well curranty I'm trying to hammer down a basic outline for a coven. my villain is the head of the coven. the protagonist is just being inducted into the coven.
I have a loose out line of 1st and 2nd degree members as well as other servants (neophytes)
I'm trying to think of what tasks and educations a neophyte would be taught. I was thinking the 1st degrees would teach them a basic field such as Reading symbols and languages of magic. Some form of physical self defense and well and social interaction
Maybe neophytes would be tasks with learning herbs. do chores. gather materials to craft and sell / barter
your ideas are good. Although I might say that a neophyte could be shown various basics of different modalities (say making potions). When they show an aptitude for one, their main focus might be there. For example, I have no interest in "high" magic. Simple approaches work best. So I would continue to learn "low" magic like herbalism
There might be psychic tests involved to see about innate gifts (find the egg, only using closed eyes!)
symbolism is important to all aspects of magic, and there's a lot of it. You have rune forms, nature symbols, glyphs and wards....
I am a solitary so I can't really help but I suspect each tradition has their own levels and responsibilities associated with them. I would like to THINK lower level ranks could teach initiates, so everyone is involved in the wellbeing of the whole organism.