The Green Star Grove is part of the Sylvan Tradition.
The Sylvan Tradition is a magic-working, earth-based Witch tradition that considers Witchcraft not as a religion with rules and doctrine but as a craft and a way of life. We celebrate diverse viewpoints and believe in no set dogma, but have found a working approach that meets our needs.
Because the Sylvan Tradition teaches that the earth is sacred in itself, tradition members generally do not exorcise and banish negative energy from an area before we raise a circle. Neither do we guard the circle, as most of us believe no dark demonic energy can coexist in the circle with the elements, Goddess, God, and fey, whom we invite into the circle as the ritual begins.
Similarly, because the elements can be found in all directions, the Sylvan Tradition does not link elements with directions. Because we find the elements already present, the tradition does not invoke elements but rather calls them to join the circle and aid us.
The Sylvan Tradition works with the fey, including the elementals and devas. The Sylvan Tradition does so in part because we ask everything to aid our magic. Our tradition is named Sylvan, which means "of the forest," to honor our connection to all seen and unseen forest things, including trees, which the tradition considers the most balanced beings in nature. The forest is also the home of the fey, middle agents between ourselves and nature who help us stay in harmony with nature. Part of the Sylvan Tradition is consideration for the earth.
Though we repeat some rituals, most Sylvan rites are created by tradition members in honor of a particular Sabbat or Moon, or to achieve a particular goal. In a Sylvan Tradition ritual, in contrast with many Wiccan rituals, the high priestess usually cuts a first circle widdershins to acknowledge existing chaos, to take the circle out of mundane time and space and to transport it and the participants to magical space.
The Sylvan Tradition began in the 1970s in Northern California, with roots in older traditions.
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