I suggest you start off learning the basics. Some of the basics include:
And much more. If you got to the forums and check out the general information of the articles, you will see a lot of informative posts on how to get started. I will post some here for you.
http://www.spellsofmagic.com/read_post.html?post=483942 The Basics Expanded by AwakeTooLong.
http://www.spellsofmagic.com/read_post.html?post=71692 Starting Out by Starrie
http://www.spellsofmagic.com/read_post.html?post=526472 Visualization by Lark.
These are just a few to help you get started, for the both of you.
Maddy_K , you will never become a neko . You cannot transform into fantasy creatures like you see in anime or hollywood movies. It's all fake.
I also suggest you both look up what magick can and cannot do . Again, you cannot transform physically into animals, nekos, dragons, werewolves, vampires, etc.
Hope I helped and Blessed Be. )O(