It’s been almost a month since I launched the sign up for the Witchcraft Immersion course, and I’m so excited that there is so much interest! I feel really humbled that so many students want to work with me at this deep level.
Witchcraft is life-changing, and I am honored to help you discover your path.
The course is eclectic, which will give you the opportunity to curate your experience. It also means that you will be able to continue on your own path, even if it looks very different from my own. I’m pulling from my fairly broad understanding of witchcraft, as well as my background and interest in occult history, to bring you a course that will support you along your path. At the moment, I’m changing some of the course materials to better fit where my students are at.
We start in winter, to Begin in Darkness, as Beth Maiden says. I wanted to align the course with the turning of the new year, but I also think it’s fitting that the course begins here. The Immersion is for students who have been curious about witchcraft for a long time, but are hoping to dive deeper. For me, confronting shadow and working with the darkest aspects of my soul helped me understand the crooked path. You begin to learn witchcraft through personal healing, but without shadow we cannot appreciate the light.
The first part of the course, therefore, begins in our own personal darkness. Winter provides a certain level of darkness and stillness to allow for this kind of exploration. As the year progresses, we explore the rebirth of spring, the heat and passion of summer, and finally come back to our darker powers and contemplate witchcraft of death in the fall. We will be practicing seasonally, which I think is essential to my own eco-feminist witchcrafting.
Now that I’ve outlined some of the thoughts and themes of the course, let’s get into the nitty-gritty.
What is your background, and how do you draw on that as a teacher?
I am largely a solitary practitioner, but have also participated in enough group rituals and have shared ideas and learned with many other solo practitioners. I was initiated into a Wiccan coven, though now I identify more closely as a Modern Traditional Witch following a heathen path. I read very widely and apply that reading to my own personal practice.
I consider these writers and figures to be my teachers:
- Diana Paxson
- Laura Tempest Zakroff
- Peter Grey
- Doreen Valiente
- Liz Johnson
- Freya Aswynn
- Jan Fries
- Carl Jung
I consider these people to be my co-conspirators in witchcraft and the pagan path:
- Cassandra Snow
- Asali Earthwork
- Jessi Huntenburg
- Beth Maiden
- Markus Ironwood
- Koren Walsh
- Jordain Cheng-Kinnander
What is the time commitment to the course?
We will be meeting every other Monday at 8 pm Central Standard Time starting on the 13th of January. You will also be able to meet with me 1:1 for a reading, witchcraft coaching, and general spiritual guidance. These meetings will be set up according to how our schedules match up.
We will be taking the months of June and December off, because everyone needs rest! So plan any vacations or travel accordingly 😉
Do I need to be in the Twin Cities to take the course?
No! We will be meeting online for the duration of the course. As some students are not in Minnesota, or even the midwest, we will not be having meet ups unless it’s a larger meet up. I am not counting out the idea of an in-person retreat!
What level of previous experience do I need to have for the course?
I like to emphasize everywhere that you don’t need to be in a particular tradition – this course will be eclectic enough for you to participate whether you’re a Heathen, a Traditional Witch, Wiccan, Satanist, or anything in between.
There is a huge range of experience in the students who are already confirmed. I typically recommend that you consider yourself an “intermediate” witch – so you’ve explored the path a bit on your own, and you are committed to deepening your practice.
If you are a beginner, that’s perfectly ok. This course will probably push you, but we will also have the opportunity for 1:1 meetings where I can catch you up and guide you through some of the foundational work. If you identify on the beginning-intermediate level, I will help you through some of the more difficult aspects of witchcraft!
What kind of material do you cover?
Here is a (very basic and subject to change!) outline of the course:
- Opening up to the self + Mapping our inner realms
- Cleansing/Protection + Boundaries Magic
- Otherworlds Entry + Crossroads
- Meeting the Ancestors + Underworld Journey
- Manifestation Magick + Capitalism + Sustainability
- Moon Magic
- Elemental Magic
- Connecting with Spirits, Gods, Monsters
- Rebirth + Springtime/Beltane Offerings + Sweetness/Wishing Magic
- Witchcraft for the Collective
- Living Deliciously on the Left Hand Path
- Sex Magick
- Folk Sorcery: Queering Ceremonial Magick
- Ritual Design 1: Intention, Scope, Tradition
- Ritual Design 2: The “what”
- Witchcraft as Apocalypse
- Honoring the Dead + Ancestral Connection
- Ritual Sacrifice (no beings will be harmed in this sacrifice!)
What materials will I need for the course?
In early January, you will receive a package in the mail with materials for the course. This will include a printed grimoire/book of shadows, with essays covering the weekly topics, as well as exercises for you to do in between classes. You will also get the choice of an herbal satchel for smoke clearing, or a personalized magical tea blend. I will also send you a candle as a centerpiece for your altar.
I don’t have any other required materials for the course. I definitely recommend many books, but they are optional. The most important thing is that you are able to set aside an altar for yourself to use and ground throughout the duration of the course.
What does the homework for the class look like? What is the time commitment between in person classes?
This is a difficult question to answer, because it depends on the student. The material in-between classes includes meditations, journal prompts, spellcraft exercises, and more. Many students will also do outside reading for their own inspiration during the class.
The most important “homework” for the class is to get a regular meditation practice going. This can mean a longer weekly meditation, or just 5 minutes at your altar each day. But cultivating stillness will be a very important part of the course.
If there are other questions that I haven’t answered here, please feel free to shoot me an email and we can talk things through. I’m happy to answer any questions for potential students! If you’re ready to take the plunge, you can sign up for the Witchcraft Immersion here.