Paganism is filled with Rites of Passage. We participate in dedication and initiation ceremonies. We celebrate life's transitions with coming of age and croning rituals. If Paganism is a celebration of life then the Rites of Passage we participate in are the mile markers of that celebration.
Join us here at Patheos Pagan as we explore the many and varied Rites of Passage that inform Modern Pagan practice.
Recent Perspectives on Pagan Rites of Passage
Rites of passage ease us over the threshold into the next phase, and help us to understand and embrace our new status.
Shauna Aura Knight
I believe that initiation is a process. Initiation is a right of passage. There are many different rites of passage that we each can go through.
Mystery religions teach primarily through initiation — there are some things that cannot be explained but can only be experienced.
Rev. Catharine Clarenbach
Initiation, that word we sometimes use to mean, "beginning," also describes a whole range of ceremonial and transformative experiences.
Wicca has changed a great deal from its founding. Once, initiations were an essential part of the practice, but now they're almost forgotten.
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My most powerful rite of passage used words I wrote, in a sacred space I helped create. And the words rang through the worlds.
The fun and psychological impact of ritualizing important life changes is an art we deserve to preserve.
While I don't see initiations as a necessity, I do think they can be very helpful. And some people feel like they have to have them.
When I tried my hand at love magic, I didn't think for a second that I'd escape unscathed. And, sure enough, there were consequences.
A ritual celebrating coming out as a rite of passage —welcoming the newly-identified LGBTQ person.
I was first initiated into a religious tradition when I was twelve years old. That is to say, I joined the Baptist church.
Within British Traditional Wicca (called in Britain simply "Initiatory Wicca"), there exists a structure known as the degree system.
In our modern lives, there are few remaining rituals of initiation. Childbirth remains a primary initiatory rite for a woman.
Our son feels he did something significant —he feels proud. Those are great things to hold in his heart as he heads off to kindergarten.
Having babies eleven years apart does present challenges, particularly when your religion has dramatically transformed during that time.