ARE YOU A SEEKER LOOKING FOR A COVEN, GROUP, MEET UP?
We are happy to present this page for covens, groups and organizations in the locations listed below. This information on these pages is presented as submitted, we do not know many of the groups that are represented here and only remove groups if serious verifiable allegations are brought to our attention. We encourage you to please use your discretion when meeting strangers, and due diligence in researching the tradition and reputation of the leaders. We suggest you read this BLOG post prior to meeting possible teachers, as well as the DISCLAIMER page.
Hail and welcome Witches, Pagans, Wiccans and Heathens to the Mandragora Magika home page for Louisiana!
KEEPERS OF THE HEARTH
TRADITION OR SPIRITUAL PATH: Eclectic Wiccan
CONTACT NAME: Annette Breaux
I found the goddess in 2001 and have never looked back. My sister and I founded our coven, Keepers of the Hearth in 2007 as a way to connect since we live in different states. Since then we have had members come and go. We celebrate sabbats and esbats. I am a legal "reverend" and can perform legal handfastings and any other life altering events-marriages, divorce, birth, death, womanhood, etc. We are an eclectic wiccan coven. Our members all have different paths but we find common ground to work with. My personal path is mostly Egyptian influenced with some Greek influences as well. The patron of our coven is Hestia, Goddess of the Hearth and we believe in the practice of family, whether that family is blood related or heart chosen (those you choose to be your family!), We welcome new members or those just curious about the Wiccan Path.
CITY: Livingston Parish
TRADITION OR SPIRITUAL PATH: Greencraft
CONTACT NAME: Laterre
WEBSITE: TAURË ALCARIN
A teaching circle and coven of the Greencraft tradition of Wicca. Greencraft is a branch of the Alexandrian tradition, with a special emphasis placed on a connection with the Earth through communion with the trees and stones.
TRADITION TRAINING: Greencraft is a tradition with four initiations and three degrees.
The first step in the process is what we refer to as Roedi training. Roedi training represents an introduction to Wicca as a religion. Normally taking place over the course of about 8 months, this training covers such concepts as Wiccan theology, ethics, the Wheel of the Year, ritual, and magic. At the end of this training the Seeker is qualified to ask for the Neophyte initiation.
Continuing the Journey
Following the Neophyte initiation, training begins in earnest to be part of a Wiccan coven. While the Roedi material is focused on introducing the Seeker to what it means to be a practicing Wiccan, the Neophyte material prepares the Neophyte to enter the Circle as a Witch and Priest/Priestess. This training will involve participation at Esbats and Sabbats, a focus on high and low ritual liturgy, and acts as a trial period to determine if the Neophyte is a good fit with the rest of the Coven. At the end of this training the Neophyte is qualified to ask for their First Degree Initiation.
Once a student has reached their First Degree they become fully a part of the Coven. Training from this point forward is much less formal, with an emphasis placed on mastering what has come before through teaching, and stepping into a leadership role within ritual.
Asked For and Not Asked For
The Neophyte and First Degree initiations are never offered. After completing training the onus is on the student to ask for these initiations. They represent the student seeking to further their knowledge and experience. The Second and Third Degree initiations are never asked for, they are instead offered. The taking of these degrees represents the taking of responsibility for not only oneself, but for others. It onus is on the student to decide whether or not they feel ready for such responsibility when it is offered. If not, they should decline. If these initiations are offered once, they will most likely be offered again.
Beginning the Process
The first step in the process is to get in touch and let us know you are interested in training. A simple email will do. Once the email is sent don't worry, we will get back in touch with you. You should receive a reply within a week. When a Seeker contacts us regarding training we will set up a meeting, normally in a local coffee shop. At this meeting we will talk about what we expect as teachers and what the Seeker expects to get out of training. The training will be outlined and any questions asked will be answered. If everyone involved is comfortable with moving forward a schedule will be agreed upon.
Roedi training consists of a combination of required and recommended reading, provided workbook material, personal reflection and meditation. The Seeker will be required to gather a few working tools of Wicca. Generally speaking, the Seeker will be expected to meet with a teacher twice a month. These meetings will be informal and will serve as an opportunity for Seeker and teacher to touch base, answer any questions prompted by the reading or the study material, and explore the nuances of Wicca. Wiccan training represents an investment of time and effort on the part of the Seeker and the Teacher(s). As Teachers, we commit to providing honest and ethical instruction. As a Seeker, we expect you to make and keep commitments. Should a Seeker have to cancel or miss three check ins their participation in the Roedi program will stop. The Seeker will be welcome to ask again after a years time.
While there is no required reading prior to the beginning of the Roedi training, it is recommended that those not familiar with Traditional Wicca read "Traditional Wicca: a Seekers Guide" by Thorn Mooney. This book is an outstanding primer for what Traditional Wicca is like, what the Seeker process is like, why one might be interested in Traditional Wicca, and what one might do should Traditional Wicca turn out to not be for them.
BAYOU OAKS GROVE
TRADITION OR SPIRITUAL PATH: Druidic
CONTACT NAME: Christopher Wallace
Independent, Polytheistic, Animist, kid-friendly, open to all genders / races / orientations, actively engaged in humanitarian & conservation initiatives, close-knit family vibe.
CITY: New Orleans
TRADITION OR SPIRITUAL PATH: LuxUmbrian Witchcraft
CONTACT NAME: Yuri McGlinchey
WEBSITE: OUR LADY OF SHADOWS
The Church of Light and Shadow exists to forward the work of the Morning Star in the world under both his guises – the Christ and Lucifer. It is an independent and autonomous Apostolic and Sacramental body, in no way dependent upon the See of Rome, or upon any other See or authority outside its own administration. It synthesizes Christian Mysticism and Traditional Witchcraft. Offering the sacraments Sponsoring and facilitating group celebrations and functions on the Liturgical Holy Days, Sabbats and Esbats and other special occasions, in order to celebrate the seasons, learn and work magic, and recognize rites of passage.
TEMENOS SILYBOS, GROVE OF THE BLESSED THISTLE
CITY: New Orleans
TRADITION OR SPIRITUAL PATH: Minoan Brotherhood
CONTACT NAME: Typhaeus
WEBSITE: TEMENOS SILYBOS
We are a grove of the Minoan Brotherhood located in the greater New Orleans metro area. We serve southeastern Louisiana and Mississippi.
The Brotherhood is a mystery tradition founded by Eddie Buczynski in 1975 and based on British witchcraft. The tradition is primarily gay and bisexual men. However, it is open to any male of legal age who is free to pursue his own interests.
For more information above the tradition, our grove, and our Minos, see our website.
COVEN OF THE EMERALD SERPENT
TRADITION OR SPIRITUAL PATH: New York Wica Tradition
CONTACT NAME: Lucian
We are a coven of the New York WICA Tradition, a tradition established by Eddie Buczynski when he branched off the Kentucky Line of the Gardnerians. We remain rooted in our British Traditional Wicca foundation; however, we have adapted different times and cultural milieu.
We are a three degree, oathbound tradition. We celebrate the Mysteries, Full Moons, and the Turning of the Wheel of the Year. Seekers are welcome to contact us.
TEMENOS TA MEGALEI PHEREI
TRADITION OR SPIRITUAL PATH: Minoan Brotherhood
CONTACT NAME: Pelagios
Our grove is part of the Minoan Brotherhood, a traditional witchcraft tradition established by Eddie Buczynski.
The Brotherhood was established to give place for men who love men a sacred place and a sacred way to celebrate our Mysteries and our deities apart from a heteronormative bias.
We are an oathbound, three degree system present in the US, Canada, and Europe. All seekers welcomed.