Caduceus has been practicing in the Reclaiming tradition for years. Through co-created, ecstatic ritual and deep trance work he seeks to mediate the gaps between what was and what could be. Guided by deities ranging from Iberia to Sumeria, including Hermes, Caduceus uses magic and deed to rebuild that ancient, amorphous community, the tribe — for in the tribe, we can all reclaim our birthright while being whole with ourselves and our world.
The family of Ced works the old arte of witchery and magic in the service of our people, spirits, and Gods. We are bound and committed to each other as a spiritual family, recognizing familiar traits, legacy memories, and future goals and interests that reside within the magical unified identity of our Clan Mother Ced. We are more akin to the concept of a Tribe of Spiritual Travelers, who work their ways as an Arte. We share a common sense of cosmology, and commune with spirits by the gifts of Sight and such. We treasure our diversity and build upon natural conducive commonalities, rather than any requirement of adherence to a specific faith or liturgy. Together we work a vibrant and living Witch Stream of Spirit, in which we are a vital present element. The Egregore persona of that Stream may be identified as our Mother Ced, who brings in her embrace the Ancestral Spirits of our extended family from across the veil. Through decades of Gnostic mediation from this Stream, we presently hold a vast living Legacy of material and insights that constitute what may be called the Ced Tradition. Basic practices, knowledge, insights, and approaches that are familiar and natural to those who find us as family, guided to our doors by the old ones, are both the fruit of our legacy and the earmark of our identity. We know a Ced Witch by the Sight of ‘em!
Surrounding our stream is an ever-growing tribe of people, who find a natural connection to our ways and approaches as they have been made available to the public. This approach to Traditional Witchcraft has been coined Heretical Witchcraft, so as to not confuse the style and approach to the old ways, as held by Ced Family Members, with those who work the craft in a similar manner but who are not officially part of the Family proper. We view those of a kindred leaning, as kith.
The Ced Family works upon a basic premise of Virtue found within the nature of all its family members, though we are also of a Clan hierarchal structure lead by a central body of Elders. Within this central body, there are also three key figures: the Devil, who is the WitchFather and Magister of the Family and Coven, he who dances in the Light; the Man in Black, who like Cerberus dwells in the shadows on the perimeter; and the Dame, who is the Mistress of Fate, WitchMother and Mistress of the Family and Coven.
At this time, the Magister and WitchFather of Ced is Griffin Ced. The Mistress and Dame of Ced is Rita Morgan Ced. And the Man in Black is the Hound in the Shadows, who prefers to keep his identity hidden at this time. The former Man in Black was Roy Moorman Ced, our Brother who crossed over into service on the other side in 2010.
The History of Ced goes back over two decades in the USA, with a coven based in Salt Lake City. EarthHaven Coven is presently the oldest surviving coven in Utah, to the best of our knowledge. Griffin Ced was initiated in 1975 back in Essex, UK where he received the Ced Legacy through appropriate transmission from Elders of the Stream.
After more than 40 years of working the stream, the Ced line today holds a great many talented Crafters and Spirit Workers who are bringing their many gifts to the larger Witchcraft Community in multiple states in the US. Griffin is in the process of producing many publicly available classes and materials, as are also others from within the Ced Family. Earlier in 2015, Griffin Ced made available a new Tarot deck based upon the Compass and Cosmology of Ced, intersecting with the Legacy insights of Traditional Tarot. This meeting of two streams was an exciting exchange of spirit perspectives and insights that has reawakened a vibrant living spirit Egregore of Ced within the Tarot deck itself. The coloured version of this deck and book is expected in the second half of 2016.
The goal of the family is to promote exchange and support within our beautifully diverse pagan community of Witches. We are actively engaged in supporting the future evolution of our people and the many tribes that make up our Community!
The quality of life we share as a family and the manner in which we may further enrich the journey into the esoteric realms for each other is the key to our purpose. We of Ced live to further the realms of reality on both sides of the hedge, and then to pass the Legacy we have been entrusted with onwards to our future family members. Our future resides in the river of ancestors behind and before us, and in the power of Love, with which we navigate the treasure we collectively hold.
Elysia lives a magical life, in a magical cottage, on a large, magical estate, where she creates and puts her own magical stamp on things. No seriously, she does! Where one might think that this leads to a very “Airy Fairy” type of person, she’s really not. Even being a rather strange child, with the ability to see things around others that most would chalk up to a vivid imagination, she remains very sneakily grounded. With both Sun and Moon in Scorpio, it’s no surprise that Elysia was born with the gifts of Clairvoyance, Clairaudience, and Clairsentience, resulting in her being a working Practitioner of Magic for over 20 years. Using these tools to open doors for herself, she developed a unique knack of being able to see and break through patterns that others perpetuate in their lives. Using the help and deep well of her own guides, she is often able to help a person develop a “game plan” on how to address an issue and change the outcome. Add in that she is the creator and force behind Naughty Faery Creations, where she creates crowns, jewelry, and all of the yummy stick incense that you can find currently at The Green Man Store, you will come to see that she works hard to wield change in her own environment as well as others’ whenever and wherever needed. Her honesty and ethics are often found to be refreshing and people often leave their readings feeling more grounded and empowered.
Elysia’s Specialties include:
What she refers to as “The Three C’s” (Clairvoyance, Clairaudience and Clairsentience)
Protection, Cleansing and Warding of Personal Space
Candle Magic (Money, Sexual Connection, Love Attraction, to name a few) (only on days she works the store OR she may make candle suggestions for you)
Natal Chart Interpretation and a better understanding of what certain signs in your life may mean to you
Pathworking and Spiritual Guidance
Faerie and Dragon Bags, (similar to Mojo Bags) (only on days she works the store)
Sigil work for changing current fate (extra charge)
Ginger Baker has been regularly attending Oneness events for over two years and was initiated as a Blessing Giver in September 2014. She has seen many positive transformations in her own life from her work in Oneness and is excited to be sharing Deeksha with the Green Man community. She has also been facilitating events at the Green Man for the last five years, mostly with the Reclaiming Tradition of Wicca.
The Green Man Grove is a working group of people who have taken a Trad Craft 201 class with Griffin Ced at The Green Man store. Our objective is to create, center, and participate in rituals together regularly.
Griffin Ced is the Virtue holder and Witch Father for the Ced Tradition and family line. Together with Rita Morgan, the Dame and Mother of the Line, they have lead the Line and Tradition in the USA for the past 20 years. Hailing from Britain, Griffin comes from a mix of Hertfordshire Village folk, Romany Gypsy, Essex and London breeding. The Witchblood was passed onto him across the veil from his Great-Grandmother, who having decided it was time to move on, drowned herself in a bucket a year before his birth. He was raised with Spiritualism and good old fashioned British Craft, into which he was initiated in Essex back in 1975. Escaping the soggy isles for the snowy climbs of Norway, a quick tour of Africa and many other strange lands, he finally fell in love with California, making LA his home for the past 24 years! Griffin has been teaching and leading public rituals for the past two decades and is committed to Community-building today at The Green Man store in North Hollywood. Griffin is the Manager of The Green Man, helping to create the magical experience people have come to love with the store. At the Green Man, in addition to Pagan Products, Griffin and his associates offer public rituals and many diverse craft-related classes on a weekly basis.
“Getting a reading from me is like sitting down with an old friend and telling stories. The cards unfold before our eyes laying out the story of you. Looking at issues of love, money, career, etc., I’ll sit and interpret the messages of the cards, and give you guidance to help you make the right choice.”
Growing up, Hovik always had a sense of knowing things and would pick up on people and how they felt. He came across the tarot and was able to use the cards to provide a clear language to convey messages in many areas including love, money, business, career, and even general personal concerns.
Hovik also does traditional coffee ground readings as well–an old practice learned from his family. He is down to earth and straight forward when it comes to readings, but also keeps things relatable and relaxed. He lays the cards out to unfold the story of you.
Hovik studied Wicca with various mentors throughout his youth. As an active practitioner of the magical arts, he can also offer magical solutions to life’s problems.
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Joe is a father, a college professor, and a writer. He has a doctorate in clinical psychology with an emphasis in the work of Carl Jung, and is a licensed psychotherapist with a practice in the Pasadena area. He is also a certified hypnotist, NLP practitioner and Reiki level 2. Last but not least, Joe is a magickian who has explored and practiced the path of magick for 35 years.
Joe began his studies as a solitary practitioner of Ceremonial Magick. He eventually became a member of three different Golden Dawn Orders, completing his work in the outer order in 2003. Since then, he has continued to study and teach on a broad range of magickal topics and has been a founding member of four magickal/pagan groups: the Kaotic Order of Adventurers Seekers and Sorcerers, The Fellowship of the Gods, The Magus Project, and The Association of Pagan Therapists. He has also studied Qabbalah, Witchcraft, Hoodoo, Thelema, Enochian, Obeah, and Chaos Magic. He will be opening a website of courses on 21st century Kabbalah sometime in October just before the end of the world because — well, when else would a Chaos Magician do something like that?
Joe discovered energy healing intuitively, when he decided to work on himself to relieve a minor problem that wasn’t responding to standard treatments. The positive result of that experiment inspired him to learn more about the human energy field. While studying, he continued to work with healing energy for friends and family. His interest in the subject eventually led him to Reiki, a Japanese form of energy work, and he became a certified as a Reiki Master in 2009.
Following certification, Joe’s working methods continued to evolve; they are now a blend of Reiki and his own intuitively guided technique. This creates sessions that are unique for each recipient.
A person’s energetic condition can influence both his physical and emotional states. Thus, recipients of Joe’s energy work have experienced a wide range of benefits, from relaxation and stress relief to profound personal discovery and revelation.
Joe works exclusively at The Green Man, and is available by appointment on Fridays and weekends.
- Kristin Dwan is a Reiki Master, Business Coach for Healers and Author of “Baptism By Flame – 10 Steps To Ignite Your Light Within” (available for purchase at The Green Man!) Her passion in life is helping people called to healing and mysticism to find their soul’s purpose and then guide them on living their purpose full time instead of in between day jobs.She will help awaken within you the healing and wisdom that is yours to use to better your life and the lives around you.Kristin found her introduction to Reiki and healing early on in life by dying and coming back to life in a burn ward, receiving skin grafts for 3rd degree burns over 30% of her body and going on a huge spiritual journey for the 20 years that have followed…one that continues to this day. Going through this lesson showed Kristin the huge difference between thriving in life versus merely existing, and she has been thriving ever since! Over the past 20 years, Kristin has helped healers, spiritual teachers, doctors, scientists and clergy to spread the gift of Reiki as far as possible around this world, a world which needs the healing more and more every day.She has a deep passion for helping people find the power within their pain and the wisdom within their struggle. She loves empowering people all over the world with the energy of the Universe which Reiki is, in order to heal themselves and the people around them. Each session and class she offers creates a huge ripple effect of love and healing which spreads across the globe.Her focus within her work is the Shadow and Subconscious programming that we all suffer through in our adult years. Kristin is not afraid to go deep within the darkness of the shadow to help her clients through trauma, loss, grief, depression and fear. She is comfortable working with the shadow because she is comfortable there. Where some healers call themselves light workers, she is definitely a shadow worker…going straight to the root of what holds you back in life.She holds what she has named Bullshit Bonfires seasonally at The Green Man Store, where people of all ages and spiritual beliefs gather around a ritual bonfire to release the ties to past pain and fear in order to free themselves to manifest the beauty in life they desire and deserve. Within a Bullshit Bonfire, you will receive a cord cutting to anything standing in your way, a ritual burning of that which no longer serves you, a guided meditation to The Universe and back to plant a seed of manifestation in your future and a tarot reading at the end.Kristin has been a practicing witch for 30 years, and has been holding public rituals for 20 years within covens as well as solo. She has been doing Bullshit Bonfires up and down the coast for the past 10 years, and is excited to focus this offering to the LA Pagan Community, which she has basically grown up in, and holds dear to her heart.Kristin is the owner of The Healing Woods in Altadena, CA where she offers private one-on-one Reiki training, Business Coaching for Healers and Mystics, Akashic Records Readings, Tarot Readings and Reiki Sessions.
Laurie Lovekraft is a ritualist, magical practitioner, performer, and writer. Over the past 30 years she has studied Reclaiming Tradition, Tibetan Buddhism, Wicca, Thelema, Feri Tradition, and herbalism.
Laurie is a contributor to the Huffington Post’s Religion section and is a guest lecturer at the University of Southern California’s Department of Religious Studies. Her writings have appeared in Green Egg, Widdershins, and PanGaia Magazine. Laurie was interviewed for the book Modern Pagans: an Investigation of Contemporary Ritual by John Sulak and V. Vale (RE/Search Publications) and contributed to Pat Califia and Drew Campbell’s book Bitch Goddess: The Spiritual Path of the Dominant Woman (Greenery Press).
Laurie has taught and performed at the Starwood Festival,PantheaCon, Ancient Ways Festival, Burning Man, the Women’s Goddess Festival, the Harmony Festival’s Techno Tribal Dance, Cross Pollinate Women’s Gatherings, and Code Pink Women for Peace’s annual activist bootcamp. She studied North Indian Classical vocal music with Shabda Kahn, plays doumbek, djimbe, frame drum, bodhran and guitar, and has recorded with Sharon Knight, Robin Silver, Rachel Tree, Tim Gennert, and Sequoia Records‘ Steve Gordon.
A graduate of the Berkeley Psychic Institute’s Women’s Clairvoyant Training program, for many years Laurie co-led seasonal rituals at Ocean Song Farm & Wilderness Center (Sonoma County, CA) and priestessed with the Church of All Worlds. She was a founding member of the Crescent Hellions, a Northern CA public ritual collective with Sam Webster, Tara Webster, Sharon Knight, and Winter. She also co-founded Reclaiming LA, a community in the greater Los Angeles area affiliated with the Reclaiming Tradition. Laurie currently produce’s Starhawk’s annual Los Angeles Spiral Dance & community workshop and serves the pagan community as a Reclaiming teacher.
Laurie holds a Masters in Cultural Anthropology with a focus on Environmental Ethics. She is long-time activist and forest defender passionate about environmental and social justice causes.
Mike is Senior Druid of about 30 NeoPagan Druids in the Los Angeles area that call themselves Raven’s Cry Grove, ADF. Calling himself a Pagan since 2000, he was a member and then leader of the Pagan group at his UU church. When the Pagan group faded away, he found Raven’s Cry Grove’s Beltaine ritual in 2005 and was chosen by lot the King of May. Well, how could he not join the group then? He’s been an officer of the grove since that Samhain, and Senior Druid since 2010. Mike is also the Senior Clerk for the Reformed Druids of Gaia, an international organization closely aligned with the Reformed Druids of North America. Plus, he is a 16 year very active member of the Conejo Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Newbury Park , having been on its Board of Trustees and currently serving the membership and the worship committees. Mike is a retired computer engineer and manager with a BS from Oregon Stare and MS from USC. A continuing student of philosophy and history, he recently completed an online course in Ancient Philosophy, and labels himself a Stoic leaning Modern Animist.
Monica was born and raised on the east coast, and migrated to L.A. in 1993. She is clairvoyant and clairaudient, and uses both of these gifts in her Tea Leaf Readings. She has been a spiritual adviser for over 20 yrs. Her gifts first showed themselves through dreams and evolved later into reading the leaves. During the reading, Monica works with her spirit guide, who aids with the information that is given. Also during her readings, animals will appear, which have their own special meanings, lessons, warnings, or information for the querent. She has studied and learned the language of the animal messengers. She finds the Tea Leaves to be a very accurate system of getting the information that is needed.
Monica teaches Candle Magic and Pendulum classes at The Green Man, and dresses custom candles for customers. She also is available to scry (read) the remnants of a spell candle to give further insight.
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Messages from your Dreams a blog by Monica
Raven’s Cry Grove, ADF was founded and officially approved as an ADF Protogrove on July 22, 1999. ADF is Ár nDraíocht Féin, an international fellowship devoted to creating a public tradition of Neopagan Druidry and this year is its 32nd anniversary. Neopagan Druidry is a tradition, a philosophy, and a way of life for its practitioners. Neopaganism is a vital and creative movement that draws upon the best aspects of the Pagan faiths of our ancestors to create a holistic, pluralistic path which allows for art and science, reason and emotion, and peace and ecstasy to be experienced harmoniously. Druidry is a branch of Neopaganism which draws its inspiration from the priests, priestesses, wise ones and magicians of the ancient Celts. Druidry calls for excellence in all pursuits, be they physical, mental, artistic, or spiritual. Raven’s Cry Grove, ADF is a nonprofit religious organization incorporated in the State of California. Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit church incorporated in the State of Delaware.
As a member grove of ADF, Raven’s Cry presents public rituals for each of the Neopagan High Days. Our public ritual style is based on the ADF “Core Order of Ritual” template that guides us to a form which uniquely is shared with other ADF groves. Its cosmology model is hard polytheistic – that is based on the premise of many distinct gods. We ask a god to be protector of our gathering and then create a sacred center and connect it to all the worlds where our three Kindreds – Ancestors, Nature Spirits, and Deities – will hear us. Most of our ritual is offertory, and by the Indo-European concept of ghosti – of hospitality – we ask for blessings after our offerings are made. We visualize our blessings flowing into a blessing cup which we pass around so all may receive the blessings of the Kindreds.
ADF groves derive inspiration for rituals from ancient Indo-European cultures and mythology. So while calling ourselves “Druids” may imply a Celtic focus, and Raven’s Cry does celebrate the four Celtic fire festivals, there is not a limitation to Celtic culture alone. Raven’s Cry has presented rituals related to Roman, Greek, Norse, and Slavic traditions. Our first Vedic ritual will be this summer, and within Celtic cultures, we use both Irish and Welsh traditions for inspiration. Our rituals are modern, and we do not make any claim of reconstructing what our ancestors did, only that we are inspired by what anthropologists, historians, and other scholars have uncovered about our ancestors’ practices.
While Raven’s Cry Grove might be called an ADF church, it is not a belief based or orthodoxy based group. We consider beliefs to be personal. Instead we are many times called an orthopraxic religion, meaning right practice. Our idea is our practice leads to our being better people and the world to being a better place, but beliefs are personal and secondary to practice.
Raven’s Cry Grove, ADF has a Facebook presence, and a website http://ravenscrygrove.org where more information and news can be found.
The Vision Statement of Reclaiming LA is based on the Reclaiming Collective’s Principles of Unity which states that the earth is alive and all of life is sacred and interconnected. We see the Goddess as immanent in the earth’s cycles of birth, growth, death, decay and regeneration. Our practice arises from a deep, spiritual commitment to the earth, to healing and to the linking of magic with political action.
Reclaiming LA acknowledges everyone’s ability to make magic – also known as changing consciousness at will, or changing the dominant cultural story. This might mean creating vibrant health, inner peace, and creative non-violent networks.
Decisions of Reclaiming LA are made by consensus, balancing individual autonomy with social responsibility in service to the earth and the community. We also value skillful leadership and expertise and strive to share, distribute, and rotate positions of power so that skills may be learned by everyone.
We are only as strong as our weakest link and we believe that hatred is a tool used to divide and oppress us all. Instead, we learn to actively listen, creating space for those who have not spoken to come forward. From all imprisonments, we sing “release.”
We see our work as teaching and making magic: the art of empowering ourselves and each other to work in service of the earth, in service of the least among us. Our vision is rooted in the magic of the Goddess, the Immanent Life Force as we experience it every day, as opposed to a formulaic, hierarchical tradition of secret knowledge. This vision honors all names for the divine.
In our classes, workshops, and public rituals, we train our voices, bodies, energy, intuition, and minds. We use these skills to deepen our strength, both as individuals and as community, to voice our concerns about the world in which we live, and bring to birth a vision of a new culture: a vibrant, sustainable, locally enfranchised, worldwide community of peacemakers.
My great joy is helping folks discover their innate tools of trance, vision, and voice, so that they can build meaningful, honest friendships with spirits + especially their own.
I’m a student and a teacher, a writer and a reader, a guide and a seeker. I’m a traditional spiritworker and rootdoctor from Texas, now a long-term resident of Los Angeles. I offer rituals, events, and classes at The Green Man. I also offer a free 7-week online series on Spiritwork and an 11-month online Spiritwork group intensive through my personal website.
I’m an initiate of the Ced Tradition of Heretical Witchcraft and Raven’s Cry Grove, Ar nDraiocht Fein, as well as a seer with the House of Brigh. Inseparable from my spiritual work, I’m also a massage and somatic body therapist, a martial artist, a photographer, and a poet. I like long walks on the beach, long stretches of silence, long swords, and long naps.
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Traditional Spiritwork begins with conversations. The stars are singing. The memories in your blood are whispering. Can you hear them? The spiritworker learns the language of the dead, of trees, of the heart. Through these diverse relationships, our worldview evolves and our understanding deepens, just like the expansion we experience if we have the opportunity to visit a foreign country or learn a new language.
Sometimes the conversations lead us to other sacred arts: like the rituals, shrine-keeping, prayers, visionary work, and folk-practices of our ancestors. To me, Traditional doesn’t mean going through the same motions as those who came before. Our animist ancestors didn’t have the internet to look up which color candle to use. They found their own Way. They worked with what they had, they talked with what they found, they saw spirit in everything. The Tradition is heretical, it is the way of finding your own way.
Rita Morgan-Ced is the Hearth Holder and Witch Mother for the Ced Tradition and family line. Together with Griffin Ced, the Devil and Father of the Line, they have led the Line and Tradition in the USA for the past 20 years. Hailing from Los Angeles, California, Rita descends from a long line of millers who left Hertfordshire for the New World, landing in Massachusetts. The Witchblood started to manifest itself when she was about seven, but as she was raised in a strict Mormon household, it was rigorously suppressed. Through her teenage years, marriage, and young single motherhood she struggled with her spirituality. Then one morning she woke up with the words, “Come on, you know you don’t believe any of this.” Realizing the truth of the statement, she started investigating many other avenues of spirituality: the Edgar Cayce association, Rosicrucianism, etc. Already having a predisposition to witchcraft, her path led her in that direction. Finally, her path crossed that of Griffin’s, and for the past two decades they have been working on building community and the Ced Tradition. Rita also teaches and leads public rituals and continues with that commitment as an owner and Store Manager of the Crone’s Hollow store in Salt Lake City, Utah. Rita is often at the Green Man Store working with Griffin leading rituals and helping around the store.