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Post # 1
Hello im new to this sight and embarrassingly everything about it. Please add some aid for what I can do to become a successful wiccan. What daily practice should I attend too? How do I grow stronger with the gods and goddesses? Thank you=)
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Post # 2
Well:) First of all you need to read The 13 Wiccan Principles and respect them:) Then you must find your Gods/ Goddesses, meditate, gain power, use your power for good:) There are plenty of books about wicca if you want to inform yourself better:)
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Post # 3
i highly suggest you read buckland's complete book of witchcraft. here is a link to it in pdf form remember to to rember the spaces when you copy and paste
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Post # 4
oh the book may be boring but it will teach you what you need to know and more
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By: / Novice
Post # 5
Buckland has written many books on Wicca, especially for beginners, there's the complete book of witchcraft, the witch book, wicca for one... i recommend Wicca for Life by Buckland, it was the first book i read on the subject, and i still visit it on occasion. it starts out slow and picks up the pace after a few chapters once you've got 'the basics' down. so, it'll start with the history of Wicca, the beliefs, the tools, the holidays, rituals, and two initiations [group and solitary] as you get closet to the end of the book, there's chapters on wiccan weddings, wicca in the job, wicca in your daily life. i found a copy at my library, so check there first for any books before trying to buy one. Scott Cunningham's another good writer, but he's less about Wicca and more a witch. [if that makes sense]

things you should do daily, i'd say meditation is the only thing that's universally seen as a daily thing. some people will have a small circle, others will say a chant, it depends. i walk to work, so i spend that time taking in my surroundings, if i see any wildlife [saw a rabbit a few days ago ^_^] what the weather is like, the feel of the sun/rain/wind, and just take it all in. try taking a walk in the park, if you like that, you could make it a daily thing.

to grow stronger with the God and Goddess, as mentioned above, meditate, you will probably feel a connection start to grow as you advance in your meditation. when you start out, you'll be lucky to go 5 minutes without any distractions, so don't get discouraged if there isn't an instant connection. the nature walks is what makes me feel closer to them, might help you as well. [try not listening to music or use your phone, just be aware of everything] the other thing you can do is circles. they can be as often as you like, as long as you want. if i have something important [like thanking the Lord and Lady, or a patron deity] i'll cast a circle on the full or new moon [whichever's closer] otherwise, i just celebrate the 8 sabbats with my coven [or alone if they can't make it] it's mostly due to routine, one day i'll try to celebrate esbats as well. again, up to you, i've met people who celebrate the sabbats, esbats, the two quarter moons, the new moon, and any other occurrence. [an eclipse for example]

to be a successful Wiccan, you need to study. master 'the basics' then put it into practice. as Wiccans/Pagans we are always learning, so the study is never over. you should begin your year and a day training where you'll learn 'the basics'. while doing the year and a day, and onward, you should try to connect with nature, try living a new life where you're more aware of things. the Rede for instance 'Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill, An it harm none do what ye will' simply put says 'don't do harm' this is up for interpretation. if you notice you eat a lot of junk food, this is doing harm to your body, perhaps you feel it goes against the Rede so you change your eating habits, and start eating more healthy foods. [i'm not saying never eat junk food, the occasional is fine, i'm talking about breakfast lunch and dinner with a bag of chips before bed] something many Wiccans debate on is eating meat. myself, we're omnivorous, we should live in balance, not too much meat [but i don't eat tuna or veal] others feel we're killing the animal, so it's against the Rede, and some go a step further and feel we do harm to animals for things like honey and cheese, so they live a vegan lifestyle. again, up for debate. one final, some feel drinking, smoking, drugs, piercings and even tattoos do harm to our bodies, so they refuse to do them either. try meditating on the Rede [quietly contemplate] figure out for yourself what you feel it means.
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By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 6
Hi there, I?ve been practicing Wicca for a good many years now and one of the first questions that comes up is the one about where to start. My suggestion is always to start by doing some reading and studying to make certain that you understand what Wicca is really all about, and so that you can then decide whether this is truly the path that you want to follow. So with that in mind I thought I would offer some books and websites that are full of sound I information which can help you get started on your path.

To start with, here are some books that I would suggest.

''A Witch Alone'' by Marian Green
''The Elements of Ritual'' by Deborah Lipp
''Witchcrafting'' by Phyllis Curott
''21st Century Wicca'' by Jennifer Hunter
''Before You Cast a Spell'' by Carl McColman
''When, Why...If'' by Robin Wood
''Practical Pagan'' by Dana Eilers
''Wicca; A Year and a Day'' by Timothy Roderick

You can also find the recommended reading list that my coven uses at:

Here's some websites that you may find useful in helping you with questions. (this is my own coven site.)

Hope this helps you get a good start on your studies. And feel free to ask me, or the others here on the board if you have any specific questions we can help you with.
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