Being a baby witch should never be taken as an insult. Every witch has been a baby witch, and nobody was fully born knowing everything about witchcraft. Even hereditary witches have to learn how to channel their powers. These are generational witches who have the advantage of being born into a learning system. Still, they usually specialize in a specific magick area and need to learn other magick aspects if they desire, causing them to be a baby witch in those areas. Magick and witchcraft are so diverse that no one can know everything about it entirely in every way.
The truest witches are humble about the things they know and are open to guiding and teaching baby witches the craft or answering any questions they may have. There should be no elitism in witchcraft as it is a community by nature. Witches have fought many enemies in the outside world and should never turn on those who wish to study magick. Witches need covens, and each coven has witches that specialize in different parts of magick. People are born with innate talents, just like any aspect of life where some people are better at some things than others. Baby witches should never be ashamed to call themselves the title and need to understand that they are growing. I felt like a baby witch for many years since it was hard to find a mentor, and I am still learning even though I also teach.
The most crucial part for a witch is just getting into the craft to have an open mind. There are many different ways to approach witchcraft, and a method that works for one might not work for another witch. The first primary type of research to do into witchcraft is to look into the types of witches. The witches’ varieties can be anything from a kitchen witch to a green witch, a druid, shaman, coven witch, or a solitary witch. There are so many different types of witches in witchcraft, and many witches are a mix of a few varieties. Picking what to begin studying has to do with what speaks to the heart, what kind of practice the student enjoys participating in, and what feels comfortable to the inner energy. The best way is to feel the process and be open to whatever part of the magick you connect within your own heart and life.
For example, I am a goth person by nature, but I connect with witchcraft’s lighter and empowering sides. I love working on shadow work, but I tend to be a light witch or a white witch. I am more focused on prophecies or fortune-telling and empath tendencies, which can get in the way of doing others’ shadow work. Many that look at my aesthetic may think that I tend more towards the death witch or chaos magick aspects. I understand those aspects profoundly, but my heart and methodology naturally are a guide and a light witch. A witches aesthetic can be completely different from their fashion choices, and I love this part of myself. As a light witch, it makes sense I have a dark and scary exterior. It serves a purpose as I need to keep my light powers protected, but done innately as I have always enjoyed the darker parts of fashion and music. As a baby witch, you must be open to whatever aspects of magick your heart connects to regardless of aesthetic. It is not always going to be what their aesthetic one may tend towards, which can create confusion, but everything has a purpose.
The second aspect would be gathering witch tools and a lot of these will dependant on what type of witch you want to be at first. A kitchen witch will have a lot more variety of tools than a green witch. A green witch only needs mother nature and a small set of tools since most of the practice is with found objects. There are a set of essential tools that can get a baby witch set up, and every one of them should invest in these tools like incense, crystals, essential oils, candles, herbs, a wand, and a book of shadows. Also, there are many helpful books on witchcraft and the path to magick. The book I started with and that is still prevalent today is “Wicca, The Guide for the Solitary Practitioner” by Scott Cunningham. Wicca is a decent book for the starting witch, and I still have my copy to this day, but it also has not aged well. Cunningham's ideas developed in the late 1980s, and they are very prehistoric to modern witchcraft that has significantly evolved since that period. It would be best to research a book that speaks to your path and find out what authors mesh well with your personal feelings. Wicca by Cunningham is not a bad book and is worth a read to get a deeper understanding of past generations’ ideas on witchcraft and some established basics of the magickal practice.
The holidays in witchcraft can be another important expect to learn and at least be familiar about what holiday is in what season. The fundamental witch holidays originated through old Celtic holidays, and many modern witches do not celebrate them in full regalia, and some go all out. I believe it is more important to learn the moon phases and each moon cycle’s astrological aspects as a tool before worrying about specific holidays. The moon’s astrological elements and phases are much more critical than the seasonal spells since modern culture celebrates aspects of these pagan holidays already. They are easy to pick up quickly. The moon cycles are essential to learning since they can be challenging to grasp, and the zodiac signs are always changing, so spell work should be timed right with the moon for the best results.
One of the essential parts of starting as a baby witch is setting up an altar. The magickal space can be an altar with the few magickal items they collected, and then they work up building the rest up over time. However, a baby witch could buy many things to set up an altar with whatever magickal items speak to the new witch. An altar is always going to be developing, so even if the first few items bought do not speak to the developing magick, they are a part of the journey either way. Every crystal a witch is given or comes into contact with is to be in their path for divine reasons. It may be a part of the witch that's missing or something they need to protect themselves from at a specific point in their lives. Still, each crystal and each magickal tool arrives for all witches at the exact moment it's supposed to be in the practitioner’s life. A baby witch could buy a whole ritual setup without really knowing what they need in the long run. Those items are going to be precisely what they need for that moment.
Being a baby witch is never an insult, and all witches are a baby in some part of magick. Each magickal being needs to be humble and realize that everyone is learning, and there's no reason to put down those who do not know. I have run into very little of this nepotism or frustration with teaching new witches in my experience with witchcraft. Most witches are very willing to help out and explain something to a newcomer or someone that does not know a part of the ritual. It is one of the most open and accepting of all paths to experience, and there are only a few that closely guard their secrets. There are many workshops, videos, and lessons taught by all types of witches, so it is best to find the group you feel connects to your soul and ignites your magick.