FAQS

People write to us and often ask the same questions. Before taking that step, pause for just a moment to read over these FAQs and see if they answer any of your questions. We are always interested in hearing from others who seek to learn and welcome your inquiries and interest so write to us in any case, if you like.

Do you have a correspondence course?

We are planning to offer workshops and and rituals that are open to the public in conjunction with our sister covens. We do not have distance learning as part of our educational endeavors.

Can you initiate me?

Initiation in the Assembly is only attained through the covens to their members. Membership does not automatically lead to initiation, it is a lengthy process which requires dedication and purpose.

How do I join?

Membership is granted by the individual covens and typically involves a getting-to-know-you period of at least 6 months. Contact the covens for their particular guidelines. If you are geographically distant from a coven, it is unlikely that you will be able to participate in a way that leads to membership.

Where do you have covens?

Currently there are four covens in the Greater Philadelphia area, one coven in the Annapolis, MD area, one in the the Silver Springs, MD area, 3 near Georgetown, DE, one in Northern NJ, and one in the Wilmington, DE area.

Can a coven join the Assembly?

We have had several people join a coven together at the same time, however, we do not have a procedure for an established coven to join the Assembly as it’s own entity. 

Can you put me in touch with other covens or traditions?

The volume of email that we get is considerable, so please use the magic of the world wide web to search for resources in your area. A good starting point is: The Witch's Voice

Can you tell me how to cast spells.. do rituals... etc...?

We would encourage you to seek out teachers, workshops, organized groups, and books. You may do yourself a great disservice by jumping into something without enough information and guidance.

I'm under 18, can I join or come to your events?

To join an ASW coven you must be at least 18 years of age. Parental permission, and, ideally their presence, is required for participation in many of the workshops or events. If you do have parental permission, then any time you spend attending workshops and rituals will count towards the 6-month getting to know you period (see above).

Can I come to your open events if I am a beginner or a member of another faith?

Yes, our open events truly are open to all that bring good will and an open mind.

Can I be a member of the Assembly and be involved in other faiths or traditions?

Yes, many of our members are involved with or are initiates of other paths. We do require that those that are granted the status of clergy (3rd Degree Initiates and beyond) focus on the Assembly's path. This is not about right or wrong or exclusion, it is about commitment and the reality that there is limited time available to us to fulfill our obligations and commitments to our coven and tradition while maintaing balance in all the other important areas of our lives.

© Grail of the Birch Moon 2012