Coven Explained

Coven Explained

 Well the word coven from Latin “covenire” means to gather or come together.

Coming together for the purpose of worship or spiritual meeting. Used by members of the craft and other spiritual and religious groups.

There are not really a set number of members in any one coven. There are many variations throughout different groups, but mainly it is a number of 9 to 13. Speaking from my own experience, I have attended a new coven just starting out with six members which slowly expanded in time to twelve.

You can class a coven as unique in its workings.

I have had a few not so good coven experiences over the years. I would urge a new coven seeker to do much research into the back ground of the members as possible, before joining any new coven.
It is important to ask many questions to establish the kind of coven you seek to join, ask yourself what you are looking for write down your choices take your time and as the old saying goes “if in doubt hang about “ I am not saying that the first coven you join will be the one that lasts a life time far from it people I know have searched for years to find the right coven for them and many never find a coven to tick all the boxes they Require so remain in study groups or solitary practitioners.

There are many covens out there, well established covens which can be difficult to be accepted into as the coven number may have reached its limit for that given coven. There are splinter covens as I call them which are formed when the High Priest reaches a level of which he feels confident enough to form his own coven this action is called “hiving” I have attended such a coven and found it to be splendid, as long as we remember that a coven is not just a place where we can attend now and again as you feel like it for coming and going can affect the balance of the coven and irritate other coven members. There is nothing wrong with working as a solitary practitioner until you find the right coven to join; it was only with the guidance of the High Priest who helped me that led me to my first coven meeting for which I will always be grateful to him.

There are many spiritual workshops around today which are a great way to meet others of interest and possibly guide you further on your chosen path but always remember you have your own will and if a situation does not feel right pull back and reassess.

So what can a coven offer you might ask:

A traditional High Priest/Priestess led coven is a place to be with others in a safe environment, to learn new skills, to meditate, to draw energy, to grow spiritually and to be generally enlightened in to the ways of the craft. You do not need to be cut off from your biological family and live entirely within the coven remember you can leave the coven whenever you wish without repercussions. 

You will not be asked to make financial contributions to the coven for membership however should the coven be held in a place which has to be rented for the occasion you may be asked to contribute to the rental.

You and you alone are responsible for the purchase of your working craft tools.

Many of your craft tools can be made by yourself as you go along for a coven is not a free ride for the wont of a better word. Your fellow coven members will never ask you to subsidize them nor should you expect to be subsidized by them. A coven is not a classroom with written exams and tests every now and then you are guided verbally and left to progress spiritually at your own pace releasing you from competitive pressure that occurs in the conventional classroom.

Yes worship of the gods is involved to help our spiritual growth and again as we can all raise energy of some kind we are shown by other members of the coven how to carry this out safely. You do not have to be sky clad in all covens it is a subject to research before joining a particular coven. 

A coven will not sort out all your worldly problems although an healthy connection between you and the gods will help lighten the load in your life.

The coven is for the benefit of all gathered a group mind if you like strength in numbers working in harmony for the desired goal to focus energy and there is no room for selfishness on the part of members, we prey to the gods for guidance, not to solve our everyday problems, personal non craft agendas must be addressed outside of the coven.

Should you wish to be initiated into a coven it is imperative to understand the rights and obligations of other coven members as to maintain a constant level of calm and positive energy therein, when you first visit a coven you are classed as a probationer before initiation and this time can be very intense, you may not be directly involved in all coven rituals or be allowed to share the members secret craft names straight away for after all you are entering into a family that sometimes can be more intense and loving than you own biological family. A good coven will practice perfect love and perfect trust one coven I attended had a negative member who in turn disrupted other members gathered, as a general guide the High Priest/priestess should be able to help with the majority of craft situations.
Should you decide to join a coven here are a few suggestions to help you find one. Put yourself out there as a seeker, one who is willing to go to the places where witches will gather. This could be book shops, an open air meeting, online forums or  study groups are great. Try your local coffee shop, the word will soon get around that you wish to join a coven. Only join a coven if you are willing to listen to instructions. Please remember that other members have a voice to.

A few things to beware of:

Always meet a potential coven member for the first time in a public place till you are sure they are genuine.
Never be fooled into allowing anyone into your personal space without your permission.
Avoid giving your full name, address or telephone number till you are comfortable with the person you are conversing with.
Never pay to join a coven.
If you are invited to join a coven at the first meeting “beware”.
If coven members seem to be holding information back “beware”.
If you are asked to perform sexual acts to join a coven “beware”.
Anyone can create a website and claim to be a teacher of Wicca.
A good coven will welcome questions about their background.
If you are under the age of 18years a reputable coven will not accept you without your parent/s being present as members.
You are not a slave to the house work of the coven.

I wish you well in your chosen path take care. coven explained.
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Witch Zak High Rise

Hi peeps or merry meet from Zak here in the high rise. Lately I’ve been working nights and I recon my body clock has finally adjusted to the orientation of the night and day shit that comes with the territory.

It must have been around seven this morning when I eventually crashed out for some zeds.

Witch Zak High Rise

I had intended to sleep until three o clock in the afternoon chill out for a while then stroll on down to the new pagan supply shop that recently opened nearby. Well the sleep-in part soon went down the toilet with the ringing of my mobile phone. Hello who is it, hi Zak its George from flat below, well what do you want, have you seen what someone has chalked on your front door Zak, well no because I am on the inside and not clairvoyant, you been asleep Zak, more like a quick coma, well have a look at your flat door, in a bit in a bit and with that I dropped off to sleep again.

It was three twenty when my eyes opened owing to the alarm on my mobile kicking out the heavy rock track I downloaded on to it last week. Not sure that was a good idea probably more suited to Handles Water Music. As If. Reaching for a ciggy I kind of remember George saying something about chalking and thought no more about it.

With coffee in hand I settled in my old leather chair looking forward to getting back to my book on Advanced Wicca by Patricia Telesco a good read. The reading alas did not last long owing to a sodding knocking on the door which seemed to get more irritating the nearer I ventured towards it. Who is it I asked, Police, what, Police are you alright in there, WTF I muttered under my breath opening the door. We have had a report of harassment, are you for real I asked, take a look at your door sir came the reply from one of the officers. There on the door was written in red chalk BURN THE WITCH. I have not reported this I replied not long been awake. It has been reported by a neighbour of yours named George. Oh, right I said picking up a little of the red chalk left by the artistic retard. Well what would you like to do about it sir the officer asked, one minute I said rubbing out the BURN writing and replacing it with LOVE. It now said LOVE THE WITCH and with that I thanked the officers and asked if I could get back to my book. The officers just looked at each other as I slowly closed the door.

The rest of the afternoon was uneventful as I settled into my read, I did however phone George to thank him for his concern. He told me that other doors had been chalked on several floors and the culprits had been caught.

I did not for a minute think that the culprit/s could have been reincarnated witch hunters from the burning times lol. It got me thinking though about what we send out referring to the threefold law, for in my younger days I played a few pranks as you do when your younger. So, I guess it was payback time and just for the record the doors as George informs me will be cleaned later by the caretaker.

Well it just goes to show that we never really know what is going to happen from one day to the next which for me is a good thing.

I haven’t had time to visit the pagan shop to day as the book was hard to put down but tomorrow is another day and hope to pop in then. For now, it’s time to get ready for work once more and contribute to the graveyard shift as it is called after a quick bite to eat that is.

Merry Part
Zak
I look forward to negative comments as it shows that you have a lower intelligence than me. Now piss off

Different Witchcraft Paths

Different Witchcraft Paths

There Are many different witchcraft paths

Alexandrian Wicca

Founded in England during the 1960s, Alex Sanders referred to himself as the “King” of his Witches. The rituals are said to be modified Gardenarian.

British Wicca.

A mix of Celtic and Gardenarian beliefs. Most famous organization at this time is the International Red Garters. British Traditionals move mostly from within the Farrar studies (the famous Witch husband and wife from England.) They too are fairly structured in their beliefs, and train through the degree process. Their covens are also co-ed.

Celtic Wicca.

The use of a Celtic/Druidic pantheon mixed with a little ritual Gardnerian, and heavily stressing the elements, nature and the Ancient Ones. They had a vast knowledge of and respect for the healing and magickal qualities of plants and stones, flowers, trees, elemental spirits, the little people, gnomes and fairies.

Caledonii.

Formally known as the Hecatine Tradition, this denomination of the Craft is Scottish in origin, and still preserves the unique festivals of the Scots.

Ceremonial Witchcraft.

Followers of this Tradition uses a great deal of ceremonial magick in their practices. Detailed rituals with a flavour of Egyptian magick are sometimes a favourite, or they may use the Qabbalistic magick.

Dianic.

First pinpointed by Margaret Murray in 1921 in “The Witch-Cult in Western Europe,” this term appears to include a mixture of various traditions. However, their prime focus in recent years is on the Goddess, and has been pegged as the “feminist” movement of the Craft.

Eclectic Wicca.

Look in any personals column in a Craft-oriented newsletter or journal and you will see this catch-all phrase. Basically, it indicates that the individual does not follow any particular Tradition, denomination, sect, or magickal practice. They learn and study from many magickal systems and apply to themselves what appears to work best. I happen to be an Eclectic Wiccan.

Gardnerian Wicca.

Organized by Gerald Gardner in England in the 1950s. Just why is this fellow so darned important? Gerald was one of the few people so determined that the Old Religion should not die that he took the risk of publicizing it through the media. Under all the hype, I truly believe he understood that the young needed the Craft as much as the Craft needed a new generation to survive.

Hereditary Witch.

One who can trace the Craft through their family tree and who has been taught the Old Religion by a relative who was living at the same time. Channelling doesn’t count. How far one has to go back on the family tree to meet the conditions of the first part of this definition is debatable. Family Trades (another name for Hereditary Witches) occasionally adopt individuals into their dynasty. This decision is never a light one, and usually stems from the lack of offspring to carry on the line, or the high regard they hold for the person in question. The ceremony is intricate and important. After all, it is not every day you can pick your relatives! It is much like the marriage of an individual into a family.

Kitchen Witch.

You will hear this term every once in a while. Basically, this type is one who practices by hearth and home, dealing with the practical side of religion, magick, the earth and the elements. There are some who groan loudly at this type of terminology, viewing it as degrading or simply inappropriate. Just remember that the Old Religion started somewhere, and most likely the kitchen (or cook fire) was the hub of many charms, spells, healings, and celebrations. After all, where does everyone congregate during the holidays? Grandma’s kitchen has always produced magickal memories for humanity; visions of Mother making that something special for a sick child still holds true today for many of us.

Pictish Witchcraft.

Scottish Witchcraft that attunes itself to all aspects of nature; animal, vegetable and mineral. It is a solitary from of the Craft and mainly magickal in nature with little religion.

Pow-Wow.

Indigenous to South Central Pennsylvania. This is a system, not a religion, based on 400 year old Elite German magick. Pow-Wow has deteriorated to a great degree into simple faith healing. Although Pow-Wow finds its roots in German Witchcraft, few practicing Pow-Wows today in Pennsylvania follow the Craft or even know the nature of its true birth.

Seax-Wicca.

Founded by Raymond Buckland in 1973. Although of Saxon basis, it was authored by Raymond himself without breaking his original Gardnerian oath. Raymond Buckland’s contribution to the Craft is a significant one. Not only did he develop a Tradition that is more than acceptable to many individuals, he also has written a large volume of textbooks on different magickal aspects and practices of the Craft, thereby enhancing many lives in a positive direction.

Solitary Witch.

One who practices alone, regardless of Tradition, denomination, or sect. Solitaries come in various forms. Some were at one time initiated into a coven and eventually chose to extricate themselves from that environment and continue practicing a particular Tradition or sect by themselves.

A solitary can also be an individual who has no desire to practice with or learn from a coven structure, but still may adhere to a specific Tradition or sect through the teachings of another.

And finally, a solitary Witch can be a person who has decided to tough it out on their own, learning from books, networking, and fellow Witches of different Traditions. These people have the ability to pick themselves up and brush themselves off, and live to try again. More and more individuals are selecting the solitary path rather than that of group interaction.

Strega Witch.

Follows a tradition seated in Italy that began around 1353 with a woman called Aradia. Of all the traditional Witches, this group appears to be the smallest in number in the U.S.; however, their teachings are beautiful and should not be missed.

Teutonic Witch.

From ancient time the Teutons have been recognized as a group of people who speak the Germanic group of languages. Culturally, this included the English, Dutch, Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish peoples. This is also known as the Nordic Tradition.

Crimsonwolf.

Where instinct is wiser…


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Come out of the Broom Closet

Did you ever wonder how Wiccans can be accused of some of the things for which we are blamed in this modern age? How is it that we are called Satanists, and accused of everything from “hexing” someone to killing children?

Maybe we are ourselves to blame

Now I’m not saying that we didn’t have some really good historical reasons for being secretive about what we do. After all, no one wanted to end up on the bad side of the Inquisition. Even today we have to fear loss of a job, loss of custody of our children, and possible physical abuse to ourselves or our property.
It’s real easy to keep quiet about what we do so that we are “safe”.

It’s also fun being a “secret” religion.

You can walk around laughing inside because you know something that others don’t. This can become a real power trip.
Some of our traditions are so secretive that you don’t go to circle at all until after you are an Initiate. You study for the traditional year and a day without ever seeing an actual circle ritual. You may even have to be a 2nd or 3rd degree Initiate before you are permitted to actually see a circle cast. Makes you wonder what goes on that has to be so secret doesn’t it.

Well, no matter what our reasons for being secretive, we are now reaping the results of our actions. By being in the closet about our beliefs and practices we have allowed others to define them for us. What does your neighbour know about Wicca? Does he know that we are a nature based religion that honours a Goddess and a God and believes that we must “harm none”? No, all he knows is what the Reverend Billy Bob tells him on the Sunday morning TV. He “knows” that we worship Satan, engage in orgies, sacrifice pets and children, and use “black magic”. Well you can’t blame him for being misinformed…. After all, whoever spoke up and taught him differently.
Our being secret more than just prevents us from teaching people the truth about Wicca. It suggests that we must have something we’re trying to hide.
That’s why the Masons also get hassled by the religious right. Since no one will talk about what it is they do, it must be something really “bad”.

Now I’m not saying that you should jump up and start shouting down anyone you hear telling falsehoods about Wicca. You have to indulge in a little common sense here.
Some people don’t want to hear the truth and may cause you harm if you try to alter their reality. Nor am I saying that you should tell just anyone exactly what went on in circle. What I am saying is that we need to stop hiding out in our broom closet and begin working on showing people what it is we are all about.

Participating in community service efforts is one useful way to get folks to know that Witches are not all ugly, green people with warts on the end of their nose.
Try contributing in the mundane community. Perhaps working with a group like Habitat for Humanity. It’s real hard for someone to buy off on the evil Witch scenario when you spent last weekend next to one building the first house you ever owned. As you start to become people instead of a stereotype, folks will get curious and ask about your beliefs. Now is your chance to share the truth…..

Working with the local interfaith council is also useful.

Because of the makeup of most communities, these councils generally contain more than just right-wing Christians. Even though they may not be initially comfortable with a Wiccan coming to their meetings (and some may never make you welcome), given time others will come to understand that we are a valid spiritual path.

Like the strands of a spider’s web, each person we manage to teach the truth about Wicca touches others in the community and the knowledge grows. Eventually our voices of truth may be heard over the rants and raves of the ignorant.


Real Magic Spells and Wicca

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Wicca and witchcraft are dotted across every corner of the web. As you browse for Wicca, you will always stumble upon spells and magic.
This is because real magic spells and spell casting are a big part of Wiccans’ ritual practices.

You might have heard of Wiccan spells for healing, protection, love, fertility, money or success. These examples of positive and good magic are often called the white magic. The opposite of these kinds of spells is black magic. Black magic has been popular since ancient times because it is associated with ultimate power, evil and Satanism.

It is important to know the roots of Wicca to be able to separate the good and bad facts about Wicca.

Wicca is a pagan religion which believes in both gods and goddesses. This belief that is comparable to the Taoist belief in “yin” and “yang”, and also Christian beliefs of Jesus and the Devil. The Wiccan god is associated with nature, wilderness, hunting, and sexuality. The goddess is pre-eminent.

Real magic spells are part of common Wiccan practices (often called witchcraft or sorcery). Magic is defined as the science and art of causing change through the power of nature and the universe. For Wiccans, magic is a law of nature.

There is no fixed set of ethical codes or guidelines followed by Wiccans; however, virtually all Wiccan practitioners follow the Wiccan Rede. The Wiccan Rede states that “an it harm none, do what ye will.” (the first word “an” basically means “if” in old Middle English language). This moral compass helps Wiccas to consider their actions and keep them in line with Wiccan beliefs.

Wiccans also follow the Law of Threefold Return. This is similar to the idea of karma found in Hinduism. Basically the law says that every good or bad deed one person does to another, will return to that person with triple force sometime in the future.

There are five natural elements in Wiccan traditions, rather than the normal 4 most of us are familiar with. The five elements are Air, Fire, Water, Earth, and the extra one is “Aether” or “spirit”. Five different points of a pentagram represent each element, and as such the pentagram is a fundamental shape in Wiccan tradition.

Lastly, Wicca does not follow any particular book like Christianity and the Bible, or Islam and the Koran. One book does exist (The Book of Shadows) but it is just a collection of spells which has been updated and extended over history.


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Power and the Law of it

Power and the law

Power and the Law of it let us always remember and embed it in our soul that we as well as other living elements on this earth hold power

We will never stray far wrong bearing this in mind, we must however never use this magical power to harm another living organism be it animal, mineral or vegetable, we must never influence another for our own personal gain or for the harm of another, we must be it contradictory preserve life at all costs and defend ourselves when and if ever the need arises.

We should not be classed as super human, Magician’s, God/s, a Mighty power to be reckoned with, or any think other than human.

If ever we drift away from the positive aspect of life and our teachings we are in breach of the Law of power and it is forbidden thus we fall in to the category of being negative.

The powers we coup are given freely as a gift, they should be protected with constant positive thoughts negativity is a sin, meditation and blessings is the way of our people, this gift is meant to be shared with others when and where we can to help and to guide and cause no harm, to calm and enlighten as is our way of Wicca.

Power comes to us in many different shapes and forms the secret is how to
decipher it.

Sift out the negative from the positive casting aside negative energy leaving only the positive, sadly power is used in our society for many wrong doings we cannot change the past but we can make a difference to the future with positive actions and it’s correct use results in equal balance.

Power is everywhere in the air we breathe, the sights we see, the water we drink, every second of the day holds power, every atom has power the power of life or death, learn to harness the power of power learn to feel the positive forces that are among us and recognize them as good, find your place of power, your stone of power your colour of power, use the force of power in your everyday life and be happy ………………. As is our way.

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