Pagan DawnTHE JOURNAL OF THE PAGAN
Pub Moots: A Survivors Guideby Ian
This article is intended as a guide for those who have not
yet attended a pagan Pub Moot. I will attempt to answer some of the
most frequently asked questions about them.
What is a Pub Moot?
A Pub Moot is simply an
informal meeting of pagans held, not surprisingly, in a pub. Usually
moots are held monthly, although this is not always the case.
Who goes to Pub Moots?
Pub Moots are
meetings of like-minded people, irrespective of race, gender, sexual
orientation, age or occupation. Consequently they can attract a very
mixed crowd of people - when was the last time you saw bikers and
punks socialising happily with middle-aged ladies? They are a good
place to get to know other pagans and exchange ideas, especially if
you practice alone, or just to meet new friends. At Pagan Federation
moots you can meet your local Regional Coordinator(s) [and buy them
drinks in grateful appreciation of the work they do!] PF Regional
Coordinators can usually be recognised by their harassed looks and
signs of an impending nervous breakdown. Any advertised Pub Moot
should be open to anybody, regardless of whether they are actually
Pagans or just interested.
What happens at a Pub Moot?
Pub Moots are
social events, with no formal structure. The exception to this is
the Ealing moot which has talks on a variety of pagan subjects.
There are no limits on what can be discussed, past conversations
have been as diverse as children's television and clitoris piercing!
If you are offended by discussions of children's television
programmes then maybe pub moots aren't for you. There will usually
be announcements of forthcoming events such as open rituals,
conferences, camps and other social
events . Some moots host talk on Pagan topics, and these are
usually billed as 'speaker moots'.
How do I find out about Pub Moots?
usually advertised in pagan magazines such as "Pagan Dawn" or "Pagan
Voice". If you are PF member, your local Pagan Federation
newsletters should also have details of any PF moots in your region.
What precautions should I take?
may be sensible to check that your chosen moot is actually going to
take place. When I first started to try to contact other pagans, I
once travelled miles to a moot that was still being advertised in
"Pagan Voice" but had stopped happening some time before. If an
address or telephone number for the organiser is given, then it may
be worth your while to write or phone first. If you are worried
about going to an unfamiliar pub to meet strange people on your own,
then perhaps you should consider bringing a "Pagan-friendly" friend
with you. With all the moots I have attended, the "natives are very
friendly" but it is often reassuring to have a familiar face around.
It may seem daunting if you come in and join a large group of
people but it is quite likely that some of them will only just have
met that evening. The atmosphere at moots is usually relaxed and
friendly and hopefully you will come away with the warm feeling of
just having made some new friends.
Dawn, Number 116 - Lammas 1995)
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Last Modified 02/02/2000 by Vinnie