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What We Can Help You With - And What We Can't


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We've had some applications from folks over the last few months who seem not to return when they find we don't do what they want us to do. So the mods thought it would be useful if we made it fairly clear what we can do on the forum, and what we can't - especially as non-members can read this forum before joining, so it might help them avoid disappointment. ;)


We can't do the following for you (though we might be able to offer some guidance on how to work at it and good books to read to learn about it):

  • find you your path or tell you what your path is or should be. Although there are very many pre-defined pagan paths, such as Religio Romana, Heathenry, Wicca, Kemeticism, Druidry, CR, Hellenismos etc, the great majority of pagans do not follow a predefined path, and work out their own spirituality within an eclectic framework that suits them.
  • find you a coven or grove or hearth/kingroup. For one thing, most of us are not in such a group ourselves. For another, participation in a group is a very personal thing depending on what you want from it, and we can’t tell you what kind of group you would feel most comfortable in
  • enable you to have a relationship with a god. Not all of us acknowledge the existence of gods; and those who do, don't always agree on how to interact with them.
  • teach you any magical skill. Again, we don't all use magic and some don't even believe in it

We encourage you to do your own research. We have been around for over a decade and in that time have covered many – but not all! – areas of discussion. Do have a look and see if your query has already been asked – our search function is excellent. We know that when you’re new, you will have questions about magick, about gods, about everything else from crystals to hexing – so do have a look and see what other people have thought about this over the years. If a thread interests you, feel free to resurrect it.


This is one of the most welcoming and informative pagan groups on the internet - possibly the most. We achieve that because:

  • we have a very wide spread of pagan religions represented here, and very many experienced and intelligent pagans whose spirituality is their own. Not all are practicing witches, and some belong to recon religions. We may even have a couple of practicing Wiccans! We certainly have some ex-Wiccans.
  • we have a wide spread of relationships with gods. Some members are atheists. Some are duotheists, or pantheists or polytheists or monolatrists - and every shade in between.
  • we practice light touch moderation which attempts to retain a sense of humour, but we will come down hard on personal abuse of members, or general abuse along discriminatory lines
  • we encourage intelligent debate - but this does mean that other people may become interested in your response and ask you how you formed your opinion This may mean you are challenged as to the foundation of any claims you make, or people may disagree with you. Please remember that in such cases, it is not you who is being challenged, but your opinion. We are all subject to having our views poked at: it is how we learn and is valuable for that reason.
  • we can offer you a mentor to help you learn your way around a pagan forum and how to engage in debates on pagan issues. Our mentors are experienced in their path and have been on the site for a long time. (They will not act as your tutor in your path, but they can help you develop confidence as part of a forum) Please contact a Moderator – or a Mentor direct – if you are interested in this

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