Fire Circle Coven is based in Portland, OR. We are an
Eclectic Pagan Teaching Coven exploring personal growth through Experiential
Witchcraft. Throughout the year we offer both open and closed educational
classes & workshops alongside our Sabbat & Esbat rituals. The Sabbats
are for coven members only. The Esbats are celebrated as an open public ritual
Called Tune to the Moon. Click HERE for more information on Tune to the Moon.
Fire Circle Coven currently has openings in its circle for new Covenmates.
What is Experiential Witchcraft?
Created and developed by Sophlili Achnil, Experiential Witchcraft is
an eclectic blend of witchcraft, shamanism, the teachings of Jim Williams on
living life from the context of Whole & Complete, wort cunning, energy
work, and various healing modalities.
Central to this tradition is the context of Whole & Complete. When we are
living life from Whole & Complete, the overall experience is one of a
continuous stream of magick and miracles. If the miraculous is not occurring on
a daily basis for you, you have not yet learned how to create and wield your magick
so that life shows up in all its majesty.
One of the tenants of Experiential Witchcraft is The Crone's Rule of Three,
The results of any intention you set will most often be seen within three days.
This applies to major life questions as well. When the Experiential Witchcraft practitioner
asks for the answer to a question, the answer is revealed consistently within
three days. Answers are clear. There is No Question or confusion.
What Kind of Ritual Experiences Does Fire Circle Coven Offer?
We are an eclectic tradition, and as such our rituals will
vary greatly depending on the intention set by the covenmate leading that
Two of the values we hold dear are thinking for oneself, and following
spiritual intuition. Because this is so, our rituals may be presented in any
number of contexts. We are not a dogmatic coven. If you enjoy learning about
various traditions and ways of being in partnership with Divine, this coven may
be for you.
A Word About Linguistic Domains
The use of various terms borrowed from witchcraft.
Subjects Are Taught?
Students will learn to identify, process, and use local plants for magickal and
healing intentions. This information will be recorded by students in a personal
Wort Cunning Journal. Students will record plant information and an image of
the plant. Images may be hand drawn, printed photos, actual photos, or pressed,
dried portions of each plant glued onto the page.
In addition to Wort Cunning information, students will keep a Spell Book where
they will both find, and create spells based on gathered plant materials. Students
will record each spell and the results of that spell in their spell book. Guest Instructors will be brought in on a regular basis to cover subjects
beyond my knowledge. Book of Shadows
Since every person's spiritual experience is different, Fire Circle Coven
requires that each covenmate create their own BOS.
Historically, the practice of keeping a BOS began within the
Wiccan Tradition and only one book was created for the entire coven to share. Also,
traditionally, a BOS contained information about the tradition, as well as any
spells, rituals, recipes, poems, Goddesses, Gods, etc. Fire Circle Coven
members do not mix this information. Separate books are kept for each.
Book of Spells
Poetry and general Journal
In the Experiential Witchcraft Tradition, coveners develop
their own description of what Experiential Witchcraft means to them. The BOS in
this tradition is the place where practitioners record this description.
This description will include an overview, correspondences,
charts, tables, Goddesses, Gods, daily practices (as developed by each
practitioner), and other general information about the path they are walking.
While much information will be garnered by students from participation in coven
rituals, workshops, classes, and one-on-one guidance meetings, ultimately their
descriptions will vary greatly.
We are not interested in turning out dogma saturated sheeple. This tradition is
a gently guided free-range exploration of what spirituality means to YOU.
Practitioners who walk their talk will notice that over time, meaning evolves
along with the soul of the practitioner. The description will evolve too. This
is a living, breathing tradition of Growth! We aim to thrive, not merely
survive. We aim to grow, not remain stagnate. We challenge ourselves regularly
to re-define ourselves and our spiritual practices. This is not to say that
things "must" change - only that we remain open and vigilant in
questioning what we do and why we do it.
All information is to be recorded by hand. Use of an electronic version is not
frowned upon, but may only be created as an adjunct to the hand-written
Some of the advantages to actually physically writing out
your BOS is that the very act of writing creates a connection or bond between
the writer and the book itself. Memory is also enhanced deeply when we write
something by hand. Mental pictures are formed that can be called back in the mind's
eye more readily. There is something comforting and nostalgic as well to
reading notes in your own hand. Another fun part to writing it yourself is
adding your own artwork and personal flourish to each page.
Every member will take their turn leading ritual from time to time.
No exceptions. Students will not be guided what to create, and instead, how to
think in order to create meaningful and powerful ritual.
Students will learn Ritualcraft for personal use, as well as public
Community Building Skills
Fire Circle Coven provides guidance which results in producing community
leaders. Students are encouraged to hive-off and start their own Experiential
Witchcraft coven when they are ready. This is not required. It is however
encouraged when the time is right. At the very least, practitioners will become
stronger in their leadership skills and this will enhance their own life
experience, as well as that of the people whose lives they touch in their
respective larger communities. (Home, neighborhood, business circles, etc.)
Students will be instructed in the art of creating their own amulets,
talismans, and tools. Workshops will be offered at various points throughout
Working Tools - What We Use & Why We
This is not the typical overview.
You will not find this information anywhere else. Not only is the information
different, it is a whole different approach to looking at and working with
Partnership is a core value in Experiential Witchcraft; partnership with everything
in your environment and every part of your own sweet self.
An exploration of the myriad ways our ancestors have tapped in and
connected to the Divine with-in and with-out. It is important to mention here
that we do not teach duality, nor it's opposite. Chaos theory is best used to
describe what is meant here. Chaos theory states:
Nothing is true, and
everything is permissible.
Everything is true, and everything is permissible.
Is There an Online Community
Circle Coven Forum
Fire Circle Coven Info Page
Fire Circle Coven FAQ
Fire Circle Coven Treasury
Fire Circle Coven Council of Elders
Fire Circle Coven Community Outreach