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  • Silver Shadow
    The following is a rough draft of the combined degree plan I have been working on. Although I have labeled it degrees, I am not sure about the actual names or
    Message 1 of 2 , Jun 3, 2012
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      The following is a rough draft of the combined degree plan I have been working on. Although I have labeled it degrees, I am not sure about the actual names or titles yet. Let's hear your input. Love you guys.

      Seeker (not sure I love this name)

      This is a person who has attended at least 6 open circle meetings and has asked the Council to join the Private Circle/Coven. The individual will remain at Seeker level for at least a year and a day counted from the first private meeting they attend unless otherwise determined that they can test at a higher level to be determined by the Council. During this time period, the person will be assigned a mentor to help them learn Silver Lining's traditions and beliefs concerning ritual and general behavior. The Seeker should be concerned with expanding the knowledge base about the path, finding a magickal name, deciding whether this is the right coven for them and planning a goal path. The bulk of the Seeker's training will center on the basics of our path. They will be required to attend at least 75% of all meetings both private and open circle. They will be given a suggested list of books to read. Seekers will be asked to stand outside of the first ritual they attend after which, they may stand in circle. Seeker basic knowledge to be mastered before advancing to the next level:

      • Basic Pagan Manners
      • Basics of the Craft – Charge of the Goddess, etc.
      • Silver Lining Principles and Rules
      • Elements and What They Symbolize (directions, etc.)
      • Basic ritual design – Perform one solitary cleansing of space or home successfully.
      • Creating an altar and know the basic tools of magick. (athame, chalice, wand, pentacle)
      • Solitary meditation and casting
      • Raising energy
      • Colors, Herbs and Moon Phases
      • Basic Self Healing
      • Create a Book of Shadows.


      Responsibilities of Seekers

      In addition to the areas of study, the member at this level must also meet the following responsibilities:

      1. Develop a working relationship with the Council.
      2. Develop a working relationship with their fellow circle members.
      3. Practice proper circle and ritual etiquette.
      4. Observe, learn about and practice accepted general behavior.
      5. Discover their magickal name.
      6. Attend at least 75% of meetings.
      7. Read all suggested reading books on the Seeker Reading List.
      8. Participate in the execution at least one ritual.

      Prior to a Seeker being allowed to progress to the next level, they must fulfill the following requirement:

      ____ Be a Seeker for a minimum of a year and a day (unless otherwise specified by the Council).
      ____ Make their desire to advance and join the coven known to the High Priestess after the period of a year and a day has elapsed.
      ____ Sufficiently answer all questions presented to them by the Council in an interview.
      ____ Develope a good working relationship with their fellow circle members and also with the Council.
      ____ Develop a basic working knowledge of the Silver Lining ways.
      ____ Complete and provide proof of a completed successful cleansing and altar creation.
      ____ Demonstrate by their manner of interaction with others during ritual that they have an adequate understanding of the conduct and ethical behavior expected of a member of Silver Lining Coven.
      ____ Found a Magickal name.
      ____ Obtain or made the basic tools of magick.
      ____ Completed the chosen goal for a the year and a day path. Complete any additional requirements given by the High Priestess. (This is not designed to be a trick clause. Its purpose is to cover cases where a student has completed all of the technical requirements, but shows a weak area that needs to be addressed before elevation is appropriate.)
      ____ Be accepted into the coven by all members and take the appropriate oath.


      Second Degree

      This is a person who has completed the First Degree, and has gone through a dedication ritual during which they have sworn an oath to the Goddess and the Coven. This period lasts at least a year and a day. Knowledge on this level will focus on moving beyond the basics and deepening your spiritual connection to the Goddess. The bulk of the second degree training will center on the weekly classes, ritual, and the written lessons. Dedicates will be asked to take a more active role in ritual (i.e.: smudging, calling a quarter, etc.), but will not be asked to uphold any major role within ritual. Dedicates are expected to attend classes, rituals and Sabbats. They will be given a suggested list of books to read. Other training consists of...
      Learning what each element means, what place the elements hold in aspect to life and this path and how to work with the elements.
      Developing proficiency in grounding, centering and quieting their minds.
      Learning what the Sabbats are, when they are and their meanings in the relationship to the Craft and the seasonal part of the wheel.
      Learning about the Magickal tools.
      Learning the Wiccan Rede (short version).
      Learning about the altar and how to set it up for each Sabbat and Esbat.
      Learning the purpose and meanings to rituals.
      Learning how to call a quarter and why it is done.
      Attending the weekly classes as well as Esbats and Sabbats.
      Attending Dedication rituals held by the coven.
      During this period, the Dedicate should be making a serious attempt, through classes, assigned exercises, ritual, reading, etc. to come to an understanding of themselves as a spiritual being in this world and how this choice of path will relate to their future.

      Responsibilities of Dedicate Seekers

      In addition to the areas of study outlined above, the student at this level also has these other responsibilities to meet…

      1. Complete the Dedicate series of lessons and tests.
      2. Learn more about their inner self.
      3. Learn and live by the Wiccan Rede.
      4. Attend weekly classes.
      5. Attend rituals.
      6. Attend Sabbats.
      7. Learn about the elements and their connection and/or interaction with the quarters.
      8. Learn the purpose and meaning of ritual.
      9. Occasionally call a quarter or take some other responsibility within ritual.
      10. Practice thinking before they act in all situations.
      11. Read as many of the books on the Dedicate Reading List as possible.

      Prior to a Dedicate being allowed to progress to First Degree elevation, they must first fulfill the following requirements:

      ____ Been a Dedicate for a minimum of a year and a day.
      ____ Completed all of the Dedicate level requirements.
      ____ Demonstrated familiarity with the Elements and their basic correspondences.
      ____ Demonstrated familiarity with basic Magickal tools.
      ____ Demonstrated familiarity with altar arrangements.
      ____ Demonstrated their ability to effectively call a quarter as well as understanding the reasons for doing so.
      ____ Demonstrated familiarity with the Wheel of the Year, and the names and dates of the Eight Sabbats.
      ____ Demonstrated the ability to ground and center in a variety of situations.
      ____ Learned the Wiccan Rede (short form).
      ____ Become familiar with the basics of energy work, and participate in group energy work within ritual setting.
      ____ Demonstrated by their manner of living and interactions with others that they have an adequate understanding of the conduct and ethical behavior expected of a First Degree Witch in the Mystic Moon Coven and show that they are fully prepared in all respects to be made First Degree.
      ____ Completed any additional requirements given by the Elder High Priest and Elder High Priestess. (This is not designed to be a trick clause. Its purpose is to cover cases where a student has completed all of the technical requirements, but shows a weak area that needs to be addressed before elevation is appropriate.)

      First Degree
      Indicates an individual who has been studying with the coven as a Dedicate for at least a year and a day, and who has met all the requirements for First Degree elevation. The training will consist of all facets of the academics of the Craft and will last for a minimum of a year and a day (often lasts longer, depending on individual's progress). A First Degree student is not considered clergy, however, because they are considered competent to cast a circle and hold ritual for themselves, they will carry the title of Priest or Priestess. First Degree students are expected to continue attending the weekly classes as well as the rituals and Sabbats. They are also expected to take on major roles within ritual and will begin learning to write their own Esbats. They will be given a suggested list of books to read. Other training consists of...

      Learning about healing.
      Learning about Herbs.
      Learning about Psychic Defense.
      Learning about Totem and Power animals.
      Learning about Divination.
      Choosing one method of Divination to become proficient in.
      Learning about and working with the Moon phases.
      Learning the History of Witchcraft.
      Learning to work with others in the group on projects.
      Starting their own Book of Shadows.
      Learning about the Quarters and their aspects.
      Learning how to dowse.
      Learning how to find Sacred Sites.
      Participating in rituals (calling quarters, etc.).
      Learning the Goddess Charge.
      Learning the Wiccan Rede (long version).

      Undertaking a core area of study in a Magickal subject approved by the HP and HPS. (Examples are herbalism, shamanism, healing, meditation, making various Magickal tools - incense, clothing, candles, etc.,)

      Teaching at least one class on the chosen core area of study.

      Attending weekly classes and rituals.

      During this time period, the First Degree student should seriously be considering whether the Priesthood and the training involved with it, is the correct path for them. A person may remain at First Degree forever if they wish... there is no requirement to continue into the Priesthood, after all, not everyone is called into the Priesthood.

      Responsibilities of First Degree Initiates

      In addition to the areas of study outlined above, the student at this level also has these other responsibilities to meet…
      1. Complete the First Degree series of lessons and tests.
      2. Attend weekly classes.
      3. Attend rituals.
      4. Attend Sabbats.
      5. Choose one specific method of Divination to study and become proficient in.
      6. Learn more about the in-depth theories and practices of the Craft.
      7. Learn how to write rituals and practice doing so.
      8. Hold personal rituals in their own home on a regular basis.
      9. Give serious thought to whether to proceed into the Priesthood.
      10. Be an example to the Dedicates and Dedicate Seekers by acting in an appropriate manner both in class and in ritual.
      11. Read as many of the books on the First Degree Reading List as possible.

      Prior to a person being allowed to proceed on to Second Degree (and be appointed Clergy), they must have fulfilled the following minimum requirements…

      ____ Been at First Degree for a minimum of a year and a day.
      ____ Completed all First Degree requirements.
      ____ Demonstrated ability to bless, and consecrate material to prepare it for ritual use.
      ____ Demonstrated a willingness and ability to actively participate in rituals by taking a more active role in rituals.
      ____ Led at least one guided meditation in group setting.
      ____ Demonstrated familiarity with the principles of ritual by designing and conducting, under supervision of the Elder High Priest/ess, an Esbat ritual.
      ____ Cast a circle for group ritual, in the presence of the entire coven.
      ____ Established a working relationship with at least one Aspect of the God and one Aspect of the Goddess.
      ____ Become proficient in a method of divination (Initiate's choice).
      ____ Learned the Wiccan Rede (long version).
      ____ Learned the Charge of the Goddess.
      ____ Demonstrated familiarity with the ethics involved in spellworking.
      ____ Demonstrated familiarity with the basic spellworking correspondences.
      ____Undertaken a core area of study in a Magickal subject approved by the Elder High Priest/ess and taught at least one class on that subject.
      ____ Started (and kept up) a personal Book of Shadows.
      ____ Demonstrated comparative maturity and growth (usually accomplished through individual internal work).
      ____ Demonstrated by their manner of living and interactions with others that the student has an adequate understanding of the conduct and ethical behavior expected of a Second Degree Witch in the Mystic Moon Coven and that he or she is fully prepared in all respects to be made Second Degree and a member of the clergy.
      ____ Completed any additional requirements given by the Elder High Priest and Elder High Priestess. (This is not designed to be a trick clause. Its purpose is to cover cases where a student has completed all of the technical requirements, but shows a weak area that needs to be addressed before elevation is appropriate.)

      Second Degree (Priesthood)

      This denotes a person who has completed all previous levels of requirement and has demonstrated a maturity and level of responsibility required for the Priesthood. Persons who achieve this level will carry the title of High Priest or High Priestess and will be eligible for Ministerial Credentials. During this period, the High Priest or High Priestess should be concentrating on learning how to deal with people individually and within a group setting. They will be focusing on sharpening their counseling and teaching skills and since Second degree students are learning to be teachers, they must have taught us, as a coven, something before elevation to this Degree. They should attend all classes, rituals, and activities held by this coven and having already learned how to write ritual, will now learn how to manipulate the energy of ritual to benefit those in circle. They will be given a suggested list of books to read. The Second Degree student will, toward the later stages, be invited to sit on Mystic Moon's Council. Other training will consist of...
      Learning the in-depth history of the Sabbats.
      Gaining an in depth understanding of different traditions.
      Working with energy and focusing it precisely.
      Doing assignments within the coven for specific group dynamics.
      Studying Rites of Passage.
      Being mentors to Dedicate Seekers
      Helping with the training of Dedicates and First Degree students.
      Learning to deal with issues within the group.
      Taking an active part in rituals.
      Learning to do rituals for the group when needed.
      Developing a teaching Book of Shadows for each level of elevation.
      Maintaining the respect of all coven members, both inner and outer circle.
      Learning about other religions in order to gain an understanding of them.
      Being separated for short periods from the group for inner teaching to be learned and implemented.
      Taking on a special assignment geared toward benefiting the student as well as the coven and the community as a whole.

      Responsibilities of Second Degree Initiates

      In addition to the areas of study outlined above, the student at this level also has these other responsibilities to meet…

      1. Complete the Second Degree series of lessons and tests.
      2. Complete the 'special' assignment.
      3. Attend weekly classes.
      4. Attend rituals.
      5. Attend Sabbats.
      6. Know the Mystic Moon Tradition.
      7. Become mentor to at least one Dedicate Seeker.
      8. Occasionally plan and facilitate an Esbat.
      9. Occasionally plan and facilitate a Sabbat celebration
      10. Read as many of the books on the Second Degree Reading List as possible.
      11. Begin creating a teaching Book of Shadows, which should consist of some form of lessons for prospective students.
      12. Toward the latter part of this level… sit on the Council of Mystic Moon.
      13. Toward the latter part of this level… take on students of their own, as okayed by the Elder High Priest and Elder High Priestess.
      14. Be a living example of appropriate behavior for all other Mystic Moon members.

      Before the Individual is elevated to Third Degree and autonomy, they must fulfill the following minimum requirements…

      ____ Been in the Priesthood for at least a year and a day.
      ____ Completed all Second Degree lessons, assignments and tests.
      ____ Demonstrated a willingness and ability to observe and participate in all functions within the ritual circle, such as developing the ability to channel energy properly during ritual.
      ____ Behaved in ritual as is appropriate to the role they had for that ritual (i.e. helping to guide others when appropriate, lending energy when necessary, etc.)
      ____ Assisted in preparation for ritual functions.
      ____ Demonstrated an in-depth understanding of the Wheel of the Year and the celebration of each Sabbat.
      ____ Demonstrated growth within the Craft.
      ____ Assisted Dedicate Seekers as assigned within the mentor program.
      ____ Assisted Dedicates and First Degree students when needed.
      ____ Contributed the required research paper.
      ____ Contributed to ideas for coven gatherings and helped to arrange them.
      ____ Demonstrated qualities of sincerity, honesty, integrity, and respect.
      ____ Has been (and continues to be) ethical in dealing with people.
      ____ Communicates in a positive way with people.
      ____ When aware of conflicts within the coven has brought them to the attention of the Elder High Priest/ess of Mystic Moon, even if that's where the conflict is.
      ____ Has (and continues to) study and learn about the integral workings of the various Rites of Passage.
      ____ Has started (and continually improves) their own 'Teaching' Book of Shadows.
      ____ Has been prepared to accept (and has accepted) the responsibility of a ritual.
      ____ Contributed in some manner to each Sabbat, either by supplies, food, or time. Supplies are considered incense, candles or other Magickal items required. Time is considered arriving early to help set up or staying late to help clean up afterwards.
      ____ Has taught at least 3 classes while at Second Degree.
      ____ Demonstrate by their manner of living and interactions with others that the student has an adequate understanding of the conduct and ethical behavior expected of a Third Degree Witch in the Mystic Moon Coven and that they are fully prepared in all respects to be made Third Degree and given their autonomy.
      ____Demonstrate familiarity with advanced spellworking correspondences.
      ____Has completed the required 'time away' from the coven.
      ____Demonstrate that the 'time away' provided them with a greater perspective of what is required to be Third Degree within the community
      ____Complete any additional requirements given by the Elder High Priest and Elder High Priestess. (This is not designed to be a trick clause. Its purpose is to cover cases where a member of the Priesthood has completed all of the technical requirements, but shows a weak area that needs to be addressed before elevation to autonomy is appropriate.)

      THIS IS STILL A WORK IN PROGRESS.
    • Amethyst Solstice
      I think this is awesome!!! I ll email you personally about the few questions that I have, but I think it s a great start, and I can t wait to begin!!! 
      Message 2 of 2 , Jun 3, 2012
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        I think this is awesome!!! I'll email you personally about the few questions that I have, but I think it's a great start, and I can't wait to begin!!! 


        From: Silver Shadow <silvershadow3x@...>
        To: silverliningcircle@yahoogroups.com
        Sent: Sunday, June 3, 2012 9:01 PM
        Subject: [silverliningcircle] Degrees

         
        The following is a rough draft of the combined degree plan I have been working on. Although I have labeled it degrees, I am not sure about the actual names or titles yet. Let's hear your input. Love you guys.

        Seeker (not sure I love this name)

        This is a person who has attended at least 6 open circle meetings and has asked the Council to join the Private Circle/Coven. The individual will remain at Seeker level for at least a year and a day counted from the first private meeting they attend unless otherwise determined that they can test at a higher level to be determined by the Council. During this time period, the person will be assigned a mentor to help them learn Silver Lining's traditions and beliefs concerning ritual and general behavior. The Seeker should be concerned with expanding the knowledge base about the path, finding a magickal name, deciding whether this is the right coven for them and planning a goal path. The bulk of the Seeker's training will center on the basics of our path. They will be required to attend at least 75% of all meetings both private and open circle. They will be given a suggested list of books to read. Seekers will be asked to stand outside of the first ritual they attend after which, they may stand in circle. Seeker basic knowledge to be mastered before advancing to the next level:

        • Basic Pagan Manners
        • Basics of the Craft – Charge of the Goddess, etc.
        • Silver Lining Principles and Rules
        • Elements and What They Symbolize (directions, etc.)
        • Basic ritual design – Perform one solitary cleansing of space or home successfully.
        • Creating an altar and know the basic tools of magick. (athame, chalice, wand, pentacle)
        • Solitary meditation and casting
        • Raising energy
        • Colors, Herbs and Moon Phases
        • Basic Self Healing
        • Create a Book of Shadows.

        Responsibilities of Seekers

        In addition to the areas of study, the member at this level must also meet the following responsibilities:

        1. Develop a working relationship with the Council.
        2. Develop a working relationship with their fellow circle members.
        3. Practice proper circle and ritual etiquette.
        4. Observe, learn about and practice accepted general behavior.
        5. Discover their magickal name.
        6. Attend at least 75% of meetings.
        7. Read all suggested reading books on the Seeker Reading List.
        8. Participate in the execution at least one ritual.

        Prior to a Seeker being allowed to progress to the next level, they must fulfill the following requirement:

        ____ Be a Seeker for a minimum of a year and a day (unless otherwise specified by the Council).
        ____ Make their desire to advance and join the coven known to the High Priestess after the period of a year and a day has elapsed.
        ____ Sufficiently answer all questions presented to them by the Council in an interview.
        ____ Develope a good working relationship with their fellow circle members and also with the Council.
        ____ Develop a basic working knowledge of the Silver Lining ways.
        ____ Complete and provide proof of a completed successful cleansing and altar creation.
        ____ Demonstrate by their manner of interaction with others during ritual that they have an adequate understanding of the conduct and ethical behavior expected of a member of Silver Lining Coven.
        ____ Found a Magickal name.
        ____ Obtain or made the basic tools of magick.
        ____ Completed the chosen goal for a the year and a day path. Complete any additional requirements given by the High Priestess. (This is not designed to be a trick clause. Its purpose is to cover cases where a student has completed all of the technical requirements, but shows a weak area that needs to be addressed before elevation is appropriate.)
        ____ Be accepted into the coven by all members and take the appropriate oath.

        Second Degree

        This is a person who has completed the First Degree, and has gone through a dedication ritual during which they have sworn an oath to the Goddess and the Coven. This period lasts at least a year and a day. Knowledge on this level will focus on moving beyond the basics and deepening your spiritual connection to the Goddess. The bulk of the second degree training will center on the weekly classes, ritual, and the written lessons. Dedicates will be asked to take a more active role in ritual (i.e.: smudging, calling a quarter, etc.), but will not be asked to uphold any major role within ritual. Dedicates are expected to attend classes, rituals and Sabbats. They will be given a suggested list of books to read. Other training consists of...
        Learning what each element means, what place the elements hold in aspect to life and this path and how to work with the elements.
        Developing proficiency in grounding, centering and quieting their minds.
        Learning what the Sabbats are, when they are and their meanings in the relationship to the Craft and the seasonal part of the wheel.
        Learning about the Magickal tools.
        Learning the Wiccan Rede (short version).
        Learning about the altar and how to set it up for each Sabbat and Esbat.
        Learning the purpose and meanings to rituals.
        Learning how to call a quarter and why it is done.
        Attending the weekly classes as well as Esbats and Sabbats.
        Attending Dedication rituals held by the coven.
        During this period, the Dedicate should be making a serious attempt, through classes, assigned exercises, ritual, reading, etc. to come to an understanding of themselves as a spiritual being in this world and how this choice of path will relate to their future.

        Responsibilities of Dedicate Seekers

        In addition to the areas of study outlined above, the student at this level also has these other responsibilities to meet…

        1. Complete the Dedicate series of lessons and tests.
        2. Learn more about their inner self.
        3. Learn and live by the Wiccan Rede.
        4. Attend weekly classes.
        5. Attend rituals.
        6. Attend Sabbats.
        7. Learn about the elements and their connection and/or interaction with the quarters.
        8. Learn the purpose and meaning of ritual.
        9. Occasionally call a quarter or take some other responsibility within ritual.
        10. Practice thinking before they act in all situations.
        11. Read as many of the books on the Dedicate Reading List as possible.

        Prior to a Dedicate being allowed to progress to First Degree elevation, they must first fulfill the following requirements:

        ____ Been a Dedicate for a minimum of a year and a day.
        ____ Completed all of the Dedicate level requirements.
        ____ Demonstrated familiarity with the Elements and their basic correspondences.
        ____ Demonstrated familiarity with basic Magickal tools.
        ____ Demonstrated familiarity with altar arrangements.
        ____ Demonstrated their ability to effectively call a quarter as well as understanding the reasons for doing so.
        ____ Demonstrated familiarity with the Wheel of the Year, and the names and dates of the Eight Sabbats.
        ____ Demonstrated the ability to ground and center in a variety of situations.
        ____ Learned the Wiccan Rede (short form).
        ____ Become familiar with the basics of energy work, and participate in group energy work within ritual setting.
        ____ Demonstrated by their manner of living and interactions with others that they have an adequate understanding of the conduct and ethical behavior expected of a First Degree Witch in the Mystic Moon Coven and show that they are fully prepared in all respects to be made First Degree.
        ____ Completed any additional requirements given by the Elder High Priest and Elder High Priestess. (This is not designed to be a trick clause. Its purpose is to cover cases where a student has completed all of the technical requirements, but shows a weak area that needs to be addressed before elevation is appropriate.)

        First Degree
        Indicates an individual who has been studying with the coven as a Dedicate for at least a year and a day, and who has met all the requirements for First Degree elevation. The training will consist of all facets of the academics of the Craft and will last for a minimum of a year and a day (often lasts longer, depending on individual's progress). A First Degree student is not considered clergy, however, because they are considered competent to cast a circle and hold ritual for themselves, they will carry the title of Priest or Priestess. First Degree students are expected to continue attending the weekly classes as well as the rituals and Sabbats. They are also expected to take on major roles within ritual and will begin learning to write their own Esbats. They will be given a suggested list of books to read. Other training consists of...

        Learning about healing.
        Learning about Herbs.
        Learning about Psychic Defense.
        Learning about Totem and Power animals.
        Learning about Divination.
        Choosing one method of Divination to become proficient in.
        Learning about and working with the Moon phases.
        Learning the History of Witchcraft.
        Learning to work with others in the group on projects.
        Starting their own Book of Shadows.
        Learning about the Quarters and their aspects.
        Learning how to dowse.
        Learning how to find Sacred Sites.
        Participating in rituals (calling quarters, etc.).
        Learning the Goddess Charge.
        Learning the Wiccan Rede (long version).

        Undertaking a core area of study in a Magickal subject approved by the HP and HPS. (Examples are herbalism, shamanism, healing, meditation, making various Magickal tools - incense, clothing, candles, etc.,)

        Teaching at least one class on the chosen core area of study.

        Attending weekly classes and rituals.

        During this time period, the First Degree student should seriously be considering whether the Priesthood and the training involved with it, is the correct path for them. A person may remain at First Degree forever if they wish... there is no requirement to continue into the Priesthood, after all, not everyone is called into the Priesthood.

        Responsibilities of First Degree Initiates

        In addition to the areas of study outlined above, the student at this level also has these other responsibilities to meet…
        1. Complete the First Degree series of lessons and tests.
        2. Attend weekly classes.
        3. Attend rituals.
        4. Attend Sabbats.
        5. Choose one specific method of Divination to study and become proficient in.
        6. Learn more about the in-depth theories and practices of the Craft.
        7. Learn how to write rituals and practice doing so.
        8. Hold personal rituals in their own home on a regular basis.
        9. Give serious thought to whether to proceed into the Priesthood.
        10. Be an example to the Dedicates and Dedicate Seekers by acting in an appropriate manner both in class and in ritual.
        11. Read as many of the books on the First Degree Reading List as possible.

        Prior to a person being allowed to proceed on to Second Degree (and be appointed Clergy), they must have fulfilled the following minimum requirements…

        ____ Been at First Degree for a minimum of a year and a day.
        ____ Completed all First Degree requirements.
        ____ Demonstrated ability to bless, and consecrate material to prepare it for ritual use.
        ____ Demonstrated a willingness and ability to actively participate in rituals by taking a more active role in rituals.
        ____ Led at least one guided meditation in group setting.
        ____ Demonstrated familiarity with the principles of ritual by designing and conducting, under supervision of the Elder High Priest/ess, an Esbat ritual.
        ____ Cast a circle for group ritual, in the presence of the entire coven.
        ____ Established a working relationship with at least one Aspect of the God and one Aspect of the Goddess.
        ____ Become proficient in a method of divination (Initiate's choice).
        ____ Learned the Wiccan Rede (long version).
        ____ Learned the Charge of the Goddess.
        ____ Demonstrated familiarity with the ethics involved in spellworking.
        ____ Demonstrated familiarity with the basic spellworking correspondences.
        ____Undertaken a core area of study in a Magickal subject approved by the Elder High Priest/ess and taught at least one class on that subject.
        ____ Started (and kept up) a personal Book of Shadows.
        ____ Demonstrated comparative maturity and growth (usually accomplished through individual internal work).
        ____ Demonstrated by their manner of living and interactions with others that the student has an adequate understanding of the conduct and ethical behavior expected of a Second Degree Witch in the Mystic Moon Coven and that he or she is fully prepared in all respects to be made Second Degree and a member of the clergy.
        ____ Completed any additional requirements given by the Elder High Priest and Elder High Priestess. (This is not designed to be a trick clause. Its purpose is to cover cases where a student has completed all of the technical requirements, but shows a weak area that needs to be addressed before elevation is appropriate.)

        Second Degree (Priesthood)

        This denotes a person who has completed all previous levels of requirement and has demonstrated a maturity and level of responsibility required for the Priesthood. Persons who achieve this level will carry the title of High Priest or High Priestess and will be eligible for Ministerial Credentials. During this period, the High Priest or High Priestess should be concentrating on learning how to deal with people individually and within a group setting. They will be focusing on sharpening their counseling and teaching skills and since Second degree students are learning to be teachers, they must have taught us, as a coven, something before elevation to this Degree. They should attend all classes, rituals, and activities held by this coven and having already learned how to write ritual, will now learn how to manipulate the energy of ritual to benefit those in circle. They will be given a suggested list of books to read. The Second Degree student will, toward the later stages, be invited to sit on Mystic Moon's Council. Other training will consist of...
        Learning the in-depth history of the Sabbats.
        Gaining an in depth understanding of different traditions.
        Working with energy and focusing it precisely.
        Doing assignments within the coven for specific group dynamics.
        Studying Rites of Passage.
        Being mentors to Dedicate Seekers
        Helping with the training of Dedicates and First Degree students.
        Learning to deal with issues within the group.
        Taking an active part in rituals.
        Learning to do rituals for the group when needed.
        Developing a teaching Book of Shadows for each level of elevation.
        Maintaining the respect of all coven members, both inner and outer circle.
        Learning about other religions in order to gain an understanding of them.
        Being separated for short periods from the group for inner teaching to be learned and implemented.
        Taking on a special assignment geared toward benefiting the student as well as the coven and the community as a whole.

        Responsibilities of Second Degree Initiates

        In addition to the areas of study outlined above, the student at this level also has these other responsibilities to meet…

        1. Complete the Second Degree series of lessons and tests.
        2. Complete the 'special' assignment.
        3. Attend weekly classes.
        4. Attend rituals.
        5. Attend Sabbats.
        6. Know the Mystic Moon Tradition.
        7. Become mentor to at least one Dedicate Seeker.
        8. Occasionally plan and facilitate an Esbat.
        9. Occasionally plan and facilitate a Sabbat celebration
        10. Read as many of the books on the Second Degree Reading List as possible.
        11. Begin creating a teaching Book of Shadows, which should consist of some form of lessons for prospective students.
        12. Toward the latter part of this level… sit on the Council of Mystic Moon.
        13. Toward the latter part of this level… take on students of their own, as okayed by the Elder High Priest and Elder High Priestess.
        14. Be a living example of appropriate behavior for all other Mystic Moon members.

        Before the Individual is elevated to Third Degree and autonomy, they must fulfill the following minimum requirements…

        ____ Been in the Priesthood for at least a year and a day.
        ____ Completed all Second Degree lessons, assignments and tests.
        ____ Demonstrated a willingness and ability to observe and participate in all functions within the ritual circle, such as developing the ability to channel energy properly during ritual.
        ____ Behaved in ritual as is appropriate to the role they had for that ritual (i.e. helping to guide others when appropriate, lending energy when necessary, etc.)
        ____ Assisted in preparation for ritual functions.
        ____ Demonstrated an in-depth understanding of the Wheel of the Year and the celebration of each Sabbat.
        ____ Demonstrated growth within the Craft.
        ____ Assisted Dedicate Seekers as assigned within the mentor program.
        ____ Assisted Dedicates and First Degree students when needed.
        ____ Contributed the required research paper.
        ____ Contributed to ideas for coven gatherings and helped to arrange them.
        ____ Demonstrated qualities of sincerity, honesty, integrity, and respect.
        ____ Has been (and continues to be) ethical in dealing with people.
        ____ Communicates in a positive way with people.
        ____ When aware of conflicts within the coven has brought them to the attention of the Elder High Priest/ess of Mystic Moon, even if that's where the conflict is.
        ____ Has (and continues to) study and learn about the integral workings of the various Rites of Passage.
        ____ Has started (and continually improves) their own 'Teaching' Book of Shadows.
        ____ Has been prepared to accept (and has accepted) the responsibility of a ritual.
        ____ Contributed in some manner to each Sabbat, either by supplies, food, or time. Supplies are considered incense, candles or other Magickal items required. Time is considered arriving early to help set up or staying late to help clean up afterwards.
        ____ Has taught at least 3 classes while at Second Degree.
        ____ Demonstrate by their manner of living and interactions with others that the student has an adequate understanding of the conduct and ethical behavior expected of a Third Degree Witch in the Mystic Moon Coven and that they are fully prepared in all respects to be made Third Degree and given their autonomy.
        ____Demonstrate familiarity with advanced spellworking correspondences.
        ____Has completed the required 'time away' from the coven.
        ____Demonstrate that the 'time away' provided them with a greater perspective of what is required to be Third Degree within the community
        ____Complete any additional requirements given by the Elder High Priest and Elder High Priestess. (This is not designed to be a trick clause. Its purpose is to cover cases where a member of the Priesthood has completed all of the technical requirements, but shows a weak area that needs to be addressed before elevation to autonomy is appropriate.)

        THIS IS STILL A WORK IN PROGRESS.



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