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Coven of the Hidden Realm
Age Range/Type: Adult
Located in: Sacramento Area, California
Key Contact: E-mail
Spiritual Path: Silver Crescent / BTW
Status: Group Forming
Community Support: Legal Clergy... Teaching Available
Group Overview: The Coven of the Hidden Realm is a Silver Crescent group located in the Sacramento area. We are an initiatory based group teaching British Traditional Wicca (BTW) . We come together as a spiritual family to celebrate the Sabbats and Esbats. Open to both women and men, we are a reflection of that balance. We offer a training program in the tradition of a year and a day.
We are currently accepting students. Those seeking to learn British Traditional Wicca and experience the Mystery please email us at the address provided below. Also, some individuals are new to the Craft and are unsure as to what to look for in a group. Here are some Items to consider and some possible questions that you could ask a group or that they may ask you before joining.
How to Tell the Good from the Bad (Coven)
Coven Caution Signs
Avoid anyone who...
Tells you what to think or how to feel and insists on obedience
Insists that their way is "the only right way;" claims to have the one truth or greatest power
Becomes angry or intimidating when questioned
Threatens you or others in any way
Pressures you to do things that you aren't comfortable with
Belittles or humiliates people; is sarcastic, judgmental, disrespectful, or verbally abusive
Says that once you join, you can never leave
Claims that you've already become part of the coven, even if you hadn't intended to
Uses magic to influence, control, take advantage, or harm other people or beings
Promises you great power and superhuman abilities
Suggests that you will be able to take revenge on others
Claims they are doing things you don't like "for your own good"
Acts friendly in person but talks nasty behind people's backs
Shows a disconnect between who they claim to be and how they behave
Has double-standards of behavior for them and others
Breaks their agreements
Lies, steals, or otherwise demonstrates little integrity or good character
Claims to hold many secrets and dangles them like a lure
Feeds you fear as a motivator
Encourages you to recruit others
Continually finds or perceives enemies
Refuses to let you "try things out" for a while before you commit
Hypes their teaching with nonsense like: "no one else knows this" or "I'm going to be in trouble for teaching you this
Leaves you with regular feelings that are negative (anxiety, anger, guilt, despair, discomfort, etc)
Signs of a Good Teacher / Coven
A good teacher or coven...
Respects your needs and boundaries
Accepts the limits of what feels right to you
Is open and honest
Values your questions
Is respectful to all
Upholds their agreements
May require a fee or some service in exchange for their work with you (as with an apprentice) , but it is reasonable, up front, and willingly agreed upon [This is for a teacher, not a coven.]
Shares your values and deep beliefs
Is patient and compassionate
Is generous and open with their knowledge
Is generally kind (a spiritual teacher's kindness can occasionally manifest as a harsh lesson, but the overall interaction always comes back to kindness)
Considers service to be a necessarily element of spirituality, and lives that belief themselves
Is humble and grateful to their own teachers
Usually leaves you feeling uplifted, inspired, and empowered
Their teaching is helpful and works
Questions to Ask Prospective Covens
1. Do you charge to teach?
2. How much are the coven dues?
3. What other expenses will I have to pay to the coven?
4. How often will I be required to meet with the coven or for classes?
5. Is the coven skyclad, clothing optional or robed?
6. Will I be required to perform the Great Rite or have sex with any coven members at any time?
7. Will I be required to be present during others performance of the Great Rite?
8.What tradition is the coven, if any?
9 . Does the coven use a specific pantheon?? Which pantheon does the coven use?
10. Will I be expected to drink alcohol during coven events? /Can I drink alcohol during coven events?
11. Will drugs be used in the rituals or during coven meetings?
12. Will I be expected to do drugs with the coven? /Am I aloud to do drugs during coven events?
13. Am I allowed to smoke cigarettes during a coven event?
14. Does my sexual orientation matter to the coven?
15. Will I be expected to comply with any tasks, not related to Witchcraft, for the coven, Queen or Magus?
16. Will I have to take an oath of secrecy?
17. Do I have to take oaths before I have had a chance to look them over?
18. Are the rituals innercourt, outercourt or both?
19. Are children allowed at the rituals?
20. Can I get references for the coven?
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