To the Members of the Coven and the Site:
The Dark and Light's Recent History:
Recently, skiing33 was placed as the priest of the coven to revive it. He was placed here by whatever system Pet has in place for this. It's a good system, a necessary system, and quite personally I love the idea.
Skiing33 started doing work on the coven. Soon, Astraya ran into skiing. When he (as Astraya is really a male) met him, he asked skiing33 to take up position as the priestess of The Dark and Light. Skiing33 did so, for reasons unknown to me.
Shortly after, I took a look at the front page of The Dark and Light, for the simple fact that Astraya's name drew me while in chat, and then the coven name drew me. I was still priestess of Magical Knights at the time with Belletto and spirit_horse, who was later replaced with Waya4 aka Ahawi, who has been in that coven for a few months now. I noticed that their front page had 7 rules to read on it, but only 6 were listed. I mentioned this in pm to Astraya, and offered to help out the new coven leaders.
Astraya said yes. So I joined up under my Divinus_Ordo name as council. I had switched Divinus_Ordo out for Divinus as priestess of Magical Knights, not because I had gotten into any trouble, but simply because Divinus is easier to pm than Divinus_Ordo.I told Astraya that the front page looked a little sloppy with the massive amounts of coding he was using, and with some other grammatical issues that made the front page less presentable.
As council, I began to post general threads for members to post under, and tried getting a feel for the members already there. Belletto joined under another name and also became council, as did Waya4, and another member of Magical Knights. We became sister covens, and as such, Magical Knights was trying to help out The Dark and Light directly.
After a short amount of time, skiing33 became upset over the changes that were going on in the coven. First he removed both Belletto and myself from the coven, then he later let me back in. Not only because of the changes was he upset, but also because Astraya asked him to step down in place of myself or Belletto. I didn't want to be priest/ess of The Dark and Light as I was still Magical Knights' priestess, and Belletto felt the same way. Skiing33 got upset about Astraya's asking, and I sat on the computer, fighting to get skiing33 to understand that what was going on wasn't intended to take the coven out of his hands, but rather to turn it into something better.
It didn't work, and so skiing33 left. When he left, he boosted up another name I had applied to the coven under as male. I had done this after I was removed because I wanted to see if he intended to remove all the posts that had been made, or to basically rag on Belletto and myself for only trying to help.
And so he made me priest inadvertently. I switched the name out with Divinus_Ordo after stepping down as priestess of Magical Knights. I realized that I would never be able to run two covens at once and that as Magical Knights had three leaders and The Dark and Light and its priestess was brand-new that it needed more help.
I stepped down and became council in Magical Knights and Belletto stepped down as a member of The Dark and Light. I tried to work with Astraya to turn the coven around, I sent him to old threads and kept trying to sit him down to get him to tell me what the coven should be about.
I agreed to be a temporary leader, only there until someone proper would come to take my place and lead the coven.
I played with the front page and the forums, re-working them and the rules until such a point that I thought it all sounded good. I asked Nakir (Draggy), stoney., Waya4, Drakanis, and Belletto to look at it and see whether it was any good. With their direction, I made the front page what it is, changed the rules up without removing them.
Yesterday, a member named Blue_Rain came into the coven, and used the word magic instead of magick. As most experienced practitioners know, the spelling doesn't matter as much as the connotation attached to it. Astraya thought that Blue_Rain was being a fluffy, because he doesn't really understand the terms, he doesn't seem to really understand magic(k) at all from what I've seen so far.
Blue_Rain claimed to be a 20 year practitioner, and whether that is true or not isn't really on debate. Blue_Rain knew more than Astraya, and while Blue_Rain was a member, Astraya was priestess.
After I read what Astraya sent me of their conversation, I took a moment to criticize his actions. He hasn't been acting as I see that a priest or priestess should, he's been acting more like a child high on power and position. He flaunted his position in front of Blue_Rain, his member. He insulted her because he didn't understand the history of the term magick. He wasn't acting as a priest/ess should, he was acting like a child.
Later that day, another member joined the coven, this member, while a troll, was also treated poorly. This member was treated badly on the basis of his skin color. In Astraya's own words, "Not to be racist or anything, but I don't date blacks or asians." If that is not a racist comment, I'm surprised.
These are the reasons why last night, I removed Astraya from priesthood. He hadn't earned it, not by knowledge, not by actions.