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Our message board often has discussions and debate on magic (also spelled as "magick" by some), the occult, and the various magical systems at a fairly advanced level and members tend to assume in these discussions that those participating are at least fairly knowledgeable in the basics. This can be fairly intimidating for those who are just starting out and do not yet have that basic knowledge or who realize after reading this message board for a few days or weeks than much of what they have learned from some of the "101" books they have read simply may be incorrect. This forum is to provide a place where people asking questions are assumed to be beginners (instead of assumed to be knowledgeable).

All beginner level questions about magic and the occult belong on this forum.

Additional Rules for this Forum:

1. In the absence clear evidence to the contrary, members with long experience in magic should assume that questions asked and issues raised in this forum are being asked or raised by beginners and try to answer them accordingly. This is not the forum for sarcastic answers or rudeness because the poster is completely misinformed or ignorant. You are a teacher here. If you cannot at least try to be a good teacher, don't post. Note that this does not mean that you cannot firmly correct misinformation or the like, it just means that you need to do so nicely.

2. Questions and issues posted here are assumed to be from beginners who are interested in learning from our more experienced members. If you are not interested in hearing the answer(s) if those answers differ from what you want to hear, you might want to rethink posting that particular question or issue. You are, of course, free to believe what you wish but please don't lecture our more experienced members on how they must be wrong if their teachings are different than what you have read in books you found in the New Age/Pagan section of the bookstore or the like -- especially if a number of people are telling you that the information is incorrect.

3. While we ask our more experienced members to be polite in refuting incorrect information and dodgy ideas, The Cauldron: A Pagan Forum is devoted to critical thinking, so expect to see incorrect information and ideas mercilessly (and often bluntly) shot down and be aware that if there are likely mundane explanations for something, they are generally going to preferred to supernatural explanations. If this is unacceptable to you, chances are that The Cauldron is not the message board for you.

4. If you are new to magic, please remember that there are many different systems of magic, each with their own ways of doing things. Sometimes the differences are subtle, sometimes they are not. Please remember that magic is independent of religion. While some religions (e.g. Wicca) make magic a part of their religion, magic (like science or basket weaving) can be studied and used by anyone -- it is not limited to those whose religions include it.

5. Spell requests are not welcome on this board. If you need a spell, see our Spell Grimoire on our web site. Our Spell Grimoire provides a good selection of spells for a number of common needs. If you need a spell not there and cannot find one elsewhere on the Internet or in a book, the webmaster will search his collection of spells for you for a small donation toward web site upkeep (see links for this service in our Spell Grimoire). Discussions about selecting/designing spells are welcome, it's only the "I need a spell to do X, please provide one" type messages that are unwelcome.

6. Don't forget that all members normally have access to the other forums in the "Magic and the Occult" category where more advanced discussions on magic take place. You can learn a lot from reading some of the discussions there, but don't be upset if some of what you read there is over your head. Everyone was a beginner at one point.

7. This forum is intended for beginner level questions and discussions. The staff reserves the right to move more advanced discussions and questions to the appropriate board in the "Magic and the Occult" area of the board even though this will means the answers do not have to be as nice.
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