What's New with Sylvan Circle?
It is with great pleasure that we get to announce that Lindsay stepped into the Garden October 15th and was initiated into Reformed Traditional Celtic Wicca as Rosemary.
She has also joined our family of Sylvan Circle and we are delighted to have her as our sister!
All Hail and Welcome Rosemary
Sylvan Circle is pleased to announce that on Saturday September 3 we initiated the soul formerly known as Stephanie into our Reformed Celtic Wiccan Tradition, as well as made her a member of our Sylvan Circle coven family.
Our new covenmante's new Wiccan name is Aradia. And we're very happy to welcome our newest sister to Sylvan Circle!
Kudos and congrats to Aradia for all she's learned and all she has accomplished to earn her First Degree!
Sylvan Circle is very happy to announce that on May 7 Sylvan Circle formally bestowed a Third Degree on our sister Shirie!
As one of our homegrown initiates, we're very proud to see her successful at attaining all that was required to achieve the title of "High Priestess" of the Craft and Sylvan Circle. We've watched her grow and have no doubt that she's capable of great things.
Many congratulations to Shirie on her tremendous achievement! She continues to have our unwavering love and support to be the awesome HPS we know she will be.
Sylvan Circle is very happy to announce that on March 12 we initiated the soul formerly known as Hillery into Reformed Celtic Traditional Wicca, as well as made her the newest member of Sylvan Circle.
Her initiate name is Sereny, and we are very pleased to welcome her into our coven family as our new sister!
Many congratulations to Sereny for all her hard work and dedication on becoming our latest First Degree initiate!
It gives us great pleasure to announce that Lady Atalanta, a High Priestess and long time friend of the coven, joined the family of Sylvan Circle the afternoon of February 13.
Many congrats to Lady Atalanta! And a very warm welcome to Sylvan Circle!
It gives us great pleasure to announce that our very own Ferghus has been elevated to Second Degree!
Ferghus has worked hard to achieve this important milestone. In many different ways he's demonstrated his willingness and ability to serve and support his coven, students, as well as our community at large. We felt it was time to acknowledge all that he has accomplished. So on January 9 2016 Ferghus was formally elevated to Second Degree in Sylvan Circle's Reformed Celtic Tradition.
Please join us in congratulating Ferghus and wishing him well as he steps up to his new responsibilities as a Priest of Sylvan Circle!
All Hail Lord Ferghus!
Sylvan Circle is proud and pleased to announce that on September 18 we formally made Starspawn an Elder of our coven, in recognition of the considerable contributions and support he has given us over the years.
Starspawn is a High Priest and an elder of the Alexandrian tradition, with 43 years in the Craft. He founded Teachlach Gliocais, an Alexandrian coven. He also founded the pagan grove Weird Sisters and the eclectic coven SpawnFar. He is an elder to Lilac Coven and a teacher and mentor to many.
He has been a dear friend and ally to this coven since its inception. We have been
greatly blessed by the wisdom and insights he has shared with us. And we are deeply honored
that Starspawn graciously agreed to formalize this relationship with us.
Sylvan Circle has decided to begin our next Intro to Wicca class in the Fall of 2015! Our next Intro to Wicca class will begin starting on Sunday October 18. We will meet approximately every Sunday morning (with a few exceptions) 10am - 12:30pm in Columbia MD.
Please see our Classes page for complete details about our class...
Used to be that old batteries could be terrible for the environment. In fact, for many years a long standing feature of most Sylvan Circle open holidays was collecting batteries so they could be safely disposed of. However times have changed! Thanks to the "Mercury-Containing and Rechargeable Battery Management Act of 1996", significant mercury no longer exists in standard alkaline batteries. So alkaline batteries can now safely be disposed of in household trash. However please be aware that rechargeable batteries can still contain heavy metals and should be recycled. For more details, please see
http://www.ehso.com/ehshome/batteries.php as well as
It's with a mixture of sadness and excitement that we bid farewell (for now) to Sage and Shirie as they move to Maine.
Sage is a founding member of Sylvan Circle and a deeply skillful and experienced High Priest whose wisdom balanced with good humor and willingness to throw himself headlong into any task is unparalleled. His wife Shirie has also shared many of her considerable skills (notably as a master chef), energy, and great big caring heart in the service of our coven and community, first as a Sylvan Circle initiate and then as a Priestess.
But as Sage joked at their going away party, "we're not dead -- we're just moving to Maine". They will continue to be remote members of Sylvan Circle and will hopefully pop down to see us from time to time. Likewise they welcome visitors, as they are both heavily engaged in trying to get everyone they know to move to Maine with them.
We will obviously greatly miss seeing our beloved brother and sister on a regular basis. And we
wish them all the very best of blessings as they embark on this exciting new chapter in their lives!
Sylvan Circle has decided to begin our next Intro to Wicca class starting Sunday October 5, 2014!
Please see our Classes page for more details...
With help from our good friend Oliver, Sylvan Circle homebrewed our first coven beer!
Please see our Witches Brew article for more details...
We'd like to extend a very warm welcome to Hero and Brian's new little baby boy, Duncan.
Hero (former covenmate of SC) says Duncan was born April 17 at 1:08pm. She says he weighed in 6 lbs 11oz, 20 1/2 inches.
She also reports "So far Brian and I have managed to keep both boys alive. Connor seems to be adapting pretty well - he likes to rub and pet the baby's head just like he pets dogs."
When asked about plans to further expand the clan in future, Hero is rumored to have replied "There can be only two!" (OK, truthfully she said no such thing. But ya gotta admit it's a pretty decent line :-)
Many congrats to Hero's family on the arrival of this wonderful wee bairn!
WHEN: Saturday April 19, 2014 - 10:30am
WHERE: Seneca Creek State Park in Gaithersburg MD, the Bobwhite Pavillion. (Note the park charges $3 for entry.) See Seneca Creek State Park site for more info.
WHAT: Come join Sylvan Circle as we celebrate the day by cleaning up the river banks at a nearby park. We will meet in Seneca Creek, carpool to the cleanup location, then return to Seneca for a picnic.
WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO DO THIS?
- Because you love the Earth
- Because you want to make our community a better place
- Did I mention the food? Sylvan Circle will feed you. We don't know what yet, probably hot dogs and/or hamburgers, but hey, it's a free entree ;-). And we can have a little time sharing what surely will be a beautiful day in a very nice park. Bring musical instruments, food to share (if you want), and an open spirit.
QUESTIONS or to RSVP: please write Sage@SylvanCircle.org
Not too long after same-sex marriage was made legal by the lovely people of Maryland, coven member Gwydion and longtime love of his life Ed decided to make it official and tie the knot.
The arrangements were made a bit hastily when they realized they could get married on March 1 (with Gwydion claiming that 3/1/13 was an anniversary date even HE oughtta be able to remember). There was a little nail biting about whether the rings would be ready in time, but they slid in under the wire with nearly a full day or two to spare.
Our own Aurora and Aldwyn once again performed a beautiful and moving ceremony. The venue was the happy couple's home. The music room was piled high with fresh flowers, candlelight and rose petals. Wedding music was provided by the player piano -- which was only occassionally drowned out by the snoring of pugs Bantha and Bellatrix sacked out smack dab in the middle of all the festivities.
So join us in celebrating and congratulating Gwydion and Ed in this exciting new phase of their relationship!
We at Sylvan Circle have always been proponents of lesbian and gay marriage in all its beautiful forms. And we couldn't be happier that our own home state of Maryland voted to approve Question 6, making same-sex marriage legal! Way to go, Maryland!!!
So we wanted to make sure that all our friends from the GLBT community know that the clergy of Sylvan Circle would be delighted and honored to perform ceremonies for same-sex couples who may be interested!
Coven member Ferghus and his girlfriend Carrie got married May 26 in a lovely outdoor handfasting ceremony in the beautiful courtyard at Chase Court in downtown Baltimore.
The bride looked gorgeous (naturally) and the dapper groom rocked his formal attire with purple Chuck Taylors. The traditional Wiccan handfasting was led with the flair and grace of seasoned professionals Aurora and Aldwyn.
The very wonderful gnoshes throughout the day and dinner were topped off by an awesome wedding cake by Charm City Cakes.
We wish Carrie and Ferghus bright blessings for a joyous life as they begin this new phase of their path together!
On Saturday April 14, Tiffany and Oliver -- former students and members of our SC community -- were married in a beautiful outdoor "Hobbit-themed" wedding.
After a lovely wedding ceremony -- performed by our very own Aurora and Aldwyn -- and a very sweet exchange of vows between the groom and bride (that left nary a dry eye in the wooded setting), there was a great party and lovely dinner that would have rivaled Bilbo's very own One-Hundred-and-Eleventieth Birthday.
We at Sylvan Circle have taken special joy in watching Tiffany and Oliver's relationship grow over the years, as their first official "date" was actually at one of our Lammas celebrations. We feel very honored, blessed, and grateful that we've been able to be a part of their lives.
We wish Tiffany and Oliver every happiness in their new life together... and we look forward to many more years with these very dear friends!
Shortly after Sylvan Circle's 2012 Spring Equinox celebration, coven clergy members Sage and Shirie ran off and got married! To EACH OTHER, no less!!!
While I wasn't present, I'm willing to bet that after the vows were exchanged, Shirie most likely punched Sage on the arm through her tears of joy :-).
They promise that at some point in the future they'll throw a party to give us all a chance to celebrate this next step in their relationship and wish them well. They just haven't nailed down the details as yet. So stay tuned.
We wish Shirie and Sage great blessings for many fun, loving, and joyous years together!
We'd like to extend a very warm welcome to Hero and Brian's new little baby boy, Connor.
Hero (former covenmate of SC) says Connor was born March 13 at 10:32. She says "He's a teeny li'l guy -- 4lbs 12oz -- but he's healthy!"
She also reports he's waking her up odd hours. Who'd a thunk it? ;-)
Many congrats on this beautiful new addition to Hero's family!