Hakan (Probationary Members)
The coven follows a strict hierarchy that allows good deeds to be rewarded and serious dedication to be paid. When a person shows his or her intention to join, he or she will be given different sets of exams. The first part will include psychic evaluations to check the person's potential as far as extrasensory perceptions are concerned.second is the artistic evaluation such as singing ,dancing,painting, poem writing etc... that is related to arts. This will be followed with interviews by the members and by the high council. A psychological and aptitude examination is also rendered to ensure that the applicant is well prepared and doesn't have power tripping tendencies. By passing all the tests, he or she will be named Hakan- our word for probationary members. A Hakan will be taught about basic history,arts and mysticism (along with many other) for at least 6 months to see if he or she could qualify for memnbership.
The Hakan who proved to be of serious dedication and diligence will be initiated. He or she will then be called Manggagaway- a Filipino term the group adopted to signify someone who successfully presented him or herself to the gods and goddesses along with their representatives. A Manggagaway is allowed access to higher occult secrets and is trained for the great responsibility of readying the next generation for the coming of the new Aquarian Age.
Baylan and Baylana
A Manggagaway who shows leadership and outstanding occult faculties will be given a chance to be called Baylan (for males) and Baylana (for females). Such a member stood high among his or her peers. This particular rank is divided into four and a Baylan or Baylana must strive hard to earn each rank. They are as follow:
- Baylano Baylana ng Hangin (Tagapagturo) - one who is a teacher or passed the requirements to become a group teacher or mentor. Equivalent to a guru, the Baylan/a who possesses this rank is given deep respect due to a teacher.
- Baylan o Baylana ng Tubig (Ta gahilom)- a much higher prestige is given to a Baylan/a ng Tubig when he or she gains the rank of a Baylan/a ng tubig. Gaining this rank means becoming a master healer.
- Baylan o Baylana ng Apoy (Mandirigma)- when a Baylan/a's qualities proved him or her to be one of the few who can be called chosen, he or she will be awarded the insignia of the fire by becoming a spiritual warrior. A person of this rank stands higher than of those with the ranks of Tubig or Hangin.
- Baylan o Baylana ng Lupa (Tagapamuno)- the highest rank among the Baylan/a, this element is given to those who are ready not just to teach, heal or defend but also to lead. A person bearing this element is encouraged to strive for a final rank- being a Katalona or Babaylan
The highest ruling rank among the coven members is distinguished as earthly representative of the god and goddess, thus, earning the honor of a counselor, mentor, an elder and a leader. The Katalona is the group's title for the High Priest and a shortened version of the word katalonan. The word comes from the ancient Tagalog term talon which means “forest” or “wilderness”. Clearly, the word represents a person who serves as mediator between humans and nature. Our ancestors, as animists and polytheists, believed in the oneness of nature with the spirit realm. The title Babaylan is given to female leaders equivalent to High Priestess. Babaylan is a Visayan word for the female (or transvestites in some cultures) who possesses supreme spiritual, political and social powers among her constituents.