Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven But Nobody Wants To Die

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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...]

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The Goals of Pagan Groups

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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...]

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The Authority to Initiate

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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...]

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Initiation

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

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Composing Initiation Rituals

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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...]

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Planning Initiation Rituals

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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...]

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Initiation in Today’s Pagan World

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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...]

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Ordeals of Initiation

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An ordeal isn’t just a hard and stressful experience, even if it teaches you something valuable. An ordeal is something that’s hard and stressful for the purpose of testing and transformation. [Read more...]

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