Firstly, What is a Dedication Ritual?
Well, a Rite of Dedication is a promise to the Gods & to yourself that you wish to devote your time and energy to a specific path or role within your Spiritual beliefs. It is our way of making a Positive Affirmation as you begin something, to ensure you are serious about it and that your intentions to it are long term. It is a Ritual promise to yourself, which makes it a personal & special endeavour.
Throughout the past 16 years I have had several Dedication Rituals.
The first was on Samhain all those years so when I cast my first Circle, Dedicated myself to the path of Witchcraft & cast my first spell.
Since then as my Path has grown and changed I have Dedicated myself to Brighid & to Herne as my Patron Gods, to the Path of Druidry, to being the Priestess of Celtic Moon & for me another important one was my Handfasting ~ Dedicating myself to my Soul Mate & Husband.
Last Sunday it was time for a new Dedication.
Over the course of this year, as I am studying the various Pathways to Avalon, I will be undertaking three stages of Dedication as a Priestess of Avalon.
This begins with Dedicating myself as a Daughter of Avalon (a student & new Dedicant), then as a Priestess of the Goddess (formally Dedicating myself to the role of her ambassador & teacher) and finally as a Priestess of Avalon (fully Dedicated to the path of Avalon & of teaching the ways of Avalon to others). This is how I am choosing to do it, though everyone’s path is different and not all have been Pagan for Sixteen years already. I feel that I am ready for this, and the Lady of Avalon is guiding my way.
So last Sunday, was my Dedication Ritual as a Daughter of Avalon.
I conducted a full Avalon Rite (See Blog Post Avalon Rituals) and held an Immrama to the Isle of Avalon. I envisioned myself stood at the crest of the Tor, and I called to Nolava, to the Nine Morgens of Avalon & to the Spirits of the Land of Avalon to join me.
I then Declared my intent to follow the Path & Learn the ways of Avalon. I told them I wished to work to being a Priestess & Teacher and that I felt that Brighid had guided me to the Shores of Avalon for this purpose.
I gave a Dedication speech which I had written myself, and ended it with a Blessings chant.
I felt very moved by my Ritual, very emotional and very happy.
I visualised planting a Tree on the Tor, a small sapling, which symbolises my Journey on the Path. When I Immrama there, I will check on my Sapling & see how She grows.
I gave thanks and closed down my Immrama. I then left an Offering on my Altar of Mead for the Goddess and Ladies of Avalon, and I drank a glass of Chalice Well Water (collected in February).
This Ritual was truly one of the most Personal, Spiritual and Magickal Rituals that I have been part of in the past 16 years as a Pagan. I was left with a feeling of complete & utter Peace afterwards and I slept soundly. It left me with a feeling of Connection, Light & Love.
A week later and just talking about it is still so joyful for me.
I am planning my Dedication as a Priestess of the Goddess for the end of May when I visit the a very Beautiful & very special place to me & my Husband ~ Cornwall. We got engaged there, honeymooned there and have had some very spiritual connections there in the past few years.
I will be holding my Rite of Dedication at a Sacred Waterfall as during my last visit there (during our Sacred Honeymoon) I felt Her presence VERY strongly.
My Priestess of Avalon Dedication will be when I return to Avalon at Samhain, as I feel it is only fitting that I become a Priestess of Avalon IN Avalon. And already I am so excited for it.
As an individual I feel so much calmer, joyful, more peaceful & more content since Dedicating myself.
The week has been a busy one in my mundane life, but I have not let it get on top of me.
I have been enjoying the influence that Avalon is having on me, and I think that those close to me can see the difference themselves.
Here’s looking to the next stage if my Avalonian Journey!
Brightest Blessings of the Sacred Isle,