- Nemed Cuculatii is a coven within the New England Covens of Traditionalist Witches as made public by “Lady Gwen Thompson”, whom Morning Glory Zell once called “the Grandmother of East Coast Witchcraft.” At present we meet irregularly as a working group, and not for teaching.
- N.E.C.T.W. (New England Covens of Traditionalist Witches) is a center for Covens of Traditionalist origin. It is one of many traditions of Witchcraft. NECTW has covens and individual elders nationally. There are other related traditions with whom we share common history: Keepers of the Ancient Mysteries, the Welsh Rite Gwyddionaid, and the Tuatha de Danaan Tradition. In addition, NECTW has been a direct influence on the Georgian Tradition and many others.
- N.E.C.T.W. was named in 1972 by a hereditary witch from New Haven, CT, after the name of her individual coven as her teachings began to spread. Her family tradition blended with popular occultism and was handed down in its present form to her spiritual descendants.
- While N.E.C.T.W. and Nemed Cuculatii share many things in common with Wicca, we are a Witchcraft tradition, not a Wiccan tradition. If you are seeking a Wicca coven or tradition, we are not the group for you.
- The main focus of Nemed Cuculatii is magic and sorcery, spirituality, legends and lore.
- We acknowledge and/or celebrate those seasonal changes at what is popularly referred to as the Wheel of the Year, and which we acknowledge as a borrowing in from modern Neopagan practice. At these Sabbats, we honor the various aspects of Deity and the cycles of Nature. Generally speaking, we do not perform sorcery or magic at the Sabbats, as we view these to be celebratory times.
- We celebrate the 13 Esbats or Full Moons. On these nights, we honor the Goddess and often do magic or sorcery.
- We work with spirits of Place and Land, the Old Ones and the Mighty Dead.
- We have a training program, which requires individual and group participation, one-on-one and group training sessions, participation in public rituals and events. All students must agree to keep material given to them confidential, and should a student drop out of the training program, they are required to return all study materials received up to that point. This program may take several years to fully complete, if ever.
- There is extensive reading, required projects that must be completed, and active participation within the Coven is expected of all students and initiates.
- Nemed Cuculatii does not charge any fees for its training. However, we do require that members pay for their own materials, which are mandatory for the training, and all are expected to contribute their fair share to Circles and feasts.
We do not believe that it is to the benefit of the student to finance the cost of their materials for training. If members cannot afford the very small materials cost, we may counsel them to return when their life is in better financial order.
We encourage all of our members to be employed to the best of their ability or be otherwise financially stable and to have their lives in general order before attempting to learn the Craft.
- Training and initiation is passed male to female and female to male, in keeping with our Tradition. The Wiccan “Great Rite” is not a part of our original Tradition, nor is it practiced in our Coven.
- As a general rule, Nemed Cuculatii limits personal training to people who are over 18 years of age. There are exceptions, such as teens of Pagan parents, who have been raised as Pagans and who have parental permission, which will be obtained in writing before any study and requires a face-to-face meeting with the parents to explain our process and answer questions that they may have.
- Nemed Cuculatii is not a democracy, nor does it operate on consensus. While group input may be solicited in the decision-making process, ultimately all decisions are made by the Lady of Nemed Cuculatii and they are final.
- Nemed Cuculatii has a “zero-tolerance policy” on the subjects of drug and alcohol abuse.
- If you are interested in learning more, please read this page.
Parts of the above are adapted from an Introduction to Oakmist Grove, by Lady Rowan of Oakmist.