A Degree within a Wiccan context is a ritually conveyed recognition
of accomplishment within the Craft and a way of expressing indescribable
experiences in personal growth. It is also a mark of learning,
in the same way a Bachelors from a college or university is an
accomplishment. Continuing the college degree analogy, a First
Degree might be a Bachelors, a Second Degree a Masters, and a
Third Degree a Ph.D. In many cases, a Second Degree and a Third
Degree take the same amount of time to complete as a graduate
degree. NorthWind offers a range of Degree
We recognize that no tradition can possibly hope to accomodate
everyone. To this end, we encourage our members and students
to explore other Paths and Traditions, so they can find the approrpriate
Path for their growth. Any student, in any Degree or Dedicant
program, can decide to stop studying at any time. If a student
wishes to discontinue studying, for whatever reason, the teacher
must be notified of the student's wishes.
Studying for a degree is not something
that should be undertaken lightly. It requires a strong dedication
to the chosen course of study. If a student has any doubts about
his or her level of commitment or desire to complete the course
work, he or she should should seriously consider what the reasons
Within NorthWind, initiation usually
follows completion of all requirements for a Degree. Initiation
takes into consideration the changes the studies have caused
in the student, as well as the changes the student wishes to
see in the future.
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