- written in response to a message from someone in Blue Star trying to sort out the history
- Edited a bit to incorporate info from Hermes in the comments.
Our coven is Little Circle on the Plain (LCoP). We have recently begun to refer to our practice as Blue Triskele Wicca, which honors our relation to Blue Star Wicca, but also reflects our most obvious difference, that we honor three deities: the Lady, the Lord, and the Revealer.
The original Coven of the Blue Star was in Philadelphia, led by Franque and Tzip. The first initiates with Tzip as Franque's priestess were my initiators, whose outer Craft names are Branwen and Caspian.
Franque and Tzip moved up to New York to open their shop, Tziporah and the Wizard. They authorized Branwen and Caspian to lead the Philly folks, but they were still part of Coven of the Blue Star, coming up to New York to circle with Franque and Tzip and any folks they added up there. At Spring Equinox 1979, the Philly folks chose to become a separate coven from the New York folks, under the leadership of Branwen and Caspian.
Branwen and Caspian led the Philly folks for about a year, then had to move for Branwen's work. When they left Bridget and Hermes led the Philly folks, naming their circle Maidenhill. The Maidenhill line continues to exist and has grown and changed over time, as we have.
After a couple of moves, Branwen and Caspian ended up in Central Illinois. In early 1997, I got to know Branwen and then Caspian. They initiated me in Feb. 1998, though I had been working in another (very non-Wiccan) style of Craft for about a decade at that point. I introduced them to a select few other folks, and the coven started in August 1998. Branwen died in April 2005, and a couple of years later Caspian moved to be closer to his grandkids.
I would argue that our lineage is not from the Blue Star Tradition, as there was no tradition when the Philly group separated--just the one coven that hadn't yet developed many of the characteristics of the Blue Star Tradition. Instead, I identify our lineage as from Eddie Buczynski's American Welsh trad, which derives from NECTW. I see LCoP, Maidenhill, and Blue Star Tradition as parallel lines--with Franque and Tzip as the initiators of all three lines--but with some real differences.