Rites of Passage recognize and celebrate the various transitions of our lives and are turning points or markers by which our lives are shaped. In the Turning of the Wheel and Spiral Dance of life, Rites of Passage are the doorways through which we pass from birth to death. Some of these transitions are naturally caused and some are voluntarily chosen, but all mark distinct changes in how we and others see us. By recognizing these times of change, we honor all phases of our lives as natural and valuable to our journey.
Many Pagans celebrate their personal Rites of Passage with rituals to celebrate the changes they have experienced or are about to experience. These rituals help to feed our spirits and make our lives richer and deeper. Our modern society, with its fast pace and stress, has helped to eliminate recognition of many of our personal Rites of Passage, and as a result some have been lost to obscurity or labeled "quaint." By reclaiming these rites, we can begin to fill a spiritual void in our modern lives and fully realize and honor our connection and place in the Spiral Dance of life.