Finding a REAL Teacher of the Craft

A beginner’s guide to finding the guidance you need.

  • I need help finding a true teacher of the Craft!
  • How do I know if I’m a Witch?
  • How do I find a teacher of the Craft?
  • Should I join a coven or stay solitary?
  • What do I need to know, and how do I learn what I need to know?
  • Why does it seem like there are no good teachers out there?
  • How did you know you were a Witch?

I hear you, and I can relate! I know the urgency you feel.  You feel the burning to walk this path authentically, but how can you do this without understanding what lies ahead? You’re in the dark and stumbling around, searching for a flicker of light to help you find your way. What should you know, and how do you learn it? Is anyone out there willing and able to help you figure it out?

You know you need to surround yourself with like-minded people, but where are they? Your path might be less turbulent if you find those who understand what you want and need to know – someone willing to teach you. Are they lurking in Facebook groups or on Reddit? This deep-burning need consumes you, and your lack of direction frustrates you. Why does it seem difficult to find those with the knowledge you seek? Why are they hiding? Where are they hiding?

I also know the resistance you face. You must dodge or endure the bitterness, judgment, and chastising views forced upon you by those who refuse to understand your path. They don’t understand your longing to find your place in this world. Most may even think this is only a phase. This wall of disapproval can prevent you from openly seeking your mentor.

Before I tell you how to find a teacher, let me tell you why they are so hard to find.

The truth is that the same resentment, resistance, and damnation you face, so too do our (much-needed) elders face. Our elders are precious reservoirs of knowledge who deserve respect. Yet, they seldom receive the respect they deserve. They hide to preserve the knowledge they keep and to preserve their livelihoods.  Over the centuries, those who protect the sacred knowledge of the Craft have been forced to keep that knowledge well hidden. Well, most of them, anyway.

Over time, false accusations, enhanced by colorful fiction and other condemning narratives, have become associated with the Craft and the Occult. Individuals within our communities are often harassed and judged by those who substantially misunderstand our paths. I, too, have been the target of harassment simply because I was openly wearing my symbols of faith. One such occurrence I recall happened as a well-regarded friend and High Priestess (wearing her pentacle) was offering a hot cup of coffee and a sandwich to a homeless man on the street in December. We were in New York at the time, spending the day together. This is the last place I would think this kind of harassment and intolerance would occur. As she gave the homeless man a hot beverage and much-needed nourishment, another man decided to make it a point to embarrass my friend. These occurrences happen more often than they should.

I have been approached by strange men in bookstores more than once as they proselytize to me. These fanatics openly and loudly condemned my spiritual and religious path to the point where security had to intervene. These instances make you fear for your safety, leaving you to look over your shoulder as you go to your car in the parking lot because a strange fanatic is following your every move in the bookstore. You wonder how far these people might take their desire to harm you and to what level they will express their hate. Harassment and disconcerting confrontations have caused our elders and teachers to be cautious about whom and when they teach.

In addition to the persecution we all face from the secular-religious community, our elders also face disrespect, as many seekers or students turn out to be false. Many elders can identify with pouring their heart and soul into lessons only to discover later that the student or seeker they are serving is in it for superficial reasons. Short-lived and shallow reasons like the shock factor or to bring alive Hollywood fiction that is misleadingly associated with the Craft are precisely why many teachers stop teaching. This, in addition to the condemnation received from the secular communities, is enough to force many treasured teachers and elders into hiding. No teacher should be subject to disrespect by anyone. However, as you have experienced, hiding causes another issue for those who genuinely desire to know and practice the Craft. Over time, the knowledge of the Craft becomes in danger of completely disappearing. It is replaced by shallow interpretations and misunderstandings. This is widely evident in Facebook groups on Reddit and other places where “the blind are leading the blind.” When new students are forced to interpret the knowledge without objective guidance, typically handed down from master to student, a range of issues arise. This only reinforces the need for a quality teacher with many years of experience.

The good news is that many teachers and elders resist hiding away. Many refuse to allow superficial seekers or secular views to force us into hiding. Many out there willingly, yet cautiously, take in dedicated students. It is these brave souls who help continue the old ways. Where and when you find them can be surprising. The teacher often appears to the student when the student least expects it. The method by which the teacher appears can also be incredible, if not completely obscure.  Many great teachers are hidden in plain sight, ready to take in eager seekers when the time is right.

Finding the knowledge you seek can be complicated depending on where you live, the level of acceptance, and the level of diversity within your community. It is essential to know you are not alone in your quest. Yes, I know you feel alone, but you are not. Take heart and know that plenty of brave and experienced souls out there make themselves available to teach when the student is ready.

Over the past several years, I have received many desperate requests from individuals asking for help locating qualified teachers and elders. Many of you have realized that too many people are posing as knowledgeable and experienced leaders, and the truth about them comes too late. It is understandable since the void left by those who go into hiding must be filled by someone. Many will become self-proclaimed in this area when we have no qualified teachers or elders to guide us.

This made me realize that I have only scratched the surface for you in my previous posts on this subject. I want to give you more. I hope you find the right teacher to help you walk your authentic path. The following are several ways you can find teachers. Some methods will require you to demonstrate your dedication to your Craft. You may even need to introduce yourself to the leaders of your community or get involved with community organizations and projects. Sometimes, your expressed interest is required. I assure you the more you do, the more you will get out of the experience.

If you want to get right to it, I offer an entire community and academy where you can learn from me. It’s called The Rebel Mystic Community & Academy. I offer LIVE classes, workshops, mentoring, and MORE in this private online space. JOIN HERE and get started today.

 

If you are ready, let’s first discuss what it means to be a Student of the Craft.

 

Is this path right for you?

When you first sensed it, the feeling might have been subtle. Perhaps, at first, it was easy to ignore. Now, that feeling is growing. It calls to you from the deepest recesses of your soul. That yearning for knowledge and understanding is pulling you in an unknown direction. This feeling seems most intense when you duck into the bookstore or library’s Metaphysical or Occult section and begin thumbing through the many books available on Magick, Wicca, the Occult, and Witchcraft. Your heart races in your chest. There is a voice inside you screaming to know more, but you also notice a resistance. A wall is blocking you from diving in and reading every book on the shelf.

What’s stopping you? Why do you resist your soul’s desire? Then you hear it, the echoes of condemning voices in your head. Perhaps it is your mother’s voice… your pastor’s or father’s voice. Too many times, you have been told this is a dark path. Too many times, you have been told this path will lead you to ruin. Yet, there has never been any solid proof of this claim. You know this path is not devil worship, nor will it lead you to certain destruction.

From what you have read, you know this path is about the Earth and caring for the spiritual essence in all living things. You know it is about personal responsibility. It is not about blaming some distant omnipotent God or demon for your troubles, perceived shortcomings, and mistakes. Witchcraft is about affirming your authenticity. It is about finding and growing your strengths. Witchcraft is a path that values life, diversity, and balance. No Devil is looking to overtake you. No absentee God is looking to punish you for using the free will he apparently gave you. It is about owning your existence and living vibrantly. It is about becoming whole as you step into your authenticity.

You ask yourself, “Why am I so afraid?” You know the path your parents, grandparents, and secular religious leaders follow is not suitable for you. It does help you feel alive and vibrant. You are not even convinced that their path is right for them, but they follow it anyway… perhaps out of habit or fear. You may never know. You know they stick to rigid and biased ideas deeply ingrained in their minds. How can they tell you what is right for you when they don’t even know what is right for themselves?

Oops, I almost forgot! Quick disclaimer. In writing this post, please know I speak to those over 18. For those under 18, I am not encouraging you or suggesting that you rebel against your parent(s) or guardian(s) rules or wishes. In my tradition, I do not teach anyone under 21. There are many traditions out there that follow similar rules. Until you are of legal adult age, please follow the rules of your household so long as they are safe and legal. If you are coming into the Craft to “stick it to the man” (parent, grandparent, etc.), this is not the right way to approach this path. ALSO… Shock values wear out quickly, leaving you feeling more empty and lost. With this, you must address your shadows before dedicating yourself to this path.

Becoming a Student of the Craft

Before becoming a student of the Craft, you must understand this is not an easy path. There is A LOT of work ahead, and there is much to know. The knowledge you seek is vast and spans many lifetimes. This is one reason why many covens and teachers work through degree systems. Degree systems help students develop and demonstrate their understanding of esoteric concepts and practices before teaching others. This naturally goes beyond reading a single book on a subject once and believing you have gained all the knowledge necessary to comprehend the subject. You must give yourself a break and refrain from placing unreasonable expectations on yourself. Allow yourself to absorb the information you seek and absorb before you move on is essential.

In this, you are expected to practice what you learn. You are responsible for your education and progress. In many cases, merely reading about something will do you no justice, nor will it serve your practice. Gaining knowledge is excellent, but it does you no good if it is not coupled with experience. You will need to incorporate the techniques and practices you read or learn about in your daily life. Witchcraft is not a passive theology. It is a lifestyle. To become knowledgeable and experienced, you need to walk the talk. A certain amount of wisdom should be obtained before teaching the subject to others.

As you start out, remember that Wicca, Witchcraft, and Paganism are immense. No single theology or cookie-cutter philosophy will represent or explain all of our faiths. Even those who practice similar traditions can have contrasting ideas and practices. Keeping an open mind about what is what and who is who is critical. This will also lead you to understand that there is much to explore as you find your true path.

If this path still speaks to you even after knowing these minimal requirements, then congratulations! You are likely a sincere seeker and will become a valued student to a wise and knowledgeable teacher. When you know you are ready and willing to put forth the required effort, it is time to start finding your way. But how do you make your way when you have no mentor or teacher to help you? You might feel the panic well up inside. Where do you start? Who will help you? What do you need to know?

Take a breath.

You will find what you need, and sometimes the teacher will find you.

Have faith that when you are truly ready, the teacher and resources you need will become available. If you were at my door and demonstrated an interest in my tradition and a solid dedication to the long road ahead, I would gladly take you in and begin teaching you the lessons of my tradition. If your entire being resonates with dedication, you will find the right teacher. Have patience, and keep your heart and mind open. In the meantime, here are a few resources you can incorporate into your search as you make your intentions to become a student of the Craft known to the universe.

Books & Blogs

Books are usually the first resource teachers recommend for learning about the Witchcraft, Wicca, Paganism, Magick, etc. Especially when you are just starting out. Reading about the practices and theologies of this path will help you determine if you are indeed a student of the Craft. Through reading, you will have the opportunity to judge if this path is right for you. It will also give you a keen perspective on what areas of study interest you most.

Many authors offer their years of knowledge and wisdom to seekers like you. So, YES! Buy books and read them by the truckload. Read about different theologies, techniques, and practices. Just keep in mind that reading will only get you so far. At some point, you must apply what you learn. If you have attended one of my lectures on ritual, you will know I speak in detail about the purpose and importance of repetition as it helps you gain perspective and wisdom.

Even as a seasoned Witch, I still read books on the Craft and other subjects that help support my practice. There are tens of thousands of books on the Occult, Wicca, and Witchcraft written by many credible and revered teachers. Read everything you can on the many subjects that interest you. Read books from a variety of authors on similar subjects. Read about anything and everything you can. This will give you a broader perspective of the subject at hand. You will better understand the theology and techniques offered by gaining a perspective. You might even find it helpful to join a book club that caters explicitly to occult knowledge.

I also recommend you read books on subjects that might not seem related to the Craft. Perhaps in your study of magick, you also pick up a couple of books on Quantum Physics. Personal and self-development subjects are also great resources, like shadow work, forming sustainable habits, emotional intelligence, and more. Or maybe you read books on many types of magick, from color and candle magick, Occult Herbalism to sympathetic and mental magick. The key here is never to stop reading and learning. Witchcraft is an intellectual path. Witchcraft will demand you always to expand your mind and understanding.

Podcasts and blogs are also excellent sources of information and perspective. Each can be candid and straightforward. Often, they can get to the heart of your question or the subject without too much fluff. I do advise caution in this area. Seek out podcasts and blogs with good reputations in the community and those that have been around for a few years/episodes. Also, research the author or presenter and get to know their background. IA is a growing presence in the community and can often offer incorrect or misleading information. Not to forget, it is disingenuous. When you know the origin and history of the knowledge you consume, you can better understand the viewpoint and experience behind the knowledge. Knowing who they are and how they came to be will also give you a better idea of their level of knowledge and experience. Newbies leading and teaching newbies is never a good idea. Yet, this is another growing trend within our communities. Look for blogs written by those who have been in the community for a while, and the same goes for podcasts. You might also find it helpful to search for content created by people who have written several books on the Craft, led their own groups, done public rituals, actively teach others, etc.

Covens

Here is the information I wish I had known when I started out!

One does not simply join a coven. Yes, laugh with me; that was a little joke. With all jest aside, there is truth in this statement. This is probably where most students and seekers hit a wall. Depending on where you live, you might have a limited selection. Then there is the vetting process most covens require before you are accepted. This process can be time-consuming. You also risk dedicating a year or more to a group to discover later that it was not a good fit. Please know that there is nothing personal in these processes. In my own coven, I require seekers to join our Study Group before applying for official membership.

A coven’s elders (or High Priest/ess) have a distinct responsibility to the group. Their main priority will be ensuring you are a good fit for their magickal family. Many will require you to hang out with them long before they teach you the “nuts and bolts” of their tradition.

As I mentioned before, many covens work through a degree system. These systems test the seeker and student’s readiness and comprehension of specific theologies, ideas, and practices. If you are paying to join a “coven” through an internet subscription service, chances are you merely joined a subscription-based community, not an actual coven. Most covens don’t charge membership.

You may spend much time with your coven as a seeker before you begin training to become initiated or dedicated. Depending on the coven structure and its bylaws, you can spend anywhere from a few weeks to several months as a seeker before initiation or being dedicated to it. Again, don’t take this process personally; these processes are meant to measure and ensure you are ready and willing to put in the effort required. The coven leaders also need to be sure you are a good fit for their group dynamics. Be assured that when you find a group with this level of caution or structure, you have found the real deal.

Once you pass the vetting process, you can settle into your new group. Great covens treat each member like family… actually… they treat one another better than family. They not only become a wealth of knowledge from which you can expand your understanding, but they also become your trusted tribe whom you can rely on in times of crisis and need. They will support, look after, guide you, and more. The key is to find a coven that suits you and vice versa. Think of it like a puzzle; each piece (or member) needs to fit seamlessly together as the group creates a beautiful and functional whole.

A good thing to remember while going through this vetting process is that you can vet the leadership just as much as they vet you as a member. Pay attention to red flags. Some leaders may be narcissists who are attracted to power and privilege. This is not what anyone needs on their path. Give yourself the time and opportunity to closely look at how the leadership treats its members, how the leaders address issues, and so on. Ask critical questions like, “Where and with whom did the leader(s) study?” “How long did they study before forming their own coven?” “Do they dismiss issues or address them head-on and promptly?”

Study Groups, Online Schools & Communities

While covens are an option for Learning, they are not your only resource. You have many options, and I encourage you to experience this path’s variety.

Study groups and online communities seem to be rising in popularity. Often, covens will use study groups (as mentioned above) as an informal method for weeding out those who may or may not be a good fit for their coven. Sometimes, study groups are formed because several seekers (who might wish to remain solitary) desire a place to learn and explore with other like-minded individuals.

When you wish to work and learn from others while remaining solitary, online communities and schools might be just what you need. Online schools and communities are another GREAT option for learning at your own pace and connecting with other witches on a similar path. This allows you to learn without dedicating yourself to a single group.

I recommend all new seekers and students start with one of these options, especially if you are new to a community. You can locate open study groups and public circles using social media and websites. I will list some resources at the end of this article. When you network with others in the community, even on a social level, you open yourself up to the possibility of creating deeper connections. As you connect and socialize, you give yourself a chance to get to know many of the other Witches and Pagans in your community. This will help you make a more educated choice about your path. It may even help you decide what group(s) or coven you will join because you already know the people from other interactions within the greater community.

As with most things, use caution. Be careful of newbies leading and teaching. It can create many frustrations and confuse topics, practices, and theologies. Too many times, I have witnessed new witches thinking they can teach others simply because they read a book or took a course. This is not how leadership or quality knowledge is passed on. You will want to do some research on those teaching the Craft. You will need to ask pointed questions that help you get to the root of what experience they genuinely offer. Here are some examples of probing questions you can ask: “How many years have they been actively practicing the subject they teach? How did they learn what they teach? Where else do they appear in the community, and how long have they been around? Who taught them what they claim to know, and what history can you find on that teacher?”

Notice I mentioned that you should question how long the leader or teacher has been actively practicing the Craft and where they learned their stuff. Essentially, you want to ensure there is a lineage here. This is an important element many seekers and new students don’t realize. I, too, overlooked this critical element when I was new. I didn’t know better because I had no mentor to help me understand. Because I didn’t know better, I was deceived by a coven that posed as experienced. I had to learn this valuable lesson on my own… the painful way. The point in vetting your leaders is that you don’t want to learn complicated or dangerous techniques or ideas from an inexperienced leader/teacher. Not only could you get hurt and invite some seriously unwanted energy/entities into your life, but you stand a good chance of being misled toward total ignorance. If you want to grow, you need the proper knowledge, not something someone regurgitates or misinterprets from a book they skimmed through once.

Listen, books can only take you so far on this path. Magick and esoteric knowledge are meant to be experienced. To truly understand the theologies and concepts read about in books, one must implement them. It is only through repetition and practice that we gain comprehension. Steer clear of leaders and teachers who have read many books but have only recently begun practicing what they learned. Or worse, they don’t practice at all. Knowledge put into practice leads to experience – experience leads us to wisdom, and through wisdom, we teach.

Social and Public Groups

These groups meet regularly in public places (like coffee shops & bookstores) and are usually open to all who wish to attend. They are meant to strengthen our communal bonds as we get to know others within our community. Social groups are made up of various Witches and Pagans from many traditions. If you have a group like this in your area, meeting with them regularly will give you a chance to talk with those who practice different paths. This will hopefully help gain a basic understanding of what they believe and how they practice. When you better understand the other traditions available, you will better know which (path and leader) will best suit your journey. Networking is always a valuable tool to utilize.

As you develop positive relationships, you will have a community of acquaintances and friends ready to vouch for you when needed. Many teachers and coven leaders are picky about whom they will teach. Rightly so! FYI, this is a sign of a good coven. One that is careful is also one that looks for quality over quantity. Teaching is exhausting; if the student is not dedicated to the cause, all efforts are wasted. This is where networking will help you in the long run. Through developing a positive reputation in the community, you will have solid backing for any application you submit or request for membership.

Apprenticeships, Mentoring, and 1-On-1 Learning

Maybe the coven thing is not your style. Perhaps you prefer a more personal approach. In a few traditions, elders or teachers will only take one or two students or apprentices under their wing at any time. These teachers are often found in particular traditions and seem few and far between. After all, teaching many students at one time is much more efficient than one at a time. Naturally, the one-on-one teaching style is hard to find, BUT not impossible! Contrariwise, getting one-on-one attention often means better comprehension and a more intimate learning environment. After all, you’re getting the teacher’s/master’s undivided attention!

Through this model, you will have the opportunity to understand the path with limited distractions. Within this private experience, there seems to be less drama. You will not have to delay lessons if a coven mate is late, nor will you have to hear the excuses they present for causing the delay. For those of you who don’t mesh well with group settings or the baggage others sometimes bring with them, one-on-one attention might be for you.

Another benefit to working in this setting is when you reach the necessary understanding of a subject, you can move on to the next more quickly without waiting for someone else to catch up. Or, if you have trouble with a lesson, you can spend more time on it until you reach comprehension. The one-on-one style of education allows you to arrange your lesson schedule, fitting your needs more efficiently. You will have the opportunity to develop a more intimate relationship with your teacher and mentor and a more intimate understanding of the topics covered. I prefer this style of teaching. In my tradition, we follow a Master and Apprentice model, meaning I only take on one to two students simultaneously. This allows me to dedicate my time and attention to each student fully. I also offer personal fee-based Spiritual Mentoring to people outside my coven. This is my preferred model for teaching students outside the online school model.

The downside to this style is that I (and teachers like me) strictly limit the number of students we take on at one time. This does not serve to grow a coven base, nor does it generate a large following. However, I do offer online classes and group mentoring. Then, as the sincere seekers and students come forth, I will begin teaching these few remaining students the more in-depth knowledge and mysteries of the path. As you can guess, this takes time and patience.

If you are lucky enough to secure a spot allowing you to work directly and privately with a reputable teacher, cherish this position.

Online or Distance Learning

Let’s face it. We live in a digital world. Even the “Old Ways” are not immune to progress. The benefit of having information at our fingertips is that we can learn anything, wherever and whenever we want. We only need to do a little search, and there it is! More and more experienced teachers are taking to the web to teach future generations of Witches and Pagans. From digital books to online communities and self-paced classes, a wealth of knowledge is at your fingertips.

Of course, this also creates some issues. Humans are opportunistic. There is no doubt about that. When it comes to learning esoteric knowledge online, there is a probability you will be swindled. Many online courses are supplemental or basic at best. Too many claim to be Master Classes while falling very short of mastery. To be honest, you need to learn from a teacher either in a 1-on-1 setting or coven setting to truly gain mastery. A Master Class costing you only $29.99 will never teach you what you need to master the subject and is likely a ploy to sell you the experience that MIGHT lead you to mastery. I think this is where students feel capitalism harms the wellness, spiritual, and magickal communities. We are not encouraged to develop or use our critical thinking and decision-making skills. This does not mean everyone charging for their time and knowledge is out to take your money. It means it is up to you to decide if the experience is worth your time and money. Paying for an experience you need in your life will offer you the value you seek. It is essential to remember that the fee you pay is to compensate the teacher/leader for their time and efforts. A one-time fee of $29.99 doesn’t equate to mastery for any subject I am interested in. A basic understanding, sure, but not mastery.

Yes, take some of these classes to learn the basics. Cheap online classes are great for learning introductory knowledge. Or perhaps you read a book, and the author offers online courses as a companion to the book. This is a great way to gain additional knowledge and perspective. This is especially true if the author provides live classes where you directly interact with them. You can ask questions and get the answers you seek. You might also have the chance to connect with others who read the same book or books. This makes the experience much more valuable.

Public Events/Rituals

Attending public events and rituals is a great way to meet new people and make friends and an excellent opportunity to see some of the groups in your local area demonstrate their theology. Just as attending regular social group gatherings can benefit your search, attending festivals and public events can give you essential exposure, allowing you to find a good teacher or coven. Your location will determine what events are available to you. Bigger cities and urban areas will likely have a more comprehensive selection of events.

Also, think about volunteering your time with these kinds of events. This is another excellent way to let people get to know you as you get to know them. You don’t have to join the board or spend all your free time helping. Perhaps you can offer your help during a PPD event where you operate the information booth or help vendors, and presenters set up their tables. Or maybe you can help clean up after the event. The point is to be present and talk with others to understand who and what is out there. Ask questions and see who is willing to help you out.

Nature

Your most excellent teacher is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You only need to make time for her lessons. When I started, I was told more than once that I already knew all I needed to know. I just needed to realize the wisdom within. I can’t tell you how much this frustrated me and pissed me off. BUT.. Through spending time in nature, I recognized that this is true.

Nature is our best teacher in the Craft. Take walks in nature. Talk to the plants and trees. Yes, you read that right! Go camping. Sit by your favorite stream or lake. Listen to the birds sing and the water as it laps on the shore. Sing to the water. Yes, you read that one right as well. Allow yourself to feel the rhythms of nature’s cycles. Take notice of the mighty oak’s stability and a daisy’s flexibility in the breeze. Sit in silence and allow nature to speak to you. Spending time in nature will help you deeply connect to the essence of this path as you learn the lessons of each season.

Festivals, Renn Faires & Spiritual Retreats

It may seem that these kinds of events are unlikely places to make lasting connections, much less a place where you might meet your mentor. While many of these events or weekend retreats are not specifically Pagan, they almost always attract Witches and Pagans. You may also find festivals and retreats specially formulated to suit Witches and Pagans. Do an internet search for what might be available in your area. Then, plan to attend as many as you can as often as possible.

Not only are these great opportunities to spend time in nature, but you also have a good chance of establishing lasting friendships. It can also be a refreshing weekend away!

A word of caution. If you notice a retreat claiming to be diverse, accepting, and spiritual-minded, yet the leaders and organizers act in contrast, this is a red flag. Sadly, there are many groups out there who are in it for the prestige and money. I speak to you about this from personal experience. Three other priestesses and I used to attend a local women’s retreat weekend in the woods where the weekend leadership was very good at stroking egos while acting in contrast to their mission statement. Under this guise, we were led to think this event was an excellent opportunity for like-minded women to come together in spirit and friendship. It did not take long to realize that their claim of “no competition,” diversity, and inclusion was all lip service. One-sided ego-driven views of magick, sisterhood, spirit, and ritual will do you no good when looking to find what works best for you. You may as well pack up your BOS and head to the nearest evangelical church!

Well, that’s all I have for you on this for now. In summary, use your intuition and discernment when seeking a teacher. Ask questions and allow yourself to weigh the answers. Sometimes, when we are eager and excited, we leap in without taking a more in-depth look at what we are jumping into. It couldn’t hurt to consult your spirit team when you are unsure.

Good luck out there. I hope you find what you need. If you need guidance, check out my offerings HERE.


Resources You Can Use Now:

As promised, here are links to find groups and events in your area.

www.mandragoramagika.com  

This site has different listings, from groups to metaphysical shops.

www.Meetup.com

MeetUp not only offers listings for groups outside of the Pagan community but in many areas, there are listings for study groups and social groups you can join. Many groups often meet in public, allowing you to size up what is available.

www.paganpride.org

Pagan Pride Days (PPD) are essential for developing relationships with other Witches and Pagans. I encourage you to attend as many PPD events as possible in your local area. You can talk with leaders and see some of them in action.

And of course social media is another great recourse. 

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7 thoughts on “Finding a REAL Teacher of the Craft”

  1. I am a novice witch, I’d like to find a practising witch that can help me with all I need to know involving reading and studying and practising the art.

    I would be so grateful for any help.

    Kind regards

    Abby

  2. Hi, I have been feeling the call for many years. I am grateful for your information, I’ve battled the voices of doubt for what seems like forever. I’ve purchased my first few books and look forward to learning and understanding before seeking further instruction/assistance. Thank you.

  3. Hi! I am not sure if I am a witch or what I am, I know I am different? I have a voice deep inside telling me there is more I can offer. Since I was little I have always had this extra sense. I have dreams or visions that have come true. When I was very young is when it started. Small things like someone I barely knew calling my grandparents and it happened that day. When I was older a strong feeling to slow down the car, then a quick vision of a car pulling out in front of me , just over a small hill it happened, a car was backing out of a driveway. Dreams so real, conversations with my deceased grandmother. I need to learn more and follow my calling. For years I have struggled and don’t know how to find a mentor. I think it might be in my DNA, knowing my grandmother was religious, but she always believed in natural remedies and used them from things that were passed
    Down to her. She actually followed the patterns of the moon to do so
    Much in her life, when to plant something, or put in a fence post. When to get a hair cut, or stop Smoking. I don’t know how or where to begin. Please help! Thank you, Tammy

  4. I am a novice witch and I am still learning how this all works this article was very helpful and this is such an experience.

    1. this is new to me and I only know like three spells and a couple potions so if you can, can you tell me about this school.

  5. My name is Sarah and I have wanted to get into witchcraft for a very long time, but have no idea how to start. I am in need of someone to help teach me, I never thought that I would ever admit this to anyone, especially online but I do have a couple of abilities. I get a lot of feelings I can only explain how it feels like deja vu. I was told by a couple of people that it’s an ability to see the future, this doesn’t happen once in a blue moon, it’s been happening a lot for many years.

    As for the other ability is my intuition, I follow the instincts I always had. But it’s these last 15 years they have gotten much stronger. An example of this actually saved my life, this was back in 2006 I just bought a used car and the feeling started when I was in front of red light. The feeling made me nervous and tingle, but I noticed a fully packed tractor-trailer was heading to the red light NOT slowing down. As I put my foot off the break it was green on my end but within seconds the feelings told me to stop. And if I had not followed my instincts I would have been t-boned by it and would have been killed.

    I have great respect for life, such as animals and nature. I want to be a child of witchcraft to protect those who cannot protect themselves, I have been close to animals and nature since I was a child. I have a great love for my family as well, if I can find an elder (teacher) it would mean everything to me. I want to learn everything I can, I truly want to learn every spell I can. I would never use magic against another person unless, in grave danger, I would also love to learn how to read Tarot cards, I have my own deck, it’s the Rider tarot cards. But I would love to learn about the other decks as well, I have always craved knowledge.

    I honestly hope you can help me, I would do almost anything to be taught. However I wouldn’t sell my soul or sacrifice anything or anyone (just saying) I hope to get an email because this is a dream. Even if I had to pay you for your time I would do it, that’s how badly I want to learn. I am not rich but would love to make my mom wealthy she has been struggling for so many years now.

    Thank you
    Sarah

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