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…]

Ordeals of Initiation

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…]