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« Reply #10: November 17, 2009, 06:37:10 am »

I am not sure if there is a reason a coven couldn't have 3 or more co-leaders.

Depends on the coven, but more than 2 leaders can get complicated in terms of making necessary decisions. It's also a matter of how the coven roles play out - for example, in my tradition, the HPS is the final arbiter when someone needs to make a decision, though it's rare that she'll go against her HP's advice.

There's also the practical issue; the HPS and HP as the ones doing rituals like initiations - or even taking on students - need to have final decision powers on what they're willing to do, and when they're willing to do it, because the energetic commitments and connections have extremely long-lasting considerations for them. Decisions like that therefore need to be up to the people making that commitment, not up to committee, at least as a final decision (though others may have useful feedback and ideas.)

However, there's lots of room for advice and consultation - the group I trained in had a small leadership meeting of the HPS, HP, plus 2-3 other people who were actively and heavily involved in group work (major teaching and ritual responsibilities.) so the HPS and HP could get a wider perspective, issues that affected large areas of the group work could get aired, and so on - but we were also all aware that we weren't the final decision makers, and my HPS did make a few decisions I disagreed with for various reasons.
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