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I can see why it might be super intimidating for a lot of people. We have a lot of mid to high level practitioners on this site as you guys have stated before. I will say, that while this might sound strange, as an empath Marael you and Obscurus give off a crazy amount of energy. You guys are really strong. Other people might sense that and get spooked.
I'm just a crazy hedgewitch myself, and I'm not nearly as well read as some people on this site. Most of my magic is experimental or in the theoretical stage, so I'm not the best when it comes to teaching. Honestly I've only been actively practicing for two years. Just about the only thing I feel I'm comfortable and capable of breaking down and discussing with new members would be empathy. But that's kind of a niche subject.
Also I'm sorry if I ever seen like I have a serious case of Mage-itus. I get carried away a lot of the times and it's somewhat hard as an Empath and an Asperger's guy to tell when I'm over the top. Not to mention I have acocky attitude (I'll admit that).
Truthfully, I think it's nice to have so many mid level people on here. I really enjoy lurking and reading the posts and thoughts of people. I don't always wade too deep into the really long posts, but it is nice to have such a wide variety of people with such far-ranging interests.
And everyone gets carried away about something. Hell, you should hear me talking about tarot sometime. I very easily get carried away. It happens. Kudos on you for recognizing it.
Not a bad idea. Any suggestions? I find it hard to come up with "beginner" level things because it tends to be so general as to be bland and no one wants to participate in that either.
I can definitely see that conundrum... perhaps if we do something about how to get started in some of the topics on here, or perhaps troubleshooting? I know when I first started doing magic and dealing with empathy and energy, I had no idea what I was doing and while I didn't do anything super dumb, thankfully, I definitely saw people around me doing stupid things. We could even do some topics about things that we wish we had known, or things we fucked up/did wrong/didn't understand. Might open some avenues of conversation.
I also feel like perhaps we should consider making an "advanced" board and move some of the over-the-top topics there to not scare people off. I mean, it should be public, for sure, but that way Joe, who just started, doesn't get intimidated reading about Walker's theories on astral travel, or hearing Hood's advanced experimental stuff. Sort of separate it out a tiny bit to help some. Or, instead, we could even have an advanced section in each of the boards if we wanted. Of course that then opens the issue of how you define advanced, but I feel like that's something we could probably come to a consensus on with some discussion.
Also, we should add back that scrolling thing at the top of the homepage and have it tell people to bookmark the forum (or even add it in the welcome, perhaps?). I know it sounds stupid, but I would be willing to bet most of the lurkers joined and then didn't bookmark it and have not come back since. I do a bit of marketing on social media for my job, and have seen firsthand that telling people to do something (Like and Share!) will make them more likely to do it.
Just a few thoughts...
I like it. Get Brandon on the horn.
I might be able to contribute some more basic stuff soon. I'm just really trying to get through the Bible so I can start with Enochian subjects again. Maybe we could do a suggestions thread where people post what they'd be interested in seeing and that way people that know about those things could contribute? I have a wide breadth of knowledge but it's not always easy for me to tell what people are interested in. We could say things like basic energy work or meditation but that stuff has been done to death. I don't see the sense in covering it again unless someone is having a specific issue they need help with.