@Cthulu again here's another post saying and focusing on the individual or lone aspect of leraning and growing spiritually, which is a subjective thing and a very limited and biased opinion. Limiting the growth and learning of one, does not help them grow, we are interdependent animals and it is our nature to communicate and share with one another.
As far as looking for a mentor is concerened, I do suggest you at least learn the basics of magic before seeking a mentor or teacher. Once you learn the basics you can move forward to the specific areas in which you want to focus your strudies.
Peace be with you, and I wish you the best of luck,