Central New York Groups and Organizations
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Central New York Pagan Association (CNYPA)
The Central New York Pagan Association was founded in August, 1998 by several members of the local pagan community as an umbrella organization to serve the Central New York area as a database and contact point. Purpose: CNYPA will serve primarily as a database. A central database will help students to find teachers, pagans new to the area to find others, pagans to keep in touch with each other, and serve as a contact point for the media and other members of the public who need accurate information about paganry in Central New York. Membership in CNYPA is free. Mailing address CNYPA PO Box 15184 Syracuse, NY 13215-0184. Phone number: 315/469-1622. Secretary: Christine M Keenan.
CUUPS is Unitarian Universalist Pagan group in Watertown, NY associated with All Souls UU Church. We welcome all who are on a positive journey. Our group is very eclectic and has folks from beginers to experienced. It’s a fun place to learn and share.
Church of the Greenwood was formed in 2003 to parent the Central New York Pagan Pride Project and to provide trained clergy to perform rites of passage to pagans in the Central New York area. In 2006, Church of the Greenwood formed the New York State Pagan Prison Ministry, ministering to incarcerated pagans in state facilities. In that same year, the church extended its campus ministry efforts (see also SPIRAL) to include the coordination of student volunteer efforts in support of CNY PPD. In 2016, the church also began offering celebratory public ritual services.
For more information, visit us on Facebook or Email Us or at Church of the Greenwood, P.O. Box 5323, Syracuse, New York 13220. Church of the Greenwood is a federally recognized 501c3 charitable organization.
Circle of the Rising Phoenix
Circle of the Rising Phoenix is an eclectic Wiccan coven of women, in existence since 1994. We honor the Lord and the Lady and the Earth as we celebrate the Sabbats and gather at esbats for the Lunar Mysteries.
We have embraced the symbol of the Phoenix to reflect our dedication to change and transformation. The women of Circle of the Rising Phoenix strive to live by the Wiccan Rede, in doing no harm and in working together in perfect love and perfect trust, for personal growth and healing.
The Circle of the Rising Phoenix is a semi-closed coven. We do invite friends, and past students, women and men, to join us for open Sabbats. Children are welcome to most open Sabbats.
Our coven has been a member of the Covenant of the Goddess, (COG) since April of 1996. Each year we teach the 11 week introductory course, “The Philosophy Magick & Ritual of Wicca” You may contact us for information on the next class, beginning September 19th.
Clergy is available for Handfastings, and all rites of passage. Reiki Masters are also available. Contact: Terra@twcny.rr.com
Coven of the Black Stag
The Coven of the Black Stag is a coven in the Hawthorn Hollow Tradition, the coven was established in 2018. We are a teaching coven dedicated to honoring God and Goddess. The Coven of the Black Stag was formerly the coven of the Vulture that was birthed from the Mother coven, Coven of the Crow a part of Willow Hill Circle, in August of 2014. We separated from WHC in 2018.
The Coven of the Black Stag is led by Lady Kiana and Lord Azuran, both having the combined experience of over twenty years in Witchcraft and readily provide spiritual life counseling. The coven stead, Moonhaven, is located in Rome, NY. Coven of the Black Stag recognizes lunar and solar cycles as Esbats and Sabbats, occasionally holding open circle for invited members.
As part of Hawthorn Hollow Tradition, the Coven follows a 3-tier degree system of learning; The Initiate, the Adept, and the Third Degree. It is the decision of the Initiate whether or not to continue their studies to earn their certification as minister. By third degree, the High Priest/ High Priestess may decide to hive off and form their own Coven within the Hawthorn Hollow.
Although all witches will have their own individual paths, the Coven of the Black Stag exists more as a chosen family of witches. Though our personalities may differ, we gather to honor the Gods in perfect love and perfect trust. Through this, we teach the mysteries of the Priesthood, and the rites performed to our Gods.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
With Strength and Light,
Lady Kiana and Lord Azuran
Coven of the Four Elements
We are an eclectic pagan group working with Green Witchcraft. We are located in Canandaigua. We are basically a closed coven, but we are taking new members in 2017-18. We welcome guests invited by members. Contact our HP at email@example.com for details. Contact info: Lady White Raven
Coven of the Mystic Moon
We all strive to serve our community…
We are an eclectic group incorporating many traditions. We observe the turning of the wheel celebrating the Sabbats and Esbats. We are a teaching coven continuously learning and growing. We are open to working with new people and helping them on their spiritual path..
All those wanting the possibility of working with our group are required to take our Wicca 101 class. We acknowledge and honor each of our members personal gifts..
Under the MYSTIC MOON we unite as one in honor of the god and goddess!
Please contact us at the Mystic Side Gift & Book store for further information on the coven or in joining one of our classes..
Our phone is 315-214-0200, our fax is 315-214-0201.
Grove of the Golden Horse
The Grove of the Golden Horse (Garrán an Eich Órbhuí) is a gathering of like-minded individuals focused on Irish-based Druidism for the 21st Century. We are based near Syracuse, NY. Our mission is to follow and to share the path of the Druids in a manner appropriate to our time and to our individual beliefs in order to better the expression and experience of our dignity and that of all people. We are a Chartered Grove with the international Druid order known as The Henge of Keltria. As such, we follow Keltrian ritual in our celebrations of the High Feasts and other rites.
As Keltrian Initiates and Dedicants, members of the Grove strive to:
1.- honor our Ancestors
2. – revere the Spirits of Nature
3.- celebrate the Gods and Goddesses of our Irish heritage
These are the 3 Foundations of Keltrian Druidism.
The Inner Circle
Muin Mound Grove, ADF is an open Druid group which has been chartered
since June of 1991. Muin (pronounced moon) is a Gaelic word meaning
Vine, which grows plentifully in this area. Mound honors the burial
mounds recognized in many cultures to celebrate the Ancestors.
Celebratory rituals of Indo-European origin (mainly Celtic and Norse)
are held on or near the eight High Days. Chartered with
the national Druid organization, Ár nDraíocht Féin, the group promotes
scholarly excellence and personal development through study courses,
guilds, community service, networking, fellowship, and active
participation in ritual. Contact the Grove through their Facebook page, Muin Mound Grove, ADF check out their website at MuinMound.org, or explore ADF at ADF.org.
Contact Senior Druid Jen Koagel at J87eliot@aol.com
Mystic Circle traces its roots back to Beltane 1999, when we were founded as CNY Circle. Very much an “un-coven”, we are a group of pagans who follow very individual spiritual paths, but who continuously learn from one another and celebrate our common ground together. At times eclectic and at times chaotic, we learn and grow, individually and as a group, encouraging and supporting each other while constantly stretching our spiritual boundaries. We come together for celebration, for healing, and to learn from one another. Many of us are active in the local and wider pagan community, helping to sponsor Pagan Pride Day and other events. While Mystic Circle is a closed group, you can contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Northern Rivers Grove, ADF
Northern Rivers Grove is a group for people in the Watertown, Thousand Islands, Adams, and Carthage areas of Northern NY who have an interest in Druidism, a polytheistic nature-based religion that honors the nature spirits, ancestors, and Indo-European Gods. We are part of the Ár nDraíocht Féin (ADF) Druidic tradition (www.adf.org) and our grove’s emphasis is on Celtic traditions such as Irish, Scottish, Welsh, etc. We offer open rituals for each of the eight High Days, and strive to offer numerous workshops and social outings throughout the year. For more information, please visit our website: http://northcountrydruids.wordpress.com/
Oswego State Pagan Association is an organization that was formed in response to the Pagan spiritual needs on campus. The goals of the club are to create a judgment free-zone and to provide an academic and research based community. Contact us at email@example.com.
The RavenMyst Circle was born at Yule 2001 and follows the path of traditional Wicca. There are fourteen covens in the Tradition in four different states; eight of them in Central New York. We recognize that every Witch is equal in the eyes of our Gods. We see the Gods both as real individuals and as parts of a greater whole. We celebrate the Wheel of the Year and the Esbats. RavenMyst is a 4-tier tradition consisting of Dedicant, First Degree, Second Degree and Third Degree. The honor of Elder status level is conferred to those leaders within the Trad who have gone above and beyond in service to RavenMyst Circle Tradition. All members enter at the Dedicant level; and all covens share curriculum, circle casts, quarter calls, totems, Dedication and Elevation rituals. Each coven is autonomous, under the direction of their High Priestess and/or High Priest. For more information please contact the High Priestesses of the covens located in New York.
Coven of the Redtail Hawk is officiated by LadyHawke the Mythmaker and is closed to new members.
Coven of the Night Owl in Lansing is officiated by Lady Thia and Lord Kaseekaa. They are also closed to new members.
Coven of the Nightingale in Munnsville is officiated by Lady Songbird at firstname.lastname@example.org and is accepting seekers.
Coven of the Heron officiated by Lady Blaze has recently moved to Maryland.
The following covens are also located in various towns in Central New York, but are not taking students and have no contact information at this time;
Coven of the Loon (Lady Rosewycke), Swan (Lady Rowan), Red Winged Blackbird (Lady Emmialle), Dragonfly (Lady Shadow Healer), and Sparrow Hawk (Lady Onna Grey).
Reclaiming the Radiant Wild
The Reclaiming Tradition of Witchcraft is an international community and tradition of feminist Witchcraft, weaving together ecstatic community ritual and social justice activism. Reclaiming the Radiant Wild was formed by members of the Vermont Witch Camp community living in Syracuse, NY. Reclaiming is circular in power and open to all genders. We take turns facilitating and make decisions using consensus process.
On Wednesday, November 14th we are pleased to be hosting Starhawk for an evening event entitled “Growing Deep Community.” It will be held at 7 PM at First Unitarian Universalist Society of Syracuse at 109 Waring Road, Syracuse (near Drumlins).
“We live at a crucial moment in history. Yes, the situation is dire, and the timing urgent, but this is no moment to despair. We can regenerate our human and natural communities, and we all have a unique role to play in making the transformation happen. Our activism can move beyond resistance to radical and joyful resurgence. Our resilience and our strength in this journey will spring from connection with one another and to the earth.” – Starhawk
Our goal is to provide a place in the Rochester, NY/Genesee Valley Region where a pagan/druidic community can develop that offers nurturing fellowship, open ritual, and the opportunity to grow as pagans. Even though our focus is on Celtic and Norse paths especially in the context of Ár nDraíocht Féin, we welcome pagans, seekers and friends from all paths.
We are a diverse and inclusive group encouraging mutual compassion and respect as well as working to have a positive impact on our local and global communities. Ultimately, as we state when opening every ritual, “We are here to honor the Gods!”
Contact us through our Facebook Page.
SPIRAL – Syracuse University: Student Pagan Information, Relations, and Learning
Syracuse University’s SPIRAL is a place for pagans of all paths to turn to for information as well as a place of community. SPIRAL is a fully recognized religious organization through Hendricks Chapel at Syracuse University and was created in the spirit of diversity, tolerance, education, and enlightenment for all people. There are no experts but there are those willing to listen to those with questions in an effort to help dispel the myths regarding pagans that breed intolerance and hatred. SPIRAL is open to all members of the University community who wish to participate and aid in reaching this goal. Weekly meetings are held on Mondays at 7:00 pm in the Small Chapel at Hendricks Chapel during the academic year, and all participate as both teachers and students.
For more information regarding this organization or how to join the email list, contact Hendricks Chapel at Syracuse University or Kurt Hohmann at email@example.com.
Úthellingu Kindred (pronounced ‘oot-het-link-uh’) began as a monthly meet-up for the purpose of discussing the stories and virtues of Heathenry and Asatru. Over the course of four years, we have practiced ritual, paid honor to our deities and ancestors, and helped one another grow in our spiritual quests. We look forward to continuing the exchange of ideas and the deepening of our camaraderie over shared meals and the occasional horn of mead. We’re open to honorable people regardless of race, ethnic origin, gender, or sexual orientation. All who honor the Heathen path, or who are interested in learning more, are welcome to join us at our public meet-ups, held on the third Wednesday of every month. For more details, find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/566268806728458/ or contact Kurt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Web Path Center, a Pagan Church
Yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WebPATHCenter/
Willow Hill Circle
Willow Hill Circle provides a haven for individuals seeking to explore the Wiccan way as an alternative to traditional spiritual paths. In addition to deepening their connection with the Gods, students will learn basic circle etiquette, the different aspects of ritual, altar set up, totems, energy, divination and the healing arts. They will also develop a thorough understanding of Esbats, as well as the Sabbats that comprise the Wheel of the Year.
If Seekers choose to dedicate, as Dedicants they have the opportunity to Initiate after they have completed their year and a day. Initiated students may then continue their education through a 3-degree program of learning, after which they may hive off and birth a coven or pursue a path as member of the clergy, or both.
Our tradition, Willow Hill Circle, currently consists of two covens and one outer grove.
- Willow Hill Grove – Outer Circle, Herkimer, NY
- Coven of the Crow – Herkimer, NY – Lady Awen and Lord Teiwaz
- Coven of the Falcon – Smyrna, NY – Lady Sky
For more information about Willow Hill Circle, the grove or Coven of the Crow, please write Lady Awen and Lord Teiwaz at email@example.com