Isis Astraea is located in Laval, Quebec, on the unceded Indigenous territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka nation, along the Kahrhionhwa’kó:wa.
As a magical system founded on the practices of European settlers working on occupied territory, we acknowledge the harms of western colonialism and strive to work in solidarity and respect with the Onkwehón:we, mindful of the need to decolonize our practices & magical rhetoric.
Isis Astraea is inclusive and open to community members from all walks of life. LGBTQI+, BIPOC, and Neurodivergent members are welcome. We are actively looking at traditional lineage practices, methods of teaching and identity within the craft in light of contemporary discourse and worldviews, in an effort to be a safe, culturally relevant practice. We still have work to do, but we are trying approach the work mindfully.
All classes and rituals are conducted in English.
“There are four things or qualities that make a Witch: a sense of wonder, unquenchable curiosity, undaunted courage and boundless love born of the feelings of Oneness with all things.”
Astraea is the Star Maiden, a goddess of justice, renewal, and love. In one version of her tale, she dwelt upon the Earth with humanity until human lawlessness drove her to the skies. As she looked down upon the Earth, her tears caused by the suffering of mankind fell from the sky and created the Aster, a flower associated with love and healing. Like the flower and the goddess, the guiding vision of Isis Astraea is one of justice and healing; working together to remember our highest aspirations: Perfect Love and Perfect Trust.
Isis Astraea is a coven loosely inspired by the Isis Urania lineage, which was founded by Janus-Mithras in the early 1960s and is a mixture of his family traditions and western esoteric knowledge passed on to him via his parents. Faye trained in the Isis Hathor coven in Montreal for nine years before deciding to work independently closer to home in order to better balance her magical and mundane life.
Students joining Isis Astraea will be encouraged to think critically about the roles of inclusion, cultural appropriation, and decolonization in the tradition they are being trained in and the larger neo-pagan movement.