About The Pagan Perspective:
The Pagan Perspective is a collaborative channel on YouTube. It was started in August 2009 by Cara and Kyle, in response to the lack of pagan collaborative channels on YouTube. Each week, the members give their personal perspectives on topics suggested by our viewers. Members come from various paths and religious backgrounds, representing various age groups and home locations. Our goal is to show both similarities and differences between individuals and types of pagans, in a welcoming, respectful environment.
We began with six members, Sunday through Friday. Over the years, we have gained and lost members, so that only two original members remain currently (Cara and Dancing Rabbit). The current members and what days they cover can be found in a list in the right sidebar of this site. The collab week now runs Monday through Saturday, and we have six regular weekly hosts as well as six substitutes.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How do I suggest a topic/ask a question?
Viewers suggest topics by personal messaging the channel's YouTube account (username: paganperspective), or by leaving a suggestion on the channel's main comment page. Suggestions left in comments or elsewhere may not be included, as we do not always see them. Paganperspective is a shared account, not anyone's personal account, so we don't all see every comment, though each member tries to check their own. Use messages or the comment page to ensure your suggestion is seen.
Will my topic be chosen?
Most topics do get addressed eventually. All topics suggested go into a list. This list remains ongoing, and each topic remains on it until we cover it. There are a few exceptions or conditions:
- Topics may be removed from the list and never covered if the suggestion was not clear and the user does not get back to us to clarify the question/topic. We have too many topics to cover to spend a week on something none of us understand, so please be clear or get back to us if asked for clarification!
- Topics that are very similar to something we've already covered go into a "Maybe Later" list, so that we can address them after enough time has passed for us to cover it again. Usually you will get a reply saying that it's similar and will therefore be put into the other list.
- The only topics that are not ever addressed are those where someone asks us merely to give basic information that can be found online by doing a quick internet search. This channel seeks to give personal perspectives and experiences, not just spout out research for you. For example, "Who are all the Gods and Goddesses?" or "What are the elements?" are not questions we would cover, but things like "What have your experiences with Deity/the elements been?" or "Do you have any favorite resources to suggest where we could find basic information?" are things we would address.
How long before my topic will be addressed?
That depends on how many topics are on the list before it, and whether we have any other similar topics on the list. We try to go in order of topic suggestion as much as possible, but sometimes topics are boosted up if 1) they more closely match the time of year we are in, or 2) they go along with another topic that was asked a while ago, so that we can answer multiple questions at once. And as explained in the previous FAQ, topics may be bumped down if they are very similar to something we've covered recently, so we may wait until much later to address it after more time has passed and maybe we can say something new.
Can I join the channel / Are you looking for new members?
When enough members leave or we are otherwise left with enough openings to warrant needing some new people, we hold auditions on YouTube and all the current members vote on who will join. Auditions are always announced on the channel, and several weeks are given for video responses to be posted. Our last round of auditions took place in December 2012/January 2013. We will hold our next round of auditions in December 2014, and voting will take place over the collab's break weeks (around Christmas through New Year's).
Why don't you have a member of this pagan path on the channel?
The members we have are dependent on who auditions and who receives enough votes. We vote based on several factors, not just what the person's path is, so while we strive for diversity, we will not choose a person just because we need someone from their path. If you don't see a certain path represented, it may be that no one of that path has ever auditioned, that someone did audition but didn't receive as many votes for that round, or that someone of that path was on the channel but subsequently decided to step down.
What paths have been represented on the channel?
The exact labels used by individuals vary, so this may not cover exactly how each person personally identified at the time they were a member, but for a general idea, we have had Paganism, Wicca (both eclectic and traditional), witchcraft, Germanic witchcraft, Celtic Reconstructionism, Druidry, Heathenism/Norse pantheism, Eclecticism, Thelema, Christian Paganism/Christian Wicca, Non-theistic paganism, family tradition, and more individual variations within.
Where are the videos from this person/path?
In the earlier months of the collab, when people left, they wanted to remove all their videos from the channel. We allowed this at the time, so you will not see videos from a few members we had early on. Unfortunately, those individuals represented some of the more varied paths we've had, such as Thelema and Druidry. In 2010, we started letting new members know that if they left the channel in the future, they would be asked to leave their videos in tact as resources for others. So you will see videos from most members we've had since 2010, and all videos from those since 2011. The lists on this site reflect all the videos we have.
What is this member's personal channel?
It is encouraged that we all link our personal channels in the description of our videos, but if someone has not included it, you can always find links to members' personal channels on the paganperspective channel's main page, on the "About" page under "Our Personal Channels." They go in order of the regular week, followed by the subs week (Monday through Saturday hosts, then Monday through Saturday subs), so if you don't know someone's username, just go by what day they are!
Thank you for reading and watching!