About Us

 

Founded in 1990, we are a group of people joining together to celebrate the God and Goddess, the Web of Life,  and the Wheel of the Year.

We are based in Athens, Ohio.

We currently have five active initiates, but many more who have moved away or are busy raising children.

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  1. I am a student at Ohio University and am a World Religions major. For one of my course I have to attend a worship service. What you practice is of great interest to me and I would love to observe a ceremony or event that you hold if that is okay with you. Please email me with a response. I would love to hear from you.

    Thanks,
    Bek

  2. MM – I want to start a coven in Manhattan KS. A pretty conservative city as is, I suppose, Athens. How did you get word out to the pagan community in your area? Did a BTW style ruffle any Wiccan feathers? Any Judeo/Christian or any other religious flak? BB Ashe Isadora

    • We are lucky that here in Athens we have Ohio University and a strong liberal core – although once you get into the rural parts of the county you get equal mixes of hippies and fundies.

      This group actually didn’t start out as a coven, it slowly became one over time. We originally were a study group – for lack of a better term – and was the beginning of a training group in a Wiccan tradition, which at the time was called Grail Quest Wicca. Lots of different people came together and we read a number of books together and discussed them. The founder of the group organized rituals. In order to start the study group, the founder placed personal ads and announcements in the local alternative free press newspaper. Of course, this was 20 years ago and there wasn’t much of an internet available.

      I have also seen groups grow out of stores (Pagan, New Age, Natural Food, etc.). I’ve also seen groups grow up out of Unitarian Universalist churches.

      At the time, it seemed that there was a big flood of people coming into Paganism and the community leaders weren’t really prepared to handle it. During the 90s – all over the country, in fact – there were a lot of turf wars amongst the different Pagan groups. It isn’t nearly so bad now.

      There was also a fairly large, evangelical-based, Satanic Conspiracy/anti-occult movement coinciding with the upswing in the Pagan movement. It made for some really tense times.

      Most of us kept a fairly low profile, so although I heard of problems from the more conservative end of the religious spectrum, we were luckily not bothered by it. Strangely enough, we knew that local law enforcement did kind of keep tabs on the community in general. We had a few bad eggs in town that liked to wear ginormous pentacles and publicly curse people (not in our coven!), and so we were known more as the good witches. I was glad that law enforcement had an open mind. We had some folks who were willing to interface with law enforcement and also attend local interfaith meetings. The really fundies generally aren’t into the interfaith scene, so getting some of the liberal Christian ministers to be supportive was really helpful.

      Now mind you, back then, the Pagan community spent a LOT of time and effort to educate people. We would print out informational brochures and leave them around town at friendly places (coffee houses, restaurants, public libraries, pubs, campus bulletin boards, etc.). I don’t think that problem exists so much now either.

      I would say that now there is the internet, you could connect through Facebook or Twitter. I don’t know if Meet Up is still viable or not. People heavily involved in the environmental movement are usually pretty open to Pagan philosophy, so meeting people there might be an option. I really like WitchVox and their huge networking section. You might be able to e-mail folks who have registered and find enough people to form a group.

      Just a heads up against being discouraged…I have found that people who are superficially interested in following this path will not make it past the six month mark. So if you start some kind of study group with the intention of it becoming a coven, know that you will probably lose three-fourths of the people who start. I also strongly recommend the books, “Wiccan Covens” and “Spiritual Mentoring” both by Judy Harrow.

      Good luck to you on this endeavor. It can be really frustrating, but ultimately it is worth it.

    • i live in manhattan, ks and i want to join a coven too. what type of coven are you looking for? i know that manhattan has their own pagan community. perhaps you should check with them to see if they have a coven :)

      • Another place to find groups can be through local Pagan/New Age stores. Just don’t let the excitement of possibly joining a coven overwhelm good sense. I’ve seen that happen.

    • I live in manhattan ks too and want to be in a coven too and can’t seem to find one. U can email me if you’d like to join up with me to get one started. My email is
      princessespeach703@AOL.Com

  3. Hi, my name is Alana and i am searching for a Wiccan practitioner to teach me Wicca. I was wondering if you had any suggestions are if you yourselves could teach me. Thank you
    Bright Blessings

    • I’m not sure where you are located. I strongly suggest checking out the Circle of Gaia Dreaming. They are now holding events on the first and third Thursday of the month at the UU Fellowship of Athens.

  4. Is there a such thing as White Wicca and Black Wicca?

    • No. That’s kind of like asking if you’re a Good Christian or a Bad Christian. Wicca is a religion. The people who practice it can be good or bad, just like the practitioners of any other religion. You may be confusing this with the idea that there are white witches and black witches, with the “white” equaling “good” and the “black” equaling “evil.” This is something made up in popular culture and has some major racist undertones to it. This terminology is not used by practitioners of Wicca or by any witches that I know.

      Hope this helps!

  5. I think I’m going to OU and i always wanted to join a coven when i was younger i would read wiccan books. I doubt you will let me be in your coven but atleast i tried. Also i doubt I’m black so you wouldn’t wanna accept me.

    • Seeing as how I have been in circle with a number of black folks, your race would have little to do with becoming a member.

      What’s more important to us is commitment and maturity. Young college folks have a lot on their plates and most likely don’t have the time to commit to working on their spiritual practice to the level that we would want. (There are exceptions to this.) Most of us are older and more established. We also live in the area 24//7/365. College students are transitory and it takes a lot of adjustments to add/subtract new people to the group. So while we like to support college students in their desire to become more proficient in this spiritual path, it’s hard to make them full group members.

      Blessings on your path!

  6. Hello I was interested in joining a coven and have searched for along time before I felt ready. I have been solitary now for 3 years. What would you recommend?

    • Before joining a coven, I always think that it’s best to have a wide variety of experiences, particularly group ones, so that you have some basis for comparison. Going to pagan festivals/gatherings is one of the best way to be exposed to lots and lots of folks, as well as a wide variety of practices. It’s important to not just join a group because they are the only deal in town. The fit must be right – for both the current members and the potential member. (Being great friends does not always mean that they are great coven mates. It can help – but sometimes folks are just on different paths and that always can’t be overcome in a group setting.)

      If you find a group, ask questions. Go to their events. Get involved. Don’t be pushy – but don’t be a pushover either. (It’s a fine line.) Watch out for co-dependence and dysfunctional relationships between group members – they can be toxic!

  7. Hi, my name is Roxanne. I will be a freshman this fall at OU. I’ve was born and raised under the Wiccan religion. I have never been in a coven, it has always just been my mom and I. I was wondering if I could hear more about what you guys believed in or practiced? I’m very interested in being in one.

    • It’s kind of cool to be in the place where we now have young adults who have been raised in Wicca/Paganism. That being said – congrats for being admitted to OU!

      To paraphrase Judy Harrow – being in a coven is kind of like being in a non-residential monastery. While everyone has their own spiritual work to do, we also have the support system of a group. This means study, ritual, meditation/visualization, magick, and family. We also hang out socially. We did a long vacation weekend together this summer and regularly hold what I have fondly termed, “nights of nonsense”. (We watch goofy YouTube vids!)

      We have our own tradition that we wholely acknowledge as being created/crafted by ourselves based on classical British trad Wicca. Over time, we have made modifications to it – so we see it as a living, breathing thing. Our group is an initiated tradition. We believe that religious practice should be balanced, and invoke both masculine and feminine deities. No one is required to give up their personal practice.

      If you have other questions, please feel free to write again!

  8. I am looking for someone to preform a marriage ceremony on Halloween we just wAnt them renewed we have been married 14 yrs n don’t believe in,traditional believe can u suggest anyone

    • Amanda -

      You don’t say where you are from. Are you in southeastern Ohio? Samhain is particularly sacred to us as a group, so I would not be available to do a wedding that evening, but if you are considering something during the day, it might be possible that I could help you out. (I guess it would depend on the size of the ceremony and number of folks involved.) Also, you say you don’t believe in traditional – and I am assuming you mean you don’t believe in doing a traditional Christian-based ceremony? If you are just looking for something non-Christian, but not particularly Pagan either, UU ministers often can fill the bill for those who don’t want the traditional Christian route. There are a couple of local, non-Pagan people I could put you in touch with. Just let me know!

  9. Hi my name is Alana,
    I’m 17 (turning 18 in August) I have been interested in Wicca since I was in Middle school. My mom knows my interest and in fact is the one who turned me on to it. I have read many books on Wicca but I am more of a visual and hands on learner. I am looking for someone who could help me learn more and I wish to be apart of something bigger. If you have any suggestions could you please email them to me? Also I live in Athens Ohio. Blessed Be

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