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Covencraft is the most complete book on creating and maintaining a coven written to date, with solid advice on networking, group dynamics, the possibilities of incorporation, community service, open rituals, and so much more. The sheer amount of information in one book is staggering, but the truly amazing part is that all this information is indispensable. One would be hard-pressed to find something that Amber K has missed, but if there is something lacking, she has included enough contact information and reference material to answer any questions that may arise. If you are thinking of starting a coven, Covencraft will smooth the way and point out potential troubles before they can wreck your projects. If your coven is already established, you will wonder how you ever got along without Covencraft. --Brian Patterson

From the Publisher

Back in the 1950s and 1960s, Wicca was limited to groups known as covens. While powerful, they were also limiting, because there weren't enough to go around. Wicca exploded when it expanded to include solitary paths as part of the religion. Now the Craft is rapidly growing in numbers and many people are looking for the community which was previously part of the Craft. I am very glad that Llewellyn has now published the ultimate guide to Witchcraft for three or more people, Covencraft by Amber K.

Virtually every aspect of the coven experience is included in Covencraft. Do you want to find a coven? This book shows you how. Do you want to organize a coven? Covencraft gives you the techniques.

You'll learn how to get new members, how to take care of business and finance, and how the leaders should serve the group. Included are initiation rituals, handfasting rituals, child blessing rituals, and more. You'll even discover information on how to incorporate.

Amber K. has written several books and numerous articles about Wicca and Witchcraft. She has served as National First Officer and National Publications Officer of the Covenant of the Goddess, a federation of more than one hundred covens. Her two decades of experience make Covencraft the book you must read.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; 1st edition (September 8, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567180183
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567180183
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kirsten M. Houseknecht on November 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
<I reviewed this book briefly at an earlier date, and I am finally writing a thorough review>
Covencraft by Amber K is on my required reading list for anyone trying to establish (or join) a working group or coven. This book covers the basics of finding people, deciding if you can work with them, establishing a study group, and finally establishing a coven. It then goes on to cover some of the most common logistical issues any coven will face.
The book is practical, and thorough. From how to write the flyer to put up on a bulliten board, to how to interview prospective coveners, and beyond, the book will take you through the arduous task of finding people to practice, work, and worship with. This is not a small book, it is one of the larger and weightier books in my library, but it covers a great deal.
This is not a "basic Wicca" book. It does not cover the rudiments of the beliefs, the "why" of the religion. This book covers, and covers very well,the mechanics and logistics, the "how" of the religion. Of course it reflects some of the authors bias on how the coven should be set up, the heirarchy of the coven and so on, but these can be easily re-worked to suit a group with differing beliefs.
While the entire focus of the book is on covens and groups, it has been of value to me and many others who have practiced as solitaries, which most of us do at some point.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By BR on July 31, 2001
Format: Paperback
The coven I belong to, and helped found fell apart recently, leaving us with three members, one of whom is currently on a Sabbatical.
I wish I had read this book BEFORE my friend and I had started our group! I'm currently going through the book page-by-page and when I'm finished the other active member will do the same. Then we'll start to look for more members.
NEVER, NEVER, start a Witch's coven without first reading this book!
Particularly helpful is the section on Coven Offices and By-laws. Also the section of problem personalities is quite enlightening, having encountered the Adoring Accolate and the Drama Addict in two of our former members.
There are two other excellent books which should also be part of any coven's library. They are Wicca Covens: How To Start And Organize Your Own by Judy Harrow and Inside A Witch's Coven by Edain McCoy. The title of the first book is somewhat innacurate. A better title would be Group Dynamics In Wiccan Groups And How To Handle Disputes. The second book, Inside A Witch's Coven doesn't have a lot of information that I consider useful in starting or running a coven, but it is a great book to read if you're thinking of joining a coven and helping you do decide what kind of coven to join!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tom L. Waters on March 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is an unbeatable resource for Wiccan covens and similarly structured groups. There is some basic background on Paganism, then chapter after chapter about every conceivable aspect of finding, creating, or sustaining a healthy coven: finding people, deciding on coven activities and scheduling them, coven leadership structures, different systems of initiation, coven offices, group dynamics, activities, community relations, legal and financial matters, counseling, and more. There are multiple options for just about everything, so you can use this book regardless of the kind of coven you would prefer to develop and work with. There are sample rituals, advertisements, flyers, articles of incorporation, and liturgy. The author has decades of experience in forming and maintaining healthy covens that last more than the 2-3 years that is the national average these days. The whole thing is written in a down-to-earth style peppered with humor and fun. It really demystifies the coven and gets down to business about how good ones actually work. Whether you are seeking to establish a new coven or energize/stabilize an existing one, you'll be coming back to this book frequently for its thorough and varied treatments of virtually everything you need to give thought to. This is one you'll use.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Hardy on April 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
Our coven-in-the-offing has benefitted greatly from this book. The copious quantities of information and clearly written guidelines made using this book easy and enjoyable. We were most gratified by the number of options provided for each situation; having the possibility open to us for change in the future combined with a list of options available will make new challenges much simpler to deal with. Yes, the "borrowing" from "The Spiral Dance" was noticeable. Who cares? I don't remember the last time any pagan I know worried too much if their ideas were so definitively validated. All in all, it continues to be an excellent source; we recommend it for any person or group interested in beginning, or easing the path of, a coven. The Coven With No Name As Yet
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. M. HAMILTON on February 5, 2006
Format: Paperback
When I first started out, there was nothing whatsoever that I could turn to for assistance when there were coven problems. The only thing I had to lean on was my background growing up in a Pagan family, a strong negotiational skill or two, and the wisdom of those who ordained Me [who were 6 states away!].

Not long after I began searching, along came a resource which I have found to be a most valuable tool. "Covencraft" by Amber K, published by Llewellyn's [don't hold that against it] is a great resource to jummpstart any HP/s who is having problems sorting out where to begin. It assists you in setting up your bylaws, settling disputes and organizing Eclectic rituals. Of course, you can always add the laws/rites/etc. of your path if your coven members are practicing under one tradition of the same path.

Everything from problem-solving to group rites is there, and everything in between is in this book, including setting up donations to cover costs, fundraising ideas for larger events and choosing Magickal names.

This is probably Amber K's greatest contribution to the world of Paganism, and one which I highly recommend. Any HP/s who is even thinking of forming a coven of her/his own will experience a tremendous eye-opening concerning the duties and responsibilities in forming and maintaining a true working Coven/stead. It is concisely written so that anyone can easily understand the excellent advice it offers.

Also included is a good description of the actual Covenstead itself, and details how far from other covens you should base yourself so as to not begin a petty rivalry among the local Pagan community. This is a valuable asset to My library, and a purchase I've never regretted.
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