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Witchcraft Solitary Practitioner
Many contemporary Witchcraft find that rather than joining a group, they prefer practicing as a solitary. The reasons for this as are as varied as those who walk the path, some may find that they work better by themselves. A solitary witch is one who chooses to practice their spiritual faith in the privacy of their home or other designated space.
For some people, it’s hard to make the decision to practice as a solitary. Some of the advantages of practicing as a solitary Witchcraft include setting your own schedule, working at your own pace, and not having to deal with the dynamics of coven relationships.
Regardless, there are a number of things to keep in mind if you’re considering, or have already found your way to, a path as a solitary Witchcraft. Here are five practical tips to help you on your way to successful solitary practice.
Try to establish a daily routine. It’s easy to let your studies go by the wayside if you’re all by yourself, so establishing a daily routine will help you keep on task. Whether your routine includes meditation, reading, ritual work, or whatever, try to do something each day that helps you work towards achieving your spiritual studies.
Write things down. Choose to keep a Book of Shadows to chronicle their magical studies. This is important for a variety of reasons. First, it allows you to document what you’ve tried and done, as well as what works and doesn’t work for you. Secondly, by writing down your rituals, prayers, or spellwork, you’re laying the foundation for your tradition. You can go back and repeat things that you find to be useful later one. Finally, it’s important to keep track of what you do magically and spiritually because as people, we evolve. The person you are now is not the same person you were ten years ago, and it’s healthy for us to be able to look back and see where we were, and how far we’ve come.
Many solitaries find instead that a self-dedication ritual fills that need perfectly, it’s a way of making a commitment to one’s spiritual growth, to the deities we honor, and to learning and finding our way. If you’re practicing as a solitary Witchcraft. Don’t ever stop learning, once you’ve read all your books, go find some new ones. Borrow them from the books, or check them out online from reputable sources. If there’s a particular subject you’re interested in, read about it. Keep expanding your knowledge base, and you’ll be able to continue and grow spiritually.
When it comes to celebrating rituals, the ceremonies on this site are typically designed so that they can be adapted either for a group celebration or a solitary ritual. Browse the listings for the various Sabbat rituals, find the rite you want to perform, and tweak it to meet your needs. Once you feel comfortable with ritual practice, try writing your own.
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