Earning Your Degree
When as a neophyte, you approach a coven with an interest to join, you’ll generally receive an invitation to come to an open ritual. This is always the order in which the introduction should occur.
If a coven approaches you to join, decline! Properly run covens do not solicit members.
After a few visits to open events, you should communicate your ongoing desire to join at which point the group will meet and decide whether or not they should accept you as a dedicant.
Typically covens will not take anyone under 18 years of age especially if they do not have the support and consent of their parents.
When a neophyte joins, a member of the coven becomes their teacher. For the next year and a day, the neophyte studies to earn their First Degree Initiation at which point they are formally accepted as a member.
Dedicants are typically expected to attend meetings, study the craft, get to know the coven members, live by the Wiccan Rede, and be oath bound.
They are watched closely for the seriousness with which they approach their study and for how their energies merge into the greater energy of the coven.
Neophytes should NEVER be presented with any “requirement” or hinted requirement that they must grant sexual favors to any coven member including the High Priestess or High Priest.
During a dedication ritual neophytes choose a craft name that will be used at meetings and within the pagan community.
All members of a coven must enter the circle in an attitude of love, harmony, and perfect trust for the group to be what it is meant to be — a tightly woven magickal and spiritual family.
The second degree is earned a year and a day after the first. Coven members who have attained their second degree are allowed to begin teaching. The third degree is earned in another year and a day, and at that point the status of High Priestess or High Priest has been attained.
At that point members can, if they so desire, break off and form their own covens or remain and share responsibilities within the home coven.
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