from John P. McClimans
1. These laws are guides and aides to a better understanding of
ourselves and the Craft.
2. The Craft is made of the interaction of people and divinity.
3. This interaction must be in perfect love and perfect trust.
4. The foundation of perfect love and perfect trust is found in
5. Balance is achieved through understanding of the cycles of life
6. A coven is a group of two or more people who have joined together for
the purpose of interacting with one another and divinity.
7. There shall be no limit to the number of members a coven has, but
balance becomes more difficult to achieve as the number of
8. The final arbitrator of the membership of a coven is the
9. The authroity of a coven comes from the interaction of its
membership with one another and divinity.
10. Authority must be balanced by the total membership of the coven.
11. Imbalance of authority will corrupt individuals and destroy the
effectiveness of the coven.
12. Balance is achieved through taking responsibility for your
actions and the actions of the coven.
13. Because each member of a coven is responsible for self and coven,
the only authority the coven can exercize is authoritative
14. No one can assume the leadership of a coven without the approval
of the membership.
15. The membership is the final authority of a coven.
16. A coven which is in balance has little need of perpetual
leadership from one person or couple.
17. Each full member of a coven must facilitate some aspect of the
18. If only a small percentage of a coven's membership is actively
responsible and facilitating within the coven, there is little
chance of balance. (NOTE: A coven may choose to maintain a
hierarchy, priesthood, system of initiation grades or other
similar devices to encourage individual development. These
trappings ofter cause imbalance in a coven through the
combination of unnecessary authoritarianism and the relinquishing
of personal responsibility.)
19. A coven has need of only two ranks: Probationer, a member who is
still in training, and Initiate, a member whose training is
complete. (NOTE: This should not be construed as having ended
studies, but rather as having begun them by virtue of having
gained basic information.)