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Self-dedication into Wicca?

I am an Eclectic Pagan, and have been so for some time now (easily a year and a half, probably a bit longer). I have explored Wicca on and off during that time, and have read various books on the subject, including The Spiral Dance by Starhawk, A Practical Guide to Witchcraft and Magick Spells by Cassandra Eason (not specifically Wicca I know, but still), Witchcraft Today by Gerald Gardner, Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches by Charles Leland, The Gardnerian Book of Shadows by Gerald Gardner, Pocket Guide to Wicca by Paul Tuitean and Estelle Daniels, and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Wicca and Witchcraft. I have also read numerous other books on Paganism, and am currently reading Living the Wiccan Life by Debbe Tompkins and Teen Witch by Silver Ravenwolf (which I am reading with a grain of salt, never fear!).
During my time as a Pagan I have also explored Asatru and Druidry, before settling on Eclectic Paganism. I am also a member of the Correllian Nativist Tradition of Wicca, into which I was self-dedicated.
What I wanted to ask was: despite the fact that I have self-dedicated myself into the Correllian Tradition, seeing as I have not really considered myself too strictly Wiccan prior to now, would it be appropriate to do another self-dedication ritual to fully dedicate myself to the Wiccan path? I’m not saying that my first dedication was not sincere, though practically any follower of any Pagan path can become a member of the Correllian Tradition – you do not have to specifically be Wiccan, and I did not consider myself too strictly so at the time.
I wish to one day seek formal training in person, though I am as of yet too young to do so (I am 16). I am planning to read through various books written for solitary Wiccans (I am in an Eclectic Pagan circle, although I still do a lot of solitary work) and perform a self-dedication ritual from one of the books.
Thoughts on this?
I am sorry to break it to you, but I have no belief in the Judeo-Christian concept of heaven or hell. Therefore I do not believe that I will burn in hell for following my own free will in life. Thank you for your (unnecessary) concern.

8 COMMENTS

  1. You should dedicate your life to Christ and follow Him. What’s it gonna be? Heaven or hell?
    @Eva Braun-
    Coming from you? With a name like Eva Braun…cmon.

  2. You’re reading all the wrong books.
    You should get your material on witchcraft from a more reliable source. Try the shops in Diagon Alley.

  3. Do as you will. No one can tell you what the right choice is here. I’d recommend looking for a better trad to learn from, and dedicating to that, but again, do as you will, a dedication’s not about us, it’s about you.
    Edit: The Correlians aren’t “bad” because they are eclectic, I belong to an eclectic tradition myself. The problem with them is, and always has been, the lies from those in charge.

  4. I can’t really give you much advice on the topic, except to explain how I see it and the things I’ve seen others do.
    Self-dedication into Wicca is frowned upon by a certain segment of Wiccans. Traditionalists (especially British Traditional Wiccans) argue that you cannot be Wiccan unless you’ve been formally trained and initiated by a traditional coven, that Wicca is a priesthood and that the secrets one learns at initiation cannot be learned through books and thus one cannot be Wiccan prior to learning them.
    Others say it doesn’t matter, that Wicca is a religion and that anyone who believes in it can be Wiccan and that self-dedication is perfectly acceptable. I do not know how the Correllians view this topic as they are not BTW, but I get the impression they have a certain traditionalist bent.
    I am not Wiccan, so I have no stake in the outcome of this disagreement, and I see the logic and value in both sides of the argument. I think it’s something that every Wiccan should understand and take into consideration before they decide if they are a Wiccan or not.
    If you feel that you need a second self-dedication, go for it. I’ve self-dedicated twice… once to a nebulous, unknown non-Christian eclecticism (not even knowing what paganism was at that point) and finally to eclectic paganism (after a year of studying Wicca from books and realizing I wasn’t interested in becoming Wiccan). If it were me in your position, I would consider waiting to self-dedicate as Wiccan until I did seek that formal training, but I might go ahead and do a self-re-dedication to eclectic paganism, making room for the things I’ve learned about Wicca and the things that have emerged as important through my study of it. I think it’s fine to re-dedicate to ones faith on a regular basis… but too many dedications takes away from the specialness of the event, if you ask me. And there’s nothing wrong with being eclectic pagan.
    We eclectics are not lost souls, we are not “less then” people who follow specific traditions… we follow a mystic path all out own and the value we place on it is the same as we value our own self-worth.
    Blessings and luck to you,
    -Scarlet

  5. First ignore all the assholes who make fun of wicca.
    Then you do it your way don’t let someone else tell you how to do it.
    what does it mean to you to be in wicca show the god and goddess your energy your way show them your devotion your way. enjoy and good luck! May the horned god and mother goddess bless you so. πŸ™‚

  6. It’s totally up to you, but I think a re-dedication could be a very meaningful confirmation of the change. Wicca and Wiccan-oriented paganism is all about change. Celebrating your path change could be a great way to clean the slate and start fresh.
    And while many books suggest age limits for their dedication/initiation rituals, religion is a deeply personal thing. You are free to believe whatever you choose to believe at whatever age you choose to believe it. The age distinction, just like in Christian confirmation traditions, is mostly to ensure that you are spiritually developed enough to make that decision for yourself.
    It’s also due diligence in a society that isn’t entirely accepting of Wicca to ensure that people don’t get the impression that we’re trying to ‘convert their innocent children.’ That one always seemed funny to me as we’re not trying to convert anyone. I had a friend once who was a very devoted Christian who was toying with the idea of Wicca partly because he was a close friend and I was looking into it. I never told him he couldn’t, but he seemed very satisfied and fulfilled with Christianity, and I told him as much. He’s still a Christian, I’m still a Wiccan, and we’re both still friends. See, no conversion here!
    And to the Hogwarts accusations, I’ve been a Wiccan since long before Harry Potter was even an idea in J.K. Rowling’s mind. When I became a Wiccan the accusation was against people who thought they could be like the girls in ‘Charmed’ or ‘The Craft.’ No practicing Wiccan believes the world works anything like that. Most of us are annoyed by the image it gives us. I will admit we probably saw a growth in membership related to all three shows/movies and perhaps even Sabrina: the Teenage Witch. But most of the people who toy with Wicca on the horribly faulty basis of Hollywood and TV either get their head’s straight and develop into actual Wiccans or quickly go back to the religions they grew up in. Most of them do the latter. I’m sure a lot of pagans WISH the world worked that way, but not many more than the little Christian kids who read Harry Potter WISH the world worked that way as well.
    By the way, that’s an awesome reading list. If you’ve actually read all of those, you’ve picked some good ones. And duly noted on the Teen Witch note. Hers were the first books I read on Wicca and it took a few years as a teen to clear up some of the junk left over from it.

  7. I believe that it is appropriate if you plan to follow that path, and everyone involved in any belief system is always learning, discovering and realizing more and more about their selves, their surroundings and their deity as time goes on. I think that it’s wonderful that you have explored so many options and that you have such an open mind. This just makes the path you choose mean that much more πŸ™‚ Good luck on your journey! Blessed Be! )O(

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