Initiation ritual

Recently, we’ve got a new member to our coven. We haven’t initiated her yet so we thought we’d write what it is we will do.

There is a river near where Silversun lives, surrounded by a protected rookery. This is ideal to symbolise crossing over into the coven. Because we all represent rivers that surround the land of the Neuri, crossing this river is representative of crossing our own river into these lands.

When we walk across the river, bare foot (or with crocks because of the gravel) and with our trousers rolled up to our knees, the cold water shocks us and drives us forward. To those who aren’t used to wild swimming it can make you breathless and unable to move. To keep going, it can be quite an ordeal. Thus, when you reach the other side there is a kind of catharsis or a feeling of relief and joy.

When our new initiate, Taylln, steps into the water she is met with a very spiritual experience. The element of water is often considered gentle, caring and healing, but we mustn’t forget that sometimes to heal you have to face the pain.

She will begin to cross the river, towards Rowan who will be standing in the middle with our goblet (newly acquired from a local charity shop). There she and Rowan will make the vows of a witch, to always act in good conduct with her craft. She will take a sip from the goblet (red wine) and then continue on her way to the other side.

On the bank, Silversun will stand. Here, they will recite the vows of our coven (secrety secrety stuff). Silversun holds our athame, which we are still restoring but will be done soon ^.^. Silversun will then hand Taylln her Spirit mask. Rowan and Silversun will have already donned their own.

She can now step into our space, a little place we spotted next to the river that has wonderful energies.

Now she will be part of our coven. We will all gather and make a special toast to her, as well as offering the rest of the goblet of wine to the spirits in this place.

This is an initiation into our coven. ^.^



Silversun )O(


11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sammiwitch
    May 18, 2012 @ 16:41:29

    That sounds like a lovely initiation experience, and something that will be remembered for the rest of their lives. The place you describe by the river sounds absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing this. Brightest Blessings


  2. thedruidbird
    May 18, 2012 @ 22:11:08

    That sounds so beautiful, makes me want to be part of a coven! Rivers are wonderfully symbolic, I’d never thought of using them for initiations before ๐Ÿ™‚


    • The Pagan Pair
      May 20, 2012 @ 09:42:32

      Thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve always loved rivers and I like to go wimming in lakes and rivers, which can be really therapeutic and get you connected to the water element at the same time. We’re so lucky to be able to have one in our initiation ritual. ^.^
      Blessed Be


  3. Cassie
    May 19, 2012 @ 10:40:38

    That’s a lovely initiation ritual. How lucky you are to have such a beautiful and symbolic place nearby. All best wishes and bright blessings to Taylln and your coven when the ritual takes place.


  4. Witchy_Girl
    May 19, 2012 @ 11:58:16

    This sounds amazing! I wish I could do this too! It’s a shame that I won’t be able to find a decent coven where I am, they are either terribly rude, or just unwelcoming! Oh well ๐Ÿ™‚


    • The Pagan Pair
      May 19, 2012 @ 12:14:18

      We’ve never really found a coven near us, probably because they’re all a lot older than us so we don’t haunt the same places. So we set one up when we discovered that there were so many in our peer group who are into wicca and witchcraft. ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. The Pagan Pair
    May 19, 2012 @ 21:14:44

    Thankyou for all the lovely comments im glad that other people find our initition interesting!


  6. Ronnie
    May 20, 2012 @ 03:40:39

    I dobt know what it was about this post, but after i read it i had goosebumps and almost went to tears. Maybe something somewhere is trying to tell me something. what an amazing ritual hugs and blessed be xx


    • The Pagan Pair
      May 20, 2012 @ 07:23:51

      How amazing! If you arn’t already part of a coven maybe its time you joined one or even make your own! Keep on the lookout for any more signs
      Blessed be
      Silversun )O(


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