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Solo vs Group Learning

Posted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 11:25 am
by darkwing dook
Found a good reminder for the advantages and disadvantages of practicing by yourself and by joining a group:
Working alone

- You get to follow your schedule of worshipping.
- You do not answer to or are responsible for another person.
- You have your own set of rules and code of ethics that you prefer.
- You have the freedom to work with anyone you like despite his or her traditions.

- It becomes hard to network with other Wiccans.
- If at a point you feel you need a mentor or teacher, in solitary there wouldn't be one available since you are working alone.
- You may be limited in the variety and quantity of knowledge you obtain.
- It's nice to hang around with people that share the same beliefs as you.

Working in a Coven

- In a coven, there are more opportunities for meeting new people and connecting with them.
- Practicing in a coven is usually more organized and formal, which helps one to learn better.
- In a coven, you get to learn from people who have more skills and/or knowledge than you.
- While studying in a coven, you get to follow a coursework that is detailed and organized, making learning easier.

- If you join a coven, you will have to adjust your needs and ideas to the coven's way of doing things.
- In a coven, you have to work on a schedule. This can prove to be a problem if you have a time demanding job or other responsibilities.
- In a coven, since there are several people in it, issues might occur.
- If someone is on a power trip, a coven has the potential to be a miserable experience for everyone involved. ... tice-alone

And this as well:
Finding (and flying with) a Coven
-Mentorship and education
-Greater results in spell-casting

Flying Solo
-No Connection to other witches
-Lack of resources/mentorship ... n-a-group/

Re: Solo vs Group Learning

Posted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 3:11 pm
by denanna123
Good points in both categories but for me some of the so called advantages of group learning are actually disadvantages!

Things being more formal and organized, having to learn certain things at certain times, that style of learning has never really worked for me. My mind tends to wonder, I like being able to go from, say, studying basic spellcasting principles, to the history of Magic in ancient Egypt, to the difference between the Greek and Roman Gods etc. all in one day lol. Everyone learns differently, after all!

Re: Solo vs Group Learning

Posted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 3:31 pm
by darkwing dook
Mm that is true, formal and organized can be felt as rigidity for some. You might prefer flexibility in that case : )

Re: Solo vs Group Learning

Posted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 3:32 pm
by AFrog
Agreed, this is why I also prefer to practice alone. My interests are vast and I like to take a peek here and there. If I would be forced to learn/do a certain thing, which I find uninteresting, I'm not doing it with all my heart and conviction, so my work would turn out to be weaker, than it would normally be, so it would be contraproductive for the whole group.
Still, the thread is a nice insight on how things could be : 3

Re: Solo vs Group Learning

Posted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 4:32 pm
by StarBurrst
I’d prefer to keep working alone. Just that I’ve always been that way and I don’t need to depend on other people to do their part right :x

Re: Solo vs Group Learning

Posted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:36 pm
by niceprotonman
It depends on the individual.

Some do well / better alone. However, strong discipline and focus is required.

Others need guidance / rigidity to proceed at a good pace, in the right direction. Scattered focus and jumping from one subject to another will make one end up as "Jack of all trades, Master of none".