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FoA becomes The Druidcraft Fellowship

Monday, December 5, 2016

YULEE, FL – Following roughly a year of deliberation, meditation, and prayer, the interim board of the Fellowship of Anamastia has elected to change the name of the church to The Druidcraft Fellowship.

The conversation regarding the church’s name change began when it was observed that the local congregation, for which the parent church was named, Fellowship of Anamastia Coven in upstate New York, had long been inactive.

“While deliberating over the present draft of the church’s constitution, the interim board began to express the sense that the word ‘Anamastia’ was no longer apt,” said Rev. E.J. OakLore, FoA founder and chair of the interim board.

“The word is derived from the Gaelic, ‘anam’, for soul, and the ancient Finish, ‘astia’, meaning ‘sacred vessel,’” OakLore said. “It was adopted in honor of a woman that helped to inspire the original coven, who used the word as her Pagan name,” he explained.

The interim board, most of whom reside in Florida and are active with Heart of Manannán Coven, began to feel that the word was not descriptive enough of our tradition and path. “The word ‘Druidcraft’ was the obvious alternative,” OakLore said.

“We feel that the word, adopted from the book by author Philip Carr-Gomm, describes perfectly our effort to form a praxis out of the ‘connection points’ between Druidry and Wicca; in order to find in that combination a rich and magickal, Celtic-inspired tradition that ministers to people who have long wanted to explore both paths,” OakLore said.

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HoM Sponsors Jacksonville Pagan Pride Day

Sunday, September 21, 2014 | 5:00 p.m.

JACKSONVILLE, FL – After the Coven's official formation only seven months ago, Heart of Manannán was privileged to be an event sponsor for this year's Jacksonville Pagan Pride Day.

The event took place at the beautiful Garden Club of Jacksonville. Representing the Coven were Sis. Blue Dolphin, Sis. Senga, and Rev. E.J. OakLore.

Jacksonville’s Pagan Pride Day focuses on accurate education of Paganism, building community, aiding charity, and supporting activism of Paganism. The event promotes religious freedom and acceptance of all religions in the spirit of peace. Festivities include spiritual workshops, local non-profit and vendor booths, music, charity drives, and community rituals.

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We're Moving!

Friday, February 7, 2014 | 12:00 p.m.

ALBANY, NY – Fellowship of Anamastia is now in a state of transition.

Since May of 2008 our fellowship has been proud to serve the northeast and capital region of upstate New York. It has been our honor and great privilege to watch our brothers and sisters discover, explore, and grow in the Elder Ways and in the grace of the Gods of Old. And it is our founder’s hope that the good folk and friends we have made here will continue to fellowship with one another and keep this local coven family going.

In late January of this year our founder, Rev. E.J. OakLore, announced that he is moving from Albany, New York to the Jacksonville area of Florida. Therefore we wish to announce that our base of operation will be moving with him. Rev. OakLore has pledged to start a new local fellowship in Florida which will be built on the Anamastia tradition, and which will be a sister group to our existing coven here in the Capital Region.

May the Gods greatly bless us in this new endeavor, and may They greatly bless all of YOU who have supported our fellowship through the years.

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Fifth-Annual Beltane Event Largest in Coven History

Saturday, May 4, 2013 | 12:00 p.m

ALBANY, NY – Fellowship of Anamastia enjoyed a record turnout Saturday, May 4th, 2013, as the Coven held its Fifth Annual Beltane Gathering at Six-Mile Waterworks Park in Albany, NY.

The Coven elected to make this an “open” event, partnering with the Assembly of Capital Region Pagans to extend the invitation to the wider Pagan community and the response, according to one observer, was “amazing!”

More than 40 people showed up for the holiday event, enjoying a colorful ritual full of drumming and music, procession and dance.

FoA’s Rev. OakLore and Lady Medea lead the ritual.

Attendees were treated to an enormous potluck-style feast of grilled foods and other picnic-type fare.

“Second only to the Capital Region’s annual Harvest Moot,” said Rev. OakLore, “This was the largest Pagan event I can recall taking place in the Capital Region, at least in recent history.”

“We’re very pleased with how this came together, very pleased with the turnout. It was a deeply spiritual and truly magickal event,” OakLore said.

For pictures of the Coven’s Fifth-Annual Beltane Gathering, visit the event photo album on Facebook.

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Lady Medea Named Interim High Priestess

Sunday, December 22, 2012 | 6:30 p.m

Thoughtful, wise, quirky, full of passion for the Craft, our Sister Medea has been with Fellowship of Anamastia since the summer of 2011. Thoroughly deliberative and wanting to make certain she'd found her spiritual home, Sister Medea took some time before formally dedicating to the Coven, finally coming around to the decision in the fall of 2012.
 
        Because of her extensive experience in the Craft as a group facilitator and healer, moreover because of her innate compassion and wisdom, Sister Medea was invited to become Lady Medea, Interim High Priestess, by the Coven Council during the rites of Yule, 2012. A natural in the ovatic arts, Lady Medea is a Reiki Master and a board-certified Message Therapist. She is also a member / organizer with the Assembly of Capital Region Pagans and actively supports the work of a variety of other Pagan fellowships in and around New York’s Capital Region.

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New website launches!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 | 12:01 a.m

The Fellowship of Anamastia is extremely pleased to announce the launch of its all-new, completely re-designed website featuring pages upon pages of new information and expanded content!

The new website boasts a beautiful new layout, graphics and a front page that features dynamic content that updates daily! The new daily content shows visitors the current phase of the moon; birthdays of noteworthy figures in the Pagan community, local and abroad; a “this day in history” feature citing important dates in the history of the Pagan movement, ancient and modern; along with bits of magickal fancy, herb lore, and much, much more!

Also new to the site is an exclusive Members’ Area featuring important resources for dedicants, initiates, and those exploring membership with the Fellowship of Anamastia.

“This has been a real labor of love,” says FoA founder and senior clergy, Rev. OakLore. “The project took many months and went through many revisions,” he went on to say, “but it was definitely worth it. I think this new site will be a much better resource for seekers and the public alike. I’m looking forward to the feedback we get.”

The new website launched officially at 12:01 a.m. on October 31 – Samhain – in celebration of the Celtic New Year.

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FoA Seminary welcomes Rev. Sis. Viktoria Whittaker

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 | 11:06 a.m.

We are extremely pleased to announce that we have invited the Rev. Sis. Viktoria Whittaker to join the board and faculty of the Fellowship of Anamastia Seminary, and she has eagerly accepted!

Viktoria is an elder and priestess with the Maetreum of Cybele, a member / organizer of the Assembly of Capital Region Pagans, and a scholar of Goddess traditions.

We are exceptionally pleased to welcome her aboard as we seek to expand our program of seminary education for our fellowship and the Pagan community’s future clergy and elders. Blessings and Welcome Viktoria!

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FoA Seminary welcomes Rev. Dr. Timothy Lake

Saturday, October 20, 2012 | 11:45 a.m.

We are extremely pleased to announce that we have invited the Rev. Dr. Timothy Lake, Th.D., to join the board and faculty of the Fellowship of Anamastia Seminary, and he has enthusiastically accepted!

Timothy is an elder and priest with the Schenectady Pagan Cluster, a member / organizer of the Assembly of Capital Region Pagans, and an accomplished scholar of Germanic Heathenism.

We are exceptionally pleased to welcome him aboard as we seek to expand our program of seminary education for our fellowship and the Pagan community’s future clergy and elders. Blessings and Welcome Timothy!

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