Question if I may --- "What makes you say you are "New to the Craft"? and the next question is " How can we all help each other move past the "New" stage and feel we are really a working part of the Craft?
This is a great question. I have been learning about the craft pretty much all my adult life. I only really started incorporating it into my life on a regular basis. I was wondering the same thing. When am I no longer "new to the craft" and what determines that? Is it how often I do rituals or celebrate the sabbats and esbats? Or is it the fact that I wake up every morning now and set my intentions, or when I walk I thank the forest, etc? So when am I no longer "new to the craft"? And being solitary, who determines when I am no longer new to the craft, if not me? Again, excellent question.
As with a lot of these things Cheryl the answer lies within you -- However from what you are saying -- your setting of your intentions daily and your thanking the forest for being there when you walk through it tells me you are well past being just a new person -- You have progressed along the Path --- Welcome to the Family !
I’ve only been doing this since, what, November of 2020? I’ve been tirelessly doing my research and putting all of my intent into everything I do, but there’s no substitute for experience, and I won’t call myself anything more than new until I have plenty of it.