The CSR is an Eclectic Wiccan teaching group with the following purposes in mind:
1. To provide a safe and nurturing environment for those seeking connection to the Divine
2. To help develop and foster an understanding of Nature and its cycles
3. To teach the Eclectic Wiccan tradition of the CSD’s Beliefs to those seeking knowledge
4. To help those that desire to continue the tradition as a minister of the Wiccan tradition
5. To celebrate the Gods and Goddesses to the best of our abilities
6. To try and education the general public about what Wicca truly is
7. To follow the Wiccan Rede to the best of our abilities
The CSR may not discriminate for membership based on physical disability, sexual orientation, race, political philosophies, past religious experiences gender or age (exception that the minimum age of 21). We do however have standards of conduct and expect all members and guests to adhere too as well as to our Wiccan Rede. Members and Guests may be asked to leave the CSR or a particular event if the behavior/belief reflects badly on Wicca in general and CSR in particular.
Membership is strictly voluntary and members can terminate their membership with the CSR at any time without any hard feelings or reprisals.
Since CSR is a teaching group there are degrees tied to levels in the curriculum. Please see the section on Classes for the full curriculum.
Membership Degrees are as follows:
1. Guests—Those that attend Full Moons, Sabbats and other open events but have not taken any classes nor enrolled in any classes. They may attend Council Meetings but are unable to vote
2. Seekers – Those individuals that are seeking an understanding of Wicca before committing to Classes, may attend Full Moons, Sabbats and other open events, may attend Council Meetings but may not vote
3. Neophytes—These individuals have taken the first steps and are currently in their first year of class. They may attend Full Moons, Sabbats and all other open events. These individuals may attend Council Meetings but are unable to vote.
4. Apprentice (1st Degree)—These individuals are currently in their second year of classes. They may attend Full Moons, Sabbats and all other open events. In order to be elevated to Apprentice, the student must have completed the full Neophyte year curriculum and have beapproved by the High Priestess/Teacher. Once elevated this is the first level which is considered a full member. These individuals may attend Council Meetings and may vote.
5. Journeyer (2nd Degree)—These individuals are currently on their third year of classes. They may attend Full Moons, Sabbats and all other open events. In order to be elevated to Journeyer, the student must have completed the full Apprentice year curriculum and have be approved by the High Priestess/Teacher. These individuals may attend Council Meetings and may vote.
6. Adept (3rd Degree)—These individuals have successfully completed the entire 3 year Curriculum. They may attend Full Moons, Sabbats and all other open events. In order to be elevated to Adept, the student must have completed the full Journeyer year curriculum and have be approved by the High Priestess/Teacher. These individuals may attend Council Meetings and may vote. Adepts may also teach classes using the standard CSD Curriculum. Adepts may hive off to form a daughter or son group and may be ordained. See Ordination/Hiving for more details.
7. Associates—Members of the Circle of the Silver Phoenix (Mother Coven) or any member of a family coven may become associate members of the CSR at the level they achieved at the Circle of the Silver Phoenix or family coven. They may attend Council Meetings and may not vote. Associate membership status is at the discretion of the High Priestess. Associate Adepts may act as guest teachers. Members of other groups that hive off from the Circle of the Silver Phoenix (sister organizations) or of groups that hive off from the CSR (daughter organizations) may be considered Associates at the discretion of the High Priestess. Associates may choose to become full-fledged members of the Circle of the Raven at the level they achieved in the mother, sister, or daughter organization at the discretion of the High Priestess.
8. Clergy – Members who are Clergy will overlap with either the Adept or Associates categories. Clergy are individuals who have been ordained by the CSR or by the Circle of the Silver Phoenix or another group in the Silver family. Clergy may act as celebrant for marriages, handfastings, Wiccanings, funeral services, and any other rituals, particularly those that require formal and/or legal ministerial recognition. The Council, as a group, bestow legal clergy rights and privileges on members who meet the criteria of this category. Council voting rights are dependent upon the individual’s status as Adept or Associate and is not changed by status as Clergy. For further information on the requirements for ordination within the CSR, see the section on Ordination/Hiving.
Members who have not participated in any Full Moons, Sabbats or open events for a Year and a day will be considered inactive (with the exception of a planned sabbatical of more than 3 months but less than 2 years). Members may be considered active once again at the discretion of the High Priestess or by attending 2 Full Moon, Sabbats or open events within a 6 month time frame. Inactive Members may not vote on Council and attending Council meetings does not fulfill the 2 event requirement to become active. Absences of less than Three months does not require taking a Sabbatical.
CSR has a standard 3 year Teaching curriculum. Classes will usually be scheduled once a month usually on a Sunday which is typically the best day to schedule a class to avoid conflicts with anyone’s working schedule
1. The first year of Coursework will correspond with the Neophyte level of membership
2. The second year of Coursework will correspond with the Apprentice (1st Degree) level of membership
3. The third year of Coursework will correspond with the Journeyer (2nd Degree) level of membership
4. Those that hold the level of Adept will have successfully completed all 3 years of Coursework
If there is a delay in elevation coursework will continue into the next year in anticipation of elevation occurring shortly thereafter.
Students will be elevated thru each degree as a whole class, that is when everyone who wishes to elevate has completed all the requirements for elevation, then each student in turn will be elevated on the same date. All classes will be for no less than a Year and a day.
The curriculum is under the direction of the High Priestess and may only be taught by the High Priestess or an Adept.
As part of any Open House or other events, CSR may present seminars on subjects in addition to the standard curriculum. These events or seminars may be taught by anyone at the Apprentice level and up, as approved by the High Priestess. Attendance at these events will be open to anyone at the discretion of the person facilitating the event or the High Priestess.
With the exception of the High Priestess, all offices may be filled or left vacant based on needs and membership numbers. More than one office may be held by one individual. Offices may be filled by volunteers and is encouraged for individuals to do so. If more than one person requests to fill a position the Council will vote to determine who fills that office. In the event of no other officers the High Priestess will make the final decision and offer the other individual another office on the Council. All Offices (with the exception of the High Priestess ) are for a term of a Year and a day but may be renewable multiple terms to the same position. Additional Offices (temporary or permanent) maybe created and filled as the Council sees necessary.
Oversees the Council, votes on Council matters; coordinates the teaching curriculum; provides counseling as needed; leads rituals as necessary; performs student elevations; represents CSR to the Pagan and Wiccan community and to the public in general. Provides overall guidance to the work of the CSR; provides the CSR as a safe environment for the growth and development of the individual members and exercises final decisions regarding ritual, initiation, ordination and other religious matters as well as final authority on all Council matters.
The Summoner/Contact Coordinator makes sure members are aware of event schedules. Is the first contact for Seekers and Guests. Will also explain the activities of the group, interview interested individuals for matching interests and suitability, filtering out those who would not make a good match. Introduces those individuals to the group that would make a good fit for the group and its purpose. Works with the Scribe to make sure that contact information for members is up-to-date. A Summoner may hold the position for the entire CSR or individual Summoners may be assigned for each individual class.
The Scribe keeps all written records, including but not limited to: minutes of the Council meetings, formal correspondence, CSR projects, rituals, and activities, and contact information of the membership. Membership contact information is kept in conjunction with the Summoner.
The Quartermaster keeps track of all financial activities for CSR, including supplies. The Quartermaster is also responsible for seeing that post-ritual clean up occurs.
The Council shall consist of the High Priestess and any individual with full voting rights described in the Membership Section.
The Council shall make decisions by consensus. When consensus cannot be reached, the Council shall refer the decision to the High Priestess, who shall consider all matters and come to a final decision
Council Meetings will be scheduled at a later time as CSR grows with the intentions of having meetings every quarter.
The purpose of the Council will be to include the following and other matters as the group grows:
1. Planning of events and activities
2. Budgeting and Financial matters
3. Community involvement
The requirements for hiving off and for receiving ordination are listed here under the same heading because they will often occur in conjunction; however, the requirements are different and are delineated separately.
Ordination is only available to Adepts. In order for an Adept to be ordained, the following must occur:
1. The Adept must have demonstrated continuing education in applicable skills from outside of the CSR
2. The Adept must write their own personal code of ethics in regards to duties as clergy and submit the code to the High Priestess for approval
3. The Adept must submit a written petition for ordination to the Council, describing the skills he/she believes are required for clergy and document how those skills have been developed. The petition should also document how the other requirements were met.
The Adept must have an interview with the Council and be approved by a two-thirds vote.
The official hiving off and creation of a new group is only available to an Adept. In order for an Adept to hive off, the following must occur:
1. The Adept must have at least 2 students or members for the new group, in addition to the Adept. (Exceptions can be made under certain circumstances and can be approved by the High Priestess
2. The Adept must have taught at minimum of 1 year of the standard curriculum.
3. The Adept must submit a written petition to the Council, outlining the new group’s structure and format and documenting the completion of the other requirements. The group’s structure may be documented in the form of draft bylaws or something less formal. The Council cannot reject the group’s structure but may make recommendations.
1. The names, addresses, telephone numbers, and other information relating to individual members and prospective members shall be considered confidential and may not be disclosed to non-members without express permission of the individual involved.
2. Disclosure of confidential information may, at the discretion of the Council, be ground for being barred from membership and group events
1. Members agree to indemnify and hold harmless the CSR as a whole, against any loss or damage, including theft or damage of personal or public property, injury, real or imagined, including but not limited to physical, mental, spiritual, social or emotional resulting from membership within the CSR.
2. Members agree to indemnify and hold harmless any individual(s) within the CSR against any loss or damage, including theft of damage of personal or public property, injury, real or imagined, including but not limited to physical, mental, spiritual, social, or emotional resulting from membership within the CSR.
Oath of Secrecy
The CSR does not require an oath of secrecy beyond that implicit in the Privacy Clause. The goal is to protect and respect the privacy of individuals, rather than to restrict the dissemination of information.
These bylaws may be amended by a vote of the Council, or High Priestess in absence of a Council.