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Maybe this has shown already in other posts of the last months: I have come to look back more, identifying long term effects of magic. I wonder are any of the lurkers which seem to be around interested youngsters, who are merely starting it all? I feel like saying some things clearly to those, if they read it... The development that drew me to magic started effectively with 16, I was 17 when I produced a first deliberate result. Now I am 30. My life is not perfect. But with 16, life seemed unbearable to me. Now, life has got a strong appeal to me, or rather it has a charm, or rather it's a lot of fun. Some major wishes I had when I was 16 are fulfilled by now and stay fulfilled, some were not. There were several instances of little fun things happening which I had wished for, too. There was more than one crisis on the path - I can call it a path by now, there's a path-structure to it. C.G. Jung tells you openly there can be a crisis or several on the path he suggested, the Golden Dawn doesn't deny there can be such things on their suggested path. I have been learning all the time, in fact I keep learning and am happy about it. Many questions I had with 16 were answered, so that I know. And even that fear of death thingy, you know? So it's worth it, I would say. Any advice I could give? I could write very long reading lists with the result, that you check out some of the books I recommend, and they don't illuminate you the way they illuminated me, because it's all different to you. Finding the way is part of the way, it changes you to the better, you'll see. If you still urgently want me to pin down advice I say the following, expecting that contradictory advice from somebody else could even work in some cases: Meditate! Don't be narrow-minded! Search beyond what is labeled "occult" and don't give a damn what other people tell you about that! Don't show off you're into magic to everyone! You gotta be careful in this world! It could become less problematic when you're older, but for now, be careful! Have no fear!
Some here are older than me. I guess they could say something additionally. *nudge*