(I hope this is the right section for this topic, if it is not please excuse me!)
I have never had a teacher in witchcraft. However, when I started my path I was lucky enough to meet a group of older witches who, somehow, took me under their protection. The first approaches were terrible, and I the knowledge I gained from this encounters I had to work very hard for it. None of them formally took me under their wing as their students, but all them taught me pretty much everything I know today. All of them had been 'formally' trained, and had these weird relation with their 'godparents' (that's the term that is often used in the form of Italian witchcraft I know). They would be absent over periods to help them out in practical matters or to help them with particular workings. I had always been somehow jealous of these relationship, and of the fondness with which many of my teachers talked of their godmother and godfather, together with the funny jokes of the days of their training.
Fast forward fifteen years, and I find myself dating someone who's been playing with the idea of witchcraft for a while. He knows I practice, and I know he has read a bit about it and even tried something on his own. One night, pillow-talk, and he asks me if I would teach him. My immediate answer is: 'no!'. First, I do not mingle my witchcraft and personal relationship. I did it once, and it didn't go well. Second, I wouldn't know what to teach. My practice is quite personal, and I would not know how practically teach it.
I gave the thought some time, and I discussed it with one of my non-teachers over the phone. To my surprise, she thought it would not be such a bad idea and would address my 'complex' of never having had a teacher. I am sure that I do not want to teach to someone that I'm dating, but besides that, it is true that I cannot imagine myself teaching someone as I've never had that experience. Also, when someone teaches you have a point of reference to understand 'when' you are ready to teach. When you learn on you own, how do you understand if you're ready to teach or not?
Has anyone had any similar experiences? Any thoughts on the subject?