Archives for January 2009

Coven Power–What It’s Really All About

by Veronica Cummer, author of Sorgitzak: Old Forest Craft

The center of any coven needs to be love. Love is the greatest magick, the greatest virtue any witch can ascribe to. Yes, witches are meant to be teachers and healers, to promote fertility of the land and of the community, to worship the Gods, but behind all those duties lies love. Behind all those responsibilities, must lie love.

But, sadly, some covens seem confused by this at times, perhaps because the witches within them are confused or, worst still, the High Priest and High Priestess. For this kind of love has nothing to do with power, at least not the sort of power having to do with being the voice of authority in a coven or being the center of its attentions. That kind of power or power-seeking stems from insecurity, particularly that of not knowing deep down inside who you are and why you are here.

One of the biggest obstacles towards this—besides a lack of a strong sense of self—is confusing divine love with other forms of love. Or confusing what isn’t even really love at all with love, which is the far greater problem. For divine love isn’t controlling, it isn’t envious, it isn’t tinged with regret or shame or anger or fear or based upon the idea of I’ll do this for you so you’ll do that for me.

Divine love is a gift. Divine love is being able to see and fully experience all of life and yet stand apart from it at the same time, to be able to stand in the center of your own being, the center of the Wheel, and not be pulled off balance. Divine love is the ecstasy of the Goddess. Divine love is the ecstasy of the God. Divine love with what They make together or, rather, what that symbolizes—a union that creates a greater whole than the sum of its parts.

Just as divine love is coming to be your own inmost divine self and learning to act out of the knowledge without fear in your heart. Something that every witch needs to come to and that covens as circles of witches bound together to a singular purpose need to express, as well. For each coven forms a Self, a living and conscious Spirit, and that Spirit also needs to know divine love at its core.

copyright © 2009 Veronica Cummer, all rights reserved.

Register for Classes Online

Our new online shopping cart makes it easier than ever to learn about and register for classes online.  All upcoming classes are listed in chronological order, so it is easy to see what’s coming up. If there are classes a few weeks out that you are interested in, but need to confirm something before you sign up, you can add them to a wishlist and return to register later.  Of course, all of your information is completely secure, and we don’t share it with spammers or anyone else who doesn’t have any business with your info. (See our Privacy Policy for all the gorey details.) Our new shopping cart screen sports a new, classically metaphysical look, which the rest of the site will be adopting in the next few weeks:

Classes Section in Online Store

Classes Section in Online Store

Why am I sharing all of this? Because we have an absolutely fabulous selection of classes coming up.  The Tarot Discovery Class series starts February 1st. Chuck Boe M.A. is a more-than qualified instructor. He is not only one of our readers, but has his Master’s Degree in Spiritual Counselling, and has explored the use of the Tarot as a spiritual guide. The next series is for those who are ready to explore the Shamanic Path with Joan Marie Mickelson.  Her Level 1 Shamanic Journey Skills workshop series starts February 15th.  She is also starting a regular Shamanic Path Drumming Group for those who have taken her classes (or have her prior approval). Each Shamanic Path Drumming session will explore different aspects, and take you on different journeys to deepen your experience, and help you on your path.

Last, but not least, in March we are stepping out onto a new branch with two new teachers. Anita Collodoro and Sarah Gebeke are meditation class instructors, certified teachers and ritual masters.  Their training is from the Rocky Mountain Mystery School International where they have completed more than 90 hours of course work for their teacher and practitioner certifications.  They’ll begin teaching our new Spiritual Growth Series of classes, beginning on March 15th, with their Sacred Geometry Class.  They are even offering a package discount to launch the series, so you if you sign up for the Sacred Geometry, Meditation, and Astral Travel classes together before March 1st, you save $40!

But Wait! There’s More! There are meetups and discussion groups and music circles, and oh my, so many things. So check out our entire list of upcoming classes and workshops, and keep it book-marked.  It’s updated weekly.

Eye of Horus Tarot Readers Interviewed on MPR

They talked to an astrologer, a rune reader, and two of our Tarot Card Readers.  Thraicie Hawkner and Chuck Boe were interviewed on the January 16th edition of “In the Loop.” They are right near the beginning of the show, in the well, prognostication segment.