How is Spiral Tor Organized?

  • The coven is organized into inner and outer courts.  The inner court consists of all of the initiates (1st degree and higher) in the coven. The outer court consists of all non-initiated members of the coven. 
  • All Esbats (New and Full Moon rituals) and Sabbats (8 solar holidays of the Wiccan Wheel of the Year) are open to everyone in the coven (inner and outer courts) and sometimes guests who have been invited by a member of the group.
  • The inner court holds initiates-only circles but these are not Esbats or Sabbats.
  • The coven has by-laws that are available upon the request of guests who are considering requesting dedication.  All members have copies of these by-laws.
  • Guests who are considering requesting dedication should talk with an initiate in the coven to learn the procedure for becoming a member.
  • Spiral Tor is an independent, autonomous religious congregation with its initiated clergy being licensed by Covenant of the Goddess Northern Dawn Chapter, a Pagan clergy licensing body with strict standards of conduct.
  • The beginner classes are handled by a "Grove Teacher" whose job it is to teach a rotating year and a day of basic classes for new seekers and dedicants.  These classes are open to all coven members and invited guests and are designed to give an overview of "Spiral Tor 101" so that students can understand and participate in outer court rituals.  Often it is during this period of Grove study that a person crystalizes a desire to request dedication into the coven and/or Tradition.  Dedication has a list of requirements that must be met and the coven votes on whether a dedication request will be accepted.  Note that the coven is not always in a position to take on new dedicants and a lot of factors go into the decision to accept a new dedicant.  After dedication, the student completes the Grove homework that remains to be done from a list of required assignments and continues to attend Grove classes.  After completing the Grove homework, some students will request elevation to "Neophyte," which is an intensive period of at least a year and a day during which the student prepares for initiation with a private teacher.  Elevation to Neophyte and subsequent initiation are based on completing the extensive homework and being deemed ready for elevation.  Elevation is NOT based on simply spending a year and a day in study, although at least a year and a day must be spent at each elevation level, with rare exceptions possible (and yet to be seen).
  • At first degree, the initiate is called a "priest" or a "priestess."
  • At second degree, the initiate is called a "High Priest" or a "High Priestess."
  • At third degree, the initiate is qualified to hive a coven of his or her own.