Lets begin by noting that devil, demons, and cutting yourself have nothing to do with pursuing a Wiccan path or even a Pagan path as I understand & practice it. Intention is the very heart of a Wicca , and only you know what those intentions are. I am glad you wish to do things, "With Harm Towards None." It is an important notion and the core of much of the work we do. Spells for whatever purpose, are a long way off should you decide to pursue this spiritual path.
That said.. The Witches Journey is the journey within. It is neither easy or simple. It is naturalistic and follows the rhythms of nature without and within. It tends to be Goddess oriented or emphasis is on what is characteristically known as the Divine Feminine. To me it is abundantly rewarding as a practitioner.
For greater understanding I suggest books that introduce aspects of the craft then have follow up exercises that allow you to define yourself with those exercises.. they inform, then allow you to evaluate. Silver Raven Wolf has several such books and I do not mean the fluffy ones that are more for pleasure reading. (she has a few of those, after all she is an author) Good starters are "To Ride A Silver Broomstick," or "To Stir a Magick Cauldron" are suitable for this purpose. There are others of course, and some of the authors I will lift up for your consideration are: Amber K "True Magick, A Beginner's Guide", most books by Scott Cunningham, "WICCA for Men" by A.J.Drew; "The Witches God" and other books by Janer & Stewart Farrar, "Moon Magick" and other books by D.J. Conway; Several books by Phyllis Curott such as "Book of Shadows" & "Witchcrafting, The Making of a Witch." Last and certainly not least is Raven Grimassi whose works have tweaked my interest for years.. however, I do not think these would be good starter books.
The above should "prime your pump" and give you a good start. Historically I should mention "Drawing Down the Moon" by Margo Adler. She has updated her book and it is an excellent overview.
Blessings on your journey Luxe Michalski,
You have taken the first step by asking the question(s).
I have no idea of why you do not have these books in South Africa but you should be able to get them off of the internet or ebay. I can find them fairly easily in the United States at almost any bookstore. Good luck on your journey.
Glad to seee that Im not the only one who didnt like Conway and Ravenwolf - I found them a little "flat" as it were. Margret Roberts writes some good herb-type books though they are not craft related and she has some excellent recipies too. Ive tried some of them and they work
Really? I like Ravenwolf. I might feel different if i had started off with another writer though. Her books helped me a lot in the beginning. Is there a specific reason why yall don't like her?