How do i become Wiccan?

This is a frequently asked question which is asked, and the honest answer would be there is no "becoming a wiccan", in the sense u wake up one day and decide you are going to be Wiccan. Like all religions its is something you either are brought up with, perhaps if someone in your family is Wiccan, or something you know you want to be part of and you know you are, for example if it feels right for you and you know what you want from it.

Like all religions, you do learn as you live it, with Wicca there are different "slants" to the beliefs as you go from one Wiccan to the next. As you learn you will most probably adopt your own "slant" on your beliefs. There is no right and wrong.

The process of becoming a good Wiccan involves a lot of reading, studying, and developing of your own perspective. It is a religion that encourages independent thought. So by reading some good books, learning about the Craft, then deciding if you�re ready, you can dedicate yourself. The best place to start is to look within yourself.
Sit down and think about what you are trying to achieve, how might be the best way to go about that. Try to figure out what you believe, how you think the world works, why things are the way they are.
Meditate on who you are as a person, and who you want to become. Are you who you want to be? Why or why not? Where do you want to be and why? Only when we understand ourselves can we truly see the world with totally clear vision.

Making the first important step, deciding that this is something you want to look into, all you have to do now is the actual studying part.
A good starting point would be to head to your local book shop or library.Surf the net and find all the information you can; join a newsgroup, check out message boards and chat rooms. Ask a lot of questions, and don't be afraid of looking silly.
Try the Witches Voice, and see if there is a local group that holds open rituals in your area. Don't worry so much about finding a "teacher", and don't be in a rush; you have the rest of your life to decide if this is right for you.
But most of all, study a lot and have fun.

Also, there is a very informative response to the question "How do i become a witch?", written by Wren Walker called "So Ya Wanna Be a Witch?", it has four parts;
(I'd recomend reading the different "Phase Do's and Dont's", which are especially good.)
(links below)


*Part I: So You Wanna be a Witch

*Part II: The Beginning Practice Phase


*Part III: The Rhythmic Practice Phase


*Part IV: Integrity: Making a Commitment

These sections outline the general stages of "becoming Wiccan" or "becoming a witch", though as the site states,
"We will never preach or claim to 'have the answer'. There are indeed many paths and many ways, it is our goal to give you the tools to get started and what to look out for."

So at the end of the day its up to your own mind and free will on how to go about it.There are plenty of sites, books and people all willing to aid you in your studies and research, the information is out there and can help guide you, but it is up to you to go and get it, then finally, how you use it.
A word of caution- Use it Wisely
(see The Wiccan Rede)


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