Self-Dedication Ceremony

Needed:

  • 9 white candles
  • Book of Shadows
  • Ritual robe
  • Favorite jewelry
  • Representations of the elements
  • New broom
  • 4 votive candles
  • 4 flowers
  • Holy water
  • Athame
  • Tea candle
  • Cauldron
  • Token for yourself
  • Cakes and ale

Phase One
For nine weeks prior to your selected date, you should burn a white candle every Sunday, saying the following prayer:
"Guardians of the Gates, I welcome you. Protect me on my path toward dedication and initiation and by your will, open the gates between the worlds so that my request may be heard and acted upon without harm to myself. Guardian angel, come to me, come to me. I need you. I invite you. Protect and guide me on my path toward dedication and initiation. Whatever I need for the ceremony, provide the way for me. So mote it be.”

Special Note: If you forget to perform this function on the given day, then you must start all over again because you have broken the momentum toward this special event.

During these nine weeks, you should copy the ritual into your Book of Shadows.

Phase Two
One the night of the ceremony, take a spiritual bath, towel-dry with a fresh towel, and dress in your ritual robe (no jewelry). Place your favorite jewelry in the north section of the altar. Turn off the phone and lock your door (if indoors) to ensure that you will not be disturbed. Spend at least a half hour meditating before going any further. Think hard about why you want to do this, what benefits you wish to derive, and what positive changes you desire to make in your life. Immediately before beginning the ceremony, cleanse, consecrate, and empower all supplies that will be used. Pass the four elements over the items, saying:
"I cleanse and consecrate these items in preparation for my dedication ceremony. May no evil or negativity abide in thee. May the blessings of the Lord and Lady descend upon this altar and these things. So mote it be.”

Set your Book of Shadows by the altar where you can clearly read it.

Phase Three
Create sacred space by carrying a representation of each of the elements to the four quarters in a clockwise direction. Sweep the area with a new, empowered broom in the same manner. Place a votive candle at each quarter along with flowers or appropriate items that match the quarter.

Phase Four
Begin the ritual by casting the circle and calling the quarters:
"I conjure thee, O circle of power, so that you will be for me a boundary between the world of humans and the realms of the mighty ones — a meeting place of perfect love, trust, peace, and joy, containing the power I will raise herein. I call upon the elements of the east, the south, the west, and the north to aid me in this consecration. In the name of the Lord and the Lady thus do I conjure thee, O great circle of power!”

Tap your foot or your staff on the ground three times. Stand in the center of the circle, and say:
"Guardian of the Gates of Dedication, I welcome you. Protect me during my dedication ceremony and by your will, open the gates between the worlds so that my request may be heard and acted upon without harm to myself. Guardian angel, come to me, come to me. I need you. I invite you. Protect and guide me on during this dedication ritual. So mote it be.”

Move to the north quarter, and say:
"Guardians of the north, element of earth, and all ye in the realm of Fairy, I, (name), do summon, stir, and call you forth to witness this rite and protect this sacred space. Welcome to my dedication ceremony. Power of earth, lend me your strength and stability to this ritual, gift me with your special abilities. Enter here and welcome on this momentous occasion.”

Move to the east quarter, and say:
"Guardians of the east, element of air, and all ye in the realm of Fairy, I, (name), do summon, stir, and call you forth to witness this rite and protect this sacred space. Welcome to my dedication ceremony. Power of air, lend me your strength and stability to this ritual, gift me with your special abilities. Enter here and welcome on this momentous occasion.”

Move to the south quarter, and say:
"Guardians of the south, element of fire, and all ye in the realm of Fairy, I, (name), do summon, stir, and call you forth to witness this rite and protect this sacred space. Welcome to my dedication ceremony. Power of fire, lend me your strength and stability to this ritual, gift me with your special abilities. Enter here and welcome on this momentous occasion.”

Move to the west quarter, and say:
"Guardians of the west, element of water, and all ye in the realm of Fairy, I, (name), do summon, stir, and call you forth to witness this rite and protect this sacred space. Welcome to my dedication ceremony. Power of water, lend me your strength and stability to this ritual, gift me with your special abilities. Enter here and welcome on this momentous occasion.”

Move to the center of the circle, and stand in the God position. Close your eyes and feel the power of the God enter your body. Now take the Goddess position stance, and say:
"Holy Mother, Divine Father, I, (mundane name), (magickal name), welcome You into this circle cast for my dedication ritual. Come to me and bless me with Thy divine presence. Gift me, please, with Your special powers. I have come this day/eve to proclaim my desire to dedicate myself to the Craft of the Wise. I desire to learn and study to be a practicing Witch. Help me in this year and a day to understand what it means to be a spiritual person and give me the strength I will need to continue on this sacred path, for I know and understand that I have much to learn.”

Walk to the north quarter, and say:
"Hail, guardians of the north, I, (mundane name), (magickal name), come to you seeking dedication into the Craft of the Wise. I invoke the powers of earth to teach me what I must know.”

Light the votive candle that you placed in that quarter. Visualize the energies of the north filling your body, helping you to prepare for your sacred journey. Walk to the east quarter, and say:
"Hail, guardians of the east, I, (mundane name), (magickal name), come to you seeking dedication into the Craft of the Wise. I invoke the powers of air to teach me what I must know.”

Visualize the energies of the east filling your body, helping you to prepare for your sacred journey. Walk to the south quarter, and say:
"Hail, guardians of the south, I, (mundane name), (magickal name), come to you seeking dedication into the Craft of the Wise. I invoke the powers of fire to teach me what I must know.”

Visualize the energies of the south filling your body, helping you to prepare for your sacred journey. Walk to the west quarter, and say:
"Hail, guardians of the west, I, (mundane name), (magickal name), come to you seeking dedication into the Craft of the Wise. I invoke the powers of water to teach me what I must know.”

Visualize the energies of the west filling your body, helping you to prepare for your sacred journey.

Walk to the altar and repeat the blessing below as you dab holy water on each of the eight points of your body:
"Blessed be my feet that walk the path of spiritual service. Blessed be my knees that kneel at the sacred altar. Blessed be my womb that gives forth life. Blessed be my heart formed in beauty and strength. Blessed be my lips that speak only the truth and wisdom of the Lord and Lady. Blessed be my eyes so that I may see the abundance of the earth. May I be cleansed, consecrated, and regenerated in the service of the Craft of the Wise. So mote it be!”

Take three deep breaths and visualize yourself filled with holy, divine light. Kneel at your altar. Place your witch’s blade on the center of the altar. Place your hands over the blade and repeat the oath below:
"I, (first and last name), do solemnly swear by my Mother’s linage and by all that I hold sacred and holy that I will honor and respect the Lord and the lady and the brothers and sisters of the Craft of the Wise. I will work hard to serve the Lord and Lady in every way, and I will try to learn all aspects of the Craft in preparation for my initiation. I will not use my knowledge of the Craft to purposefully cause harm, nor will I require the payment of money, goods or services when I pray for people or work magick for them beyond a fair exchange of energy. When I have learned sufficiently, I may choose to seek initiation or permanent dedication, or I may walk away and follow another spiritual path. I will do my best to work in harmony for myself and for others, always. I will respect other religions as I respect my own. I will not disrespect the work of those that have gone before me, and I honor each individuals’ contribution to my faith and learning. I will not reveal those brothers and sisters who are forced to practice in secret and, should I break this oath, I shall with full knowledge suffer the consequences. I will reach for the perfection in the universe and I shall obtain it. Thus said, I give myself to the religion of Witchcraft. Spirit has now witnessed my oath. On this day (name the day), I (magickal name), claim my power! So mote it be.”

Stand up and light the tea candle in the cauldron. Take the token you have purchased or found for yourself and hold the item over the altar, saying:
"Lord and Lady, please bless this token of my faith. May it provide protection as I walk the path of the Wise.”

Take the token to each quarter and ask for the energies of that quarter to bless and energize the object. Return to the altar, hold out the token again, and say:
"This object represents my testament to this day and to my oath. I will wear it in honor of the Lord and Lady. So mote it be.”

As you put it on your person, say:
"At this moment I am reborn in body, mind, and spirit! So mote it be!”

Seal the ceremony with your personal communion. Hold your hands over the drink, and say:
"From the moon to the land, from the land to the vine, from the vine to the berry, from the berry to the juice, I consecrate this drink in the name of the Lord and Lady. May their blessings shower upon me through eternity. So mote it be.”

Drink some of the juice, then pour the rest to the ground as a libation to Spirit, saying:
"To the gods!”

Hold your hands over the cake, and say:
"From the sun to the land, from the land to the stalk, from the stalk to the grain, from the grain to this bread, I consecrate this food in the name of the Lord and Lady. May their blessings shower upon me through eternity. So mote it be.”

Eat some of the cake and drop the rest to the ground as libation to Spirit saying:
"To the gods!”

When you are finished, spend some time in meditation. To close, move to the center of the circle, and say:
"Great Mother, Divine Father, I thank you for attending my dedication ceremony. Guard and guide me until I decide to become part of the community of the Craft of the Wise, or choose to seek another path. Help me to do the divine work given to me, and help me in all of my choices. So mote it be.”

Move to the western quarter, and say:
"Guardians of the west, element of water, and all ye in the realm of Fairy! Thank you for your participation in my dedication ritual. Peace be with you and harm none on your way. Powers of water, thank you for your special gifts. Go if you must, stay if you like. Hail and farewell.”

Move to the southern quarter, and say:
"Guardians of the south, element of fire, and all ye in the realm of Fairy! Thank you for your participation in my dedication ritual. Peace be with you and harm none on your way. Powers of fire, thank you for your special gifts. Go if you must, stay if you like. Hail and farewell.”

Move to the eastern quarter, and say:
"Guardians of the east, element of air, and all ye in the realm of Fairy! Thank you for your participation in my dedication ritual. Peace be with you and harm none on your way. Powers of air, thank you for your special gifts. Go if you must, stay if you like. Hail and farewell.”

Move to the northern quarter, and say:
"Guardians of the north, element of water, and all ye in the realm of Fairy! Thank you for your participation in my dedication ritual. Peace be with you and harm none on your way. Powers of water, thank you for your special gifts. Go if you must, stay if you like. Hail and farewell. Everything comes from the north!”

Begin at the west, releasing your circle as you walk widdershins around the circle area. When you are finished, pound the ground with your hand, and say:
"This circle is open, but never broken. Merry meet and merry part, until we merry meet again. For we are the people, the power and the change! So mote it be!”