Lammas altar

by Amber K

Not every Wiccan will subscribe to all of these points, but generally they are representative.

1. The divine Spirit is present in all creatures and things: people, animals, plants, stones...

2. The ultimate creative force manifests in both feminine and masculine modes; therefore it is often symbolized as the Goddess and The God.

3. In some covens, both are celebrated equally. In others, The Goddess is given precedence or even celebrated without reference to the God.

Read more: What Wiccans Believe

Our Lady of the Woods is a coven and congregation of the Wiccan religion, which is one of the nature-oriented spiritual traditions of ancient Europe. We are based in the Los Alamos/Santa Fe area, and incorporated as a church in the State of New Mexico.

The Coven is

Read more: About OLW

Adapted and condensed from Covencraft: Witchcraft for Three or More by Amber K (Llewellyn, St. Paul MN, 1998). Used with permission.

Who are the “elders” of your coven? In most covens, they are not silver-haired crones and bearded sages who grew up in the Craft. They could be folks in their thirties or forties who are “elders” by virtue of the fact that they have led your coven for the past five or ten years, and have more experience than most of the members.

Witches may face new problems in their elder careers. Perhaps they may have been the teachers and organizers so long, and worked so hard for the Wiccan community, that they are a bit... tired? Crispy around the edges? Nothin' says lovin' like a priestess in the oven? We're talking thaumaturgic toast here.

Read more: When Elders Burn Out

by Dru

This article originally appeared in Lady Letter, Volume 5, No. 2 and was updated in December 2013.

Using consensus process to make decisions can engage all members of your circle, grove, or coven in constructive, creative ways. An alternative to traditional methods such as majority rule, the consensus process is based on a mutual respect for the feelings, knowledge, and opinions of all. The best way to learn consensus is to experience it. This brief article presents some of the nuts and bolts of the consensus process. An excellent manual for consensus is On Conflict and Consensus: A Handbook on Formal Decisonmaking, by C. T. Butler and Amy Rothstein, Food Not Bombs Publishing, 1987. This short and important manual is required reading for all Our Lady of the Woods members.

Read more: Consensus 101

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