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How do you study a year and a day in Wicca?

I have been learning about Wicca since february this year and have been wanting to start my year and a day study soon.I was wondering how do I start and finish my year and a day study? Also what do I do during my year and a day study (sabbats,esbats,spells,etc)? I am solitary eclectic. Thanks. No negative comments please. (:


  1. The “Year & a Day” tradition is advisory and largely depends on how much studying one can manage during that period.
    Being Solitary Eclectic means you’re basically are running on instinct. Meaning you have to be honest about your expectations/aims/intentions/etc.
    What you study depends on your interests. It’s pointless to suggest (for example) studying stones if your interests is Hedge-witchery…
    So what you do afterwards depends on if you feel ready to self-initiate or what…

  2. When you are a solitary, it doesn’t matter as much. Year-and-a-day is traditional in covens and having a time line helps keep postulants on track with the group while working toward initiation.
    For solitaries, there is no initiation (though you can do a self-dedication when you feel you are ready). There is no group whose time schedule you need to adhere to or teachers with lessons to teach.
    You can do this very informally… just decide today to start studying Wicca for a while (can be a year and a day if you like), before making up your mind whether to commit to practicing it. Then simply do it.
    Or you can make it a “rite of passage” for yourself… hold a small ritual, light a candle and declare your intention to study for (insert time period you are comfortable with). Hold your self-designed dedication ritual at the end of the period.
    If you joined a specific group, they would tell you what to do for their group. As a solitary, however, that’s kind of the point– you’re going solo. It’s a lot to just sit here and tell you what to do in an entire year… I would suggest you begin reading up on Wicca more to formulate that plan.
    But some suggestions:
    – Commit to studying a certain amount of books each month/hours per week. Keep consistent. Learn the history of Wicca and how to distinguish the bad from the good, the different traditions, what is ritual and what it is for, ritual structure, the different elements of the ritual (eventually design your own ritual structure to begin and end every ritual with), research Gods and Goddesses, the elements, etc.
    – keep a journal daily, recording experiences (even dreams), thoughts, feelings, moods, questions, ideas, etc.
    – Set up a small shrine and begin doing daily devotionals to God/Goddess. Become routine. You can also do daily/weekly/monthly devotionals to the elements, household guardian spirits, etc. You might wish to pray upon rising, eating, going to bed– basically, don’t overwhelm yourself with a crazy schedule, but do some kind of devotionals that feel right to you for the day. I like to make a small offering (herbs, a flower, some milk, etc., which I pour out in the garden every morning to return it to the earth).
    – Begin holding esbats and celebrating the sabbats. Study the sabbats and get familiar with them. You don’t have to do anything grand, but do make an effort to acknowledge them.
    – meditate every day, or almost every day.

  3. Traditonaly, you would do this with a coven. As an eclectic solitary, though, your options are wide open. I simply decided to do it and started on Samhain one year. I didn’t have a set guide or book to read, I simply decided to celebrate the wheel of the year and see how it worked out for me. Throughout that year, I studied what books I could when I had time and practiced occationally. I did a lot of contemplation and exploration on my own at my own pace. After a year and a day, I realized I wasn’t ready. I waited another month and self-dedicated as pagan, not Wiccan, because I realized Wicca didn’t work for me, but still felt ready to dedicate. I’ve been studying ever since.
    There are a bunch of ways to have a more regimented learning about Wicca and/or witchcraft. Online courses like witchschool.com or “a witches primer” (which does not teach Wicca but only non-denominational witchcraft) are good tools. The “Temple of Witchcraft” series by Christopher Penzak is good (although also not specifically about Wicca), so I’m told. Have you read the two Wicca books by Scott Cunningham? You’ll have to come up with your own lesson-plans as a solitary, but just keep reading and thinking and journaling I guess. There doesn’t have to be a formal ritual to mark the beginning of your study though I suppose it helps build the drama… create one for yourself if you think you need one.

  4. Well, technically you already started your year and a day study. But, if you want to make it more official, theres nothing wrong with that. You don’t need to do any rituals or anything to start and finish your study. But you do want to spend a little time each day reading something new or meditating or whatever. Sabbat and Esbat rituals are a good place to start. Spells aren’t really necessary, but again whatever floats your boat.
    I would recommend looking into witchschool.com. They offer a year and a day study (although in many cases you can extend that study if you wish) through their First Degree program. It’s completely free, and they even offer you a list of mentors from which you can choose one to guide you through the process. They are there to answer any questions and point you in the right direction. There are 12 lessons with a 25q multiple choice test at the end of each (open book). This is a great resource to start your studies, but keep in mind it is a very specific church of wicca and although they teach what is generally accepted as mainstream wicca, they throw in many of their own ideas as well (don’t worry, they’ll explain which is which).
    Anyway, here is the class list. http://www.classes.witchschool.com/course.asp
    click on “Basic students” to see which classes are offered for free.
    God luck!

  5. If you are a solitary, you really are on your own as far as instincts and whatnot goes. If you are already studying, then I’d just count it as beginning in February like you said. Do a lot of reading and taking notes (the notes is optional, but it did help me a lot, and I ended up putting a lot of my notes into my Book of Shadows later). I recommend the book by Scott Cunningham called, Wicca, A Guide for the Solitary Practicioner.

  6. Wicca is kind of like a game you play to convince yourself that you are somehow worthwhile.
    If wicca never mentioned the words spell or witch, no one would participate in it.
    Go out into the sunlight and play some frisbee.

  7. Hi!
    You don’t have to do a certain thing to start or end a study; reading as much as you can is a great idea, but a spiritual journey, remember, is as much if not more about the soul inside YOU, and how changing that affects the outside world around you.
    Meditate; begin buying things if you know this is the right path for you. Solitary Witch by Silver RavenWolf and Wicca: A Guide For The Solitary Practitioner by Scott cunningham are brilliant books and offer a vast array of magickal information.
    I’d start by covering Deities, the elements; what they mean to you. Sabbats, esbats, spells and rituals, divination and trads, everything you know about, and what you learn about; even go as simple as writing what the word ‘Wicca’ means to you!
    Good luck; BB!

  8. just go out and experience the elements- don’t worry about spells or rituals. just immures your self in the goddess. trust me- I’m just starting out and so far, this has taught me more then a book ever could. simple things go far- standing in the rain or beneath the moon. I’m big on chant and singing. i don’t think i have the best voice, but it just makes me feel so connected. here is a link to my site, i just started it and i’m going to use it to “navigate” my path and receive guidance.


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