Only a few days to go…

The Blackthorn Coven has now been established since December 2009 and it is growing from strength to strength in the Manchester area – whilst we have spent a few months consolidating our core group of members and establishing our foundations we are now ready to open our doors to new members and open up our Training Coven.

On Tuesday 10th August 2010 we will be holding our first open Coven Meetup – which is a social event aimed at all pagans interested in Traditional Witchcraft and  those interested in meeting like minded souls. We will be meeting at Fairfield Arms, Manchester Road, Audenshaw, Manchester. We start at 7.30pm.

All are welcome to attend including those completely new to the paganism and the craft.

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Occult Secrecy and The Group Mind

It is no secret (pardon the pun) that as a Coven we are keen to develop our group mind in such a way that it serves and protects the group collectively and individually. It was on this subject that I was reading through an old occult text book by Gareth Knight, a well known and respected Occultist.  I thought I would share.  In this treatise, ‘A Practical Guide to Qabalistic Symbolism‘ he believes that many occult mystery schools shroud their work in secrecy as a method of ‘self-aggrandisement‘ or to ‘cloak ignorance‘ in the writer.  He goes on further to state that whilst secrecy has its place within the Occult it is not in the same sense as we would normally understand it. It is furthermore only secret because primarily it cannot be understood by outsiders.

Secrecy does have its place when it comes to the philosophy of the group mind. Whilst it is possible for a student (and we are all students in one way or another) to make a great deal of progress on his or her own, more progress can be achieved when working as part of a group. It is in a group where a group mind is established (and this applies to any group, social or occult). It is this group mind that affects the unconscious of each individual contained within it. The ideas of the group are pooled into the cauldron as it were and then open to the use of the others telepathically.

He goes on further to state that this process is automatic within any group but this is more so when what is known is kept secret to all those outside the group. This is even more so when it relates to matters affecting the subconscious such as symbolism, mythology or mythological images.

Within Blackthorn Coven we have a group mind already established which every member contributes to on a physical and spiritual level. It is usually this that helps us choose new members, it helps us identify when there is an energy imbalance or where another members might need help in one way or another. Naturally this connection between us is a work in progress and continually developing through the use of ritual and magical work both of which we will expect new members to partake in throughout their training.



Witchcraft in Manchester

Many are unaware that Traditional Witchcraft is actually practised in the Manchester area despite its towering buildings and its urban feel.  Blackthorn is nearly one year old and we are now opening our doors to new members and trainees to begin our new course beginning in January 2011.

Places are available on a strict first come, first served basis and are available on application and acceptance. Whilst we are very selective we are very inclusive and everyone is invited to our open events at locations in and around Manchester. You are also free to join our Facebook page.

If you are interested in joining our neophyte training course we would ask that you apply immediately so we can process your application as soon as possible.

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