Because I spent the weekend doing this.
How to behave when you meet people from other Traditions?
When you meet people of other traditions there are some things you should know about them. We will go through some of them now.
When meeting a Gardnerian, never, ever, tell them you have been initiated as a Gardnerian unless you have been. Gardnerians know their spiritual genealogy better than most Confederate wives. They know their initiation chain back to Gardner. It is best not to pretend.
Gardnerians initiate first and ask questions later. Other traditions may make you study or apprentice to their tradition first. The Gardnerians have degrees that you pass through as you learn the Tradition. This group scripts many of their rituals and repeats them at the appropriate holidays.
Gardnerians are the Wiccan equivalent to Episcopal Christians. They are sometimes referred to as Episcopagans. They take their Craft very seriously; the only ones more serious about their Craft are Dianics. They believe what they do in ritual should remain secret. Do not tease them about it, it may be fun but it’s not nice.
They practice skyclad more than some of the other traditions. If you don’t want to parade around in the all together, don’t go. This can also be a very chilly Tradition, how it started in inclement England, Miss Kat will never know.
Virtually the same as the Gardnerians, just don’t say that to them. Please don’t say that the story of Alexander on the kitchen floor bit is a bit loony.
Eclectics incorporate a little of everybody’s stuff into their Tradition. Do not remind them this is a dangerous practice. Their Tradition works for them and that’s what counts, isn’t it?
No Tradition is hassled more than Dianics, sometimes with good reason, sometimes not. Do not add to this.
No Dianic appreciates hearing that she can’t do magick without a man present. Obviously, she can and has. Do not tell her that “True Polarity” can only be felt if both sexes participate. She believes she is complete in herself. If she is a lesbian, she may not be shy and go on the offensive. Somehow the people who say these things never understand their “helpfulness” is going to get them hurt. Remember, pagans carry knives.
Miss Kat has observed a lack of sense of humor about this crowd. To the Dianics: Lighten-up! You aren’t getting out of this alive. Before someone throws stones at Miss Kat please note that Miss Kat is a trained Dianic with a great fondness for the Green Man for some reason.
To the rest of the Pagan Community, leave them alone; they are just as serious about their Craft as you are about yours.