(Or: How To Become A Dedicant)
What We Look For ...
Prospective Initiates must be willing to set aside the usual beliefs of western culture. As a basic foundation of our Faith, we are polytheists and animists. These two beliefs are essential to the effective practice of Feycraft. Spirits, deities, etc, are not psychological constructs to help you feel better. It takes work to fully accept these two foundational truths because our western culture has taught us that everything is a figment of our imaginations – spirits, deities, etc., are not figments of your imagination or “personifications of your subconscious.”
Prospective Initiates must be willing to make Coven activities a high priority. It takes time and commitment to make it through the Dedicant period, and then when that’s over, you still have to participate in regular Coven life. We become a chosen family. Participation by every individual is of high importance. This isn’t a church where you can come and go as you please – your presence is extremely important. We realize that some folks may have children who sometimes get ill and need to be tended, or anniversaries they need to spend with their significant other – we get it. We just ask that you don’t lie about emergencies when there really are none – you never know if the Gods are going to take what you say as a request.
Prospective Initiates should be emotionally stable. While the Coven Leadership can provide spiritual coaching to Members, none of us are trained psychologists or therapists. We will advise you, if necessary, as Family, but we will not play at nursing your emotional or psychological illness. We do not intend to discriminate against individuals with illnesses such as bipolar disorder or depression, but realize that the current of power with which we work may substantially impact those with emotional illness or instability. Depending upon the severity of the emotional/mental illness, we may or may not refuse Membership. We are not mental/emotional/medical support professionals and may not be able to deal with the kinds of issues that the current of power brings up while these ailments are present.
Prospective Initiates must be real people. You must be willing to drop the societal masks. We are not prone to being “fake” with one another. While we recognize that a facade is sometimes necessary to properly exist in modern western society, we cast that facade aside when we are with one another.
Prospective Initiates should have their mundane lives in somewhat decent shape, or at least pursuing that as a goal. You don’t have to be independently wealthy or plan to stay at your current job forever. You should be doing your best for you, for now. None of us are perfect people, but we try to be reasonably stable, so have a job, pay your bills as best you can and have reliable transportation to and from meetings. As long as you have made peace with where you’re at and refuse to become stagnant, this should not be a difficult requirement to meet. Despite what that other religion tries to teach you, poverty and spirituality do not make good bedfellows.
When we are able to open up for new Dedicant Applications again, this is how the process works:
First week of August: Application for Dedicant Status is opened, and left open for the entire month.
September: Coven Council reviews Applications. Approved Applicants are contacted with time, date, and location for a “Meet-n-Greet.” After this, the Coven Council meets to discuss the Applicants.
October: By the end of the second week (usually) of October, Applicants are notified of their status, whether they’ve been accepted, or not.
By the end of October, new Dedicants are given a brief “Orientation,” given access to Coven Training materials, invited to the private MSC Facebook group, and will attend the Coven Samhain Ritual.
From there, it’s about doing the work, becoming part of the Family, progressing forward in your spiritual and magical practice, and growing as a human being.
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Please note that we are not currently accepting Applications for Dedicant Status due to space limitations. However, if you wish to know when we are able to take on new Dedicants again, you should be on the above WaitList. Otherwise you'll never know!