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Our Tradition

Welcome to the North Wyldewood Tradition of Witchcraft

 

We believe in the transformative power of Witchcraft, and strive to walk a sacred path that is inclusive, Earth-honoring, animistic, community-minded, and holistic. Read on to learn a little more about us, and Contact Us if you have any questions.  

We look forward to welcoming you at an in-person or online ritual soon...

 

 

 

Open Sabbats

As Wiccans, we celebrate the 8 Sabbats of the Wheel of the Year, and in addition to private, Coven-only rituals, we hold Open Sabbat rituals for the wider NYC community throughout the year.

 

Most in-person rituals are held outdoors, in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, though winter rituals are sometimes held in Manhattan and other locations. Click the link above to download the PDF of our current 2022 NYC calendar!

 

Fully online Sabbat and Esbat (lunar) rituals are held periodically, and announced on our Instagram and Facebook pages, as well as with exclusive early-registration access via our Newsletter.  Be sure to sign up and follow us to hear about our upcoming offerings and events.

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Our Coven Culture

Perfect Love and Perfect Trust

Our Tradition believes strongly in the importance of the Wiccan tenet of "Perfect Love and Perfect Trust." For us, it represents an ideal: a goal for interacting with our fellow covenmates in deep faith and friendship. To help make this possible, we celebrate rituals with the wider community (see our Open Sabbat event calendar PDF) as well as private Esbat and Sabbat celebrations. Coven members are also involved in the decision-making process of our Tradition through membership in our 'board of directors' - the Council of Elders (led by High Priestesses and co-founders JoAnna and Denise) which meets regularly online.

Scholarship and Curiosity

Our Tradition seeks to show respect for the Gods and our Ancestors by emphasizing research, inspiration, and care for everything we practice and teach. None of us can ever truly "get it right" when we talk about historical practices, since we are modern people living in a different world from our more ancient Ancestors. We are not a Pagan reconstructionist group, although we expect members to work to gain understanding of the history and cultures of the Gods and Ancestors as part of their work as Witches. Our rituals and Traditions are informed by the practices of older cultures, but they are also a product of our present-day culture, including the structures created by Gerald Gardner and the other founders of Wicca. We ask members to use good critical thinking skills when evaluating source materials, magical practices, and even information they receive through journey work and divination. It's all about balance!

Recognizing and Celebrating Special Interests:

Our Tradition also has private book clubs, special interest groups (Seer work, tarot, spellwork, etc.), and coffee and divination meet-ups that are run by 2nd and 3rd degree members of the Tradition. These "extras" are mostly held online, so everyone can take part (if they choose to) no matter where they live! 

 

The Summer Retreat - NWT Magic in the Woods:

One of our favorite times of the year is late August, when we all gather together for the annual Retreat in northern Vermont. Over the course of 5 days on the Land, we take part in a wide variety of rituals, honor our well Ancestors and Gods with feasts and journey work, spend time in Nature, practice more advanced magical techniques, sit down for morning coffee and divination on the deck, and just enjoy spending time together!  We currently have members all along the East coast of the U.S., and the private Retreat is a treasured part of our year.

 

the intermediate-level (invitation only) Evergreen Path.  

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Witchcraft Classes and Offerings

As Wiccans, we celebrate the 8 Sabbats of the Wheel of the Year, and in addition to private, Coven-only rituals, we hold Open Sabbat rituals for the wider NYC community throughout the year.

 

Most in-person rituals are held outdoors, in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, though winter rituals are sometimes held in Manhattan and other locations. Click the link above to download the PDF of our current 2022 NYC calendar!

 

Fully online Sabbat and Esbat (lunar) rituals are held periodically, and announced on our Instagram and Facebook pages, as well as with exclusive early-registration access via our Newsletter.  Be sure to sign up and follow us to hear about our upcoming offerings and events.

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A Bit of Our History

The North Wyldewood Coven was founded in 2003, led by High Priestess Denise. Co-High Priestess JoAnna was one of the Coven's original members, along with Coven 3rd degree Elder, Jessica. We have circled and celebrated together for over 19 years, and during that time, our Coven's practices, ritual structure, style of worship, and teachings have evolved and changed quite a bit. In 2021, in celebration of the many changes and creations we have gone through as a group, we founded our own tradition, the North Wyldewood Tradition of Witchcraft.

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NYC Meet-ups: Witch Moot

"from Old English mōtġemōt (“moot, society, assembly, meeting,)"

Beginning August, 2021: Join us for our monthly Witch meet-up, Witch Moot! All Pagan and Pagan-friendly folks are welcome to join us for a fun, laid-back get-together over dinner. Click below to let us know you're interested, and we'll email you as details are set.

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