Greetings,

We are European Witches who come from Gaelic, Germanic and Slavic cultures. We are Initiates of European and American traditions of Wicca and Witchcraft and our coven is currently located in Asia. You can find information about our traditions in the above menu and you can read more about us here.

We welcome contact from sincere Seekers. We have no interest in participating in any projects by artists or academics and we generally decline media requests.

We offer Tarot consultation as a means of providing insight and understanding around personal situations and life events.

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Pagan

The term “Pagan” is an overarching descriptor for adherents of a variety of non-Abrahamic and pre-Abrahamic religious traditions. Just as there are many Christianities, Judaisms, and Islams so too are there many Paganisms such as Witchcraft, Druidry, Heathenry, and Shamanism. And within each of these, there are many diverse Traditions just as there are a plethora of denominations in said Abrahamic religions. The terms “Pagan” and “Paganism” are acceptable general descriptors for these religious traditions and their community members.

As it migrated from the Middle East, Christianity became a politically endorsed religion in various regions at different times and eventually became state religion. The term “Pagan” originates from the Latin paganus which referred to those who lived beyond the influence of organised walled towns and cities and therefore held to the indigenous religions of what we now call Europe. The term “Heathen” referred to those also living remotely upon heath lands where indigenous religious traditions survived and adherents were less likely to experience persecution. Propaganda from some institutional religions ensured that large populations came to understand both terms to incorrectly refer to a person as atheistic, ergo evil.

The notion that those of Pagan faith do not subscribe to a belief in Divinity is the result of cultural conditioning driven by historical and current misinformation by dominant cultural forces against native religious traditions of the West and other regions of our world. Although Abrahamic religions were born out of Pagan / polytheistic heritage, such discrimination and opposition is still encouraged today by some figures of institutional Christianity, Judaism and Islam.

Those of Pagan faith may perceive Divinity through the deities of initiatory traditions, or those of one’s homeland and the ancestral lands one may connect to through culture and ethnicity. Divinity may be seen as either immanent or transcendent in relation to our world and may be viewed through a monotheistic, polytheistic, pantheist, panentheist, or animist understanding.

Pagan traditions do not operate by way of the same mechanisms as institutional religions such as Christianity. Paganism does not have a pope, or single magisterial voice, nor does it have descending multi-tiered administrative structures. The Pagan community is a collaborative lateral network of diverse strands and this trait is shared by other congregational religions such as Islam and Judaism. As our religious traditions are nature orientated there are almost no temples or churches. Sacred space is created outdoors through ritual at places of natural beauty or sites sacred to our ancestors such as Tara, Loughcrew, and Stonehenge etc.

Our Pagan communities are large and diverse, often involved in equality and environmental activism. Our clergy are Witches, Druids, and Shamans. Despite the peripheral image these words conjure, our clergy tend to be far more socially integrated into their local communities, quietly ministering to those in need and providing ceremonies to mark their rites of passage in life.

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Eight Sabbats are celebrated throughout the ritual year, four of which are the Spring and Autumn Equinoxes and the Winter and Summer Solstices. The dates for these Sabbats will vary a little from year to year as they are subject to astronomical alignments. Between these Sabbats are Imbolg (2nd February), Bealtaine (30th April), Lughnasadh (1st August) and Samhain (31st October). The ritual year commences and ends with Samhain and each Sabbat in between celebrate a signficant point in the turning of the seasons and agricultural cycle.

Between these Sabbats people also gather for Esbats when the Moon is full. Such occasions may be celebrated publicly in large groups or privately in small Tradition-specific groups such as covens, groves, or lodges. Some Traditions may observe other festivals in addition to or distinct from the above.

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Reading

A media archive of cultural interest can be viewed here.

Below is a small selection of publications that will be of interest to Seekers and Students. Some books are written or edited by academics while others are by Pagan and Occult practitioners. Some readers may be interested in the academic articles further below which point to the polytheistic heritage of Abrahamic traditions in the exploration of topics such as deity worship, ancestor veneration, divination and the role of women in these societies. Students are encouraged to stay abreast of developments in fields such as archaeology, astronomy and anthropology.

For seekers who are beginning their research into Witchcraft and Wicca, titles by Margot Adler, Doreen Valiente and Rae Beth are a good starting point. For those interested in the Minoan Brotherhood or the New York WICA tradition titles by Michael Lloyd, Arthur Evans, and Randy P. Conner are good supplementary readings.

BOOKS

  • A Brief History of the Celts – Peter Beresford-Ellis
  • A Brief History of the Druids – Peter Beresford-Ellis
  • An Introduction to Ancient Mesopotamian Religion – Tammi J. Schneider
  • Ancient Near Eastern Texts Relating to the Old Testament – (ed.) James B. Pritchard
  • Aradia: The Gospel of the Witches – Charles Godfrey Leland
  • Arcana Mundi; Magic and the Occult in the Greek and Roman Worlds: A Collection of Ancient Texts – Georg Luck
  • Babylon: Mesopotamia and the Birth of Civilisation – Paul Kriwaczek
  • Blossom of Bone: Reclaiming the Connections Between Homoeroticism and the Sacred – Randy P. Conner
  • Bull of Heaven – Michael Lloyd
  • Celtic Gods and Celtic Goddesses – Robert J. Stewart
  • Children of Cain – Michael Howard
  • Complete Irish Mythology – Augusta Gregory
  • Covensense – Patricia Crowther
  • Creating Pre-History: Druids, Ley Hunters and Archaeologists in Pre-war Britain – Adam Stout
  • Culture and Conscience. An Archaeological Study of the New Religious past in Ancient Palestine – Herbert Gordon May & William Creighton Graham
  • Drawing Down the Moon – Margot Adler
  • Ecstatic Religion: A Study of Shamanism and Spirit Possession – Ioan M. Lewis
  • Essays on Ancient Israel in Its Near Eastern Context: A Tribute to Nadav Naªaman – (ed.) Yairah Amit, Ehud Ben Zvi, Israel Finkelstein, & Oded Lipschits
  • Geosophia: The Argo of Magic – Jake Stratton-Kent
  • Gods in the Desert: Religions of the Ancient Near East – Glenn Stanfield Holland
  • Greek and Roman Necromancy – Daniel Ogden
  • Handbook of Contemporary Paganism – (ed.) Meredith Pizza & James R. Lewis
  • Hedge Witch – Rae Beth
  • Households and Holiness: The Religious Culture of Israelite Women – Carol L. Meyers
  • In the Path of the Moon: Babylonian Celestial Divination and its Legacy – by Francesca Rochberg
  • Initiation into Hermetics – Franz Bardon
  • Irish Witchcraft and Demonology – St. John D. Seymour
  • Irish Witchcraft from an Irish Witch – Lora O’Brien
  • Judahite Burial Practices and Beliefs about the Dead – Elizabeth Bloch-Smith
  • Magic and Ritual in the Ancient World – (ed.) Paul Mirecki & Marvin Meyer
  • Magic of the North Gate – Josephine McCarthy
  • Magic, Witchcraft, and Ghosts in the Greek and Roman Worlds – Daniel Ogden
  • Mastering Witchcraft – Paul Huson
  • Minoan and Mycenaean Art – Reynold Higgins
  • Minoans: Life in Bronze Age Crete – Rodney Castleden
  • Modern Magick – Donald Michael Kraig
  • Mysteries of the Snake Goddess: Art, Desire and the Forging of History – Kenneth D. S. Lapatin
  • Natural Magic – Doreen Valiente
  • Power of the Witch – Laurie Cabot
  • Prophets Male and Female: Gender and Prophecy in the Hebrew Bible, the Eastern Mediterranean, and the Ancient Near East – (ed.) Jonathan Stökl & Corrine L. Carvalho
  • Psychic Self Defence – Dion Fortune
  • Rethinking Ghosts in World Religions – (ed.) Mu-chou Poo
  • The Book of the Goddess Past and Present – Carol Olson
  • The Cosmic Serpent – Jeremy Narby
  • The Cults of the Greek States – Lewis R. Farnell
  • The Family in Life and Death; The Family in Ancient Israel: Sociological and Archaeological Perspectives – (ed.) Patricia Dutcher-Walls
  • The Gods of the Celts – Miranda Green
  • The Golden Bough – James Frazer
  • The Greeks and Greek Love – James Davidson
  • The Irish Celtic Magical Tradition – Steven Blamires
  • The Israelite Woman: Social Role and Literary Type in Biblical Narrative – Athalya Brenner
  • The Minoan World – Arthur Cotterell
  • The Occult World – (ed.) Christopher Partridge
  • The Pagan Man – Isaac Bonewits
  • The Rebirth of Witchcraft – Doreen Valiente
  • The Triumph of the Moon – Ronald Hutton
  • The True Grimoire – Jake Stratton-Kent
  • The White Goddess – Robert Graves
  • The Witches’ God – Janet and Stewart Farrar
  • The Witches’ Goddess – Janet and Stewart Farrar
  • Transcendental Magic – Eliphas Levi
  • What Thou Wilt – Jon Hanna
  • What Witches Do – Stewart Farrar
  • Wicca: Magickal Beginnings – Sorita D’Este and David Rankine
  • Witchcraft and Paganism Today – Anthony Kemp
  • Witchcraft and the Gay Counterculture – Arthur Evans
  • Witchcraft for Tomorrow – Doreen Valiente
  • Witchcraft, Magic and Culture, 1736 to 1951 – Owen Davies
  • Zutot: Perspectives on Jewish Culture (Vol 1) – (ed.) Shlomo Berger, Michael Brocke & Irene Zwiep

ARTICLES

  • 1 Sam 28: The woman of Endor. Who is she and what does Saul see? – S. Fisher (Basel)
  • Age at Marriage and the Household: A Study of Neo-Babylonian and Neo-Assyrian Forms – Martha T. Roth
  • Ancient Jerusalem’s Funerary Customs and Tombs – Levi Y. Rahmani
  • Asherah in the Hebrew Bible and Northwest Semitic Literature – John Day
  • Ben Sira and the Giants of the Land: A Note on Ben Sira 16:7 – Matthew Goff
  • Biblical Women’s Marital Rights – Étan Levine
  • Capturing Basque Witches, Releasing Lyrical Resources: From Historical Cases to Folk Song – Begoña Echeverria
  • Capturing Magics: The Witches in Early Modern England Project as Micro-Historical and Visualization Research – Kirsten C. Uszkalo
  • Charming Witches: The “Old Religion” and the Pendle Trial – Diane Purkiss
  • Chirps from the Dust: The Affirmation of Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 4:30 in its Ancient Near Eastern Context – Christine Hayes
  • Deuteronomy and the Politics of Post-Mortem Existence – Joseph Blenkinsopp
  • Diana Nemorensis – Andrew Alfoldi
  • Dynamic Spirituality on Minoan peak sanctuaries – Christine Morris & Alan Peatfield
  • Evidence of Minoan astronomy and calendrical practices – Marianna P. Ridderstad
  • Exe(o)rcising Power: Women as Sorceresses, Exorcists, and Demonesses in Babylonian Jewish Society of Late Antiquity – Rebecca Lesses
  • Experiencing ritual: Shamanic elements in Minoan religion – Christine Morris & Alan Peatfield
  • Hebrew thoughts on immortality and resurrection – Edmund B. Keller
  • Immortality and the Unseen World: A Study in Old Testament Religion – William O.E. Oesterley
  • Inanna and Ishtar in the Babylonian World – Joan Goodnick Westenholz
  • Isaiah 57:5-6: Tombs in the Rocks – Charles A. Kennedy
  • Judah’s Covenant with Death (Isaiah XXVIII 14-22) – Joseph Blenkinsopp
  • Lie Back and Think of Judah: The Reproductive Politics of Pillar Figurines – Ryan Byrne
  • Necromancy and Cleromancy in 1 and 2 Samuel – Bill T. Arnold
  • Official Attitudes toward Prophecy at Mari and in Israel – Simon B. Parker
  • Old Testament religion in the light of its Canaanite background – Elmer A. Leslie
  • Royal Women and the Exercise of Power in the Ancient Near East – Sarah C. Melville
  • Secondary Mortuary Practice and the Bench Tomb: Structure and Practice in Iron Age Judah – James F. Osborne
  • “She Will Die by the Iron Dagger”: Adultery and Neo-Babylonian Marriage – Martha T. Roth
  • Some Neglected Aspects of Israelite Interment Ideology – Saul M. Olyan
  • Spiritual Physiologies: The Discernment of Spirits in Medieval and Early Modern Europe – Nancy Caciola & Moshe Sluhovsky
  • Tamar, Qědēšā, Qadištu, and Sacred Prostitution in Mesopotamia – Joan Goodnick Westenholz
  • The Archbishop and the Lord Chief Justice: Dispossessions and the Clash of Jurisdictions in Jacobean England – Marcus Harmes
  • The Daughters of Your People: Female Prophets in Ezekiel 13:17-23 – Nancy R. Bowen
  • The discovery of Witches: Matthew Hopkins’s Defense of his Witch-Hunting Methods – Sheilagh Ilona O’Brien
  • The Dynamics of Gender in Early Agricultural Societies of the Near East – Diane Bolger
  • The Exaltation of Inanna – William W. Hallo & J. J. A. van Dijk
  • The Invocation of Deceased Ancestors in Psalm 49:12c – Mark S. Smith
  • The Necromancer’s Inheritance: The Ba’alat Ov of Endor in 1 Samuel 28 – Ben Siegel
  • The Queen Mother and the Cult in Ancient Israel – Susan Ackerman
  • The Role and Function of Goddesses in Mesopotamia – Brigitte Groneberg
  • The Roots of Restriction: Women in Early Israel – Carol L. Meyers
  • The Saturnine History of Jews and Witches – Yvonne Owens
  • The Social Role of the Nadītu Women in Old Babylonian Nippur – Elizabeth C. Stone
  • The Theological Implications of an Ancient Jewish Burial Custom – Eric M. Meyers
  • The Witchcraft Hysteria in Early Modern Europe: Was Russia an Exception? – William F. Ryan
  • Transfer of Property by Inheritance and Bequest in Biblical Law and Tradition – Richard H. Hiers
  • Unnoticed Resonances of Tomb Opening and Transportation of the Remains of the Dead in Ezekiel 37:12-14 – Saul M. Olyan
  • Voicing Women, “Community” Drama, and The Late Lancashire Witches – Eleanor Rycroft
  • Who Names the Namers? The Interpretation of Necromantic Terms in Jewish Translations of the Bible – Andrés Piquer Otero & Pablo A. Torijano Morales
  • Women and Communication in the Ancient Near East – Samuel A. Meier
  • Women and Gender in Babylonia – Laura D. Steele
  • Women and Men at Çatalhöyük – Ian Hodder
  • Women in Ancient Mesopotamia – Amy R. Gansell
  • Women’s Divination in Biblical Literature: Prophecy, Necromancy, and Other Arts of Knowledge – Esther J. Hamori
  • Yahweh and the Goddesses Astarte and Anat (and the Queen of Heaven) – John Day
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Divination

tarot

Tarot reading is often confused for fortune telling, to predict what the future has in store for a client. However, Tarot consultation is a method of divination offering a client the opportunity to gain additional insight about themselves or a situation in their life. A Tarot spread can be seen as a map of the mind, body and spirit which offers the reader a bird’s eye view of a client’s situation or life path. Most often clients come with questions relating to concerns of the mundane world such as love, health and prosperity, however, readings can provide information that may aid a client in moving past mental or emotional blockages and guide them on their spiritual journey.

Every Tarot card is a world in itself with each serving as a piece in the story-board of a reading. The cards serve to tell the story in much the same way a brush serves to bring forth into this world the insights of the artist from the inner worlds. The occult symbolism of the cards is a language that is interpreted by a skilled reader to answer a client’s questions.

A reading is subject to what a client is inquiring about and may verify past events up to that point. A reading may shed light on potential future events based on the current trajectory of the situation and energetic influences. However, what transpires in the future may depend upon how a client chooses to respond to their situation following a reading. That choice may be informed by the additional insight offered up by a reading.

For my Tarot readings I may use the beautiful Wildwood deck, a collaborative work by Mark Ryan, John Matthews and Will Worthington, or the classic Rider-Waite-Smith deck created by Arthur Edward Waite, Rider & Son publishers and Pamela Colman Smith. I use a variety of spreads for different types of readings and will choose one which I feel best fits the nature of the client’s query.

I do not visit the homes of clients to provide readings. These are offered either at my home or a mutually agreeable venue conducive to readings.

I do not provide readings through the internet or by telephone. Readings are offered in person and one-to-one only. I do not offer readings to groups, companies or any individual seeking entertainment. I do not accept requests for general readings; clients must have a specific question or situation in mind for a reading.

A maximum of two readings per year will be available for each client with the second reading being provided at least three months after the initial reading. This is to allow enough time to pass between readings and dissuade some people from depending on Tarot to navigate their lives.

The fee is paid on arrival and the reading will last approximately one hour. The fee is of a reasonable rate and is payment for the time and skill provided. If you would like to book a reading please e-mail your request to temenostacarman@gmail.com.