Many might , and most likely will disagree with me ,
yet I have been teaching the Old Ways for well over
twenty years ;
So , just to be clear ( and I did read your profile )
1. A Coven is thirteen witches , "the same" , no more , no less ;
Anything else would be a grouping of witches , not a Coven ;
When one says "the same" , we are speaking of a hive mind
idea , where they are in agreement fully and totally in belief ,
not various beliefs , on all levels...in the old days , this also
meant living in close proximity , knowing the lay of the land ,
eating food grown on that land , often together , drinking from
the same well , working together , planting , gathering , harvesting
together...you get the idea...
This was to assist in weaving energy together , as the threads of
life connected all in the Coven...this is rare , if not unheard of these
days , especially as we move further into a technological world...
2. One cannot say Coven , then *my* Coven , in the same breath ,
nor any other breath...a Coven is never owned , nor even ruled over
yet the High Priest or Priestess , ( who had to ***prove*** their worth
and right to hold that title , which was given by other members , never
claimed ) was a good caretaker and guide , and was the "thirteenth that
had to *disappear* so that the energy could be channeled through them
without their ego blocking it"...
Other than that...which is a lot if one really considers all implications , I
wish you well , and may your will be laser focused enough , and your love
be magnetic and guided enough to only draw that which shall benefit the
most , and create the highest good for all...
You are creating a group...may it one day , become a Coven...
Too many these days , including so called teachers , and authors of books
on the Craft and Magic , have thrown around words like Coven , when they
do not even know what it *really* means...;)
A coven is my family
My family my coven
Haha wish u we're closer you can join
I like the olden ways to ahahaa
But with a new twist
That why I'm having more members
Plz advertise my group
We a family ,
You may consider it as you like...
But as we knew her , long before the Greeks ;
Hecka - Theea would not agree...
But each to their own , sadly , is now the way...it was not always so...;)
Yea I'm not look for agreement I'm looking for truth and like-minded that all if ppl can't don't join easy as that
The word Coven comes from Scotland and the official etymology links it up with something like middle English "to come with", but Scotland was also the home of the Covenanters, a nasty Protestant Sect. Isobel Gowdie was a member of a Covenanter community and their leaders tried and executed her as a Witch. There is good evidence that she really was a Witch, a Fireside Bard and probably part of a Mutual Dreaming group. She used the word Coven in her testimony to describe the other members. Whether she derived the word from old Scottish-English, which she probably spoke or just associated any social network with Covenanting is still a mystery. I’m pretty sure all the villagers used a shortened version of Covenanting such as Coven’n. Nobody knows how many people were in her Coven, and outside of a specific tradition there’s no real rule on how many people you should have. Isobel’s Coven was her family, and you are correct to consider your Coven members as family as well.