Magic is not the spell. It is about the energy you send out, and will that makes a spell function. Spells are no to be taken lightly! You must learn the basics, and also what spell are you looking for? Try Celtic connection, and everything under the moon, also look up books. Try Scott Cunningham, Doreen valentien, and much more. Also try C Rowley.
*****Note : Self changing, and mythological spells are fluff!!!!****
That's why you learn the basics. It helps you in energy. So you need energy to cast a spell. You can't just say a few words and something happens. Vampire werewolf etc. spells are fluff and fake
Hope this helps~Demonguy
But most people don't know the basics do they? I think that's why they ask, because they assume they can start on whatever they want.
*I started off with my grandmother and mother who first taught me about nature and energy.
From there I learned about spirits, energy, gods, stories, and how each thing on this world has it's own signature.
*I think it also depends on what you want to learn.
Learning about it's culture and it's form is a good way to start.
But even then you shouldn't practice until you're sure that you know enough of the subject you're inquiring about.