I was listening to a certain podcast the other day from this young woman who made a statement that got me thinking. Mind you, I'm paraphrasing, but she said that she believed that solitary pagan practitioners needed teachers. Spending nearly 22 years on my path, I never really thought about a teacher. I had friends who were on the path and we learned from each other and books. If we had a question, we looked it up in a book. Truthfully, Scott Cunningham ended up being the defacto source. Back in the 90's I got on the internet so I could network with others, but the spectrum of witches I encountered made me feel a bit overwhelmed. I joined a Yahoo Group that was pretty tight. It was a virtual coven. But the elder never really taught. We were a group of solitaries finding a common love of the Goddess.
So I ask, does a solitary need a teacher?
As a solitary, I had encountered times when I doubted my path, but there was no one I could go to for guidance or reaffirmation. My family was/is Christian and I was deep in the broom closet. So during those lonely times when my faith was shakey and I felt a lack of direction, I could only depend on myself and my books.
Being older and wiser, I have managed to stay the course. Not too many can stay the course. Many people are waking up declaring paganism, but not receiving the proper guidance to grow in their belief. I hear the term "fluffy bunny" being bantered about, and I'm going to tell you that I don't really know where the term came from and why it is being bantered about. I do know that this young podcaster verbalised something that may be the "unspeakable truth". As a solitary, I bristled when she said it, but I heard the ring of truth.
So I ask again, does a solitary need a teacher?