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What is CoS?


What is CoS?


Thank you Trevor for your comment.  Cos is the acronym for Coven of the Scales a British-based Old Craft coven that can trace its recorded lineage back to the mid-1800s.  As with the majority of Old Craft groups, we are a closed Order, which means that any potential member must complete a prescribed course of study before being invited to join the coven.   Although we are British-based we currently have students studying with us from the USA, France and Italy.


We were recently approached by Daniel A. Schulke of the Three Hands Press and invited to contribute an essay (‘SPIRITS AND DEIFIC FORMS: Faith & Belief in British Old Craft’) to the forthcomingHands of Apostasy: A Witchcraft Anthology, in which he describes our ways in the following manner:Though these forms of the Old Craft are known through their exterior writings, there are other such groups who are content to remain out of the public eye, practicing their Art and training their own generation of adepts. All of these traditions share a common feature of extreme selectivity when it comes to prospective members, and the willingness to reject those proven unfit for the work. This unpopular and confrontational stance has often led to thorny relations between groups, but it has also engendered a sanctuary-likeenvironment where creative magical collaboration can unfold according to the design of each tradition.


Although we are a closed Order – we are not a ‘secret’ one and are always willing to answer questions about CoS and the type (if not the manner) of our magical working. See for more information.


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Mélusine Draco originally trained in the magical arts of traditional British Old Craft with Bob and Mériém Clay-Egerton. She has been a magical and spiritual instructor for over 20 years with Arcanum and the Temple of Khem, and writer of numerous popular books on magic and witchcraft. Her highly individualistic teaching methods and writing draws on ancient sources, supported by academic texts and current archaeological findings.


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