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The purpose of the SMCC website has always been to share knowledge and give that extra nudge to those who may be new to the Craft. In some cases this icludes people who have had a falling out with a previous group and or the rare individual among us who might be having a crisis of faith. We are always happy to step in and provide counsel. As a teaching coven it would be lovely to be able to claim that the buck stops here. But that would be wrong and gravely misleading. The truth is that the path you are walking now is different for each seeker who walks it, the trials you face are different from mine.
The three differences of perception, retention and inspiration can alter a persons path or shape the entire future of an organization or any group of people. Examples: Karl Marx, Alice Paul, Winston Churchill, Adolf Hitler, George Patton, Joseph Stalin, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Martin Luther King Jr, Benito Mussolini, Gerald Gardner, Doreen Valiente and Raymond Buckland. The only thing that sets revolutionaries appart from the masses is inspiration and having the drive to act on it.
You might be wondering what all that has to do with finding a mentor in the craft or the topic of Wicca 101. As being a Wiccan or Witch is generally not something you are born as or just wake up one morning and decide to become. More often than not, you come across it by accident unless you happen to have been raised that way. Many come to this path upon finding that the philosophies of Wicca and Witchcraft are the same as the one's they currently hold. They just didn't know there was a specific belief system that shared the same views. This leads to the circumstances that brought you to our site, on the path of the seeker. Finding the right mentor is no small task, because you need to know the many different trails available to you before you start to climb your mountain. This is where 101 courses become useful, giving a gentle guiding touch without directly influencing your practice.
Most Witches as they learn start to figure out how and what they would teach a student. Its part of the path of the wise that we want to teach. That drive and inspiration is there already, but not every teacher will be the right teacher for you, and not every student will be the right student for you. Which is why anybody who is worthy of teaching anything will tell you to read, and keep reading. We readily recognize that you are sick of being told this, but you have to read, read everything you can get your hands on. A Witch's Library is their most valuable asset, because one day you will be the mentor someone needs. You must start with reading as many books on witchcraft as possible to get a thorough understanding of its tenets. Know first what you want to learn, then you will have a clearer sight when you meet your mentor, and you will have many mentors.
When you first startout the amount of information you see and hear can be both overwhelming and accasionally conflicting. This is where your perception becomes really important. The old ways follow what is referred to as The Oath which is a pledge of secrecy, this pledge has often caused writers to give just slightly incorrect information when publishing, not all writers have tampered with the nature of our Craft but enough have that the confusion still makes it necessary to find someone who can help shine light on the hidden meaning of some of the things you have read. You will notice, or maybe have already noticed a large gap in publications between beginner and advanced magick. This is where having a mentor becomes so important. Also, this is why there are so many in the Craft who do not feel that you can be Self Initiated. Because initiation is where you take the Oath and are brought into the secrets of the Craft.
When it comes to actually finding a mentor trust the universe, just like when you first felt the call of the Goddess, when the time is right one will present itself as long as you are open to it and give the Lady her opportunity to nurture you. Do some networking, The Witches Voice is a great place to find local groups. In the mean while, until you do find the right mentor take the time to learn on your own, and try out a 101 style class or two. While the SMCC is not Wiccan in the strictest sense, we are happy to share with you our own branch of Witchcraft in a series of online courses all you need is an e-mail address.
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