The Sacred Taking is a ritual used in times of crisis to ensure the survival of the Coven. It has been invoked three times in our history. The first, during the Salem witch trials in 1692. The Coven had decided to flee south, away from Salem and the persecution of the court of oyer and terminer. The reigning supreme at that time, Prudence Mather, suffered from consumption and knew she would be too weak to make the journey. She gathered her witches and invoked The Sacred Taking. It’s the most hallowed sacrifice a Supreme can make. Prudence took her own life, which allowed a new Supreme to rise and lead them to safety.