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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