Becoming a Witch

by Morgaine
© Morgaine 2001.

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I am often asked how one becomes a witch. Do you find someone who is a witch and they make you one? Or are you a witch just by saying you are? Can you make yourself a witch?

The process of becoming a witch doesn't happen overnight. It is a life change, a new path upon the journey of your life. It takes consideration, study and work. If you have previously followed a mainstream religion, you may have things that take time to let go, and new things that take time to absorb. I have heard many people say it is often hard, coming from a life of Christianity, to feel comfortable praying to the Goddess. All new things take time, but if you are serious upon this path, you will find your way. The Gods call their own home to them.

No matter how you have came about finding the Old Religion, here you are. So where do you go? To the book store. For a novice, books are like the air you breathe. You must have them, or access to them in some way. If you cannot afford, or do not feel safe having books on the Craft, the internet is the next best place.

In both books and on the internet you will find a wealth of knowledge that will help guide you upon your new path. Of course, as with anything else, there is good information and bad information. Avoid any kind of book, or internet site, that speaks of controlling another person in any way, harming them, doing love spells on a specific person, or tells you to chant in Latin, even though you have no idea what you are saying (yes, I have seen sites like that). These books/sites will not fulfil your need for knowledge in the Craft and will only serve to confuse you.

Once you have read a variety of books and feel called to this path, the next step is to find a teacher. If you have access to a teacher, in my opinion this is the best course of action. A teacher or a coven can often be found if there is a new age book store in your community. Also, the Witches Voice is a site that offers networking in every state. It has grown extremely large over the past few years and is a valuable resource in the Craft community. All of my coven members have found me on the Witches Voice.

Having a mentor can offer so much to you when you are beginning. There will be things you come across that you have a hard time understanding and need clarification. If you have a teacher, they are just a phone call or email away. If you do not, you must try to decipher things on your own, and may not come to the correct end on them. If you do not have a teacher, again, the internet is the next best place to look.

If you are only looking for a 'how to' on casting spells, then the Craft is not for you. Witchcraft is a serious spiritual path, in which magick is performed, but is secondary to the religion itself. I would suggest you look to ceremonial magick for that.

A couple of things need to be said about beginning this path, in light of recent attitudes about the Craft. Here lately it seems that you have a people who, after reading a few books, feel as if they can call themselves a master of the Art. They throw on a title like Lady/Lord, or HP/s, add some black clothes, a pentacle the size of a hubcap, and they are ready to go. This is not what the Craft is about. If you have spent years following a particular path, have worked hard for the spiritual lessons that have been presented to you, and through this have attained the title and rank, then by all means use it. But think of how you would feel if, after all that, you have a newbie with 6 months and 5 books under their belt walking about calling themselves Lady Starry Ski or Lord Thunderbutt. It is very offensive. Just like your parents told you when you were growing up (or maybe you still are) 'don't rush things, it will all come to you in the end, and be sweeter for the waiting'. This is true with the Craft. Using titles, putting on airs, and in general acting high and mighty are not going to make you any more spiritual. And that is what this path is about. What it will do is alienate you from people whom you may actually want to meet and get to know!

All of this being said the way to become a witch is through study and dedication. Gather all of the information you can. Find the best teacher possible. Read whatever you can get your hands on. Go outside in nature and commune with the Goddess and God. Listen to the trees and the wind and the rush of the water, for this is the witch's world.

Pendulum Divination

Pendulum divination is one of the easiest forms of divination, but is limited to only two responses - yes and no. It provides a fairly quick, but sometimes ambiguous answer, by moving involuntarily.

Make your own pendulum by attaching a suitably heavy object such as a ring, metal washer or quartz crystal to a piece of string about 10 inches long. Hold the top of the string firmly and as still as possible between two of your fingers and ask a question that will definitely result in a "yes" answer, such as "Am I female?" if you're a girl. Take note of the way that the pendulum swings, that will be your "yes" response. Now, ask a question that will result in a definite "no" answer, such as the reverse of the previous gender question. The way the pendulum swings now will be your "no" answer. Once you have established the responses, you can ask the pendulum a question which you would like to know the answer.

Each time you ask a question, be sure to wait until the pendulum has settled into a steady movement. If the pendulum does not respond with either the "yes" or "no" movement, your question cannot be answered at that time. Be very careful to hold your arm steady and try not to move the pendulum yourself otherwise your answer will not be accurate. You can increase the pendulums power by suspending it over an image or item relevant to the question you are asking.

Smoke Scrying

This is best done in front of a fire, preferably outdoors and during the evening. A candle will in a pinch, but it will likely be harder to see images in a smaller amount of smoke.

Sit comfortably in front of the fire and relax. Fix your gaze on a particular area above the fire and allow the smoke to drift past your line of vision.

Rather than "following" the smoke with your eyes, just allow it to drift past and note the patterns that emerge in your field of view.


Divination Definitions

The following is a basic list of some common and not-so-common type of divination. It will provide a starting point for you to decide what types you'd like to learn more about.

Aeromancy: divination using the stars;
Geomancy: divination using the Earth;
Hydromancy: divination using water;
Lithomancy: divination using gemstones;
Necromancy: divination by summoning the dead;
Numerology: divination using numbers;
Oneiromancy: divination using dreams;
Palmistry: divination using the human hand;
Physiognomy: divination by reading human character;
Pyromancy: divination using fire;
Tarot: divination using a special set of cards called the Tarot;

Cloud Scrying

Odds are you have already performed this type of scrying, and it's one of the most easy, practical and enjoyable ones at that.

On a cloudy day, take a rug outside and lie comfortably on the ground looking up at the clouds. The clouds will all move differently making this technique so great. See what you can see in them but like the smoke scrying, try not to just pick a cloud and focus on it but rather allow them to drift by.

Incense Correspondences

- for correct paths to money

Bayberry - control

Bergamont - attract money

Blueberry - to keep unwanted influences away

Blue Roses - to honour the Goddess

Carnation - healing

Cherry - to attract and stimulate love

China Rain - to draw a new love

Cinnamon - wealth, success, money

Coconut - protection, purification

Copal - for honouring the Gods, use after an argument

Dragon's Blood - potency, protection

Eucalyptus - to increase powers

Frangipani - to brighten home

Frankincense - for consecrating objects, protection, astral strength

Honeysuckle - luck, health

Jasmine - luck in love, true love

Lavender - ease hurt caused by love

Lemongrass - increase powers with tools

Lotus - inner peace, meditation, opening the mind's eye, strengthening powers

Musk - courage, desire, vitality

Myrrh - spirituality, purification, protection, healing

Patchouli - money, attraction, to maintain happiness in love

Pine - strength, to reverse negative energies

Rose - calm energies for the home, true love

Sandalwood - healing, protection, purification

Strawberry - love, luck, friendship

Vanilla - to enhance memory

Ylang ylang - strengthen and create balance in love

Oil Correspondences

- money, success

- calming, soothing, sedative

Clary Sage - soothing, relaxing, calming

Coconut - peace, purification

Frankincense - purification, luck

Jasmine - spiritual love

Lavender - peace, healing, love, calming, balancing, mental powers

Lilac - protection

Orange - uplifting, calming, antidepressant

Patchouli - fertility, love, money

Peppermint - luck, healing, energy, stimulating, uplifting

Rose - beauty, love, warming, aphrodisiac

Rosemary - invigorating, uplifting, stimulating

Sandalwood - purification, spirituality

Ylang ylang - peace, opportunity

Vanilla - love, lust

Wisteria - mental powers


October 31st

ALSO KNOWN AS: Halloween, All Hallow's Eve, All Saint's Eve


The word "Samhain" literally means "end of summer". This sabbat may be considered the "Witches New Year" as it represents one full turn of the year. Samhain Eve may be used to remember, speak to and celebrate loved ones that have passed over.

Divination is at its highest on this night so runes or tarot cards may be used to predict the future. The veil between the spirit and living worlds is said to be weakest on this night are black candles are used to ward off any negativity.

Samhain is also a time to look back on the past year and consider what may be improved in the new year. Pagans say goodbye to the God on this sabbat, to be welcomed back again at Yule.


From Spirit Online

  • Honor the dead, remember those you loved who have passed on;
  • Scry by fire, smoke, or a scrying mirror;
  • Leave food outside as an offering to the dead;
  • Carve faces in apples or pumpkins;
  • Mix up some hot mugwort tea;
  • Cook up a Samhain pumpkin pie;
  • Make a collection of photographs and memoirs of loved ones who are deceased and display it on your altar. Perhaps you could even write a poem or prayer for those who have passed?


    DEITIES: The Goddess in the aspect of the Crone, Hecate, Morrigan

    COLOURS: Orange, Black, Gold, Silver

    GEMSTONES: Most black gemstones, Jet for example.

    HERBS/PLANTS: Heather, Acorns, Apples, Sage, Oak, Mugwort, Mint, Straw

    SCENT: Sage, Mint, Nutmeg, Heliotrope

    FOODS: Hazelnuts, Pumpkin Pie, Different kinds of Breads, Poultry, Wine, Apples

    ALTAR DECORATIONS: Jack-o-Lantern, Apples, Nuts, Pumpkins, Halloween-shaped Candles, Besoms

  • Ostara

    March 20th-21st, Spring Equinox

    ALSO KNOWN AS: Spring Equinox, Festival of the Trees, Lady Day


    This is the time when the hours of light and dark are equal and from this point onwards, the light hours begin to grow larger than the dark.

    Pagans celebrate this as the time that the God marries the Goddess and she conceives their child. This makes Ostara a celebration of balance, fertility, growth and life in humans and also in the Earth.

    Blessing of seeds are made at this time and offerings may be made to the Goddess in the Maiden aspect. This is also a time for casting spells for new beginnings which have long-term implications. Feasting and socialising are also popular during this sabbat.


    From Spirit Online

  • Light a fire in the circle during your Ostara rite, or light the fire in a cauldron;
  • Place a lit green candle in a dish full of moist earth, let it burn down and then bury the remainders (except the dish);
  • Plant some seeds in pots or in your garden (if you blessed some seeds for Imbolc and saved them, use those!);
  • Dye or paint eggs with pagan symbols and God/Goddess signs;
  • Fill up a dish with green and yellow candies (Jolly Ranchers, Skittles, Jelly Bellies, Gummie Bears... anything!) and leave them out for everyone to enjoy!


    DEITIES: Ostara, Eostre

    COLOURS: Yellow, Green and most Pastels

    GEMSTONES: Amethyst, Bloodstone, Jasper

    HERBS/PLANTS: Iris, Jasmine, Strawberry, Daffodil, Acorn, Lily, Jonquil

    SCENT: Floral Scents, Rose, Jasmine, Strawberry

    FOODS: Fresh Fruits, Vegetables, Seeds and Sprouts, Eggs and other Dairy Foods

    ALTAR DECORATIONS: Hard-boiled eggs, dyed or painted with magick symbols, A bowl of green and yellow lollies, Vines and Leaves