About The Cauldron
The Cauldron: A Pagan Forum is an online community of Pagans and their friends. The Cauldron has been fostering discussion and debate between Pagans (of all the many different Pagan religions) and their friends since December of 1997 (on several earlier message board incarnations).
The current incarnation of our community integrates WordPress, a phpBB message board, and a wiki into a community site where a single account gets you access to all of the community’s features. All our community software has been somewhat modified for the way we do things. We’d love to have you register and join us, but please read our rules and guidelines (or at least the Executive Summary thereof) board before you post.
About Our Members
Our members come from a wide variety of backgrounds, religions, and experience levels. You will find many different religions and magical traditions: Traditional Wiccans, Eclectic Wiccans, Ceremonial Mages, Reconstructionists from different cultures, Christians, and many more can be found on our message board. You will find some members have been on their path for 20 or 30 years and others who are just starting down the road. You will find teens, college students, young adults, older adults, and retired people from many different countries on our board.
Unlike many Pagan message boards, our target membership is more experienced Pagans. As our board has many experienced Pagan members and many discussions are intended for those who are no longer beginners, our message board and some of our Special Interest Groups (SIGs) can seem somewhat intimidating for those who are new to Pagan religions.
About Our Discussions
Our message board is oriented toward more serious (and often somewhat scholarly) discussion and debate than many Pagan discussion areas. Members need not agree with you or with the staff, or otherwise automatically be “politically correct” here — just be polite and follow our message board rules. Disagreements and actual discussion of beliefs and ideas presented is the norm here, unlike some Pagan message boards where everyone is require to pretend to always agree to “make nice.” (As one of our members said, “I much prefer discussions with real people with whom I don’t always agree, rather than to pretend to be something I’m not in order to ‘make nice’. The former is fellowship, the latter is just social lying.”) You will find that each and every member of The Cauldron has personal opinions and biases on religion and other issues — and you will probably not like all of them. Please be adult enough to cope with the fact that some members will have opinions that upset or annoy you.
Due to the wide variety of our members backgrounds and religions, you will often find views and opinions you normally do not come in contact with on other Pagan discussion areas on our message board. Those who dislike seeing any disagreement in discussions, having members of non-Pagan religions involved in discussions, or being asked to support odd-sounding things they claim to be fact may not be as comfortable on our message board as they might be on others. Because of the nature of the discussions on our message board, we often make clear distinctions between supportable fact and personal beliefs. In addition, posters are often asked to provided sources or a factual basis for claims being made. Being asked for sources does not necessarily mean that you are not believed, many members ask for sources simply because they are interested in finding out more details “direct from the horse’s mouth.”
This forum welcomes friendly non-Pagan members and has even had a Christian theologian on staff in the past. If you think non-Pagan religions are evil, do not wish to see Christian and other non-Pagan views, or simply object to not being able to say nasty things about Christians and other non-Pagans, you probably need to find another community as such behavior is not tolerated here.