June 5, 2010
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Greetings to all. While I am pounding out the final post in the Knowledge, Wisdom, and Intelligence series I thought I would give a short update of what is going on and talk briefly about dedicating to the path.
You will notice new additions to the Book of Shadows. I added a Magickal Arts section and have updated the Circle of the Year for Litha. Overtime I will continue adding to both of those areas to keep them up to date and fresh.
I must say that I am really excited. Last Saturday my wife and I dedicated into the Rose Hollow Coven. After going through some classes and learning about the people in the coven we decided that it would be a great place for us to learn and call home. That being said I feel now that I am going to have to be careful of what I share with this blog. I want to protect my coven mates their privacy, as well as the secrets of our tradition. I will however still be sharing ideas that I find helpful and think you might get something out of. That being said, the dedication was beautiful and meaningful. It brought me back to my first dedication. You see I took this most recent dedication as a dedication to be in and a part of Rose Hollow. I wanted to reaffirm with the God and Goddess that this is my chosen path and that I want to walk that path specifically with these people.
My first dedication was a self-dedication. I had been studying Wicca and Witchcraft for several months. Secretly of course because I was living in my parents house at the time. I was 18 but going to college and working nearby and staying home on the farm made all of that easier and more affordable. I think it must of been “Uncle Bucky’s” Big blue book that pushed me over the edge. I realized that if I was going to live a Pagan life that I needed to make it official. I needed to shed off my old skin, put it behind me, and let the Gods know that I was serious and wanting to affirm myself as Pagan. I don’t remember exactly when it was, maybe late summer or fall. I remember I took my athame and headed outside. I cast a quick circle and remember becoming overwhelmed with feelings. It had felt so right and everything over the last several months of studying and reading had built up to this moment. Quietly but with purpose and intensity I addressed my Gods. “Watch over me Lord and Lady. I start a new path under your care with joy and humility. Its me Keagen.” It was the first time that I had really felt my Craft name and it felt important to introduce myself to the God and Goddess even though I knew that they recognized me. I cried. In doing so I was shaking off those ideas and old beliefs that were binding me and holding me back. I felt lifted and clean. I hadn’t perform any magickal work before this because I felt that if I were going to follow a religious magickal path that I needed to pay homage to the Lord and Lady before doing so. And so it was.
I feel this introduction into The Craft is just as valid as any. I connected with the God and Goddess that night and know one can tell me otherwise. However when it comes to Wicca I do feel that you should be taught this from a Priest or Priestess of the religion. That would require induction into a coven or other similar group. Wicca is a specific religion, with its own mysteries and ways. It would be foolish to think that you could reveal those to yourself without knowing their source, but that is only my opinion. What do you think about self-dedication? What was your first like, or what would you like it to be like? Do you believe that it is possible to be Wiccan without being brought into the path by another Wiccan? Answer in the comments below.