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Circle of the Green 1st Degree Curriculum

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Curriculum for Dedicants Pursuing First Degree Initiation

Last Revised: Season of High Spring 2007



This curriculum is a self paced program combined with workshop-style instruction. Quizzes, written assignments, journal work, and live demonstrations of skills you have learned will be used to observe your progress.


Required Texts

Yes, you will need to purchase a few books. According to the prices on Amazon.com all of the following should cost just under 40$ if you buy them brand new. You can also find used copies on Amazon for much cheaper. If you are unable to spend or just want to save some cash, you might be able to borrow copies from other members of the Circle. Ask a Center member and they should be able to help you out.


- The Myth of the Goddess: Evolution of an Image by Cashford and Baring

- Maiden, Mother, Crone: Voices of the Goddess by Claire Hamilton

 book_of_tridea.pdf - The Book of Tridea (original to Circle of the Green)


Read complete texts within the six month dedication period (minimum – you can take as long as you need) and record your thoughts, questions, insights, etc in your journal. Assignments for specific texts can be found here.


Tridean Tradition and Ritual Element (experiential)

- The Threefold Path of the Goddess

- Preparing and Leading Ritual

-  Rituals of the Moon

- Rituals of the Sun and Earth 


Goddess Element (mentored assignments)

- Celtic Goddesses: Hamilton (entire text)

-  Goddesses of Greece: Cashford and Baring Chapter 9 pgs. 349-390


Healing Element

- Healing Self: Shadow Work (mentored, self guided)

- Herbalism I: (workshop, mentored, self guided)


Transcendent Element (workshops)

- Meditation and Altered States

- Energy Work and the Aura


Research Project

(This is a good time to think about choosing an area or areas of expertise to focus on becoming an adept of.)

Choose a topic to research that somehow coincides with this curriculum. You might choose an aspect of the Goddess, a specific herb, dream interpretation theories, the meditation practices of Tibetan Buddhists, or anything you feel is relevant to the subject matter. Check with your mentor regarding your topic before beginning your research. Your paper should be at least three pages long, double spaced, with one inch margins, and typed in a 12 pt. plain font like Times or Arial. Your name, the date, and “First Degree Essay #1: Research Project” should appear in the top left corner. Please staple all pages together. 


Recommended Reading List

- The Chalice and the Blade by Riane Eisler

- The Great Cosmic Mother by Monica Sjoo

- The Great Mother by Eric Neumann

- When God was a Woman by Merlin Stone

- Virgin, Mother, Crone by Donna Wilshire

- The Spiral Dance by Starhawk

- Goddess Path by Patricia Monaghan

The Great Goddess by Jean Markale

- Rodale’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs

- New Encyclopedia of Herbs and Their Uses

- Herbal for the Childbearing Year by Susan Weed

- The Triple Goddess by Adam McLean

- Once and Future Goddess by Elinor Gadon

- The White Goddess by Robert Graves

- Queen of the Night by Sharynne MacLeod NicMhacha

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