Here we celebrate births, deaths, handfastings and other rites of passage related to the online Witch community
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Rite of Passage: Hawk|
Every day, all around the world, a boy becomes a man. These rites of
passage often happened without fanfare and pageantry for young men in
the past few decades here in the USA. This is changing. Pagans are
reviving the thoughts and practices of the Ancestors.
The rising number of pagan groups in the last decade are starting to
show signs of spiritual maturity. Cohesive groups are able to produce
the circles of initiation and passages are magickally marked in the
fabric of time and space. The experience is often a two-way street.
Many of the individuals performing the roles of character in these
rites never had the chance as a youth to undergo such a personal
experience. While the young man gets the benefit and lift of rites in
honor of manhood, warriorhood or other coming-of-age ceremony, the men
get to experience it as well- within the rituals.
The group pictured is from SW Florida. This photo was taken at
midnight, just before they took a Mother's childe away from her. Yip!
Right out of a sound, comfortable sleep (during a bright Full Moon),
this young lad -- JOHN, was rousted from his warm, comfy bed by a very
demanding group of masked marauders. He was instructed that his worst
nightmare had come, and allowed to choose whether or not to become a man
that night! He chose the path of becoming, and was instructed to say a
last farewell to his Mother, who cried for her little boy. They were
last seen stuffing the boy into a van and heading "out into the
Everglades" (according to the discussion the men were having in the
boy's presence- that is!) They ended up at SUMMERLAND on the night
before the big Mabon Celebration, where the boy would be presented to
the community with a new name: HAWK and a new identity: MAN. Sorry but
the details of the evening before are highly classified in the Men's
Mystery category. Women are not the only mysterious creatures on the
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