Panda...right there should have set off the warning signs! Unfortunately for us, many who are drawn to magick are very neurotic. It doesn't help the sane ones to be respected either. I'm sure seeing some of the wild fluffy posts here have shown you that much. The reason is, people like this "teacher" of yours, feel they are somehow "different" than the rest of the world and have low self esteem. They are the black sheep so they turn to the black sheep of religion--paganism. They turn to witchcraft because it is not exactly socially acceptable and makes them feel powerful, superficially filling that void in their confidence. But because they aren't mentally and emotionally balanced individuals, they stroke their own egos by pretending they are powerful and wise to the healthy, curious beginner that is still naive and doesn't know better. Or worse yet, truly are delusional individuals that believe what they say is real. They get away with it because another naive person will always come along that will look at them wide eyed and in awe, even for a short time, and they feed off of that.
Its best to just walk away.