Welcome to the California groups page. Here you will find both training groups and active covens. You can browse listings by clicking directly on the state listed below, or use the search bar to narrow down results by group name, type or tradition.
Disclaimer: Groups listed here are not vetted by Darksome Moon LLC and the legitimacy of those running the groups are not under our direct knowledge or control. Our purpose is to offer an online space that facilitates connection between groups and seekers. We advise all seekers to be cautious and careful whenever reaching out to those they have not met or do not know. Where possible, we will list Facebook groups or other sites/contacts that can be used to vet a listing.
To learn more about what one might expect from a legitimate group, take a look at our Seeker's Guide.
Order of the Sacred Grove
Group Name: Order of the Sacred Grove
Location: Berkeley, Concord, Martinez & Folsom, California (CA)
Tradition/Spirutal Path: Initiatory Wicca
Contact: OSG Mentors
Very excited to have found this site. Would love to add a listing for the Order of the Sacred Grove, a modern American witchcraft tradition in the East Bay area. We are looking forward to planning our next apprentice cycle. Some basic information is below but to learn more about us and, if interested, to submit an apprentice application, seekers can visit us at http://orderofthesacredgrove.org/menu.html
You can also email us at email@example.com. The Order of the Sacred Grove is dedicated to the practice of witchcraft and to the establishment of the Temple of the Goddess. We are open to all who seek training and initiation into the ways of the wise. We are devoted to the Goddess in all of Her forms. OSG consists of independent but cooperative covens or groves within the larger order. Each coven develops its own patron gods and may follow an independent, but harmonious magickal current. We believe that witchcraft must remain a living tradition, and although traditional structure is essential, we allow for a free expression of dynamic and fluid energy to express itself through a working group.
The Order offers training for those who wish to become priestesses and priests of the Goddess. We are an initiatory tradition and apprentices are taught by mentors within the Order. We are open to all genders, however, it must be recognized that this is a Goddess oriented group. We encourage freedom of thought and individual expression; "Do What Thou Wilt, An It Harm None." We strive to accommodate a wide range of beliefs and practices.
We currently have two groves, one in Berkeley, CA and one in Concord, CA and we are looking to form new groves in Martinez, CA and one a but farther away in the Folsom CA area.
We would be happy to answer any questions you might have here in this thread or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Blessed be.
DarkStar Coven - Gardnerian
Group Name: DarkStar Coven
Location: Sacramento, California (CA)
Tradition/Spirutal Path: Gardnerian Wicca
DarkStar is an autonomous Gardnerian coven located in the metropolitan area of Sacramento, California. Gardnerian Wicca is an initiatory, oath-bound, orthopraxic, Witchcraft tradition that traces its roots directly to Gerald Gardner - who was the father of modern Wicca. In DarkStar we worship the Old Gods and practice the Art of Witchcraft for personal, spiritual, and magical growth. Gardnerian Wicca is a Priesthood of the Old Pagan Gods - but we do not have a congregation like a church.
Generally speaking, Wicca in it's myriad of forms is now the only major religion that England has given to the world! Gardnerian Wicca is a branch of what is sometimes called initiatory or traditional Wicca. There are many misconceptions about our tradition. Suffice to say, being in the tradition does not mean that we are rigid or consider ourselves better than other Witches. We acknowledge that there are many other forms of Witchcraft - we are simply called to this particular path because it resonates with us.
DarkStar was founded in 2001. Some coven members have decades of experience in the Craft. Our Gardnerian lineage is through both Eleanor Bone and Patricia Crowther - two of Gerald Gardner's High Priestesses in England. Our credentials can be readily confirmed via our contacts with other Gardnerians worldwide. DarkStar is a private group and we do not hold open public meetings.
DarkStar Coven is an inclusive group of adults that embrace diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, gender, or sexual orientation. We believe in equal rights for all. As a group, our focus in DarkStar is experiential - we do not do everything exactly the same way at all times - but we do have a certain amount of ritual structure.
If you are a beginner, we suggest that you do some preliminary research in order to figure out what sort of Pagan or Witchcraft group you are looking for before approaching anyone to ask about training or membership. (Wikipedia has some fairly decent pages on Modern Paganism and Witchcraft traditions). It's important to be informed before contacting a group because there is a great deal of variety.
Once you have done some research, if you are *specifically* drawn to the Gardnerian tradition, you must meet the following criteria: You are over 18 years of age (we prefer 21+); you are of good character; you have reliable transportation; you are able to meet 2-3 times a month on weekends. If you are outside of our commuting area, some travel will definitely be required. If we decide to work with you, some training *may* be done via Zoom but initiations cannot be done online. Our coven's Circles are in person.
Before contacting us, we strongly suggest that you read the following books first:
Thorn Mooney: "Traditional Wicca: A Seeker's Guide" (2018) - written by a Gardnerian High Priestess.
(Helpful hints for finding a group)
Thea Sabin: "Wicca for Beginners: Fundamentals of Philosophy & Practice" (1983, 2006) (An overview and introduction to traditional Wicca that includes basic philosophy and some exercises for beginners.)
If you wish to be considered for training, you mush have sound ethics and be able to take responsibility for your words and deeds. You need to exhibit a serious desire towards personal growth and learning. You must be able and willing to work as part of the coven for around 5-7 years. Please be mindful that any previous experience you hae does not necessarily put you on a fast track towards initiation or advancing in the coven - but it may count towards some of our requirements. This is a lifetime commitment for most people.
Do note that we take whatever time is necessary to get to know potential candidates. We will only consider those who we feel are the right fit for us - which also means that we need to be the right fit for you! Everyone is the group is expected to work together towards the greater good under the guidance of the coven leaders. Please be advised that there is no guarantee that if you begin to work with us that you will be initiated. Honestly, sometimes it simply does not work out. If that happens, we will try to refer you to another group.
It is your responsibility when contacting us to send a Letter of Introduction that includes your age, occupation, and the town you live in or nearby. Please indicate where you heard about us. Also, include a paragraph or two stating why you are interested in the Gardnerian tradition. We do not respond to requests asking to join our coven with no personal content - so please introduce yourself. Thank you!
DarkStar Coven can be reached at: email@example.com