This post is a short collection of advice for those who are at the beginning of their Spiritual practise. Most of it has come from the most popular questions I get from practitioners through my Guidance Service – I sincerely hope it helps you and inspires you!
About Growing As A Witch
· Right now, it is your time to listen and learn; there will be plenty of time to be the one who talks when you are more experienced, believe me. BUT, listen actively and keep your critical thinking well alive. Nobody holds all the truth.
· Be aware of the enormous amount of magic that’s already around you, and use it. Local plant life, local traditions, local superstitions, are all at your reach, and hold more power than you imagine.
· Just so, the traditions and stories of your Ancestry can provide a great deal of personal connection and power, whether if you live in the same culture/country as them or not. Explore them, treasure them, and then add them to your personal path if they work for you. Feel the love and strength of your Ancestors through them.
Please notice that I am not saying that you should not worship spirits that are foreign to you – if that is in your calling, it is totally fine, and I am the last Bruja that would judge that. Both your chosen pantheon and your local traditions can coexist without any conflict in your path.
· If your commitment to your path is true, there will be many blessings, but there also will be a lot of pain – and you must learn to see it as part of the learning process that life itself is. The path of the Witch will break you, transform you, humble you. It will take things and people from you. It will change the way you live, the way you think, the way you feel. It has to happen, there is no other way for it to happen – let it happen.
About Your Relationship With Elders
· An elder should always talk from a position of experience, and never from a position of superiority. There is a HUGE difference. No human is superior to you in any way. Choose your elders wisely, because there are already too many horror stories about alleged elders abusing beginners, and do not take any oaths with anyone you don’t trust 100%.
· Nobody gets to be an elder in a day, a week, or a year. It takes time, commitment, and devotion, for a lifetime. Keep this in mind at all times, specially when you feel you are “behind” anyone. You are not, because your path is your own, and comparing it to others’ paths is just a waste of time.
· Be wary of titles – of taking them too soon for yourself, AND of those who take them by the dozen. Whoever holds a title will be tested by the Spirits to prove said title, both the beginners and the experienced, so never take this lightly.
· And, if you find an elder you trust and admire, cherish them. Support them in any way you can, and recommend their work to others in need. Be respectful and loving, and don’t treat them as your permanently-on-shift therapist.
Professionals: About Dealing With Them…
· Be wary of the word “intuitive” – more often than not, it means “I do not care to take the time or the effort to learn this (insert magical or divination technique here), so I am just making it up as I go”.
· Also, be wary of whoever that assures that deities or high spirits are talking through them. This is a very real red light for cult tactics. Yes, the spirits can talk through certain people at certain times, but that is not what I am talking about at all. I am talking about people who say that Saint Michael the Archangel is their guardian angel. I’m sorry, but Saint Michael has more important things to do than being a regular human’s guardian.
· Whoever uses the words assured or guaranteed when it comes to magic, is a scammer. Period.
· A professional should always be open to customers’ questions, and the answers you get from them should always make sense. While you must be respectful if your spiritual worker has any sort of secrecy wovs, that has nothing to do with having anything to hide, or with giving half-assed answers.
…And About Becoming One
· If you want to do this professionally, then prepare yourself as a professional and act like a professional. Giving life advice is something very serious; you are not an entertainer, you are (or must be) the embodiment of wisdom.
· For the love of God, learn business, marketing, taxes, accounting, and whatever you need to learn. Your customers deserve it, and you deserve it.
· Carry yourself with dignity and kindness. Pick your battles, specially online; 99,9% of times it is not worth the hassle. Do not wash your dirty laundry in public. Learn to keep your mouth under control.
· Take no shit from people, but remember that it is your work as a professional to help people understand who you are, and what you do. That alleviates stigma, educates people into higher forms of thinking, and helps professionals and customers alike. Be an example, and make us all proud.
And, if you need more advice on any of these topics, remember that my Guidance Service is always available at my website. I have been guiding practitioners for many years, both online and locally, and in my opinion and experience, it is one of the most powerful aspects of my practise.