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"All that is sacred that surrounds me —
All that is sacred that flows through me —
I open myself;
I yield to you;
And I step fearlessly into the Wild.
I heed the calling of my heart —
to embrace the chaos,
to forge through the lush and tangled untamed
roots of my home.
Let my path lead me
to love
to peace
to happiness.
I know my Gods will not lead me astray.
I have laid aside my worries and reluctance,
plunging straight ahead into complete transformation,
to let them lead me where they will.
Guide my path.
Remind me of my calling.”

—HPS Jessi, 6/1/14

Exciting things are on the horizon!

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Red Deer by Jens Hyldstrup Larsen

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Some of these names I haven’t heard before. (x)

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Hello! I just recently moved to this state (& the city of Murfreesboro) about three weeks ago tonight. I've always had an interest in more 'green' magics; admittedly iv'e been a little cautious of the well of Shadows part of it all but I see you guys are changing it up a bit! I was hoping to get a little more information on your Coven and how you guys practice. Perhaps it will be a match & y'all will get another practitioner!

Have you had a chance to check out our website or facebook page? If not, that would be a great next step. They’re both linked through our tumblr. If you have, send me an email or private message through one of those, tell me a little more about yourself and what you’re looking for, and we can start talking!

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I have recently announced my decision to part ways with the Well of Shadows tradition. In the course of this parting of ways, Coven of the Tangled Pines has been stripped down to its core, and is ready to rebuild and be reborn - to forge and exciting new path.

Keep an eye on our blog and our other sites (linked to on the blog home page) for details as they unfold on our journey. If you would like to learn more, you can always message us!

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Upcoming Events in the Well of Shadows

COTP Winter Seeker Social
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Smyrna Bowling Center
95 Weakley Lane - Smyrna, TN 37167

Coven of the Tangled Pines holds a “Seeker Social” each season, and these are our main public events that seekers may attend. These are purely social events/parties where our focus is purely on meeting, interacting with, and getting to know those individuals who are potentially interested in future membership.

This winter, we’ll be getting together for bowling fun! We’ll hang out, chat about the coven, get to know each other, bowl (well or poorly!), eat greasy bowling alley snacks, and have a lot of fun!

Well of Shadows “Rit Raff”
March 1, 2014
Fred Deadman Park
Manchester, TN 37355

The next open Well of Shadows event - our winter/spring Rit Raff - will be hosted by Coven Ofthe Swaying Willows. “Rit Raff” stands for ritual and raffle, and it’s your opportunity to take part in an open ritual hosted by the Well of Shadows, and our opportunity to raffle off a few items to raise money for our tradition!

Well of Shadows Emergence 2014
April 18-20, 2014
Harrison Bay State Park
Group Camp

Join us for Well of Shadows’ 3rd Annual spring gathering - Emergence 2014! We’ll gather in the group camp of Harrison Bay State Park for a full weekend of ritual, workshops, and general Witchy fun and fellowship! Ticket prices will be extremely reasonable, and will be posted soon. Make plans now to join us!

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I want to get into witchcraft, but I'm worried there'll be issues.. I have multiple mental disabilities that, all together, cause my energy to be rather unstable and hard to control. Instead of trying to 'fix' my unstable energy, is there any way I could work with it instead?

Yes, I would certainly think so!  We are firm believers that anyone who has the desire, drive, and passion for it can be a Witch, so I’m sure you can make it work.

From the start, I’ll say that as Witches go, we’re weird.  We are not Wiccan, but we do view Witchcraft as a religion, so that’s the perspective I’ll be responding from. 

With Witchcraft being a faith, there would be no issues at all.  Anyone can have a faith, regardless of their mental capacity or stability.  So from the standpoint of the religious elements of the Craft - honoring the Gods, honoring nature, honoring the seasons, observing the moons and sabbats, etc. - there should be nothing holding you back!

If you’re worried more about the magical and ritualistic elements of the Craft, there should still be ways to overcome your concerns.  I’m not sure exactly what mental disabilities you’re referring to, but as long as you can muster enough focus on your goal, you should be fine.  You may need to make use of stronger focal points.  As an example, where one Witch might use a simple candle to represent a Goddess she’s trying to work with, you might prefer to use a more detailed picture or statue.  If you’re doing a spell, you may want to literally fill your altar with items and images symbolic of the goal you’re trying to achieve, to keep your mind focused on the task at hand.

If you feel that your energy is particularly chaotic and unpredictable, you may want to try methods that are compatible with that type of energy.  Look into Chaos Magic, which very much utilizes exactly that type of energy.

My main piece of advice would be to do your workings with confidence, and without reservation.  If you have any concerns at all about a working you’re going to undertake, take the time and extra care to make use of some strong protection magic first.  The unfortunate truth is that there are nasty energies out there, and they sometimes have a tendency to prey upon newcomers who are inexperienced and don’t take the time to do their homework and make sure they have their bases covered - particularly if they perceive any chink in the armor from a mental or emotional standpoint.  Preparation and confidence go a long way, regardless of whether or not the practitioner has any mental disabilities.  In your case, you may just want to make double sure you have everything in order.  This is in no way intended to scare you off.  I’m all for people jumping in feet first.  It’s just a sound piece of advice so that you’ll be informed before doing so.

Again, I’m not sure what the mental disabilities are that you’re referring to, but I will say that over my many years as a Witch, I have seen people work with learning disabilities, autism, bipolar, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder, and successfully practice Witchcraft.  I am sure that if you are serious about doing so, you can find a way to make it work for you.  I wish you luck on your path, and if you have any other questions, just ask!





1. Greek mythology: any of a group of sea nymphs (often portrayed as half human and half bird, and to a lesser extent, half human and half fish that lured mariners to destruction by their singing.

2. a woman regarded as seductive and beautiful, especially a dangerous woman; temptress.

3. a woman who sings with enchanting sweetness.

4. a) a device in which compressed air or steam is driven against a rotating perforated disk to create a loud, often wailing sound as a signal or warning. b) an electronic device producing a similar sound as a signal or warning.

5. any of several salamanders of the family Sirenidae, such as the mud eel, having an eellike body, permanent external gills, small forelegs, and no hind limbs.

Etymology: from Old French sereine, from Latin sīrēn, from Greek seirēn.

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