Rite of Passage

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What is a rite of passage? Why is it Important?

The Rite of passage ceremony marks the transition from one phase of life to another. We also call them Life Cycle Ceremonies. Although it is often used to describe the tumultuous transition from adolescence to adulthood, it does refer to any of life’s transitions (Births and Beginnings, Initiations, Partnering, and Endings or Death). There are many passages in our lives if we choose to mark and celebrate them.

Here we are most concerned with initiatory Rites of passage. Initiation is defined in the dictionary as, “the rites, ceremonies, ordeals or instructions with which youth is formally invested with adult status in a community, society or sect.” We extend that definition to include rituals and ceremonies that help adults transition to new life roles along the path of adulthood – all the way into meaningful elderhood.

When we honour rite of passage experiences, we work to assure that initiates come out of the experience with a new and empowering story that helps them take responsibility for the decisions that set the course of their future. We help initiates create the story of who they are and the kind of life they want to build based within the exploration of their own personal values. We also help them find the story that connects them to their community. 


Through this self-exploration initiates emerge with a stronger sense of personal responsibility to all aspects of their lives – stretching all the way out to the larger world of which they are apart.

In this way both the community and the initiate benefit from a rite of passage. 

An intentional rite of passage experience provides the space for the community to transmit its core values and confer the role responsibilities appropriate to the initiate’s stage of life, thus ensuring cultural continuity, a connecting together of the generations.



The Priestesses of the Temple of Sacred Arts, offer the following Rite of Passage Ceremonies.

Wise Women Rites
Birth and Naming Ceremonies
Handfastings and  Sacred Unions
 Last Rites


These Ceremonies are held for those in need free of charge, however, the Priestess performing the ritual should be provided with shelter, food and her travel expenses covered if requested.

You can book our Sisters for Rite of Passage rituals via email here, please state your reason for contacting us in your email clearly.


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