There are several definitions of the word Mentor, most of which fit Mystic Moon's use of the word, but to eliminate confusion, we have created our own definition of this word. Mystic Moon's definition of the word 'Mentor' follows…
Mentor - An Initiate Priest or Priestess acting as an assistant to the Elder High Priest and Elder High Priestess insofar as relaying initial information, acting as an example of proper behavior, and being tutor and friend to the new Dedicate Seeker they are assigned to.
It is important to remember that the Elder High Priest and Elder High Priestess are always the primary teachers in Mystic Moon Coven. The Mentors are to act as teaching assistants and are not expected to take complete responsibility for the training of the Dedicate Seeker. However, since one of the Mentor's primary responsibilities is to assist the Dedicate Seeker in learning ritual etiquette and to pass on the correct manner of behavior in all Mystic Moon situations, the Mentor will be partially responsible for the actions of the Dedicate Seeker. The Mentor program is not meant to place full responsibility of New Dedicate Seekers on those Initiate Priests and Priestesses assigned as Mentors nor is it meant as a complete training arena. It is intended to provide new Dedicate Seeker with an additional contact person within the coven who will help give them basic information needed to function within the confines of the coven structure.
Some of the main purposes for the Mentor program are listed here…
To more equally distribute the responsibility for relaying information to new Dedicate Seekers.
To provide Initiate Priests and Priestesses with some beginning teaching experience.
To provide more cohesion between the inner circle and outer circle students.
To provide Dedicate Seekers with an additional available teaching contact.
To provide new Dedicate Seekers with remedial information needed to prepare them for experiencing ritual.
To provide the Dedicate Seeker with appropriate training about ritual, student guidelines, and acceptable behavior within Mystic Moon.
To help the Dedicate Seeker throughout their initial year and a day and prepare them to meet the requirements for Dedication.
Begin learning how to ground and center and also how to meditate.
Develop a working relationship with their Mentor (as well as with the Elder High Priest/ess).
Learn and practice proper ritual etiquette
Become familiar with rules and guidelines of Mystic Moon Coven.
Demonstrate understanding of appropriate conduct and ethical behavior.
Plan and conduct a Self-Dedication to the God & Goddess outside the coven setting (the Mentor may be in attendance)
Discover their magickal name.
Make or purchase ritual robe or other suitable ritual attire.
Read the books on the reading list.
Discover, through meditation or self-examination whether or not this is truly the spiritual path they wish to live and if this is indeed the coven they wish to study with.
Toward the end of their initial year and a day the Dedicate Seeker must let the Elder High Priest/ess know they still want to Dedicate.
Develop a working relationship with their Dedicate Seeker.
Exchange contact information with their Dedicate Seeker.
Be available for consultation either in person, by phone, or by email.
Make arrangements to meet with the Dedicate Seeker not less than once a month either for social time or Mentoring time (or a combination thereof)
Assist the Dedicate Seeker in learning about ritual utilizing the information outlined in the Mystic Moon Tradition handbook.
Assist the Dedicate Seeker in becoming familiar with the basics of the Mystic Moon tradition and the working of Mystic Moon Coven.
Assist the Dedicate Seeker in finding a magickal name.
Assist the Dedicate Seeker in making or finding ritual attire.
Witness the Dedicate Seeker's self-dedication (if asked to attend).
Encourage the Dedicate Seeker to read the books on their reading list.
Encourage the Dedicate Seekers to ask questions (both of the Mentor and of the Elder High Priest/ess)
Confer with the Elder High Priest and Elder High Priestess concerning any questions or situations that they may be unsure of how to handle.
Keep the Elder High Priest and Elder High Priestess informed as to the Dedicate Seeker's progress.
The Mentor should not assign any kind of lesson or assignment without first clearing it through the Elder High Priest/ess.
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