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 first and foremost a study collective in the Isis Urania lineage. At the moment it is not a traditional Wiccan coven, as it does not have a High Priestess and High Priest. However, Faye is a holder to the lineage and is willing to work with serious students to create a modern, non-traditional coven.
The Isis Urania lineage was founded by Janus-Mithras in the early 1960s. The lineage is a mixture of his Basque family traditions and Western Esoteric knowledge passed on to him via his parents. The first Isis Urania coven was formed in Vancouver after collaborating with a Gardnerian witch in order to translate and transmit his teachings to students. So while “Wicca” as a term and religion is in many ways a modern invention, many of the teachings and traditions of the Isis Urania lineage trace back to family traditions from before Gardner popularized Wicca in the 1940s.
Faye was trained in the Isis Hathor coven based out of Montreal. After nine years of working with the coven, she decided to practice independently in order to find a balance in her family, work and spiritual life. However, Faye felt called to share the tradition with others and build a community of practitioners in a less formal, structured way (in keeping with her familial obligations).
Unlike her sister covens, Isis Astraea will meet less often and students will be expected to celebrate most esbat rituals (and perhaps some sabbats) independently. Students will also 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.