Who We Are

Who We Are

Founded March 20, 2010 by Elders of the Alexandrian Tradition of Wicca, the Sheaves of Demeter Coven is a training and devotional coven in the Chthonioi-Alexandrian Tradition of Wicca.  “C-A Wicca” is a magical and Initiatory Ritual Mystery Tradition that branched from the Alexandrian Tradition of Wicca. Our founding mother coven was the first Alexandrian coven in New England and is still going strong after 40+ years.

Although the Alexandrian Tradition is at our core, we have added significant praxis and material that is unique to us. While we do use the traditional, oathbound deity names (when appropriate such at Initiations), our religious and magical focus is more closely aligned with the Graeco-Roman pantheon.

We do not discriminate based on race, color, age, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, marital status, or disability. We do however have standards and expect potential members to be adults who take responsibility for their own baggage, actions, and non-actions.  We believe that every member is equally responsible for the healthy and efficient functioning of a coven and should be willing to participate and contribute to the best of their ability. We do not tolerate or associate with oath-breakers.

We have a variety of people with varying food restrictions. Although we try to be accommodating, each person is responsible for their own dietary issues while at coven events.

More information about Chthonioi-Alexandrian Wicca can be found at http://www.chthonioi.org.

Coven Mission – Wiccan focus

It is the mission of the Sheaves of Demeter to facilitate the personal and spiritual growth of coveners in the Chthonioi-Alexandrian Tradition of Wicca, so that Initiates will be well-grounded in the magickal arts, the religious/historical tradition, the C-A community and their own personal devotions.

Individual qualities of respect, integrity, compassion, responsibility and service are valued and encouraged to develop throughout our degree process.  We also intend to train priests and priestesses who have a solid enough connection to the Divine that they will be committed to serving the Divine as a major aspect of their lives, hopefully but not necessarily within the Chthonioi-Alexandrian tradition.

We expect that some members will form an ongoing core coven focused on devotional work, spiritual development, training others and increasing contact with the Divine.  Others will participate in Sheaves as a training experience, receive their training, and will then leave to establish covens of their own, participate in the wider Pagan community, or join in Outer Court activities.

Coven Ethical Code

Sheaves of Demeter adheres to the standards of the Chthonioi-Alexandrian community.  We do not charge money for teaching or ritual.  We are mindful of the power differential between Elders and students and so do not allow inappropriate personal, material or sexual exchanges within the context of coven relationships. Exploitative or abusive relationships of any kind are not tolerated.

We have a strong ethic of personal initiative, responsibility, and accountability, and encourage the kind of personal development that allows members to function highly in these respects.  We teach the Wiccan concepts of the Three Fold Return and the Wiccan Read as well as that of the personal responsibility.

Organization

Normal organization for Chthonioi-Alexandrian Covens is that they are run by a High Priest and a High Priestess, who are working partners.  The Sheaves of Demeter includes several very experienced Elders (Priestesses and Priests) and comprised of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree members.

We do not pair our coven roles (HP, HPs, Summoner, Maiden, etc..) to specific genders, but instead focus on the function of the role and the abilities of the individuals to make the most appropriate choice for us.

For teaching purposes, we are a hierarchical coven and use the levels of Dedicant, First, Second, and Third Degrees.   A collaborative process of planning and decision making is encouraged.  However, at times the coven leaders and Elders will collectively make executive decisions to ensure the smooth operation and continued progress towards individual and coven goals.  No member will be required to do any activity in which he or she is unwilling to participate.

Members’ Responsibilities

Members of Sheaves are expected to attend coven meetings regularly, except in the case of emergency or unavoidable conflicts.  We realize that members may have commitments elsewhere, we do not require that all members attend every class and ritual. We recognize that outside commitments are equally important and training should not be pursued to the detriment of mundane responsibilities. In these “Covid-times” most of our meetings are virtual.

When a member has committed to attend a class/ritual or a course of study, they are expected to make the necessary arrangements to follow through on that commitment.  In the case of unforeseen circumstances, it is the responsibility of the member to let the Elders know as soon as is reasonable and to take the initiative to obtain any missed material. Training consists of rituals, classes, and active participation in celebrations and magical rites.

Rituals and classes are scheduled well in advance so that coveners may arrange their commitments accordingly.  We will meet a minimum of twice a month for Esbats (Full Moon and New), three times if a Sabbat festival falls in the month.  Classes are held at these times with before ritual or as part of ritual.  We may also hold one or two other meetings per month for additional classes, business meetings, and/or social activities.

Specifics to Note:

“Chthonioi-Alexandrian Wicca” is used to describe the Boston-based family of covens directly downline from Coven Chthonioi.  Coven Chthonioi (and daughter Covens) grew out of the Alexandrian practice of its founders in the 1970’s and is the oldest continuous Line descended from Du Bandia Grasail, the original Alexandrian Coven in the USA.  As of this writing, Chthonioi-Alexandrian Wicca has at least 6 generations of Covens.  Coven Chthonioi is the originator of the cycle of rituals that has become known as the Book of the Provider (Provider Cycle).  Most Covens in the Chthonioi-Alexandrian family practice a recognizable form of the Provider Cycle as part of their material and pass the original BoS (the “Burned Book” version) as well as additional material.