I was blessed to be able to take a two week working vacation on the East Coast. We spent a fair amount of time in upstate New York, I was able to spend five amazing days in New York City, and we had a weekend in Boston.
I’ll post up some of the things I have in the wings when I have a chance, and get some new rituals up as well.
Here’s to hoping you are all well.
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Start by setting up the area where you will be doing your dedication. Anywhere you can be alone and without disturbances is best. Take the phone off the hook; they’ll call back. Set up somewhere to sit and a flat surface for your paper and candle. You can do this at the kitchen table or on the floor, wherever you feel most comfortable. Set out your paper in front of where you will sit and the candle on the opposite side. The pen and matches can go somewhere that is easy to reach. Try out lighting, dimmer switches are awesome for this. You want it to be bright enough that you can read what is in front of you but if possible not so bright as a normal room. If your choices are bright or pitch black, go bright, the tea light isn’t going to make the pitch black bright enough to read by.
You will want to take a bath or shower before starting. This allows you to ritually clean the anger or nervousness or general negativity of your day before presenting yourself to the Goddess. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but if you love bubbles and know it always puts you in a good headspace then by all means, bring on the bubble bath. This is a time to not just clean your body but to reflect on what you are about to do and why.
Once you finish cleaning put on some nice clothes, no you don’t need a suit or a skirt, but jeans with holes in them and a stained shirt are not the impression you want to make. If you feel comfortable with it and the temperature allows you can also do this sky-clad (the fancy word for nekkid in Wicca). Never feel pressured into nudity.
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~White tea light candle in a holder
~Matches or Lighter
Today is the start of your journey in Wicca. To signal this to the universe and the Goddess you will be performing your self-dedication. Your dedication is a pledge to do your best in your studies and to honor the divine.
This is something to take seriously, but it is not a life-binding oath. It represents your plan to study for the next year and a day. At that time you may feel ready for an initiation into Wicca or you may rededicate yourself for another period of time to study further.
You will want to write out the following dedication before you start, large enough so that you can read it. Feel free to make alterations if a word doesn’t quite appeal to you.
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