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The Silver Spiral Coven
Age Range/Type: Adult
Located in: Memphis, Tennessee
Key Contact: Naya Aerodiode
Spiritual Path: Blackthorn
Status: Established Group
Community Support: Teaching Available
Group Overview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkGeOWYOFoA
Our name, Silver Spiral, comes from the mathematical patterns of Fibonacci, the Golden Mean, and the Golden Spiral, which are representations of the pattern of growth in all life - keys in the blueprint of the universe.
We feel that the symbol of the spiral is a simple, yet elegant representation of one of our core philosophies:
"You are made of the same stuff as the stars. Grow to your greatest potential and let your light shine brilliantly."
Our practice reflects that. We celebrate the turning of the year, the cycles of the moon and the ebb and flow of our lives. We celebrate our lives and our connections with the heartbeat of nature.
The curling smoke of the incense intoxicates the senses. The thumping drumbeat stirs the heart. The witches dance around the bonfire, cradled in the grove amidst the trees, bathed in the shining light of the moon, their whirling bodies like stars spinning about in galaxies.
The Blackthorn tradition of witchcraft requires dedication, hard work, courage, intelligence, inspiration and open-mindedness. For the seeker who wishes to learn the ways of the witch, we offer training and guidance toward initiation into the mysteries. There is no clergy and congregation on this path: every one seeking this path is responsible for finding their own connections and deepening them. We accept only the most devoted and serious of students, those for whom witchcraft is a true calling.
Our focus is on magic and working the arts and sciences of witchcraft. Witches are not idle worshipers - we stay quite busy! We work together in our group to discover and deepen our understanding of the mysterious world of magic. We create charms, enchant the future, cast spells, speak with spirits, delve into other worlds, divine the unknown, and to see the underlying truths hidden from the casual gaze. We create the magics that bring brilliance to our lives.
Our approach is a traditional one - we keep our circles small so that each person can get individual attention and so we can build the bonds of trust that are required for making magic. We believe that nothing can replace the value of personal, hands-on training when it comes to learning the Craft, nor can anything replace the power and mystery of initiation. We believe in the power of the spoken word, and the power of the secret kept.
Though our approach is traditional, our mindset is progressive. We insist upon experimentation, exploration, and development of new ideas and new ways to work magic. Those who seek our path must not be just satisfied with doing it the way its always been done - they must forge new pathways. Innovation is to be lauded.
We are proud free-thinkers in our circle. We encourage all we work with to find their own connections to the universe and their own understanding of magic. The greatest sin in our eyes is to blindly accept knowledge based on following someone else's authority. A witch must completely trust his/her own vision and soul in order to work magic.
We run a group that is full of active participants who celebrate and make magic together, with people of varying experience and knowledge. We help those who are newer to the Craft to understand the ways of magic, and we challenge those who are more experienced to deepen their understanding and add breadth to their knowledge. We welcome honest and dedicated seekers of any experience level.
This path is not for everyone, and to ensure that we have only those whose ideals and goals fit ours, we carefully select our members after an in-person meeting.
The ideal candidate will be one who is self-motivated, who prefers to learn and do rather than be a passive congregant to be led by others. S/he will be intelligent and dedicated to his/her own personal growth, and be ready to take responsibility for developing his/her skills as a Witch. S/he will be over the age of 21 (we do not accept seekers who are younger than that) , and will have a life that is balanced and grounded. S/he will understand and honor the divine balance of male and female, life and death, stillness and motion, logic and emotion, and will seek to walk in balance among these. S/he will be unafraid to seek the depths of his/her heart, mind, and spirit, and to wield his/her personal power with honor and a self-sought carefully-understood morality. S/he will be unafraid to question, unafraid to challenge authority, unafraid to be corrected and unafraid to point out an error. S/he will be respectful of history while not being stuck there; s/he will be adaptable to the future without losing a sense of his/her roots. S/he will have a strong sense of logic and reason, and apply those with compassion and wisdom.
Please read more about us at http://www.silverspiral.org
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