As you study more paths and read more books by various witches, the one thing becomes obvious; there is no “one true way” to practice witchcraft. It seems as if each witch you meet and every witch you read has their very own way of doing things. Some will tell you there are many ways to practice the craft while others will tell you that their way is the “only way” to practice. The madness of the Queen of Hearts in Alice’s Nightmare comes to mind every time I hear this. “All Ways Are My Ways” Perhaps you will pardon me for saying that it sounds like bupkis to me.
I, and all the witches I have ever met and trust in the magickal community, agree on one major point. Let the other belief systems have their “One True Way” it does not apply to witches. We are all individuals and as such, must come at things in our lives from a point of view that is unique to us. Therefore, we must adapt all things magickal to our unique purpose here. Just as we are all different, so will our paths be different. They may share a few steps here and a few there with witches who are vastly different from us. We may even share long stretches of path with witches who are very similar, but no one will share our exact path.
I have always believed that the best way to learn is to read as much as you can on any given subject. Ask questions of anyone who knows much more than you do and devoutly listen to their answers. Consult others you trust and debate ideas with them. When online, go into forums, discuss, and read the discussions of others. Get into groups or chat rooms to talk to others from all paths. Once you find ones who know what they are doing, integrate their ideas and the ideas you have found in books, then, use your own intuition to build a path that works for you.
As we know from long years of study and practice, and new young witchlings will discover, the more personalized your rituals and spells, the more success you will invariably have with them. Even if they know you extremely well, no one can write a spell for you as well as you can for yourself. You are the one who knows all the ins and outs of the situation at hand. You know the best outcome for a spell. Just base your ritual or spell on sound magickal principles you learn through reputable sources and customize it to your most specific needs.
Above all, please, never fall for the line about an “ancient text” that no one else knows about… but you can buy for $39.99, online. Seriously, if this were an authentic text from an age long ago, you can bet some of the other outstanding witches who have come and gone before you through the centuries would have probably run across it, and made some mention of it before this. Do not fall for scammers who tell you that if you want something to work you must do a spell in this one specific way following their directions to the letter or else the world will end or you will turn into a toad in your next incarnation.
Trust your instincts with magick as well as with the witches you meet who practice it. There is no one authority on witchcraft. There is no one right path in paganism or witchcraft. All paths are as varied as the witches and pagans who trod them, just use common sense, intuition, and practice to find what works for you.