We have received several inquiries from people who are new to Wicca or Witchcraft and are asking information on how to join a coven.
We do not maintain a list of covens looking for new members so we cannot help you with that. However, we do offer this advice:
Joining a coven is a lengthy process that involves several months of getting to know the existing members of a coven. Many people consider their coven to be "chosen family", so initiation into a coven is not something that is offered lightly. Often, the coven will require that you attend several of their public or semi-public events. They may expect you to attend classes or workshops so that you begin to learn about the basics of how that witchcraft tradition works magic and does ritual. It usually takes several months to a few years of spending time around an existing coven for a coven to decide to invite you to join (or not)
Another option is to attend a group that is not a coven, but rather an open circle. There are many such groups in the area. These groups are a great place to meet other Witches and find people that you might want to start your own coven with. Here is a short listing of some of the groups in the area: Baltimore Reclaiming
Central Maryland Pagans is a meetup group that hosts rituals, classes, workshops, and social outings for pagans, witches, and polytheists in the area.
Cedar Light Grove
This is a little different...not a coven or an open circle of witches, but rather a grove in the Ar nDraiocht Fein, A Druid Fellowship. They have events each weekend and celebrate the Wheel of the Year. A well established organization in our region.
If you are still hoping to join an existing coven, there are some stand-up organizations in the area that we recommend checking out in your search. Please note: these organizations are not practicing Reclaiming-style magic so they are in many ways quite different from what you will experience at a Reclaiming event (and share some similarities, of course).
The Assembly is a well-respected, internationally known organization that currently consists of 13 covens in the mid-Atlantic area. The form of Wicca that the Assembly practices is syncretic and draws inspiration from Astrology, Qabala, the Western Magickal Tradition and the folk religions of Europe. Each of the covens has their own unique requirements for membership, but generally you are expected to spend a period of time attending events and classes before they will consider you for membership.
Firefly House is another well-respected pan-Pagan organization and tradition of Wiccans, Witches, polytheists, and magick-workers based in the Washington DC area. There are currently 3 covens in the DC area and their classes and events are open to non-members. Like the ASW, you are expected to spend a period of time attending open events and taking classes before you will be considered for membership.
Please beware: There are plenty of people out there looking to take advantage of others who are vulnerable as they seek spiritual community. If you meet someone who claims to be a High Priest or High Priestess of a coven, and they say they have a coven for you to join but they want something in exchange (money, sex, a place to live, all your time and attention) or they say you can join right away, you should probably discontinue working with this person. They are likely a predator and are attempting to position you to take advantage of you.