Blessed Bees * last updated May 3, 2000
[The following was a questionaire posited among NROOGD elders; my NROOGD coven is Darkstar, to which I refer in the post.]
is a coven? Does it mainly encompass the "workings" of
Melissa's general definition of a coven:
A coven is a collective of people who agree to work together to do the following:
Further than that depends on so many factors that I wouldn't include it in the general definition of a coven. So:
Melissa's *personal* definition of a coven:
The above, plus:
It's a hard process that requires a certain level of commitment, an ability to risk and trust, and sheer stubbornness. I've found it to be worth the effort. Others may not. I've found that the perspective held in my coven has colored the way I met and interacted with folks in NROOGD, giving me the feeling of an even larger extended family. Our magick with ourselves and with the Gods is powerful, and we have an intuitive grasp of each others' strengths and weaknesses. Knowing that the folks in the coven not only *know* your weaknesses but love you anyway is an enormous boost in coven space :) Also, it wasn't love handed on a platter. It's rooted in truth and time and experience of each other.
could have it any way you want it, what then, in your
I don't think there is an "ideal" coven, but I do prefer Darkstar or I wouldn't be there (g). Some key steps in developing the family relationship, based on my experience with Darkstar:
you edit a coven's members? How do you create
Standard for us: prospective member circles with us. Next time, we talk about them. We either do or do not invite them back and they either do or do not return. Should they continue, they have a probationary period of 3 months where we feel each other out and at that time we vote.
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