***This is a feminist, liberal to left-of-center leaning witch group. Due to negative experiences that directly impact our safety, men are no longer admitted. No conservatives, far right, alt-right, "christian" or "angel" witches, etc as this space is not a good fit and likely a contradiction of your values. If you join deceptively you will be removed immediately once discovered.
***ZERO TOLERANCE FOR ANY AND ALL OVERT AND COVERT (EVEN SUBCONSCIOUS) RACISM, BIGOTRY, XENOPHOBIA, HOMOPHOBIA, TRANSPHOBIA, ETC, ETC, ETC.! WE HAVE UPDATED OUR POLICIES TO AN IMMEDIATE REMOVAL FOR THESE TOXIC AND HARMFUL BEHAVIORS, NO MATTER THE INTENT OR EXCUSE.***
We uphold a diverse, safe, and nurturing environment centered in values of human rights and equal justice. We do not discriminate based on adult age (18+ only), ethnicity, gender identity or preference, or mental/physical ability.
We recognize witchcraft as a wonderful tool to help heal trauma and improve ourselves. We also recognize that many of us who come to witchcraft are victims of social, economic, religious, political, and personal oppression and trauma. We hold a loving and listening space for all of us and do not foster minimization, victim blaming/shaming, invalidation, or bullying of any kind.
We are solitary, eclectic witches practicing together with no dogma and with respect to each individual’s sacred system, which are all different. We learn from one another and grow together. We also sometimes meet via Zoom for tipsy tarot practice, new member welcome, and other fun chats. Some events we host include book clubs, observation of sabbats, member presentations on topics of interest, and local outings to witch shops and events.
We socialize and we practice magick together. We are not a coven and do not operate by strict adherence to any specific tradition or pantheon, though we hear about many and try various things. We take what we individually like and leave the rest with the respect of knowing what's best for one is not necessarily best for all. We all contribute and share various practices and resources, but do not focus too heavily on a single one. And we are friends, which has evolved organically and continues to do so.
Once you have attended an in-person event, you can be added to the private, closed Facebook group as well for daily interaction. There is also a group text if you're interested.
GROUP GUIDELINES (updated Jan 21, 2021)
For the safety of our members, please do not request to join if you cannot fully abide by these guidelines as offenders will be given ONE warning (except in the case of rule #1 which is immediate ban and reported to Meetup if justified), then removed for any noncompliance after that point. In the case of extremely harmful engagement with a member or the group, you could be removed and blocked without warning. TELL THE ORGANIZER PRIVATELY IF YOU OBSERVE OR PERSONALLY EXPERIENCE ANY OF THIS BEHAVIOR.
1. No overt OR covert RACISM, BIGOTRY, XENOPHOBIA, HOMOPHOBIA, TRANSPHOBIA, ETC, ETC, ETC.! WE HAVE UPDATED OUR POLICIES TO AN IMMEDIATE REMOVAL FOR THESE TOXIC AND HARMFUL BEHAVIORS, NO MATTER THE INTENT OR EXCUSE.
2. No soliciting. Do not recruit or solicit members for your business or existing organization, from MLM to Main Street, just don't do it. If you have a witch-oriented business, let the organizer know and we will make an appropriate single announcement.
3. No evangelizing or recruitment. If you are interested in creating a group for something tangential to the craft, do that now on Meetup rather than joining this group. If your interest in another group or subgroup grows after joining, let the organizer know and we can make a single announcement, do not secretly pressure or subversively recruit other members from the group. We are not to be used as a hunting grounds from which to solicit members to start a coven, club, or obscure subgroup. Do your own work for that from the ground up. This kind of toxic and passive aggressive behavior harms the entire group and impacts group dynamics as the vibe changes (we know when it's happening, it's obvious/awkward/the elephant in the room). It also can damage reputations in the local witch community, which is harmful and avoidable. Rather, let us part on good terms even if our paths must diverge.
4. No individual pressure or requests for financial assistance or personal favors. If you are struggling, talk to the organizer privately and you will be provided a list of local resources. It is inappropriate and boundary-less to expect members of a group you joined to solve your hardships for you. We practice healthy boundaries and we are all adults. If a friendship forms that reaches the point of favors, use your best judgment and be cautious. If you feel uncomfortable because you are being pressured, tell the organizer who will be appropriately responsive.
5. We are a safe and private group. ABSOLUTELY NO outing on social media (DON'T TAG W/OUT PERMISSION OR POST ON SOMEONE'S PERSONAL WALL ANYTHING WITCHY) as many of us are still at least partially in the broom closet and/or have professional colleagues on social media.
6. You must participate regularly to remain in the group, no voyeurs. We are reasonable about this. If you are participating by attending in person at times, interacting in the Facebook group and messenger chat, we will feel plugged in and consider you a "regular, participating member".
7. This group holds space for discussion of trauma and real life problems as we view one another as friends, sisters, and brothers in the universe. We do not allow minimization or disparaging of anyone's trauma or their efforts at obtaining professional counseling. Mental health is not something to minimize, trivialize, or be offended by so just do not do it or you will be at risk of removal.
8. Be open to change and respectful of historical offenses in witchcraft. Please educate yourself (if you aren't already) on proper terminology for BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and on offensive terms and appropriation in witchcraft. Topics that can involve appropriation and offensive language include (not an exhaustive list): reiki, hoodoo, voodoo, chakra/s, the word "g*psy" and misuse or appropriation of the Roma culture, patriarchal and imperialist messaging in the tarot, overly capitalist nature of modern witchcraft, a hyperfocus on celtic or "white" witchcraft to the exclusion or diminishing of other walks and pantheons, use of terms such as *light/dark* or *black/white*, and much more. The underrepresentation of melanated skin and most minorities in the world of witchcraft and tarot is real. We are sensitive and open to invitations to grow in our understanding and awareness of the areas in which our practices can evolve in order to lessen the impact of any harmful and offensive words and behaviors we may be using or practicing. We all agree to be responsive and kind when these offenses arise and lower our ego to receive awareness and education rather than project defensiveness and privilege.
***Always assume best intentions by everyone until proven otherwise.***
Mainly what we require is that each member be generous and graceful in allowing other members space to express their truth without negative feedback so no one person dominates the space. If your nervous system cannot handle trauma discussion, we honor and appreciate that, but you should search for a group that focuses solely on basic witchcraft practices. This is, first and foremost, a SAFE SPACE. We recognize it is not for all, though we wish this was the gold standard generally.