The Mysteries of the Wheel of the Year

Open Registrations

Year-long in-person class (Lancashire, UK) with High Priestess Karen Ainsworth commencing in November 2019. Course fee: £175.00. A £30 deposit is payable on registration with the balance of £145.00 due before the start of the first class. If you require payment terms, please enquire. Classes will be on specific Wednesday evenings throughout the year, 7.30pm – 9.30pm in Preston, Lancashire. Full details provided on registration. Email for all enquiries.

Year-long online class with High Priest Christopher Penczak beginning in November 2019. Class fee: $175. Classes will consist of monthly downloadable audio lectures and reading. If you have questions about this class, please email To register, use the following online form:


In this year-long class, go deeper into the soul and spirit world through the Turning of the Wheel of the Year. Examine specific mystical teachings involving the approach towards the Wheel found in the Temple of Witchcraft, yet adaptable and inspiring for your own personal practice and traditions. Learn more about the annual journey of the Goddess and God of the Wheel as they shift their forms from Mother and Child to Lovers, Monarchs, Sacrifice and Mourner and Hidden Ones. Work with some of the Sabbatic deities most often associated with the Holidays – Brid, Ostara, Bel, Lugh, Mabon, Modron, Morrighan and Dagda.

Survey how modern Neo-Pagan groups reclaim and modernize old lore, while delving into traditional  folk customs. By Root, Stem, Leaf, Bud, Blossom, Flower, Fruit and Seed, rising from the ever present stillness of the Darkness and fluctuating Light, work with the sacred mysteries of the Earth Keepers. Learn the blessings of regeneration and rest, awakening and planning, work and play, reaping and release. Learn the spiritual ministerial codes associated with each holiday.

Expand your understanding of the two fold God, as Oak and Holly King, invoking the eightfold division of the four horned gods and the four agricultural gods. Work with the astrological patterns beneath the Wheel, and study ways how to celebrate alone or in groups through ritual, vision working, song, dance, season food and lore. Make potions and incense blends to help you celebrate and attune to the energies.

Explore the Straight Road of the sacred priest Kings and Queens from the Three Rays, responsible for the balance between the Heavens, Earth and Underworld, mediating the energies as the wheel turns. Hold the center and walk the spiral path as we turn the seasons to grow in power, love and wisdom. Become one with the lineage of the Earth Keeper ancestors.

Course includes:

  • 12 Lessons (Eight Sabbat Lessons and Four Knowledge Lectures)
  • Detailed Teachings in a Book of Shadows style format.
  • Incense and Potion Recipes for Celebrating the Holidays

For a number of years, the Temple of Witchcraft has offered Sabbat Meditations in MP3 form with a seasonal donation to the Temple. These meditations were well loved by those who could not attend local sabbat celebrations in the flesh. Now, we seek to expand people’s experience and education with the Sabbats, going deeper into the Mystery of the Year.

A Temple of Witchcraft Red Ray continuing education program, counting as 12 CEUs for ordained ministers. Unlike degree mystery school courses, there is no mandatory homework to report, but a community sharing of ideas and experiences. Those ordained ministers seeking CEU accreditation will be asked to submit a paper on their experience at the end of the year. As fundamental ritual and trance skills are expected, and a basic knowledge of modern Witchcraft is necessary, including altars, elements, deities and potion craft, completion of Witchcraft II or higher recommended (materials and skills in The Outer Temple of Witchcraft) but not required if you have equivalent experience.

  • Lesson One: November – Overview of Core Concepts: Myth, Ritual & Intention
  • Lesson Two: December – Yule: Blessed Be The Light Has Come
  • Lesson Three: January – Deities of the Wheel: Traditional Gods and a New Mythos
  • Lesson Four: February – Imbolc: Fire in the Belly
  • Lesson Five: March – Ostara: Coming of the Dawn
  • Lesson Six: April – The Sovereign’s Path of the Red Ray: Opening the Gates
  • Lesson Seven: May – Beltane: Summer is Coming In
  • Lesson Eight: June – Litha: If We Shadows Have Offended
  • Lesson Nine: July – Sacred Calenders: Earth, Sun and Stars
  • Lesson Ten: August – Lammas: The King is Dead, All Hail the King
  • Lesson Eleven: Sept – Mabon: Have you heard of Mabon, the Son of Modron?
  • Lesson Twelve: October – Samhain: What is Remembered Lives

Runic Embodiment Course

May 2016 to June 2017

You have may be studied the runes or even do rune readings – but do know the runes from the inside out? This course looks at the runes from a primal internal development point of view that will take your spiritual development and practice to a new and heightened level.

We will begin with an introduction that will acquaint students to the content and breadth of the course. Monthly classes will include, at a minimum, discussion, meditation, and ceremony. This course requires work, reading, and dedication outside of the scheduled monthly meetings. The course will finish with a capstone weekend intensive that will include a gateway initiation into the world of Runic understanding.

Who is this course for? Anyone who feels the call. This is not a religious course it is a spiritual class that will enhance your understanding of the universe. Regardless of your current spiritual path this course can help you advance to the next level. This is not a course in Heathenism or Norse Shamanism though elements of these paths will be utilized. This class will change your life—be prepared. Please contact either of the instructors with questions or to register.

Wrentek Kerne MacGowan:
Jason Nadeau: E-mail:

Course Info: All month classes are held from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

Location: Kinney Hill Farm (the location of Templefest), 96 Woodman Rd, South Hampton, NH. Please Note: Only use Google Maps/GPS to get here otherwise you will not be directed to the correct location! Street numbers are not in order. The driveway is long and steep, class location will be to the left at the top of the drive.

Class Dates:
2016: May 4, June 1, June 29, Aug 3, Sep 7, Oct 5, Nov 2, Dec 7
2017: Jan 4, Feb 1, Mar 1, April 5, May 3, May 31, June 2 – 4 (certification weekend)

Required Text: Taking Up the Runes by Diane Paxon, ISBN 13: 978-1578633258

Cost: $39 per Class; Initiation Weekend; $103 (Includes camping) or $604 includes all classes and initiation weekend you save $45 (This offer good only prior to the second class). No refunds.

Mystery of the Tarot Class Registration

The Temple is happy to announce that registration for Christopher Penczak’s year-long Mystery of the Tarot class is now open. The class is offered in-person at the Temple in Salem, NH, as well as online via email and audio download.

Explore the Royal Road of the Fool on the path of initiation through the twenty two gates of the Major Arcana. Study the traditional images and symbols of the Major Arcana tarot cards, including their number, letter, astrological correspondence, magickal images and place upon the paths of the Tree of Life. Understand the meaning and spiritual lesson of each card, alone and in relationship to each other through the Eleven Gates and Keys and the Three Ladders of the Seven Operations.

Magickal Astrology Class Registration

The Temple is happy to announce that registration for Christopher Penczak’s year-long Magickal Astrology class is now open. The class is offered in-person at the Temple in Salem, NH, as well as online via email and audio download.

An intensive and powerful introduction to astrology through the lens of a magickal practitioner. In the ancient world, astronomers, astrologers, magicians and priests were all one vocation, and the stars were looked to not just for insight and prediction, but as living spiritual forces active in our life. Visionary meditation, ritual and spellcraft where ways you could actively engage the forces of the heavens and work cooperatively with them in your life.

Templefest Security Training

Attention volunteers! If you are planning to attend Templefest in August and would like to volunteer to assist our Aries ministry with security and/or parking responsibilities, they are hosing a two-hour training for potential volunteers on Saturday, May 2nd, from noon to 2 PM, in Derry, NH, prior to our afternoon workshop “Magic and Mantras” from 3 to 5 PM and our evening Beltane ritual.

To inquire or register for the volunteer training, please email If you will be attending Templefest and are interested in volunteering with the Aries ministry, but will not be able to attend a local training, please email Wren at the same address to inquire about how you can help.

Witchcraft IV 2015 Online Registration Open

Registration for the 2015 Witchcraft IV: The Temple of High Witchcraft online class is now open! Just go to the Witchcraft IV page under the Mystery School in the Education menu to read the description and fill out an application.

The year-long online class begins in July 2015, with monthly downloadable audio lectures, reading, and homework, and is taught by Temple High Priest, Founder, and Sagittarius lead minister Christopher Penczak.

See the class page and application for details. Email the Mystery School Dean of Students with questions at For technical issues, contact Please allow some time for our volunteers to assist you.

Witchcraft IV (in-person) Registration Open

Online registration is open for the next in-person Witchcraft IV: The Temple of High Witchcraft class, with High Priestess Alix Wright, offered at the Temple’s teaching space in Salem, NH.

Visit the class description page for more information and the online application form. The class begins August 18th, so apply now! For questions about the class, email

The Temple’s Mystery School is pleased to announce that registration for a new Witchcraft I:  The Inner Temple class, commencing this June, is now open. The year-long class is held at the Temple’s teaching space in Salem, NH,  taught by High Priestess and Pisces lead minister Alix Wright. It meets monthly in the evening. For class dates and other details, or to apply online, see the class description page (linked above). If you have questions, please email

David Salisbury Author Weekend Cancelled

We regret that our plans to have pagan author and activist David Salisbury join us this coming weekend have to be postponed. The Friday evening talk and weekend workshop are cancelled and will be rescheduled at a future date. As soon as there is news, it will be available here on our site and via our social networks. In the meanwhile, you can follow David’s work on his blog and find his books on and at fine bookstores.

You can still visit with the Temple this weekend at the Magickal Marketplace and Psychic Faire in Nashua, NH: Saturday, March 29th from noon to 7 PM! Part of the proceeds from their raffle go to support the Temple of Witchcraft, so come on by, shop, and contribute and maybe win a prize!

Witchcraft I & II in Denver starting in November

Temple High Priestess Valerie Heiderich will be offering in-person year-long Witchcraft I and II apprenticeships for the Temple Mystery School in Denver, CO, beginning this month (November). Classes will be held at Isis Books, 2775 S. Broadway, Englewood, CO 80113 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. once each month. For class dates and full details, see the Witchcraft I and Witchcraft II class pages.