What are the Nine Woods?
The Nine Woods are based upon the nine trees found within Irish Ogham and were popularized in the “Nine Woods in a Sacred Bonfire.”
The Nine Woods Tradition bases teachings and tenants on these woods as they provide wisdom that we believe is necessary to incorporate in modern polytheistic practices; trees are holders of knowledge and are revered.
While the Nine Woods and their meanings are important, they are not the end all be all in this path. Their teachings may be subtle, and behind the scenes, yet ever-flowing through the Tradition.
Why does Nine Woods Tradition exist?
Founder Autumn Blackwood created the Nine Woods tradition as a way to streamline faer practice; fae had been an eclectic Pagan Witch for 11 years and was tired of reaching for multiple resources when putting together faer own practice.
Instead of keeping spirituality separate from food, clothing, décor - all of which fae had found niches/subcultures that “clicked” - fae decided to combine them all into one lifestyle choice. Nine Woods was born from that combination.
The tradition exists as a way to weave spirituality throughout every facet of life.
Do I have to be x, y, z to participate?
Nine Woods is open to all reasonable, mature, respectful individuals who are open to learning and working within a group towards our common aims. We are a cohesive group who will be working closely with each other. A high degree of connection and trust is of the utmost importance. If, for any reason, you feel the description of the tradition or the idea of cooperation is not for you, it isn’t.
The Nine Woods Tradition does not require members to honor, worship, or work with any specific set of deities or spirits.
How does one join?
At this time, all activities will be online. If you are feeling called to the Nine Woods Tradition, please contact Founder Autumn via the contact form that is on the home page.
There will be a few ways to interact which will be discussed with Main Grove members. There may be online rituals once there are enough members to warrant such an experience. There will most likely be articles available to those who want to learn more about Nine Woods specific practices (such as the worship of the liminal gods) but will not be required or necessary to create your own practice.
Will there be covens/groves or groups in person?
We hope, eventually. Our hope is to have different temples pop up where there is interest and need, and then original members that gather online will then hive off and create their own groups with their local communities.
Can children practice and participate?
That is left up to the discretion of parents. Autumn does not have children so none of these prayers, rites, rituals etc. have been child-tested. As long as it’s safe, and age-appropriate we are leaving that up to parents.
This is not necessarily a “family” coven as many of the rituals will deal with heavier mature adult topics, such as the fall of capitalism, sex positivity, etc.
Children should not be present for any group workings to provide a distraction free ritual and meditative space.
Does Nine Woods have any monetary requirements?
Yes and no. No, you do not have to give Autumn any money, although there may be a donation button here on the site if those who are gaining something would like to help support the upkeep of the website. But there won’t be any costs to become a member of Nine Woods or anything like that. If a physical coven forms, the only reason why money would be charged is to cover ritual supplies that the whole group uses.
Nine Woods is not, and will never be, a tradition that Autumn or other leaders use to make money or get rich.
Bartering, exchanging of goods, services and talents will be allowed - we’re anti-Capitalist and Eco-Friendly!
Does Nine Woods participate in plagiarism?
We try not to, to the best of our ability. Several documents and practices openly come from other sources. If a source is known, it will be clearly stated. If something has been rewritten, it will be clearly stated. If a source is not known, then the item in question will be either reworked/rewritten entirely and stated as such or will be omitted.
As a few of these have been in the knowledge of Autumn for several years, most of which original authors have been lost to time, if you claim that something is yours, and can prove that it is your intellectual material, it will be removed from the Guidebook, or credit will be given.
If you have other questions not addressed here, please reach out via the contact form on the Home page.