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AT PRESENT WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING NEW STUDENTS FOR 1ST DEGREE CLASSES UNTIL JAN. 2021. REGISTRATION WILL RE-OPEN SEPT. 1- NOV. 30/2020 FOR ENTRANCE INTO CLASSES JAN. 2021.

Welcome Everyone,

This meetup was created for all who are interested in finding local groups, covens, temples etc. to celebrate, maybe become members of and attend events provided the myriad of pagans in the TriState Area.

So how did all this come about? As the organizer of some of the many pagan events in New York City, we know how difficult it can be to organize and run your many events. We will be the first to say that organizing a group, coven, Temple etc. is never easy. We began with 5 people to… I would say we have had as many as 300 at some of our events in the NYC area and still growing.

There are so many fun and informative events in the New York in general to attend and most do not know of them. We hope that this can become the forum for all pagan groups, covens, temples to get support for all their many events. Show them and us that we appreciate all their many efforts to provide a community for us to reach and celebrate with. Think of the effort, monies, wisdom, strength of will and many man and woman hours put into presenting you with these events because it is their passion. All of which without your support with attendance will eventually cease to exist.

Some Events are Pagan, Medieval, Renaissance etc. oriented and some are just plain old fun. To name a few: (do hope they do not mind )

The Witches Masquerade Ball

The Medieval Festival

The Annual NYC Witches Masquerade Bal

NY Pagan Expo

Long Island Beltaine

Pagan Pride Project

The Annual Beltane in Central Park

Beltaine: A Pagan Oydssey

Comic Con (oh yeah it’s fun)

Wicked Faire

OOOH MY, CAN WE ATTEND THEM ALL PLEASE!

We hope with this site that we can create this as one of the best resources for Pagans in general. As New Yorkers we like to find out about pagan events in the TriState area, National or International to attend.

We are a group of witches here to share many common interests and work together effectively towards a common goal. This group can be structured in whatever way its leaders and members choose.

To be a support, consciousness-raising, and religious and non-religious group or congregation all rolled into one...At the same time, it becomes an entity in itself, with a personality of its own.

We will always be welcoming, friendly, and inviting to all Wiccans, Witches, Druids etc. and other Neopagans.

As of the present time we do not have what you would call a permanent place but we are definitely striving towards that, as are many of us that have formed a group, coven or community of their own. By taking this first step, in trying to establish that goal.

Like any spell or prayer, you do the spell but you must also put in the work to achieve and make that spell come to fruition, hence WitchsFest USA.

We have also created http://www.witchsfestusa.org where all pagan groups, covens, temples etc can have their events exposed to the pagan community at large for free: Sabbats, Esbats, Fund Raisers, Charities, (events only no classes) for the general support of the pagan community. We only ask that in exchange we help promote one another, not compete, but rather assist each others groups/covens/temples in fostering the many amazing pagan communities around us.

With the forming of this viable community, each one of us has chosen to make this dream a functional reality. To do this, we pledge ourselves to these goals. We know our path is not an easy one, but we will gain what we invest.

Try? There is no try. There is only Do or do not! --Yoda

For this reason we would like to build WitchsFest USA into becoming one of the 'big festivals’ as one of our Fund Raisers that everyone looks forward to going to every year. One where they can have fun, improve the perception of the general public and in the interim we can also raise funds for our ‘Building/Space Fund’. Real Estate in New York City being VERY expensive so it may take us some time and great effort, but with all of our intents we will make it manifest. YOU WILL BECOME OUR SUPPORT GROUP as we all strive to achieve a common goal and make great things together.

Additional reasons:

· Creating a Family Friendly Pagan & Non-Pagan Friendly Environment

· Creating A Better Community – We have brought the community together since 2005, for many different events. Our years of teaching since 1995 has been a learning experience for us while developing our working partnership and learning how to deal with a largely diverse and often transitional group of newcomers to the Craft.

. Celebrating with this community - all the Sabbats, from Ostara to Yule and even forming our own Annual NYC Witches Masquerade Balls which began in 2005.

· Working diligently with a great group of amazing people in the forming of The Wiccan Family Temple begiinning in 2005. Followed by The WFT Academy of Pagan Studies in 2007. Forming also, The NYC Pagan Council, to bring awareness to all Pagans of the many injustices and crossing of our civil rights. Despite us almost giving up on some of the many ideas we've had, we have persevered thus far.

· As such, we would like to have many Groups/Covens/Temples be involved in this in one form or another.

· Networking and Bringing together a diverse number of people of varied Pagan Religions and Traditions coming together and networking with each other, forming a common bond and doing great things together.

· Reclaiming or just plain Claiming the right to Ownership of our Religion & our Temple such as it is – As Witches we will create positive changes, among ourselves and in the world around us.

· Open to solitaries, groups and covens, celebrating and experiencing the pagan holidays together.

· Creating opportunities for everyone on many levels by opening the space for all of our community as a place they will feel welcomed at all times to house many events, workshops or classes.

· Setting an example in the community at large – Especially the publics perception.

· Recognition and Our Reputation – We are a small temple in the New York City area, with a handful of committed individuals but we do have a place in the hearts of many. And thus we have a responsibility to the community at large and have earned our place within it.

· Fun – The key ingredient in this plus the freedom to just be who we are among our own.

Dedication to each other and to those who will join us in the future. Commitment is the most vital factor to our success. We are each other's guides and teachers. We would all do well to encourage and emulate those qualities we admire and experience in ourselves and each other.

Work together. Ours is a path of action. To repeat an old phrase, either you cut bait, fish, or mend the nets, lines and boats, but everyone contributes to the best of their abilities.

Building and maintaining community. Community is best maintained when everyone in it knowingly participates in its process. As Alexander Hamilton said to Aaron Burr "My country, sir, right or wrong. When it is right, keep it that way; when it is wrong, correct it."

Seek to influence events to bring liberty, love and enlightenment. By liberty, we recognize that we are free to do what we want for good or ill, and thus we strive to fearlessly accept the consequences of our actions.

So please do join us in this ground breaking quest to finally have a physical space that is a Pagan Temple in NYC, an actual Temple. OH YEAH!

So Mote It Be! www.witchsfestusa.org.

Upcoming events (5)

15th Annual Mabon Sabbat Ritual & Harvest Dinner - LIVE via Zoom

DUE TO THE COVID 19 VIRUS – WE WILL BE HOLDING ALL CLASSES ONLINE. Please make sure you have paid and contact us an hour ahead of time, so we can send you a link to the access rituals or classes 10 minutes before we begin, so we can get started on time. NYC WICCAN FAMILY PRESENTS 15th Annual Mabon Sabbat Ritual & Harvest Dinner Come celebrate A most magickal ThanksGiving The September Equinox is always a beautiful, natural phenomenon worthy of our recognition and honor. On this particular holiday, we cry and we laugh. Our Mabon - A DAY OF THANKSGIVING! Mabon puts us in touch with the transformational elements of life here on Earth. This is a bittersweet stop on the ever-turning Wheel of the Year. The Autumn Equinox /Mabon ritual carries the wisdom of the ages and hopefully divine inspiration, which will give sacred life and meaning to the many challenges and changes we face, and to the light and shadows around us. We, are the priestesses (all females) and priests (all males) paint little blue tears on our faces. Some of us literally cry, mourning the gradual disappearance of the Sun, but then we immediately rejoice and thank the Mother for giving birth to the Son, for holding him in Her womb, and for nurturing him. Purpose: Rituals in general, help to reconnect us with a heightened sense of spirituality. By participating we become more fluent in communing with experiences that often defy understanding in the physical world. In a ritual we can balance reality or our position in everyday society with Nature. We might discover the need for a change in our lives, or we might convey a passionate commitment to protect our environment. Rituals are insightful, empathetic, and enjoyable. EVERYONE MUST BRING A DISH OF ANY KIND. Dishes like potatoes, corn, breads, juices, wines, meats, vegetables etc. Let’s give thanks with a true buffet style Harvest Dinner. Attire: Suggested colors are black – you can add colors of the Sun and Earth to it like orange, yellow, wine, russet, copper, gold bronze and brown (not required for attendance) . IF ANYONE HAS HAND INSTRUMENTS PLEASE BRING AS MANY AS POSSIBLE, DRUMMING BRINGS GREAT ENERGIES TOGETHER, as we always create our own music. www.wftacademyofpaganstudies.org www.wiccanfamilytemple.org www.charmedbystarr.com. THANK YOU, BLESSED BE. Children ARE welcome 14 and under must be accompanied by parent or adult guardian. HAVE A BLESSED MABON SABBAT www.wiccanfamilytemple.org; www.wftacademyofpaganstudies.org; www.witchsfestusa.org; www.charmedbystarr.com #WitchesBall #MasqueradeBall #Halloween #Witches #Wiccan #Pagan #WitchPride #NYCWitchesMasqueradeBall #Voodoo #Samhain #WitchesSabbat #Mabon #ThanksGiving #WItchesThanksGiving

Full Moon Ritual - The Blood Moon LIVE via ZOOM

Online event

$10.50

DUE TO THE COVID 19 VIRUS – WE WILL BE HOLDING ALL CLASSES ONLINE. Please make sure you have paid and contact us an hour ahead of time, so we can send you a link to the access rituals or classes 10 minutes before we begin, so we can get started on time. FULL MOONS ARE WORKING CELEBRATIONS. LEARNING AND UNDERSTANDING THE MOONS INFLUENCES AND MAKING ITS ENERGIES WORK BEST FOR YOU. IT IS A TIME FOR YOU TO RAISE ENERGY, CAST SPELLS, PERFORM HEALINGS, BANISH OBSTACLES, GREAT FOR RITES OF PASSAGES, WICCANINGS, INITIATIONS, DEDICATIONS, ETC. The Full Moon represents the Goddess in all her many aspects as Mother, full and ripe and bright. When the Moon Full it is the at its greatest power and most potent energies. Come share this time with us. A PARTICIPATORY RITUAL WHERE EVERYONE IS A PARTICIPANT. Circle casting will begin by 7:15pm. Attire: suggested attire color white or black (not required for attendance). EVERYONE OF ALL AGES ARE WELCOME TO JOIN US. IF ANYONE HAS HAND INSTRUMENTS PLEASE bring them, as we create our own music.

New Moon Ritual - LIVE via ZOOM

Online event

$10.50

DUE TO THE COVID 19 VIRUS – WE WILL BE HOLDING ALL CLASSES ONLINE. Please make sure you have paid and contact us an hour ahead of time, so we can send you a link to the access rituals or classes 10 minutes before we begin, so we can get started on time. NEW MOONS ARE WORKING CELEBRATIONS. LEARNING AND UNDERSTANDING THE MOONS INFLUENCES AND MAKING ITS ENERGIES WORK BEST FOR YOU. IT IS A TIME FOR YOU TO DARK WORKS, NEW BEGINNINGS, NEW PROJECTS, REJUVENATION, BEAUTY, SELF-EMPOWERMENT. NURTURING ETC. The Moon represents the Goddess in her aspect as Mother, Darksome night. The New Moon is where the sun and moon is in conjunction. The new moon is a time of initiation and new beginnings. It is the time to plant a seed of what you want to grow in your life. Making a wish, an intention, a promise, or a vow is a common custom. It is believed that as the moon grows, so will your intention or goal usually by the time the moon completes its cycle and returns full circle to new again. New Moons tend to make us want to plant new seeds and start afresh. But we are essentially working blind however, without the illumination of the Sun’s wisdom. With a New Moon we are working 100% on our instincts, so any decisions made at this time will be from habitual drives and infantile cravings which may not be in our best interests. We should listen to our body, because the more we tune into it, the more we can tell the difference between a wounded ancestor who is crying out for attention and a genuine gut-feeling that is one’s trusted intuition. Otherwise discernment is needed, because the guidance of the Sun (the light of truth) is missing at the New Moon and one may easily be hoodwinked. A New Moon can work powerful manifestation magic because the Moon is furthest from the earth and this frees the imagination from material limits. Thought-seeds planted at the New Moon will grow, so be careful what you wish for! A Solar Eclipse is like a really powerful reboot. The blinding light of the Sun is blocked for just enough time to get a new perspective. It is mind-altering and refreshing, but it can turn your world upside down too. The new Moon offers us its energy of intention, to rid ourselves of the negative habits in our life. The energy of the new moon aids us in ridding our minds and bodies of toxic thought patterns as well as eliminating toxic substances like excess alcohol, processed foods, caffeine & tobacco usage. Starting a new project, or discipline should be substantially less difficult to stick to when started during the new moon. Come share this time with us. A PARTICIPATORY RITUAL WHERE EVERYONE IS A PARTICIPANT. Circle casting will begin by 7pm. Please try to be on time. Thank You! Attire: suggested attire color white or black (not required for attendance). EVERYONE OF ALL AGES ARE WELCOME TO JOIN US. IF ANYONE HAS HAND INSTRUMENTS PLEASE bring them, as we create our own music. www.wiccanfamilytemple.org

Wine & Cheese Tarot Party - LIVE VIA ZOOM

Online event

$5.00

Come on everyone let's enjoy an evening Sipping wines, bites of cheese, dips, chips and more... Come have some fun with the Tarot... $5.00 to be part of this fun times with the Tarot and friends... While everyone reads the Tarot .... novice or not you will be reading the Tarot at this event, all while enjoying mingling online with others of like minds... GET YOUR DECKS, WINES, CHEESES, CHIPS, SALSA, GRAPES, JUICES, VEGGIES, DIPS, ETC.... IT'S YOUR PARTY.... #Decks #Readings #Witches #Tarot #Wine #Cheese #Party #Music #Fun #TarotClasses #Tarot #WineandCheeseTarotParty

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New Moon Ritual - LIVE via ZOOM

Online event

$10.50

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