1. Be on time. If you are going to be late or cannot attend, please contact the appropriate person(s) involved. If you arrive after the ritual has started, wait outside the ritual space and do not interrupt.
  2. Keep your hands to yourself. Do not touch others unless you have express permission to do so and is of legal age. If someone tries to touch you and it makes you uncomfortable, please step back and politely decline the contact.  In either case, do not make a scene.
  3. Don’t bring unnecessary gear. Unless requested by the High Priest or High Priestess, only bring the items needed for your social and ritual obligations.
  4. Vow of Silence. Do not discuss coven activities or information with anyone that hasn’t been cleared by the Council. Do not invite or bring anyone to a coven gathering that hasn’t been cleared by the Council for the specific event.
  5. If you are unwell, stay home.  If you are feeling unfit (in any way) to take place at any social or coven event, please let the appropriate person(s) know with as much advance notice as possible so that we can make any needed changes to the event. Also try to get along with everyone at the gathering. If you cannot do so, please talk to the High Priest or High Priestess and excuse yourself for the evening. Drama will not be tolerated.
  6. Be respectful to other people’s property.  When you arrive, make sure to park in an appropriate place. Do not enter the host’s house without permission. Do not wander around unless you have been told it is alright to do so. Do not touch anything that is not yours without consent from the owner, especially any ritual gear. If you make a mess, clean up after yourself. If you break something, offer to replace it.
  7. Clothing and Hygiene. Do not come to an event hygienically challenged. Wearing clean clothes and having a clean body shows courtesy to others and a reverence for the Gods. This does include the use of deodorant and not overusing oils, colognes, and perfumes to mask body odor.
  8. Do not harass the pets. If the host has pets, make sure to treat them with respect you would want shown to your pets/children.
  9. Get your information in advance. If you have questions as to what is happening, what is expected, what to bring, or whatever you may need to know, please ask in advance of the specific event. There will be general questions that can and will be addressed before every event, but if you have a role to play make sure you have the appropriate gear and information for that role in advance. If you are supposed to memorize something, try your best to do so, but also bring a 3 x 5 card or piece of paper with your lines just in case.
  10. Follow through with your assignment. If you have accepted the responsibility for bringing something whether it is food, drink, music, or something for the ritual, make sure to do so. If you cannot manage your task, please let the appropriate person(s) know with as much advance notice as possible so that it can be re-assigned.
  11. Don’t babble during ritual. Unless you have lines in a specific part of a ritual do not talk, joke, or make comments during the ritual. Do not discuss coven business, make an announcement, or have something else to say wait until the ritual is over and in the appropriate setting to discuss. If you have an assigned part in the ritual, please do not speak out of turn.
  12. Don’t move around during ritual. Once you enter the circle, please move to your appropriate place and stay there unless directed to do so by the High Priest or High Priestess. If you are directed to move inside the ritual space, please make sure you move in a deosil (clockwise) direction. Never move widdershins (counter-clockwise) unless directed to do so.
  13. Don’t make a scene. If you have any problem during an event or during a ritual, please don’t make a scene, quietly step to the Gate, ask the Warder to cut a door, and exit quietly. After the ritual is over speak to the High Priest and High Priestess, apologize for disturbing the ritual, and explain why you felt you needed to leave the ritual space.
  14. Don’t break the circle. If for any reason you have to leave the circle after a ritual has begun, please ask the Warder to cut a door in the north-east of the circle. Do not just step through the circle unless there is no other option.
  15. Athames. If you are allowed to bring an athame, boline, sword, or any other sharp item to a ritual keep them sheathed unless told otherwise. Do not touch someone else’s ritual gear unless you have permission to do so. If you get permission to touch another’s sword, athame, or boline do not touch the blade with your bare skin – the acids in your skin oxidize the metal and cause corrosion.
  16. Altar stuff. When entering any ritual space make sure you do not touch any items on the main altar or quarter altars unless you have permission from the High Priest, High Priestess, and the owner of the items. Generally, you should never touch anyone else’s Book of Shadow’s, clothing, or any other ritual items without express unconditional permission. If you are allowed to handle any of the aforementioned items, do so with extreme care and respect as they are usually prized possessions and irreplaceable.
  17. Event end. When you are a guest in another’s home remember to be polite. Unless you have other commitments try not to eat and run, but also remember not to try and stay all night because some people may have to get up early the next day for work or other engagements.
  18. Respect one another. Do not make fun of other people’s beliefs, practices, hair, car, ritual gear, etc. Do not mock or gossip about people whether present or not. Negative attitudes, negative practices, or drama will not be tolerated. If you have a problem with someone discuss it with them and if needed include the High Priest and/or High Priestess to mediate any dispute.
  19. Please ask questions. If you have any questions, are in doubt, or are unsure about something, please ask. The Maiden, Warder, High Priest, or High Priestess are there to answer any questions you have.