Shadow Coven Family

From the shadows comes the light and we are that light

Shadow Tradition - In Depth
The Shadow Tradition was founded by Chakkraa Morningstar, Head Priestess of HOS. This tradition is a mixture of the Morningstar family tradition, Egyptian, Faery, and Green Witchcraft (specifically the Green tradition taught by Ann Moura). This tradition is similar to Wicca in many ways and follows some of their teachings such as the Wiccan Rede but in no way is this tradition a Wiccan tradition. The basis of the Morningstar family tradition was brought over from Ireland when their family emigrated to America in the late 1700’s. It was mixed with Native American Shamanism by Chakkraa and WolfShadow’s grandmother, who is a member of the Chirqua Apache tribe.

Code of Ethics

This tradition follows the Wiccan Rede, the Nine Virtues of the Aesir, the Green Code of Conduct, the three fold law as well as many other codes of honor and ethics.

Rites and Rituals of Shadow

-Dedication
-Initiation
-Rites of Passage
-Sabbats
-Esbats


Types of Spells

This traditions cast all types or spells and charms from healing to banishings. Members of this tradition do not make distinction between white and black magick because all magick is magick no matter its purpose.
Shadow Norse Tradition - In Depth

The Shadow Norse Tradition was founded by Arickasha Darkstar, Head Priest and Grand Master Skald of HOS. This tradition is a modern outlook on the old Norse teachings including the poetic eddas and skaldic aspects. Using teachings that were passed down for generations through his family, it is made up of four components:

  • -Ásatrú
  • -Odinism
  • -Skaldi
  • -Witchcraft


What is Ásatrú? - Ásatrú is a Norse term meaning literally a faith or belief in Gods, specifically the Old Norse and Germanic Gods known collectively as the Æsir. As with many other ethnic or folk religions there was no specific name for the religion, although Ásatrú, Vor tru, ‘our faith’, or Forn Sed, ‘ancient customs/ways’ are phrases/words that are used in the modern world to describe this faith. The religion is a part of the culture and the beliefs revealed not only in the mythology, but also in the customs, ethics, and laws.
 

What is Odinism?- The term "Odinist" refers to an individual who is primarily dedicated to the God Odin, and who could also consider themselves Ásatrú, Wiccan, Neo-pagan or just simply an Odinist. It all depends on the rites, fellowship and beliefs that they express in their dedication.

 What is Skaldi?- Skaldi is the art of Lorekeeping. They were the individuals who learned the stories and the songs of the people and the culture. They passed down these stories and songs using an oral tradition. A skaldi is very much like a bard but they were also considered to be the keepers of the laws. The Poetic Eddas are a part of the Skaldi tradition.

Code of Ethics


Members of this tradition follow the nine virtues of Æsir. Not only do they follow the virtues they also believe in being honest and plainly spoken. Those who follow the Northern religions are often inclined to speak their minds plainly and bluntly, with the use of such expressions as are needed to get their points across. They also believe that neither chastity nor monogamy are required. However, responsibility and honesty in one’s personal arrangements, as in the rest of one’s life, are. As a Heathen religion, drinking alcohol, even to excess in some ritual circumstances, can be a holy act, as can various forms of conjugal and non-conjugal sex. These are things that must be handled carefully in order not to give the wrong impression to non members of their tradition.

Rites and Rituals of Shadow Norse

  • Blót -A blót, sacrifice or blessing, is an offering to a deity or other supernatural beings. The offering may be a simple sharing of food or drink by an individual to a more elaborate community ceremony. These ceremonies may be performed indoors or outside in a natural setting.
  • Celebratory - A celebratory ritual is one which recognizes a specific event, thereby strengthening the awareness of the participants and encouraging the smooth flowing of Wyrd from it. The most common of these are the blessings of the year
  • Folk-Binding - The most common of these is the Kindred symbel. Other rituals which strengthen the bonding between folk include weddings, ritual inaugurations, and processions.
  • Goal-Driven - A goal-driven ritual is a ritual performed for a specific purpose. Examples of this might include a rite for healing, a blessing on someone about to go on a journey, a ritual to help find a new house or job, and so forth.
  • Initiatory -An initiatory ritual is a ritual performed for marking and/or producing a change of state in the individual being initiated. The most common initiatory rituals include kindred-taking, name-giving, man- or woman-making, and dedication to a specific god or goddess.
  • Devotional - A devotional ritual is a ritual performed for the purpose of bringing a group closer to a deity/deities or wight/wights. Examples of this range from pouring out a drop of drink all the way to self-sacrifice, but the most common forms of pure devotional ritual are personal meditation and prayer, or a group rite at which a particular deity is called on, toasted, blessed, and asked for blessing.

Type of Spells

  • Valgaldr: Waking the dead to learn from them
  • Grogaldr: A conjuration formula to compel a wight to answer.
  • Nattgaldr: Night singing, to inhibit night-walking spirits
  • Lirlagaldr: Lilting sung magic to lull target to sleep.
  • Nid: Spells to curse or invoke spirits to attack an enemy.
  • Seidh: The magic that involves trancework and skills similar to shamans.
Shadow Wolf Tradition- In Depth

The Shadow Wolf Tradition was founded by WolfShadow Morningstar, High Theign of HOS. This tradition is a mixture of the Morningstar family tradition, Shinto and Faery. This tradition mainly teaches the principles of meditation, healing, psychic protection and warding. There are three primary paths that you may follow or you may follow the path of Ghaib. Ghaib is Arabic which means “unseen”, which is the secret path that is hard to follow. Those who chose to follow this path do so because they cannot follow any of the other three paths. They must stay on the straight and narrow as this is a path of single god worship. I will explain the three paths to those that express their will to follow these paths to the letter:

Path of Fenrir
- Those who follow this path must incorporate themselves to the dark gods and goddesses, follow the Shadow and Shadow Norse Tradition, and become pure by its ritual beliefs.

Path of Brother Wolf
- Those who follow this path follow the path of healing, herb lore, and practice the healing rituals of the Native American culture.

Path of Shenobu -
Those who follow this path follow the path of nature, practice the fertility rites of the Faery and embrace the teachings of Shinto.


Code of Ethics


Those who follow the Shadow Wolf Tradition follow two sets of ethics. One is the Vow of the Wolf and the other is the Vow of the Theignhood (These two passages will be showed in their entirety in a later chapter). These two sets of ethics help the followers of this path in their lives and their dealings with others. The ideal Wolven is self-assured, calm, strong, foresighted, and quick-thinking. They must always work toward peace and harmony with their community. Most of the people who follow this path are in law enforcement, the military and other similar fields of employment.


Rites and Rituals of Shadow Wolf


  • Oath Taking - Oath Taking occurs when a Wolven becomes a Theign or a member. A Theign learns the art of warding, psychic defense and protection. For a member of this tradition, this is the second highest form of initiation.
  • Vow Taking -Vow Taking occurs when a Wolven chooses which path they wish to follow within the tradition. It is similar to degree initiations in witchcraft. 
  • Initiation -This ritual is performed when a person becomes a part of the tradition. There are three steps in this traditions initiation process:

      • Rebirth: they are ritually reborn as a new person
      • Oath Taking: they recite a oath that binds them as family to the other members.
      • Vow Taking: they recite the Vows of Theignhood and the Vows of the Wolf.

  • Binding - This ritual is very much like a handfasting but it is not marriage. Members of this traditions do ritual bindings to a person or persons who they a magickally compatible with. Sometimes, it becomes a romantic relationship