Coming to the Edge of the Circle: A Wiccan Initiation Ritual by Nikki BadoComing to the Edge of the Circle: A Wiccan Initiation Ritual by Nikki Bado

Coming to the Edge of the Circle: A Wiccan Initiation Ritual

byNikki Bado

Paperback | December 15, 2012

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Imagine yourself sitting on the cool damp earth, surrounded by deep night sky and fields full of fireflies, anticipating the ritual of initiation that you are about to undergo. Suddenly you hear the sounds of far-off singing and chanting, drums booming, rattles "snaking," voices raised inharmony. The casting of the Circle is complete. You are led to the edge of the Circle, where Death, your challenge, is waiting for you. With the passwords of "perfect love" and "perfect trust" you enter Death's realm. The Guardians of the four quarters purify you, and you are finally reborn into theCircle as a newly made Witch.Coming to the Edge of the Circle offers an ethnographic study of the initiation ritual practiced by one coven of Witches located in Ohio. As a High Priestess within the coven as well as a scholar of religion, Nikki Bado is in a unique position to contribute to our understanding of this ceremony andthe tradition to which it belongs. Bado's analysis of this coven's initiation ceremony offers an important challenge to the commonly accepted model of "rites of passage." Rather than a single linear event, initiation is deeply embedded within a total process of becoming a Witch in practice and incommunity with others.Coming to the Edge of the Circle expands our concept of initiation while giving us insight into one coven's practice of Wicca. An important addition to Ritual Studies, it also introduces readers to the contemporary nature religion variously called Wicca, Witchcraft, the Old Religion, or theCraft.
As a scholar, Nikki Bado is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Iowa State University and past Director of their Religious Studies Program. She is currently on steering committees for both the Contemporary Pagan Sudies and Body and Religion Groups of the AAR. As a practitioner, she continues her work as the founding High Priest...
Title:Coming to the Edge of the Circle: A Wiccan Initiation RitualFormat:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:December 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019981225X

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Table of Contents

1. Dancing between Binary Poles: Life as a Scholar-Practitioner2. Stumbling toward Wisdom3. The Merry Circle4. The Path toward the Circle5. The Rite of Dedication: Getting Behind the Wheel6. Coming to the Edge of the Circle7. Concluding RemarksEpilogue: She Changes Everything She TouchesNotesSelected BibliographyIndex