Another post you may want to read if your new to this site is the "SoM Survival Guide" which is stickied at the top located in the Comments Forum as it contains almost everything you need to survive and work your way on the site, and it includes the basics and a starting point for those just beginning in magic.
You can also find it at this link: http://www.spellsofmagic.com/read_post.html?post=331711
Note that links posted on this site are broken so if you caopy and paste a link into the address bar, remember to remove any spaces within the link before you press enter, otherwise the link will not work. This is one disadvnatage to the sight that many people forget to mention when posting links to new members.
Blessings and Peace be with you,