Dedicatory Religious Witchcraft or DRW is a path that is outlined in most DIY 'Wicca' books, but given a more accurate title. It has more structure than eclecticism, but is still very open to customization.
The following is quoted from an article written by one of the ladies (Aislynn) that coined the DRW title.http://www.rootsofritual.net/general/what-is-dedicatory-religious-witchcraft/
"1. A belief in a balanced Divinity. That could be seen through hard polytheism, soft polytheism, monotheism (with the one deity having masculine and feminine aspects that are equally balanced), duotheism, and pretty much any “ism” other than atheism and agnosticism (a case can be made for agnosticism, but it will be rare).
2. Adherence to The Wiccan Rede as it is written. This does not imply that it is “law” or infallible. We cannot possibly ever “harm none”. We must strive to, however. We must strive to not harm others emotionally, physically, spiritually, etc. just as we must strive not to harm ourselves in the same manner. These probably include harm by inaction and harming nature and the natural order of the universe. Elsewhere, it can be interpreted differently than it has been historically, depending on the practitioner. (See our page for a clearer explanation: http://www.wiccantogether.com/group/work-in-progress/page/the-rede-what-it-really-means)
3. As above, one must also follow any tenets laid out in The Charge of the Goddess (i.e. “All acts of love are my rituals”) and The Charge of the God.
4. The Threefold Law may be interpreted by the individual practitioner in a way that suits their personal practice or thrown out as an outdated teaching device. This is not as central to our faith.
5. Adhere to the 13 Goals of a Witch
6. Practice witchcraft – this should be obvious from the title, but the definition of “witchcraft” varies widely. One must determine their definition and stick to it. For example, some define witchcraft as the casting of spells while others define it more along the lines of “any act of energy manipulation” (i.e. casting the circle, casting a spell, etc.) or any act of invoking/evoking (i.e. calling the quarters, calling deity to be present in a circle, aspecting, etc.)
DRW was never meant to be an interim path. It is not only for those who are only solitary by circumstance but wish to join a Traditional coven when the chance arises. Once you pledge yourself to this path, you are DRW until you pledge yourself to another or for life. It is also important to note that any newer covens (who haven’t yet reached the three initiatory generation requirement to be considered Traditional Initiatory Witchcraft) who meet the above criteria would be DRW as well. It is not solely a solitary practice, though a majority of solitairies may be drawn to it because it was originally created specifically for them."
The title was created for solitary witches that are drawn to Wicca, but are not initiated and/or are unable to find a traditional Wiccan coven to seek initiation.
You aren't required to take this path or follow these guidelines if you don't want to. If you like being Eclectic and don't want to change anything about your path, don't. We're just showing you more options that are available to you.
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