F.A.Q.s

If you see something that isn’t here or included in the class, email us at maidenscircleacademy@gmail.com

The Course

Can I begin this course at any time?

Yes! The online course can be started at any time.

How do I register for the course?

You can register online here or by emailing maidenscircleacademy@gmail.com. We will contact you within a week of receiving your registration request.

More info on the course here…

Why should I take this course instead of others offered in NYC?

At MCCA, our goals are to help, to educate, and to share the love of the Goddess with those who seek it. We sincerely believe that those who seek Her, and who desire guidance, deserve it. That said, you should take this course only if doing so feels right to you.

MCCA is an eclectic, Goddess oriented priestess coven. As such, our Initiates are all women.

Our lessons are  comprehensive and always evolving, taking from our various practices, as well as input from Seekers.

What do I receive when I complete the course?

Seekers receive a lovely custom certificate from MCCA stating that you have successfully completed the Covenpath course. Once a year, a graduation ceremony will be held for all who can attend. Donating graduates will receive, along with their certificate, a discount for any specialty class offered, as well as an exclusive gift to help you continue on your path.

Am I automatically in the coven when I graduate?

No, initiation into Maiden’s Circle Coven is neither guaranteed nor required. Those who seek to become priestesses within the coven will be given the opportunity to apply near the end of their term. After applying, admission of priestesses is decided by a committee of current Maiden’s Circle Initiates.

Why must I study with you for “a year and a day” to join the coven?

MCCA follows a non-traditional path, but maintains a traditional Wiccan structure. The year and a day rule can be found in many common law cases in legal matters. We believe that the rule allows ample time for Seekers and Initiates to get to know each other and the material, to see if they fit as a group, and to become well-acquainted with Wicca/Paganism. In addition, joining a coven is a long-term commitment, so we want Seekers to know for sure if it’s what they truly desire.

Will there be homework and/or grades?

There will be homework but no grades. This course will require you to work outside of class, spending significant time in meditation, doing personal research, and practicing various witchy skills.

Do I need to have internet access at home?

Yes. Currently, the course is only offered online.

What if I am not satisfied?

Maiden’s Circle Coven understands that our path may not be right for all. If you wish to leave, Seekers may speak to the High Priestess or Handmaiden and simply inform them in writing. Initiates who wish to leave for whatever reasons must meet with either the HP or two HMs and sign an exit contract, following an exit interview. If desired, a special meeting can be held to give the departing member a farewell ritual and celebration of her sisterhood.

What if I don’t agree with everything you say?

Great! We don’t expect everyone to agree, especially when there are so many different ways to see the world. As long as it doesn’t disrupt anyone else’s learning, we’re always open to discussion of differing views. There will also be plenty of opportunities to discuss your views during online group sessions.

The Coven

What is a coven?

A coven is many things. It is at once a family, a sisterhood, a support group, and none of those things. It is an organization of like-minded witches who come together to affect change in their own lives and the lives of others. A coven must be cohesive, meaning no single witch can use the coven strictly to further her own agendas that do not serve the whole. A coven provides a platform for sharing craft-related experiences, working together to raise energy for magic, group meditations, spiritual growth, and enlightenment. Initiation into a coven is not something that should be done without deep consideration. It is not a club that one can attend whenever they feel like it or are bored; it is a commitment. It can take years for a practitioner to find the right coven, though once they do, it can become one of the most fulfilling aspects of their lives!

How did Maiden’s Circle Coven begin?

In the fall of 2014, Lady Morgana was struck with the desire to reach out to the Pagan community. The idea began as a study group, then a mentor group, and soon, Maiden’s Circle evolved into the form it has today. More here…

Who is the High Priestess?

Lady Morgana Brighid has been on her path, a practicing witch, for more than a decade.

She laid the groundwork for Maiden’s Circle in 2014. She works diligently to aid MCCA’s growth and is always looking for more ways to connect with the Pagan community.

Why do you only accept women as Initiates?

Our Initiates are all women to emphasize the feminine energy in our works and to create a bond of sisterhood amongst its members.

We are not man-bashers and fully recognize the God as the consort of the Goddess, however, we are a Goddess-oriented coven.

I am a man.  Is there any room for me in Goddess worship?

Absolutely! The Goddess welcomes all who seek Her. A witch is a witch is a witch.

That said, MCC is a priestess coven. As such, we do not allow men to become initiates into the coven.

However, the Covenpath course is available online for all who wish to take it.

Witches, Witchcraft, Etc.

Is witchcraft real?

Yes! It isn’t the same as what you see on television or in movies, of course, but it is very real.

How do I know if I was born a witch?

No one was born a witch.

You may have certain gifts, such as clairvoyance or psychic abilities.

You may even have always been destined to become a witch, but witchcraft is a skill, a practice that takes time, work, and extensive study.

You say “Eclectic Wicca,” but what does that even mean?

Maiden’s Circle Priestesses come from various backgrounds, but the basic teachings of Wicca and the Covenpath tie us together. We follow the Rede “An’ it harm none, do as ye will,” and the Witches’ Creed.

We worship the Goddess and God, in Wiccan tradition, yet we allow for the integration of many differing pantheons.

Can I be both Christian and Wiccan?

No. Christianity is a religion that expressly forbids the practice of witchcraft.

Wicca is a witchcraft religion in which ancient gods and goddesses are worshiped.

If you follow the teachings of Christianity and choose to practice magick, divination, or tarot and choose to call yourself a witch, so be it. However, you cannot belong to these two religions at once.

What do you mean by, “Wicca is a religion”?

Many become interested in Wicca because they think it is all about doing spells and magick. While that’s fun, it is far more than that!

Much of Wicca gives us an outline of how to live our entire lives. It includes the worship and honoring of gods and goddesses, it provides suggestions on how to raise and educate children, how to celebrate births, marriages, deaths and other rites of passage.

It offers ideas to explore on what happens after death and between lifetimes. It helps one to understand how to handle both the light and dark aspects of life.

In fact, many experienced Wiccans will tell you that witchcraft is only a small part of their religion.

The Rest

How much does it cost?

The Covenpath is currently free, for as long as Morgana can manage it. However, donations are accepted to help with the costs of running MCCA.

In addition, we will soon offer special, subject-focused courses at $10 per class.

Is there a dress code?

No, there is no dress code for Seekers to attend class, online chats, or Coven rituals (unless otherwise specified).

Some rituals are done skyclad or semi-clad, but no one is required to attend if it makes them uncomfortable.  Rituals done in class will never be skyclad.

The Initiation Ritual does require the Seeker to be either skyclad or semi-clad.

Can I bring food/drink to in-person class or rituals?

Sure! It isn’t uncommon for Morgana to bring snacks, so anyone else can.

She knows all too well how difficult it can be to focus when hungry, so don’t hesitate to bring something to (quietly) nibble on.

Can I show up late?

We would prefer everyone show up early, but understand that life happens. We won’t turn you away for being late. We do ask that you call beforehand if you’ll be late or absent.

We ask that all who attend rituals come early, as it can be extremely distracting to have to stop a ritual and cut someone into the circle.