January/February 2017 Issue
Get the FREE app for your tablet and mobile device. Now available in the iTunes Store and the Google Play Store
Also available as a PDF File.
Click for more information about New Worlds or to receive issues via mail.
Spellworking for Covens: Magick for Two or More
This article was written by Edain McCoy
posted under Pagan
Multiply the power! While there are numerous books about creating rituals for group use, and others on how to form, organize, and operate covens, Spellworking for Covens is the first to discuss working magic in a group of two or more people. Spellworking for Covens addresses raising and sending energy as a group, the power of the group mind, traditional ritual structure, and several types of spells.
To make it even more practical, this book also provides a grimoire containing texts and instructions for actual spells that can be worked within the group setting.
Merry Meet, and Merry Magick
As Witchcraft continues to grow and develop, more Witches are seeking out those of a like mind for community, worship, and spellworking. While popular folklore claims that the “ideal” Witches’ coven consists of thirteen members, powerful energies can be raised and directed with as few as two people working together.
A strong magickal foundation creates a strong coven. Spellworking for Covens is the first guide to all aspects of working magick in a group or coven. Written by a Witch who has nearly two decades of magickal experience with group practice, this book is ideal for intermediate practitioners starting a coven or members of an established coven who are looking for spell tips and suggestions.
Part One of this book includes group exercises for sensing and raising energy; suggestions for diversity and spontaneity in spellcasting; and tips on developing and working with the group mind. Part Two is a grimoire of “spell blueprints” for coven spellcraft.
The Magick of the Coven (Excerpted from Spellworking for Covens)
The true magick of any coven is its spirit of community, the sense that the bonds uniting you are ones as close—or closer—than those of family. With your coven, you merge your energies in ways as intimate as those of lovers. You share with them your innermost secrets and desires, you bare your soul in ritual, you cry, laugh, teach, learn, eat, drink, love, trust, worship, and make magick as a single unit.
It is not easy to develop this sense of united community, or group mind, that allows true coven magick to happen. This is why covens tend to keep to themselves. They cherish their privacy and are cautious in the extreme about admitting new members, or even about opening an outer circle for teaching. Unlike churches, synagogues, and the settings of other mainstream religions, covens cannot easily replace members who must move away or whose spiritual needs take them elsewhere.
Unlike the mainstream places of worship, covens rarely get to celebrate centennials. They are formed and disbanded and reformed again as the spiritual needs of those who are a part of them change. This fluid setting for our worship reflects our belief in the eternal cycles of existence as seen in nature, where life, death, and rebirth occur in endless cycles. The same is true of our covens.
No Witch is ever required to become a part of a coven, and many choose not to, even though they may have close bonds to others within the local Pagan community. These people are usually referred to as “solitaries by choice” as opposed to “solitaries by chance,” or those who have not or cannot find the right group with whom to merge their spiritual paths.
The One Reason for Covens
When all reasons are sifted down to their essence, there remains one reason for a coven’s existence. We form or join covens for the primary purpose of worship, the goal of which is to bring us closer to the Goddess and the God, whose union created all things, including us. We serve them to the best of our abilities and try to be good children who do them honor. We believe that the God and Goddess are our spiritual parents and, as such, part of their power flows through our spirits, just as part of the DNA of our birth parents flows through our blood. Because they created all things, we believe a part of them exists in all things. We accept that what is in the macrocosm, or universe, is replicated within the microcosm, or within ourselves. With training and practice, we have learned we are able to tap into that creative power within our spirits to perform what we call magick.
Edain became a self-initiated Witch in 1981 and has been an active part of the Pagan community since her formal initiation into a large San Antonio coven in 1983. Edain has researched alternative spiritualities since her teens, when she was first... Read more
Please note that the use of Llewellyn Journal articles
is subject to certain Terms and Conditions
Name one religion or type of spiritual system that doesn't incorporate music into its worship services in some way.
It's not easy, is it?
From singing hymns to beating drums, and from the rhythmic chanting of prayers to the soaring organ fugues of Bach, music is a spiritual tool that connects mind and body to the divine spirit.
While country... read this article