I started a long time ago with basic witchcraft. Wicca is a somwhat organised religion these days, but what I learned was how to make up my own spiritual system and rituals. I went along adding various things I learned and always kept to my self about it.
Now that I’ve opened up, I’m kinda shocked at how close my ideas are to those of people who have been studying the mysteries in more formal ways. BALG is teaching me how to connect with other magicians and use godnames to access energies that have been refined by others throughout human history.
My main advice to a new magician is believe in yourself. Somewhere in the planes, you are already the master. Learn to trust your intuition and move with confidence.