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Author Topic: Are you a solitary witch or in a coven?  (Read 2424 times)

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Are you a solitary witch or in a coven?
« on: October 30, 2015, 01:30:06 pm »
I've practiced both solitary and coven witchcraft, though it's been a really long time since being in a formal coven.  I'm curious about you guys and what thoughts you may have on this.  Solitary witches, do you ever get lonely?  Coven witches, do you feel like your magick is more powerful working in a group?  How did you find your coven?

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Re: Are you a solitary witch or in a coven?
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2015, 09:54:54 am »
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I've practiced both solitary and coven witchcraft, though it's been a really long time since being in a formal coven.  I'm curious about you guys and what thoughts you may have on this.  Solitary witches, do you ever get lonely?  Coven witches, do you feel like your magick is more powerful working in a group?  How did you find your coven?

 
I am solitary, but member of a tribe.  My daily practice is definitely solitary, as in I do my work alone.  But I have three very close friends that I meet with every Saturday (unless something comes up), and we will celebrate full moons and Sabbats or do other magical stuff quite often.  I think I am the only one comfortable with the word coven, several of the others were in formal covens before and don't consider us that, but do consider us a tribe.

I also consider the larger group of local pagans part of my working tribe.  We talk daily on facebook, and I have done rituals with quite a few of them.  We have an annual Day of the Dead ritual, and have done other rituals as well.  It's about a thirty minute drive to get to the main area the rest of them live in, so I don't get to see them as often.  Actually I am going to be seeing quite a few of them today, the local Pagan shop is having an event and I am able to go!

So I'm a sort of hybrid.  I am pretty much solitary, but I have a regular group of friends I work with as long as a more extended group of friends that I have worked with.
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Re: Are you a solitary witch or in a coven?
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2015, 11:07:15 pm »
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I've practiced both solitary and coven witchcraft, though it's been a really long time since being in a formal coven.  I'm curious about you guys and what thoughts you may have on this.  Solitary witches, do you ever get lonely?  Coven witches, do you feel like your magick is more powerful working in a group?  How did you find your coven?

 

Solitary. Have never been in a formal coven. It would be nice to have people to celebrate the holidays with in person, but for the most part I'm content with being on my own.
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Re: Are you a solitary witch or in a coven?
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2015, 12:33:50 pm »
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I've practiced both solitary and coven witchcraft, though it's been a really long time since being in a formal coven.  I'm curious about you guys and what thoughts you may have on this.  Solitary witches, do you ever get lonely?  Coven witches, do you feel like your magick is more powerful working in a group?  How did you find your coven?

 
Solitary by choice now.  There was a time when I felt lonely and wanted to reach out to other pagans - and I created a group with some friends and local pagans, but there was too much work, too many politics going around for the group to last.  Now, I am on a solitary journey - the only person I am responsible for is myself.  Personally, I feel that is necessary for me to grow right now.  I need to retreat for a bit to recharge my spiritual batteries.  And who knows, I might try to form a group later on, but right now I am happy where I am.

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Re: Are you a solitary witch or in a coven?
« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2015, 12:54:25 pm »
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Solitary by choice now.  There was a time when I felt lonely and wanted to reach out to other pagans - and I created a group with some friends and local pagans, but there was too much work, too many politics going around for the group to last.  Now, I am on a solitary journey - the only person I am responsible for is myself.  Personally, I feel that is necessary for me to grow right now.  I need to retreat for a bit to recharge my spiritual batteries.  And who knows, I might try to form a group later on, but right now I am happy where I am.

 
im currently in an online coven and i perfer it much more over solitary. im fairly new so i appreciate being able to get quick advice and help with spells.:)

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Re: Are you a solitary witch or in a coven?
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2015, 09:07:19 am »
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I've practiced both solitary and coven witchcraft, though it's been a really long time since being in a formal coven.  I'm curious about you guys and what thoughts you may have on this.  Solitary witches, do you ever get lonely?  Coven witches, do you feel like your magick is more powerful working in a group?  How did you find your coven?


Solitary by choice. I tried two covens. One that was sort of informal, but it quickly delved into drama I didn't need. The other coven was Covenant of The Goddess, which was okay, but I really haven't been happy with their policies when it comes to trans women, so I haven't joined.

Honestly, I'm not really surprised that I turned out to be solitary. I'm pretty much a loner in the rest of my life, so why should that change how I deal with the craft? If I need to talk to fellow pagans, or if I have questions I have this forum which covers the rest of my needs.

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Re: Are you a solitary witch or in a coven?
« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2015, 03:50:16 am »
Quote from: LunaStar;181688
I've practiced both solitary and coven witchcraft, though it's been a really long time since being in a formal coven.  I'm curious about you guys and what thoughts you may have on this.  Solitary witches, do you ever get lonely?  Coven witches, do you feel like your magick is more powerful working in a group?  How did you find your coven?

 
Neither, now...well, not exactly.
I began as a solitary practitioner, as many have in the 21st century. A working group I was in formally described as a coven, but it didn't last for very long and we disbanded. We largely ceased magical working, too. Part of it was personal differences, part of it was a lack of any consistent beliefs to hold us together as a religious group. We all had different ideas on what modern witchcraft was, what sorts of entities exist in the first place, and what the purpose of our group was.

Around the same time as that group having a falling-out, I was moving closer to Hellenism. Which I still practise, just in a more syncretic format. I have been considering re-integrating some aspect of Modern Witchcraft mysteries into my religion, as my wife still is oriented more towards modern witchcraft, and I have a continued interest in mystery religions.

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Re: Are you a solitary witch or in a coven?
« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2015, 01:57:59 pm »
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I've practiced both solitary and coven witchcraft, though it's been a really long time since being in a formal coven.  I'm curious about you guys and what thoughts you may have on this.  Solitary witches, do you ever get lonely?  Coven witches, do you feel like your magick is more powerful working in a group?  How did you find your coven?

 
I am definitely a solitary practioner.  All my life I have been alone in my own mind. As a child I wondered why I am me. I seem to always come back to that question. I am curious about all things and I seem to have trouble finding anyone to share these feelings with. My beliefs are spread over so many different spiritualities that there is no coven or group that I feel I could completely blend with.  But even being a solitary certainly does not mean I feel alone. I feel surrounded and guided at all times by the powers of the universe. Perhaps all that makes me sound insane, and perhaps I am, but I am comfortable being a solitary.

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Re: Are you a solitary witch or in a coven?
« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2015, 03:05:01 pm »
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I've practiced both solitary and coven witchcraft, though it's been a really long time since being in a formal coven.  I'm curious about you guys and what thoughts you may have on this.  Solitary witches, do you ever get lonely?  Coven witches, do you feel like your magick is more powerful working in a group?  How did you find your coven?

Both ;)

I'm in a coven, but when conveners aren't in circle, we're very much solitary, and have our own personal practises as well.

Group and solo work are both very powerful, but I feel group work creates that egregore that has less of a chance of 'not working,' though feel solo work can be more specific. By luck or fate I was introduced to my coven, though I had to work very hard to become part of it.

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Re: Are you a solitary witch or in a coven?
« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2016, 01:43:03 pm »
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 I'm curious about you guys and what thoughts you may have on this.  Solitary witches, do you ever get lonely?  Coven witches, do you feel like your magick is more powerful working in a group?  How did you find your coven?


mostly solitary. only for brief times did I ever do coven work. wouldn't mind doing it though.
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Re: Are you a solitary witch or in a coven?
« Reply #10 on: February 02, 2016, 09:50:32 am »
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I've practiced both solitary and coven witchcraft, though it's been a really long time since being in a formal coven.  I'm curious about you guys and what thoughts you may have on this.  Solitary witches, do you ever get lonely?  Coven witches, do you feel like your magick is more powerful working in a group?  How did you find your coven?

I was a solitary at first, then I took a free beginner Wicca course and I went because I thought I could learn new things.  The course was taught by 3 persons and all of them were in their coven, one woman and her husband in theirs and their female friend in hers.  I really loved the course, and at the end we could get in the couple's coven or the woman's coven if we wanted too.  I personally connected more with the couple and their coven so I went with them.  But technically we did not get into their coven like that.  After the beginner course, we had to do the 1 year more advanced course and graduate from it.  They had their own tradition and wanted to create more covens based on their tradition, and when we did the most advanced part we were supposed to be the second coven.  But most people left during the year and only a few remained, including me.  We had to fill a demand to be accepted in the coven at the end of the year.  In the meantime  we could go to their Esbbats and Sabats to see if we liked it.  In my case I liked it and people were really nice.  At the end of the year, since we were so few, we were merged with the main and first coven.  Other covens were created after ours.  

We have rented a few space, we have a small store, and it's there we do Esbats and Sabbats.  Courses are given there as well, some by people from our tradition, others by other people like Christopher Penczak.  Other younger covens are striving and we meet all there.

Our coven folded 10 years later because quite a few moved away due to work or study.

I really enjoyed my coven and everyone was nice and I learned many things.  I read a lot of books but it's hard to grasp certain techniques but learning and doing things in the coven make learning and doing things easier.  Back in my solo days all I had was books and trying to do things but not sure how to do them, or what they were talking about, or the meanings behind them.

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Re: Are you a solitary witch or in a coven?
« Reply #11 on: February 02, 2016, 12:02:38 pm »
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I've practiced both solitary and coven witchcraft, though it's been a really long time since being in a formal coven.  I'm curious about you guys and what thoughts you may have on this.  Solitary witches, do you ever get lonely?  Coven witches, do you feel like your magick is more powerful working in a group?  How did you find your coven?


Most of my practice, back in the day, was solitary. The closest to a coven I've experienced is the Cauldron Cill. There was a time when I formed a tentative group with a couple of friends, but didn't last long. It smacked too much of The Craft for comfort.
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Re: Are you a solitary witch or in a coven?
« Reply #12 on: February 02, 2016, 10:41:29 pm »
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It smacked too much of The Craft for comfort.

 
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Re: Are you a solitary witch or in a coven?
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Did you guys fight over who got to be Nancy?


LOL, no. We looked a lot more like St Trinian's girls. One of them positively hated the film in general and Nancy in particular. They were just a lot more in the 'show me results nao!' mindset than I was. And even if you consider hexing acceptable, doing it to someone just to see if it works is not. I was sort of relieved when they lost interest.
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Re: Are you a solitary witch or in a coven?
« Reply #14 on: February 03, 2016, 11:21:46 pm »
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LOL, no. We looked a lot more like St Trinian's girls. One of them positively hated the film in general and Nancy in particular. They were just a lot more in the 'show me results nao!' mindset than I was. And even if you consider hexing acceptable, doing it to someone just to see if it works is not. I was sort of relieved when they lost interest.

 
Pffft. Nancy was the best and I will argue that to the death.

But seriously, I think I had something similar when I was a teenager. Lots of "omg let's try this!" magic and not a lot of consideration for what we were messing with. The last I checked out of our group only three of us were still practising.

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