I want to join a coven...

I get an awful lot of messages from folks through this website, saying that they want to join a coven, and can I tell them how to go about doing this. If you've spent any time on this blog, you will have seen my previous posts, Finding Your Coven and How to Approach a Coven and Ask for Training. In my last post I alluded to the fact that I would write more about what a coven actually is, and so here I am. It is really important that we spend some time looking at what a coven actually is, and that you get very clear about what it is you are looking for before you ask for training. This post should probably have been written before the other two, but there you go. Sometimes it takes time to tease out what you need to know...


This isn't anything you have encountered on tv or in films...

First of all, you won't have encountered anything accurate about what a Wiccan coven is like on tv or in films (unless you have been trawling YouTube for some of the old footage of GBG, Alex or the early High Priestesses). A wiccan coven is nothing like The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, The Craft, Practical Magic, Bell Book and Candle, The Love Witch, The Craft - Legacy, or Harry Potter for that matter. The list could go on, and it is not exhaustive. You could write to me naming any film or program and I would tell you, 'no, its not like that.' That's not to say that Wiccan's don't love that stuff as much as you do, but its just not representative of what being in a coven is like.

When people write and say they want to join a coven, I think what they are really looking for is a The Craft-style group of friends who do magic together - which for the sake of my typing fingers, I will refer to as a working group in this post.


The differences between a coven and a working group are endless...

There is absolutely nothing wrong with working groups, let's get that straight. I am not here to judge which one is better than the other. Working groups are a great way to start learning magic, and how it works. They are also a great way to learn about group dynamics, and how you foster and nourish relationships within a group. Its hard work, and has to be delicately balanced. This will stand you in good stead for all sorts of experiences in life, although you might not choose to put it on your cv. However, what they don't give you is any learnings beyond what is published and freely available in your local bookstore, and they don't connect you to a magical current or lineage.


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