A Little about when Lady Beltane was a Novice

I was getting ready to post articles about Imbolc and Lammas but my Spirit Guides had a different idea of what I should post today.

I was asked by one of the Adept witches in our online coven to talk a little about my time as a newbie in a coven and what it was like on up to where I am today. So I will begin this journey of telling about my journey with my novices year and a day. Let me stress that all covens are different in how they treat newcomers and even established members. Some have very strict rules while others have seemingly no rules. So if you are interested in a specific coven make sure it is a good fit for you and how you want to study The Craft and you are a good fit for their group.

My instructors, as I did not consider them being mentors as we had no real personal relationship, were pretty different than how I mentor my novices. I was a novice about 40 years ago and a lot has changed. The coven I was in during the time I was a novice was Wicca not really any well know tradition just WIcca. First, of all, I was not allowed to attend any actual coven gatherings until I had studied for six months. My first six months of studies were basically reading different papers written by the elders in the coven and books they told me to read than doing written assignments for each thing I read. There were specific questions that pertained exactly to the papers or books I read and I had to basically do book reports for some of them. I was discouraged from reading anything that was not assigned reading. Secondly, my written assignments ranged from how to set up an altar to how to commune with animals (something I am still working on achieving today). I wrote nothing about spells, rituals or how to write and perform them, this was considered too advanced for a novice. I only had access to the oldest members of the coven one evening per week to call if I had a question about what I was working on that week. This made it very difficult at times for my studies to progress as fast as the coven or I would have liked. When I was finally allowed to attend coven gatherings I was not allowed to speak to anyone before the ritual started or during it. I was allowed to mingle with coven members after the ritual but not to ask questions about my studies unless I could get one of the elders aside where no one else could hear us. It was an extremely stressful year and a day for me to the point of me seriously thinking I was on the wrong spiritual and magickal path. I did make it through their novice training but when it came time to be brought into the coven as an adept I chose to try a different coven in a totally different town as I did not really want to run into any of the first coven’s members.

Please keep in mind my experiences were about 40 years ago and every coven is different in how it brings new members into it.Next time I will talk a little about my Adept year and a day which was much more pleasant than the novice level. Not just because I knew more but because the coven was a lot more welcoming and caring.

Until then dear ones try to bring something magickal into your life every day thank will bring you happiness or joy or love or caring or comfort or whatever you need that day. Much love and many blessings from me to you my dear ones.

Witchcraft for Beginners: 7 More Mistakes Made by Beginning Witches

I agree with most of what is said in this article but again I do not feel the books are needed by novices. Lady Beltane

In my previous article, 5 Common Mistakes Made by Beginning Witches, I discussed mistaken concepts and ideas about the Craft overall that would trip you up before you even got started. In this article, I’d like to focus more on technical mistakes that a beginner is more likely to make.

It’s understandable that everyone would make mistakes– Witchcraft isn’t an ‘easy path’ to anything; and everyone starts off stumbling when they first start it. There’s a lot of information to take in at once, and without a one-on-one mentor or guide training you, it can be difficult to build your understanding. Some of these points here might save you from struggling, or help you realize why you have struggled with something.

This article was written by Mackenzie Sage Wright on Hubpages.com. To read the rest of this article please click on this link: http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Witchcraft-for-Beginners-7-More-Mistakes-Made-by-Beginning-Witches

5 Common Mistakes Made by Beginning Witches

While I do not agree with everything written in this article it is another point of view on The Craft. I also do not recommend the book in this article for novices, some of the things in it to me are to advance for beginners. Lady Beltane.

“Beginning Witchcraft can be a bit confusing, especially when you don’t have a mentor or any kind of guidance. It’s no surprise—if the Craft were the quick and easy way to deliver your heart’s desires to you, everyone would be using it. There is a reason why so many people say, “I tried Witchcraft, it doesn’t work!” This is because dabbling gets you nowhere. It’s a little like someone who has never played a musical instrument before coming into your house, banging on your piano for 30 minutes and proclaiming pianos don’t work because it didn’t play a song. The problem is not the instrument; the problem is you have to learn how to play it.

When you first begin learning, there are some common pitfalls you may want to avoid.

This article is written by Mackenzie Sage Wright on Hubpages.com. To read the rest of it please click on this link: http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/5-Common-Mistakes-Made-by-Beginning-Witches