Let me tell you all about it…

Or not.

See, I thought I could at least unpack my feelings regarding initiation without revealing anything oathbound, but I can’t see any way to do that. Not in any useful fashion. But I can tell you a few useful things. You will likely be disappointed.

Initiation is not for the faint of heart or half-hearted.

If you honestly can’t enter in perfect love and perfect trust, you’d better not attempt it.

If you find a coven/tradition that you respect, love and cherish, it is an entirely worthwhile and utterly overwhelming experience (I know I can sometimes over-use strong emotive language, so multiply the import of the word “overwhelming” 200%).

It’s hard to kill a horse with a flute.

Much love and thanks to L. Jasmine, L. Solandrin, L. Larina, L. Gaelin, L. Moonshadow, L. Thespis and all the other amazing Witches who came to witness my initiation.

So much love and gratitude to Kevin, Dante, Jamey, and Aviva who worked hard to make this a special night.

And to my fellow initiate: we made it and I love ya, you Witch you!

*No horses were harmed in the initiating of this Witch.

About Star Foster

Polytheistic Wiccan initiated into the Ravenwood tradition, she has many opinions. Some of them are actually useful.

  • kenneth

    Congratulations and brightest blessings on the next leg of your journey.  As someone who left an oathbound tradition because it was run by dishonorable people, I nevertheless have fond memories of initiation and don’t regret it to this day. The important bonds that day were those forged between myself and the goddess and god.  You will find (and may already realize), that the witches life is full of initiatory experiences which do not begin nor end with the sort you just had. Most will not be formal ceremonies, but will be every bit as life-changing if you recognize them for what they are. 

    • http://www.patheos.com/ Star Foster

      I am truly sorry to hear that. I truly only petitioned for initiation because I have the highest opinion of the character and common sense of my initiators. If I didn’t love and trust these people with all my heart, I would likely be nauseous right now from the oaths I swore.

  • kenneth

    Congratulations and brightest blessings on the next leg of your journey.  As someone who left an oathbound tradition because it was run by dishonorable people, I nevertheless have fond memories of initiation and don’t regret it to this day. The important bonds that day were those forged between myself and the goddess and god.  You will find (and may already realize), that the witches life is full of initiatory experiences which do not begin nor end with the sort you just had. Most will not be formal ceremonies, but will be every bit as life-changing if you recognize them for what they are. 

    • http://www.patheos.com Star Foster

      I am truly sorry to hear that. I truly only petitioned for initiation because I have the highest opinion of the character and common sense of my initiators. If I didn’t love and trust these people with all my heart, I would likely be nauseous right now from the oaths I swore.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZJM4QQAG4Y4MVRJ3HAIQAAT3SU yahoo-ZJM4QQAG4Y4MVRJ3HAIQAAT3SU

    Star, I wish I could have been there!  Its hard to explain the feelings and emotions of going thru initiation into a coven to someone that has not been there.  May the brightest blessings of the Lord and Lady be upon you on your new journey.  BB Parnassus

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZJM4QQAG4Y4MVRJ3HAIQAAT3SU Anonymous

    Star, I wish I could have been there!  Its hard to explain the feelings and emotions of going thru initiation into a coven to someone that has not been there.  May the brightest blessings of the Lord and Lady be upon you on your new journey.  BB Parnassus

  • Anufa

    Wish you all the best für your Covenlife and may the Old Ones be with you :) Bright blessings
    Anufa

  • Anufa

    Wish you all the best für your Covenlife and may the Old Ones be with you :) Bright blessings
    Anufa

  • P. Sufenas Virius Lupus

    Wonderful!  So glad to hear it!  Many congratulations to you and to your fellow initiate!  Mazel tov!  ;)

  • P. Sufenas Virius Lupus

    Wonderful!  So glad to hear it!  Many congratulations to you and to your fellow initiate!  Mazel tov!  ;)

  • http://www.magickal-media.com Alice C. “A.C.” Fisher Aldag

    Congratulations… but… that’s IT?  I was kinda hoping for the blow-by-blow.  At least tell us if the food was good and what cool pressies you got, if you can’t reveal the ritual and symbolism.

    • http://www.patheos.com/ Star Foster

      I might visit my personal feelings about it at a later point but there is never going to be a blow-by-blow, for several reasons beyond it being oathbound.

    • http://omo.peacockfairy.com/ Ruadhán J McElroy

      I don’t know why you would, Traditional Wicca is oathbound, by nature, and initiations tend to be lacking in “outer court” material.

  • http://www.magickal-media.com Alice C. “A.C.” Fisher Aldag

    Congratulations… but… that’s IT?  I was kinda hoping for the blow-by-blow.  At least tell us if the food was good and what cool pressies you got, if you can’t reveal the ritual and symbolism.

    • http://www.patheos.com Star Foster

      I might visit my personal feelings about it at a later point but there is never going to be a blow-by-blow, for several reasons beyond it being oathbound.

    • http://www.peacockfairy.com Ruadhán J McElroy

      I don’t know why you would, Traditional Wicca is oathbound, by nature, and initiations tend to be lacking in “outer court” material.

  • Lady Anna Greenflame

    Congratulations, Star. I’m so glad you had a deep and meaningful initiatory experience, and — happy unpacking :-) Luckily, that part goes on for a while; unlike a good meal, which is eaten and done with, you can continue to enjoy the initiation on several levels for a long time. Blessed Be!

    • http://www.patheos.com/ Star Foster

      Thanks! I’m just now really coming out of feeling surreal. Lots of unpacking to do!

  • Lady Anna Greenflame

    Congratulations, Star. I’m so glad you had a deep and meaningful initiatory experience, and — happy unpacking :-) Luckily, that part goes on for a while; unlike a good meal, which is eaten and done with, you can continue to enjoy the initiation on several levels for a long time. Blessed Be!

    • http://www.patheos.com Star Foster

      Thanks! I’m just now really coming out of feeling surreal. Lots of unpacking to do!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=36101012 Eric Scott

    Congratulations!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=36101012 Eric Scott

    Congratulations!

  • Marienne

    Welcome home and congrats!

  • Marienne

    Welcome home and congrats!

  • val bobincheck

    May you remember that day and those feelings and may they hold you up for many many years to come.

  • val bobincheck

    May you remember that day and those feelings and may they hold you up for many many years to come.

  • http://freemanpresson.wordpress.com/ Freeman

    Yeah, that was the only thing that tempered my enjoyment of your pre-initiation chatter … I knew you wouldn’t say “boo” about it after. Glad it went well! And, yeah, it’s just the beginning, that’s why it’s INITiation.

  • http://freemanpresson.wordpress.com/ Freeman

    Yeah, that was the only thing that tempered my enjoyment of your pre-initiation chatter … I knew you wouldn’t say “boo” about it after. Glad it went well! And, yeah, it’s just the beginning, that’s why it’s INITiation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1678081929 Bill Wheaton

    Wow, I must have missed this the other day.  Congratulations and welcome.  The next year(s?) is going to be ‘different’ and trying for you.  I wish you an easy time of it Star.  

    May you ship be sea worthy your sails full and your oars strong.  May you travel far and away from the unfocused din.Blessed Be, an please convey my honor to your Lady and Lord.
     
    -E.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1678081929 Bill Wheaton

    Wow, I must have missed this the other day.  Congratulations and welcome.  The next year(s?) is going to be ‘different’ and trying for you.  I wish you an easy time of it Star.  

    May you ship be sea worthy your sails full and your oars strong.  May you travel far and away from the unfocused din.Blessed Be, an please convey my honor to your Lady and Lord.
     
    -E.

  • Fin mcool

    Well newly made witch and priestess looks like you forgot
    one of the four pillars of the witches pyramid. I just so happen to be one of
    those third degree elders of your tradition and have been reading about your
    little spiritual journey so far. As a first degree witch and priestess just be
    mindful that your journey is just beginning for you and that any information
    that has been imparted to your ears alone is a test. I’m sure the left toe has
    grown back by now but you’re just getting started and like the first lesson of
    the way of the monkey do not over estimate the value of the lesson and imitate
    their chatter.

    • http://www.patheos.com Star Foster

      Attitudes like this is why people dislike trad Craft.

  • Fin mcool

    Well newly made witch and priestess looks like you forgot
    one of the four pillars of the witches pyramid. I just so happen to be one of
    those third degree elders of your tradition and have been reading about your
    little spiritual journey so far. As a first degree witch and priestess just be
    mindful that your journey is just beginning for you and that any information
    that has been imparted to your ears alone is a test. I’m sure the left toe has
    grown back by now but you’re just getting started and like the first lesson of
    the way of the monkey do not over estimate the value of the lesson and imitate
    their chatter.

    • http://www.patheos.com/ Star Foster

      Attitudes like this is why people dislike trad Craft.

  • Fin mcool

    Yes indeed they don’t like the traditional craft because
    they lack the courage. Because being bound and blind folded and asked questions
    at the point of a knife doesn’t make one any more special than any new age
    groupie that’s read a book. A first degree is a big step not everyone can do it
    and I congratulate you on your resourcefulness. You keep company with an elite
    group of people. Some are firsts like yourself, and some have taken a second
    step and there are those that have done the work and have a third. Bear in mind
    that a first gets you a seat at the table and like most children the being seen
    and not heard is endearing. They should learn the lesson of speak little listen
    much but such old wisdom would be wasted on you seeing how you know so much and
    are so willing to share it with the world. The difference between us and them
    my dear is we have roots and tradition, Trust me in time and if you have a
    vocation to teach maybe you just might get a handle of discernment. Don’t
    bother asking first degrees about that if they haven’t taken the second degree oath
    they don’t know.

    • http://www.patheos.com/ Star Foster

      This is the second time you have effectively told me to shut up and the second time you’ve exhibited the “trad Craft is better” attitude. Apparently you don’t seem to grasp hospitality. This is my hall and being here is like being a guest in my home. Disagree if you like, but be civil to myself and my other guests. Since you’ve already been warned you now lose your commenting privileges.

    • http://about.me/CosettePaneque Cosette Paneque

      This is condescending, obnoxious, and untrue. There are many good reasons to choose a Pagan or Craft path outside BTW or traditional Wicca. There’s nothing “elite” about being a priest or priestess unless you’re doing it wrong. It’s challenging, unglamorous, and among the most humbling of work if you’re in it for the service to the gods and your community. Pre-initiates and new initiates are not children and can offer many valuable lessons and experiences, which any wise teacher knows.

    • http://omo.peacockfairy.com/ Ruadhán J McElroy

      I understand you claim to be a part of the same tradition Ms Foster has initiated into — but I gather you’re of a separate coven.  Has it ever occurred to you that if any of the third degree in Ms Foster’s coven had a problem with her blogging, they would have said so to her already?  If you don’t trust the relative autonomy of a particular coven, then why not just say so?  Clearly, if your grief is genuine, then *that* is the problem you’re having more than Ms Foster’s blogging; unless, of course, your grief is ingeniune and unjust.

  • Fin mcool

    Yes indeed they don’t like the traditional craft because
    they lack the courage. Because being bound and blind folded and asked questions
    at the point of a knife doesn’t make one any more special than any new age
    groupie that’s read a book. A first degree is a big step not everyone can do it
    and I congratulate you on your resourcefulness. You keep company with an elite
    group of people. Some are firsts like yourself, and some have taken a second
    step and there are those that have done the work and have a third. Bear in mind
    that a first gets you a seat at the table and like most children the being seen
    and not heard is endearing. They should learn the lesson of speak little listen
    much but such old wisdom would be wasted on you seeing how you know so much and
    are so willing to share it with the world. The difference between us and them
    my dear is we have roots and tradition, Trust me in time and if you have a
    vocation to teach maybe you just might get a handle of discernment. Don’t
    bother asking first degrees about that if they haven’t taken the second degree oath
    they don’t know.

    • http://www.patheos.com Star Foster

      This is the second time you have effectively told me to shut up and the second time you’ve exhibited the “trad Craft is better” attitude. Apparently you don’t seem to grasp hospitality. This is my hall and being here is like being a guest in my home. Disagree if you like, but be civil to myself and my other guests. Since you’ve already been warned you now lose your commenting privileges.

    • http://www.facebook.com/cosettefromjupiter Cosette Paneque

      This is condescending, obnoxious, and untrue. There are many good reasons to choose a Pagan or Craft path outside BTW or traditional Wicca. There’s nothing “elite” about being a priest or priestess unless you’re doing it wrong. It’s challenging, unglamorous, and among the most humbling of work if you’re in it for the service to the gods and your community. Pre-initiates and new initiates are not children and can offer many valuable lessons and experiences, which any wise teacher knows.

    • http://www.peacockfairy.com Ruadhán J McElroy

      I understand you claim to be a part of the same tradition Ms Foster has initiated into — but I gather you’re of a separate coven.  Has it ever occurred to you that if any of the third degree in Ms Foster’s coven had a problem with her blogging, they would have said so to her already?  If you don’t trust the relative autonomy of a particular coven, then why not just say so?  Clearly, if your grief is genuine, then *that* is the problem you’re having more than Ms Foster’s blogging; unless, of course, your grief is ingeniune and unjust.


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