of Religious Pagans
A Path for the
Eclectic, Independent, and Altruistic Pagan
The Shanddite Order was started by Pagan
and is based on the
teachings presented in his many books on living a sacred life through Paganism. He writes:
the course of writing several different books on modern Paganism, it
became evident to me that I had enough sufficiently unique ideas to
begin my own path or branch. I do not do this because I need a boost to
my own ego by having disciples or followers. My path is for the
and independent Pagan. There is no initiation from others and both
solitaries and groups of Pagans can join. I offer this path for those
who: believe in these ideals, want to dedicate their lives to being a
Pagan of high principles, want to help others, and want to
be joined (at least in Spirit) with others of similar mind and
attitude. There may be hundreds of people who decide to join with me or
I may always be the only one, it does not matter to me. But, if you do
decide to join me, I welcome you and invite you to become a force for
the betterment of Earth and all her children."
This order is meant for male and female Pagans who live within
the secular world but who also take on sacred vows.
This is what we believe:
- That there is a universal source that is
the essence of all
beings and all things but that is also greater than all things.
- All forms of matter and energy are
derived from this
- We choose to use term Spirit to name this source.
- That Spirit is in constant motion - for
that is its essence - and
that this motion creates cycles, spirals, and changes.
- That the universe, which is the manifestation of Spirit,
expresses this constant motion through three forces:
- expansion; and
- That these three forces are manifested in
all living beings
through three drives:
- Becoming (expansion or individuation)
- symbolized by the sun or the masculine
- may also be referred to as the energy of Light
- Belonging (contraction or communion)
- symbolized the moon or the feminine
- may also be referred to as the energy of Love
- Being (balance or contemplation)
- symbolized by the stars or the
- may also be referred to as energy of Life
- That deities are metaphors or
representations of these forces in
all their many forms and expressions.
- We are free to honor those deities
however we wish, if at all.
- We know, however, that Spirit is too wonderful and
mysterious to be understood as a separate being.
- That the energies of Becoming and
Belonging are expressed through
at least four stages each represented by the four classical elements:
- The energy of Being is represented by the fifth element Aether
- That, among other things, the five
elements also represent the
four parts of the self:
- Body (Earth)
- Mind (Air)
- Heart (Fire
- Soul (Water)
- Each of these are balanced and energized by Spirit.
- That magick is the act not of obtaining
things but of purifying
and refining the self.
- in so doing, the self attracts what is
- in so doing, the self is transformed
- in so doing, the world is transformed
- That we should live out our principles by being of service to
- Members of the Order must be of assistance to other members of
the Order, when possible.
- Members of the Order should seek to help out other Pagans, when
- Members of the Order should work to improve their local
communities and other communities, when possible.
We believe that we should live out our principles in our daily lives.
To accomplish this, we adhere to five basic guidelines, referred to as
This is how we live to reflect those precepts:
- We will consciously consider the
intent behind all our words,
deeds, and actions.
- Through conscious action we will strive to cause no harm to
Earth, to ourselves, or other beings.
- Through conscious action we will resolve conflicts of harm.
- We will accept no law, statement, or directive purely on face
value but will consider its intent and consequences to ourselves and
- We will respect all paths and
practitioners who do not seek
to cause harm.
- We will express that respect through kindness, mercy, and
presence whenever possible.
- We will say what we mean and we will
stand behind what we say.
- We will be responsible to Earth and to all beings.
- We will seek to aid others whenever possible.
- We will treat all beings and all
things as sacred.
- We will honor the cycles of nature and our lives through
ritual and other acts of reverence.
- We will reveal our principles to others through
our daily actions.
- We will seek out the wonder, awe, and joy of living
- We will encourage and promote that joy to others.
We recognize that there may be times when these rules may
conflict. This is called a Conflict of Conduct. In such cases, reason
should be applied by the individual to resolve the conflict. In finding
a solution, one should consider:
- Through Kindness
- to seek to not cause harm toward:
- all others
- all beings
- Through Consideration
- to respect others
- to respect the property and belongings of others
- to respect the thoughts and philosophies of others
- Through Authenticity
- to be true toward:
- our word and intent
- the Principles listed above
- the greater good
- the natural right of all beings to defend themselves and
and to defend their home and property
This is who we are:
- Anyone can become a member of this path
or initiation by another person.
- There are three levels of membership:
- An Oblate
- a member who takes the vows but does not study the lessons
- A Dedicant
- a member in pursuit of full membership
- A Brother or Sister
- To become an Oblate of the Order, you agree to:
- accept all the principles listed above
- take on vows to live out those principles in your life and
- enact a Dedication ritual
- remain true to your vows throughout your membership
- renounce your membership if you can no longer live up
to your vows
- renew your vows at least once a year.
- To become a Dedicant of the Order, you agree to:
- follow the same directions to become an Oblate
- begin and continue your studies of the lessons until completed
- To become a Brother or Sister of the Order, you agree to:
- become a Dedicant of the Order
- complete all lessons
- incorporate all spiritual practices of the Order into your
own personal practice
- renounce your membership if you cannot uphold the Principles
and Practices of the Order
- If you would like to be listed on an active list of Members of
the Order, please email the
- the name you wish to have listed;
- where you live;
- what attracted you to the Order;
- how you plan to incorporate the ideals of the Order into your
- indicate whether you are an oblate, dedicant or full member
(Brother or Sister).
This is what we do:
Practitioners are free to include in their own
practice any other
religious or spiritual
techniques, practices, or principles that do not interfere with the
- A morning practice - the Consecration
- An evening practice - the Reckoning
- The cycles of the universe that influence
our lives and world are
celebrated through ritual in whatever manner the practitioner
- These rituals can include:
- Astors (dark moons)
- degrees and initiations (if chosen)
- and other celebrations.
- Rituals may be done by one person or in a group.
- Group rituals will:
- strive to share the ritual responsibilities throughout
group as each person is comfortable doing so.
- not be lead solely by a single person or pair of people
as a High Priest and Priestess) but by sharing leading roles within the
- the only titles that should be used in the ritual group
those of the directions: North, East, West, South, and Center.
- The primary responsibility for the ritual will be with
- All non-sexual rituals should be open and child-friendly.
- At the beginning of the day, the practitioner will make a vow to
uphold these principles.
- The vow will be something simple such as:
- "Through Reason, Respect, Responsibility, Reverence, and
Revelry do I vow to live in Spirit." or
- "I vow to live in Spirit through Kindness, Consideration, and
- The practitioner will wear a simple band, necklace, ring, or
bracelet that is purple or purple and yellow or gold.
- This band may be plain or it can include:
- a symbol such as a
- five objects or items, or
symbol that represents the five elements and the Five Precepts.
- This band shall be referred to as the Spirit Binding
and shall symbolize the freely accepted binding of the practitioner to
- At the end of the day, the practitioner will do the following:
- review the day to determine:
- if your vows have been meet
- if not, means shall be determined to mend any problems
caused and to work to do better.
- if someone should receive thanks or praise for doing a
positive act for another.
- if so, plans shall be made to offer praise or thanks
- Practitioners are expected to gain experience and knowledge in
particular Pagan and spiritual concepts.
- The practitioner is free to learn these things through any
means best suited for that person, however, suggestions for lessons are offered by clicking here.
- A good test as to whether or not a concept is learned is to ask:
- "Would I feel comfortable teaching that concept to another?"
- Practitioners may assign 1 - 5 degrees to their learning however,
degrees should be used only for training and
gaining experience and should not be used to distinguish levels of
hierarchy among practitioners.
- Practitioners will be expected to develop at least the following:
- An understanding of the Principles, Precepts, and Practices
- A personal understanding and connection to Spirit.
- An understanding of the three forces (Being, Belonging, and
Becoming) and how they operate in our lives.
- An understanding of the Five Elements and how they relate to
through the four parts of the self.
- a practice involving the Pagan Wheel of the Year.
- An understanding of the cycles of the universe and of life
- Life stages and changes
- The ability to enact a basic personal ritual
- Meditation techniques
- A specialty practice such as:
- tools and crafts
- psychic abilities
- a performing art
- a visual art
- An understanding of other spiritual and religious paths and
- An introduction to mythology
- A regular practice of service to others
- One who completes this training to their own satisfaction may
then be called a Brother or Sister of the Order.
- Practitioners are expected to aid in the betterment of Earth and
her children on a regular basis.
- aid can be offered to:
- helping the planet
- helping other people (especially children)
- helping animals
- helping any other living thing
- aid can be offered through
- donating money
- donating time
- donating goods or services
- donating work or skills
- speaking or writing in support
- At least once a year, preferably at the same time as when first
dedicated, the Practitioner should review his or her year as an active
member and either:
- renew those vows for another year
- denounce membership in the Order.
The practitioner is free to use any dedication
ritual that he or she
chooses so long as a commitment to adhere to the Principles listed
above are included. The following ritual can be used in full or as a
developing a personal ritual. It has been adapted from the book Sacred Gatherings by Shanddaramon
- Materials needed:
- the object to be used as a Spirit Binding
- Bless and prepare the incense.
- Turn off all lights (except the reading
- "In the spirit of celebration, and in
the celebration of
Spirit, I come to this sacred place anew."
- "I cannot falter as I come to this altar because I know my
intent is true." [Ring the bell.]
- Statement of Intent
- "In this sacred time I celebrate the
decision to dedicate to
the Shanddite path."
- "This is my intent. So mote it be." [Light the center candle.]
- Ground and Center
- "With the Earth below, I am grounded as
- "With the Sky above, I shall soar like a
- "Let me feel connected as I begin and
find the peace that is
- "Let me breathe in the peace of Earth
and Sky and let me feel
connected as I release a soft sigh."
- [Pause to breathe mindfully, center
yourself, and feel
- Call of the Three Forces
- "Through the Sun we understand Light so
that we may become as
- "Through the Moon we understand Love so
that we may embrace all
below and above."
- "Through the Stars we understand Life so
that we may seek
balance amid the strife."
- Call of the Four Directions
- "I honor the direction of North and
the element of Earth. It
is through the material that our soul is given birth."
- "I embrace the dark of the Winter
night so that I may
seek the reborn light."
- "I dedicate my hands to this path I
have chosen in this time
- "I say hail and welcome to the
North. Let your
light shine." [Light the Earth candle.]
- "I honor the direction of East and the
element of Air. It is
the wind that carries our thoughts and makes us aware."
- "Of wonders like mornings filled with
Spring bouquets and the
wisdom that abounds in nature's ways."
- "I dedicate my mind to this path
I have chosen in this
time of rebirth."
- "I say hail and welcome to the East.
Let your light shine."
[Light the Air candle.]
- "I honor the direction of South and
the element of Fire. It
is the flames of emotion that move us to desire:"
- "The joyful play of a Summer
afternoon, and the heart filled
with a merry tune."
- "I dedicate my heart to this path I have chosen in this
time of rebirth."
- I say hail and welcome to the South. Let your light
shine." [Light the Fire candle.]
- "I honor the direction of West and the
element of Water. It
is the peace of Spirit that our souls are after."
- "The hushed quiet of an evening in
Fall is when we sense the
soul's gentle call."
- "I dedicate my soul to this path I have chosen in this
time of rebirth.
- "I say hail and welcome to the West. Let your light shine."
[Light the Water candle.]
- “To this sacred path I enter:
From beyond the circle to
- "I honor the direction of Center where the journey shall
- [Place chosen Spirit Binding in the center of the altar.]
- Closing of the Circle
- I am now encircled in love and trust."
- With the strength of this love shall I hold fast. For now, at
last, the circle is cast."
- [Draw and/or visualize a circle around you.]
- "In this sacred sphere I spin, a Dedication ritual now
- [Ring the bell.]
- Ritual Work
- "In the cosmic book of endless
changes, I stop to read one of
- "Within the cycles of the ages, to this Dedication my heart
- The Work:
- "I declare that I do freely,
willingly, and joyfully
to the Shanddite path and that I do freely, willingly, and joyfully
and embrace the principles of this path."
- [The Spirit Binding should be taken from the center of the
altar and held.]
- "As a new Dedicant(s) to this path, I vow to live my
life under the Shanddite principles and and I vow to live in Spirit
through Reason, Respect, Responsibility, Reverence, and Revelry. So
Mote It Be!"
- [Wear the Spirit Binding]
- "With this symbol of recognition and rememberance, I bind
myself to these principles so long as I wear."
- [Put on the Spirit Binding.]
- "I am a Shanddite. So Mote It Be!"
- "Now this circle I undo, For this
dedication is nearly through."
- "Let this work here done befall to the good of one and all. So
mote it be."
- [Ring the bell.]
- Recognition of the Four Directions
- "I honor the West where the soul finds
rest. It is the water
that we drink."
- "I have committed my soul to this path I have chosen
through your affinity."
- "So I say hail and farewell to the West and blessed be!"
- [Extinguish the Water candle.]
- "I honor the South where the heart
seeks its path. It is the
fire that we burn and share."
- I have committed my heart to this path I have chosen
through your affinity."
- So I say hail and farewell to the South and blessed be!"
- [Extinguish the Fire candle.]
- "I honor the East where the mind knows
peace. It is the air
that we breathe."
- "I have committed my mind to this path I have chosen
through your affinity."
- "So I say hail and farewell to the East and blessed be!
- [Extinguish the Air candle.]
- "I honor the North where our hands
reach forth. It is the
Earth for which we must care."
- "I have committed my hands to this path I have chosen
through your affinity."
- "So I say hail and farewell to the North and blessed be!
- [Extinguish the Earth candle.]
- Recognition of the Three Forces
- "I honor the warmth of the Sun and the
need to be unique."
- "I honor the inspiration of the Moon and the love that we all
- "I honor the hope of the Stars and the need to balance strong
- "With the sky above my words have
sounded. In the Earth below I
shall be grounded." Blessed be to all!"
- [Pause to touch the Earth and feel grounded.]
- “Mother Earth and I are one.”
- Opening of the Circle
- "Let these blessings I have bestowed
like a seed, take root and
grow, and to their purpose renew."
- [Draw and/or visualize opening the circle around you in a
- "Though this circle now is open, let these bonds remain
unbroken, for this Dedication is now through."
- [Ring the bell and extinguish the center or Working Candle.
- “The ritual is over. So mote it be.”
- This page and its path was launched August
- last revised 5/30/2012
- revised 11/20/12
- subtitle changed
- practice of review added