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OK I live in Montana and that's what they say. I am new to this site,I have dabbled,I have gone into shops in San Diego (Crystal Dragon in Carlsbad) and Rhode Island (Magic Mirror) Salem Mass ( Laura Cabbots store). But I didn't feel like I knew what I was doing, but I put everything into the spells and turned out alright. If there are any suggestions for me,I a learning disability,but I try as hard as I can.
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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

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I have more of a physical disability than a learning disability so I have never been able to learn from books. If you truly do feel magick is something you can truly follow, do like most of us do and learn what you can by trial and error. Even the most experienced of us have one or two things fail and that doesn't mean we aren't filled with magick, it just means what we sent out just wasn't meant to happen. Also, I really don't like when people claim to have "dabbled" in magick. It just sounds horrid to me like they didn't really do it because it felt right to them but because they wanted to see what would happen. But if you really think books are the way to go try Raymond Buckland and Silver Ravenwolf books starting from the begin no to end. Silver doesn't use any complex or crazy hard to understand words and she slowly guides YKU throughout each chapter. She also includes side notes and footnote notes with definitions to words like Widdershins and Deosil as well as Maiden, Mother and Crone phases of the moon. I hope I was enough help to you.
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