Initiation within Wicca is an important process. Although initiation into a coven was traditionally the only way to become a wiccan or witch, self-initiation by solitary practitioners has, since the 1980s, become common. [1]

In coven-based Wicca and witchcraft, an initiation is one of the first steps to joining a coven. It is also used pass on energy from the priest or priestess to the initiate, and to begin changes on a spiritual and energetic level which will prepare that person for the revealing of deeper knowledge. Most wiccan covens use a three-degree system of initiation, which is based upon the three-degree system of Freemasonry.


  1. Cunningham, Scott, Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner, Saint Paul, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 1988. [ISBN 0-87542-118-0 (PB)]
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