Frequently Asked Questions

As a visible person online, Spelcastor does get occasional inquiries from outsiders looking to connect or learn more about the Craft.

There is an excellent set of resources on the Covenant of the Goddess national website. These include some general thoughts about Witchcraft. There is also Frequently Asked Questions and A Few Things to Think About When Seeking a Teacher. Another very helpful resource is WitchVox.com. Search there for the answers you want.

Here are some questions that have come to me that might be the same as yours:

1. I have been researching natural magick, ritual, and Wicca. I would like some more information on your group.
2. How do I connect with a CoG Coven or Members near me?
3. What might my first meeting with a Coven be like?
4. What might be expected of me when I join a Coven?
5. What if I am already established, either in a Coven or as a Solitary?
6. Can you help me with a spell for love, money, or to hex my ex?
7. Someone is directing negative energy at me. Can you help?
8. Can you tell me if x is really an Elder or Minister within CoG?
9. I am looking for Wiccan/Pagan Clergy for a wedding, child blessing, vigil, or memorial. Can you help?
10. I am doing a term paper, research study, Master's thesis on Witchcraft, and I am looking for people to interview and observe.
11. Our condominium social director would like to bring a bus of 60 senior citizens over for their monthly outing to see a Wiccan Ritual.
12. Can anyone give me information on how to apply for the CoG credentials as Clergy?
13. I most certainly need to speak to another Pagan/Wiccan, because I went to see a "regular" therapist, and I didn't get much past...

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1. I have been researching natural magick, ritual, and Wicca. I would like some more information on your group. I am looking for some kind of direction and learning new skills to enhance my spirituality. Please send me more information.

Covenant of the Goddess is an umbrella group for Covens and Solitaries who have already been studying and practicing within the Craft for some time.

There are many paths to choose between. Reading several books may help you clarify your leanings. Occasionally, we know of covens that are opening for a few new students. However, be advised that training, either with a Coven or Solitary Teacher, entails a commitment to hard work. Proximity and personality play a big role in success in these choices. The more you know about yourself and the Craft, the better you will do.

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2. How do I connect with a CoG Coven or Members near me?

Some of our groups that present a public face are listed on our website at www.emlc.net. Otherwise, I will pass your email to any nearby folks that I might know about. It will be up to them to contact you. Be aware that Craft people are secretive and that not everyone is a great correspondent.

In the meantime, become aware of Pagan Festivals within a couple hundred miles of you. Inquire at local metaphysical shops and explore Witchvox.com. Some people have good luck with CUUPS groups at Unitarian Universalist Congregations. See cuups.org. Connecting is an exercise in networking. Be patient, open, persistent, and honest.

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3. What might my first meeting with a Coven be like?

Perhaps you have friends in the Craft that you do not suspect and one day they will reach out to you. Alternatively, your first contact might be some sort of interview. This could be either online or at some neutral location like a Denny's restaurant.

The purpose of the exchange would be to determine your seriousness, compatibility and dedication. It would be helpful if you have shown motivation by reading several books on your own. Do not bluff. These people have heard it all before. Take comfort that not every connection will be a good match.

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4. What might be expected of me when I join a Coven?

Compatibility with the other members is really important. There will most likely be meetings every other week that you will be required to attend. You will be expected to attend all eight Sabbat rituals. You will be taught many things, and you will be expected to be an active participant in your training. The Craft is not a spectator sport. You will be expected to respect your teachers. If you do not respect them, you belong somewhere else.

Coven membership involves a serious commitment of time and energy and an entering into community. It is not for everyone. 80% of Craft people are uncovened. On a solitary path, you can built your own network of events, rituals, colleagues, teachers, and mentors.

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5. What if I am already established, either in a Coven or as a Solitary?

If you are established, then you understand the need to make yourself known to us over a period of time. The membership section of this website, describes the formal procedure. Informally, get to know us and join us in Circle.

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6. Can you help me with a spell for love, money, or to hex my ex?

When you get into directing energy at other people, you are entering an area of ethical concern. The Three-Fold Law of Return and our belief in personal responsibility guides most Wiccans away from crafting spells for others.

What works best is something personal that you have created yourself. Remember that positive steps in the mundane world go a long way in aiding your spellwork.

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7. Someone is directing negative energy at me. Can you help?

Most books on Wicca address this problem. You can help yourself. Protection has a lot to do with common sense. Seek positive people. Avoid negative people. Look for a solution in the mundane world first.

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8. Can you tell me if x is really an Elder or Minister within CoG?

Elders and Ministers are issued an ID card that includes their mundane name, credential number, and county and state of residence. This card is renewed annually and on the back has a webaddress, cog.org/credential_check.html, and postal mail address in Berkeley, California, were you can request verification.

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9. I am looking for Wiccan/Pagan Clergy for a wedding, child blessing, vigil, or memorial. Can you help?

When contemplating a handfasting (wedding), there is a big difference between the role of an officiant, who solemnizes the vows and makes the bond legal, and a wedding planner, who arranges everything.

It is very important that you be clear in your expectations and also about time and location. Wiccan clergy tend to have day jobs, lead busy lives, and have a community that they already serve. Sometimes we can help you make a local connection.

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10. I am doing a term paper, research study, Master's thesis on Witchcraft, and I am looking for people to interview and observe.

Some people within the Craft might be willing to participate. They would ask that you respect their anonymity and practices. They might not want their words to be used against them in negative public relations. Please demonstrate your sincerity, and we will ask around.

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11. Our condominium social director would like to bring a bus of 60 senior citizens over for their monthly outing to see a Wiccan Ritual.

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12. Can anyone give me information on how to apply for the CoG credentials as Clergy? I looked at the CoG main site and could not find any links to the necessary paperwork for me to fill out.

There is a Credentials Application Form that might possibly be revised every year. For requirements, see: Priest/ess / Minister requirements in CoG By-Laws Article VII, B (1). High Priest/ess / Elder requirements in CoG By-Laws Article VII, B (2). Download them as a PDF file from www.cog.org/general/05bylaws.pdf

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13. I most certainly need to speak to another Pagan/Wiccan, because I went to see a "regular" therapist, and I didn't get much past..."Well, I've had this huge falling-out with my coven over the interpretation of the Wiccan Rede." before she was on the phone to my doctor recommending I be Baker Acted and put on Zyprexa and Haldol.

It is important that you shun unwholesome relationships. For me, the Wiccan Rede includes a provision for self-defense, although I am still responsible for my choices and resulting Karma. If third parties are offering to Baker Act you, perhaps a little time in a meditation group would be well spent?

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