Our tradition is a moderate branch of Dianic Wicca, with an emphasis on equality, ecology and wo/men's mysteries. The tradition is open to women and men, over the age of 18, who have previously identified Wicca as their path. Someone under legal age must be accompanied by a parent and will not be initiated until they are of legal age.
(Yes, there is a catch: few people under 21 will have studied other religions enough to have narrowed it down this much; therefore, a person without this study must spend at least a year pursuing comparative religions before they will be accepted for training.)
The subject matter that each student must master prior to initiation is wide-ranging and intended to strengthen knowledge and interest in a number of areas, as well as increase the student's desire to "get involved" in the ecological/political issues which are important to them as individuals. This is not an exclusive tradition; one can be an initiate of other traditions and still participate. We have closed rituals only when the participating members desire it. Our initiation is open to initiates of other traditions (who would be asked to assist, no one gets to stand around.)
Sybillynes do not have degrees, unlike Gardnerians; we have three stages. The Novice (or WIT, coined by one student - it means "Witch in Training") is one who is actively studying, but has not yet been initiated. A Sister or Brother has been initiated and holds the title of Priestess or Priest (there is no High Priestess or High Priest.) The Chronicler is the one in the Coven or Circle who assumes the responsibility for making phone calls and keeping the Book of Shadows, but the position carries no authority.
All decisions are reached by consensus, and the rituals are written and performed by various members of the group on a voluntary basis (it works, it really does). After a long period of study, in which one might specialize in a particular area, one is Ordained as a Priestess or Priest in that area; for example, one might be a Teaching Priest/ess, or a Healing Priest/ess.
To become a Novice, one must ask to be taught, then show a sincere interest in the Craft and a willingness to study and learn about the various areas presented. One must also exhibit a willingness to do independent study in areas of personal interest.
The Course of study is presented in two parts. The first is lecture/discussion/reading - after which the novice must demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the following areas:
Our actual reading list is two double-columned pages, and takes about a year to get through. This is the short list, with which one must show a working knowledge.
The second part of training focuses on ritual and practice, as no one will be initiated until s/he can write, perform and understand ritual; work with energy in a SAFE way, and guide meditations for the others. The following are the requirements for this level of training, in which one must demonstrate proficiency.
The final requirement for initiation includes the demonstration of Ritual functions of Maiden/Mother/Crone or Priest without written assistance; the demonstration of ritual writing and participation in/ directing the energy in a circle. Finally, the demonstration through daily life of a sincere commitment to the Way of the God/dess.
The training period lasts anywhere from twenty-six weeks to over a year and is dependent on the completion of requirements, not number of months in training.
A Novice (WIT) will be told that they may request Initiation when they have completed all requirements to the satisfaction of the Teaching Priestess. They will be told once, after that they must ask. Sybillynes do NOT recruit members.
After Initiation, a Priest/ess may form a Circle (a loosely organized group that performs ritual together) or a Coven (a close-knit group with bonds of perfect love and trust). It is suggested that Circles be formed and allowed to evolve into Covens.
All Initiates are encouraged to become politically/ ecologically active to whatever degree that they are able. Each group exists as an independent organization - the job of a Teaching Priestess is to make herself unnecessary. Those who desire control over a coven or absolute authority within a coven are discouraged from attempting it within this tradition - the labrys, our symbol, is sharp for a reason...
We are also interested in tradition sharing, and can be found in the Hunter's Moon camp at CMA. Inquires can be made by leaving a message at Celebration! in Austin, or at the Magic Cauldron in Houston, for Virginia Stewart or Howard Gerber (sysop of THE WHEEL BBS in Houston).Merry Meet and Bright Blessings.
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