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Finding Good Teachers

To: alt.pagan,alt.religion.wicca,alt.religion.pagan,alt.magick.tyagi,alt.witchcraft,alt.traditional.witchcraft
From: lorax666 
Subject: Finding Good Teachers 
Date: Mon, 03 Mar 2003 03:46:19 GMT

50030302 VII NULATIX!! (Frosita):
> ...where does one find a good teacher.  

start local and private. don't draw attention to yourself,
preferrably investigate with a friend. meet prospective
instructors over coffee or juice and talk about what you 
want to learn and what it is that the teacher says they 
are doing and how they are qualified. tell them that you're 
interested in checking them out and finding out what their 
lineage or authority is. without mentioning that person's 
name, describe their supposed background and how they 
presented their authority to you in some forum like 
alt.religion.wicca.moderated or alt.pagan, or whatever, 
and see if it gets any red flags. determine your next step 
based on your own interests and those of your friend(s). 

another route to do this if you have disposable income is
to subscribe to Pagan periodicals like Circle Network News
and Green Egg (if it's still around) and Sage Woman and
others of this type, as well as finding basic texts in
FAQs (like bard's!) online before involving yourself 
with any seriousness of time and energy. consider contact
with local CUUPs (Unitarian Pagans) or COG representatives.

initially attend public events to get a feel for the 
level of social interaction you're likely to be
involving yourself with if you pursue studies. have a few
informal meetings at the dwelling of the teacher (if they
are fearful of you, let this be a lesson!). see how they
react to thing that *you* share about what you know, how
they treat your wisdom, etc.  proceed cautiously and don't
rush anything. if they treat it like a Rush Offer Limited
Time Only, avoid them like the plague.

> I learn't today that you can send your soul into the 
> spirit world by burning a lock of hair, 

not a common spell I've ever heard. 

> but I had to figure that out and I don't know how 
> fictous it is.

folk magic groups (witchcraft, hoodoo, etc.) would be
good ones for test that one out on. if you can provide
sources as to where you get these kinds of bits of
information, then that will be helpful to those who
answer your inquiries.

blessed be!


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