Networking

Because many members of the magickal community have remained in the figurative “broom closet” out of necessity, we often find ourselves having to dig and search for other Witches, Pagans, and like-minded people. Be that as it may, the magickal community has one of the most powerful, fast networks I have ever seen, especially now that the internet has com into our hands. And what do we do with this network? A lot!

When there’s a need in the community, it gets communicated through these lines. When someone wants to find out important information, people help them find it through our networks. When someone is looking for a coven to join, ritual tools, healers, other goods, or spiritual services, all these requests and many more are carried on the magickal web that’s been carefully knitted over the years, and extended to every corner of the globe.

Consider this a kind of detailed address book, if you will, that lists any or all, of the following information:
Person or group’s name:
Name by which they prefer to be called (in and out of the circle): There are some folks in the magickal community who are more comfortable with a magickal name. Always respect this choice.
Address: Be sure to note if you can give this information out to a fellow seeker without getting permission from the person or group.
Phone number, E-mail, and fax: See address for guidelines regarding sharing this contact information.
Magickal areas of expertise: If you’re going to network, it’s a lot easier if you know where to begin. If you have a friend who studies folklore and another who is a Cabbalist, their ability to help with a specific question is going to vary. Noting the person or group’s area of expertise provides a starting point for the networking process. It will help you find the people whose knowledge matches your need, and they can further extend the web if need be.
Affiliations: If a person has any alphabet soup before or after his or her name, and if he or she is a member of various groups that influence the magickal community, note it here.
How or where you met them, and key words about the meeting: After meeting someone that you think you’ll have contact with in the future, make a note of their name and the core issue of the conversation. For example, if someone was looking for a coven to work with the note might say, “Mary — find Celtic-oriented coven”.
Birth date, hobbies, likes and dislikes: This is not essential information, but it’s really nice to have handy for the folks that help you regularly. Send them a virtual birthday card or Yule gift to say thanks.
Crash space: Does this person or group have houses or land where you can stay when you travel to that area of the country? If so, what arrangements need to be made ahead of time to secure space?
Other notes: This section is pretty open-ended. Include gatherings where you know you can see this person or group regularly, any projects they’re working on, any “no-nos” like allergies to pets or specific foods (if you see them often), and so forth.

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