Like many urban witches living in large metropolitan areas, I have had the opportunity to practice my craft with many different kinds of people and groups.
Finding others who have the same expectations for what a group should be and how it should operate can be tough and many times I walked away from these groups feeling more alone then I had when I got there.
Many witches and other magic makers are already practicing their religion and/or craft in secret because of long held prejudices, so searching for other people to connect with is a big deal to many of us. Even solarity practitioners occasionally seek the knowledge and advice of their fellow witches. Places like Facebook and Instagram have made it easier to connect with witches all over the world, but even these places are sometimes filled with judgement.
There was so much left to be desired for me, that in late 2018 I decided to start a group of my own.
After so much networking and so much searching I finally had a small group of women whose ages, ideas and priorities aligned with mine. Many of us are in late 20s to early 30s, most of us are 420 friendly ( Also please remember that I live in a state where Cannabis is legal) and many of us are on a path of spiritual growth.
When it came to decide to name my little group I racked by brain on what I should call it!
Calling it a Coven seemed to formal and like I don't care for the rigid rules that come along with being in most covens. I wanted a place where women could come and be themselves and practice their path in a safe space. The term coven to me is a formal group of people who come together for the expressed purpose of practicing magic, who follow a list of rules set forth by their coven founders (or elders) . This isn't what we do. We do not practice magic or witchcraft as a group. We bring witches together to learn, confide and enjoy the chance to be themselves around people who understand them.
I struggled with what to call this little group that I had poured my heart into! I finally decided on just calling it a meet up. It gave me the change to play fast and loose with how I wanted the group to be structured. Really, what I came to understand is that groups like this are so important to other women that it didn't matter what it was called as long as I was realising my goal of bringing women together!
The Universe has sparked a need in me to educate those who are interested in nature and magic and this in-person and accompanying online presence allows me to help fulfill my soul's purpose.
So while the term coven may be a little much for me, I know that by bringing different kinds of women together we are creating magic just by being together and supporting one another!
Author: Neena Patrick of Silfren Circle