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About The Circle of the Dark Mother

The Circle is a framework of spiritual teachings and practices that are used by individuals for their personal path.  There is no dogma or specific requirements in the Circle of the Dark Mother (other than to be kind to others and respectful of all beliefs).  We are a Dark Gnostic tradition that uses both gnosis and reason to direct our path.  We use meditation and a kabbalistic framework in much of our workings  Every practitioner has the freedom to use the tradition however they choose.  We embrace every spiritual path as valid and able to be incorporated into our teachings.


When deciding on a name  we wanted to capture the idea of people who are equals coming together to study and practice for transformation in both themselves and the world.  We chose Circle of the Dark  Mother because dark mother deities represent the power of change.  Circulos Tenebris Matrem Arcanas means Circle of the Dark and Mysterious Mother - this is our Inner Order of the group.


About Mark H. Williams


Mark Williams is consecrated as a Bishop in the Independent and Gnostic movement and holds a Masters in Theology as well as a certificate in Transformative Coaching.  He has been a student of many religions and spiritual traditions which has led him to start a new lineage that is open to all.

Open and Affirming


We are an open and affirming organization that believes in the equality of all people no matter of race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, or anything else.  True humanity loves all beings no matter what their differences.



Circle of the Dark Mother's inner order is C1irculos Tenebris Matrem Arcanas (CTMA for short) means Circle of the Dark and Mysterious Mother.  We chose a name that fits the intent of our lineage, but realize it's a bit of a mouthful.



Membership is completely free.  Anyone who wants to be part of the lineage can email our High Priest (Mark H. Williams) and declare their intent.  At that point a person is considered an associate member.  Once someone takes the online course they become an initiate of the Tradition.

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