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Dooreen Valiente (Thames Valley Coven)

The Brighton & Hove Wicca Meetup Group is a common first port of call for those in the South of England who are interested in Wicca. It is run by the Order of the Horse and Moon whose primary coven is the Coven of the Horse and the Moon. We are the largest and most active Wiccan group on Meetup in the UK and one of the major forces within the Wiccan tradition in this country.

The group has the following objectives

1) To allow Wiccans to meet like minded individuals who are interested in the subject.

2) To allow those interested in Wicca to learn more about its practice.

3) To facilitate the practice of Wiccan rites

4) To provide a way for individuals to join a Wiccan coven

The group provides a straightforward access point to the Wiccan tradition and we are dedicated to facilitating access to initiatory coven Wicca for all seekers. We have a strong record of facilitating initiation into Wicca and Witchcraft with many intiations taking place in the last year. Although this site is run by Cochranian Wiccans we have helped facilitate into a number of different covens. These traditions in which initiations have taken place include Cochranian and Gardnerian Wicca and Traditional Witchcraft. We have many neophytes and novices in training currently in different Wiccan lines. We seek to match the seeker with the tradition of their choosing.

Our Order and coven websites are below

http://ootham.wordpress.com (http://ootham.wordpress.com/)

http://covenofthehorseandmoon.wordpress.com/

We also run a major Wicca website at

http://www.wicca.org.uk (http://www.wicca.org.uk/)

We run a full set of eight Sabbats. Four are public rites and four are social meetups in pub with training for new members. These can be attended by any member or friend.

We also run a cycle of Esbats. Within our coven structure an esbat is normally held on every full moon, although occasionally these events may be open to guests normally they are not . They are held on the full moon, and are normally held in private houses. The Order of the Horse and its associated covens also hold a number of events not on meetup which are for the members associated with the covens. Although the covens are spiritual groups they are also groups of friends and hold their own gatherings.

We try to avoid bringing members to events in private houses who are unknown to our network unless they are with a friend we know. Additionally we are a group for Wiccans. Our focus is on those seeking to join the Wiccan path. The simply curious are welcome to attend our public events. If you are committed to another spiritual path we will not seek to convert you and there would not be much benefit to you coming to our group.

The Order of the Horse and the Moon runs a correspondence course over seven month called 'Seven Moons to Magic'. This introduces Wicca and normally offers the option of initiation into Cochranian Wicca for those who seek it. The course is free, however there is a requirement to complete written work and pay postage costs for those who are continuing to work through the course.

The group is also limited to the over 21s. We have special arrangements for those who are 20.

Upcoming events (4+)

The Discoverie of Witchcraft: The Astrology of Witchcraft (Knot 5)

The Elizabethan grimoires, for example the Discoverie of Witchcraft, are filled with cryptic images. The meaning of some of these are explained in this knot which provides the foundations of astrology as understood in the era of the geocentric universe.

This event is for members of the Wiccan Federation. You can join at http://www.wicca.uk/joining.html. You will need to be on the course Knots 4-9 in order to attend.

Knot 2 The Lance of Taurian

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The Lance of Taurian

The New Age, the Age of Aquarius, is thought to be imminent. This event uses paintings, mainly in the National Gallery, dealing with the precession of the equinoxes. We start with the paintings of George and the Dragon to understand how they releate to the precession and then move on to paintings related to the different astrological ages. We will look at art related to the ages of Taurus, Aries, Pisces and also to the coming Aquarian Age.

The Grail legends also detail important astronomical events related to the precession of the exquinoxes. In this talk we look at how this relates to the 'lance of Taurian' which is found by Parzival when he leaves the Grail Castle for the first time. We also look at the tarot cards to see how they relate to the precession, in particular the Judgement card, which some see as related to the coming of the Aquarian Age.

The event will take around one and a half hours with additional time for questions.

You will need to be in the WhatsApp groups of the Wiccan Federation to attend this event. These can be accessed by registering at http://www.wicca.uk/joining.html

Knot 6: The Riddle of the Sphinx

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Knot 6: The Riddle of the Sphinx

The riddle of the Sphinx is the most famous of all riddles. In this knot we will look at the riddle and understand what it is about. The meaning of this strange riddle which relates to an animal walking on two legs, three legs and four legs will be revealed in this knot.

Wiccan Tarot School Part 1 of 3 : The Major Arcana

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The Wiccan Tarot School Part 1 of 3: The Major Arcana

This is the first part of a three lesson course in reading the tarot. Each lesson is planned to take between one and a half and two hours. The lessons are expected to take place at approximately monthly intervals.

In this lesson we will look at the history of the tarot and also at the Major Arcana. This school is run by London based Cochranian Wiccans but is designed to be applicable to other Wiccan lineges including Alexandrians, Gardnerians and Dianics. It is also applicable to those with a general interst in tarot. It will be delivered over Zoom.

In this school the major arcana are connected with the grail legends, however the card correspndences are broadly similar to those of other tarot schools.

We will look at the imagery of the card and their meanings and how each card connects with the grail legend as seen in Parzival and also in Peredur Son of Evrawg from the Mabinogion. We will focus on card decks that are connected with Traditional Witchcraft including the Dame Fortune's Wheel Tarot of Huson, the Visconti and also the Marseilles Tarot. We will also look at the Rider Waite/Golden Dawn decks for those who prefer to use them.

At the end of this lesson we will use the knowledge of the cards to produce very simple three card readings based on the past, present and future readings of selected cards.

In parts two and three we will look at memorising the correspondences of the minor arcana and in part three we will look at using this knowledge to read tarot spreads.

There will be an opportunity for those who complete this course to proceed to more advanced study with the Wiccan Tarot School. This will depend on mastery of the material in this course and the ability to work with both the Major and Minor Arcana from memeory when performing tarot readings.

In order to join this course you will need to join the Wiccan Federation WhatsApp groups. You will then be joined to the group for this event. You can join the Wiccan Federation through the link below.

http://www.wicca.uk/joining.html

The course is designed to take place once a month over three months and the dates of the 29th December and 23rd January have been planned for the second and third parts of the course.

The details of Part 2 and Part 3 are available in this Meetup Group.

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