What we're about
While only a part of Meetup Groups since 2011, we previously operated via Yahoo Groups since 2007. We are a Coven run high magick Wiccan group that offers teaching and training. We meet monthly (2nd Tues of each month, 7:30 p.m., Haylee's Coffee House,127 Mountainview Boulevard, Wayne, NJ 07470 - right around the bend from Mother's Ale House). Come and join us in a relaxed atmosphere to get to know us. In addition to the monthly meetings, we offer classes in Foundations of Wicca & Elements of Magick (or simply, Wicca 101!), meditation, tarot card reading, astrology, past life regression, herbs and crystals, etc. We hold rituals for each Sabbat (which includes the annual Moonlight Masquerade held at Samhain, a charitable dinner dance/costume party to benefit St. Jude Children's Hospital and Four Legs Good, a local animal shelter) and get together for group trips and other activities to advance our growth on our spiritual journey, as well as to get to know each other better, thereby making our rituals truly special. Our members are diverse and talented and willing to assist you in your spiritual journey by providing tarot card readings, energy healing, past life regression, emotional cord cutting, house blessing/cleansing and many other services.
Once you're accepted into our group, please ask for a copy of our documents, "Ritual Etiquette" to help you integrate better into our group, as well as "A Word About our Coven" which will provide you with additional information about us.
This group is open ONLY TO THOSE 21 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER. This age requirement is enforced.
**PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE A SPIRITUAL GROUP - NOT A SINGLES GROUP OR DATING SERVICE. ANY BEHAVIOR THAT SUGGESTS A MEMBER IS INTERESTED IN MEETING OTHER MEMBERS WITHIN THIS GROUP FOR DATING OR OTHER SIMILAR PURPOSES IS HIGHLY DISCOURAGED AND WILL BE CAUSE FOR DISMISSAL FROM THE GROUP. IT IS SUGGESTED THAT YOU MOVE ON TO ANOTHER GROUP THAT IS MORE SUITED FOR MEETING SINGLES IF THAT IS YOUR PURPOSE**
About your High Priestess:
Niki Somers is a third-degree High Priestess in the Nashmutian and Mohsian (NJ Line) Traditions and Ordained Spiritualist, able to perform life event services (handfastings, legal marriages, wiccanings, etc.) as well as many other spiritual services, such as emotional cord-cutting, energy healing, house cleansings/blessings, spiritual counseling, etc. As a former state-certified high school English teacher, Niki incorporates her training in both the mundane and magickal worlds, enabling her to guide you in the mastery of your personal, mental, and energetic development. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in English and an Associates' Degree in Psychology. In addition to teaching, her experience includes the counseling and socialization of the schizophrenic, having assisted Dr. Donald Springer of the Friendship House in Hackensack in his group counseling and social activities program. She is the founder/leader of Bergen Wiccan & Pagan Group (created in 2007), which is the open circle of the Coven that operates it. As the High Priestess, she runs the Coven and is responsible for the Coven training of all new members as well as overseeing Bergen Wiccan. BW&PG provides spiritual guidance to those who seek the Light by providing many services such as spiritual counseling, energy/Reiki healing, meditation, soul retrieval, Tarot readings, and runs open classes on various subjects such as Wicca, Astrology, Tarot card reading, and Past Life regression, just to name a few.
A little bit about our traditions:
The Nashmutian tradition obtained its basis in an Alexandrian outline with influences from Modern Mystery School philosophies and other esoteric programs, utilizing ancient Egyptian deities and ritual. We combine low and high magick in just about all our workings, reminding us to remain humble as we are of the earth, yet showing that we are also noble as we are made from the stars. So, Wiccan roots ground us into the earth, allowing our spirits to soar without limitation. We are a serious tradition in that we do the work, but there is always warmth, joy and laughter in our workings – something that is very evident even from your first experience with us. We are not rigid. Rather, we go with the flow of the experience, remaining open to all possibilities, allowing us to answer the needs of the people today. We have few real rules, but those we have are followed and our students progress through a 3 degree system. Both the God and the Goddess are honored and called in for all workings, even Esbats (although the Esbats are devoted primarily to the Goddess and the Sabbats are devoted primarily to the God, both are acknowledged at each gathering), recognizing the balance and unity necessary for balance and harmony within the Universe. Set up to be run by both a High Priestess (HPS) and High Priest (HP), it is feasible and often experienced that ritual is handled by a HPS alone and that this is just as powerful and as acceptable as having both a HP and HPS conduct a ritual. Initiations, while preferred to be accomplished via gender polarity, if a coven is without a HP, the initiation may be accomplished with just a HPS in attendance. While the originating Coven utilizes Egyptian deities and teachings are conducted using this pantheon, it is acceptable for a hiving coven to choose a different pantheon as their patrons thereby conducting their workings under the influences of such chosen deity.
More can be read about the Mohsian Tradition by going to http://www.witchvox.com/va/dt_va.html?a=usaz&c=trads&id=12740.