One of the things that we share with prospective students is something known as The Advanced Bonewits’ Cult Danger Evaluation Frame. It is an evaluation tool created by Isaac Bonewits to help separate groups that could be potentially harmful or dangerous from those that just unusual to the observer or totally harmless. We consider it a valuable tool in someone’s search for a potential group or Coven.
We’d like to share an email that we received recently regarding the ABCDEF:
“One of the first things that was recommended to me as a potential student was to read Isaac Bonewits's cult evaluation matrix, and it was a valuable tool recently when a situation I thought was healthy became otherwise. I don't know that I would have realized it until it got worse, so I appreciate you sharing that.”
We are pleased to hear that others are using this tool as well for situations outside the Craft to help determine when a situation may have become unhealthy. You can find the ABCDEF here: http://www.neopagan.net/ABCDEF.html or in Isaac Bonewits’ book “Real Magic.”