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    Coven Structure

    It is to my understanding, traditionally (within the traditions of Wicca), that the HPS (High Priestess) has the ultimate authority within a coven because she is considered to be Goddess incarnate/more closely linked to Goddess energy. However is it permissible that a HP (High Priest) hold leadership above the High Priestess within a coven?

    What are your feelings on this?

    Though I may be male, I feel much more like I walk the grey between God and Goddess energy (I am gay).

    Just curious about other's experiences with this dynamic in coven life.

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    Re: Coven Structure

    Wicca is just a fraction of Paganism. Seeing as you describe yourself as Eclectic pagan, you should have the liberty to create your own structure for coven, or adapt an already existing one to suit your needs, goals, and beliefs.

    I am a lone practitioner, though I do search to integrate, or form a coven, but sadly there are not people in my area that I know of that show my beliefs.

    Best advice I can give for covens is that you should gather regularly. Not forcibly often, but regularly. Also, all members should fully commit; this means that all members have to be present at every gathering, if possible. If someone doesn't assist to a gathering because he isn't motivated enough, either the coven activities or gatherings are not interesting or satisfying enough, or the person has lost interest in the coven in a more general way. Best course of action is that the leader(s) take the initiative to ask this person the motives of their absence and see if any solution can be attained.

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    Re: Coven Structure

    It really depends on the coven. In the coven I was in while in college, the HPS and HP were ritual roles which any 2nd or 3rd degree could carry out. The coven "leader" was chosen by consensus--along with other "positions" (though it was all pretty informal)...each person had a different role on the basis of their interests and skills.
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    Re: Coven Structure

    Quote Originally Posted by TheHangedMan View Post
    It is to my understanding, traditionally (within the traditions of Wicca), that the HPS (High Priestess) has the ultimate authority within a coven because she is considered to be Goddess incarnate/more closely linked to Goddess energy. However is it permissible that a HP (High Priest) hold leadership above the High Priestess within a coven?

    What are your feelings on this?

    Though I may be male, I feel much more like I walk the grey between God and Goddess energy (I am gay).

    Just curious about other's experiences with this dynamic in coven life.
    It depends on the tradition that you are working with. Because honestly, I think that this is purely a tradition/path thing, not an inherent energy thing.

    Personally, I think that the idea that a woman is closer to Goddess energy and therefore more suited to leading a coven is sexist BS. I really don't see why a woman should be 'better' in this respect... unless your particular tradition values women more than men.

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