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An amazing member over on Reddit has started a little online school that is totally free.  I am a few days and two lessons in and it is doing wonders for me as a beginner. 

http://paganschool.freeforums.net/

I really recommend this even if you aren't new. It's growing pretty quickly and is a wonderful resource.

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Hi Defiance, this looks more like it's specific to Wicca, not pagan. Just a thought.

It may seem that way at a glance, but if you sign up and take classes it's basically learning the foundation of the craft. So anyone can take part  and use the knowledge to work with their particular religious beliefs. 

What's the background of the teacher and what qualifies her/him/them to teach?

Affy said:

Hi Defiance, this looks more like it's specific to Wicca, not pagan. Just a thought.


DefianceLove said:

It may seem that way at a glance, but if you sign up and take classes it's basically learning the foundation of the craft. So anyone can take part  and use the knowledge to work with their particular religious beliefs. 

While Eclecticism is a very large segment of Neopaganism and much of Eclectism borrows from Wicca, "the craft" does not pertain to most Pagan practices. It would also be impossible for one person to be sufficiently versed in those different pagan ways. Per the reddit link you provided, the person admits they also are not extensively trained in Wicca (having begun studies but then deciding to discontinue the training and opted for solitary practice).

That said, if the person seems to be providing something you find beneficial to your own pursuits, enjoy. Just be aware that they're not teaching Wicca but eclectic paganism that incorporates Wiccan elements and, from your description, provides an example of how others looking to create their own practices incorporating Wiccan and other pagan influences might go about it.

I'd definitely have to agree with this.

Just because someone is teaching something that has Wiccan elements, doesn't necessarily mean they're teaching Wicca (or Witchcraft, for that matter). Don't be fooled into thinking one thing is the same as another. And "The Craft" doesn't apply to all aspects of Paganism. Even "The Craft" varies from practitioner to practitioner...one person may teach something completely different from another, or in varying degrees. 

Absolutely take the courses if you think they'll provide you with something valuable (I think everything provides some degree of usefulness to someone), just be sure to take it with a grain of salt, and be sure to be able to check resources for accuracy. If something doesn't sound right, don't take them at their word. Take initiative and find out for yourself what's true and what's not.


Callisto said:

While Eclecticism is a very large segment of Neopaganism and much of Eclectism borrows from Wicca, "the craft" does not pertain to most Pagan practices. It would also be impossible for one person to be sufficiently versed in those different pagan ways. Per the reddit link you provided, the person admits they also are not extensively trained in Wicca (having begun studies but then deciding to discontinue the training and opted for solitary practice).

That said, if the person seems to be providing something you find beneficial to your own pursuits, enjoy. Just be aware that they're not teaching Wicca but eclectic paganism that incorporates Wiccan elements and, from your description, provides an example of how others looking to create their own practices incorporating Wiccan and other pagan influences might go about it.

I'll be honest: I just took a really quick glance at it and found it not in line with my beliefs. I, myself, am pagan, but not Wiccan, so I may have jumped the gun on that one... Sorry about that!

Dakota said:

I'd definitely have to agree with this.

Just because someone is teaching something that has Wiccan elements, doesn't necessarily mean they're teaching Wicca (or Witchcraft, for that matter). Don't be fooled into thinking one thing is the same as another. And "The Craft" doesn't apply to all aspects of Paganism. Even "The Craft" varies from practitioner to practitioner...one person may teach something completely different from another, or in varying degrees. 

Absolutely take the courses if you think they'll provide you with something valuable (I think everything provides some degree of usefulness to someone), just be sure to take it with a grain of salt, and be sure to be able to check resources for accuracy. If something doesn't sound right, don't take them at their word. Take initiative and find out for yourself what's true and what's not.


Callisto said:

While Eclecticism is a very large segment of Neopaganism and much of Eclectism borrows from Wicca, "the craft" does not pertain to most Pagan practices. It would also be impossible for one person to be sufficiently versed in those different pagan ways. Per the reddit link you provided, the person admits they also are not extensively trained in Wicca (having begun studies but then deciding to discontinue the training and opted for solitary practice).

That said, if the person seems to be providing something you find beneficial to your own pursuits, enjoy. Just be aware that they're not teaching Wicca but eclectic paganism that incorporates Wiccan elements and, from your description, provides an example of how others looking to create their own practices incorporating Wiccan and other pagan influences might go about it.

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