Traditional Witchcraft and Occultism Involve Experience and Knowledge Rather Than Faith and Belief
While witchcraft often plays a role in the religions of the world, it is not a religion. Occultism may well be described as a study of occult science and witchcraft may be described as the practical application of those scientific theories.
Religious people often try to place the paradigm of their various beliefs or faiths on witches and occultists, but these are not relevant to occultism or traditional witchcraft, which are based on experimentation and experience – not belief or faith.
How to Begin Studying Traditional Witchcraft
In the beginning, ask yourself what first attracted you to the occult and witchcraft. Were you able to make something happen that seemed strange or impossible to you at the time?
For example, were you able to:
Heal yourself or someone else very quickly by other than mundane means?
Stop a harasser or bully in his tracks?
See through to someone’s true self?
Know the explicit outcome of a future event (claircognizant)?
Hear or see those who were in another location (clairaudient or clairvoyant)?
…Or, possibly you had some other experience you cannot completely explain or would like to consciously reproduce.
Choose this or some other area, which is your greatest interest, to begin studying and experimenting with.
To become adept at all magic, first learn to heal. Magical Healing: How to Use Your Mind to Heal Yourself and Others
To expand your psychic abilities and gain true initiation into the ancient mysteries, learn to read the tarot. How to Read the Tarot for Fun, Profit and Psychic Development for Beginners and Advanced Readers
To gain control over your environment, learn to communicate with spirits and fearlessly experiment with conjuring and spell casting.
To acquire information and assistance, learn to communicate with spirits. How to Communicate with Spirits: Séances, Ouija Boards and Summoning
If you have previously been involved with a religion like Christianity or Wicca, you may have to do a little de-programming to succeed at genuine witchcraft.
Take your focus off religion, fall out of a sense or worshipfulness for spirits and authorities. See religion for what it is: An artificial social construct, which is possibly the oldest form of mind control on the planet.
Recognize witchcraft for the manifestation of the occult science (a set of esoteric scientific theories) that it is.
Work spells according to your desires, not according to a moral code.
Don’t get caught up in the ceremonial or ritual aspects of anything you do and never be ruled by faith or belief. If an idea you previously held proves false, be prepared to let it go and move on in pursuit of true knowledge and illumination.
Witchcraft revolves around abilities and the acquisition of power. Whatever aspect of it you embark upon pursuit of, experiment and look for results.