While looking at the monthly schedule for Phoenix and Dragon, I noticed a meet & greet with SilverLeaf Hollow, a local Wiccan coven. I hadn’t thought about adding groups to the MMT, but I decided that doing so might be useful for anyone looking to get into the craft in the Atlanta area, but don’t know where to start. I will add groups only if I get to meet with them first, but this in no way means that I endorse them or their practices. I encourage everyone to meet in person with any group you’re interested in to make your own decisions.
The meeting with SilverLeaf Hollow took place in P&D’s back room on a Sunday afternoon. It was an informal information session so the High Priestess, Lady Musea Astarte, could get to know possible future initiates, and those of us that were interested could ask questions about the coven, the practice, or anything else that was on our mind. The goal of SLH is “to be a place where seekers can become trained practitioners of the Old Ways while adapting their modern sensibilities to live a truly magickal life.” What I liked about this goal is the word “modern.” I believe that some practices are outdated and that we must always learn, grow, and adapt our methods to fit with our lives in the modern era. I also appreciated their flexibility when it comes to other beliefs. One guest was interested in Druidism, and another in Buddhism, and were told that they could bring their beliefs/practices with them if they decided to become initiates of the coven. No beliefs would need to be left behind, and initiates would always be encouraged to research and question anything they would be taught.
Another issue SLH addressed was privacy. A couple of the guests that day were concerned about friends or people in their community finding out about their interest in the coven. These guests were assured that there would be no outing of personal information and that no one would be required to publicly attach themselves to anything relating to the coven. Additionally, practice is held in an unmarked location.
In the end, I left with very good feelings about SilverLeaf Hollow and the people that I had met. If you’d like more information on the coven, please visit their website below.