The Seeker's Bill of Rights
Seekers of the Pagan Path are often extremely vulnerable.
In their quest for teaching and fellowship,they risk encountering
those who use our faith to prey on others. Since Paganism is
still struggling for public acceptance,there is little sympathy
from authorities. Neither can the elders of our community
effectively address this issue. The most they can do is denounce
these predators, and they are usually accused of starting a
"Witch War" when they do.
The answer to this dilemma is to empower those most vulnerable, the Seekers.
To this end,the Seeker's Bill of Rights has been drafted.
This tool will help to alert seekers of a problem if a group
or teacher violates any of the ten rights described.
It will also remind seekers that while they may not have "degrees",
they are still human beings with rights and dignity.
- 1. The Right to Verify Credentials:
Seekers shall not be obstructed from contacting persons who can
substantiate or disavow the claims made by a group or teacher.
In the case of elders who were inspired to create a new tradition,
the seeker has a right to know the circumstances surrounding
the inception of that tradition.
- 2. The Right to Anonymity:
Seekers have the right to keep their involvement in the occult
a secret to preserve their professional and personal lives.
- 3.The Right to Financial Security:
Seekers shall not be required or coerced to take on financial
burdens on behalf of a teacher or group.
- 4.The Right to Compensation for Goods and Services:
Seekers have the right to be paid for goods produced from
and/or skilled labor from which they would normally receive income.
Seekers shall not be required or coerced to provide "freebies"
or discounts on behalf of a teacher or group.
- 5.The Right to Sexual Freedom:
Seekers shall not be required or coerced to have sexual relations
with unwanted persons.
Nor shall seekers be restricted from sexual relations with
- 6. The Right to Physical well-being:
Seekers shall not be required or coerced to submit to any form of
- 7. The Right to Abide by the Law:
Seekers shall not be required or coerced to commit any illegal act.
- 8. The Right to Consistency:
Seekers have the right to expect consistent practices from a
teacher or group. Seekers should be informed in a timely manner
of any policy changes.
- 9. The Right to Separation Without Impunity:
Seekers have the right to discontinue association with any teacher
or group without the fear of harassment or reprisal.
- 10. The Right to Be At Peace With One's Conscience:
Seekers shall not be required or coerced to commit any action
contrary to their own sense of ethics and morality.
(Written by Charles Mars, Texas Local Council Member and 1999-2002 National CoG Board Member)