questioning what sort of witchcraft i ought to get into?

questioning what sort of witchcraft i ought to get into?

I dwell within the Appalachian mountains and there may be nature in all places. i’ve tried learning the several types of witchcraft and determining which one would finest go well with me however i am unable to discover any easy definitions. might anybody assist with that? additionally, i’ve already began on an alter and i’ve been meditating these days. any assistance is appreciated!

9 thoughts on “questioning what sort of witchcraft i ought to get into?”

  1. I’m mostly a kitchen witch so I may be biased but I’d suggest basil, Rosemary, and herbs you can grow yourself. I find they make my spells stronger and more satisfying. When I first started out I mostly studied ingredients, moon phases, and spell craft. I’d do small spells like making a tea for my aching back or making bath spells. I found after a few years the heart of my craft is in hospitality and caring deeply- that’s when I feel I’m touching the divine. Just trust your instincts and it will develop naturally

    good luck and blessings to you 💖

  2. Yay baby witches! I am still a beginner witch as well, but I’ve made it out of some of the early stages and had similar questions to you as well! (And I’m sure a lot more questions in common too!)

    As you’ve seen so far there are so many different types of witchcraft and it can all be overwhelming. I wanted to start off with a specific type of witchcraft because I thought that would be a great gateway into figuring out what to learn first. Oddly enough for me, that was the least helpful thing to do because that made even more research of types of witches which lead to more questions and then more after that. It was a mess of papers, books, and herbs, and I felt like I hadn’t really sunk my teeth into any of it.

    What I suggest: Figure out what you like to do and work small magic into that. For myself, I really enjoy cooking so I started adding herbs and intent to my dishes. I also picked up drinking home brewed tea!

    Since you live around nature, maybe you want to research what plant and forest life is around you. Perhaps you live near some pine trees and want to do some work with that? ([source](http://herbalriot.tumblr.com/post/91040516027/magickal-uses-of-pine)) Or maybe [Maple](http://www.witchipedia.com/herb:maple) since you live in the Appalachian Mountains!

    It’s a start!
    Edit: Also stick with your meditation and visualization. Practice it everyday and use written affirmations to help you!

  3. If you haven’t already checked these books out, I recommend it–to get an idea of what sort of magic might be a good starting point, considering the area:

    * [The Candle and the Crossroads: A Book of Appalachian Conjure and Southern Root-Work](https://www.amazon.com/Candle-Crossroads-Appalachian-Southern-Root-Work/dp/157863508X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1491320587&sr=1-1&keywords=appalachian+magic) by Orion Foxwood–HIGHLY recommended!

    * [Appalachian Folklore Omens, Signs, and Superstitions](https://www.amazon.com/Appalachian-Folklore-Omens-Signs-Superstitions/dp/1461017556/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1491320587&sr=1-2&keywords=appalachian+magic) by Nancy Richmond, for some nice magical tradition & history.

    I grew up in the Poconos, and my mother’s family still lives in the Appalachian Mountains on farms around Hazleton, PA, so I get the “feeling overwhelmed by nature and history!!” perspective lol. What’s really neat about that area of the country is that there are a TON of Slavic/Eastern European traditions that came from immigrants who settled the area to work its farms and coal mines. Over the years, they’ve all merged into a sort of unique Appalachian magic schema that is a distinctly American magic system that you’re in a great position to leverage. Also realize that “superstitions” are just spells in disguise–find the underlying logic, and use that to your advantage when you want to cast magic.

    So with those books, and go from there. DEFINITELY start a container herb garden, as /u/vampbun suggested.

    * Rosemary will need to come indoors if it’s in a container during the winter, otherwise you’ll get root rot. It’s a perennial woody herb native to the Mediterranean and brought over by Italian immigrants. Great for memory, mind-enhancement, and fidelity.

    * Basil does best with lots of hot sunshine and water. (I recommend Sweet Basil, or *Ocimum basilicum* for your first attempt–not the fancy stuff until year two.) It’s a “hot,” energetic herb that does well with protection and energizing entire spell mixes. Mine usually needs to be replanted every year, but you can collect the seeds from last year’s plant. MAKE SURE you cut off the flower heads whenever they start to bud–while bees like it, it dilutes the chemical/medicinal/magical properties of the leaves. When it goes to bud, then it’s basically done for the year.

    * THYME is DAMN easy and versatile, grows like a damn weed. Mine’s almost three years old now, and it produced like MAD last year–I’ve got mason jars full of just dried leaves. Make sure you trim it often and lovingly.

    * Yarrow would be a good–and “witchy” ;)–addition to an herb garden. Great to attract bees and butterflies, and most folks find it easy to grow. My mother managed it in the “we grow rocks” soil of the Poconos which can be poor when not amended, so it should be a good choice for you.

    * Lemon balm smells nice, grows like mad, and should work well with various spells–it plays nice with other herbs in mixes. Don’t plant in the soil if you’re not okay with it taking over.

    * For a distinctly “witchy” plant, try planting Mugwort in a corner where you don’t mind it completely taking over. Makes a great meditation balm after infusing in a base oil, and powers up any sort of spellwork I’ve tried.

    …. lol sorry, got a little carried away there. Feel free to ask me questions if you’ve got ’em or if I can help in any way!

  4. Do what feels natural, and by all means, explore all options!
    When I first started, I just tried anything and everything, from experimenting with herbs and teas to charging stones with intent. As I studied and grew in my craft, it became easier to drift toward what I felt comfortable with and go from there. Even now though, if I see something interesting, I’ll give it a go, regardless of whether it fits my “label” or not.
    I call myself a desert witch, but that’s mostly because I live in one, and I found my environment has a big effect on the spellwork I do; but I still have a strong connection to the ocean and those gods, because that was where I was born and got my first taste of magic.
    As you go through your studies and develop your craft, you could find that your environment helps to shape you too, in more ways than one!
    Tl;dr: don’t worry about labels! You may find you accidentally fill one eventually, but you shouldn’t stop yourself from trying things just to remain a “pure” witch of the forest/mountain/hearth/earth etc., especially as a beginner 🙂

  5. Do some meditation at your altar and as others have already said, don’t worry too much about what flavor of craft you should follow. Read up on various crafts and see what sticks out, it doesn’t hurt to read up on cultures and their magic as well in order to supplement your understanding.

    I’m I suppose you’d say non-denominational, and I find that knowing and practicing more than one flavor isn’t a bad thing, and bring a pretty good wealth of knowledge with it.

    You’ll come across your path eventually, just be patient and try out some different things. Good luck

  6. Energy magic is also something you could look into! As a witch who needs to practice in secret, I find that I am able to work with no tools except maybe the odd candle here and there, and still achieve good results!

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