A Traditional Gardnerian Online Outer Court
Hawkfire Coven was a fully online Gardnerian Outer Court, but is no longer operating as of August 15th, 2021.
High Priestess Wren Robin (firstname.lastname@example.org) is forming a new, in-person Coven in the near future and serious Seekers are welcome to contact her with inquiries ahead of that time. Seekers should be within reasonable driving distance of Charlotte, North Carolina, and able to attend ritual at least once a month. This coven will be dedicated to earnest magical and ritual training and will be minimally social in order to accommodate those with busy and complex lives who nevertheless want to pursue craft training. Although this next Coven will be in-person, Wren is committed to accessible and equitable craft training and Seekers struggling to find a Coven, or a Coven that serves their particular interests in Craft training, are welcome to contact her for assistance.
Hawkfire Coven was an on-line Gardnerian outer court, created during the global pandemic of 2020 and operated from August 15th 2020 to August 14th 2021. Hawkfire was dedicated to sincere Seekers of diverse backgrounds who, for equally diverse reasons (including economic, geographic, etc.), could not pursue Gardnerian Witchcraft in a traditional coven. Hawkfire Coven was an inclusive coven open to Seekers of any race, culture, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical ability, income stability, education level, or geographic location. Since the egregore formed in a physical coven is a truly unique and exceptional experience, Hawkfire Coven also assisted sincere Seekers locate covens within their geographic region before admitting them to its own outer court. Hawkfire had five Seekers in it's Outer Court over the year of operation from three different countries and four different time zones. All went on to pursue their paths independently with the full support and encouragement of the High Priestess, and she is happy to give a strong recommendation for any of them. While Hawkfire did not achieve its goal of initiating any of the Outer Court into Gardnerian Wicca, it served five talented and open-minded magical practitioners to the best of its ability and Wren is honored to have been a part of their individual paths.
High Priestess Wren Robin
Although Hawkfire Coven no longer exists, Wren Robin still maintains a firm commitment to equity in Craft training, and her next Coven, although traditional and in person, will maintain the same ethos as described above. Wren Robin operates in the University City area of Charlotte, North Carolina. A daughter group of Foxfire Coven, her next Coven will adhere to the tradition as passed by our Long Island elders and is committed to thorough Craft training for serious Seekers from all backgrounds.
Before contacting a coven, Seekers are strongly encouraged to read or listen to the audiobook of Traditional Wicca: A Seeker's Guide by Thorn Mooney. Additional recommended books, blogs, and videos are listed below.
When writing their Seeker letter, Seekers are encouraged to provide detailed information about their lives; circumstances that may intersect with or impact Craft training; and past experiences in magical, theurgical, and/or spiritual practice. It is helpful to describe your interest in initiatory witchcraft specifically and previous experiences and interests in witchcraft, paganism, magic, and/or the occult. It is common for Coven leaders to reply to thoughtful inquiries with a brief series of questions to help guide future conversation.
For Seekers interested in Wren Robin's future coven, they are welcome to email her at email@example.com. In the meantime, they are encouraged to read some of her blog posts to understand the history of Hawkfire Coven more deeply and her personal approaches to magical and theurgical practice both within and outside of the context of initiatory Witchcraft.
Recommended Beginner Books
by Thuri Calafia
Recommended Intermediate Books
Traditional Wicca: A Seeker's Guide by Thorn Mooney
Recommended Advanced Books*
by Gerald Gardner
*Advanced can mean many things, but these are focused on Gardnerian Wicca.
Witch Books for the Absolute Beginner (Thorn Mooney)
Seeking Witchcraft Podcast - Coven Questions with an Elder of The Craft
Seeking Witchcraft Podcast - Misconceptions about Witchcraft & Wicca
**There are many exceptional blogs, vlogs, and podcasts on occult practice. The episodes listed may be of particular use to Seekers of initiatory witchcraft.
This is the blog of Wren Robin, Hawkfire Coven's High Priestess. While Wren is primarily a Priestess for the gods of 'the Wice', she also practices as a solitary witch, priestess, sorceress, and magician. Like many witches and magicians, she balances this with a career, family, community engagement, and hobbies.
While Gardnerian Wicca is hierarchical, Wren doesn't pretend to have all the answers. In this blog, she shares her questions, tentative answers, pitfalls, and successes. While only some posts deal directly with Gardnerian Wicca, this should give prospective Seekers a sense of how Wren frames the pursuit of the Work within her own life, which naturally filters down to her management of Hawkfire Coven.