Classes Offered by
       Garden of the Crescent Moon Coven


Currently, we ask $240 for the year for our Degree classes, with $60 due up front and $20 a month until paid. One may also choose to pay in full at any time.

"Elective” classes and workshops are typically $40. Some classes additionally require the purchase of books. Please inquire for more information about materials.

We can arrange work-exchange for the Degree classes if someone genuinely can’t afford the cost. 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 students to “exchange” something for the knowledge they are receiving; this keeps the flow of energy balanced between instructor and students.

First Degree Classes

The First Degree Classes are two hours every week for the duration of a full year-and-a-day. We cover such topics as Casting a Circle, the Elements, Gods, Goddesses and Deity in general, introduction to the Chakras, basic Grounding, Shielding and Energy Work.

Students are expected to have at least a 70 percent attendance in class and are also expected to attend ALL the Sabbats, of which there are eight throughout the year, unless they have an actual medical emergency. Students will also be expected to occasionally attend Moon Circles.

Formal Wiccan training can be a big commitment, as many Sabbats fall on or near other holidays, in addition to potential obligations one may have with family and employers. Please consider the nature of commitment before training begins.

Participation in all events that the coven hosts is an essential part of the classwork. Students may go through the classes but if they do not fully participate, they will not move on to the next Degree. 

Students are expected to purchase books and pay for classes (see above), as well as contribute to the potluck feasts held on the Sabbats. These contributory factors should be considered before training begins.

First Degree Classes require the reading of the Lesson; performing the exercises and spellwork in the Lesson; learning Vocabulary, Journaling, answering questions about the reading, writing essays, and doing "independent study" projects and presentations about different Gods and Goddesses studied throughout the year.

Homework and daily energy exercises are assigned; this ensures the person isn't just "going to class" but is actively practicing his/her Craft. Students completing all assignments with grades of 70 percent or greater and having at least 70 percent attendance, will be considered for Initiation as a First Degree. 

Completing the class does not guarantee Initiation. We look to see if you have applied what you have learned to your daily life, that is, are you living what you are learning?

Once a person has been Initiated, he/she is then considered an actual Coven Member of the Garden of the Crescent Moon, as long as he/she remains in good standing and follows the by-laws and regulations regarding Coven Members.

If one is not asked to be Initiated, he/she may remain a part of the group and attend gatherings as an "Outer Grove member" and may choose to repeat the First Degree class. Many members have taken the First Degree studies several times; there should be no stigma attached. Everyone learns at a different rate, and people start from different places.

Someone who has studied Witchcraft or Wicca previously might find the classes easy, whereas someone who is new to Paganism or Witchcraft might find all the information simply overwhelming the first time through. It is perfectly normal for students to spend two or three years in the First Degree before they are ready to move forward.

Second Degree Classes

For those who have received Initiation into the First Degree, we offer Second Degree classes; these are held at the class members' choosing; currently, we meet Sunday evenings for 1.5 hours. The Second Degree can take two years or more to complete. The same attendance requirements apply, as well as attending and creating the Moon Circles and some of the First Degree classes for Presentation days. Our Second Degree program combines learning about many of the things that are considered the "crafts" of Witchcraft as well as developing a much deeper connection with the Deities.  

Students are introduced to Herbology (Herbalism); Working with Crystals; the Tarot; Astrology; Magickal Alphabets, Numerology, Animal and Spirit Guides, Advanced Chakra and Energy-Work, Invoking Gods and Goddesses, Ritual Construction and Enactment, and learning more in-depth about the Gods and Goddesses of a variety of pantheons.

Some people find a specialty during their Second Degree and can spend many years studying and becoming adept in that field or may find they are drawn to incorporate that study into their life's work.

Many people stay working in the Second Degree for the rest of their lives. Others receive their Second Degree Initiation and feel the call to Teach, become Clergy or to start their own covens.  Those people move on to study for their Third Degree.

Third Degree Classes

As mentioned earlier, Third Degree studies are not for everyone. Third Degree classes are designed to help students become more proficient energy workers and better leaders in their communities, and to teach them basics of group dynamics and how Neopagan Groups, Covens and Temples function.

We also cover some more advanced topics such as Astral Travel, Shapeshifting, Remote Viewing and working Psychically with distant subjects. We explore the Soul, Time, the Ennead, Past Lives, Soul Retrieval and the Akasha in addition to Incarnation and Evolution.

As part of one's Third Degree, several independent projects requiring substantial research will be assigned. Students in this Degree are expected to host self-created, personally-written Public Rituals and Circles as well as teach classes they have created.

Third Degree students are expected to come up with their own "Great Work," generally a large (sometimes lifelong) project in which one plans to give back to the community in some way or aid in building the community in some manner. This is not required during the training, but is something most Third Degrees have already thought about as their life plans.

Many have their own individual talents and callings in life, so a Great Work should apply to their everyday lives and the manner in which they help enrich the lives of others through public service, art, teaching, mentorship or any other progressive field a person is inspired toward.

After a student is Elevated to Third Degree, he/she is able to branch off from the coven and form another coven. Typically this only happens in larger covens with many Third Degrees, or if several members of the coven have a different way they would prefer to practice or do ritual than the way done in the Mother Coven.

It is preferred that several Third Degrees stay in the original coven to help teach all the incoming students, but groups can get too large and the need to hive off is natural.  

Other Classes

We offer other classes that anyone can take, including Mythology of the Norse, Celtic, Egyptian, Hindu, Greek and Roman pantheons. We also offer introductory classes on Herbology (Herbalism), Crystals, Tarot and the Runes.
These classes can be single-day workshops that take several hours or may be a weekly eight-week long course depending on the subject and the teacher. They are typically $40. 
We do also offer advanced classes such as Journey Working, Creating Bind Runes, Exploring the Deeper Meanings of the Myths and Advanced Norse Mythology. 

Getting Started

First Degree classes usually start in October, but occasionally, we run a second session starting around April or May.  Please contact us to get registered, find out about book requirements, when classes will be for your session, etc.  

Other classes will be as the Teacher's schedule allows and will be posted here, as well as on our Facebook page, with instructions on how to become enrolled.  

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

Please Contact us if you are ready to get started!