November Gratitude: Initiatory Communities

Eastern Passage, Knowth - image by Przemysław Sakrajda

Out of all my experiences in Pagan groups, the one that has moved me the most deeply has been the practice of initiation. I am grateful beyond words for the initiatory communities who have so carefully nurtured my spiritual growth and allowed me to feel how deeply I am loved. [Read more...]

Aspects of initiation

In the Cave of Pitson, Corinth, Peloponnese, the Agricultural Adornment of Demeter, Pan and Nymphs. 540/530 BCE.

In my view, there are six separate aspects to initiation. There is the inner process of transformation; the initiation by the gods and goddesses (making contact with the numinous); experiencing the Mysteries (that which cannot be spoken, or Arrheton); being given the secrets of the group (that which must not be spoken, or Aporrheton); joining the group mind; and the joining of the lineage or tradition of which the group is part. [Read more...]