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So, You Want To Be a Witch? A Few Questions You May Have…
- What is Witchcraft?
- Are Witches Real?
- How Do I Become a Witch?
- Is Witchcraft a Religion?
- Are Wicca and Witchcraft the same thing?
I’m going to very briefly answer these questions (let me know if you’d like some more detailed blog posts), and point you in the direction of my favourite online and offline witchcraft resources!
- Witchcraft is a practice.
- Yes. Although perhaps not in the way you’d imagine from the movies and pop culture! We don’t fly around on broomsticks.
- You can easily become a witch!
- Witchcraft itself is not a religion. It’s a practice, often used as a part of various Pagan religions, for example, Wicca.
- Wicca and Witchcraft are not the same.
OK, so now we’ve covered the basics, time for the witchcraft resources I recommend!
I’ve picked up most of my witchcraft knowledge from books. My collection is pretty big now (another blog post idea!), but here are a few that I’d recommend for beginners.
The Craft by Gabriela Herstik
This is my favourite modern witchcraft book. I devoured it in a few days, but frequently refer back for specific rituals I want to try.
This guide is perfect for the modern woman, wanting to unleash her power with self-care rituals, crystals, tarot, and sex magick. If you’re a regular reader of Emily Underworld, you’ll know that I’m a big supporter of Self Care! I appreciate the rituals Gabriela provides for a modern-day lifestyle.
Wicca by Harmony Nice
I mentioned Wicca by Harmony Nice in my 10 Books I WILL Read This Year blog post, and needless to say, I did read it.
If you’re interested in the Wicca religion specifically and its practices, this book is for you. I’d thoroughly recommend checking out Harmony’s YouTube series called ‘Enchanted Endeavours’ too, for general witchcraft and spirituality as well as Wicca.
Harmony encourages the “positive impact that ritual, meditation and embracing nature can have on your creativity, confidence and sense of self-worth.”
Basic Witches by Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman
This one is a bit more fun and features rituals for modern-day life like Social Media, and Toxic Relationships. I like the historical / pop culture references, and aesthetically-pleasing illustrations.
“This Ain’t Your Grandma’s Grimoire!”
The yearly Almanacs by Liz Leendertz are so useful! I picked up my Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to 2020 back in 2019 to make sure I’m ready for the new year and damn, it’s full of information about the tides, the moon cycle and what plants are blooming during each month of the year.
This book provides a toolkit of practical information about the outdoors and the seasons. It features each month’s nature events, including meteor showers, moon and tide tracking charts, and beehive behaviour. It’s full of folklore stories and seasonal recipes too!
No wonder it’s an Amazon #1 bestseller in astrology, garden flowers, and botany & plant sciences! It’s beautifully illustrated, and for me, an indispensable resource.
You can pick up your hardback Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to 2020 here.
I love to read witchy fiction to feel inspired! In my 13 Books To Read in 2020 blog post, I featured a few witchcraft-themed books if you’re interested in checking out that post. I also have a Goodreads account, so feel free to add me on there.
A Book of Shadows
This is probably the number 1 thing I’d recommend for all witches. A Book of Shadows is your personal journal, spellbook, grimoire… whatever you’d like to call it.
I like to keep mine very creative, so I write personal diary entries, recording any Full Moon or New Moon rituals, as well as general witchcraft and astrology information.
A list things I keep in my Book of Shadows…
- A Calendar of Pagan Holidays
- Crystal Healing Symbolism
- Spells & Rituals
- Herbs and their uses (blog post here)
- Affirmations (blog post here)
My book of shadows is from Gametee. They also have a Grimoire of Spells version! Or you could make your own from any notebook. I prefer ones like this, because I can remove the little notebooks inside and replace them if needed. I use the pockets inside for storing any extra cards/rituals I have on separate paper.
There’s nothing like spending time in nature to fuel your witchcraft journey. The Earth is our greatest resource, and it’s important to spend time, in solitude, appreciating the energy.
If you’re just getting started with witchcraft, or need a little pick-me-up, I cannot recommend Witch Casket enough! It’s a UK monthly subscription box, filled with rituals, herbs, candles, incense and crystals, curated by some lovely witches. They also include fun little witchy lifestyle gifts like enamel pins, tote bags, and cups, which I always appreciate.
Each monthly box has a coherent theme, for example, love, the moon, or the one pictured here, fire.
Read my full review of Witch Casket here. I’ll make sure to write future blog posts featuring my Witch Caskets!
Witch Cake Candles
I’ve mentioned Holly’s magickal candles on the blog before. They’re powerful, made with crystals, and beautifully illustrated. She makes candles inspired by goddesses from the Hellenistic pantheon, as well as unique, seasonal candles. So far I have burned Aphrodite and Persephone; Artemis and Hecate are on my wishlist…
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Learn your herbs!
Learning about herbs and essential oils for wellness and medicinal use is a totally witchy hobby, and very useful.
Read my blog post featuring 10 Plants for Your Witch Garden, and check out this brilliant Gardening and Sustainable Living bundle of resources.
My Favourite Witchcraft Blogs & Websites
- Dwell in Magic by Jessica Dimas. I adore her writing! If you need a bit of Self-Care, I’d recommend giving her blog a read, and picking up the Self Care Mini Bundle. It features Self-Care ebooks, courses and workbooks from many creators, including Jessica. Currently, the bundle is on sale for $29.99, with a value of $600!
- A bad witch’s blog
- Flying The Hedge
- The Wild Hunt
- The Fat Feminist Witch
- Haute Macabre
- Bad Witch
My Top 5 Witchcraft Apps
As this blog post is getting quite long, I’m going to end it with my favourite witchy apps that I use.
I’ll write up a full blog post about these apps and my favourite features, but for now, here are my top 5 witchy apps.
I use these witchcraft apps to:
- Track moon phases
- Learn and practice tarot
- Follow the wicca calendar
- To follow my horoscope / astrology transits.
Pinterest, Instagram Tumblr… and even TikTok.
You can find all kinds of resources online to help with your witchcraft journey.
Pinterest, in particular, is a goldmine of beautiful graphics explaining Moon Phases, Crystals, Rituals, Spells, Pagan Holidays, Supplies, as well as ‘witchy aesthetic’ inspiration.
Check out my Witchcraft Pinterest Board for my curated selection of Witchcraft Resources!
I hope this blog post has helped you if you’re thinking of becoming a witch or need a bit of help in your witchcraft journey.
I’m planning on writing a few blog posts all about how I personally organise my witchcraft supplies, my altar, and inside my book of shadows. Let me know in the comments if you’d like to read any of these!
All the best,