Bear in mind that each of us has our own unique gifts and skills which we bring with us when we arrive to the House. That said, despite the various 'levels' within Wicca (first, second, third degree, etc), they are simply adjectives as place-markers to let others know how far along in their studies they are. Knowledge is simply information shared and wisdom is the gift gained from its practice. Practice is the gift which enables one to build a relationship with the Divine, with the practitioner, and then the gift of gratitude for living. The House's structure is Wiccan.
Please note: We require all students to be at least 18 years old due to legalities of teaching spiritual education to minors in the USA. No one under 16 will be considered as it is generally considered (per religious education consensus) that anyone below that age with rare exception is 'too young'. We understand that families often choose to raise their children with the same religion they believe/practice, or none at all (only a few 'shift religions' or expose their children to multiple religious paths). In the instance that someone under 16 should find this website and desire to be taught Tameran Wicca, we will send an email with a request-for-consent form, which will be printed, filled out, and include a request for a written, snail-mailed letter from the parent with signature and date, containing their consent for us to teach their son/daughter. This letter must be on yellow legal pad paper. When received in the mail at the address we specify, we will retain the letter. Should the parent change their mind at any point in time, we will honor the parent/s' wishes and immediately put into hiatus the individual's training until they become 18 and/or living on their own as circumstances permit. Private information such as names & addresses will be kept under utmost confidentiality.Should we find the handwritten letter from the parent with signature and date not to our acceptance (ie: if it looks forged), we will forfeit it immediately and it may count against the individual should they wish to join at a later date.This is not a hard-and-fast rule and is to be put into practice/be used on a case-to-case basis only. We heavily respect the parents' decisions and will honor it.
Structure of Learning
Traditionally, witchcraft and Wicca both have three 'levels', each of a year and a day study and each consecutively more difficult. The number of lessons may vary from coven to coven, from one per week to two a month or even once a month.
The House does not follow this tradition as in Rev. Steele's past experiences, he's seen excited, zealous students frustrated with the wait of having to wait a predetermined span of time for their next lesson as the teachers would send lessons out like clockwork regardless of how fast one turned a previous lesson in from the point it was received, while others were struggling with the same lesson and could take longer. In previous groups he was in, it was perceived as 'unfair' as stated by the students involved, and nothing had been done to allay this issue. Simultaneously, it is understood that if one moves too quickly, one can become 'burned out' - and thus an appropriate pace will be discussed with each student on a one-on-one basis to determine the most comfortable learning pace appropriate for them.
Rev. Steele favors an individual approach and acknowledges that while some might be turned off by taking a longer time to complete their lessons than another individual, each person's spiritual path is different and each person learns at their own pace. To the student who might take longer, we simply ask that you understand, have patience with yourself, and if you need help, we are more than willing to work with you in understanding the content of the lesson. Students who might work faster than you are also still learning the same lessons you will, and it is up to each individual how they take in each lesson on their spiritual journey. This is very like the analogy of artists: give two art students a pencil and a piece of paper each, and an apple to draw a still life image of. The result will never be the same, as they are in two different perspectives- and even if one was to draw in the exact location as the other student, the way their brains took in the information and how they chose to draw the apple would be very different, even if taught the same techniques to draw.
The following are the placeholding titles for those in the House:
-Khenmes (khnms)- Friends of the House but who are not actively studying or who have no intention to join but support our work. Khenmes means “Friend”. An example would be those who donate to support us, or are friends/family of the members.
-Reshwet (rSwt)- Newcomers who are studying the first level of lessons. Reshwet means “Joyful”, and reflects the joy that each newcomer feels when drawing nearer to feeling at home with their new direction of spiritual growth. At the end of their lessons, they are initiated should they so choose to. Initiation usually means some life difficulty 'testing' them might pop up around that time. This happens all the time with new witches and Wiccans! Divinity simply wants to know we are able to handle the unique gifts and skills we are entrusted with. Those who initiate become Hem-Netjer, or Hemet-Netjer; akin to priest/esses in witchcraft/Wicca. The gifting of a new Name will also occur- the student and teacher will discuss it when it becomes time. Magickal names become 'contacts' for the deities- They know us, but it is easier to send energy to a magickal name/interact with a person with one than pick one of fifty John Does in any given town, much like it's easier to use a specific phone number for a person than to guess. Those who have chosen not to initiate may then feel free to leave the House and continue on their spiritual path, no strings attached and with our well-wishes for their continued self-discovery. Reshwet level entails learning 'core' Wicca, its practices and similarities/differences with ancient Egyptian practices, ancient Egyptian information, and the basics for how we teach Tameran Wicca and how that might vary with other groups who identify as Egyptian Wiccan as well. Participation in ritual gatherings is required.
-Hem-Netjer ♂| Hemet-Netjer ♀ (Hm-ntjr, hmt-ntjr) – Those who have initiated Reshwet status are elevated to that of a Hem-Netjer or Hemet-Netjer, or “servant of the Gods”, accordingly. (Those who are in between genders may prefer one over the other.) This level of lessons goes more in depth; rather than teaching Wicca itself with 'Egyptian flavor', the lessons will introduce the student to the Egyptian deities, aka “Neter” (pl. Neteru) or “Names”. It will also entail how to cultivate internal growth and in-depth provide content about ancient Egyptian ritual practices, actual rituals, and how the House incorporates them into Wicca- as well as what parts of Egyptian practices are incompatible and why- and how to utilize them in separate, side-by-side practice. One will find one's personal god/dess, called a Patron or Matron deity, and connect more deeply with Him/Her. Consider it a '202' level- the advanced stuff that wasn't covered in 101 plus more. This level may go 'slower' than Reshwet level simply because it demands more on certain levels at certain times. Participation and co-facilitation of rituals is required. After completing this level, elevation occurs. At this point you may choose to remain a Hem-Netjer/Hemet-Netjer/priest/ess and remain with us as a member of the House, or undergo training to that of High Priest/esshood- the Hem-Netjer-Tepey/t, not something that everyone can attain, which requires life-long commitments to the deities, the Greater Balance, and Ma'at- and greater commitments to the House.
-Hem-Netjer-Tepey ♂ | Hem-Netjer-Tepet ♀ (Hm-ntjr-tpy/tpt ) - The highest level of the House is that of the High Priest, or High Priestess. The Hem-Netjer/Hemet-Netjer will have completed both the lessons within Reshwet and Hem-Netjer/Hemet-Netjer. Alongside this, there will be extra challenges from the gods which will test your ability and how well you have grown. You will grow in ways you never thought fathomable and your life will visibly change for the better in all areas of life providing you have integrated the lessons into you and you have a healthy spiritual practice. Once you stand alongside other High Priests or High Priestesses, you will be capable of doing everything they do, and help facilitate events, be eligible to begin teaching, etc. This is not something to be attained for the title- it is a mark upon your existence which will continue long into your future lives. Divinity will sporadically test you to trigger more in-depth self growth and it will be just you and your Matron/Patron deity and any others whom you work with- and ultimately it's all on you. Your responsibilities, your actions, your karma and how you reciprocate with the world around you- ie, how you make a difference. It is a demanding position and is not for everyone.
Within the House, once an established membership has occurred, there will be other positions or specialized roles available, such as the Scribe (“Sesh”), Watcher (“Iret”, or Eye), Treasurer (“Imi-r htmt”, or Overseer of the Seal”), Teacher (“Sebau”), Musician (“Qema”), and so on.
Remember that the Hem-Netjer-Tepey and Hem-Netjer-Tepet are always learning :) They are not 'at the top' of a social ladder but in the middle, both learning and teaching.
The House also has the Council, those who help make decisions. The House runs on consensus but when one or more votes on decisions are absent, the Council represents all of the members who are not part of Council. Council helps with organizing events and so on.
Other Notes of Notice
We do not operate “sky-clad”. Egyptian clergy wore plain, bleached white linen made from flax. Some of us may choose black, the color associated with the primeval waters of creation, Nun. Trim is optional and may or may not have hieroglyphs with prayers or a translated name on it. If you do so, solid trim of gold, red (desher), green (wadj), blue (khesbedj and irtiu), black (khem), or white (shesep and hedj) are appropriate. Copper is also considered appropriate as it is a magickal amplifier and sacred to the goddess Het-Hrt (Hathor). Silver was kept out of temples as it was considered 'corrosive', except in small amounts. We take this symbolically. One may also opt to create a simple cotton robe. If you choose to wear a beaded collar, please do not use plastic- we can gladly teach you how to craft your own or make one for you (provided you cover cost of materials). We do not wear sandals or footgear (but clean socks are acceptable) in ritual, as-is-going barefoot on occasion if circumstances warrant it.