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 on: October 19, 2014, 03:01:48 AM 
Started by Ashe Isadora - Last post by Draconis Rex
You got it Al, hope it all goes well. Do let us know all about it if you would.  ;)

 on: October 18, 2014, 11:01:27 PM 
Started by Ashe Isadora - Last post by Alchymist
We're holding a big public Samhain ritual, at the local Unitarian church. By "we" I mean - well - just about every Pagan or Pagan-ish group in the Valley - Wiccans, Asatru, Druids - wow, even the local Voodoo practitioners will be there. In the Unitarian church.......

And we are in the middle of the British Columbia southern interior Bible Belt.

My duties are to Cast the Circle, and open it at the conclusion. Wielding my consecrated 24-inch razor sharp ceremonial athame. In public. In the Unitarian church. In the Bible Belt. I've no idea what, exactly, will go down, but I'm also a security professional so I'll be keeping my eyes open - that 360 degree awareness I've talked about before.

Wish me luck, guys and gals.


 on: October 18, 2014, 10:20:54 AM 
Started by Ashe Isadora - Last post by Ashe Isadora
There's another aspect of a magical teacher's responsibility that seems relevant to the discussion.  Besides taking some responsibility for a student's magical acts there is the very real question of the psychological safety of a student.  Some techniques as well as the side effects of some magics are very intense and not everyone can handle it, especially students who may be mentally fragile for any reason.  It's the teacher's responsibility to monitor their students' safety and adjust the amount and kind of teaching they'll do for that person.  That kind of judgement cannot be influenced by student fees.  Could they just return the money?  Sure. But that would make it all the more complicated and painful for all concerned.

 on: October 18, 2014, 09:51:21 AM 
Started by Ashe Isadora - Last post by Ashe Isadora
Do you know of any mundane teachers who teach people how to bend reality? (particle physics et al, I know, I know... but still)  Yes, mundane and arcane knowledge are both extremely important, and sometimes they intersect, but magical teaching carries extremely heavy spiritual responsibility that some believe is recorded and dealt with in the spiritual world. Some venerable old Craft traditions even believe there are guardians of the magical realm that record every single magical act a witch performs and assists in balancing the cosmic scales.  This is not to be taken lightly.

CE, forgive me but I don't see how your last sentence is relevant to the question. How does a person's sense of responsibility about teaching mundane things enter into the ethical question of charging for magical teaching except to show that some mundane teachers may teach irresponsibly?  That's an entirely separate subject.

 on: October 18, 2014, 09:39:31 AM 
Started by Ashe Isadora - Last post by Celtic Epona
There is no difference between the two types of knowledge in my opinion.  All of it is simply a section of how this world works.  Why is one more important than another?  In my opinion it isn't.  All knowledge is a gift and should be held in respect.  Therefore no matter what we are teaching we should do so with respect and understanding of the ramifications of said teaching.  Should we accept money for teaching?  That depends on the beliefs of the individual being asked to teach.  Many in the craft are very conciousious of the responsibility of teaching the craft, but are they as careful with the rest of their knowledge?

 on: October 18, 2014, 09:39:22 AM 
Started by Augadelume - Last post by Ashe Isadora
MM, and enjoy your stay with us.  Don't be afraid to ask questions, and don't be surprised if you get lots of answers that bring up more questions!

 on: October 18, 2014, 08:46:54 AM 
Started by Augadelume - Last post by MoonlitWings
Welcome to TCC Gage :)

 on: October 18, 2014, 07:41:46 AM 
Started by Lonan - Last post by Arnemetia
Welcome Lonan.  Enjoy your journey.

 on: October 18, 2014, 07:39:59 AM 
Started by Ashe Isadora - Last post by Arnemetia
As a school bus driver, I will celebrate Halloween on the bus by giving out Halloween themed pencils and erasers to my kids.  Later in the evening I will celebrate Samhain at my outside altar (probably in the rain), honoring the ancestors and those who have crossed over.  A lit candle and a plate of food will be left for those who pass through.

 on: October 18, 2014, 07:30:22 AM 
Started by Harjilaz - Last post by Arnemetia
Welcome Harjilaz.  Enjoy your journey.

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