I love how this year’s YouTube Pagan Challenge is so personal.
The questions for this year’s challenge just seem so much more personal. You know, asking the right questions. I felt like it’d be important to address a more personal question in this blog post as well to go along with the questions asked in this month’s video.
What questions were asked?
Watch my May response to the YouTube Pagan Challenge below or on YouTube…
Was I ever initiated into witchcraft?
Short answer: no. Long answer: sort of?
I have definitely never joined a true coven. Yeah, sure, I believe any grouping or gathering of witches (especially women witches) to be consider a coven, but I haven’t actually joined a for real one… If you know what I’m saying.
However, I have given myself a small, unofficial initiation. Basically, I believe there are 3 distinct initiations or milestones that every witch goes through in their life time.
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1. Buying your first grimoire
Even if it’s just a $0.79 spiral notebook you got Target, buying a notebook with the purpose of putting magickal or spiritual work into it is enough of a initiation that it sort of deserves it’s own celebration. This is just one step of being initiated into witchcraft.
Once you buy your first grimoire though, you’ll probably fall into a similar trap that I have and now buy dozens of notebooks to use for witchy stuff just because they look pretty.
2. Casting your first spell
Or working with your first deity. I recognize that not every pagan technically casts spells. But having your first major spiritual event is very important, especially if you weren’t raised in this spirituality. And even more so with spells. Seeing your own energy and power in action to manifest something is incredible, and is a huge part of being informally initiated into witchcraft.
In fact, it’s so incredible that I celebrate every time one of my spells takes off and delivers the response I was expecting.
3. Coming out of the broom closet
This is a no-brainer in my opinion. Once you’re out of the broom closet, you are now that person that other people rely on to always have the best halloween decor (and you will, trust me). Or you’ll be ‘my Wiccan friend,” even if you’re not Wiccan.
But coming out of the broom closet is a big deal. I would love to celebrate this milestone with you. I mean, I came out of the broom closet by printing it on a business card.
No, you don’t need a formal initiation to be initiated into witchcraft.
Sometimes it urks me to think that other people don’t feel validated as witches because they were never formally initiated, given a rite of passage, or a coming-of-age ritual or something similar. If you’re making magick, you’re a witch, and I will gladly let you into my coven.
In what ways have you gone through initiations in your witchy life? Have you met all 3 milestones yet, or are you still going though those parts of your journey?