Here we present a list of news groups and other forums covering fields associated with occult, paganism or magic. One of the problems with newsgroups is that you have to be able to think of the name of a newsgroup before you can find out if it exists. The hope here is that by creating the beginnings of a comprehensive list of newsgroups related to paganism, the occult or fields that may be of interest to pagans, that we can give you a head start in finding out what's out there.
Validity of the list.
It would be impossible to monitor all the groups on a list like this so we cannot say anything about most of them. Unfortunately we cannot even say whether some of them are still active. Also bear in mind that we have picked up many of them from their names alone and some of them look a bit weird even to someone who has been a magician for twenty years. Bear in mind that there are a lot of strange people in the world and they often have their own agendas. We would hate to hear of people being involved in some crazy suicide cult as a result of meeting someone via this page. However, all the information here is in the public domain and it is probable that 99.99% of them, particularly where they describe themselves as religions, are fine well meaning people. You are all adults, so make up your own minds, and if you are not yet an adult, then wait until you understand what what you are getting into. Remember, nobody is ever too old to take advice. Have a look, and if you have anything to say give us some feedback. We might even think about publishing reviews.
A note on syntax.
Some of these names come from those found on the deja.com (now Google Groups) newsgroup search engine, others from a global listing of newsgroups. The spellings are as we found them. However, some are contradictory, such as alt.atheism and alt.athiesm. Obviously it is possible to make typing errors when setting up newsgroups and we may have made a few mistakes when we compiled the list by hand ourselves. So if you can't find some of them, try messing with the spelling to see if it exists in another form. If you still can't find it then it may be the fact that your ISP doesn't give access to every newsgroup available on the whole of the net.
If you find that groups listed here have ceased to exist then
let us know and we will take them off the page. And if you know of groups that
would be of interest to visitors to The Stone then let us know and we
will add them to the list.
Good luck, be civil where you can, make friends and have fun.
This list was compiled from the deja.com search engine and from //ftp.isc.org/pub/usenet/CONFIG/newsgroups, a comprehensive listing referred to by John Bell in his excellent posting called "TIP" WHERE TO FIND LISTS OF NEWSGROUPS posted on news.groups.questions
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