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These Blogs are relevent to the training group and include information about the main topic or about side topics which are not directly covered in the sessions.  We hope you enjoy them.

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The Function of Myth

Posted on October 5, 2017 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)

What is a myth? The British moral philosopher Mary Midgley said of myth that, “they are not lies, but thought patterns that shape our thinking”. They are the facts of the mind made manifest in the fiction of matter. Myths have been described as a collective psychology: myth is other people’s religion and as Campbell said myth is misinterpreted religion. If we were to look at a dictionary, it might say that myths are stories about Gods? But that begs the question what a...

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Why Join a Coven

Posted on August 15, 2017 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Witchcraft works best in small intimate groups where people know and like each other. These small groups are called covens and by their very nature they are hard to get into. Ronald Hutton said that genuine Witches’ covens are like lobster pots in reverse. They are hard to get into but easy to get out of. In this session we examined what a coven is, the expectation a coven has for its members and the pros and cons of being a member. We also discussed the roles of the coven officers...

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Rituals- Indoors or Outdoors

Posted on May 31, 2017 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Whether Witches work their rituals indoors or outdoors has got to be a matter of practicality and preference. Working rituals outdoors can be a wonderful experience if the weather is amenable as it leads to the possibility of serendipity. For example, a few years ago I attended the funeral of a Witch at Wrabness Green Burial site near Harwich in Essex. As the coffin was being lowered into the earth a skylark rose up from a nearby meadow into the sky and began to sing creating a poignant se...

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Plants, Magic, Intuition and Man Eating Tigers

Posted on May 12, 2017 at 2:00 AM Comments comments (0)

By getting to know plants we build up our world of meaning, our mythos, and so enrich our experience of the world. Instead of seeing a hedge we see hawthorn, field maple, oak, ash, mugwort, common mallow, poppies, cow parsley etc., etc. We learn when certain plants flower, when trees leaf and come into fruit and so we learn about the rhythms and cycles of nature. We don’t just experience these things prosaically but experience them as having meaning. We experience mugwort as being r...

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The Wheel of the Year by Dave Bracey

Posted on April 27, 2017 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

The Craft is a practical approach to life.


It is not an intellectual thing, not mental masturbation. There is a cycle to the year. There is, or should be, a cycle, or pattern, to our lives, both on a long term and an annual basis. By aligning with that ‘natural’ cycle we flow with the force, we do not swim upstream, and so life becomes ‘easier’.


The cycle of the year can be summarized in four words; sow, grow, reap and weep.

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Fred and the Gods

Posted on April 1, 2017 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Since its inception in the late forties or earlier depending on your point of view, the Craft until recently had only two deities, the Goddess and the Horned God. These two deities came into the Craft through a complex process inspired no doubt by the Egyptologist Dr Margaret Murray’s highly flawed treatment of the Witch Trials, ‘The Witch Cult in Western Europe’ and ‘The God of the Witches’. British historian Prof. Ronald Hutton has very lucidly described the ...

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The Elements

Posted on March 23, 2017 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

The elements were late comers to the Craft. Gerald Gardner’s Bricket Wood Coven, the first coven that we reliably know about, did not originally make use of the elements and there is no mention of them in the early versions of the Books of Shadows. Rather the coven invoked ‘The Mighty Ones’ of the directions. The Mighty Ones of the Bricket Wood Coven eventually gained elemental associations probably from ceremonial magic and they seem likely to be here to stay.

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Glamour

Posted on February 24, 2017 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Glamour is one of the most subtle dangers in the occult. In many ways it is like a spiritual personality disorder that hinders your growth to spiritual maturity. The concept was first coined by the theosophist Alice Bailey. Theosophy, incidentally, is the practice through speculation or experience, of discovering the nature of God.

 

Glamour can be split into three different levels, illusion, glamour and maya. Illusion, in this narrow sense, is being overly intellectual...

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Integrity and Commitment

Posted on February 13, 2017 at 3:50 AM Comments comments (0)

What is integrity?

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, “integrity” means “the condition of having no part or element taken away or wanting; undivided or unbroken state; material wholeness; completeness; entirety”

Or better still, “The condition of not being marred or violated; unimpaired or uncorrupted; a condition of soundness.”

You have to know what it is you believe, before you can make a decision on what is right or wrong for y...

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What is the Difference between Paganism and Witchcraft?

Posted on February 2, 2017 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

When is a Witch not a Witch,” wrote Robert Cochrane (aka Roy Bowers) in the 1960’s, his answer was “when he or she is a pagan”? Maxine Sanders also claimed that she was not a pagan at a conference in 2000. What is more other long standing Witches have claimed that Initiatory Witchcraft is different to Paganism. What do they mean? Is their a difference between a Witch and a Pagan?

Initiatory Witchcraft is the mystical side of paganism. It is a ...

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