Gardnerian Contacts in Canada
revised by Brigantia Stone, October 1998
Issues and Concerns
Contact information for Gardnerian covens is difficult to obtain, owing to two factors:
When study groups advertise their existence, they might do so via announcements on electronic bulletin-board systems, or via regional contact services.
Once you have made contact with a study group or coven, ask for and check references. All legitimate Gardnerian covens and their associated study groups are part of one or another lineage of covens that trace back to one of Gerald Gardner's High Priestesses. One warning sign to watch out for is would-be teachers who cannot or will not give verifiable Craft references. Although it is occasionally suggested by non-Gardnerian commentators that there are "non-lineage" or "book-trained" covens that sprang up spontaneously, based on the published writings of some Craft author or another, such groups are not part of our Traditional family.
The Canadian Situation
The groups listed below are not the only Gardnerian groups in Canada, but they have been checked out by one or the other of the Elders who are working together to build this web-site, and so we recommend them as a good starting point for your search.
The best advice I can offer to a seeker is "Always ask first, and understand the answer!"
Electronic and Postal Contacts
Coven of the Stone and Cauldron
is a Gardnerian teaching coven in Calgary, led by HPS Autumn River. The group meets every two weeks, and requires completion of homework and practical exercises along with reliable attendence at the meetings. Practical commuting distances for group meetings are from Canmore in the west, Bowden in the north, Brooks in the east, and High River in the south. Reliable transportation is a must as our highways are not well-maintained in the winter.
Wild Rose Outer Grove is a Pagan training group for people of mature disposition who have had no prior initiatory experience. The Grove is sponsored by Coven of the Stone and Mirror. The Grove's meetings will commence early in February of 1999, and run for one year. More information about the Grove is available at this Web page: http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Agora/2416/wildrose.html
Coven of the Stone and Mirror is a Gardnerian elder coven in southwestern Alberta. It may be reached via: email@example.com
There are Gardnerian initiates of several lineages in British Columbia, but thus far they haven't come very far out of the woodwork.
Ontario (and Eastern Canada)
Dave Springer of Quicksilver Coven in Ottawa makes student referrals to select Traditional (both Gardnerian and others) groups in Ontario, and can upon occasion be convinced to take students himself. Students should be of the age of consent, and will be held to high standards of conduct and discretion. To contact him, e-mail him via: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Hidden Path is a quarterly magazine, published in the northern Midwest of America, and covering events of interest to Gardnerians across the continent (and overseas), and presenting ritual ideas, historical and theological essays, and other things of interest to its readers -- leavened with occasional doses of wicked humour. Subscriptions are solely by recommendation from the leader of a Gardnerian coven.
For further information, write to:
Red Garters: A Journal of Traditionalist Wicca is published in the wilds of the Central Valley of California. It covers events of interest to British Traditional Witches across the continent (and overseas), presenting rituals, historical and theological essays. Subscriptions are available to the general public at a suggested donation of $13 US per year (to Canada, Mexico and USA) or $17 US per year (worldwide, surface mail).
Red Garters also has its own Web pages, at: http://www.angelfire.com/ca/redgarters/redgarters.html
For further information, write to:
Six Roads: a Gardnerian Journal of the Art is a quarterly "little magazine" for Gardnerian initiates , published in Western Canada. Subscriptions are by formal recommendation from the HPS of a Gardnerian coven, and are subject to verification and acceptance. Subscription information can be obtained from the magazine's web-site at: http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/5756/sixrinfo.html
You may also e-mail to: email@example.com
Phoenix Publications, who have been in business for some years, publish a variety of books of interest to Gardnerians, Alexandrians and other Traditionalist Witches. One of their more delightful products is a hard-bound, perfectly blank Book of Shadows, with a lovely black, gold-stamped cover, intended for those who want to practice their "hand of write". Contact Phoenix Publications via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
They also maintain a current catalogue of their books on the Web, at: www.phoenixpublishing.com
Let them know you found their e-mail and Web addresses here.
revised by Brigantia Stone
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