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Pros and Cons of Solitary Practice verses Coven Practice

Pros and Cons of Solitary Practice

As mentioned earlier, most witches started their practice by working alone. It is most likely that witches who choose the solitary path have long developed their interest in witchcraft even before meeting a coven.

Some of the advantages of solitary practice include: being able to make your own rules and set of ethics; being free to work with anyone regardless if they are a member of a coven or another tradition; being able to follow your own schedule instead of being tied to a fixed schedule of worship and work; and not being obliged or accountable to anyone or anything but yourself and your deities.

As much as there are advantages, there are also disadvantages to working in solitude. These include: having difficulty in connecting with other witches or Wiccans; having the need for a teacher or mentor at some point of your solitary practice especially if you want to grow and learn more spiritually; finding limitations in the quality, quantity, and type of knowledge you acquire; and longing to be with other people to share your knowledge, skills, and experiences.

Pros and Cons of Coven Practice

The number of witches and Wiccans who have covens is greater than those who prefer to work on their own. Witches and Wiccans with covens say that they enjoy working in a group in spite of the set of rules they follow and quite a share of problems that they deal with. Some of the advantages of coven practice include: having more formal and structured work based on a group setting; having a pre-determined course of study and following specific lesson plans; having more opportunities to meet others in greater witchcraft and Wiccan communities; having more elaborate and beneficial rituals; and having the opportunity to learn and obtain knowledge from seasoned and more experienced witches.

On the other hand, the disadvantages of coven practice include: having to work with the members who may not be very willing to accommodate new members and their needs; having to deal with a member who decide to have a power trip; having to provide your schedule ahead of time to ensure all members are available; and having numerous relationships can cause issues and problems.


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Comment by Meridian - The Idaean on September 20, 2018 at 4:24pm

Do you also have contact with like minded people who go to Moots, which just means Meet in the U.K. You get to meet all kind of traditions, and they have guest speakers on all sorts of subjects.

They're sometimes run by witches who want to find any solitaries looking to join a coven. 

Comment by Dave Pellani on September 20, 2018 at 10:11pm


My thoughts on this have remained unchainged, I have had no coven connections most likely due to the neighborhood that I live in. I can't compare it to anywhere else in that respect, as far as access. Based on some of my very limited, and quite frankly, undesirable experiences with group associations, solo may turn out to be an advantage rather than a disadvantage. There are many ways to "learn and grow", if one has the genuine desire to do so. It's very different than being raised like a kid. Albeit the "longing" for intimacy, which can be aquired in ways out side of a group context. Although it could be said that intimacy can be more easily accomplished in a group setting, (theoretically).

The "pros" being much more desirable, in hindsight, I find the "cons" to be very realistic in terms of what is encountered of silly head and power trips, as well as those who are delusioned into thinking they are free do the thinking for someone else, regardless of their experiences or knowledge, which can be quite emotionally and psychologically negative, and more or less disenfranchising.

Even though the numbers favor those who operate out of groups, it would be even more interesting to evaluate the casualties of such association, something that is rarely discussed or disclosed to the public.

The interesting thing about all this is that many who aspire to be on a particular path, and who assume that they could not go it alone, what they don't realize is that the concept of "strength in numbers" may be advantageous to politics, or some communal arrangements, for example, it is really a fantasy when it comes to the accumulation of personal power. In fact, it may actually be more of a distraction. That really is the cornerstone of, in my opinion, why anyone would pursue such a path in any form of witchcraft.

Risk is involved in any magical operation, particularly when practicing in the "Dark". But I find that inner strength and wisdom are more accessable that way, as in trials by fire, than the other way, out of which I have experienced both. There are very few parctitioners or even seasoned writers who can effectively articulate this to a beginner, and as far as personal freedom goes, that is a hard thing to compromise , once you get used to that level of it.

Comment by Mystery on September 22, 2018 at 11:05am

I think of it this way....we have bosses are whole lives running our life, parents, teachers, bosses etc...why do I want a boss to tell how to act or what to do with my religion

Comment by Mystical on September 23, 2018 at 9:48am

I started out in a coven and learned a lot and have a lot of life long sisters. We went our own separate ways due to moving and just other circumstances but still keep in touch. =) I don't see them as often as I like but anyway.. I prefer to work alone because I have just myself. I suppose like Lady Cypriana said and said it well. Why have a boss tell me how to act or what to do in my religion. So true!! I agree with that. I have been a solitary witch for 35 years and I am happy. Goddess has blessed me over and over again. 

Comment by Mystery on October 1, 2018 at 11:06am



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