Witch Tips: Researches and Checking Sources

At the end of my undergraduate career I have been reflecting on how important finding information is in all of the aspects of my life.  In my Pagan life, research skills have helped me deepen my spirituality and have sorted the fact from the fiction.  Information is powerful and essential to learning or creating a vibrant tradition.

  • Works Cited Matter: If an article or book has a suggesting reading and a citation page, you can trace the author’s preparation and research.  This transparency is key.
  • So Do Names, Sort Of: Leaders in the Pagan community who have published books tend to be experts, although should not necessarily be taken for face value.  In general if the work is a collaboration (married couples/romantic partners can break this rule though), written by experts in a particular tradition (i.e. Starhawk writing about Reclaiming), or is a scholarly work (example: Drawing Down the Moon), you’re good.
  • The Internet Can Lie: While the Information Age is a fabulous, wonderful thing, anyone can post information and call it fact.  If you do not have access to books, look on websites such as the Witches’ Voice.
  • Take Notes:  So you can review what you’re read.
  • Go With Your Gut:  Sometime personal untested gnosis seeps into articles.  If you see a weird piece of information, double check it.

© Ariadne Woods


4 thoughts on “Witch Tips: Researches and Checking Sources

  1. Ardarian Woods,
    I’m so sorry about mangling your first name and hope for instant forgiveness if at all possible. I’m an avid reader and have so many books I’ve yet to read because I’m in a spiritual rut of sorts. I don’t know how to get out and I’m afraid that it may not go away for some time to come. Perhaps someone with your study skills and vast array of knowledge on the subject of Wicca could be just the very things I need to get out of this hole I’ve dug for myself. I know you don’t have to help me and you may just not have the time to do so. But, Ms. Woods, would you please consider being my mentor of sorts? I know that you must be extraordinarily busy but someone like you may just be the perfect push I need to get out of this hole. So please consider my plea. If you’re available to do a little bit of pushing, I’d be super grateful. If you cannot help, at least I asked respectfully and kind of desperately,which I’m sorry for, but thank you either way Ms. Woods. Thank you so much. Brightest blessings. Kristen Coffin.

    1. Hey Kristen!

      Sure I would love to help you out. I will say that I am in the middle of my finals and graduation celebration, so I may be a little hard to reach for a few days. However, let’s continue this conversation in email. Looking forward to hearing from you!

      Bright Blessings,

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