Noooooooo, I really didn't do anything formal or "structered" for initiation and dedication. And I really am wiccan. I live in the "Bible Belt," so I have no coven into which I could be initiated into. (If you don't know, the Bible Belt is the South-East potion of the US where roughly 90 per cent of the population are beligerent Bible-thumpers. If I admitted to being a pagan [or really anything other than a strict Christian] I will be ostracized, turned down from job/career opportunities, and more than likely phsyically attacked. There's a lot of intolerence here. *eyeroll* ) As for dedication...I have learned that the most important and most basic component of working any spell is the intent - just because I didn't make a charm bag with sage ashes and wax drippings doesn't mean the intent wasn't there. I did not complete a standardized dedication, but the intent is still alive and kicking within me to this day, ergo, I am dedicated.
Trying to tell me what I am and am not based on a minor technicality which you do not have all the details of is something I find to be very insulting and intrusive, and quite frankly, no better than the intimidation techniques used by the browbeating radicals down here. It feels like, to me, you are trying to ridicule my beliefs to the extreme, and force your own upon me. If I read you wrong, please say so. I'm not trying to pick a fight, I swear. If you want to debate, fine, I'm always up for one, but do yourself a favor and don't try to pretend that you have all the facts. I have read several of your posts, and I think you are a very intelligent person and I have a good deal of respect for you, but you might want to try taking more things with a little more tolerence and a little less salt.
I do not concider myself to be a "traditional" anything: I agree with and practice many of the most basic practices of wicca, and therefor I find it easier, simpler, and more acurate to call myself an ecclectic wiccan than it would be to go through and try to explain my entire belief system. I do follow the Wiccan Rede, I do believe in the threefold law and I do worship the Lord and Lady, but I don't feel the need to box myself into a set of super-strict rituals so I mostly otherwise make my own path. Did I explain that reasonably well? If not, question away...
Also, I am well aware that wicca is a branch
of witchcraft, and not a catchall term for witchcraft itself. I also know that you are not wiccan, among many of the other people here. That's one of the reasons I like this forum so well - the more differing opinions I can look in on, the more perspective I gain, and the more I can muse over different world views. Reading the debates here - yours included - provokes a great deal of thought in me, so thank you for that.