We are Moondrake
Coven and Grove, which has been established and functioning since Beltane of
1997. We practice a Druidic/Wiccan
form of the Craft, drawing inspiration from the ongoing work and research of
authors Caitlin and John Matthews, Philip Carr-Gomm, numerous classic Wiccan
texts, and the many interpretations of Celtic and Arthurian myth both ancient
and modern. We study the myths and beliefs of other cultures as well,
seeking whatever illumination they may provide, and may even draw on these in
our individual and Solitary practice, if desired.
This Tradition we call ‘Morganic Wicca’, after the legendary
sorceress/priestess Morgan le Fay.
Our group consists of two parts:
Our Coven meets at all Esbats and Sabbats.
First degree initiation and strict adherence to the Rede are the primary
prerequisites to membership. We do
utilize the traditional three degree system and all initiates are considered
The first degree functions as general support, taking on responsibilities
on a volunteer basis, as needed, and serving as guide to visitors and
The second degree members’ primary duties are to serve as teachers
either in general craft studies or of specific areas of expertise, and also
serve as ritual leaders in case of absence of the Elders.
The second degree priest/ess may initiate first or second degree with the
Elders’ approval. (CoG
Ministerial Credentials are awarded at this degree.)
The third degree member functions as ritual leader, Elder,
“principal” of education, (though they may teach, as well) and clergy.
(Ordination to Elder status, with corresponding credentials, occurs at
Initiation occurs when a student has studied and completed all
assignments and has shown a marked increase in confidence in ritual skill and
can successfully complete a solitary ritual without assistance, and displays the
general attitude of a life lived in accord with the Rede.
The first degree initiation is given upon approval by the Elders after a
period of no less than six
(conditionally) or a year and a day. Second
and third degree are bestowed based on the individual’s continued development
of knowledge, style, expertise, and willingness to take on increased
do accept self-initiates and those from former groups after demonstrating the
knowledge and skill required of our first degree, and after a period of
acclimation to our traditions. These
we welcome with an “induction” ceremony.
Our interpretation of the Rede is, as many others, in two parts. “Harm
none” and “Do what thou wilt”, which we see as a commandment requiring
self honesty and study – to first find our true will and work
unceasingly toward its realization. This and the Charge of the Goddess form the basis of any and
all decisions made, and our rules are flexible and determined by consensus, so
long as they remain in accord with the above-mentioned.
We work robed, and do not use sex in ritual or training, for any reason.
We do not use tobacco, drugs, or alcohol in our rituals, in order to
provide a safe environment for those in recovery, as several of our members are.
Our function, as we see it, is ever-increasing service to Goddess and
God, through self-realization and growth, and through serving our individual
members, our communities, and our Earth
We also sponsor our Grove, or outer court, which is more loosely
based, consisting of individuals or families who consider themselves Wiccan but
cannot make the time commitment for coven membership, or do not wish to train
for the clergy. It can also serve for individuals who wish to work solitary,
yet still be a part of community for Sabbat celebrations and support.
(First degree initiate training is available in the grove for this
Grove members may attend coven ritual and have full access to coven
assistance upon request. Requirements for Grove Membership are:
The honoring of The Rede and The Charge
Regular prayer, study, and growth, and,
To honor the Sabbats and Esbats in a
manner deemed appropriate by the individual at the proper occasions.
All first degree aspirants are considered Grove members prior to
initiation. No one under 18 may
belong to the Grove unless a parent is a member of the Coven or Grove.
The Coven is restricted to those over 18, without exception.
Moondrake Coven and Grove is currently a member in good standing with the
Covenant of the Goddess, a prominent and legally recognized Wiccan religious
organization. We have chosen affiliation with CoG based upon the reputation
of integrity, hard work, and service we have observed to be associated over the
years with its name. This has
allowed us to be of greater service to Our Lady and Lord, by offering whatever
talents we possess to the wider Pagan community, as well as allowing our voices
to contribute to the shaping of the future of our Religion.
Lord Gwydion, HP, founder
And the members of Moondrake Coven and
West Palm Beach, Florida