What is magic?
Magic is all around you. It is the forces of nature, the energy people/plants/creatures give off, it is the ability to project your desires into the world and have some sort of effect, it is creation, destruction, the wind, the ocean, the earth, the fact that people can sense the things around them. There are so many different views on what magic is, but that is my take on it.
Where do I start?
Start with learning the simple things. People preach the basics and for a good reason. You should learn any tools you will use, moon phases (if you wish to go by them) meditation and visualization (they help you learn to relax, look at the bigger picture and focus) sensing/focusing and directing energy, and any topics you wish to learn. Start small and work your way up. Do not expect it to be an overnight process. It takes some people years to learn and others a few months. Always double and triple check sources. There is a lot of good information in books and online, but there is also a lot of false information.
Can anyone do magic?
Of course they can. Many people do magic without even knowing it. When you focus on something and push your intent out into the world, that is a form of magic. Playing music to change your mood is a form of magic. Burning a candle to relax while thinking of what something means (form of meditation) that is magic.
Can anyone cast a spell?
Yes anyone can cast a spell. That does not mean it will work or that you should. If you can do something without one then do so. If you wish to be successful in casting, you should learn how to do it right, what tools to use, how to focus your energy and direct it etc.
Can I become a vampire/werewolf/mermaid or any other mythological being?
Sadly enough, you cannot use a spell or ritual to turn into your fantasies. If it were possible, many would do so and you would know because it would be all over the news. Instead of trying to be different in this way, find something else to set yourself apart from others. If your asking because you do not like your life, change it. There are so many other ways you can make yourself happy in life. Try reading the book "The Secret" for starters.
What is my element?
Everyone is connected to them all. Some feel more connected to one or a few. Work with them all and see what calls to you. You do not need a spell for this. Spend some time in nature with the elements and you will find your answer.
What do I need to use for this or that spell?
The answer to that is simple, whatever you feel you should use. People have ritualized spells for one main reason, it helps to focus and intent. This is a wonderful thing to do, but is not necessary for everyone. If you want to use tools/herbs etc. in your spell, then find out which ones would work best with what you are trying to do.
How do I write a spell?
This is where creativity comes into play. You can make it as simple or intricate as you like. Use your imagination and all the knowledge you have learned about specific tools/herbs/candles etc. Decide what it is you want to accomplish. Once you have that (your intent) think of what you would like to use to help you focus on and project it. You can incorporate almost anything into a working. You are only limited by your own creativity. Use sound, images, candles, scents, herbs, song or chants, "power words", different elements, blood, personal items or whatever else you think will help. If you are unsure if something will work, look it up or ask another practitioner for their opinion.
Why cant I meditate/astral project/cast spells etc?
Often times people feel it is an outside source causing this. First I would look at the methods you are using and see if there are other ways to do it. If you have tried everything, see if perhaps it is something coming from within you. Sometimes the answer is a simple doubt, fear, stress, inability to relax, trouble focusing, too much noise or just disbelief.
Is magic "evil" or "satan worship"?
No it is not. There are some paths or religions that may seem that way but the occult itself is not bad. Neither is satan worship which in reality is the same as worshiping any other god or goddess. It really is all dependent on your intent. If you are harming people for no reason, that could be considered bad to some. You do not need magic to do that though. The occult itself is more study of the unknown/paranormal. Working with spirits, energy, spirituality, etc. If you look hard enough you will see that many different paths are used to heal and help others or nature itself. The idea that being a witch is evil stems from the fear of the unknown.
Will this come back to effect me later?
Everything you do in life effects you and often others. It does not mean you cannot do it, but think carefully about what you are putting out into our world. Like draws like, and you will often find that what you send out comes back in some form at some point. Just because someone does something bad to you, it does not mean you will not get negativity for doing bad things to them. Whatever we put out into the world is often times directed back to us in some way. For instance, if you surround yourself in positivity you will often find that. If you are negative all the time, that is usually all you will see in your life. It may be just a psychological thing, or it could be the work of the universe. Regardless of where it comes from, think a bit before you act. You only have one shot in this life and sadly enough, time spells do not work. You cant change what you do.
In the great words of Budda "Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment." I hope this helps some of you on your journey in the occult. In such a complex world, people tend to make things seem harder then they really are. Live, love and experience all that you can in your life.