I used to be a huge advocate of free witchcraft education. I figured paying to learn a witchcraft tradition was less than perfect. I didn’t like how it favored the best book learners over the apprentice model which takes the kid with the most potential and dedicates time to it.
But after a very long journey with many no charge teachers who just loved me when they met me, flaking out or deciding not to teach me because of the failures of other students. I am disillusioned.
Anytime I have paid for a magic class, the teacher has appeared close to on time and have presented quality lessons and I have learned a lot and made spiritual progress.
Oftentimes when I see complaints about the price of a class, it is less than I spend in witchcraft books in a month, and if the teacher is offering consistent reliable lessons and grading assignments. I can’t see an issue with that.
Another argument I see is that one shouldn’t pay for initiation. Well yes, if you just pay cash and get initiated that is foolish and pointless. But if you have to be accepted into the program, complete assignments and prove you have learned skills to a certain qualification, haven’t you earned your initiation just like the students for no-charge teachers who did the same and earned their initiation?
People say that initiation and acceptance as a witch student shouldn’t be based on the ability to pay. That is valid, but as there are many no-charge teachers and traditions out there. Those who cannot afford to pay can seek those. Also, many of those no-charge traditions still come at a huge monetary cost, its just the teacher isn’t getting money. I have heard initiates say they dropped everything, left their home and moved to the city and state where their teacher lived in order to learn the tradition. That’s awesome, go them, but its also expensive. Paying for a class is probably cheaper.