Ostara Celebration

The Garden of the Crescent Moon Coven will celebrate Ostara on Saturday, March 24, from 6 p.m. to midnight. This event is Open to friends of the Coven and like-minded Adult individuals.

The theme of this Ritual event will be Blessing the Seeds of the Goals you have chosen for the upcoming year. Participants should have chosen three goals they wish to manifest and will choose seeds from an assortment available during the ritual or have brought some of their own, that represent the energy of that goal.

The seeds will be placed in an "egg" and blessed for the participant to plant later on. This is one of the strongest types of sympathetic magick. As the plants grow and flourish, so will your goals grow, manifest and flourish.

Goals should be stated as if they are already manifesting, such as, “I am an accomplished drummer.” An example of a seed that might represent that energy would be Alder, as it is connected with Music. Another example might be, “I have a rewarding and fulfilling job. A seed that might represent that goal would be Heliotrope, which is connected with happiness and prosperity. Another example might be, “I am stress and pain free.” A seed representing that would be chamomile, which reduces stress and promotes healing. Hopefully, you get the picture. We will have a variety of seeds to choose from but feel free to research and bring your own.

After ritual, we will be feasting. Please bring a potluck dish to share. The theme is green leafy vegetables, salads, fresh vegetables; fish, rabbit, lamb; eggs of all kinds, pickled, deviled, boiled, stuffed, as quiche; anything dairy, cheesy, creamed, etc.; honey dishes; carrots and carrot cake... again, get creative.

We might be inside for this one again; it depends on the state of the yard and the weather. If it's mushy or a swamp, we will be inside.

Hope to see everyone here!!

Open Sabbats

We offer Open Sabbats all year long for the public.  These events are every six weeks on the Saturday evening closest to the actual date of the Sabbat.  They are child friendly and open to newbies, friends and family of the students.  The Rituals are typically outside in our stone Circle with feasting afterward.  They are generally potluck events with singing and drumming around the fire later.

We request a $5 donation for each adult at the Open Sabbats; this helps to defray costs at the Coven House. Our group typically provides the main dish for events, in addition to paper plates, napkins, plastic ware, cups, drinks and toilet paper, so contributions are immediately recycled for this sort of public use. This donation is especially important at Sabbats because some events can get 30+ attendees.

Pagan Pride Day

Garden of the Crescent Moon is honored to sponsor Pagan Pride Day in Kalispell every year. The Pagan Pride Project is an international event held annually in the Fall in cities around the world to celebrate the second harvest festival (the Autumnal Equinox: Mabon) and to educate the public about alternative spiritual belief systems. We typically put on a small festival-type event with educational workshops, vendors, divinatory readers (Tarot, runes, palmistry, etc.) with several different rituals occurring throughout the day. The event is also a Charity Food Drive for the local Food Bank, so please bring nonperishable food items to donate; every contribution is greatly appreciated!

High Priestess Gwen Gardner is the Local Coordinator for the Pagan Pride Project in Montana and is the Regional Coordinator for Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and Nebraska. Please contact her for more information or for details about vending or teaching at the event.
Summerfest

We would like to begin this event, but it has been placed on hiatus as we have not found a venue in our area that will accommodate all night drumming.

Summerfest was an event we traveled to in the Billings area for many years.  Lady Nytewind graciously accepted our offer to continue her work after her retirement, so we will be organizing this for the future. 
Summerfest is an alchemical Fire Circle Event.  The Ritual Circle typically starts at 11 p.m. each night of this three-night festival and goes until dawn with drumming and dancing, and chanting and singing in the Circle in order to induce a trance state where transformational work can be accomplished. 
Typically, Workshops are held in the afternoon, Portals to experience and Installations to learn from as well as a Talent Show and a Lughnasadh Ritual as part of the weekend, since it is held close to that Sabbat, around August 1.  
 
Classes offered by the Garden of the Crescent Moon

We teach First, Second and Third Degree classes in Witchcraft, and we follow the Correllian Tradition in addition to incorporating material from our own training in the Fellowship of the Elder Path.
Some material is drawn from the Woolston-Steen Theological Seminary where Gwen is studying for her Master's Degree in Interfaith Ministry. 

Study Group for Ceremonial Magick

We sponsor a study group in Ceremonial Magick for those who are interested in learning where many of the ideas, concepts and structures of modern Wiccan circles originated from. Ceremonial Magick in its variety of forms is the basis for much of what we practice in our own Wiccan circles. This knowledge can be valuable for students who wish to learn about additional magickal concepts and rituals as they progress further in their studies.  This group has been put on hiatus due to lack of interest at this time. 

Other Classes

We occasionally offer other classes and workshops, such as those exploring the mythology of the Norse, Hindu, Egyptian, Celtic, Greek and Roman pantheons. We sometimes offer guided meditations as well as introductory classes to Herbalism, Tarot and the Runes. These are offered as interest dictates by various students as part of their training.

Please see our Classes page to learn more

Costs

Currently, we ask $240 for a year of classes, with half due up front and $20 a month until paid. One may also choose to pay in full at any time.

For “elective” classes and workshops, we generally ask a $10-20 contribution, depending on the subject matter and the length of the class.

For the Degree classes we can arrange work-exchange if someone genuinely can’t afford the cost of courses. Because there are a number of “hidden costs” associated with teaching classes, which can sometimes be as large as 10 people at a time, our fees are in place to cover these standard incidentals. We believe it is important for the student to “exchange” something for the knowledge they are receiving; this keeps the flow of energy balanced between instructor and student. 

No one is refused for lack of funds; please inquire about work-trade exchanges if you are in need.

Payment can be made by hitting the "Donate" button at the top right of this page.

To request more information on prerequisites for classes, please contact us through our Contact page.