The most common question I get as a mysterious practicing witch is, ” What is the best piece of advice for practicing your witchcraft?”
Most of the time people have thought the answer would be, ” Learn ALL you can.”
Pretty dang important but not the BEST piece of advice.
or my other favorite,
” To be a real witch you need an initiation, 5 crystals, and X, Y, or Z tools . ”
WRONG! Oh my gosh, wrong!
Let’s start at the real base of witchcraft and energy work, and all the yummy woo-woo stuff.
A big obstacle that most new witches face is getting in touch with and consistently following their intuition’s lead. Learning to discern what’s doubt and anxiety and what is intuition is a skill developed over time and mostly by making mistakes.
Whenever I struggled, I came back to this adivce about Witchcraft all the time.
There was a time when, as a new witch, I ignored my intuition. I had just arrived home after a long drive from college. A long drive meaning about 8 hours.
I should have listened to the voice that said, “You’re tired. Get some rest and see people the next day.”
But like every stubborn 19-year-old, I definitely didn’t listen. I pushed that feeling out, put on my eyeliner and lipstick, and went to meet some friends.
While nothing so drastic as a car wreck happened, I did end up fighting with my friends that evening and it colored our interactions for a long time.
There are several ways of interacting with your intuition. One of my favorites is doing Tarot card readings.
I shuffle the deck and randomly pick out three cards. I then ask myself the following questions:
Did I feel happy or disappointed that I drew these cards?
What colors do I notice in the cards first?
What symbols or imagery jumps out at me first?
I say, first, because that first feeling will be the intuition trying to tell you something. After that, we humans tend to overthink or over analyze and are left confused about what we felt.
Another way to get to your intuition’s voice is to journal.
Giving yourself space to just write and write and write until all the junk comes out lets you sift though the noise in your brain. That then allows you to get to bottom root of anything that might be on your mind.
The best advice about Witchcraft and intuition is: Just allow yourself to be so you can hear what the inner voice is leading you to.
Intuition is a quiet, assured voice or feeling. This is part one of the best piece of advice I’ve gotten.
Since most of our witchcraft is done with intentions and emotions as the fuel, not fully feeling the prayer, spell, or ritual is a prime set-up for failure.
Even the most beautifully written prose will fall short for you if you do not connect to it with your heart and mind.
One year, after becoming a priestess of a coven, I had to perform a public ritual. It was Mabon, the Autumn Equinox.
For the first time in a long time, I had run out of inspiration. I didn’t know what I was going to say, I didn’t know what I was going to do, and I wasn’t sure what lesson I should convey.
Our holidays are about sharing our stories and lessons and celebration and I just didn’t seem to have the resources for it.
So I went to do some research and I came across a rhyming poem that felt sort of spell-like. Thinking my ritual was saved, I would memorize it and perform it and it would be beautiful.
As beautiful as the poem was, it didn’t quite sit with me. I would trip up over some words. Some lines would just go right out of my head. Frustrating is a mild word for it.
After reading it over and over, I found the story within and started to tell that but in my own way. escriptors and words were changed out, a character added in until the lesson came out in a story that was barely related to the original poem I had read.
Truly Heart-Felt Witchcraft
I ended up telling a story that became my original work and was even better than if I had just recited someone else’s memorized words.
Others at that ritual had mentioned to me that they could feel how genuine my words were and how it had touched their hearts unexpectedly.
In other words? Being connected to your inner intuition and allowing yourself to express freely what works for you helps you bring about your true inner magic.
In a way, that advice gave me permission to not only follow my intuition but do so in a way that was authentic to me.
It saved me the heartache of half-felt spells and it led me to explore my own creativity in this journey.
And while the best advice about Witchcraft isn’t something more mysterious or esoteric, it is very practical advice for when you are feeling a little lost in life.
I hope this advice helps you and encourages you to walk your own path of witchcraft with fully felt ritual words and spell ingredients.
There is no wrong way to do this.
” Always follow your intuition. Witchcraft is not about hard rules, it’s about the expression of your energy and gifts.”