You know, I appreciate clear instructions and tutorials as much as anybody.
But sometimes I’m happy just to have an idea suggested and work out a way to make it happen all on my own.
Like, doing magic and witchcraft with tarot cards. Before I even looked beyond the covers of books like Tarot Spells and Everyday Tarot Magic (and probably Portable Magic tbh), I saw the titles and had a hmm moment where I thought about what I thought tarot magic should look like, and then I just started doing it.
And like, some of that was made possible by some understanding of more general magical techniques that I was able to transfer across different methods and some of it was just that I wanted to do something so I figured out a way to make it work.
ANYWAY I’m just sharing this because A) I never explain my tarot witchiness to people and that’s part of the reason why — I figured it out for myself and maybe I’m being a little selfish, but I’m also giving people the chance to figure out their OWN method. And you know what? Mine ended up being SO MUCH COOLER than what I found when I skimmed through the how to books. So I think it’s a good, important chance to have.
And 2) idk I just wanted to tell those of you who don’t know that you can do this…YOU CAN DO THIS. If you hear about a cool concept and you can’t find a book or someone won’t explain it to you or something…try and figure out how to do it yourself. I’ve found, personally, that those methods I discover on my own often end up working better than whatever instructions I find out later.
(Also, never forget that there are a lot of people who will be quick to tell you that something isn’t possible, just because they can’t do it, they don’t want to see it done, or they want to stop other people from being able to do what they do in secret. And then you figure out a way to do it and tell people, and suddenly they knew it all along!)
If it doesn’t work out, you can keep looking for other ways to make it happen, including seeking out more official teaching. But if it does…how awesome is that?
I basically woke up one day with this technique of healing implanted in my skull and as far as I knew I was the only one to mention it/use it seriously in my circle. I’ve written a few 101s on it, but it’s at the core very much an explainable thing. You have to feel it/experience it to really understand and at that point you’re in your own head so I have no idea if it’s the same for you and the same for me, you know?
I have certain things/practices that I won’t explain because they were parts of dreams/things spirited shared with me personally and things that are unique to my understanding of magic, so to show someone else the exact same technique would be somewhat doing them a disservice if it comes time they get shown their own stuff in the course of their journey.