Here is what I believe to be true given what I've been able to read please correct if I am wrong:
- There is no distinction between "excommunication" "banishment" and "void of coven". Banishment is the preferred term.
- The high priestess has the authority to banish from the individual coven
- For those in traditional lines there may be a higher authority that recognizes the banishment and thus people can be cast out of the "tradition".
- In general the community at large judges the actions, after the banishment has occurred while the coven judges before the banishments.
- Some covens are well known for frequent scapegoating and banishments and thus people can move quickly from those covens to a new one. In others banishments are very infrequent and the community sides strongly with the high priestess
- The most frequent reason for banishment seems to be speaking about coven activities publicly.
- The community is currently heavily divided on issues related to child sexuality (for example can minors participate in a circle where sexual magick is performed). This issue is dying in intensity as actual sexuality is being more and more replaced with symbolic reenactment, like lowering of a knife into a chalice.
So obviously I know close to nothing. Please tell me if I basically got the mechanism of banishment correct and the sorts of things persons are banished for. In particular what I couldn't find was any discussion of restoration (unbanishment) other than changing covens. I get the impression that once banished from a coven the person is out of that coven for life, is that true? Any personal stories are welcome and any topic related to banishment or witch-wars are welcome in this thread.