Here are three that came up, and my answers:
What are the common mistakes that folks make when they first embark on a magickal path?
Not doing enough practical magick that will actually effect your life. People spend way to much time on the sidelines for fear of the danger or the feeling that they need to read every scrap of paper penned on drawing a circle before actually doing it. Get in there, get your fingers burnt, mess shit up. At least you will know that its real.
What are the common mistakes that are made by folks that 'ought to know better'?
Doing to much practical magick to effect your life. After you know its real, it can seem like the answer to everything. This causes problems. Spells can become like lies, one built upon another holding a patchwork life together. If you are always looking to influence people, you run the risk of not listening to what they say. If you are always looking to keep yourself from getting fired or evicted, you run the risk of missing the opportunities that come from having things dissolve down to a blank slate.
For those of you that have been on a magickal path for more than three years and two months, has anything happened that your beginner self would have a hard time even believing could happen?
Not really. I started pretty young, so I had a pretty wild imagination of what the potential of magick could be. If anything the opposite is true. I have been surprised at how bad magick is at certain things.