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  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Citadel (June 20, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806520353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806520353
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #807,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is enriched by the voices of her students, many of them coven leaders today.
strega2
I cannot stress enough the need to find out everything you can about coven life before you decide to join or start one!
BR
This, and Covencrafting by Amber K, are the two essential books on covening you should read.
Grail

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By "rosemary_edghill" on March 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a long-needed book about coven leadership - not Magic Power of Witchcraft, not spells to make you Goddess of the Office, and not another rehash of the Atlantean Grandmother Tradition of Sacred Memory.
What makes WICCA COVENS a particularly powerful book is that Judy was =there= almost from the very beginning of the New York NeoPagan scene. She speaks and writes from over two decades of experience as a priestess, healer, and facilitator. I am seriously looking forward to spending many many hours with this book, but I wanted to rave about it now. I'm convinced it will save a lot of people from making painful mistakes, both in seeking out a coven and in running one.
I guarentee this is one book that will be on Bast's reading list.
--Rosemary Edghill
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kirsten M. Houseknecht on November 7, 2000
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Wicca Covens, by Judy Harrow (of Proteus Coven), is not a step by step book on how to set up a working group, study group, or coven, whatever the subtitle may imply. What it *is* is a book of coven dynamics, psychology, and all the other messy parts of running and being in a coven, that you hope you will never deal with, but you will.
Judy Harrow has a background in psychology and human relationships, and that is the main focus of the book. It covers a great deal that will be needed by anyone working in a group with the strong personal ties that any religious and work group will form.
Most of this book covers how to deal with loss, with growth, what kind of parent/child or teacher/student relationships may form, and how to deal with them. In addition it covers some magical and practical matters such as: picking the right kind of group for you, finding a working method you can work with, and the drawbacks and advantages of different styles of leadership. The sections on dealing with the coven member's problems, the press, the public, the prima donna, and other chronic issues, will be useful to any member of any coven.
The book is drawn mostly from the personal experiences of the author, with comentary on "how to handle problems" and "what happened to me" from several other coven leaders and elders. Many times the disagreements of these sources about how to handle particular problems, what to teach in what order, etc. is just as informative as when they agree. Many of them contributed ritual, prayers, and other liturgy which are scattered through the book.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By strega2 on March 23, 1999
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Wiccan High Priestess and professional counselor Judy Harrow has contributed a long-needed and valuable book for the Wiccan community. In a lucid, articulate style that makes her book a pleasure to read, she draws on her many years of expertise in both fields to provide a textbook for spiritual groups that operate within a small structure. Her grasp of the dynamics of group work is formidable, and explained in a format that is accessible to any non-professional. She offers many valuable pointers for group leaders--such as defining the important difference between pastoral and psychotherapeutic counseling, and how to avoid overlap--as well as defining possible pitfalls and offering commonsense solutions. The book is enriched by the voices of her students, many of them coven leaders today. I'm a professional counselor myself, and would highly recommend this book to anyone working with small groups of any kind. Bravo, Judy!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 3, 1999
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Judy's book is an excellent resource for both the self-created as well as lineaged Coven leader.
Focusing on real-life concerns such as determining training outline content, group dynamics, fascilitating individual & group growth, *Wicca Covens* helps give the group leader workable tools to use to in helping them develop their own teaching style & more efficiently guide their own students towards their own goals.
Definately no "canned" training outlines here!
A must read for anyone either presently or soon-to-be running a training group.
Great job Judy!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Arwen VINE VOICE on July 3, 2001
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If you are in a coven, read this. If you are thinking of joining a coven, read this. If you are thinking of starting and/or leading a coven, use this book to beat yourself about the head and shoulders with!
Seriously, Judy's contributions to the pagan community are many. She has a counseling website that is amazing, but this book is hands-down the best on this subject. She has absolutely "been there, done that" and I am sure her T-shirt is old, too.
Running any group is difficult, but when you throw religion into the mix... it is threetimes as difficult. It hits you mentally, spiritually and physically. Harrow's book is like having an elder friend to turn to when times get rough. She goes into group dynamics and interpersonal relating as well.
My copy will probably have to be replaced because I know I am wearing it out.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By BR on August 22, 2001
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because the title of the book is not actually what the book is about. A better title would be something like: Group Dynamics In Wiccan Covens And How To Deal With Interpersonal Conflicts In A Wiccan Coven.
The part of this book that includes an evaluation of how dangerous a given group is was quite funny. Turns out that the the mainstream religions are far more "cult-like" than Wicca. So when you tell someone you're a Wiccan and they tell you that you belong to a cult, give them a copy of the evaluation form in this book, and watch 'em squirm, at least if they evaluate their own religion honestly! This book is an absolutely essential book for coven leaders, and members, to read. Along with Covencraft by Amber K, which IS about the nitty-gritty, day-to-day stuff on how to start, organize and run a coven and Inside A Witches Coven by Edain McCoy, which is a wonderful book in helping a person decide if they should join a coven or not, these three books contain invaluable information.
I cannot stress enough the need to find out everything you can about coven life before you decide to join or start one! Speaking from personal experience, when everything is working being in a coven is of the best experiences a Witch can have. When everything is not working out, being in a coven is one of the most painful experiences a Witch can have.
These books will make you think of things you would probably not have thought about on your own. Don't be naive enough to assume that all Witches will act ethically and kindly all the time, lest you end up sifting through the wreckage of a group you helped found!
All three of these books should be in any coven's library! Thank Goddess I found them and the three of us are who are left are now in the process of rebuilding our group.
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