Celtic Coming of Age Ceremony

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Celtic Coming of Age Ceremony

From Childhood to Adulthood

Boys

13 is the age in which a ceremony or ritual takes place. This is a belief because of the significance of the number, 13 is a number of transitions.

"1" represents the individual person stepping onto divine path of the "3" goddesses. Numerogical meaning  it add all numbers until there is only one

1+3=4

Four is a number of wholeness or the full circle of life.

Girls

Coming of Age is at first menstruation. There is a celebration where the daughter is taken to dinner, thrown a part, or given special jewelry. It was important to commemorate coming into womanhood.

Coming of Age is a confirmation of faith and a testimonial of a young person who has chosen to follow the path of the pagan. A young adult is only allowed to claim the title of witch in an "Initiation Ceremony".

The Coming of Age Rite

Rituals are performed in circles; it represents the flow of life. The ‘leadership' tasks in it are according to the sex of the child. The Gods must be present to bless the child and welcome him/her into adulthood

Accepting the Rite of Passage

The child become the center of attention so it is important for the parent to help them stay calm and focused.

From Childhood to Adulthood

Many traditional circles ask he child to perform some task to show readiness as an adult. In family tradition the child stands before the altar and lights a second ritual candle as a sign they have accepted the commitment of the pagan path.

Discussions Questions

What's interesting about the rituals and traditions?
Are there any similarities to your own practices?
Do you believe all cultures share the belief that the Coming of Age is significant?
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