Long, long ago, in a land far, far away, I was trained in a Coven. Most of my readers know that already, right? The fact is: I love Covens. There’s a special something that working in a Coven – an actual one, that is more fam than your actual blood kin – brings to the table. Call it “extra oomph,” if you want. Or attribute it to being more social and spiritual, than religious. Whatever the case, I like it better than always working as a Solitary.
As you know, I’ve been doing the “back to basics” thing. I’ve been doing a Goddess Immersion Exercise, and it’s going quite well. I’ve also been sitting in the silence, and doing my energy work more often. That’s also going quite well. But in meditation the other day, the thought just kind of hit me: there are things I know now, that I didn’t know when I started on this path. Some of these things would’ve made it a lot easier to deal with, had they been verbally conveyed to me.
When I think of “words of wisdom,” I think of old adages that have been passed down through time. Things your grandmother would say, for example. Tidbits of advice that, when followed, made life easier, and hardship more manageable. So I thought – why not talk a little bit about some of the things my Elders taught me? And then it occurred to me that all of the words of wisdom I live by don’t necessarily come from my Elders.
I read a short piece today called Why Contemporary Paganism Deserves to Die. While I don’t disparage the author for his opinion (because it is just that), we have to note that opinions can be … well, wrong. And from where I sit as a Coven Leader, the ideas in this article are … well, wrong.
Is it important to do Solitary work, even if you’re with a Coven? Are Solitary Craft and Coven Craft essentially the same? Or will they be very different at all? And do you stick with one way, versus another, if they’re not exactly the same?