How do you find a coven in your area? We all have fantasies of being out and about, probably at the local Ren Faire or Ye Local Olde Witchy Shoppe, and we bump into a wise-looking soul with a giant pentacle around her neck, who promptly invites us to join her coven of the Ancient Ones.
It’s not going to happen.
However, what you can and should do is network with other Pagans. Get out to the places they congregate – bookstores, psychic fairs, SCA events, coffee shops, Yoga classes – and meet some people. Eventually someone may mention to you that they are part of a coven, and if they feel you would be a good fit, they might eventually get around to asking their High Priestess (HPs) if they can invite you to an open meeting.
Because many Pagans and Wiccans are still "in the broom closet", most covens, temples or groves do not advertise their presence. Networking is the key here -- and you may have to spend some time making it known that you're looking for a group to join. This process is often referred to as "seeking," and after spreading the word that you're a Seeker, you might find yourself approached by a member or members of a local group.
You can also meet fellow Pagans and Wiccans through networking websites, such as Witchvox or Yahoo Groups – but be sure to read the Internet Safety Precautions article for information about meeting someone in person that you’ve gotten in touch with online.