Coven is a community. We aren’t here to teach you Wicca and send you on your way. We are here to help you grow as part of a (very witchy) family. People who choose coven Wicca instead of solitary Wicca are people who prefer to work with structure and guidance. Those who seek to learn with patience and care, and want to meet other like-minded individuals do well in a coven setting. When you are part of a coven you are never alone in your problems. There is always someone in the coven who is good at what you are needing, and we all help each other. The coven is like a puzzle and each member is a puzzle piece, because you can never be naturally skilled at everything. If you are in need of a cleansing or healing, we have you covered. If you need help with tarot, we can send you to the best tarot reader in the coven community. If you see spirits, and felt like you were the only one out there, well, we can certainly point out who are our coven mediums! With all the people in our coven, you will find those unique and rare people who you can really relate to in your journey.
The coven is divided into three major sections: Seekers, Outer Circle and Inner Circle.
The Seekers class is where all new students who are seeking to join the coven begin. The Seekers class is composed of 13 meetings that cover the basics of Wicca, spell writing and spell working, as well as shielding, grounding, and other important energy work. All the Seekers material is clearly outlined in the Introduction to Aquarian Age Wicca course book. The time in the Seekers class is for the student to get to know the coven, and for the coven to get to know the student. Social time with the coven proves to be just as important as class time, as building trust and connections between coven members is part of the experience. A student is usually a Seeker with the coven for about three to six months before dedication into the Outer Circle, depending on how often their particular coven branch decides to hold meetings.
The Outer Circle is composed of all of the students who have done a dedication ritual into the Outer Circle of the coven. To be in the Outer Circle means that a student is working on their Year and A Day to initiate into the coven’s Inner Circle. In all the current coven branches, Outer Circle meets once weekly, and they also meet with the coven for several Sabbats and Esbats as well. Aquarian Age Wicca is a private coven and we do not circle with the public or with Seekers. Having perfect love and perfect trust for the people we circle with really enhances the magic we are able to work. Our view point is that covens who are private and careful about who they share their energy with, are more powerful, safe, and successful long term as a result. We believe it is important to create a safe place for coven members to grow spiritually without fear. The Outer Circle is a really fun time in the coven, and many students have used this time to not own learn more advanced magic, but to grow and develop friendships that will last a lifetime. Students will remain in the Outer Circle for a minimum of a year and a day.
Below: the outer circle in Austin, TX socializes after a dedication ritual.
Pictured: The Inner Circle coven leaders of Dallas TX, Austin TX, and Tampa FL.
To be an Inner Circle member means you have initiated into the coven’s lineage. Initiation rituals are held twice a year and students who are properly prepared and have completed a year and a day (or more as needed) with the coven’s Outer Circle, are then invited to partake in first degree initiation. There are three degrees of initiation in the coven. Once you initiate first degree you are forever in the Inner Circle, and you can generally participate in all Sabbats, Esbats, and secret rituals.
First Degree – A newly made Priest(ess) and witch! first degrees are qualified to teach all students in the coven who are pre-initiate level. Requires a minimum of a year and a day study with the coven.
Second Degree – An experienced High Priest(ess) and witch. second degrees may hive their own coven branches without the direct supervision of their HP/HPS. Requires a minimum of two years of study. (though the average is three to five years).
Third Degree – An Elder and expert in Wicca who serves the community at large. Requires to have hived one or many covens, lead, serve, and help the Wiccan and Pagan community. To be a third degree takes many years of devotion to Wicca and to the coven community.
More information on the degrees of initiation and the requirements will be available throughout your journey with the coven. Reaching initiation is not a checklist, but it is a point of spiritual and emotional readiness for the next stage of your life.