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Aquarian Age Wiccan Coven of Austin
Age Range/Type: Adult
Located in: Austin, Texas
Key Contact: AAW Coven Leaders
Spiritual Path: Aquarian Age Wicca
Status: Established Group
Community Support: Open Circles... Legal Clergy... Teaching Available
Group Overview: *Announcement for July 2018! we are accepting new students to begin a 13 week Wicca 101 course starting August 4th 2018. These students may then have the opportunity to do a year and a day study towards initiation beginning at Samhain. We have a meet and greet coming up on July 28th for those interested in joining the Austin AAW coven*
Please read below for an overview of our tradition. We have two active coven branches in our lineage.
Aquarian Age Wicca is a traditional coven with modern sensibilities. Our coven lineage, traditions and teachings go back a number of generations, and those teachings are Algard based, but the name "Aquarian Age Wicca" as the official name for our modern line of witchcraft, was founded in September 2015. Our message is that we want to survive our old lineage through to the New Age of Aquarius, but as the old ways are dying out, we must make way for change and adapt to our surroundings. The Age of Aquarius is all about flow. What we are at the core is an old tradition with a fresh way of thinking.
What is the Aquarian Age?
The Aquarian Age is the new age that we have been slowly moving into for a number of years. Previously, we were in the age of Pisces which was signified by the massive growth of Christianity. These Piscean values are being phased out and the values of the Age of Aquarius are now shining through. Some traits of the Age of Aquarius include humanitarianism, kindness, spiritual growth and forward movement, along with intellectualism and compassion. For example, you may be noticing trends in holistic medicine rather than conventional marketable medicine. This is just one trend of many we will notice as we shift into the Aquarian Age.
What are the beliefs of the Aquarian Age Wiccan Tradition?
To start off, we believe in many of the general fundamental beliefs of Wicca. Wicca is first and foremost a religion, and witchcraft is just one part of it. We follow the Wiccan Rede, believe in “Harm None, ” and trust in the Threefold law. We believe in a Goddess and God, and as a coven, we view them simply as the male and female ruling powers of the universe. We do not focus on a specific pantheon. Something that may be different about our coven to other types of Wicca or Paganism is that we do not put much focus on researching goddess and gods, specifically because we believe in letting the divine approach us naturally through their own messages. We strongly believe in helping the environment. Aquarian Age Wicca places a strong emphasis on lifestyle when it comes to carrying out the Wiccan rule of "Harm None.” Vegetarianism and environmentally friendly life choices are recommended.
Inspiration for the name of our coven is derived from page 218 of Doreen Valiente's book, The Rebirth of Witchcraft. Valiente writes, “We live in a different world today from that in which our ancestors who formed old covens lived.” “[The new Religion] will be a happy, constructive religion…it will be in communication with Mother Earth and with the changing seasons and the elements of life. It will take its stand against greed, cruelty and social injustice…[It will have] quiet times of meditation and healing for mind and body….It will be part of the Aquarian Age”
*Please note that in this sect of Wicca we do not allow the use of blood magic. We also do not allow drug use at lessons or in circle.
Is Aquarian Age Wicca an Eclectic Coven?
As stated above, Aquarian Age Wicca is a specific tradition of Wicca, yet renamed, and it back to traditionally-based covens stemming from Maryland. With Aquarian Age Wicca, we have allowed our tradition to grow and to shift with the changing of time. What this means is that we are simply a rebranded, reinvigorated tradition that has been in existence for several decades. We still have a structure and a past lineage to remember and respect. Because of this, AAW is not considered an eclectic tradition. We have rules, regulations and structure from our past to our practice that keep us in check, but as a coven for the younger generations, we still make way for the growth and change that the Age of Aquarius brings.
Changes we have made in the coven to accommodate the shifting tides of the New Age:
We still very much honor our initiation rules from our lineage, however, one change we made from the old ways when establishing ourselves under the name Aquarian Age Wicca, is that we believe both men and women are equal, and either sex may lead a circle solitarily, or in a pair. For example, in traditional Gardnerian Wicca, two priests or one priest may never lead a circle; a priestess must always be present. These rules excluding men are still present in many Wiccan circles of different traditions. We have decided to pull away from that, because we believe balance and equality is important.
Additionally, in AAW we respect coven member’s gender identity. If you want to be initiated as a priest instead of a priestess, or a priestess instead of a priest, we will respect that no matter what.
Unlike some older traditions, there is no “great rite” (intercourse in circle) for initiation in Aquarian Age Wicca.
How do I know if Wicca is right for me?
If you believe in the basic principles of Wicca: Reincarnation, a goddess and a god, threefold law, harm none, and the observing of the Sabbats and the Esbats, then Wicca may be the right religion for you.
How do I know a Coven is right for me?
If you are still questioning your beliefs, such as “Is reincarnation real?” Then you should not be seeking a coven at this point in your journey. The coven isn’t about making believers; it is about learning together, fostering community and like-mindedness in people, and allowing these people to grow in their practice together. If you are having doubts about your core beliefs, I encourage you to continue to soul search on your own before seeking a coven or group in a particular religion.
So, I know Wicca is right for me, but how do I know if Aquarian Age Wicca is right for me?
If the Aquarian Age tradition has spoken to you, you will know. There isn’t a whole lot of strict requirements in this coven. But, we still are an established tradition. Some of the things that you will need to be open to, if wanting to join this practice:
• Having an altar in the coven tradition and set up. This is very important. Learning the AAW altar set up is one of many things that links our practice together and makes us able to practice as a coven with grace and flow.
• Our name for the goddess and god. In Aquarian Age Wicca, we have opted to name our goddess and god, simply, “goddess and god.” This is because we allow practitioners to find and work with their own patron goddess and god that speak to them. We focus on only one goddess and one god and we do not generally name multiple deities in our practice. All the gods and goddess are one, but only one of each, speaks to each of us. (There are of course certain occasional exceptions to the rule, but if you work with an entire pantheon on a daily basis, you are probably more of an eclectic pagan, or eclectic Wiccan.) In our circles as with many Wiccan circles, we focus on the dualistic nature of the divine, rather than the polytheistic nature of divine.
• In AAW, we believe you can be reincarnated from animal to human, or human to animal. We also believe in the concept of the Summerland, the heaven-like place where a soul awaits rebirth.
• AAW uses specific circle castings, quarter callings, and circle etiquette that you will need to learn.
• We do a lot of chakra work, spirit animal contact, and astral travel. (We believe everyone has one birth spirit animal but you may have several spirit guides throughout your life.)
• Our lineage has several special, secret coven traditions that you will learn about once you join. These are traditions that we have kept from our more traditional Wiccan days, and brought along with us into the New Age, however, they are unique to our coven line so we have kept them unaltered.
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