Fintan has its basis in the Alexandrian Tradition, and therefore we work using a 3-degree system that the Alexandrian tradition uses.
So how do you join?
Usually Fintan will advertise that they are taking in new members and will be running an Outercourt. Fintan usually opens its doors to new members every 4 to 5 years.
Please note that we do not take anyone under the age of 18 years old unless a parent/parents are a member, or we have meet with the minor’s parents and have gauged that the minor is mature enough to undergo training within the circle.
What is an Outercourt?
An Outercourt is a series of classes run by Fintan for people interest in becoming a member. Interested people are interviewed for admittance into the Outercourt for two reasons.
- To see if you will fit in,
- For you to gauge if we are the RIGHT group for you.
There is NO point in joining a group if you, for example, are interested in heavy ritual and the group doesn’t cater to that.
You can read more in our article on how an Outercourt works.
In a nutshell, Outercourt runs for a year, after which you may ask to be initiated; if accepted, you pick a date for your Initiation (using Numerology) and we go from there.
Once initiated into the coven, you begin the next leg of your personal journey, with training and learning being delivered within the coven. Read more about how your spiritual journey may develop in this brief overview of the 3-Degree system operated within Coven Fintan.
As has been stated, we are based on the Alexandrian tradition, however we are quite eclectic in our working. I encourage people to experiment and bring new ways and ideas to the group. We are not rigid in our ideas, and Fintan doesn’t condone the hierarchical posturing that can go on in other groups.
What is expected from trainees in the Outercourt is to come along and make up their own minds. As a trainee or Outercourter there is no obligation to commit to the group. This comes after you ask for Initiation and are accepted.
As a member of Fintan you are expected to be true to yourself, and as an adult, it’s up to you to put in the work at your own pace. We will not push you, coerce you, or spit the dummy because you haven’t done work given you, or turned up to an event.
We expect people to be responsible for their own actions, and if you are enthusiastic, we as a group will support and help you along the path.
I also recommend you come with some questions for us. A good place to start looking for these questions is this Witchvox article on good and bad teachers.