Prior to acceptance as a student for initiation, the candidate must:
1) Have completed the coven's training program for Dedicants and must have gone
through a ritual of formal dedication to a Wiccan path. (This requirement may be
waived by the coven's Initiates' Council if the candidate has previously had verifiable
training or experience that the Council considers to be equivalent to or an adequate
substitute for the training in the program for Dedicants.)
actively in the activities of the coven for at least two months after undergoing
the dedication ritual before requesting to be considered for student status
Be at least eighteen years of age.
4) Be able to clearly articulate why he
or she wishes / needs / is drawn / feels compelled to become a priest or priestess
of the Old Gods.
5) Have good reason to believe that mundane issues are unlikely
to interfere with his or her progress toward initiation.
After being accepted as a student for initiation and assigned a preceptor,
the student must:
6) Meet with his or her preceptor at least once each quarter to review and document
the student's progress.
7) Read and demonstrate comprehension of the material
contained in the following books:
a) "Antagonists in the Church",
b) "The Philosophy of Wicca", Laine
c) and at least one of
i) "A Witch Alone", Green
ii) "The Spiral
iii) "Witchcrafting", Curott
familiar with the elemental associations and correspondences commonly used within
9) Develop a beginning understanding of how to work with spirit/animal
guides, and become acquainted with the guardian spirits traditionally associated
10) Acquire a basic set of magical tools and become familiar with
11) Develop a basic knowledge of magical theory and practice.
The student must demonstrate for his or her preceptor actual proficiency in the following
magical acts or techniques:
a) Basic individual/personal meditation techniques;
Ritual cleansing and consecration ( i.e., "banish and bless") of material
to prepare it for ritual use;
c) Circle casting and opening;
blessing, and warding for homes and other places
12) Learn the principles
of altar arrangement and demonstrate that knowledge by setting up an altar for his
or her preceptor.
13) Create and maintain a personal or household altar.
Choose or find a magical name
15) Identify and establish working relationships
with a patron God and a patron Goddess.
16) Demonstrate a working knowledge
of one method of divination.
17) Learn the basic elements of ritual design,
and demonstrate proficiency therein by designing and thereafter conducting a basic
celebratory ritual in the presence of his or her preceptor.
18) Write a short
research paper on a Craft-related subject of interest to the student and approved
by the student's preceptor. The preferred format would be for the student to raise
a non-trivial question about some subject related to the Craft, conduct research
to determine the answer to the question, and then prepare a short paper explaining
the question and the student's findings and conclusions.
19) Begin acquiring
knowledge of counseling: work through "The Parent's Handbook", Dinkmeyer
20) Learn proper techniques for designing and leading guided
meditations, then lead a guided meditation in a group setting.
the ability to cast and dismiss the Circle for group ritual, in the presence of and
for evaluation by OATh initiates other than the student's preceptor.
the basics of time management and begin to incorporate them into his or her daily
23) Demonstrate a consistently self-sufficient and personally responsible
24) Demonstrate by one's manner of living and interactions with
others that one is in all ways prepared to become Witch, Priest and Initiate in the
First Degree in the Oak, Ash, & Thorn Tradition of Wicca.
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Last updated June 25, 2004