About Scrivener’s Scribblings

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The Circle of the Dark Moon (CotDM), of which Scrivener’s Scribblings is a part, is an open circle. All seekers who truly wish to honor the old gods and wish to increase their mastery of the Craft are welcome to attend rituals and classes. However once a year, from the people who regularly attend  rituals and classes, we select a group of Dedicants who are asked if they’d like to continue in the tradition and formally enter training and accept added responsibility within the coven.

My wife and I formed the CotDM in 2006. Prior to 2006, I was a member of and trained by a Gardnerian coven in South Florida before moving to Georgia. For a time we were members in a Wisteria coven, which disintegrated when the high priest became ill and the high priestess, closed the coven in order to be able to spend time caring for her ill husband. That is when my wife and I formed the Circle of the Dark Moon as a teaching coven.

As a teaching tradition, we stress meditation, fitness of body (and that doesn’t mean you have to be an Olympic tri-athlete), and mastery of the Craft and Magick and a deep commitment to living by the Rede and environmental stewardship. Our core curriculum follows a five-degree system, whereby neophytes progress from dedicant through third degree ranks. The last two ranks are for adepts who wish to specialize and become masters in a particular field of magick.

Classes consist of learning what it means to be a witch and how to be a witch. If you had to compare us to another tradition, I’d say that are teachings are similar to Alexandrian and Gardnerian teachings—probably more so Alexandrian—with an added emphasis on magick (chaos magick, and western hermetic magick). We hold online and in-person classes alternately each Sunday. The online classes start at 2:00 PM and the in-person classes commence at 8:00 PM.

In ritual, we follow a Celtic pantheon but encourage our members in their private practice to worship whatever gods their personal spirituality leads them to find. We try to observe Rituals for each new moon and full moon as well as for the eight sabbats (Samhain, Yule, Imbolg, Ostara, Beltane, Litha, Lughnasadh, and Mabon).

We also have a sister circle in Akron, OH as well as three allied groups in Pennsylvania and California.

I hope this little bit of information has been helpful. If you have any specific questions you’d like to ask please contact me.

Yours in the Mundane and the Magickal,