If you are quite new to exploring Witchcraft and Paganism you may find the following helpful as first steps in your journey.
1. Please read our FAQ page. We also urge Seekers to inform themselves by reading as much as possible about Witchcraft and Paganism. There are many good books available to start with although there are also many more nonsense titles being marketed. Because it is often not easy for beginners to discern which to start with, we have a suggested reading list here.
2. We encourage Seekers to also explore various Pagan paths before committing to formal training in the first tradition they come across. Seekers can learn more from people of various paths who they will meet by attending open Pagan celebrations and local Pagan pub moots. Explore accessible gatherings in your area.
3. You may find it useful to create a private dream journal, keeping it beside your bed to record your dreams as soon as you wake, noting the detail within them; emotions, thoughts, fragrances, sights, sounds, sensations etc. You may depict this through art as well as writing. If you record the date, month, Moon phase and season etc, you may notice patterns emerging over time.
4. Try to spend time in nature, observing the stars, the Moon, wildlife and the changing landscape over the course of the seasonal cycle. Observe the external rhythms and your own within. It would be beneficial to start and end your day with a simple meditation technique and you may wish to light a candle on the night of the Full Moon or create a more elaborate ceremony.
If you have been exploring Witchcraft for some time, and feel ready to move forward to traditional training, please consider the following before making a formal approach to a Craft Teacher.
I – SELF ASSESSMENT:
If you have a passing curiosity, please refrain from contacting us. We wish to engage only with Seekers who can demonstrate a serious interest in moving forward on their path. Only those with a thirst for learning and a true devotion to the Gods of the Witches are suited for this life-long commitment.
We have no interest in those seeking a social outlet or those simply seeking somewhere to belong because they do not fit in elsewhere. If you are sincerely seeking a Witchcraft Tradition, to experience the Mysteries of the Minoan Brotherhood, then a conversation may begin.
Do not contact us if you have not undertaken some research and developed a good general knowledge of contemporary Paganism and Witchcraft. A suitable candidate is expected to have already read at least three books on contemporary Paganism and Witchcraft.
Do not make contact if you experience anxiety about your body image or have an issue with being naked in the company of others. We observe traditional skyclad practice (ritual nudity) which is non-negotiable.
Do not make any contact if your life is currently in chaos. Your first priority is self-care by way of reaching out to professionals who are best placed to assist you in managing your addiction or emotional / mental health issues.
II – MAKING THE CONNECTION:
The following is some advice on how Seekers should conduct themselves if they wish to develop a connection with a Craft Teacher. Remember, the number of covens offering training are few and we all know each other. It is in the Seeker’s interest to make a good first impression.
If you are seriously seeking a Craft path the onus is on you as a Seeker to introduce yourself to the Teacher you wish to connect with. Present yourself in an open, honest and reasonable manner.
Your introduction must include each of the following:
- Your full legal name, age and the town or city you reside in. Those who conceal their identity will not receive a response.
- A recent photograph or link to an online profile.
- An indication of your sexual orientation.
- An outline of your research into Witchcraft and Paganism. Please list the books you have read.
- Which open Pagan gatherings or local moots you have attended.
- An outline of your spiritual journey to date and any personal practice you may have.
- Which spiritual or magical paths you may have prior experience in.
- Why you are interested in this particular tradition over others.
Your introduction should be a lengthy and considered expression of interest. E-mails will go unanswered if they are one liners, lack personal introductions, or are of a demanding nature.
If a Teacher takes the time to respond to a query, the Seeker should have the courtesy to reply swiftly and maintain consistency in their communications with the Teacher. If the Seeker fails to do so the Teacher may decline future requests for contact.
Seekers will be asked questions by Teachers to help understand where Seekers are on their journey. Seekers should answer these directly; minimalist and vague responses will likely result in the Teacher disengaging.
It is very important that Seekers have begun the internal work of letting go of the baggage of Christian (or other cultural) conditioning, and are fully aware of what they may be stepping into; an experiential path which includes a process of acculturation. This is why Seekers are expected to have undertaken some research and have a good general knowledge of contemporary Paganism and Witchcraft.
A Seeker must SEEK! The onus is on the Seeker to progress their journey. Teachers do not spoon-feed.
III – FIRST STEPS TOWARDS TRAINING:
Depending on how correspondence progresses, a Teacher may be open to a meeting requested by the Seeker. This may be the first of many meetings in what can be a lengthy meet-and-greet process before a decision is made on acceptance for training. This may take weeks, months or more than a year depending on the individual and where they are in life. This time allows for a Teacher and Seeker to get to know each other first, so that the Teacher can be assured of the suitability and sincerity of the individual seeking the tradition, and whether the Seeker would be a suitable addition to the Grove.
A Seeker should be able to demonstrate self-care, personal integrity and commitment. Seekers are expected to demonstrate their knowledge of contemporary Paganism and Witchcraft at length during the meet-and-greet process. The Seeker will discuss the particular books they have read, their understanding of various Pagan paths, different Witchcraft traditions and well known Elders. For a suggested reading list please see our other site here which also links to our helpful cultural media archive.
Teachers of the Craft are not obliged to accept anyone for training. If deemed a suitable candidate and accepted for training, a Seeker will undergo a Neophyte training phase in preparation for initiation into the Craft. The Seeker will attend Full Moon and other rituals throughout the annual cycle. All training comes by way of instruction and skyclad (ritual nudity) practice in a coven setting. Seekers residing in other countries must be able to commit to very regular travel on a long-term basis or consider relocation.
The Neophyte phase will last for a minimum of twelve months during which the candidate will be required to follow instruction, read at least three more books on Occult matters, and complete all assigned tasks. Candidates are assessed for suitability throughout this process after which there is absolutely no guarantee of initiation. There is no entitlement to the privilege of initiation. Those accepted are chosen by Elders whose wisdom is guided by our Gods. An Initiate will continue to progress through their training over a number of years before the 3° is attained.
Seekers who meet the above criteria are welcome to submit a considered expression of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org Please note Section II above. Only direct requests for Craft training will be considered for response.