Wiccanings

Religious Order of the Circle of Isis Rising
Wiccanings

All creatures of the Universe have a living spirit. It is the birth right of every sentient being to seek illumination as well as the learning which leads to it. This is one of the basic teachings of the coven’s founder, Lady Nicole Everett, regarding a person searching for the path of the Wiccan, the path of the Witch.

The Circle of Isis Rising provides the opportunity for a person to establish a sense of belonging to the Old Religion with the Ritual of Wiccaning. It can be considered a sort of Wiccan purification ceremony that introduces a person to the Almighty and officially places that person upon the path of the Sacred Covenant. The Wiccaning Ritual holds no commitment to anything or anyone – the person is not even committed to remain on the path of Wicca. All this ritual does is to provide Divine protection and the feeling of acceptance into the religion. One feels more comfortable with one’s place in the Universe. Also at the Wiccaning, the applicant may choose a new name, known as the Pagan name, to associate with the new Pagan identity.

In this ritual, the supplicant is presented before the Gods so he or she can formally state his or her intention to follow the path of Wicca. To begin, the ordained priestess or priest will cast or create a scared space known as a circle or temple. This is an energy globe or sphere that surrounds and protects everyone within it. Everyone is anointed with special holy oil. The person to be Wiccaned comes forward freely and of his or her own free will. Special prayers are said.

The ritual can be performed for anyone. Many people over the past twenty years have come forward to be Wiccaned from infants to adults. Pagan parents are choosing this ceremony for their children. Adaptations of the ritual can be made so that a multitude of choices are available. For example, in the ritual, godparents may be assigned to the child, presents may be given, and a party celebrated by all; or the event may be quiet with only a few people. Adults of all ages have also requested Wiccanings. People who are solitary have come forward as well as those seeking to work with covens. Sometimes couples are Wiccaned to indicate their intentions to work with each other spiritually.

Fees associated with this ritual vary according to each individual situation, which includes the location. A certificate of Wiccaning is presented to the supplicant after the ritual. Other details the supplicant will need to know will be revealed when the Wiccaning is being planned.

**All children under the age of 18 must have the attendance of their parent or legal guardian present at the Wiccaning.