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Alot of people are under the misconception that in order to practice a pagan religion, they must find a teacher. This is not true. You are just as capable of educating yourself as anyone. Pagan books and websites can supply you with all the information you need to begin practicing. I do not think it is a good idea to rely on any one single book or website. It is best to get information from a variety of sources.

You will notice that many of the sources sometimes contradict each other. This is because they are written by people and different people have different opinions. It doesnít mean that one is right and one is wrong, but that each person is doing whatís right for them.

If you come across conflicting information, and it confuses you, you should choose whatever sounds the most logical to you. Thereís a good chance you will come up with your own unique way of doing things eventually. I would suggest that you not do anything you strongly disagree with as any negative thoughts you have about what you are doing will more than likely cancel out what you wish to accomplish.

A word of caution about getting information off the net: ANYONE can get a website and put anything they want on it, so do not rely entirely on websites. Itís true that anyone can write a book, but the publishers generally go to some trouble to ensure that the information is accurate in the interest of credibility, so books do tend to be more reliable sources of information than the Internet.

Many people think that they must join a coven or group in order to study Wicca or paganism. There are even people that will tell you that in order to be "authentic" you must be taught by another witch/pagan and/or belong to a coven. This is not true. There is nothing wrong with being solitary. In fact there are some advantages. You do not have to be involved with the politics of organized religion. If your path changes with spiritual growth, you do not need to look for another group if you are solitary. Of course there are also some advantages to being part of a coven. But you should never join a coven simply to be "authentic" or whatever. You do not need to prove your religion to anyone, what matters is that you are sincere in your beliefs and practice and happy with yourself. I do not teach, as I am not a patient person, but if you have a question, please feel free to email me and I will see if I can help or least direct you to someone that can.

If you do decide you absolutely must have a teacher, please be cautious about who you choose. Choose someone reputable and get some references. There are alot of people put there who will fill your head with nonsense just for their own amusement, or perhaps ďteachingĒ something they know nothing about makes them feel important. This is why I think it is best to at least read a few books before you attempt to find a teacher, so you at least have a basic idea of what you plan to study.

There are also a good many people that will try to convince you that their way is the only way and that you must do everything exactly as they say, even if it makes you uncomfortable or you violently disagree with it. I personally would not even bother with someone like that, either as a friend or a teacher.

Bear in mind, even when you find a good teacher, you are going to have to make some effort yourself. Regardless of what any individual teaches you, you should still study on your own, practice on your own and above all, THINK on your own. If you are not capable of thinking for yourself, I donít think that paganism is really the religion for you, but thatís just my opinion.

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