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Welcome to the website for "Coven
of the Illuminated Shadow. We are an eclectic coven based in Cincinnati,
Ohio. We where founded on August 15th, the full moon in Aquarius of
2000. The coven accepts new members once a year. If there is enough
interest, the first degree process will begin again on August 15th 20001.
Name: Coven of the Illuminated Shadow
is meant to invoke thoughts or feelings of journeying through the darkness
(unknown) to reach the light (knowledge). Through hard work, self-discipline
and connection with deity we strive to enlighten ourselves by understanding
and if necessary dispelling darkness. This is not to say that darkness
as it is representing in the sigil is bad (see sigil description). We
acknowledge that our shadow self is a powerful teacher, and we strive
to make a connection with it. We believe that humans are both dark and
light, neither outweighing the other.
The Sigil: The idea for the sigil
was one of contrast and growth, as the name suggests. The Tao (yin and
yang) is superimposed on the Pentacle. The Tao represents positive and
negative, male and female, night and day, known and mysterious, etc.
Without male there is no female, without day no night etc. We do not
believe the dark to be evil. It is our philosophy that each human and
deity contain both positive and negative, thus we are do not believe
in ultimate "good" and "bad". Once can have a bad day, but was it all
bad? This is also represented by the white and black dots in the middle
of the yin and yang symbols. Therefore the darkness does contain light,
and the light does contain darkness.
The Pentacle represents the 5 elements
of human kind, earth, air, fire, water, and akasha (spirit).
The pentacle is a large part of our workings in this
coven as a protection symbol, energy conductor, and tool. By marring
these two symbols we have created what to us perfectly represents our
teachings and aspirations.
Our Degree System
There are three degrees each can last up
to a year and a day. First degree is given within the first three months
of joining the coven. This degree is to show that you wish to learn
more about spirituality, and are dedicated to the path you choose. At
this stage you will become familiar with many religions, and spiritual
practices. We will touch on divination, healing, herbalism, crafts,
spell work, energy, and much more. Second degree is given up to a year
and a day after joining the coven. At this stage one is dedicated to
learning more about the history of ones chosen path, the Gods, and the
practices philosophical meaning. We will re-visit some of the first
degree knowledge and expand on those subjects. Also we will reach further
in psychology, philosophy, ethics and "walking the walk" so to speak.
Third Degree is for those who wish to be the teacher of a coven, grove
or other kind of group. Not all will be interested in this undertaking.
Those who choose to move forward will be given training necessary to
take on these roles. The connection to deity is heavily stressed, as
well as philosophy and psychology. Once third degree is completed they
may move on to form their own group, known in the old school as "hiving
off". They may at this time take the name of the coven and the coven
sigil with them. A book of shadows, which they made during the learning
process will help guide them in their new role. Coven of the Illuminated
Shadow has adopted no dogma save for the Wiccan Rede. As we understand
the Rede to say "Harm none, not even yourself".