Most Wiccans believe to be an official witch, you must be initiated into a coven. Forgive me if I am wrong to say so, but I think this is too strict. Initiating is simply done to confirm that you are a cooperative participent and member of that particular coven; so that you have given your vows to the deities that you will not use this craft for wrong. But what if you cannot find a coven, or cannot create one, but you have sworn to protect your beliefs and practice the craft for its purpose? In our times, it is very difficult for one to find an already formed coven. And even if they do, there is no telling what the practices are of this specific coven. Does one truly have to initiate themselves, or are they given right to independent study? I am not saying one has to perform circles alone, but what if they prefer not to be a part of a coven? I myself am part of a proud coven, formed mainly from my friends and newer followers of the craft, but what if one cannot find followers? and what if they had already studied everything they are expected to know during that specific time frame (1 yr. + day)? would he/she be expected to sit and wait for an already initiated witch to find them, or search far and wide for something that may never come? that is not right.
the point is, one should not be labeled as a witch just because he/she is part of a group/coven. They might be tried, yes, but they shouldn't be judged on popular study. If they wish to be independent, so be it, why not?
Forgive me if this causes an argument, blessed be.