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Novices of the Old Ways
Age Range/Type: Adult
Located in: New York, New York
Key Contact: Courtney Weber
Spiritual Path: Progressive
Status: Established Group
Community Support: Open Circles... Legal Clergy... Teaching Available
Group Overview: Novices of the Old Ways is a progressive Witchcraft community based in New York City. Progressive Witchcraft is not based on a formal tradition, but rather a philosophy of using whatever methods are necessary to best serve the immediate and broader communities. The term “Novice, ” meaning “new”, does not mean that everyone within NOW is uninitiated or new to Witchcraft. Instead, it is meant to remind us that we never stop learning and on the path of the Craft, it is only through the open mind of the Novice that wisdom is truly attained (for we stop learning the moment we believe ourselves to be “masters”) . Our goal is to continue to learn about the Craft, ourselves, and how we can best aid the health of our community and planet.
NOW is a fluid community with members coming in from the five boroughs of New York, as well as New Jersey, Connecticut, and beyond. Our practices are Wiccan with strong influences from Espiritismo, European folk traditions, Ocha, and Voudon practices. The group’s workings embrace Elemental Beings, Deities from various Indo-European Pantheons, Lwa, Orisha, and local nature spirits. We are eclectic, but selectively so. We invoke or evoke Deity after careful consideration of the purpose and needs of the invocation or evocation. We strive to learn from other faiths and include them whenever possible, with respect to and approval of their practitioners Novices of the Old Ways hopes to learn from the Native Peoples of the Americas and their practices and beliefs, and welcome all who are knowledgeable and interested in helping us do so. Most Sabbats are open to the public. We frequently utilize Trance Prophecy Regression (Ritual Mediumship) and Astrological influences into our rituals.
Living in an urban environment does not automatically separate us from nature. The concrete of the city is but a thin, artificial layer over a very ancient Being. In NOW, we strive to be in constant communication with the Genus Loci, plant and animal spirits of the islands of Manhattan, and Brooklyn/Queens as well as the Rivers and Oceans that surround Them. We use Magick and ritual to better ourselves and our community.
Novices of the Old Ways houses the Coven of the Lunar Temple and provides various open events.
Coven of the Lunar Temple:
The Lunar Temple is a closed Coven for individuals who desire further instruction in the Craft and/or Dedication to the practice. It serves as the core group of NOW, which involves planning and leading the open Sabbats. We embrace chakra and energy work, mythological study, folk-Craft practices, Limpiesas (spiritual cleansings) , pathworkings, meditations, workshops, Astrology, personal and spiritual healing, Elemental work, among other items. We meet on Esbats (Full Moons) and on New Moons, when they do not conflict with NOW’s open Sabbats. Lunar Temple events are closed to the public. The primary goal of the Lunar Temple is to provide private space for individuals to work on spiritual, personal, and magickal matters and to find connection to the Divine. While our practices are predominately Wiccan, the Lunar Temple is open to all persons with a desire to learn Magick and forge relationships with the Gods. We have had members from many different backgrounds—including Judeo-Christian. It is important that all attending are willing and able to honor any God or Goddess invoked or evoked at any gathering of the Lunar Temple.
We ask that would-be members attend 5—6 NOW Sabbats, first. If they are then interested in exploring Coven membership, after notifying the HPS of their interest, they would be invited to begin attending Lunar Temple events. We ask that they attend 6—9 Lunar Temple events before formally requesting membership. Would-be members need to formally ask the Coven in person or in writing to join the Lunar Temple. If the Coven is in general agreement that the person would be a good fit for the Coven and the Coven a good fit for the person, they will be invited to join. A vow of confidentiality is taken at the new member’s induction ritual, in which they vow to honor the privacy of other members of the Lunar Temple. It is not our practices that we keep secret, but it is the personal matters of the other members that must be kept confidential.
The Lunar Temple is open to new membership.
For more information on open Sabbats or workshops, please contact HPS Courtney Weber by selecting the "Contact" link on this page.
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