Here is a good index for traditional Pennsylvania-dutch folk charms which are pretty simple. Of course they are Christian charms, predominantly for healing and protection.
Paul Husson’s book Mastering Witchcraft is always in my top recommended reading for new witches, although it is quite contemporary in content and form, his writing and material are ideal for getting a grasp on the practice.
Also, Valerie Worth’s Crone’s Book of Magical Words and Crone’s Book of Charms and Spells are wonderful and simple works that can be found oh so cheaply but are invaluable additions to any witch’s shelf.
I think you should try a few things out. Of course some things can be more difficult, but that just depends on where your talents and interests lie. Love spells are often a little trickier, and healing spells can take practice. Protection/warding is a good starting place for obvious reasons, but I kind of recommend starting with something else as these can take a lot of energy. Depending on your moralistic views, cursing can be a good starting place as well, because it’s a pretty straightforward practice, but don’t go cursing witches unless you have some good protections in place.
I would say hunt for some quick spells to help you become invisible or go along unnoticed, and try those out for practice (just be careful of walking in the road etc, and make sure to remove the spell before operating heavy machinery or anything.) Another relatively harmless practical charm is one to turn people on their heals. It goes as follows:
Fix your eye on the target and concentrate your intent on them turning and moving away from you, and say:
Away from here,
Away from there,
Away to take you anywhere,
Out from iron,
Out from stone,
Out from here
It may help to intone it three times in a row under your breath if you’re having trouble. Best of luck! Feel free to ask any questions you may have as you begin to practice!
Orkney. Formula of old used in Orkney to acquire witchcraft. —Mr. Dennison wrote it down nearly 50 years ago from the recital of an old Orkney woman—granddaughter of a noted witch. The formula to be gone through to obtain witchcraft (or, as Mr. Dennison says, in plain English, a formula for giving one’s self to the Devil) was as follows :—
The person wishing to acquire the witch’s knowledge must go to the sea-shore at midnight, must, as he goes, turn three times against the course of the sun, must lie down flat on his back with his head to the south, and on ground between the lines of high and low water. He must grasp a stone in each hand, have a stone at the side of each foot, a stone at his head, a flat stone on his chest, and another over his heart; and must lie with arms and legs stretched out. He will then shut his eyes, and slowly repeat the following Incantation :—
O, Mester King o’ a’ that’s ill, Come fill me wi’ the warlock skill, An’ I sail serve wi’ all me will. “Trow tak’ me gin I sinno ! Trow tak’ me gin I winno ! Trow tak’ me whin I cinno !
Come tak’ me noo, an’ tak’ me a’,
Tak’ lights an’ liver, pluck an’ ga’,
Tak’ me, tak’ me, noo, I say,
Fae de how o’ de head tae de tip of de tae ;
Tak’ a’ dat’s oot an’ in o’ me,
Tak’ hide an’ hair an’ a’ tae thee,
Tak’ hert an’ hams, flesh, bleud, an’ biins,
Tak’ a’ atween de seeven stiins
I de name o’ de muckle black Wallawa !
The person must lie quiet for a little time after repeating the Incantation. Then opening his eyes, he should turn on his left side, arise and fling the stones used in the operation into the sea. Each stone must be flung singly ; and with the throwing of each a certain malediction was said. Mr. Dennison’s informant professed to have forgotten the terms of the malediction, but he rather suspected she considered the imprecations too shocking to repeat.”"