Name and Location of Group
Waxing Moon Circle, Santa Clara, California
We are a working/training Coven with a typical Wiccan ritual format. Our Tradition, begun in 1982, has been influenced by, among others, British Traditional Wicca, family traditions, and NROOGD. Our Tradition is still mostly oral, though we are finally beginning to write some things down.
We are polytheistic. We have multiple Patron Deities, and work with additional different Gods and Goddesses according to the needs of the moment. This often includes patron Deities of individual members of the Coven.
Our "flavor" has been described as similar to British Traditional Wicca. Unlike British Traditional covens, however, we are an "all position" Circle--that is, while our rituals reflect traditional elemental and polarity associations, we do not have rigid gender roles. Likewise, our practice is based less on fertility, and more on dynamic balance of elements, of inner and outer, self and other, and so on.
We welcome guests for many of our meetings. Guests who have Worked with us for 6 months or more may ask to join, either as a congregant or as a student also; but nobody is required to join if they don't wish to.
Likewise, if a guest is not compatible with us or needs a different style of Coven or Circle, we are happy to help them seek a more compatible group.
Our rituals are the first Saturday * after * the dark moon (if the dark moon is on Saturday, Pacific time, we meet the * following * Saturday) .
Our meetings begin with a potluck at 5:00 PM. At 6 we begin ritual planning and set-up. Ritual begins no later than 8 PM.
In addition to our regular Circle rituals, we have class on the Saturday one week before before the ritual. Potluck social begins at 2 PM, and class begins at 3 PM, with discussion and more socializing afterward.
Over the course of the year, we cover the basic material that we feel a person needs in order to begin well-informed practice of the Craft. This Saturday curriculum serves as an introduction to Wiccan practice.
We do not Work skyclad. Robes are encouraged, and candidates for initiation are expected to have or make a robe. Otherwise, however, comfortable street clothes or any comfortable festive attire is welcome. (Emphasis on comfort, because tight or uncomfortable clothes interfere with one's ability to concentrate and move energy.)
Potluck items can be anything you like that you think others might like.
- Before you get involved with any group, do some background reading on Wicca and Paganism.
- Take your time.
- Ask questions.
- Don't check your brain at the door.