Who Am I and What Is Maiden’s Circle?
Merry Meet and Blessed Beltane!
Although the About page links to the MCCA website, I thought it would help to explain what MCCA is, as well as who I am, here on the blog. As current students may know, Maiden’s Circle began as the seed of an idea for a small study group in 2014. The idea came from a desire to have more involvement in the Pagan community.
I have been an active Pagan for over 15 years, starting with the study of traditional Wicca and branching out to create an overall eclectic practice. Throughout that time, I have met many others who follow mine or similar faiths, but the majority of my practice has been solitary. It wasn’t until my junior year at a live-in high school in Mississippi that I was able to interact extensively with other Wiccans, Pagans, and people of similar “fringe” beliefs. Through my friends in that school, I was introduced to a coven from Mississippi State University, who allowed my friends and me to participate in some of their rituals and outings. It was a great learning experience. Working within a group, creating magic in a circle of people, forming bonds and trust with one another—it was intoxicating. We once spent two days in a cabin in the woods that hosted a private lake, and though we’ve since lost contact, I cherished the bonds we formed during that getaway.
Since then, I’ve worked with various groups, mainly solitaries who gathered to celebrate the solstices, Sabbats, and moon phases. Still, something was missing. Where was the bonding and connection I had felt with the MSU coven? What made that experience so different from the groups I’ve met with in recent years? The answer came to me one Sunday, a day I had set aside for weekly meditation and study back in 2014. The coven had been working together, meeting on a regular basis, and had all been friends for well over a year by the time I met them. The people who came to the gatherings of solitaries, however, would separate as soon as the meeting came to an end, only to see each other again at the next one; and that was only if they came back. Some people were never seen again after a few moon rituals. It seemed clear to me that the people of those Pagan communities weren’t deeply connected with one another.
As the community continued to grow apart, information about various traditions became more readily available, more varied, and more confusing. With the growth of the internet and publications such as Scott Cunningham’s Guide for the Solitary Practitioner (a useful book for any witchy person, solitary or otherwise), the separation within the Pagan community increased accompanied by an overwhelming wealth of information. I had come across newer practitioners who had questions about where to start their practice amidst the bounty of knowledge. I mentored friends here and there, but it didn’t feel like I was helping the overall Pagan community. It wasn’t enough.
That desire to help the Pagan community coupled with the need for connection—more specifically, the need for sisterhood—sparked the idea of hosting a study group with friends back in 2014. Eventually I noticed that not only were some of my friends new to the faiths that fall under the Pagan umbrella, but I also noticed they often came to me with their questions. I realized, then, how I could put my experience to use to benefit the community, to make my faith and spiritual practice an even more central aspect of my life, and to create the bonds I craved. Thus, MCCA was born.
It has grown from a simple idea to something far greater than I could have originally imagined. Still, MCCA is only a seed. What I envision is a country scattered with various Pagan schools similar to MCCA. I see a world where parents of various faiths can send their children to schools that support their faith, much like a Catholic family—a future where my own children can attend MCCA classes, and walk the path. I picture an organization that helps witchy people around the world build their own practices and knowledge-base. Universities, grade schools, various temples that run as efficiently as any organized structure, but which function under their own spiritual philosophies and guidelines.
In its current state, MCCA is but a small online academy. Beta students are taking the Covenpath course (the main curriculum of MCCA) and providing feedback to assist in making sure it is truly beneficial. The goal is to have an online course ready for the public sometime in 2018, and to be able to host in-person classes that will further help to enhance the bond of sisterhood we’re striving for. I hope to be able to offer a variety of courses as the Academy grows.
The possibilities for Maiden’s Circle are endless. Of course, it isn’t something that can be done by one person. It’s the students taking the course, the friends and clergy who have offered guidance and support, and the love of the Goddess that bring Maiden’s Circle to life. I could lesson plan and envision until my face turns blue, but without your support, MCCA would still be just a seed. So, thank you.
With all the love in my heart,
Lady Morgana Brighid, HP MCCA
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