We are a Wiccan Coven designed for self-identified women members to become clearer representatives of the power and the beauty of the Old Ways, in service to the Gods, the People, and the Earth. To serve our sisters everywhere for, when one suffers, we all suffer. When one is oppressed, we all are oppressed. When we support each other in sisterhood, we nourish our beloved patron Goddess Gaia.
Although she is Greek, the Daughters of Gaia Naos do not follow the Greek pantheon exclusively. Members each have their own relationship with Deity, and are encouraged to pursue these relationships, both in and out of Coven.
Although not required for membership, most Coven members identify themselves as Witches. Doing so helps us connect with our sisters who were persecuted, and helps us reclaim our female power and freedom from patriarchal oppression.
Although we believe in God/Goddess duotheism, we emphasize the exploration of modern goddess spirituality. In our Coven, the Goddess is a symbol of self- transformation. She is seen to be a force for change for those who open themselves up to Her.
We seek to cultivate the virtues of the Charge of the Goddess, including mirth, reverence, honor, humility, strength, beauty, power, and compassion. We seek to work as a positive force against the powers of destruction which threaten the world.
Although we are not a formal Reclaiming group, we do follow the Reclaiming Principles of Unity:
The values of the Reclaiming tradition stem from our understanding that the earth is alive and all of life is sacred and interconnected. We see the Goddess as immanent in the earth’s cycles of birth, growth, death, decay and regeneration. Our practice arises from a deep, spiritual commitment to the earth, to healing and to the linking of magic with political action.
Each of us embodies the divine. Our ultimate spiritual authority is within, and we need no other person to interpret the sacred to us. We foster the questioning attitude, and honor intellectual, spiritual and creative freedom.
We are an evolving, dynamic tradition and proudly call ourselves Witches. Our diverse practices and experiences of the divine weave a tapestry of many different threads. We include those who honor Mysterious Ones, Goddesses, and Gods of myriad expressions, genders, and states of being, remembering that mystery goes beyond form. Our community rituals are participatory and ecstatic, celebrating the cycles of the seasons and our lives, and raising energy for personal, collective and earth healing.
We know that everyone can do the life-changing, world-renewing work of magic, the art of changing consciousness at will. We strive to teach and practice in ways that foster personal and collective empowerment, to model shared power and to open leadership roles to all. We make decisions by consensus, and balance individual autonomy with social responsibility.
Our tradition honors the wild, and calls for service to the earth and the community. We value peace and practice non-violence, in keeping with the Rede, “Harm none, and do what you will.” We work for all forms of justice: environmental, social, political, racial, gender and economic. Our feminism includes a radical analysis of power, seeing all systems of oppression as interrelated, rooted in structures of domination and control.
We welcome all whose differences of life situation, background, and ability increase our diversity. We strive to make our public rituals and events accessible and safe. We try to balance the need to be justly compensated for our labor with our commitment to make our work available to people of all economic levels.
All living beings are worthy of respect. All are supported by the sacred elements of air, fire, water and earth. We work to create and sustain communities and cultures that embody our values that can help to heal the wounds of the earth and her peoples, and that can sustain us and nurture future generations.
~ Reclaiming Principles of Unity – consensed by the Reclaiming Collective in 1997. Updated at the BIRCH council meeting of Dandelion Gathering 5 in 2012.