Often the first thing newcomers post to a forum is that they're looking to find others in their area or to lament that "no one" in their area is a pagan or witch (it's far more common that there are others in their area but, like the seekers, haven't, can't or won't publicize their presence). More often than not, seekers could find information for themselves in less time by doing some basic research. So here are some tips to use - on this site and most others - for finding others in any area (at least within the US, in some other countries YMMV).
This might seem obvious to many however often it's clear someone hasn't done so because someone else will respond with, "I just searched and there are ____ in your area". It took them less than a minute to find the answer. So, if you haven't done so yet:
Search the web.
Use Google or your favorite search engine to search what you're looking for plus your location. E.g., "Wicca [your city or state]". If it's not Wicca but some other pagan path, use that path instead.
BONUS TIP: Other good searches to do are:
• "Pagan Pride [your state]". This is a good event and local chapter to look to for networking.
• "CUUPS [your city or state]". CUUPS is the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans. Each chapter differs on what it offers but is another place to seek community and to network.
Search this site.
There is a search field directly above the discussions. Type in your city or state, see what pops up. There's a good chance you'll find posts by others in your region. You can also go to the Groups section and search there to see if a group exists for people in your area.
Other places that are commonly recommended are Witchvox and Meetups. Each has listings for groups in various states.
BONUS TIP: If you don't see any meetups in your area then CREATE ONE, take initiative. Chances are there are others in your area who searched, didn't find anything and did nothing about it either. Groups exist because someone decided to step up and get the ball rolling. Be that person if someone else hasn't done so.
See if there are any metaphysical shops in your area (or within driving distance). Typically, the staff knows about the local pagan community. Sometimes these shops will either have a bulletin board or might even host workshops and open circles.
BONUS TIP: Just because you don't easily find others doesn't mean they aren't around. Not every group publicizes their existence online or IRL but can be found by local networking (word of mouth).
Also, don't expect to find your answers or the ideal group two doors down from your home. If the closest metaphysical shop is an hour or more away, visit anyway. Chances are they're a hub and will have some awareness of and/or contact with the community in other areas.
Be willing to expand the extent to which you're willing to travel. There might be a pagan group nearby but that doesn't mean they practice what you're interested in or that you and they will be compatible. It might be the right group for you is an hour away. Each person has to assess their level of commitment and balance that with what they're truly capable of physically and travel wise. Sometimes you have to compromise on convenience to some extent.
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