired to draw them toward that path by a series of events and signposts that pointed them in the right direction. Sometimes this is like the Christian’s Road to Damsacus moment, sometimes it is just a gentle nudge to change course. One witch eloquently expressed it as her life being put into a vice with the screws getting tighter and tighter until she burst out of her confined way of life and actualised herself as the witch she was meant to be. So I really get where you are coming from here.
I think what is really important is that you get this the right way round. It worries me a bit that you say you want to know what you need to believe to be a witch. Witches all believe very different things so what makes more sense is you sit and work out what you do believe in and get those personal beliefs firmed up in your own mind before progressing on your path. Embarking on a craft path is about being true to yourself and looking inward toward what parts of yourself need to be expressed and developed.
In terms of what you need to do to be a witch I’ve added a few links at the bottom to get you thinking. But what I think would help you a lot is to buy a notebook and start keeping a craft/spiritual journal. This can be a really useful tool in starting to shape in your own mind what attracts you to witchcraft and to help you define your own beliefs to yourself. The best way to do this as a beginner is to start reading around the subject of witchcraft and then use your journal to organise your thoughts on what you are reading and to start to explore how witchcraft can relate to you and your own life.
I would certainly emphasise very strongly that if something is pulling you in the manner you say witchcraft is it is a voice best not ignored. I can appreciate that it will be a hard road ahead for you if you choose a path that is very different to those close to you. But I honestly believe a person’s first obligation is to what makes them whole and completes them as a person. If you believe for you this is exploring witchcraft then my advice is to do it. Living your life for other people is the path to unhappiness.
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