About the Coven

The Coven of the Black Vulture officially hatched on August 8, 2009 at our annual retreat. It is led by Rath, and is based out of Alexandria, Virginia. The coven’s work is influenced by heathenry, the martial arts, ceremonial magick, various healing traditions, and non-Gardnerian witchcraft. We exist for the ongoing spiritual and magickal development of our members. Membership is by invitation. 


About Rath

Rath came to the Church after 16 years of both solitary and varying levels of coven practice. He was Dedicated to the Coven of the Albino Bat in the Winter of 2005. He received his Third Degree in the Spring of 2008 and was ordained at Lammas 2011.

 He has led public rituals for the Fertile Ground Gathering (2011), the Moonfire CUUPS (2009) group based in Arlington, and Open Sabbat celebrations at Sacred Circle Bookshop from Mabon 2007 to Ostara 2016.

He has taught publicly throughout the greater Northern Virginia community from 2008 onwards. (Shenandoah Midsummer (2011 and 2012), Fertile Ground Gathering (2010, and 2011), the Firefly Housewarming (2010), Northern Virginia Pagan Pride Day (2010, 2011 and 2014), the Moonfire CUUPS group (2009), Sacred Circle Bookshop from 2008 to 2015, Northern Virginia Pagan Moot 2016.)