About Blackthorn Coven

Blackthorn Coven is a North West based magical group which began life on 31st December 2009 using the power and energies of the blue moon available at that time. It is a working coven practising Traditional Witchcraft in Manchester, Tameside and Stockport, Cheshire

The main coven and founders come from a range of traditions and coven backgrounds including, Traditional Witchcraft, Wicca, Druidry and Shamanism, all of whom were keen to practice their craft by getting back to basics, developing their connection with the earth, with deity with the ancestors and nature and by being in the woods and wild places.

Regular rituals are held at Sabbats and esbats in addition to weekly coven meetings and a development circle. Rituals are generally held outdoors, at night, in woodland in order to embrace the powers of the natural world and the elements. The festivals take place on the actual date on which they fall, these being celebratory rituals following Blackthorn’s interpretation of the mythos of the turning of the year. Esbats are used as times for magical working such as spell crafting, healing or devotional rituals and take place at the full, new or dark moon as appropriate.

The Blackthorn tradition is an instinctive and experiential way of witchcraft which stresses the importance of connecting with local natural sites, with deities of our land and spirits of the earth and how to link to that flow of life, to the tides of life and to the that vast web of connections. All is linked to the turning of the year, the elements and to the development of a group mind to empower rituals and magical workings.

Coven members come from a wide area around the North West UK covering Cheshire, Tameside, Manchester and Derbyshire and from a wide variety of backgrounds and experience.

24 comments on “About Blackthorn Coven

  1. This group looks very interesting and I’m interested in the training. Will you send me an application form please. Thanks, Carla from Sale

  2. Hi,

    My name is Sally Leibovici and I am looking to do a radio package on witchcraft for my Universty project. I am looking to interview someone who practices the craft. I was inspired t do this by the recent events that happened in Wales regarding the cult that molested children. I would like to talk to someone that would give me an insight on these, if this is what witchcraft is all about…or is it just a secluded happening. I believe that people might have wrong opinions regarding people who practice magic and want to get some more insight on what it truly means etc. I would love to hear from you. I have also contacted other local groups yet no one has gotten back to me and I am hoping that you might agree to talk to me,

    Have an amazing day,

    Sally

    • Hi Sally,
      Thanks for your enquiry. We don’t do interviews as we have found from experience that we are usually misquoted and a spin is put on whatever we say! Also we like to keep ourselves to ourselves as much as possible and practise our craft in secret, we have found this is the best way for us.
      I’m sure you will find groups who will wilingly open up to you and wish you good luck with your article, x

  3. Hello, I’m 14, nearly 15, and i’m interested in witchcraft and the wiccan way. Am i too young to join your coven? Or do you accept anyone? x

    • Hi Gabbi, It’s good to see someone so young interested in the craft and I hope you continue to follow it up. I’m sorry but we don’t take anyone under the age of 25 into our group, you may find others that take over 18s. We have developed a way of joining the coven which takes quite a long time and requires a lot of commitment so, no, we do not accept anyone unless we are sure they are right for us and we are right for them.
      Good luck on your search x

  4. Hi
    I am very interested in learning more about The Craft. I have a little knowledge on Wicca. I have explored spirituality in the hope to find something other than the religion I was brough up in as its doctrine has never sat with what I believe is out there. I am a spiritual healer and reiki practitioner and have felt some of the magick that is out there through my practice and have been guided to wicca, which I feel is where my beliefs are. I would love to learn form experienced Wiccans like yourselves. Hope to hear from you soon xxx

    • Hi Anne-Marie,
      Thanks for contacting Blackthorn. As you can see from our blog we are not a Wiccan coven. We practise witchcraft in our own way and our path is more traditional than Wiccan, though there are obviously some similarities. If you contact us by e mail I can send you more details, we would need to know more about you before we met you. Our e mail is

      blackthornmoon@hotmail.co.uk

      Look forward to hearing from you

  5. Hello, I am seeking to join the right group of people. I am 32 female and would like to further what I have already learnt. Please contact regarding the next steps. Thank you

  6. I am very intrested in learning about witchcraft
    If you could send me some information on where I should start that would be great.

    I live in failsworth, Manchester

    Thank you

  7. Hi I am very interested in learning more about Wicca, I would like to meet like minded people, I have been inter este d for a number of years and feel the time is right to take the next step, any info you could give is greatly appreciated x

  8. Hello, I have an enquiry regarding your age restriction, since the age of 16 I have been a solitary eclectic witch but wishing I could join a coven… The problem is I don’t own a car so travelling far regularly is not an option. Your coven is closest but I am 20, and I was just wondering the reason behind the high age restriction. If it is a matter of maturity I can assure you I am highly dedicated to everything I do and I don’t want to settle for a fluffy teen group… Four years and seven months is a long time to wait to be able to join such an established reputable coven.

    • Hi Tina, thanks for your message. I’m sorry but we never make any exceptions to our age restriction. One of the reasons is that the average age of the coven is well over 40 and it would be very hard to integrate a younger person into the group, both for them and for us.
      You don’t say where you live, so I can’t recommend any groups and I don’t know of any other practising covens in the area – that doesn’t mean there aren’t any of course as many of them prefer to stay hidden. I hope you find what you are looking for, if you send me a private e mail with some more details I could send you details some of the groups in the area, Robyn x

  9. hi i have a deep interest in officially becoming a witch or a warlock, i have always had a feeling or sense of something within me needing to be nurterd…my soul is and always has been with nature , spirit realm and outside the herd.
    your coven is close and caught my attention , is there a process/initiation to join ?
    is there a way to determine wether i am white or black ? i feel torn between the two although i feel my nature is dark.
    raphael

    • Hi Raphael,
      We don’t make anyone an ‘official’ witch or warlock, sorry. Neither do we use the term ‘warlock’, a male witch is just that, a male witch.
      As far as we are concerned we don’t use black and white or dark and light, we work with nature which has aspects of both.
      There is a long process involved before anyone joins the group and we would need to know a lot more about you.

      • hi thank you for answering to my curiosity , especially the point about nature and the balance of both light and dark .
        i later learnt after messaging you the true meaning of the word warlock.
        how would i go about the group getting to know more about me ?
        thanks

  10. Hi I am interested in learning more and exploring my connection to the earth and seasons and speak to like minded people

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