In Wiccan groups which have formal degree initiations, first degree is the point at which the individual is given the title "priest" or "priestess". They have been trained to participate in and usually the basics of leading ritual. They are considered qualified to handle their own interactions with deity, to lead ritual for themselves and for small groups and to help teach newcomers the basic ideas of Wicca.
Originally Posted by Ari
However, this is only the first step in the training of clergy! Which is why there are years of study ahead before the initiate is prepared to fully assume the job title.
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