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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Element (16 Jun. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000715111X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007151110
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 2.1 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 226,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Real Witches’ Coven is the only book available that tells you everything you need to know about how to start and run a coven (a meeting of witches). If you’ve read a general introduction to the Craft and immediately want to start a coven now, then read this book first. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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For many Witches the Coven functions like a family should, helping and supporting one another. They gather to honour the Goddess and the God, to celebrate the cycle of the seasons through the Sabbats, to mark the phases of the Moon and work magic at the Esbats.

Whether you already run a Coven or are thinking of doing so, whether you are a member of a Coven, seek to join one, or just wonder what they do, 'The Real Witches Coven' is the book for you. Here you will find information, and real-life examples to help you:
• Become an effective Coven leader
• Find and select new members
• Achieve personal and group development
• Find a Coven and become an effective Coven member
• Organise Rites and Rituals
• Work powerful and effective magic

Being a 'real' Witch means being a part of the world, not apart from it. Kate West shows you how to share the joys of the Craft while avoiding the problems that come from trying to co-ordinate any group of free-thinking individuals. This guide is for those who want to smooth the path to forming a Coven and still have time for 'real life'.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. R. F. Richards VINE VOICE on 15 May 2004
Format: Paperback
An undeniably useful tool for those who are hoping to start their own coven. Example Initiation rituals, first and second degree, and advice on how to expand, and how to attract the right people. There is even guidance on how to set the right rules for your coven, and what to do when your members aren't quite acting like witches.
Unfortunately, for the more experienced Wicca covenor or coven leader, there really is nothing here for you. It really is a "Get Started With" book, and is a bootstrap for those with no clue at all, and in that respect, I found it very useful.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Keira on 20 Nov. 2003
Format: Paperback
Having read The Real Witch's Handbook, I bought this title to complete my collection of Kate West books. I enjoy her style of writing, and her spells and rituals are laid out in a clear and concise manner, listing all tools and ingredients you will require and how to prepare them.
There are spells for every kind of situation in this book, and instructions on how to create your own spells for other needs.
There are also rituals for each Sabbat and Esbat. However, these have been written with the Coven in mind, and not a solitary witch like myself. I was very disappointed that I would need a group to follow these rituals, as I have no intention of ever finding let alone joining a Coven. All in all, the rituals in The Real Witch's Handbook were preferable for a solitary!
I'd still recommend this book to any witch who wants to learn more about spells however, as the spells section is very useful. Shame about the rituals section!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By D. Hillier on 20 May 2006
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Perhaps I just can't stand her style. But to me this book was devoid of any passion for the craft and failed to inspire at all. The way the author writes about ritals and rites at the beginning is irritating and made me want to put down the book before I had even started it. I have tried several times to read through this book and enjoy at least parts of it, but every time I have found it a task too difficult to accomplish. I think it's the way that her witchcraft practices seem so finite, like this is the way to cast a circle and it will be cast like this every single time. It's formal and dull. I was most dissapointed by the rituals side; all coven orientated, and all about rites of passage and initiations. I think that if a coven were to initiate a whatever degree witch, they'd make up their own, more personal spell, than take one directly from a book anyway. These coven spells took up half the book.

This book is no good for a solitary or a more spontaneous witch.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 July 2005
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In regards to this book, the Farrar's 'The Witches Bible', includes a better understanding of the Coven. The Craft is a religion that uses rules as guidelines, rule one of Wicca Rituals and Covens is 'do what you feel is right'. In regards to this book, a reader interested in running/joining a coven would be well advised to consult the Farrar's or Doreen Valiente's book and forming their own opinions and rules for a coven, better still, find a coven and learn their rules.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tempestas on 15 Oct. 2007
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If I were new to witchcraft and looking for a coven, this would certainly put me off. The High Preistess is apparently expected to act like a bossy school marm, and the coven members (call them what you will) must ask her permission to work magic, must show her their Book of Shadows, do their homework, learn their rituals, not talk about witchcraft outside of the group...... well, you get the idea.

If they misbehave, they will Be Punished -- anything from doing the washing up after a sabbat to receiving a dose of The Scourge (oddly enough, apparently, lots of them prefer that, but when you learn that the scourge consists of cords or ribbons, you begin to wonder if this isn't some kind of "in" joke.)

Kate West admits that she trained with Gardnerians and Alexandrians, so this probably explains some of the rituals -- and there are far too many detailed here.

If you're planning to run a coven, you should be a sensible adult, you'll know most of the advice given here already and, if you haven't got your own rituals worked out, what are you doing planning to teach/help others? You shouldn't need a book.

If you don't know what coven life is like, read the book (from the library, perhaps)and then contemplate the fact that it isn't necessarily like this at all.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Feb. 2003
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At last a down to earth book on the real functioning of a Witches Coven. Kate West always tells it like it is and in such a straightforward manner. She imbues her writing with a lot of humour and you can just tell she loves her subject. This book is for anybody who has been in a Coven, wishes to join a Coven or is even just interested in knowing what goes on. In keeping with the rest of the 'Real Witch' series it is full of practical information and Rites for almost all occaisions. I can't reccommend this book enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Mason on 3 Aug. 2010
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I purchased this book as Kate West is a very easy author to follow in her style, which is neither patronising nor over-complicated. This book goes ideally with her others but could also work alone.
The book is written for a coven leader, but with a little jiggling a solitary practitioner could do them too. The spells and rituals don't call for obsure weird and wonderful ingredients like some books do but instead have things that are easily obtainable or you may already have around the house anyway.
There are spells for many occasions and rituals for each of the sabbats although if you are solitary the sabbat ones will not be much use to you as they feature activities that look a lot of fun but aren't much use to a solitary.
In conclusion, this is a well written book that I personally use quite often and is useful to have around if you're running a ritual or need to do a spell and you are stuck for ideas.
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