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Teaching and like that
If the student is ready, the teacher appears.
- I'd cite it, but I don't know who first said it
If the applicant waits three days without food or shelter, he may
enter and begin training.
-Tyler Durden, Fight Club
think that if the gods call someone, and that someone listens, they will be
brought to a teacher or the teacher will be brought
to them. If I am supposed to teach, then the students will find me. Hiding will not
avoid them, nor will advertising bring them one jot sooner than my Gods have
in mind (We’ve tried both, it doesn’t matter). As well, it doesn't
mean that things will work out in an easy or comfortable way. As a 3*
Gardnerian, I do believe it's my duty to do my best to teach; if asked. I also
believe it's meet to be honest - to say "this is my teaching style" and
"you would have to do X in order to be my student". Or, if needed "I think you would
fit in better with group X".
For right now, that means I'll be informing potential students that since I'm working
and going to college I (we, as I teach in tandem with my partner
and spouse) won't be doing any serious hands on teaching any time soon. As of May 2008 I have gotten
my RN degree, and now just need to pass the NCLEX (ha! "just"). Anyway, it's going to be a while.
That being said, contemplate this:
Roman Catholic Priests have a doctorate in theology.
That's a great deal of education. Most churches - never mind most Pagan or
Wiccan groups do not even come close. That being said, My partner and I
think that this is an excellent level of education and understanding.
To the point: A student
in Eglantine would be doing the equivalent of earning an accelerated Bachelor's
degree - you could possibly do it in three years, but it's not likely.
There would be monthly rituals, weekly (depending on how far
along you were maybe up to thrice weekly) classes. Like college, homework
would probably equate to 4+ hours of homework for every hour of class. Possibly
including rituals. Plus papers, worksheets (any past student of mine can fill
you in on the undending stream) and probably more.
Now, I could tell you that all this is a scare off
speech; a warning of sorts, and it is. The people who would be opposed to
this level of work would not be a good fit here.
"You will never leave where you are, until you decide where you'd rather be."
Because Eglantine is not
currently active, we are not offering to teach directly and immidiately. That
being said, if you have thoughts on paganism, Gardnerianism, Nursing, Gardening
or anything remotely related to this website, feel free to e-mail me. I love
On a tangentally related subject, here is a partial list of books I heard were
good, but have not actually read yet. Reveiws welcome, even solicited!
Books I see as Craft related
Videos I think would benefit a student
- Qabalah by Dion Fortune
- The Pendulum Workbook by Marcus Schirner
- Prometha (graphic novel series) by Alan Moore
- Gem Trails of the USA - put out every year, but I'm not sure by who
- The Home Herbal and The Complete Medicinal Herbal by Penelope Ody (sp?)
If you want to learn, how badly do you want it? What are you willing to do, or
not do to get it? I can't answer that for anyone but me. All I can do is to
say, "here in this group, when we do it, we do it this way".
When teaching, this is the curriculum