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PostSubject: Formative education for a witch, but no GCSEs.   Sat Nov 21, 2009 3:46 am

Found this free witchcraft course: .http://www.magickaschool.com/courses.php

Has anyone an opinion on the topics that are included? I also found other courses lasting a year, some offering certificates no less, but costing around £12 a month.

Wicca Revealed Course Outline

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Lesson One. A detailed discussion about Wiccan beliefs and practices in general, including: What is a witch? What is Wicca?
Wiccan beliefs, a history of modern Pagan Witchcraft, a breakdown of Wiccan traditions available today. A research project on traditions to independently complete. An introduction to meditations, the importance of grounding energy, how to invoke and banish a pentagram, meditating on the pentagram. An introduction to the use of a Book of Shadows. A reading list to further your studies. An end blessing.

Lesson Two. A detailed discussion of Wiccan attitudes to deity including: The Goddess and God of the Witches, the Wheel of the Year, the Vangelo Delle Streghe, an analysis of the Wiccan creation myth, female deity, male deity, various goddesses and gods. A research project on goddesses and gods to independently complete. Stress release meditation, the importance of cleansing space for magical working, the structure of a spell, a first spell. A reading list to further your studies. An end blessing.

Lesson Three. Ceremonial basics, including: Setting up sacred space, casting a circle, opening and closing ceremonies, Angelology, Drawing down the Moon, the Witches' Rune, cakes and ale. Ceremonies for solitaries and covens or families. A research project on opening ceremonies to independently complete. The importance of exercise, diet and health to magical work. Initial exercises to develop the will based on concentration and the five physical senses. A reading list to further your studies. An end blessing.

Lesson Four. Wiccan tools of the trade, including: A detailed breakdown of witches' tools and their uses, ritual garb, how to make your own tools and ceremonial clothing. A research project on magical tools to independently complete. Candle magic and projecting consciousness. Fostering the light within, an introduction to consciousness projection and tools. A reading list to further your studies. An end blessing.

Lesson Five.
An introduction to Magic, including: What is magic? Magic in history, High and Low Magic, a discussion of magical theory, the goals of magic, basic techniques, ways to make magic, the three fold law of return. A ten point magical key. A research project on setting magical goals to independently complete. The energy of life, other ways to see reality, using the senses in visualisation work. A reading list to further your studies. An end blessing.

Lesson Six. Esbat preparation, including: Definition of an Esbat, ritual and structure. Suggestions for covens or family Esbats, some Wiccan games. The cycle of the Moon, the Moon in history and religion, Luna deities, working magic in tune with the Moon's phases, the Moon in High and Low magic, the Moon and Astrology and how to use this knowledge in magic. A research project to independently complete. The Aura, how to sense it and manipulate it. The Aura and healing work. A reading list to further your studies. An end blessing.

Lesson Seven. The Lesser Sabbats, Part One, the Solstices, including: The Midsummer and Midwinter Solstice, a discussion of their importance and history, related goddesses and gods, suggested ceremonies for solitaries, covens and families. A special section on how to make the solstice seasons special. A research project on solstice celebrations to independently complete. How to make herbal charms. Areas of life and associated herbs, colours and their properties. A reading list to further your studies. An end blessing.

Lesson Eight. The Lesser Sabbats, Part Two, the Equinoxes, including: The Spring and Autumn Equinox, a discussion of their importance and history, related goddesses and gods, suggested ceremonies for solitaries, ideas for covens and family rituals. A research project on local equinox celebrations and events to independently complete. Developing intuition. An introduction to Psychometry. A reading list to further your studies. An end blessing.

Lesson Nine. The Greater Sabbats, Part One, including: Imbolg, a discussion of its importance and history, related goddesses and gods, a suggested ceremony. Beltane, a discussion of its importance and history, related goddesses and gods, a suggested ceremony. A research project to independently complete. An introduction to ritual bathing and the uses of herbs and essential oils. An introduction to the chakras and using colour visualisation to create physical, mental and spiritual balance. A reading list to further your studies. An end blessing.

Lesson Ten. The Greater Sabbats, Part Two, including: Lughnasadh and Celtic beliefs, the first harvest, the figures of Lugh and John Barleycorn, a suggested ceremony. Samhain and Celtic beliefs, honouring the dead, Celtic divination, a suggested ceremony. Choosing a Craft name. New meditations and magical exercises to try. A reading list to further your studies. An end blessing.

Lesson Eleven. An introduction to the Theory of Levels, including: Theories based on the Kabbalah, a discussion of the views of Jung and Assagioli, nineteenth century thought and the theories of Dion Fortune, the scientific perspective, entities on the higher planes, steps to travelling on the higher planes, a detailed breakdown of terminology. A research project to independently complete. New meditations and magical exercises to try. A reading list to further your studies. An end blessing.

Lesson Twelve. Self-dedication, initiation and some final thoughts, including: choices to be made, dedication and initiation, preparation, dedication and initiation ceremonies, controversial issues around initiation. A research project to independently complete. New meditations and magical exercises to try. A reading list to further your studies. An end blessing.

As an enquirer any thoughts would be most welcome.

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PostSubject: Re: Formative education for a witch, but no GCSEs.   Sun Nov 22, 2009 12:48 pm

It looks like it covers a fair amount and if this would help you to learn more thoroughly then it can only be a good thing, I personally learn better by reading a wide range and then ditching most of it and only keeping what rings true with me but then again I am not looking for an established tradition or set of rules, I am happy to be on my own doing what seems right for me. Also it is very wiccan and you can be a witch (religious witch or non religious witch) without being a wiccan so I guess it is all down to whether the views on deity, correspondences and ritual suit your own. I think one of our members may have looked into this and maybe even started it so will give them a nudge to leave their opinion too!

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PostSubject: Re: Formative education for a witch, but no GCSEs.   Sun Nov 22, 2009 9:59 pm

Aha!!! You've complicated things even further: A witch but not a Wiccan: a religious witch or non-religious witch. Other things that come to mind demanding clarification: when is a witch a warlock, what is a sorcerer, when is a witch not a magician, when is a which a magazine????

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PostSubject: Re: Formative education for a witch, but no GCSEs.   Mon Nov 23, 2009 12:17 am

Sorry didnt mean to complicate things further for you!! I know it seems like there is so much to take in that your head will explode at first but you need to trust your own beliefs and there are a lot of people out there who will tell you that there is only one way to be considered a witch or one way to worship deity or one way to perform a ritual (and of course this is the way they do it lol) but in reality being a witch/wiccan/pagan is such a personal thing and very experiential too, no one can tell you you are doing it right or wrong, they can point you in the direction of answers but not tell you which is THE right one if that makes any sense to you?

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