Heathen Woman: Frith

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What is frith? It is more than just “courtesy” or “respect”? Do we extend it to those outside our religious communities? What about our online communities? [Read more...]

Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft: Family Coven Can Be Enough

Lydia M.N. Crabtree

Family Covens openly accept: We may not know. We do not have to know. We are not all things to all members, nor should we be. Like a family, Family Covens understand when the coven is out of its depth and requires outside assistance. No adult child ever expects their parents to be perfect, and Family Covens apply that same logic to traditions, elders, and pagan leaders. [Read more...]

Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft: Power Is Not Enough

Lydia M.N. Crabtree

If God was everywhere in everything and in everyone, then this High Priestess was threatening me with my own power, resolve and connection to the Divine. I was very clear that I had my own power, resolve and connection with the Divine, therefore, there could never be a threat presented to me that I couldn’t overcome. [Read more...]

Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft: Family Coven – Blood Is Not Enough

Lydia M.N. Crabtree

Part of my struggle is knowing that how I frame my involvements with family, covens, and Family Covens taints how I experience and then describe the energy of those groups. What I delineate as “family” is inexorably linked with parents who consistently abused me. For me, “families” are not units where you go to be safe, nurtured, or unconditionally loved [Read more...]

Druid Thoughts: What Makes a Family?

Nimue Brown

The ideal is a family or tribe held together by bonds of love, respect and mutual support. When fear of not having a place to belong is greater than anything else (and it so often is), what will we tolerate in order to have membership? What will we sacrifice? [Read more...]

Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft: Family Coven – A Definition

Lydia M.N. Crabtree

Family Coven is a group of persons who share shelter, food and resources for the purpose of survival while acknowledging the spiritual nature of the human condition. The term is a deliberate joining and redefinition of the terms ‘family’ and ‘coven.’ [Read more...]

Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft: Family Coven?

Lydia M.N. Crabtree

When a house is set up as a temple to the gods, and the persons who have been charged with the safe keeping of those within that temple honor divinity in what they say and do, hereditary witchcraft flows through every connection created in that temple. This a family coven — this is how we give birth to hereditary witchcraft. [Read more...]


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