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Author Topic: Dilemma surrounding Coven Head  (Read 3477 times)
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« Reply #3: November 12, 2009, 07:10:37 pm »

My local coven is going to be losing our founding Coven Head in the next 7 months (dang med school and relocation!!), and we are contemplating what the coven should look like afterward.

We have had one High Priestess/leader since 2006, and we are considering whether to continue with one Coven Head, or to have two leaders when we transition.

I am curious to get imput from those of you who have experience in this from either side: How does having 2 leaders work? It seems to me that if you have 2 leaders there is always one person that becomes dominant. Is it possible to actually have a completely 50-50 working relationship? Also, if the co-leaders do not live in the same town how does that affect things (our coven draws people from a 2 hour drive radius)?

What are the pros and cons of either being a co-leader, or being co-lead? What are the important things to consider?

Thank you for your contemplation!

One group that I worked with was Alexandrian Wiccan & the whole structure was based on 'working partners'. Every High Priestess had a High Priest. If the High Priestess stepped down or became an Elder, so did the Priest, and a new pair would be elected. The other group I worked with took turns, with a new High Priest or Priestess elected every season. The previous season's Priest/ess became the new one's assistant/mentor, depending on how experienced the new one was at providing leadership.

A natural advantage to having a couple of people leading things is that there is always someone to provide a check-and-balance - it's harder for an individual to launch an attack on a disliked person, or to change the direction of a coven in a way others are uncomfortable with. It also takes the work load off an individual and gives the group members an extra point of contact. But, if it's not a truly equal partnership, there can be some 'mom and popping' - "Mom told me I could!" or "I'll go ask Dad instead". It's unfair if one person is seen as the 'fun' one all the time.
« Last Edit: November 12, 2009, 07:14:29 pm by Perzephone, Reason: Original post not very helpful :/ » Logged

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