Training Program

Training Program

The Clergy Training Program has been designed to be a balance of research and experience, intellect and intuition, head and heart. You are asked to demonstrate your academic or intellectual knowledge (don’t let the words scare you) and to show your abilities in ritual.

Knowledge of a subject can be demonstrated in several ways. You can:

  • take part in a discussion
  • write a paper or essay
  • present a lecture or workshop
  • use any other method you or your Guide suggests, as long as your Guide finds it acceptable.

Your expertise in ritual will include

  • creation
  • preparation
  • performance

of many types of ritual, from solitary work to large public ritual and formal Liturgy. You will be expected to have at least a working knowledge of various ritual forms, although your own path may not regularly include all of these.

Work closely with your Guide to find ways to fulfill the training requirements. Some of the requirements state specifically what needs to be done; others are much more general and can be fulfilled in a number of ways.

Commitment, vocation, knowledge, and performance are equally important in the program. Draw on your strengths, strengthen your weak points, and may the Gods bless your efforts.

  1. Self-Knowledge and Commitment
    This is where we start.
    Tell us who you are.
    What is your Path?
    How determined are you to do this?
    How self-disciplined are you?
  2. Polytheology
    Much of the intellectual/academic work and some experiential/ritual work will be done here.
  3. Ritual
    More experiential work with specialized types of ritual and further research.

NOTE: It often happens that work done to fulfill a requirement in Section B will also meet a requirement in Section C, or vice versa.

  1. Spiritual Skills
    Even when the formal training is finished, we continue to hone our spiritual/magical skills. This section of the Training Program is more an ongoing reminder list than a sign-off sheet.
  2. Pastoral Functions
    Requirements in this section are most often fulfilled by participation in Workshops/discussions in Collegium. Or they may be met in much the same manner as those in Section B (Polytheology).

NOTE: Materials submitted in fulfillment of the requirements will be evaluated by the student’s Guide and the Training Coordinator. Student work will be shown to others only with permission of the student Conclave may however request permission to include some pieces in the Collegium Archives.