Joining Blackthorn in 2015

Happy 2015.

We are now accepting applications for membership of Blackthorn.

We will be starting our next introduction group in May this year. 

We have found the perfect venue at Earth Spirit Healing Gardens in Stalybridge and plan on meeting up there once a month with other occasional outside circles, usually on Wednesday evening. 

This will take place for six months ending at Samhain 2015. 

After you have completed six months with the introductory group you may be invited to apply to join the coven.


A few things to consider if you would like to join us-

  • We are an outside group so whatever the weather you will find us out in the woods at night often staying until well after midnight. If this doesn’t appeal to you then neither will Blackthorn.
  • The average age of the group is 46.
  • You will need to be capable of climbing over walls, carrying ritual stuff and walking up hills in the dark.
  • We meet up most weeks usually midweek and sometimes, to fit in with Sabbat celebrations, at the weekend. Commitment to this is very important to us.
  • We only have seven places (one of which is already taken) and please remember we don’t take anyone under 25 years of age.
  • If, after reading this, you still want to join us then we would be delighted to hear from you! Please email and we will send you more details.



Rain, rain and more rain


It’s not been a very good winter for an outdoor magical group!

The ground is muddy and soggy and every time we go out it’s raining.

Now we don’t mind getting a bit wet and we love the crisp cold winter nights but wading through mud and lighting fires in puddles is where we have to draw the line.

So our last two rituals have been inside, listening to the rain and wind crash against the windows.

It’s very different being inside. Not better, not worse just different.

Instead of being surrounded by the elements and open spaces there is a feeling of being surrounded by the ‘unseen’.

Meditations flow more easily as there are less distractions. But it’s not as edgy.

So as Imbolc draws near we are hoping for a cold dry night so we can venture out again and reconnect with the woods and the land.

First we have a night in the pub meeting some interesting people on Wednesday…