|This is a bare-bones rite designed for the solitaire practitioner to initiate himself into the Wiccan religion.
Note: The iniation rite should be performed only after a minimum of about a year of study. You are not a witch just because you call yourself such. It is important, then, that you understand all aspects of your craft before you initiate yourself as a bona fide witch.
Cast The Circle
Invoke the God and the Goddess.
The most important thing about this rite is that you mean what you are saying and that you are willing to dedicate yourself to the Craft. There will be many trials you will have to go through, and you may be persecuted for your beliefs, so it is important that you really want to dedicate yourself to the Craft.
Let the Goddess and the God know what you plan to do. Let them know that you wish to dedicate yourself to Wicca and that you wish to become a high Priest/ess in their name. There are no fancy words that you need to use; this rite is extremely personal and casual. It is between you and the Gods what happens. Anything that you feel to say is right is.
I have heard of people choosing to consecrate themselves in a sort of Wiccan baptism upon initiation into the Craft. They do this in the same manner that they consecrate tools. (You can find this ritual in my section on the Wiccan Household) After they consecrate/bless themselves, they lie on the floor in a sort of offering to the Goddess and let her Powers fill them.
I like this idea because it recognized the fact that the Deity makes a Witch--NOT other witches. Some people mistakenly believe that only other witches can make a witch, but this is folly. Only the Goddess can consecrate a person, and only she can know what is in their heart. Don't let anyone tell you that a solitaire witch is not a real witch--your intentions and your dedication make you a witch, not belonging to a group.
There is another rite which involves being outside in a personal location--either on the beach, in the woods, or in the mountains. It involves communing with nature, talking to the Goddess and the God and making yourself one with the Deity in whatever manner you feel is appropriate. That's the beauty of this rite--it's just you and your God, and no one needs to interfere.
After initiation, you will become officially a witch. This is a respected and high title--no one reaches this honor without practice and study. To be a witch is to be more than a spell caster-- it is to be a priest/ess of the gods, to give yourself freely to the Earth, and to be compassionate, loving and sensitive to the vibrations around you. Most witches decide to take a new name for themselves. Many take the name of a Goddess, or a magickal name, which will come to you when the time is right. You don't have to use this name in your daily life, if you don't wish to, but perhaps in your book of shadows, or when you talk to other witches, or in your heart when you commune with the Deity. It is up to you. Your new name is a symbol of your rebirth into a new life.
After your rite, enjoy cakes and ale. Your rite is completed.|