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Chthonioi Alexanderian Wicca
TypeSyncretic Wicca
ClassificationBritish Traditional Wicca
OrientationAlexandrian Wicca · Proto-Hellenism
RegionUnited States
Boston, Massachusetts
MembersLower than 100-200

Chthonioi Alexandrian Wicca is a Boston-area family of Alexandrian Wicca-covens directly downline from Coven Chthonioi. Coven Chthonioi grew out of the Alexandrian practice of its founders in the 1970s, has an unbroken lineage back to Alex Sanders and Maxine Sanders, and has been in continuous operation since 1974.[2] This coven is the originator of the cycle of rituals that has become known as the Book of the Provider. Chthonioi Alexandrian covens include the worship of the Gods and Goddesses of Greece (Greco-Roman Pantheon and Isian worship) as opposed to the traditional Alexandrian Wicca worship of the Gods and Goddesses of Britain in their open (and some closed) rituals.

The standard initiation practice is cross-gender initiation (female to male; male to female) but the Chthonioi Alexandrian line also accepts same-gender initiations as valid. As quoted from their statement of identity: "Some branches of the Chthonioi-Alexandrian allow Same-Sex Initiations (SSI) as a way of acknowledging the importance and validity of inner contacts and true connection to the divine regardless of physical sex. Although not universally practiced by all within our [line], we nonetheless acknowledge SSIs as equally valid, lineaged, proper Initiations and part of our Tradition."[3]

Controversy Although most members of the Chthonioi Alexandrian line consider themselves to be Alexandrian and have undergone the traditional Initiation, the acceptance of Same Sex Initiations (SSI) in the wider Wiccan community continues to be controversial. Some more conservative Alexandrians do not accept those who have received a SSI as valid. Therefore there are a small minority of the Chthonioi Alexandrian line who are welcomed as Initiates within the family but not outside of it. These individuals may refer to themselves as belonging to a separate tradition - the Chthonioi Alexandrian Tradition. [4]


  1. ^ "Chthonioi-Alexandrian Tradition Family Tree".
  2. ^ "The Ganymede/Chthonioi branch of the Du Bandia Grasail line". Archived from the original on 2002-07-11.
  3. ^ "Chthonioi-Alexandrian Tradition (Of Wicca): Beyond an Initiatory Line and into a Tradition".
  4. ^ "Chthonioi-Alexandrian Tradition (Of Wicca): Beyond an Initiatory Line and into a Tradition".