The Witch Grass Coven has a reasonably rigorous curriculum, based in NROOGD tradition, but supplemented with information
that we believe an Elder of the Craft should know. This list is not exhaustive. Other workshops will be added as inspiration
strikes; topics will not necessarily be covered in this order; and there are other, more intangible requirements for the initiations,
for the most part having to do with a persons social maturity and suitability to stand before the public as clergy. All the
curriculum is part of the training for the grades of initiation; dedication takes place when the Elders are sure that the
student is sincere in desiring to study the Craft.
Requirements for Dedication
Complete the diagnostic test.
Start a NROOGD based BOS and show it to Aidan and Melinda.
Set up an altar within your home. List the tools and items that you place on the altar in your BOS.
at least 15 minutes a day in a book on the reading list.
Begin compiling a glossary of General Craft terminology;
this can go in your BoS.
History and Nature of the Craft
Read essays on Essential Facts about the History and
Nature of the Craft and Five concepts of the Witch.
Read a recommended book on Craft history from the reading list.
Understanding the Craft Laws
Discussion of the revised Aporrheton 5.
Be able to explain the essential laws of
magic and the ethical system of the Craft.
The Wheel of the Year: Origin, nature, and symbolism of the eight Sabbats.
Read data on the Sabbats in the Vocabulary for the Craft.
Selecting an area of interest and start the study of this. Example of this would be to pick one of the following:
Write your own dedication ritual.
Requirements for the White Cord
Create a mandala chart showing the interlinked characteristics
of the Sabbats.
Create a similar chart showing the Gods and Goddesses associated with the Sabbats.
Basics of the major divination
Begin a survey of the major divination systems, in order to start finding a divination tool that works well for
Complete the tables outlining the basic concepts of astrology.
Make a lunar calendar...look on line for dates and moon phases. Women: align it with your menses. This must be hand
Learn two spreads (including the Mandala spread) besides the Celtic Cross.
Make your own pendulum and board for reading.
For one divination tool, write a complete history on it, including
where it originated, what native people used it, and how it is used. Also compare it to other divination tools, in how it
is different, and how it is similar.
Learn how to make or acquire the tools needed for rituals, and how to consecrate
them to the Craft.
Practice going to the meadow, 15 minutes every day. This will be given to you in training.
an agricultural report of your area, include what foods grow, what type of animals are raised, rain fall measurements for
the past year. What type of plants, trees, vegetables, and so on grow in your region.
Astrological lesson provided.
Create a chart showing the seven chakras and describing their characteristics.
The White Star:
Daily practice of these techniques is required.
crafts of the Craft:
Oils and incenses
Psychic Training, 2: The Pathway
Between the Worlds:
the astral temple;
Daily practice of these techniques is required.
Write a new meditation induction for yourself, if this one is not working well. Show it to your mentor.
of the Craft
How to make or acquire the tools needed for rituals, and how to consecrate them to the Craft.
the tool meditations
Make a list of ten Gods
and ten Goddesses and how they correspond with one another; also list their aspects and where they originated.
essay explaining why you have chosen your particular patron deity.
Working the basic circle ritual
a Craft altar
Ways of raising power
Requirements for the Red Cord
Cosmogony and creating a myth
Reading and discussion
of creation and other myths.
Write an original myth.
Developing Psychic competence in one divination system
must demonstrate to your mentor that you can carry out a genuinely psychic reading.
Using Correspondences to create
Use the NROOGD correspondence system to create rituals for binding, healing, protection, and banishing.
Nature of Consciousness: the Three Minds.
Lecture/discussion on the real structure of human consciousness
and how it gives rise to psychic abilities.
Psychic Training, 3: Working Between the Worlds
creating a familiar
Meeting the Gods:
Working an initiatory circle (if possible)
casting the cone of power
Mentoring a dedicant to the white cord. With supervision of the elders.
and teaching a training class.
Be able to train others in our pathworking system.
Compiling a complete Book of
Complete the reading list agreed upon with mentor (must include The White Goddess).
Write an accurate
essay on Craft history.
Principles of Ritual Construction
You will need to write, create, and produce a public,
NROOGD-based Sabbat ritual.
Training in how to adapt the basic rituals to novel situations.
Advanced divination techniques
Advanced aspecting techniques
Original essay on Craft theology
studies in areas of personal interest
Requirements for the Garter or Black Cord
The Garter can only be earned by founding and running a coven for a year and a day. To take the garter, a priest/ess
A complete set of coven tools
Writing the Garter ritual
Making the Garter*
has been a debate with the larger NROOGD community that the Garter is taken. We feel that it is incorrect with the statement
that any degree can be "taken" We do not and will not train in that manner. The Garter is earned.
The requirements listed here are not exhaustive, we will add more to the requirments, as we see fit.
Updated on Febuary 24th, 2002