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Circle of Fountains
A WitchVox Sponsor
Age Range/Type: Adult
Located in: Independence, Missouri
Key Contact: Marietta Williams
Spiritual Path: Nondenominational Witchcraft
Status: Established Group
Community Support: Open Circles... Teaching Available
Group Overview: Circle of Fountains is a non-denominational circle of witches and pagans based in Kansas City and Independence, MO that focuses on celebrating the Wheel of the Year in a positive, practical, and transparent way. Formed on the spring equinox of 2014, we laud differences in beliefs and practices, emphasizing the wide variety of pagan and witchcraft traditions as an integral part of community and togetherness. CF does not discriminate against race, sex, gender, age, disability or any other individual defining factor. We are open to ALL as long as you hold witchcraft at the core of your practice.
CF was formed as an alternative to more standard coven hierarchy with a non-Wiccan approach to witchcraft. We strive to be a circle of equals, both in responsibility and leadership. Each Primary Member leads at least one sabbat and one full moon esbat ritual every year, teaches Novice classes and takes on one responsibility to the group, such as inventorying or pot luck coordination. All of this ensures that no one member is taking on the bulk of the responsibility to the group, with minor exceptions to the Circle Coordinator.
The Four Cornerstones of Circle of Fountains
Circle of Fountains is a witchcraft coven but, in that, we serve no one denomination. We welcome members of all paths and religions (or non-religions as the case may be) as long as witchcraft is the core of their practice. In our coven, we laud differences in beliefs and practices, emphasizing the wide variety of traditions as an integral part of community and togetherness. This acceptance allows us to experience the whole of what witchcraft is and can be by our natural structure; each member that leads a sabbat or esbat leads it in their own style of ritual, stretching our members beyond their standard boundaries and opening them to a variety of life experiences and customs.
Members of Circle of Fountains strive to bring about positive changes in their lives through self-acceptance, progress, togetherness, ritual and community involvement. It is expected that each member is both inward and outward focused. Inward, coven members should be goal-focused and driven, striving for growth in their practice as well as their personal life. Our rituals follow this path of positive growth, encouraging it through energy work and spells, shadow work and mindfulness. Outward, members are expected to participate in the local community, be it through public ritual, classes or other volunteer work. Circlemates are expected to give back to the community that helped us come together.
Practical covers two key points of our circle: Physical world changes and safety and comfortability. The former recognizes that magic is not a replacement for physical world efforts. Science is at the core of Circle of Fountains and its members are expected to be aware of how their spiritual practice coincides with it. This includes things as mundane as applying for a job and as essential as emergency medical attention. In that, safety and comfortability supersedes all other attributes of our circle. We expect our members to be careful, take the appropriate precautions and know their limits. If we feel you are being unsafe in some way, we will ask that you take action. If you cannot take action, we will take appropriate action for you if needed. This includes calling 911 if we feel you need it or relinquishing you from the group if you are putting other members in danger.
The final of the four cornerstones speaks about the open nature of our circle and rituals. While our circle is private attendance, we strive to be open online in an effort to educate and be inclusive towards other pagans and witches who may not have access to community or who may not be open with their beliefs. This is something all members agreed that they wish they had access to when studying early on and is essential to who we are as a circle. Because of this, all members naturally must be over 21 years of age, consent to being photographed and consent to those photographs being posted online.
Those who wish to become involved with CF must go through our year and a half long Noviceship Program in its entirety. The Circle of Fountains Noviceship Program is the means by which we educate new witches in the craft. Introductory Novices enjoy 24-weeks of 101-level witchcraft classes that cover a wide range of topics from Hermeticism to History and Ethics of Witchcraft, from Spell Building to Energy Work and more. The 101 class meets every other week on Sunday nights at 6 pm from January to June. Applications for Noviceship open on November 1st and last until November 30th through our Facebook page. Simply go to www.circleofftountains.com and click the "Sign Up" button. The button will only appear between November 1st and 30th when we are open for Novices.
Novices who successfully complete the Introductory program can choose to move on to the Intermediate level. This program covers shadow work, trance, spirit work and necromancy, familiars and more. Novices in this program attend six classes from October to December. Novices do not have to move on to the Intermediate courses if they do not wish to do so or can delay graduating up to intermediate until the following year as needed.
Upon successful completion of the Intermediate level, students may end their Noviceship at that point or continue with a Primary Member Capstone. The Capstone course may be taken at any time upon successful completion of the Intermediate level as it is a one-on-one mentor class. This course encourages the Novice to dig into one specialized topic. It also preps them for Primary Membership in Circle of Fountains. Capstone Novices will determine what kind of responsibility they want to contribute to CF, select Novice classes they are comfortable with teaching and discuss the operation of the circle as a whole along with their in-depth topic study.
CF Membership is entirely optional for all Novices.
All accepted Novices who are in or complete the Introductory program are welcome to attend our Esbat and Drunk Divination events.
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