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« Reply #8: October 15, 2010, 09:38:22 am »

That's an opinion piece by one person.  A person many think highly of (including yours truly), but still just one man...who isn't Wiccan himself.  It doesn't reflect all witches or pagans.


I've been a Wiccan for 20 years (or is it 21 now?) and I very much agree with what Randall wrote. In fact, I'd go a step further in the idea that some coven have that the names of the dieties must be kept secret. We keep member names secret because we can face difficulties in our public lives when it's known we're Wiccans or Witches, but I don't think the dieties have that problem. I think they can take care of themselves as a matter of fact. And if they're not happy about having their names revealed in connection to a particular coven, I believe they are quite capable of making that displeasure felt.

But no, his opinion doesn't match that of all Wiccans. I left a traditional Wiccan group because my opinion was like Randall's rather than like the "oathbound rules" that the others preferred. The only oath I ever agreed to with my whole heart was not revealing the names of my coven members to anyone else without their permission. One of our number did that in seeking comfort and advice from another Wiccan (not a member of any coven), who then told the entire Pagan community about the private problems between members of our group. He broke the oath he made and he was banished from the group. He's still my friend, but I know how far I can trust him, and it isn't far enough to ever work with him in a coven again without a lot of dialogue between us first.

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