Internet Book of Shadows, (Various Authors), , at sacred-texts.com
Subject: Article 3 - BOS section Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2001 04:02:18 -0700 (PDT) From: Vitriol London
To: firstname.lastname@example.org How to find a Coven or Group =================================================== For more information on the authors please visit - www.avalonia.co.uk or if you wish to contact them please write to: BM Avalonia, London, WC1N 3XX, United Kingdom. (Please include a SAE) © David Rankine & Sorita 2000 =================================================== How to find a Coven or Group If you are looking for a group then going out and meeting people and talking, asking questions and showing your intent of finding a group are the most important steps. If you stay at home and never mingle with other people then don't expect anything to happen. This is not a 'spoonfed' path to walk, there is a lot of serious work involved and when you do find a group,the work doesn't stop. Joining a Coven means giving up a lot of free time, subsituting social time for Coven time and spending a lot of time studying and experiencing... So which ever path you follow, and which ever type of group you are seeking - make an effort and be patient. In big cities such as the one we live in, London (UK) there is no reason to say 'But there is nothing to go to'. There are online organisations such as WWL who keep their members informed of social events, workshops, training groups, conferences and open rituals. The WWL also organise events just for their members, so that you can meet the faces behind the names. To find out more about WWL visit: http://www.avalonia.co.uk. The Witches Voice - http://www.witchvox.com is another great resource. You can find contacts with similar interests to yourself to correspond with, but most importantly they list all the major events, conferences and festivals organised by Pagans from all over the world. They also list smaller events, such as pub moots and workshops. In parts of the world it is not that easy, and you might have to travel to attend conferences or workshops. This might seem like a lot of work just to meet other people, but if you are serious then travel should not deter you from your path. When you do get the oppurtunity to meet other Pagans make an effort to ask around about open groups and other events. As the organisers of the event if they know of groups which might be taking on new trainees. It is important to note that even in big cities such as London there are very few new groups forming and the groups in existance might only take on a trainee every few years. Those who do might expect to interview you to see if you will fit in with the rest of their group. If this happens take the oppurtunity to interview them too! Be honest with them, but make sure that their answers also satisfy you. Ask what they will be expecting from you and what training they will be providing you with. Unfortunately there are still some dubious groups using the name of Wicca to cover other activities. Do not just join a group because they happen to be the first one which approaches you! Remember: You should feel comfortable with your HPS & HP; Sex should not be expected in return for training, nor should it be part of your initiation; You should not be expected to contribute large sums of money in return for training - although you should expect to contribute towards temple expenses; Confidentiality is VERY important in Wiccan groups; Expect a lot of hard work! Finally you should enjoy being part of the group you join!