Before you read any further and put your two cents in, realize this is my opinion. I am not meaning for it to be arguementative, insulting or the like. Just hoping that it may make people think a bit before speaking.
Yesterday I witnessed a member teaching someone how to use a poppet to split two people apart. First of all, this is not something you would use one for. Secondly, this is something that one should not jump into when you have no knowledge of the occult. The person asking outright stated that they have done nothing before and have no knowledge of magic.
I feel that if we are going to teach others, we should do it in an apropriate manner. One would not hand their child the keys to their car to go out on their own without teaching them anything about how to drive.
It should be the same for the occult as well. Before occult information became so widely available, one used to have to get a mentor or teacher in order to learn. They would teach them the proper steps to take before diving into anything difficult or dangerous. This is important for not only their safety, but the safety of others.
I am not meaning to point fingers at one person in particular with this as it is not the only time it has happened. I myself have done the same thing in the past and have discontinued because I realized that it is not in someones best interest to learn step a-f before learning step g.
When questioned it was stated"if it is meant to happen it will" and so on. Regardless of your beliefs on how the universe works, don't go handing people keys before they learn to drive. I really do not wish to see others lives ruined due to a lack of forethought.