The Temple of Witchcraft offers:
Spirit, Community, Education
in Salem, NH and online.

Co-founded by Christopher Penczak, Steve Kenson, and Adam Sartwell, the Temple of Witchcraft started in 1998 as a system of magickal training and personal development, and eventually developed into a formal tradition of Witchcraft.

Now, as an outgrowth of the work of students, initiates, and graduates of the programs, the Temple of Witchcraft has evolved into an organization based on traditions of modern magick, Witchcraft, and neopaganism.

Upcoming Events

October 2022

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
  • Healing Case Study Group
  • Temple Book Club
  • Temple Board Meeting
  • Full Moon Ritual
  • Spectrum Circle
  • Women's Circle [online]
  • Women's Circle [in-person]
  • Drumming for Ritual
  • Mortal Musings
  • Samhain [online]

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– Latest News & Articles –

Welcome Sellena as Pisces Deputy

The Temple’s Pisces Ministry is pleased to announce High Priestess Sellena (Amanda Dear) has accepted an invitation to become our third deputy minister, rounding out our ministry. Sellena is a wonderful addition to Pisces, bringing her creativity, wisdom, and magick to our monthly meetings. As a Pisces celebrant she offers community Wheel of the Year sabbats and other events to the community in the Jackson, Mississippi area, as well as teaching for the Mystery School there. Her Read More...

A small blond-haired child in a red sweater, seen from behind, stands at the threshold of a dark passage through green hedge

Gnosis and the Unknowable

by Christopher Penczak, edited by Tina Whittle Gnosis is one of the major points of a Mystery Tradition. One need not call themselves a gnostic—considering some of the dualistic baggage that term often implies—to seek this insight. Gnosis is the direct intuitive knowledge from experience of a different order of reality, in contrast to episteme, logical and reasoned knowing from experience of the empirical order of everyday reality. Both knowledges use different criteria and context. Judging gnosis Read More...

Mercury retrograde has just kicked in. The energy crisis is intense in Europe and inflation is a fact. What is there to do? Well, as magickal people and witches we know there is always something that can be done. Even a minor change of mood, a glimpse of hope or a boost of determination can make a big change in the end of how we get through a crisis. So let´s take a look at the stars Read More...

Temple Announces New Incoming Board Members

The Temple of Witchcraft is excited to announce our newest board members. Deborah Stellhorn and Dan Lupacchino will join the Board  of Directors for the 2022-2024 session as two of the three voting advisors to the board, serving alongside current board members Elsa Elliott (Voting Advisor), Steve Kenson (Secretary), Jocelyn Van Bokkelen (Treasurer), Christopher Penczak (Vice-President), and Adam Sartwell (President). Debbie is an ordained high priestess in the Temple, fundraising coordinator, former Templefest housing coordinator, deputy in the Sagittarius Ministry Read More...

Voices of the Temple: Virgo Deputies

In this episode of Voices of the Temple, host Adam Sartwell talks with Dawn Costorf and Renee Bedard, deputy ministers of the Virgo Ministry, about their work with healing and the ministry's healing deities series online Read More...



By Renee Bedard The solemn act of lighting candles in the silence of the night. The seductive lure of being wrapped in the heady scents of sacred smoke. The slow, steady breaths we purposefully take that leads us to our center once again. Circles are cast to celebrate the ever-turning wheel honoring the seasons and cycles and the partnership between the beings of spirit and beings of flesh. Body positions and deliberate, thoughtful movements help build energy Read More...

Ravenstarr DeFisser, HPS

Ravenstarr DeFisser is a High Priestess at the Temple Of Witchcraft in Salem NH. Ravenstarr is a Deputy Minister of Cancer Ministry. She runs the kitchen at Temple rituals and helps organize donations to the community. She enjoys connecting with her spiritual sisters in Women's Circle. Ravenstarr has been a witch all her life. She’s a gamer and a giant nerd. Ravenstarr lives in New Hampshire with her family and fur babies Read More...

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Values and Virtues

by Christopher Penczak, edited by Tina Whittle I’ve seen a lot of talk lately in our esoteric communities about our values. It always makes me wince a little. I remember the era, which never really left us, of family values meaning Christian values or traditional mainstream nuclear family values rooted in a naive vision of the 1950s. I remember the Parental Advisory Explicit Content warning labels of the music of my youth, a scheme by Tipper Gore Read More...

Michael Usher, HP

Michael Usher is a High Priest of the Temple of Witchcraft. Finding the craft in his early teens, Michael has committed his life to following the winding path of the Witch. After decades of self-study and exploration, he began studying with the Temple of Witchcraft in 2015 and is a recent graduate of the seminary program. Michael has served as a Light Bearer for the Temple of Witchcraft community, holding the light and energy of Aries, continues Read More...

Dawn Costorf, HPS

Dawn Marie Costorf is a High Priestess at the Temple of Witchcraft in Salem, NH. Dawn has been a witch since 1992 and she is a practiced ritualist and teacher. She is one of the Pisces Deputy Ministers and leads some of the Full Moon rituals and Healing Deity rituals. She is an accomplished Tarot reader and works with the Ogham, Witch's Runes and Oracle Cards for readings and insight. Dawn is a Reiki Master and volunteers Read More...