Sunday, February 12, 2012

PBP - A is for American Folkloric Witchcraft

Note: I'm a few weeks late jumping on the Pagan Blog Project bandwagon, but I think I can catch up pretty quickly. Hopefully this will keep me writing all year long! :)

A is for American Folkloric Witchcraft

American Folkloric Witchcraft is a tradition created by myself and my partner Laurelei Black.  Each of us has been practicing Witchcraft since the late 1990's. In that time we have developed some opinions about what we prefer and what we don't.  We are both avid proponents of non-Wiccan Craft in the style of Robert Cochrane. We count ourselves as devotees of Tubal Cain and of the White and Black Goddesses.

We have been shaping a path -- or it has been shaping us -- for several years. We have been inspired to share this work with others through the AFW Blog, well aware that any true mystery cannot be told, it must be experienced for oneself. We hope that our work can provide a guidepost to others who seek to practice the Old Ways in a new way.

Our ways are inspired primarily by the works of Robert Cochrane/Roy Bowers, and Robert Graves.  We have borrowed elements of other American groups that also work with Cochrane's materials, American Rootwork traditions, ancient European and Native American Shamanism, and a great body of many years experience working in occult traditions.

We call this path American Folkloric Witchcraft mindful of the fact that although we work in a heavily British tradition of Craft, we ourselves are practicing in America. We are attuned to the unique energies of the land we live and work in, and understand that ours is an American expression of what began as a European mystery.

We claim no lineage to any group or tradition, although we have both worked extensively in other groups and traditions. This path is our own, and is for those who bear the Mark of Qayin. It claims no authority other than the oaths and bonds we have taken to our Gods and our Ancestors.

Here are our requirements for admission:

Greening – green cord

  • For children of the family at the age of reason, and for potential new members to the coven.
  • Creates an informal bond between teacher and student.
  • Before Greening the student should :
    • formally request to join the coven
    • obtain a binder for handouts and personal research notes
    • obtain a flash drive
  • During Greening the student should:
    • learn to raise, form, move, and ground energy
    • create or obtain a stone bowl
    • begin their personal crane bag
    • choose a coven symbol
    • begin a personal home altar
    • attend at least 2 rituals (Sabbats or Esbats)
    • obtain a ritual robe (either white or black, depending on the time of year)
  • Greening lasts through a 6 – 12 month period, or until the age of puberty.

Adoption – red cord, bone ring
  • For children of the family at the age of puberty, and for formally joining members to the coven.
  • Creates a formal bond – the Red Thread – between the student and all members of the coven.
  • During Adoption the student should:
    • Memorize the year wheel
    • Obtain the three knives
    • Read:
    • Read two of the following:
      • Masks of Misrule, Call of the Horned Piper, & Pillars of Tubal Cain by Nigel Jackson
      • Mastering Witchcraft by Paul Huson
      • The Witches’ Bible by the Farrars
      • Sacred Mask, Sacred Dance by Evan John Jones
      • The Roebuck in the Thicket by Robert Cochrane and EJ Jones
      • Witchcraft: A Tradition Renewed by Valiente and Jones
      • The Triumph of the Moon by Ronald Hutton
      • The Witching Way of Hollow Hill by Robin Artisson
    • Perform a link cutting
    • Write a statement of personal ethics
    • obtain an ancestor skull
    • create a staff
    • obtain a cauldron
    • make an incense
    • make and amulet and talisman
    • make a scrying mirror
    • design and make a Witches’ Glove
    • become proficient in three forms of divination
    • create a totemic fetch
    • acquire a familiar (plant, animal, or spirit)
    • perform contact and possession with a Deity
    • lead a ritual
    • complete red cord checklist
  • Adoption lasts a minimum of a year and a day, or until the age of majority.

Raising – red/white/black cord, witches mark
  • For children of the family at the age of majority, and for naming the student as a witch.
  • Marks the student as a fully-fledged witch.
  • During Raising the witch should:
    • obtain tools, weapons, and other paraphernalia related to the compass
    • read and study as suits their interest
We hope you will join us as we walk down the Crooked Path.  You can learn more about us at our blog here.

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