There are a lot of you who have expressed intense interest in the group and have been very active in classes online and discussions in group, maybe you've attended an event, but it is hard for you to get to everything as lives are busy and hectic with work, school, children, etc. This means that you can't complete all the requirements before the deadlines etc...
But there are some of you I have known for AGES and I know your commitment, and some of you I have only recently met, but I can feel how strongly committed you are to your spiritual path, and then there are some of you that I have never met face to face but have shown me such great support and friendship though we've never see one another in person...so this is why I decided to change the membership requirements.
When you all joined this group here, I consider you a member of TSO. This means that no matter how far away, if we've ever met in person, or whatever...you are a member of this global tribe of pagans and witches and we work as a unit to help one another and lean on each other when necessary. We teach one another here, not just me teaching you all.
Now, when you become a "member" of the physical Spiral Oak Grove, you become part of the "Inner Circle" meaning you are privvy to our private workings and how the actual working grove performs magick. This has a level of secrecy to it to keep the energy flow going and not have any of it dissipate because you talked about it outside of circle.The Inner Circle requires trust, understanding, love, and the ability to work as a whole instead of just individually.
Here comes my second reason for changing the requirements...
Anyone can fulfill coming to several classes, attending a Sabbat or two, and meeting us in person if they really want.
That shows that you are dedicated to a degree, but that doesn't show me what is in your heart and what your true intentions are.
There have been those in the past that may have met these requirements and were invited to private ritual to work magick with us and in the end things didn't work out; that messes up the dynamic in ritual and the energy that we were trying to produce as a whole.
They met the requirements, physically...but not spiritually and I didn't use my discernment and intuition like i should have before letting someone in to that Inner Circle.
Now private ritual will be invitation only. It may sound elitist, but those of us that are already in the Inner Circle will use our better judgement and gut instinct/intuition to decide who can be part of private workings.
This will still require us to meet you as it is easier to get a feel for people that way. The Inner Circle will have rules, however, that the Open Grove does not, because as I said...the first rule of Private Ritual is you don't talk about Private Ritual lol but that will be discussed at a later time for Private Members.
I have had to do a lot of souls earching here lately and a lot of reworking and I am hoping that it isn't messing up what we have going as such a loving and open community. Please feel free to message me and ask questions if you have any, or pose them here and I will try to answer them to the best of my ability.