by Anthony P.:
I am a Neopagan interested in becoming a witch, and I’m wondering where I can find someone to teach me the fine arts of the craft, in Anchorage Alaska. Goddess bless!
You dont have to be a Wiccan to be a witch. I dont want to be a Wiccan, because it feels too controlling. I do share many Wiccan beliefs though.
At Forest: Although I am transgender, the proper term is Witch no matter what gender you are. Warlock means ‘oathbreaker’, and is an insulting term. Also, please keep your beliefs regarding the subject of witchcraft to yourself, thats not why I asked this question.
Answer by Daughter
Scott Cunningham is a good place to start.
Many call them selves witch from many different trads. Which trad are you looking for? What do you define as a witch? You have to answer those questions first.
The Craft is generally the reference to magic, not all witches practice magic and not all witches are wiccan.
what your looking for is to be a “wiccan” and it’s a difference. there are a lot of books and web pages and there ought to be plenty in your area who can walk you through the basics.
as for being a witch that’s what law school is for.
http://www.witchvox.com <-- has local listings and articles. Good place to start. You should also make a stop by the library or on Amazon to get some study material. "Drawing Down the Moon" by Margot Adler, which as a definitive listing of neo-pagan religions.
I used to know a couple in Alaska, including one in Anchorage, but they moved!
try looking at the networking site The Witches’ Voice,
Step one. Figure out what kind of Witch
Step two. Try to find someone already practicing that form of Witchcraft, ask to be a student.
Step three. Be willing to work hard at it
Step four. Be willing to learn
Step five. Be willing for it to take as long as it takes to be ready.
You don’t need anyone to teach you. Witchcraft is intuitive, not really somethign that can be “taught”. You learn it by doing it.
I don’t know anyone in Alaska. I can tell you that all it really takes to become a witch is to acknowledge that you are one.
Good luck with your search–and if you can’t find a teacher, there are a number of reputable books that can help. Blessed be.
For your gender I believe the term is warlock….unless you are gender challanged and then you may be called a transwitch. In any case being a witch or a warlock is pure fantasy so you can just make it up and tell people… with conviction in your voice, that you are one. Some people will believe anything…others may just take you to the funny farm.
Read, read, read and study, study, study. I wish I could give you better advice but since I don’t know what specifically you are interested in (Wicca, Ceremonial Magic, Voodoo, Santeria, any form of Norse magic like Seidr, Spae, Runes, etc, and the list goes on and on…) I can’t really point you to any resources. There are literally millions of different magic systems out there, and millions of different types of Witches. If you are interested in a realtime teacher you can start by looking at the Witch’s Voice site…not all listed are Wiccan, though most are Pagan.
But above all, the best advice is what I said above, what I was given long ago….read, read, read, study, study, study, and practice, practice, practice.
To become a witch, you must research, this is basic common sense. how will you learn to control the forces like other witches can.
And follow the rules, harm none, thats what reall witches do