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Formed?: May 1, 1982

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Posted: Apr.29.2003

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Waxing Moon Circle

Age Range/Type: Adult
Located in: San Jose, California
Key Contact: Valerie Voigt

Spiritual Path: Waxing Moon Tradition Wicca
Status: Established Group
Community Support: Open Circles... Legal Clergy... Teaching Available

Group Overview: We are a working/training Circle with a typical Wiccan ritual format. Our Tradition, begun in 1982 under the advice of our High Priestess's teacher Julie Tower, has been influenced by, among others, British Traditional Wicca, family traditions, and NROOGD. Our Tradition is still mostly oral, though we are finally beginning to write some things down.

We are polytheistic. We have multiple Patron Deities, and work with Hekate and additional different Gods and Goddesses according to the needs of the moment. This often includes patron Deities of individual members of the Coven.

Our "flavor" has been described as similar to British Traditional Wicca. Unlike British Traditional covens, however, we are an "all position" Circle--that is, while our rituals reflect traditional elemental and polarity associations, we do not have rigid gender roles. Likewise, our practice is based less on fertility, and more on dynamic balance of elements, of inner and outer, self and other, and so on. We Work robed.

We have a three-track membership system based on the level of service to which the individual hears the Call: a Congregant track, a Clergy track, and a Practitioner track.

Congregant track is for those who simply wish to celebrate the lunar and solar cycles with the group. Congregant membership involves a welcoming ceremony rather than an initiation. Optional basic classes for Congregants are offered, but not on a regular schedule: most members learn through participation, with informal mentoring by more experienced members.

The Clergy track prepares the student to teach the Tradition, to lead a Coven, and to serve the local community at large: both the Pagan community (for example, weddings, community Sabbats, and other rituals) and the larger community (for example, helping a non-Pagan neighbor remove the evil eye or getting their lost cat to come home) . This track includes three initiatory degrees. Students on this path receive formal training in areas of study needed for clergy. They are encouraged, but not required, to attend the basic congregant classes as well.

The Practitioner track prepares the student to practice the Craft for themself and for their family. This track has a single initiation. A Practitioner who develops expertise in a given area (for example, herbal medicine) may be also given the honorary degree of Master/Mistress. Students on this path receive formal training in areas of study needed for solitary and family practice. They are encouraged, but not required, to attend the basic congregant classes as well.

All tracks include a Dedication period, during which the person prepares for formal membership. They may switch tracks according to their carefully-considered Will.

We welcome guests for most of our meetings. Guests who have Worked with us for 6 months or more may ask to join, either as a congregant or as a student also; but nobody is required to join if they don't wish to.

Likewise, if a guest is not compatible with us or needs a different style of Coven or Circle, we are happy to help them seek a more compatible group.

Our rituals are the first Saturday * after * the dark moon (if the dark moon is on Saturday, Pacific time, we meet the * following * Saturday) .

Our meetings begin with a potluck at 5:00 PM. At 6 we begin ritual planning and set-up. Ritual begins no later than 8 PM.

In addition to our regular Circle rituals, we have classes that we schedule when there are enough prospective students. These classes are usually held 2 Sundays a month. Typically, the class potluck social begins at 1 PM, and class begins at 1:30 PM, with discussion and more socializing afterward.

In the basic classes, we cover the essential material that we feel a person needs for well-informed practice of the Craft. This curriculum serves as an introduction to Wiccan practice. More advanced classes are scheduled on an ad-hoc basis and prepare students for initiation.

We do not Work skyclad. Robes are encouraged, and candidates for initiation are expected to have or make a robe. Otherwise, however, comfortable street clothes or any comfortable festive attire is welcome. (Emphasis on comfort, because tight or uncomfortable clothes interfere with one's ability to concentrate and move energy.)

Potluck items can be anything you like that you think others might like.

Besides Moon circles, and classes, we also have bardic circles, occasional Pagan movie/video nights, and other events. We celebrate the Sabbats with South Bay Circles, the local Pagan festival association.

Beginners and seasoned practitioners welcome. Families are welcome to certain events, though we do ask that disruptions be avoided (our High Priestess had to leave her toddler at home for a couple of years!) .

Members range in age from teen to senior; most probably in their 30s. Some members have one or another flavor of traditional initiation aside from our own, others do not. We respect the many traditions, but our emphasis is on practice.

Blessed Be!

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