When You Fail An Ordeal

There is no shame in failure. There is plenty of shame in repeated, obstinate failure. If you failed an ordeal think long and hard about why you asked for initiation in the first place. Do you need to find another path? Or do you need to ask again for initiation? [Read more…]

Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven But Nobody Wants To Die

I see lots of people who want to be witches and Druids and priests and such. I see far fewer who are willing to do what’s necessary to become competent witches and Druids and priests and such. [Read more…]

The Goals of Pagan Groups

The structure of a polytheist priesthood is going to look very different from the structure of a coven of traditional witches, and both will be different from a CUUPS chapter. The key for newly forming groups is to agree on its core principles and values, and then create a mission and vision that support them. [Read more…]

The Authority to Initiate

Without the lineage and heritage of a recognized group, is an initiation valid? There are two sources of authority by which a group of non-lineaged Pagans can perform initiations. [Read more…]


Previously I’ve written about how to plan and compose initiation rituals. This is how we actually did it in 2012. [Read more…]

Composing Initiation Rituals

A member of your Pagan group has asked you for an initiation. You’re not part of an organization that has an established initiation ritual and a policy on who can be initiated. Now what do you do? [Read more…]

Planning Initiation Rituals

What do you do if someone asks you for an initiation? My first questions are always “why?” and “what do you hope to gain by initiation?” [Read more…]

Initiation in Today’s Pagan World

It is possible to live a deeply spiritual life and to serve the Gods, humanity and the rest of Nature without ever experiencing initiation, but the initiations I have experienced have been very helpful to my spiritual growth. I see four reasons why initiations are helpful. [Read more…]