- No flaming. You can disagree, debate, and voice dissent while maintaining a respectful tone. Flames will be deleted.
- Be respectful. Everyone deserves at least courtesy and the motions of respect, if not respect itself. Just because others believe something you don't doesn't mean they deserve insults and scathing disbelief. You can voice disbelief or disagreement without being disrespectful or rude.
- Must be 16+ to join. I might raise this to 18, but for now the minimum age is 16. My personal opinion is that you shouldn't get into the clean-up business until you're older, mature enough, trained, and emotionally stable enough to handle the stresses of such. But I can't force that opinion on anyone else, and I understand that sometimes one doesn't have much of a choice and gets thrust into this duty without any say in the matter.
- Use decent writing skills. People will form opinions on you based on how you present yourself. If you're a slob offline, most will usually not look too far past the surface to learn that there might be a brain under the scrubbiness. If you're a slob online - which is to say, you're lazy with punctuation, don't use capital letters, and your spelling is atrocious - then people will usually react the same way and worse. Show some basic intelligence, please.
- Introduce yourself. You can lurk for a while if you'd like, but please introduce yourself in a relatively timely manner. Give us a name to call you by (doesn't need to be your real name, just something we can call you besides lj_handle285934), how long you've been doing this sort of thing, your mystic background (ceremonial magician, eclectic pagan, british traditional wiccan, whichever), what sort of area you keep clean (park, city, township, etc), and if you work alone or with a group. Any other information is your choice to add; I know some people don't want to even share the state (Massachusetts, Texas, California, etc) they live in, whereas others don't mind sharing their exact location.
There are times when a place needs a bit of clean up. When some idiot teen decides it'd be cool to try out some stuff he found in a book or the internet, tries it out, and against his expectations - it works, and now there's some dark spirit running around causing havoc. When some group opens up a portal or gate in the middle of a state park, and doesn't bother closing it. When that circle of trees in the woods that used to feel so serene now feels twisted, tainted.
It's the mystic equivalent of middle school kids throwing cherry bombs in the toilets, or getting into fights in the classroom so that desks are overturned and walls are cracked, or getting sick in the hallway. Someone's got to clean it up, fix things, repair - and that's the job of the janitors. Not glamorous at all, but without them, the building would be a stinking mess.
Same goes for the mystic world. It's a thankless job, and unlike real janitors, we don't even get paid. But someone's got to do it. Some of us claim a city or a town or even just a park, one place to keep an eye on and clean up the messes in. A losing battle sometimes, since there are more people causing problems than people cleaning them up, but it's something, and it keeps things from getting too out of control. Most times.
So if you're a mystic janitor (or want to be, masochistic as that may be), whether you work on your own or are one of the lucky ones who's part of a clean-up crew, this community is for you. Maybe you're a pagan, or a ceremonial magician, or even a christian who's a bit more mystically sensitive and open to more paranormal stuff than the usual. Maybe you fall into a different category entirely; it doesn't matter. Here's where you can share tips, ideas, knowledge, stories, network with others, and gripe about the clean-up work and all that goes with it.
*NOTE: This is not a roleplaying game. Maybe we're a bit delusional, maybe we're a bit insane, but we're also serious. This is reality - maybe not yours, but it's reality to us. Please respect that.*