Some Witches practice alone— in solitary— rather than with a group. Perhaps no coven is available, or a Witch may prefer to follow solitary practice because it suits her particular purposes, temperament, or lifestyle. Some people may work alone for a period, then join a coven for a period. Witches who don’t belong to a coven may still gather with “kindred spirits” to celebrate the sabbats or other events, in a sort of extended Circle.
For seasoned Witches, a solitary path may be simply a choice. For the beginner, however, working alone can be lonely. It can also be more difficult than being guided by other, more experienced colleagues. On the other hand, a solitary pursuit enables you to develop your own style of magickal expression, rather than taking on the ideology or outward form of an established group. Fortunately, today many books— including this one— exist to teach a novice the basics of Wicca and Witchcraft.
As a solitary Witch— especially if you’re just starting out— some guidelines can help you proceed safely and successfully:
Read lots of books by different authors, to gain a variety of insights and perspectives.
Meditate regularly to improve your mental focus and your connection with your higher self.
Set a schedule for yourself that makes magickal study and work part of your everyday life.
Apply what you learn— study alone won’t make you a Witch.
Start with simple rituals and spells, then work up to more complicated ones.
Don’t get discouraged if something doesn’t work out the way you’d planned; try to determine what went wrong and why, and learn from your mistakes.
Practice, practice, practice— magick is like every other skill: The more you do it, the better you get.
Keep a journal (Book of Shadows) of your experiences.
After you’ve spent time studying and practicing on your own, you’ll have a better idea of what type of magick appeals to you and which path you want to follow. At some point, you may decide to find a teacher or a group of like-minded individuals to work with. Working with a teacher can help you advance more quickly and may steer you away from some pitfalls along the way. Good teachers tend to be selective about the students they take on. If you can show that you’ve done your homework through solitary study, you’ll have a better chance of convincing a teacher to help you reach the next level. Remember the old saying, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.”
Reference:The Only Book of Wiccan Spells You’ll Ever Need Singer, Marian; MacGregor, Trish