Prior to being accepted as a student for Third Degree Initiation the candidate
1. Successfully complete the requirements for and be initiated at Second Degree
Spend at least six months after initiation at Second Degree actively participating
in the activities of the coven.
3. Complete a paper and submit to the Heartwood
indicating why they feel called to the priesthood, and how they are going to juggle
the requirements of being a High Priest or Priestess with those of work, family,
and personal life.
After being accepted as a student for Third Degree, the student must:
1) Continue studies began at first and second degree.
2) Meditate at least
3) Have basic understanding of cycles of life, death, and rebirth
as understood by the group and write a 3-5-page paper supporting your positions.
Lead group ritual on a reasonably regular basis, at least once per quarter.
Demonstrate commitment to pagan education by organizing and facilitating at least
one class or workshop on some area of NeoPagan practice or belief at least once per
6) Demonstrate a proficiency at writing and leading guided meditations,
group workings, etc.
7) Demonstrate further leadership and group skills, including
handling antagonistic members, organizational and management skills, event planning,
8) Demonstrate a clearer and deeper understanding of clerical counseling
skills, including when not counsel, counseling techniques, life change counseling,
9) Demonstrate a facility at setting and obtaining personal goals.
Successfully train at least one degree-seeking student to initiation.
Acquire an understanding of the necessary legal procedures for legal church status,
record keeping, local requirements for officiating of weddings, funerals, other rites,
12) Understand local laws that might affect the practice
of pagan religion, and the local law enforcement and legal structure.
Understand methods of dealing with religious discrimination, and how to protect religious
14) Serve your local, regional, or national NeoPagan community in
a leadership capacity and help with or organize service-oriented projects with the
15) Choose a subject of current or former study about which to
write a paper for inclusion in the lore of the tradition.
multiple methods of power-raising (trance, dance, song, etc)
17) Acquire and
demonstrate a basic understanding of the major religions of your local area, and
how to communicate effectively with their members.
18) Write a five to seven
page paper addressing the following questions:
a) How has having a relationship
with specific patron deities changed or affected the candidate?
b) How has
the candidate's perception of his or her patrons changed over time, and do those
changes, if any, affect the candidate's response to the previous question? If so,
how do they affect it?
c) How does having a relationship with a specific patron
or patrons affect the candidates ability to work with other Aspects of the Divine
as necessary in designing or leading rituals for specific purposes or to meet an
individual's specific need?
d) How familiar is the candidate with specific
deities and pantheons other than his or her patrons? How is this familiarity, or
any lack thereof, likely to affect the candidates ability to function as High Priestess
or High Priest in an eclectic tradition?
19) Demonstrate the ability to cope
with emergencies both magical and mundane.
20) Demonstrate the ability to
interact effectively with the mundane community. This includes, but is not limited
to, the following:
a) Demonstrable familiarity with the basic beliefs and
tenets of at least three major world religions (other than those chosen to meet the
similar requirement at Second Degree) which are not part of the modern Neo-Pagan
b) Evidence that the candidate has seriously addressed the question
of what it means to be Pagan in a largely non-Pagan world.
by the candidate's manner of living and interactions with others that the candidate
has achieved an advanced level of personal growth and development, and a consistent
understanding of the ethical conduct and behavior expected of a High Priest of High
Priestess in the Oak, Ash, & Thorn tradition, and further that he or she is of
such character that he or she is fit to be entrusted with the leadership of an independent
coven, or represent the Tradition in Greater Neo-Pagan community or the world at
large, and he or she is fully prepared in all respects to made "...Initiate,
Priest(ess), and Witch" in the Third Degree.
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