There is Light in The Darkness
Blessings to you from the Blackberry Vine
The Witches of the Blackberry Field Oracle are a Neo-Pagan interfaith community who host events in honour of the Dark Mother and work towards harmony with ourselves and the world around us. We welcome people of all beliefs who wish to respectfully participate in these rites. We host regular public events for those interested in learning more.
The purpose of the Blackberry Witches is to provide healing and community for our members. We take our inspiration from the Chaldean Oracles, and dedicate a special place in each of our rituals to the Torchbearer, Hekate.
We host rituals on every full moon that are open to members of both sexes, and rituals on the new moon for our female members. We hold public Sabbats four times a year, at Samhain, Candlemass, Walthpurgis, and Lughnasadh.
Participation in these events is not mandatory for membership. We provide a digital library and online discussion board for those members who prefer to practice in private.
For more information, please see our frequently asked questions below.
Blessings to you of the Torchlight Divine
What do you mean by personal growth and well-being?
We believe in the enhancement of mind, body, and spirit. We do not intend to reach 'Kether', 'Nirvana', or any other forms of supreme cosmic enlightenment. We are here to achieve harmony and balance with 'Malkuth', the world around us. Those seeking higher enlightenment are of course still welcome, but that is not our purpose.
Does it cost money to be a Blackberry Witch?
Although we take donations, they are not mandatory. We ask that members who can afford to help do so. Many of our events also potlucks.
How old do I have to be to join the Blackberry Witches?
The Blackberry Witches are a group for neo-pagans aged 18 and up. Parents may bring their children at their own discretion.
I am a transgendered person. Will the Blackberry Witches welcome me?
Absolutely. We welcome anyone who can act respectfully towards the coven, and all women (cisgendered and transgendered) are invited to Dark Moons.
Who is the Dark Mother, and why are you focused on her?
All Goddesses of rebirth and afterlife, of the infinite and the creation of the universe are aspects of the Dark Mother. She equates with Binah on the Holy Kabbalah, Saturn in astrological terms, and Kali Ma in Hinduism, to name a few.
Why are you focused on Hecate? Is she another aspect of the Dark Mother?
The legend of Hecate has been under a lot of dispute in pagan circles for some time. Certainly she has darker aspects, but we believe that she is also a goddess of light, and a bridge between the darkness and the light. It is because of this bridging that we feel she should be our Matron as we seek to find balance within ourselves and peace with the world around us.
Do I have to take Hecate as my personal matron to join the Blackberry Witches?
No. You do not even have to have a personal matron to join the Blackberry Witches. You must, however, accept that she is Matron of our tradition and our divine teacher.
Why don't you have a Patron? Why only work with the Goddess?
We invite our members to personally work with any Gods they like. As a coven, we are focus our group workings exclusively on the process of rebirth, which is an aspect of the Dark Mother.
What kinds of spells will I learn in your coven?
We perform cleansing rites at each of our events, and our work focuses on personal growth and emotional well-being.
What are the Chaldean Oracles? Why are you based on them?
The Chaldean Oracles is a poem believed to have been written in 2ndCentury Babylon about the nature of Creation. Few mystic traditions have chosen to use the Chaldean Oracles, and we feel that the type of gnosis they provide can be healthy and provide personal growth.
For more information, see the Wikipedia page on the Chaldean Oracles.
Why are your dark moons only for women?
The Blackberry Witches began as an all-female organization because we wanted to be able to deal directly with women's issues. It was decided after our inception that we needed the balance provided by having mixed-gender events to achieve our goals of a community for growth. We maintain some all-female content because we still value the privacy it gives for women's issues.
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