Is it bad to just want to study witchcraft and not wicca?

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I am 16 and have recently been interested in studying witchcraft. I was wondering if it was bad to just want to study the craft. I am mostly interested in the natural properties of witchcraft such as herbs and things in that category. I also am interested in the rich history. If its not bad for me to do this does anyone have any advice on how i can start my journey into witchcraft?

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Nothing wrong with it. It does not have to be a religious thing if that is the way you prefer. Also, you are likely to find that your local Wiccan community will be willing to help you without requiring any religious elements per se.

Red Bracelet

rule number one is beware of naysayers.
opinions are like brains–everyone’s got one.
rule number two is be careful who you tell about your interest.
it takes some witches years to “come out of the broom closet.”
go to for essays about people who study the craft/ wicca.
good luck, chica!


No, there’s nothing wrong with that. There are plenty of non-Wiccan witches in the world.

Lisa G

There’s not a thing wrong with it, hun. Witchcraft is not wicca, and wicca is not witchcraft.
As far as herb magic goes, I loved Herb Magic for Beginners (despite it being Llewellyn’s). Cunningham, of course, has good books on kitchen witchery and herb magick. There’s a book out there called ‘The Witch’s Book of Answers’ that I truly enjoyed, too.


You don’t have to study wicca in order to use or learn witchcraft. Wicca is a religion that sometimes utilizes witchcraft, nothing more. Although you’re looking for a wicca free way to learn witchcraft, it can be difficult, and it’s sometimes good to read some wicca books because you’ll pick up useful witchcraft info along the way.
If I were to recommend a book to you, I’d probably tell you to look into “Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft.”
It has a good section on history and the basics of witchcraft and how to go about learning more and using it. I’d also tell you to read anything on the internet you can get your hands on. Reading will be your best source.
Good luck!


Well, according to the Wiccan point of view, you should not attempt to study/do magic without some solid guidance, but I personally see nothing wrong with studying witchcraft as a science rather than a religion.


It’s perfectly acceptable to want to study and practice Witchcraft without the wicca.
Wicca is a religion that incorporates Witchcraft into its practices. Witchcraft is not an integral part of Wicca, nor is it imperitive to practice Wicca with the witchcraft.
There are plenty of people out there who practice Witchcraft, and practice different religions, or no religions at all.


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