Before getting into Thaumcraft you will need to have a few things in place:

  • Explored the world
  • Have a base of operations
  • Bookshelf
  • Cauldron
  • Glass
  • Healthy Supply of:
  • Paper/Sugar Canes
  • Ink
  • Collected a few crystals
    • Collect as many as you can and try and find all 6 different types. A stack of each one is great.

These are the main things you will need to get started. The deeper you dive into Thaumcraft, the more materials you will require.