I've been practicing witchcraft since 2016. Or well.. trying to do so. I still have a lot to learn. But that's beside the point here. Because the point is, many people ask me "how did you become a witch?" and "can I be a witch as well?". I'm going to answer both of these questions for you.
Let's start with how I got into witchcraft. I've always had an interest in the occult. Or actually, in magic. Growing up, Winx Club was one of my favourite things to watch because two things I love were involved: fairies and magic. Another movie I watched a lot when I was younger was the Sorcerer's Apprentice. So it's not really a surprise that another movie sparked my interest in magic once again when I was 19: Doctor Strange. Now, I know this sounds weird, but watching that movie reminded me of how much I was interested in the occult, mainly because what Doctor Strange suggests is that everyone can learn magic.
So why did I never do anything with this before? Well, for the very simple reason that I believed that witchcraft was the same as Wicca, and Wicca is just not for me. So when I found out that witchcraft is not a religion but a practice, I was sold. I started to gather as much knowledge as I could find and I really dove into it. And so far it's been a great journey of self-discovery and healing.
Now onto the question "can I become a witch?". The answer is yes! Anyone can become a witch. You don't have to be a certain religion to be a witch either. When you decide you want to be a witch, I do ask of you to take it seriously. It is, in my eyes, a sacred practice. And although I often give my practice a modern/loose twist by letting go of formal chants and tight rituals, I do take it seriously. Of course, if you find that it's not for you, that's fine! But do it because your intentions are pure, not because it's a trend (looking at you, Sephora).
Another question I often get is "how do I become a witch?". Well that one has a simple answer: research and practice. Witchcraft is a lot of reading and learning. There is such an incredible amount of information on different topics such as spell work, divination, energy work, crystal magick, herbalism, spirit work, etc. It can be very overwhelming when you start, so my advice is to pick one or two things that appeal to you at first. Also, there are different types of witches. I am an eclectic witch, meaning I kind of form my own path. But there are also, for example, green witches who work with the earth mostly, or storm witches, sea witches, and many more!
I could talk about this for hours, but that would make it a very long read. So instead, I'll leave some links with information for you to read in your own time. Hope this cleared things up!
Complete beginner guide to witchcraft.
Different types of magick.
A website with lots of interesting articles.