Founded in 2010, Swangrove is the second coven I’ve established in the Gardnerian tradition of the Wicca, a British Tradition. I’m Deb, high priestess of Swangrove Coven. “Deporodh” is the handle I’ve gone by for 25 years online, but I tell folks, “prounounce it Deb.” The Scots Gaelic may be hard on English tongues, though it gives me an unique moniker for my online presence.
British Traditional Wicca
If you’re already lost, here’s the quick definition. Traditions of Witchcraft which derive from the New Forest region of Britain, are passed on by cross-gender initiation, most of which trace linearly through Gerald Brousseau Gardner (1888–1964), are collectively known in the USA as British Traditional Wicca. (I’m reliably informed that in the UK and Europe, they are known more simply as Initiatory Wicca.)
A more complete write-up on the term British Traditional Wicca may be found reliably on the web site of the New Wiccan Church International, a legal religious and non-profit organization by and for the Wicca. It is not a tradition, it is a family of traditions mutually recognized to be, as we say, “of the Wicca.” A member since 2007, I have the honor to be a Seated Elder in the International arm of the church.
Swangrove has undergone changes, migrating northward from central Oregon to the south Puget Sound a few years ago, and we continue to sink roots into the slopes of Tahoma (as Mt. Rainier is named by the local First Peoples). Right this minute, Swangrove had a diaspora, and we are down to a core three. Individuals and couples interested in training with a British Traditional group such as ours are entirely welcome to make contact with me (most have done so through my coven page on The Witches’ Voice). Swangrove hopes to establish a cadre of nearby initiates for improved practice and regular moon circles.