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I love witchschool.Im a member of the outer court of the Correllian Nativist tradition working on my first degree.How do you suggest I reply to those who seem to have negative feelings about the school and/or the tradition?I think its worth defending.
I never put this school down I just said my husband was cheap and won't pay for my school. Sorry I offended you. You will be glad to know that seeing I have offended so many people over this question and my husbands cheapness that I am withdrawing all together. Linda Shotwell
Hi,

I guess there is not a lot to say about defense. Basically we do a good job, that the leadership of Wicca see us as a Good Service and have said so on film. Dr. Ray Buckland, who is considered the Father of American Wicca, has said publically said what we do is a good thing. Circle Sanctuary joined us to network with us, Llewellyn sells our books. Christian Day wants us in Salem. These things show that we are a good service.

Yet at the end of the day, lettle can be said and all we can count on is that our memebrs speak well of this process and education. In time, we will win over people, or maybe just piss them off with our success at helping people. Either way, the only people that I can say whose opinion is important, and that is of our members. Everyone else, can and will judge for themselves.

Thanks for teh question and I hope this helps begin answering this.
HEAR HEAR!!! (cheering!)

Stilt, the ones that are badmouthing the school and the trad. are the real 'fluffybunnies' which do not know a single thing about our 'family'!

(remember the people who are calling people fluffybunnies while they are just the ones that don't know sh..?)

Anyways, i hope u can pull strength of our answers to your questions :)
bb lilith
Well, in my honest opinion, any thing that can be done to give a positve impression of pagans/witches to the world is always a good thing. Secondly, if Selena approves this then that's okay by me. I met her once and she is awesome and so inspiring.

I also would like to add that you have to do what it right for you and if people give you grief about them then ignore them. Everyone has a right to do as they will. Um, in the US anyway. I don't know about other places, but looking forward to learning about other places.

And I personally don't have any use for 'fluffy bunnies'. If you aren't serious about the path you say you've chosen then don't bad mouth those of us who are very serious about our path.
I do have one answer, we are often give kudo's for the Interviews we do and rituals we film. Even Wild Hunt Blog has given us grudging respect from time to time.

Plus there is a shift most people do not realize, and that is every year there are more people who received at least part of their education from us. They are moving into active leadership roles, being the vanguard, and in time each of these people will have more support from people who are involved or have been involved with Witch School.

Also that is not taking on the significant and deep change the new Witch School site will give people.
you are absolutely right storyweaver! i fully agree with you!

to the post Ed has posted;

Ed? can you explain what you mean cause i think my languagebarrier is being a pain again... Can you please explain what you have written above?? Thank you!
Ed? can you explain what you mean cause i think my languagebarrier is being a pain again... Can you please explain what you have written above?? Thank you!
Sure....I mean when we do things for other people, like interview them, we discover they like us.

We have been teaching for a decade on the net now, and we have members who have taken our courses, filling more and more leadership roles within the community. This means as Witch School matures, that more people will have a had part or all of their educations from Witch School. This means larger acceptance.
OH yes thats right!!!

Witch School said:
Ed? can you explain what you mean cause i think my languagebarrier is being a pain again... Can you please explain what you have written above?? Thank you!
Sure....I mean when we do things for other people, like interview them, we discover they like us.

We have been teaching for a decade on the net now, and we have members who have taken our courses, filling more and more leadership roles within the community. This means as Witch School matures, that more people will have a had part or all of their educations from Witch School. This means larger acceptance.
I suppose also it's up to each and every one of us who are a part of Witch School and the Correllian Tradition to lead by example - in other words, it is through our deeds and our words that we provide a positive example to others of who we are.

I've only just taken the Lesson 3 exam, but I've learned more than just what's written in the textbook for it. Through additional assignments given to me by my mentor, through mentor chats, through taking other classes offered here, through other opportunities such as the Ritual Quarter Writing class that Rev. Mehitabel was running earlier this year, and through the many online rituals that we have the opportunity to participate in, it's not just the actual Degree Lessons that make up our education, but a more holistic, well-rounded manner of teaching that allows us many experiences and many different sources of learning during our time at Witch School. We need to emphasize that. I've participated in more rituals here than I've ever had the opportunity to participate in in-person because of geographic isolation and lack of a Pagan groups open to the public where I've lived.

Through Witch School, we have access to teachers on a wide variety of subject and a chance to
become legally ordained members of the clergy and teachers in our own right when we complete our studies. It is by emphasizing these positive aspects of Witch School and by leading by example that we can give Witch School and the Correllian tradition a more positive image to those who would criticize it, and perhaps through our own growth and excellence in learning and then becoming leaders in our own right, we can give our own contributions to Witch School that will continue to improve upon the opportunities available and show that Witch School does provide a quality Pagan education and a contribution to the wider Pagan community as well.
This is such an important topic, because I’ve seen some of the negative comments out there and it can hurt to read things or be told things that are not nice about something you care about. It makes me sad that even in the Pagan community, where we often say how open we are to all paths, we can still be very elitist. We shouldn’t have to “defend” our Tradition. The Correllian Tradition is as valid a path to walk as any other. Just because it’s not the right path for one person, doesn’t mean it can’t be the right path for another.

I honestly believe that people attack Witch School and the Correllian tradition because it’s so open and transparent. The idea that anyone can learn about Wicca is a threat to the traditions that have held on to the concept of secrecy so close to their hearts. Through Witch School anyone can take the classes and learn what Wicca is all about. These people do not distinguish between the school and the tradition. They do not see the dedication of the students and mentors. One thing that I cherish about the Correllian tradition is its respect of all traditions. If we say that all paths lead to Diety, then we are obligated to respect that other traditions are just as valid.

I’ve only once gotten bashed on a public message board. It was a Wiccan board and someone new to the path asked about Witch School. On the positive side, I was able to answer early. That way, I could let the person know that they could sign up as a basic member and get a good base education on Wicca. I let her know that compared to courses from outside sources, both classes that I had taken and books that I had read, I found the school’s core lessons to be very solid and in line with the general consensus of what Wicca is. I didn't directly engage the bashers, but answered the person's questions honestly.

I did a lot of research on the school and the tradition before deciding to join. Through the research, I found various negative comments along with the positive comments. Nothing that I found that was negative was based in fact. As for the positive, my experiences of the last six years have offered proof enough of the sincerity and dedication of the Correllian tradition. It’s a dedication that I hope to carry forward as clergy of this tradition.

~Laura
To be a member of the Outer Court all you have to do is register with the tradition - http://www.correllian.com/test/new_page_4.htm You do not have to register to work on First Degree though it is a great thing to do, to formally join the tradition whose teachings you are studying. :)

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