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This idea can make it very difficult for newcomers to Paganism to find their way. Pretty much everyone you talk to has an idea of the “right” way to practice magick. Through practice or teaching, each Pagan comes to a belief of what works and what doesn’t, what rules should be followed, and they form their own truth. Unfortunately, not a single one of us has it all figured out.
In my opinion, the only “right” way to practice magick is to do what feels right in your heart. Learn, practice, study, and go into it with as much knowledge as you can, and then use your gut to guide you. What seems right to one person is going to feel wrong for someone else.
It’s a complete falsehood that there is a specific, correct way to use magick or cast spells. There are numerous traditions and methods, and they can vary not only from person to person, but from day to day with a single person. No one has all the answers.
If you’re new to Paganism and magick, I highly recommend that you do as much reading and studying as you can before you do any active magickal practice. Then, start small, and see how different things feel to you. Maybe you like big ritual magick, maybe you prefer simple kitchen witchery. Maybe you find gems to be crucial to your practice, maybe you just have to be outdoors. The “right” way, is the way that feels true to your soul. While there may be practices you should avoid or cautions to be aware of, there is no one correct method for the use of magick.
*Disclaimer: I no longer practice Paganism, but I’ve left these Pagan Myths articles active because I believe they’re still valuable in helping people to understand Paganism and reduce negative stereotypes.*