A or is a name used to describe a gathering of witches . Due to the word's association with witches, a gathering of Wiccans , followers of the witchcraft-based neopagan religion of Wicca, is also described as a coven. The word was originally a late medieval Scots word (circa 1500) meaning a gathering of any kind, according to the . It derives from the Latin root word meaning to come together or to gather, which also gave rise to the English word . The first recorded use of it being applied to witches comes much later, from 1662 in the witch-trial of Isobel Gowdie , which describes a coven of 13 members.
Nehallenic Wicca - The Path of the Ways Author: Posted: April 24th. 2004 Times Viewed: 5,673 Walking the path of the Great Mother can take a seeker on many a colorful and exciting adventure. Just who the Great Mother is remains a matter of personal direction, as She has as many names as there are stars in the galaxy. Those of us who find the Great Mother in the goddess Nehallenia discover that the destination of our travels is not as important as the journey itself. This is the essential idea of Wicca of the Ways, a tradition more commonly known as Nehallenic Wicca.
An Alternative for the Solitary Practitioner It’s not always easy to find a local coven so many of us are solitary practitioners. The internet, however, offers new opportunities for those who would like to practice in a group but, for whatever reason, cannot join a community coven. Today there are many online pagan groups. Pagan websites are numerous and many include forums (this site included) but there are more alternatives yet. The Blue Moonlight Coven, http://www.bluemoonlightcoven.com offers Sabat and Esbat rituals conducted using The Palace chat software ( http://www.thepalace.com ).
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I started my journey many years ago and was drawn to a nature. I found I was more at home in the wild of Zimbabwe than the city of Portsmouth UK where I now live. I could never truely call this home and still refer to my parents home as my home. Do not get me wrong the UK is beautiful and has some lovely people living here. But I would rather be in the middle of no-where cooking on an open fire and watching the stars at night.
The purpose of this page is to provide contact information and links to covens and magical orders that share either a common lineage or purpose, or who are established, well-respected and of good repute. Many of these groups we are in correspondence with, and regard as part of the family. Other groups listed here we are not in contact with, but we are familiar with their work and hold them in high esteem.This is not a complete list by any means as most covens do not publically list their details . We have contacts in Australia, Germany, England, Ireland, Wales, France, Spain, South America, the USA and Canada and other countries also. If we can help to link sincere seekers we will attempt to do so. GARDNERIAN, ALEXANDRIAN and TRADITIONAL COVENS: