Ironically, the week after agreeing to come back to the Coven, an application was received from a former student of an old enemy who was instrumental in the break-up of the group in the early 1990s! We took this as a sign from the gods that the intimate knowledge we have of Craft history was not to be wasted, because if we had not picked up the details on the registration form, this ‘plant’ could have easily slipped through the net – and it apparently isn’t the first time this has been attempted in order to expropriate CoS teaching methods by this particular source. Our decision to return had been vindicated!
The long history of the Moonraker-CoS Covens has always been close knit and often beset with troubles resulting from both internal and external causes but unlike many of those that were around back in the day, we are gratified to see that CoS goes from strength to strength. Firstly, with our old chum Melusine Draco holding the reins, and now under the expertise guidance of Julie and James – who are good old-fashioned witches in the Old Craft mould. Traditional British Old Craft is often frowned upon by millennial-witches for its elitist, hierarchical and god-based structure but it has been provably in existence since the mid 1880s and it has managed to survive to keep the spirit of ‘true’ Craft alive despite the often overwhelming odds. We as old-timers are proud to have this as our heritage …
For the time being we will be keeping in the background until we get a feel for the way the Coven is run today but will be there for anyone needing magical advice – and for the occasional visit to the Café. See you there.
Carrie West and Philip Wright