Wicca Series: What makes someone Wiccan?

Every Monday and Friday in January we will be asking people questions about Wicca. Want to weigh in? Find the next question at the bottom of this post! What makes someone Wiccan? Dedication? Initiation? Practice? Belief? (Any responses should be assumed to be individual opinions and not representative of traditions or covens unless otherwise stated.)Joseph D. Carriker, Jr. (Alexandrian trad.) responds: It is initiation that makes one of the Wica, immersion in … [Read more...]

Supporting Each Other

I'm tired and it isn't even 10 AM yet. It's been a long week. Without any other considerations I'd probably spend the weekend in bed with a book.Instead I'll be going to an initiation ritual with folks from church. Some of the people in my coven will be getting their first degree and it's a big deal for them. I want to be there to celebrate with them, to help out with the set up and clean up. As a neophyte I won't participate in ritual but hang out with the other neophytes and make sure the … [Read more...]

World’s Most Famous Wiccan Weds!

Some of you die-hard Springfieldians may have already noticed the hub-bub on the web, but according to the invitation shown in a fantasy sequence in a 1995 episodes of The Simpsons, today is the day the world's most famous Wiccan weds: Lisa Simpson! Congratulations to the brainest Simpson of them all! … [Read more...]

Initiation variety pack

I was first initiated into a religious tradition when I was twelve years old. I underwent a symbolic death and rebirth, was ritually cleansed, and was recognized as a member of the spiritual family with a celebratory feast. That is to say, I joined the Baptist church.Since then I've undergone several more initiations: into a Taoist temple, by the Gods, into Feri, and when defending my MFA thesis. They vary in details, but the same elements tend to be there in various combinations: a ritual … [Read more...]

Gardnerian Initiation and The Matrix

The Matrix is a metaphor I use frequently to talk about Gardnerian Initiation. There are three important parallels between the two: proactive choice despite ignorance of the outcome, trust in the team that is bringing you through to the other side, and an inability to unlearn or unremember that experience.Preparing a person for initiation is a difficult task. By definition, there's no possible way to prove to someone that the Matrix exists without taking them out of it. Likewise, initiation … [Read more...]


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