Wicca Covens: How to Start and Organize Your Own Paperback – Jan 1 1999
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While a lot of Covens cover within their own group their own rules and such regarding how their covens are structured and formed, those outside the coven structure are sadly lacking in the necessary teaching, information and skills needed to undertake such a project.
Judy Harrow presents here an in depth book dealing with the formation, principles and workings of a Coven. From starting a coven to dealing with individuals within the Coven group to deciding when to meet or how to perform ritual together, it is all discussed in a grown up manner with a common sense approach to the problems and day to day workings.
There are way too many people out there who are calling their group a "Coven" only to have someone realize they are nothing more than a working group. And there are those out there who really do want to create a working coven, and need a guide to help them put it all together. Many people do not know what a real coven should look and feel like. This book can help clarify a lot of these questions.
No one book will contain all the answers or have everything you need to be completely assured of a successful coven. But this book covers much ground in the practical approach to forming a Coven. If you are taking the first steps, or think you have a coven and are not sure, or looking for experiences from someone who has been in a coven, this book can certainly help you out.
The part of this book that includes an evaluation of how dangerous a given group is was quite funny. Turns out that the the mainstream religions are far more "cult-like" than Wicca. So when you tell someone you're a Wiccan and they tell you that you belong to a cult, give them a copy of the evaluation form in this book, and watch 'em squirm, at least if they evaluate their own religion honestly! This book is an absolutely essential book for coven leaders, and members, to read. Along with Covencraft by Amber K, which IS about the nitty-gritty, day-to-day stuff on how to start, organize and run a coven and Inside A Witches Coven by Edain McCoy, which is a wonderful book in helping a person decide if they should join a coven or not, these three books contain invaluable information.
I cannot stress enough the need to find out everything you can about coven life before you decide to join or start one! Speaking from personal experience, when everything is working being in a coven is of the best experiences a Witch can have. When everything is not working out, being in a coven is one of the most painful experiences a Witch can have.
These books will make you think of things you would probably not have thought about on your own. Don't be naive enough to assume that all Witches will act ethically and kindly all the time, lest you end up sifting through the wreckage of a group you helped found!
All three of these books should be in any coven's library! Thank Goddess I found them and the three of us are who are left are now in the process of rebuilding our group.
Judy Harrow has a background in psychology and human relationships, and that is the main focus of the book. It covers a great deal that will be needed by anyone working in a group with the strong personal ties that any religious and work group will form.
Most of this book covers how to deal with loss, with growth, what kind of parent/child or teacher/student relationships may form, and how to deal with them. In addition it covers some magical and practical matters such as: picking the right kind of group for you, finding a working method you can work with, and the drawbacks and advantages of different styles of leadership. The sections on dealing with the coven member's problems, the press, the public, the prima donna, and other chronic issues, will be useful to any member of any coven.
The book is drawn mostly from the personal experiences of the author, with comentary on "how to handle problems" and "what happened to me" from several other coven leaders and elders. Many times the disagreements of these sources about how to handle particular problems, what to teach in what order, etc. is just as informative as when they agree. Many of them contributed ritual, prayers, and other liturgy which are scattered through the book.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Harrow's book, together with Isaac Bonewit's Cult Danger Evaluation Form <[...] helped me shape my incredibly difficult decision to leave my disfunctional coven. Read morePublished on March 4 2004
If you thought Scott Cunningham had his feet planted well on terra firma, watch out for Judy Harrow, hie female counterpart in the literary world of the Craft. Read morePublished on Feb. 25 2002
Judy Harrow has two great qualifications for writing this book. She is a Wiccan High Priestess of many years standing, and is also a trained psychologist who understands group... Read morePublished on Nov. 6 2001 by Troyce Wilson
If you are in a coven, read this. If you are thinking of joining a coven, read this. If you are thinking of starting and/or leading a coven, use this book to beat yourself about... Read morePublished on July 3 2001 by Arwen Nightstar
This book covers some very important subjects for coveners and those who run covens. While Amber K's book covers the how to, this book covers what is arguably more important - how... Read morePublished on Sept. 21 2000
Although it is true this is not a step by step guide to setting up a coven, it brings up excellent information about group dynamics and common sense needs of new and existing... Read morePublished on March 24 2000
I was pretty disappointed actually, I expected to get a lot of coven information.. what was involved with starting a coven, how to organize groups, and so on.. Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2000
this book is a good one, it focuses a lot on the group dynamics/conflict resolving-- afterall, harrow does have a background in counseling. Read morePublished on Jan. 21 2000 by Heather
This is a wonderful book full of wisdom and insight. A must read for anyone interested in starting or joining a coven.Published on Jan. 14 2000 by E. Muhlhause
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