Well it was really good and interesting. Juniper, I've had the same struggle. Its a VERY Christian town and even Halloween has been frowned upon. We have two esoteric shops, but they are only allowed in the street where the 'novelty' shops are. We get summer Tourists, as its a really old historical town, and these shops are considered 'Tourist' shops. Sad really.
Anyway it was interesting. I left the house, realised I'd forgotten my purse and had to go back for it. Went back, and just as I was leaving the heavens opened and it chucked it down with rain. Then I had a stone in my shoe, and honestly I started having doubts, like perhaps my spirits don't want me to meet them?! I told myself I was being silly and carried on. When we met up the rain stopped literally as soon as we got inside the pub. We all said hello and they are huggers, so we had a welcome hug (I don't mind, but I don't normally hug strangers haha).
Then we had a chat about our paths etc. They are both part of formal groups and do high magic, in that they do a lot of ritual, but they don't seem to do my kind of everyday, like everyday charms and household magic. I object to the terms 'High and Low' magic, I was taught that there isn't a hierarchy in magic, just intent and will, but that's just me. One lady is dedicated to a deity as part of a lifelong union, and the other lady works with whoever comes along, but feels guilt to the deities before. I was so interesting, and they clearly felt 'proper' belonging to a formal group. I am not dissing formal groups AT ALL, but they did seem to lack a spontaneity. Its very planned and I wonder how that works if you just aren't in the mood for that topic? For me I work with emotion and the year around me. Its very of the moment. It will be a good combination I think. I'll learn to put more thought into anything I need to plan for, and they will perhaps learn to go with their feelings a bit more and not worry if its not a Tuesday, and they don't have the colour red, and Mercury is in retrograde etc etc
We have all said it would be great to meet up again. We'll see if that happens.