About the Path

Are you a cult?

No.

Path of Light is an oral, lineaged, oathbound, mystery tradition; that means that some things aren't openly discussed or available in written places however all the information to make an informed, educated opinion about the group is available before a commitment is made.

This is part of what the Questioner cycle is for, to give potential students a chance to see how the coven operates and gain an understanding of how we approach things and to become aware of what is expected of them before making a commitment to the tradition in the form of the Seeker oath.


A Questioner is encouraged to seek an understanding of the way we approach things and we do recommend any potential student look at any potential teacher or group though the lens of the Issac Bonewits The Advanced Bonewits' Cult Danger Evaluation Frame http://www.neopagan.net/ABCDEF.html.

Obviously the view of this is different based on where someone is approaching this from; as a general practise we do ask Questioners to fill out the framework for at least themselves at some point before choosing to take the Seeker oath.


Two of our current Questioners and one of our Seekers have consented to having their scores shared here.


One is 3 months from completing their Questioner cycle and prior to coming to Path of Light had a poor experience with a controlling teacher in an environment that would be considered a 'proto cult'. Their total score based on their experience as a Questioner was 23 (out of 180, making 13%) with a highest individual score of 3 out of 10.


The other Questioner is 6 months from completing their Questioner cycle and has had previous experience in a cult and as such has a great deal of caution and trauma regarding magical groups now. Based on their experience as a Questioner to date they gave a score of 40 (out of 180, making 22%) and a highest individual score of 5 out of 10.


A Seeker who has been a member both of Renewal Coven and of another Path of Light Coven before that gave a total score of 30 (out of 180, making 17%) with a highest individual score of 5 out of 10.