Dear Dancing Moon Child,
I really appreciate the advice you've given here. It could be very easy for a new witch to run into someone who claims to be able to teach them what they need to know, and though it seems flattering to have that kind of attention from an "experienced witch" (if they are, in fact, experienced), they may not always have your best interests at heart, and could very well lead you down a path of destruction or evil. Not all witches are "good witches" and there are some who just love having followers - people who do what they say, believe what they are told, and basically hang on their every word. Many times it's more of an ego trip for the so-called "teacher" instead of genuinely wanting to help you grow in your path. This goes for people who claim to be psychic too. See if they can tell you something very personal about yourself that you know for certain is not posted anywhere on the net before you just take their word for it that they are psychic. Most psychics are taking what you've already told them, and then repeating it back to you later in a different form and throwing in some guesses along with it. I think a few people here have experience with that.
There are great people on this board to answer questions for us and help us understand things we don't know, but every now and then we may get a person with ulterior motives that comes through, and may post and run or post and stay
and try to get followers to believe what they say. I agree completely that the majority of us do not need a teacher at all, we can be our own teacher, learning through books, web sites, and people like our moderators here, who will answer questions and help out as much as they can. And I'll just say again, for the 100th time, that I really appreciate all the people who help me with this board. It would be nothing without you, so it's a great blessing to me to have all of you here.
If you do have a teacher, just be sure it's someone that you know personally or you have known for a long time. Don't just let anyone approach you and offer to be your teacher. The reason I added this message board to my site was so that you'd have a place to ask questions and find answers without having to put yourself at risk by allowing someone to teach you one-on-one. This is a place where people can get all different kinds of opinions, and anytime someone asks me for a teacher now, I direct them to come here and learn from all of you.
And no matter if you are a teen or adult, don't give your personal info out over the Internet. And if you are an adult on this board, do NOT ask the other members for their personal information, like their home address. Many of our members are teenagers, and you will be kicked off the board if I get complaints about harrassing or personal PMs or emails being sent to people, especially teens.