How To Get Started In Wicca
The path to becoming a Wiccan is unique to each person. Because there is no centralized text like the Bible for Wicca you have much more freedom in conducting the religion the way you choose.
Instead of a centralized text many people have privately written spells which are similar in nature to prayers that Christians recite.
If you are sure you are ready to get started in Wicca but want to know how, you need to start subscribing to Wiccan publications and start communicating with Wiccan communities over the internet. Once you have embraced a Wiccan community (or coven) you can expect to be accepted and initiated. There is no unique initiation process and it is different for different groups of Wicca.
To get started in Wicca you need to follow the Wiccan Rede, which states “Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill, An it harm none do what ye will”. This rule is essentially the Golden Rule as taught in Christianity and it means “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” or “treat others the way you want to be treated”.
Wiccans also believe in the Law of Three, meaning whatever energy you put unto another person, you will receive back three times that. If you harm someone, you will receive three times that amount of harm in return (similar to the karma principal).
Remember to respect everyone and everything. Everything is sacred, especially Mother Nature. Accept divination and see the divine spirit in everything. You have free will in life, and are your own person. Because you have the freedom to choose, you must take responsibility for your actions, always.
Once you have accepted these principals to that of your core being, you will be ready to be initiated. Initiations are usually held in a coven, but are in no way required to be. You don’t even need to be initiated by another Wiccan, and we’ll describe the process for initiating yourself into Wicca.
You will need to clean the area in which you will be performing your ritual. To set the mood, light a candle or some incense, you can even put on some relaxing music. Some materials you will need for your initiation ceremony are things you would like to place on the altar, a photo of yourself, something to represent your old/new life, something to eat/drink, some scented oil and a bowl of saline (saltwater).
You will need to relax, clear your mind of thoughts, and then call upon the elements. Call upon the God and Goddess. Kneel facing your altar and speak your mind, almost as if meditating and letting your consciousness flow. Open your mind up to the God and Goddess and sprinkle yourself with the saltwater. Face the east and present yourself to the elements. Once you are finished you may do a blessing and meditate, reflecting upon the new life you have taken on.