What initiation rites do Wicca members go through?

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I live as a solitary practitioner with very little Wicca resources in my town. My husband, an aspiring medicine man, also seeks knowledge for his faith, too. Any tips, suggested reading, or ideas on how to expand our minds and hearts would be most welcome. Many thanks!

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Erika P

My suggestion is to look on Witchvox to see if there are any groups in your area you could connect with. Find your state off to the left, then under groups (on the left side again) click adult, and whatever circles or covens in your area will come up.
This is where I found my pagan circle, so I hope you can both find something you connect with. Blessed be.

MissK

You don’t have to do any sort of initiation rite to be a solitary practitioner. Many people feel the need to have some sort of commitment ceremony between themselves and their chosen deity (deities), but you don’t have to.
As for seeking guidance, that is the trick with such a self driven religion. I’m working on that myself. I recommend you try looking for a store near you that sells wiccan/pagan supplies and seeing if they hold classes. Keep in mind that you probably won’t agree with everything you hear and learn. It’s just a jumping off point. You can also try reading some good books, though I’ve found some of them to be a little.. um… silly. You might like the things with which I’m not comfortable, so give it a try.
Blessed be, and good luck to both of you.

richard d

I suggest you look through two websites.
http://www.wicca.com or to speak to people about it go to http://www.paranormalhaunt.co.uk

Nightwind

Initiation rites are generally kept secret. The mystery of what is about to be undertaken, along with the trust you should have in your coven, are both key elements to an initiation ritual.
Since you’re a solitary, its doesn’t need to concern you anyway. Initiation is something a group confers upon a new member. You don’t have a group, so there is nothing for you to join.

tha_dictionary

Try this book: Wicca: A Guide For The Solitary Practitioner
by Scott Cunningham
also: Wiccan Magick : Inner Teachings of the Craft
by Raven Grimassi

Sue

HI there
Oh it’s such a shame when you can find nothing locally isn’t it. Your best bet would be to join some online forums for chats with like minded people. I reccomend Witchvox and Children of Artemis (the latter is ok up to a point) Witchvox however has a whole list of groups and shops both online and in real life so you may discover there are more people locally than you think, plus they have weekly ‘essays’ posted by their members from all paths so you might well be able to learn from there. http://www.witchvox.com/
As has already been said, check out your local occult store for classes and contact with other people, just bear in mind that not all are central hubs of local community, and quite often – especially if you ARE in one of the more – lets say ‘conservative’ places you may need to go along more than once for them to get a feel for you. You wouldn’t believe how many people try and find out what groups are operating locally just to go and make trouble. Pagans get a ‘nose’ for this and you may not be accepted straight out without a few occasions of gentle questioning.
As for resources, well online sites that sell second hand books are cheaper than full price new ones, try Amazon and ebay. If you can subscribe to any of the magazines they are invaluable for many resources. Try Sagewoman and Shaman’s Drum if you’re in the US, or Pagan Dawn and Pentacle or Sacred Hoop if you’re in the UK (or of course you can subscribe from anywhere in the world) SH is shamanic.
As for books, well there are loads and loads, on the whole avoid Llewellyn if you can, I say this because the vast majority of their books don’t go into so much depth at all, if you’re already on the path you may already be beyond what they cover.
For Wicca (btw) try Wicca by Vivianne Crowley
Anything by Doreen Valiente
Anything by the Farrers – The Witches Bible for instance
For pop wicca (not British Traditional Wicca)
Try this book The Goddess is in the Details by Deborah Blake it’s meant to be a ‘next step’ book as opposed to another wicca 101 basics. I have never read it but it has some nice reveiws. I have a book about ‘next stage’ but it’s currently out on loan and I can’t for the life of me remember what it’s called, I’ll check and get back to you.
However that said pretty much any book you can take something from
However – absolutely nothing is more invaluable than practical knowledge, my advice to you is to get outside and experience the seasons, for your husband try to drum for him as he journeys (fast drumming, as fast as you can go is perfect, and there are cds out there that you can use instead – in my experience tho a live drum is better) he needs to journey with a purpose ie ‘what is the next stage for my path’ rather than ‘please let me connect with ANYTHING when I journey’, he can do the same for you and you can both learn from the inner teachings you will be given. Work as a team, wicca has many roots in shamanic practice. Write your personal seasonal celebrations together, do experiments with plantings (currently I’m testing the old adage of planting on the new moon is best for plants) try to keep journals of how you two are progressing. If he wishes to find his totem animals then work out a guided meditational journey for him, if you wish to learn more about the Elements then again, guided meditations which he can write (he guides you meditate) and write down your findings, from there you should get more ideas of things to do. Trust me even those working in a coven have to do a lot of individual work.
Observe the seasonal celebrations, one month you can do a wiccan one, the next shamanic, there is a lot of crossover and you will both benefit not only from trying different things but by gaining a knowledge of the others path.
Try new things all the time, maybe you can study herbs, astrology, tarot, oracle cards, animal lore (my favourite) make your tools (especially the drum) write and perform a consecration rite for them, anything you are not sure of you can nip onto one of the forums and ask.
Now regarding Initiation, as has been said, to be initiated you need to be in a group – specifically a coven. Initiation is part of the mystery tradition and is something that needs to be done by an initiated person – it is a passing of power down a continous line. What I think you might be more advised to think of now is a ‘self dedication’ this is something that you can do to say, before the Gods and the Goddesses that you are on this path, you are committed and you agree to study and learn more in their name.
For this you can go either way, you can self dedicate to the ‘path’ or you can self dedicate to a specific Diety (my advice is to THINK before picking) you can then work out a ritual for this, try to go for ‘why’ as well as ‘how’ fully understand what you are getting into and that is also part of your training.
Hope this is of some help 🙂

Scorpio546

I’ve known people to say you go out under a full moon and say I’m a witch 3 times, but mainly there is no initiation rites other than what you come up with. Try going to http://www.magickaschool.com it’s a great website full of information, a forum for questions, many members who are there to help with any questions, and a free beginners course to teach some basics. When I became a wiccan I wrote my own initiation ritual, and now it’s the fourth page in my book of shadows, feel free to contact me if ya have more questions or concerns

Bobby The Wolf

That depends on the Tradition you want to follow.
If you don’t really care what tradition you follow then I would suggest reading Raymond Bucklands book “The Tree: The complete book of Saxon Witchcraft”
If this path interests you than you can perform a self dedication Rite, this lets you join the tradition even if their are no Covens around you, and if ever you find a Seax Wica Coven you can join without needing to go through an Initiation Rite

Mad Hatter

Initiation differ widely depending on the tradition and coven you are a part of. Because of this, I really can’t give you a general outline of an initiation ritual. In addition, initiation rituals are usually kept secret even from the initiate him/herself.
Initiation is really something that you don’t have to worry about as a solitary though. If you’re just seeking information, some authors do describe their initiation experiences, but I haven’t yet come across a book that covers the topic exclusively.

Deborah Blake

Sue,
Thanks for mentioning my book , THE GODDESS IS IN THE DETAILS. (WHich is, in fact, from Llewellyn–but was part of my effort to give them something not so 101). GODDESS is about how to integrate your spiritual practice with your everyday life. For rituals, I also suggest my first book, CIRCLE, COVEN & GROVE. There’s an initiation ritual there, but it is more directed for groups.
One of my favorite beginner books, beside the Cunningham one already mentioned, is THE WICCA HANDBOOK by Eileen Holland. I think that has self-initiation rituals in it.

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