1. Set up your temporary altar and quarter points.
The quarters can be stones or candles but stones
have the advantage of not blowing out if there is a
2. Cast your circle of protection.
3. Undress - remove all jewelry, watches etc and
put into a bag. with your purse and other items
that are easily lost. (One initiate lost her gold
necklace in the woods, it was impossible to find in
spite of a thorough search. Luckily it was insured.)
4. Consecrate the circle.
5. Summon the guardians with these words, and
don't forget to pause to visualize the element
concerned and to think upon the significance of
that element for your self dedication:
"Guardians of the North, sacred spirit of Earth.
Into the stillness of your cold dark womb shall you
accept my death, the death of my former self. I
bid you hail and welcome.
Guardians of the East, sacred spirit of air. As the
sun rises in the east so shall you guide my rebirth
into my new life as a Witch. I bid you hail and
Guardians of the South, sacred spirit of Fire. You
shall be my protector as I go forth from here
along my new path. I bid you hail and welcome.
Guardians of the West, sacred spirit of Water.
Cleanse my spirit and keep it ever pure from now
and into the future."
6. Now for your symbolic death:
Lie on the floor on your back. You can lie with your
head to the altar (North) if you wish to be close to
the Goddess or to the East if the principle of
rebirth is more important to you.
Recite again those same words:
"I am entering the stillness before creation
I am entering the ground of the Goddess
May my body be still
May my mind be peaceful
May my heart be ready"
7. Now be at peace; feel the peace of the
Goddess flow into you. Feel yourself merge with
the cold Earth beneath you. Chant this slowly and
Dark Mother take me in
Let me be reborn."
Keep chanting until you feel yourself melting into
8. When you feel the time is right get up slowly
and begin to walk round the circle chanting the
"We all come from the Goddess,
And to Her we shall return,
Like a drop of rain,
Flowing to the ocean."
Walk gradually faster and chant faster round and
round the circle. Faster and faster until you get
dizzy. Don't stop even then. After a while you'll
get tired but you must not stop. Go on the same
time again until you drop exhausted on the floor.
Why? because chanting and dancing raise power.
9. Lay again on your back as you regain your
breath. As soon as you have your breath back
stand in front of the altar and annoint yourself
Dip a finger in the oil and mark a cross : 1. on the
left breast (male or female), 2. on the right
breast, 3. Just above the pubic hair. This is the
sigil of the first degree, the downward pointing
triangle. Say "I annoint myself priest/ess of the
old religion, and I take the name (speak your
magical name quietly)."
'I, (real name), in the presence of the forces of
Universe and the Divine, do of my own free will
and mind most solemnly swear that I will ever
abide by the religion and science of the Craft of
'I shall neither harm my fellow humans with the
secrets that I learn nor shall I flaunt my beliefs
or powers before them.
'From this day on I shall be reborn as (magickal
name) and shall honor, respect and cherish this
oath I have taken.'
10. Kneel up in front of the altar. Pour a little wine
into the goblet and place it at the front of the
altar. Now take your athame and holding it with
both hands, pointing down and arms outstretched
plunge the blade into the wine. Say:
"As the cup is to the female so the blade is to the
"And so conjoined bring blessedness"
11. Now say to yourself:
"I am reborn. I am a Witch. I am a Priest/ess."
Rise to your feet and and say as loud as is safe
bearing in mind that sound carries: "I AM A
12. Now consecrate the wine and cakes as you
have already learned. Take some wine and eat a
cake. Close the circle and dismiss the quarters,
remembering to thank them. Get dressed and eat
and drink some more and remember to keep some
back for the libation which you make on the very
site of your self initiation before you leave.
by David Sands, (c) 1997