What follows is a description of the Circle of Cerridwen’s degree requirements and expectations when using the adapted Alexandrian degree structure and initiations.
This initiation is the dedication to the Open Source Alexandrian path and/or entry into studying the Craft (if they are very new to the Craft), taken of one’s own free will. The candidate asks for initiation and shows willingness to learn on their own and others in the coven.
This initiation is for getting connected to the egregore of the OSA tradition and coming into one’s own power. The candidate will demonstrate the following: Realizing that we are all connected, and that the spiritual parts of life are not disconnected from any other aspect of life. That also means that the candidate has realized that they are (mind, body, spirit) part of the whole. The beginnings of, or continuation of, talking to gods/spirits (at minimum). Able to cast and maintain the energy of a circle during a working. Initial tools are created/obtained (at minimum). Has had an ordeal/test from spirit/deity (either given through the teacher, or from the spirit/deity themselves, generally more of the latter). Has received a witch name from the spirits (not a deal breaker, but best), and is willing to do the public work of a priest.
This initiation is acknowledgement of the full realization of the connectedness of mind, body, and spirit. The candidate demonstrates the following: Getting instruction from and/or dedication to deity or deities. Creating and running circles on their own. Has own set of tools. Would be able to run own coven, and work autonomously. Has begun to use their training and power to help others, using their own moral compass, and understands the ethics behind the use of Power.
We also consider 3rd Degree ordination. In other words, one is putting out their “shingle” to the universe that they are willing and able to be creators of change in the universe. This usually results in doing more public, visible work in the community.