Well I want telekinesis, telepathy, teleportation, time travel, flight, ability to control the elements, healing abilities. I just want magic. I'm not really sure what that is though, as I'm learning quickly.
The first step is meditation. Regular practice is necessary in most traditions of magic.
Two other essentials are visualization and energy manipulation.
You're still thinking in terms of powers. There really is no such thing as gaining some sort of power; practicing magic is something you can do just as you are, now.
And you've mentioned an ability to cast a spell. Anyone can cast a spell, but a spell is not magic. A spell is a sort of ritual in an attempt to gain a magical result.
My favorite definition of magic is change in conformity with will. It does not require rituals, spells, or many other things. People may use rituals or spells in their practice, however.
And magic is always within the laws of science. Some things are possible -- if only theoretically -- but well beyond the reach of human ability. Some things are out-right impossible, such as using sheer force of will to cause changes to the physical body.
You will find a lot of great introductory material on this site, under the General Info section. The pinned threads will not only tell you about aspects of the forums here, but also introduce you to the very basics of magic -- what it is, how it works, and getting started.
"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 basics...in 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"
-Credits to Lark-
This is a posting by Lark . I have never read the first two. However , the last two are good. The Veil's Edge is decent while Modern Magick is great book. Though it is more geared to Ritual and Ceremonial Magic(k) so if that is not your style , then maybe you can try another.
The practice that so many call Magic is performed and practiced all over the world. Each culture , Region and sometimes countries have their own variations and differences. So try searching for something suitable for you.