The Witches Extra (b) – Ongoing Coven Membership

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Ongoing Coven Membership

As an aspect of ongoing coven membership, eight Sabbats and 13 Esbats are celebrated per year. You can expect there to be at least two meeting per month. Failing to attend a ritual of which you are to be a part could ruin the occasion for the entire coven, so there is a serious responsibility attached to being a part of a Wiccan group.

Neophytes may be given chores by their teacher like running errands before a ritual observance, for instance buying candles, or perhaps cleaning the covenstead (meeting place) before the gathering.

Covens, like any religious group, are also involved in their community and may undertake public service projects together. There’s also plenty of room for fun, like potluck suppers and other “family” gatherings. Just because it’s called a coven, this is still a very “congregational” setting with all the attendant responsibilities and engagements.

 

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Wicca. The Practitioner’s Introductory Guide: Symbols, herbs, history, spells, shops, supplies, clothing, courses, altar, ritual, and much more all covered!
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The Witches Extra (a) – Earning Your Degree

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Earning Your Degree

When as a neophyte, you approach a coven with an interest to join, you’ll generally receive an invitation to come to an open ritual. This is always the order in which the introduction should occur.
If a coven approaches you to join, decline! Properly run covens do not solicit members.

After a few visits to open events, you should communicate your ongoing desire to join at which point the group will meet and decide whether or not they should accept you as a dedicant.

Typically covens will not take anyone under 18 years of age especially if they do not have the support and consent of their parents.

When a neophyte joins, a member of the coven becomes their teacher. For the next year and a day, the neophyte studies to earn their First Degree Initiation at which point they are formally accepted as a member.

Dedicants are typically expected to attend meetings, study the craft, get to know the coven members, live by the Wiccan Rede, and be oath bound.

They are watched closely for the seriousness with which they approach their study and for how their energies merge into the greater energy of the coven.

Neophytes should NEVER be presented with any “requirement” or hinted requirement that they must grant sexual favors to any coven member including the High Priestess or High Priest.

During a dedication ritual neophytes choose a craft name that will be used at meetings and within the pagan community.

All members of a coven must enter the circle in an attitude of love, harmony, and perfect trust for the group to be what it is meant to be — a tightly woven magickal and spiritual family.

The second degree is earned a year and a day after the first. Coven members who have attained their second degree are allowed to begin teaching. The third degree is earned in another year and a day, and at that point the status of High Priestess or High Priest has been attained.

At that point members can, if they so desire, break off and form their own covens or remain and share responsibilities within the home coven.

 

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Wicca. The Practitioner’s Introductory Guide: Symbols, herbs, history, spells, shops, supplies, clothing, courses, altar, ritual, and much more all covered!
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Let’s Talk Witch – Covens and Coven Life

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Covens and Coven Life

A working coven is comprised of 3-20 witches with one or two leaders knows as the High Priestess or High Priest. There will also be members of the group called Elders, who have attained all of their degrees and remain within the group as the most experienced members.

Elders may or may not serve in an advisory capacity when the group is faced with any major decisions or is dealing with any kind of upheaval that requires the intervention of a “council.”

The purpose of the Coven as a community is to perform rituals and magic in accordance with the tradition they follow and to initiate and educate new members through a series of degrees. Every coven is independent in its own right.

As you begin to consider joining a coven, you will want to know what tradition the group follows.

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Wicca. The Practitioner’s Introductory Guide: Symbols, herbs, history, spells, shops, supplies, clothing, courses, altar, ritual, and much more all covered!
Riley Star

WOTC Extra – Children and Spells

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Children and Spells

People are sometimes worried about involving children in magic. However, most children are natural witches and magicians, because they are utterly focused upon want they want (‘ Give it to me’), have wonderful imagination and can usually concentrate sharply, although for only short periods. Besides this, they are free from so many of the preconceptions and doubts that cluster around us as adults.

As an example of how we ‘learn not to believe’, the story of the landing in South America of the explorer Magellan illustrates the point. The natives welcomed the Europeans as they disembarked from their boats, but they were totally unable to see the larger ships that had brought them, for to them so immense an ocean-going vessel was simply an impossibility. So all that they could see was the sea, stretching unbroken to the horizon! It is worthwhile absorbing this anecdote and realizing to how great an extent we structure our own reality, and that it is subjective, not objective. Don’t be tempted to put this down to the limited intelligence of primitive natives, for it has nothing to do with intelligence and everything to do with conditioning and human attitude.

Needless to say, young children should never be exposed to complex rituals that they do not understand and that could frighten them, or be exploited in any way by adults. Nor is it suitable to initiate them into a spiritual pathway, such as witchcraft, until they are old enough to understand and make choices. However, never underestimate or patronize the magical abilities of young people. My best, most successful spells were done when I was too young to know what I was doing. Children can be useful. Many’s the time, on my way into town, I’ve said to my sons ‘We’re getting a parking space, where we need one. Visualize it, We need it. We’re getting it: And we do.
 

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Spells and Rituals: A Beginners Guide To Spells And Rituals
Gabby Benson

The Law

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The Law

We are of the Old Ways, among those who walk with the Goddess and God and receive Their Love.

Keep the Sabbats and Esbats to the best of your abilities, for to do otherwise is to lessen your connections with the Goddess and God.

Harm None! This is the oldest law and is not open to interpretation or change.

Shed not blood in ritual; the Goddess and God need not blood to be duly worshipped.

Honor all living things. The Power shall never be used to bring harm, to injure or control others. But if the need arises, the Power shall be used to protect your life or the lives of others.

Those of our way are kind to all creatures, for hurtful thoughts are quite draining and are not worth the loss of energy.

Misery is self-created; so, too is joy, so create joy and disdain misery and unhappiness. And this is within your power. So harm not. It is unwise to accept money for the use of the Power, for it quickly controls its taker. Be not as those of other religions.

Teach only what you know, to the best of your ability, to those students whom you choose, but teach not to those who would use your instructions for destruction or control.

Also, teach not to boost pride, for ever remember: she who teaches for vain-glory

Shall take little pride in her handiwork; she who teaches out of love shall be enfolded in the arms of the Goddess and God.

Ever remember that if you would be of our way, keep the Law close to your heart, for it is the nature of the Wicca to keep the Law.

If ever the need arises, any law may be changed or discarded, and new laws written to replace them, so long as the new laws don’t break the oldest law of all: HARM NONE! Blessings of the God and Goddess on us all!

High Priestess Aurora’s Complete Book of Shadows.: Step By Step Guide To Understanding Wicca. Its Sabbats, Rituals and Principles
High Priestess Aurora

 

WOTC Extra – What Exactly is Paganism?

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What Exactly is Paganism?

Paganism recognizes that throughout all things — from the atom to the universe — there is a duality. Night and day, love and hate— the ancient Oriental concept of Yin and Yang which was long matched by similar concepts in what we now call Europe.

The Pagan realizes that there is no heaven except that which he himself makes, and likewise no hell but that of his own creation.

Most Pagans believe that they have experienced previous lives in previous eras of this world. And they can point to impressive evidence backing them up.

A Pagan refuses to believe that mankind is born innately sinful, and realizes that the concept of “sin” is itself arbitrary and hurtful to human nature.

The Pagan knows that man is not better than woman, nor woman superior to man. What one lacks the other can give, and one cannot be truly alive without the other! There is no greater magic than that of man and woman together.

A Pagan knows that what is called “magic” does truly exist, and it is often worked by those who are in touch with certain forces of the natural world.

The Pagan believes that what cannot be seen is of the greatest importance — that much exists of which the present world’s science knows little or nothing. And that anyone can experience what is normally considered to be beyond “reality.”

Paganism has a deep love for things natural and wild, as it knows that there are many beings which are intelligent and wise — and not all human. Yet they may be met in places of seclusion and wilderness by those who earnestly desire to know them — and it is for this reason that the Pagan does not allow his or her heart and mind to become cluttered by the useless trivia of a commercial-technical society.

A Pagan knows that there are deep forces and tides which underlie all things, and that there exist here on earth infinitely complex multidimensional matrices of living power which are far beyond the capability of a human to understand. That there is intelligence here and the greatest of wisdom — for such has always existed and always will.

The Pagan realizes that mankind has always known of the existence of this Supernal Intelligence, and has called It by thousands of names for tens of thousands of years. That men and women of all eras have drawn strength and power, warmth and security from this source — at times in ways which would seem to transcend reality!

Paganism teaches that the Highest source is both female and male in its aspects and that, though vastly beyond our capacity to understand, we can perceive It — or Them — as individuals, or as Goddess and God to whom we can speak, and receive answers.

The Pagan knows that over the past two or three thousand years humankind has stressed a narrow portion of the God in his religions and ignored or denied the role of the Goddess — with the result that history has come to be a chronicle of disasters. A balance is needed, with perhaps a greater stress on the Goddess (right now) in Her many aspects, to restore peace and to assure a meaningful survival of ourselves and our descendants.

This is Paganism!

A Book of Pagan Rituals
Herman Slater