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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

Paganism for Beginners: Rites of Passage

Paganism for Beginners: Rites of Passage

Yvonne Aburrow

Rites of passage ease us over the threshold into the next phase, and help us to understand and embrace our new status.

Seeking the Grail: The Heaviness

Seeking the Grail: The Heaviness

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.

Initiation in Today's Pagan World

Initiation in Today's Pagan World

John Beckett

Mystery religions teach primarily through initiation — there are some things that cannot be explained but can only be experienced.

A Magical Reading of UU Initiation

A Magical Reading of UU Initiation

Rev. Catharine Clarenbach

Initiation, that word we sometimes use to mean, "beginning," also describes a whole range of ceremonial and transformative experiences.

Seekers & Guides: The 3 Degrees of Wicca

Seekers & Guides: The 3 Degrees of Wicca

Sable Aradia

Wicca has changed a great deal from its founding. Once, initiations were an essential part of the practice, but now they're almost forgotten.

A Requiem Ritual for an Unborn Child

A Requiem Ritual for an Unborn Child

Sable Aradia

Our culture doesn't understand pregnancy loss. If you are Pagan clergy guiding someone through this process, these are some recommendations.

A Saegoah Styled Wedding

A Saegoah Styled Wedding

Rua Lupa

The Saegoah wedding is a Bonding Ceremony. It's about celebrating and officially acknowledging a lifelong bond between individuals.

Handfastings & Weddings: A Guide

Handfastings & Weddings: A Guide

Jason Mankey

Planning a wedding or a handfasting? A few rites and tips to make your ceremony and day even more special.

Oaths as Rites of Passage

Oaths as Rites of Passage

Molly Khan

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 Importance of Life Rituals

The Importance of Life Rituals

Katrina Rasbold

The fun and psychological impact of ritualizing important life changes is an art we deserve to preserve.

More Resources

Initiation in Today's Pagan World

Initiation in Today's Pagan World

John Beckett

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.

My First Love Spell: A Rite of Passage

My First Love Spell: A Rite of Passage

Asa West

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 Pagan Coming-Out Ritual

A Pagan Coming-Out Ritual

Yvonne Aburrow

A ritual celebrating coming out as a rite of passage —welcoming the newly-identified LGBTQ person.

Initiation Variety Pack

Initiation Variety Pack

Sara Amis

I was first initiated into a religious tradition when I was twelve years old. That is to say, I joined the Baptist church.

Initiation Into Wicca: Degrees and Guilds

Initiation Into Wicca: Degrees and Guilds

Deborah Snavely

Within British Traditional Wicca (called in Britain simply "Initiatory Wicca"), there exists a structure known as the degree system.

Birth as Initiation

Birth as Initiation

Priestess Molly

In our modern lives, there are few remaining rituals of initiation. Childbirth remains a primary initiatory rite for a woman.

Rituals for a 5-Year-Old

Rituals for a 5-Year-Old

Niki Whiting

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.

Blessing Baby

Blessing Baby

Sunweaver

Having babies eleven years apart does present challenges, particularly when your religion has dramatically transformed during that time.