It looks like both Charlaine and Ron have given you great advice- I agree with what they’ve said!
Something that stuck with me from a university biology class (and possibly the only thing from that class that stayed with me ) was remembering to check your sources- even on things like official scientifc studies and tests. It’s surprising how many studies that seem legit at first glance are actually sponsored by companies that have a huge stake in the results, or were conducted on very old or dated knowledge. Or were done on a different part of the population (ex: men ages 40-50 when you’re a young girl) than what would apply to you.
Got a little off track there, apologies! But the point is is that is really important to check your sources to learn:
- The creditability of the information
- If this information applies to you
Charlaine said it perfectly- if you find spell or magickal correspondence information that doesn’t align with what you’re familiar with, it may very well be because it is tied to a magickal path or the beliefs of a group different than yours.
One of the benefits of following a specific path (be it Wiccan, Druid, or otherwise) is that there are often specific texts and procedures to follow universal to the group or coven. An Eclectic practitioner, on the other hand, doesn’t have any set outlines they need to follow- which isn’t a bad thing! Trading the stability of doctrine for freedom may be challenging for some, but it does allow you to “mix and match” and take pieces from various paths (or your own interpretations entirely!) to design your own code and practice exactly the way it feels best to you.
This is another very valid point- while there are some things that many (but not all) witches across paths agree on (intentions, drawing circles, candle magick, moon phase work, etc) there are plenty of things that are very up to personal interpretation. Things like interpreting dreams or deciphering symbols in tea leaf or wax readings can vary immensely from witch to witch- as they are largely based on personal life experiences.
Just my thoughts here for your consideration! Looking forward to seeing what others have to say on this interesting question too.