to find a Coven or Group[credits]
If you are looking for a group
then going out and meeting people and talking, asking questions and showing your intent of finding a group are the most important
If you stay at home and never
mingle with other people then don't expect anything to happen. This is not a 'spoonfed' path to walk, there is a lot of serious
work involved and when you do find a group,the work doesn't stop.
Joining a Coven means giving
up a lot of free time, subsituting social time for Coven time and spending a lot of time studying and experiencing... So which
ever path you follow, and which ever type of group you are seeking - make an effort and be patient.
In big cities such as the one
we live in, London (UK) there is no reason to say 'But there is nothing to go to'. There are online organisations such as
WWL (http: //www.clubs.yahoo.com/clubs/wiccansandwitchesinlondon) who keep their members informed of social events, workshops,
training groups, conferences and open rituals. The WWL also organise events just for their members, so that you can meet the
faces behind the names.
In parts of the world it is
not that easy, and you might have to travel to attend conferences or workshops. This might seem like a lot of work just to
meet other people, but if you are serious then travel should not deter you from your path.
When you do get the oppurtunity
to meet other Pagans make an effort to ask around about open groups and other events. As the organisers of the event if they
know of groups which might be taking on new trainees.
It is important to note that
even in big cities such as London there are very few new groups forming
and the groups in existance might only take on a trainee every few years. Those who do might expect to interview you to see
if you will fit in with the rest of their group. If this happens take the oppurtunity to interview them too! Be honest with
them, but make sure that their answers also satisfy you. Ask what they will be expecting from you and what training they will
be providing you with.
Unfortunately there are still
some dubious groups using the name of Wicca to cover other activities. Do not just join a group because they happen to be
the first one which approaches you!
You should feel comfortable with your HPS & HP;
Sex should not be expected in return for training, nor should
it be part of your initiation;
You should not be expected to contribute large sums of money in return for training - although
you should expect to contribute towards temple expenses;
Confidentiality is VERY important in Wiccan groups;
a lot of hard work!
Finally you should enjoy being part of the group you join!