Finding The Witch Way: 3 Tips To Discover Older Paths Of Magic
Whether you're new to the craft or well-experienced, trying to find new resources as a solitary witch can often be difficult. While websites and bookstores are often a bevy of potential information, many of the websites and books out there are newer, modern takes on witchcraft. While everyone's path is different, if you're trying to get in touch with older magical traditions, the information age and its plethora of newer magical works can actually make it more difficult. Here are three ideas for finding information and resources on older magical traditions.
Finding a used occult or spiritual bookstore might be your best bet, but regular used bookstores like pioneerbook.com can hold some treasures, too. Used bookstores often offer books that aren't in print anymore and have been forgotten by the general public. You'll be far more likely to find older books from the spiritual and Wiccan movements of the 1970s in used bookstores than new stores. Many modern books on witchcraft are overly eager to throw out spell ideas and nothing else, but since the notion of positive witchcraft had hardly been heard of prior to the 70s, many books from this period delve deeply into the theology of witchcraft. If you're looking to enhance your craft, these may be of use to you.
If used book stores carry older titles that have been forgotten, libraries can be goldmines of even older texts. You often find similarly old, out-of-print books on library shelves, but you can also speak with the librarian about their resources behind the counters.
In addition to lending books, libraries are curators of older texts that are fragile and very old. While it's highly unlikely that you're going to find another witch's book of shadows in a library, you may be able to research how witchcraft in your home town grew. Ask to view any resources, books, and newspaper clippings revolving around healers and elders in your hometown when it was being settled. Finding the roots of traditional, folk and healing magic in the town you live in can help you to feel connected to a deeper tradition, and maybe inspire some ideas of your own.
Finally, one of the best ways to expand your practice and learn the old ways is to reach out to a coven or circle in your area. Admittedly, not all circles are open to newcomers or witches from outside their circle. However, many are open-minded and welcome visitors and potential coven members to witness their practices. Even if you're not able to watch a ritual, you may be able to simply sit down with an elder and discuss your desire to learn. The simple fact that you're looking to connect with the old ways may impress magical groups and encourage them to teach you, or at least suggest resources.
While the modern era has made finding information on just about anything easier, it's often more difficult to find in-depth information on the old ways of magic. With these three tips, however, you can expand your magical practice and find the path that suits you.