What are “dedication” and “initiation” in Wicca?

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What are “dedication” and “initiation” in Wicca?

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These things mean different things in different traditions. Usually “dedication” ceremonially marks the beginning of Wiccan study, while “intitiation” may mark full membership in a coven/tradition (such as after “a year and a day”) or may indicate elevation in skill or to special clergy status. Some traditions look on all initiates as co-equal clergy, while others have grades or “degrees” of initiation, which may be marked by distinct sacramental ceremonies, duties or expectations within the tradition. Some people claim that “only a Witch can make a Witch,” whereas others say that only the Goddess and God or demonstrated skill can make a witch. Doreen Valiente was initiated by Gardner himself, but slyly asks “who initiated the first witch?” Valiente and others assert that those who choose to “bootstrap” a coven into existence (by an initial initiation) or to use self-initiation may do so, citing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Self-dedications are also quite common among new

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