Wicca is a referred to as a new age religion, taking it's roots from many much older pagan pantheons and practices. Entry into the religion is open to anyone, and just like any other affirmation of faith, a dedication ceremony or ritual is an event of major importance.
No matter what your history is regarding religion, it is highly suggested that you spend time reflecting on your choice, reading every book regarding Wicca you can get your hands on, (yes, even the bad ones,) and speaking with others who are initiated in the religion. Your connection to the Goddess is one you nurture yourself, however you should prepare and learn all you can about the religion prior to your initiation ritual.
For individuals who plan to raise their children in a Wiccan home environment, Wiccaning is sort of like baptism, welcoming the child into the world. During a Wiccaning, the parents and chosen spiritual guardians dedicate themselves to raising and protecting the child in perfect love and trust. In the course of a Wiccaning, the child is not placed under any obligation to worship according to the Wiccan religion.
Generally, the ritual of a Wiccaning/Paganing involve the parents presenting their child to each of the four corners - also called Watchtowers, as well as the Priest(ess) charging the parents of the child with guiding, protecting, and giving freedom to their child to grow and take their own steps along the path to whatever mysteries they should happen to seek. Some versions of the ritual including the anointing of the baby's forehead with oils, the giving of gifts to the child, and naming of spiritual parents.
The dedication ritual is the first step in the path to learning formally. Many circles require that an interested party study for a period of up to a year and a day before they are dedicated. A dedication ritual is a momentous occasion, the dedicate pledging themselves to the pursuit of knowledge and continued spiritual growth. During a dedication ritual, the dedicate may be approached by a specific individual who will, over the course of the next year and a day, aid the dedicate in their studies.
After a year and a day of dedication, representing the dedicate studying and learning through an entire cycle of the Wheel of the Year, the individual then commits to an Initiation. This is celebrated and joyous, often a very lengthy event. Though initiations differ from coven to coven, this ritual's function is to contact and the initiate to the Goddess. Whereas before the initiate was seen only as an outside student of Wicca, they become a participant in rituals and magic after their initiation.
That's it, really. Beyond the rituals is a lifetime of Goddess worship and learning, devotion and magic. The practices of dedication and initiation are extremely personal, emotional events that will remain in your memory and heart forever. Goddess Bless!
RedxVelvet from California, United States on June 29, 2011:
I had heard of the Wiccaning. However, I could not find enough solid information on it to know how to proceed with it once I had a child one day. Thank you GamerGirl. Your hubs are both informative and well-organized.
Kiz Robinson (author) from New Orleans, Louisiana on December 10, 2010:
@Child of the Earth - I understand that you are entitled to your opinions. Please understand that Wicca itself as a religion is fairly young comparatively, and draws elements from other religions into it's purpose. A little research on the history of Wicca itself may be a good next step in your learning process. Thank you for commenting!
Child of the Earth on December 06, 2010:
ok i just wanted to say that you shouldnt be off boasting rituals and spells about wicca when you clearly dont know anything about it. wicca is one of the oldest religions that many a wise people have chosen to follow study more on wicca ok because it is a very beautiful and old religion maybe you should read to ride a silver broomstick by silver raven wolf it is amazing it is always wonderful when someone follows the path of wicca but it is sad when they try to teach what they do not know
Kiz Robinson (author) from New Orleans, Louisiana on September 08, 2008:
I apologize, I have adjusted the title of this article to what it was previously - this is by no means a comprehensive look at Wicca, the religion, but rather an introductory article giving emphasis on the Goddess as a mental tool to break away from the traditional thought of Religion = Male God.
I do apologize for any confusion. :)
Andunien on September 08, 2008:
Very informative, although I see no mention of the God. May I ask why, since both are equally revered and worshipped in Wicca?
Pagan Crafter from Over the Rainbow on July 09, 2008:
Wonderful hub! I look forward to reading some of your other work here! :)
Whitney from Georgia on March 08, 2008:
That's a very pretty picture. I thought about writing abotu Wiccan and Pagan rituals and beliefs, but opted not to. I once had a friend that practiced pagan beliefs. She never told her family. Practiced everything at night so they couldn't see her.
Bonnie Ramsey from United States on March 08, 2008:
Interesting concept. Maybe other religions should practice this form of education into their followers. Of course, as a Christian, I am given the Bible and encouraged to study it. But the idea of having to basically study for a year and be tutored may help many understand things that just reading alone may not. Gret hub as usual!