What is the Twilight Tradition?
The Twilight Tradition is a modern Wiccan tradition. We honor deities and traditions from many cultures in our rituals. We honor both a god and goddess, and use the Wiccan ritual outline. Our covens are hierarchical and have a degree system in place for training, however every initiates input and experience is necessary for the success of the coven.
Where are you located?
Currently, Twilight Spiral services Orange County and east LA County. We also have a new hive coven forming in the Inland Empire, near Redlands, called Gloaming Crossroads.
Why 21 and older?
While, we may make an exception for some women who are 18-21, we like our sisters to be able to fully participate in all of our rituals, and this includes imbibing of wine or spirits in circle. Also, experience has shown us that women 21 and older are usually better equipped to handle the commitment and emotional involvement one finds in a coven.
Why “Twilight” tradition?
Twilight, or gloaming, as it’s known in faery traditions, is a time between times, a place not dark, and not light. There are no shadows. It’s truly a magickal time of the day, and the energy is amazing. This amazing energy is reflected in the sisters of this tradition. Yes, we predated the Twilight books.
Why do I have to take your dedicant classes?
Our dedicant classes are not simply “Wicca 101.” As you are expected to have at least six months of self-study before petitioning to join, we’d hope you would already know much of what might be considered “Wicca 101.” You might know much of what we are learning in our dedicant classes already. However, part of being in a coven is learning the tradition, even though it probably differs from your personal tradition. From altar set-up, to ritual outline and visualizations, to who you honor in your personal practice, our rituals will not mirror them exactly. This doesn’t mean that you can’t practice your personal tradition. It simply means that while present in the group, you’ll be practicing our tradition. You’ll be trained in creating ritual in the Twilight Tradition. This includes writing evocations, creating guided meditations, some divination, as well as how to put together a successful workshop. As an initiate priestess, we all contribute to the creation of rituals and internal classes.
Why women-born (cis) women?
Some of our covens may be restricted to women-born women, only. While this isn’t dictated by tradition, it’s something that should be mentioned.
Does this mean that we are prejudiced towards (non women-born) people who identify as women, or those who are transexual or transgender? No, not at all! In fact, the founder of the tradition also co-founded a women’s social group that explicitly includes transgender ladies. Women are women.
Women who grew up as girls have had different social experiences than women who didn’t grow up as women. These societal pressures and other experiences of growing up as a women aid us in relating to one another, and also give us common issues and challenges to overcome. Just because a group doesn’t allow non-women born women doesn’t mean the group is prejudiced- it just means that the group has a focus that is exclusive to women-born women. This might include womb-related mysteries, healing that is exclusive to women’s bodies, or other things.
Just as a Hellenic Reconstructionist group has a focus that is exclusive to those who are interested in Greek culture. Celtic Recons would have to find another group that fits their needs. We understand that its tough to find a group that fits ones needs, and many of the tight-knit covens are exclusive to one group or another (ie; gay men). This is a private group, not a public church, and therefore we choose carefully who we invite to join our spiritual family.
There is a group for everyone, and if you can’t find one, start one! There are probably people in your situation (age/tradition/pantheon/ gender/etc) who are looking for a coven, too!