A true classic.
Anyway, my 2.1 cents worth on ODT...online degree training is the equivalent of online virgin deflowering. You can learn something about it, but the experience wouldn't quite be the same. 'Nuff said?
Jeez, I'm getting to be a crotchety old coot. I went to a friend's Ritual the other night, and...and...they switched Elements for North and East (OK, OK, I KNOW, Elexxa, Tarty... but this is someone bragging on being a Gard Third in a supposedly explicitly Wiccan Ritual). Corners were called using three different forms interchangeably ("Guardians," "Elements," and "Lords of the Watchtower"). Some folks used the sixth stroke to 'seal' their pentagrams, some didn't. Some did them according to the proper Elements..some always started at the top. Some started with the left downstroke coming and going. Some stood in Osiris position, some didn't. Some folks (GASP!) turned widdershins in place passing the Chalice. What in the Sacred Name of Sam Hill is this woman teaching? At least get your people to be consistent however you do things!
There's 'however it works for you,' but...I never thought Oscar Wilde applied to Wicca ("A foolish adherence to consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds"). THIS is "Online Initiation Ritual" thinking in action. AAAAAUGHHHH!!!!!
And part of me is just in hysterics at myself over being such a stuck-in-the-mud Trad and stickler for propriety (who'd a thunk it?). Oh, heck, why don't we just get High Priestess Fluffy Woo Woo to address the Lord and Lady as Ken and Barbie and get it the hell over with? I guess I need to find me a good old-fashioned Coven that follows the ol' "To Know, to Will, to Dare - to keep Silent," and does everything the way Gerald did...wait, did I really say that?
I never thought I'd grow up to be a Ritual Nazi. But I've seen the future of Wicca, and to me, it ain't pretty. I think some folks need to call what they do "Wicca Lite" or something for truth in advertising purposes. Hey, I've done public Rituals where they called Corners by Chereokee sacred trees and then Named Hindu Deities and it was fine (well, kinda fine...) by me because it wasn't WICCA. Heck, I've done Ritual with Reclaimers and all I had to say was, "That was really interesting." But if you use the "W" word for what you do, I believe that means a certain adherence to consistency in theory and practise.
Dang kids and their new-fangled horseless carriages and flying machines...in my day, we...
..stalks off humming, "Gimme that ol' time religion..."