Where should I start?

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Where should I start?
Post # 1
My name is Sandra, I'm 40 years old and very new to the world of magick, and very excited as well! Since I was young, as young as 4 or 5, I've experienced visions, practiced healing and have known things well beyond my years. I was raised in a Christian home where I was taught that paganism is a sin, which is why it has taken me so long to find this path. It is also likely why I feel so conflicted. I would consider myself now a pagan, though not Wiccan.
I am quite clueless as to where to begin on this journey, so any advice would be greatly appreciated. I still feel confused about why I have such gifts and how to use them.
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Re: Where should I start?
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 2
I suggest:
Learn what magic is, what it can and cannot do, and how it works. This will help you to separate fact from fiction as you continue your journey.
Learn about meditation, grounding and centering, energy work, and visualization. This will help you in your practice.
Research different forms of paganism and magic to find what is right for you.
Understand this is not easy, it requires work as there is no single authority on right and wrong.
Look into yourself and find what you feel is correct when it comes to morals and ethics.
No one on this path is an expert, those who claim to be are either fools or con artists.
Practice. Be mindful of events around you and see the magic in them.
Patience. This is a lifelong path, don't expect success immediately.
Education. Never stop learning. The more we learn, the more we understand, the better we get. This holds for all things, in my opinion.
Know that as you learn you will begin to think you know nothing. That is fine, most of us have been there. There is no shame in 'starting over' often you pick up things better the second, third or fourth go round.
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Re: Where should I start?
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 3

Well, if you're serious about learning how to do magic and with starting from the rock-bottom then you don't start out by casting spells, you start out by learning how and why magic works.

You see, there is no such thing as an "easy" spell or a "beginner" spell. One either understands how magic works and has mastered the which case the magic will work..or you haven't done that sort of work..and no spell will work no matter how "easy" it seems.

Casting a successful spell involves much more than finding some spell on the internet or in a book, saying some words, lighting a candle, waving a wand of any of that sort of thing. In order for magic to work you need to understand how and why it works in the first place. Grounding and centering, visualization, focus and intent, energy manipulation, etc are all necessary first steps to even begin to have a chance at a spell actually working...and more importantly to prevent a spell from back-firing on you.

So, my advice for anyone who is truly serious is to start by reading a few books and practicing the exercises those books will give you. Once you have mastered the basics you won't need anyone to give you spells, you'll be able to create your own spells that will be far more effective than anything you find on the net. Here's the books I suggest:

"Before You Cast a Spell" by Carl McColman

"Spells and How They Work" by Janet and Stewart Farrar

"The Veil's Edge" by Willow Polson

"Modern Magick" by Donald Michael Kraig

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Re: Where should I start?
Post # 4
Thank you for the book suggestions! I will order one right away to get started. I have no assumptions where spell casting is concerned as I've never done it and have never witnessed it. I am a Reiki 2 practitioner, so I am familiar with energy work. I believe that will be useful.
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