With our community only doing online events, I know our spirits can be a bit down. We can’t have our usual sabbats where we get together and connect in person. To lift our spirits during the week of Samhain, from October 25th to the 31st, we invite you to join us in the Temple’s Great Pumpkin Project! To safely help our community feel more connected during Samhain we invite you to bring a carved pumpkin to place on the front garden wall of the Temple grounds:
The Temple of Witchcraft, 49 N. Policy St., Salem, NH
We are open for you to drop off of your pumpkin during the daylight hours the week before Samhain: October 26–31. Everyone on the property must wear a mask and maintain at least six feet of distance for the safety of our community.
Your carved pumpkin will be lit by the founders for the week of Samhain. We will light them all at dusk and put them out in the morning. To help facilitate this, you can order some electric tea lights from our Amazon wish list and offer a little literal light to the community!
Please remember we are a religious nonprofit and you can have a portion of your purchase donated to the Temple through the Amazon Smile program. (You can even use a browser extension like Smilematic to help remind you!)
The founders will take photos of the carved pumpkins to share on the Temple’s social media throughout the week and you are welcome to do the same! Everyone is encouraged to drive by at night to see the pumpkins lit up even if they didn’t place a pumpkin.
Those who come by to drop off a pumpkin or just visit to see the carved pumpkins are welcome to take an envelope with a tarot card and a Witchy wisdom saying for your fortune for the coming year.
Though this Great Pumpkin Project is focused on our local community we encourage our distant members to share their carved pumpkins on social media and with the community using the hashtag #TOWGreatPumpkinProject
- We are a 501(c)3 religious nonprofit and can’t legally have political endorsements or commentary at the Temple, even in pumpkin form. So please don’t bring them.
- The Temple founders reserve the right to remove any contribution that is problematic for any reason. Spooky, witchy, and fanciful pumpkin carvings are welcome, but please keep them in good taste.
- All pumpkins will be farm-fed to cows after the week is done. So please don’t use any chemicals on your pumpkin that would harm the cows! (No, this is not where pumpkin lattes come from, but I like the way you think…)
- Place your pumpkins only in the day time before sunset. Anyone who comes after dark could be considered a pumpkin smasher and the police will be called.
- The three best carved pumpkins selected by the founders will be displayed on our social media. Winners receive year-long bragging rights.
The Temple’s Sagittarius Ministry is pleased to announce open enrollment for Witchcraft I, II, and III in-person with High Priestess Sellena in Jackson, MS. The year-long monthly classes begin in March of 2021.
Please note that in-person classes may initially take place over video conferencing and may later require social distancing, masks, and other protective measures for the safety of all involved. The Temple makes an effort to follow all public health safety guidelines.
See the individual class pages of the Temple Mystery School page for details on the class and links to the online registration forms. Interested parties with questions for the instructor can email email@example.com.
Healing Case Coordinator David Erwin
The Healing Case Study Group, part of the Temple of Witchcraft’s Virgo Ministry, started in 2011 to give Temple initiates a forum to develop their skills with psychic diagnosis and to practice sending the healing techniques learned in the Mystery School and Seminary.
We follow the Lunar cycle, starting a new case each New Moon. Members perform a psychic diagnosis and send healing to the subject. At the Full Moon the information shared by the subject is shared so members can compare their results, as well as encourage each other by posting in a Google Group. We then schedule a Group Healing for the subject.
Membership to the Healing Cases Study Group is open to any Temple initiate (graduate of Witchcraft 1) and is renewable on an annual basis. Aside from interest in developing this skill, there are two main requirements: strict confidentiality and active participation.
If this ministry interests or intrigues you, please email coordinator David Erwin at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t worry if you’re “not very good at this”…that is why this group was started, to practice and deepen your magickal healing practices!
Registration is now open for the online Mysteries of the Wheel of the Year class with Temple founder and High Priest Christopher Penczak. The next course begins in November 2020.
In this year-long online 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.
Visit the Mysteries of the Wheels of the Year class page for details and a link to the online registration form.
The Temple is happy to announce that registration for Christopher Penczak’s year-long Mysteries of the Tarot online class is now open. The class is offered 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.
See the class page for application and more information!
From the announcement on the TempleFest site:
“When we announced that TempleFest would be held this year as planned, we had the highest hopes that the pandemic would be better controlled and our community would be able to come together safely to celebrate and reconnect. Unfortunately this is not the case. There is no way that we can ensure that everyone coming to TempleFest is 100% Covid-19 free. Even one person in the close quarters that we share in workshops, dorms and cafeteria could infect the majority of our community over the four days. This is not an acceptable risk to us. The health of every member of our community is too important to us for us to take the chance of someone contracting Covid-19.
TempleFest online will be held on August 22nd and 23rd. Over the two days, we’ll have a marketplace that will showcase our vendors, (because what’s TempleFest without something special from the crafts-people that you love), ten workshops, a ritual and a keynote address.”
Please see the TempleFest site for more details and stay-tuned for more news about TempleFest 2020 online!
Now that you have developed your third eye and opened up your seer abilities from all three classes, we will each be given four rites that have been passed down from our great indigenous masters and by our wisdom-keepers. We will become our own personal healers and magicians, healing our past karmic and genetic inheritances by raising our luminescent field of energy.
Join Christine Krauss, a high priestess with the Temple of Witchcraft and owner of The Crow’s Healing Nest, for the next level of psychic development in June of 2020.
Visit the Psychic Development 104 class page for details and online registration!
Celebrate Earth Day with the Temple! Join team ToW Earth Stewards and fight climate change in the Drawdown Ecochallenge!
In preparation for Earth Day on April 22, Taurus Ministry would like to encourage Temple members to participate in this year’s month-long Drawdown Ecochallenge so that we can collectively fight climate change. This is a great way to stay engaged, especially if you are feeling disconnected while socially distancing.
Drawdown Ecochallenge provides actions we can take to fight climate change, separated into categories such as Food, Transportation, and Social Justice. And there are plenty of activities that can be done at home while we remain compliant to social distancing. For every action a person completes or friend they refer, they win points for our team! This is a fun way to get involved in a little friendly competition towards a good cause.
The challenge begins on April 1 and lasts until April 30. Click this link to join our team!
At this critical time, the Temple community particularly recognizes and honors the work of those who provide care and support to people and society, often at risk to themselves, so we are also offering a Care Worker Protection list, a place to submit the names of people who work in the fields of medicine, public safety, service, or other care-giving work, who are in need of additional protection at this time, for their highest good.
Like the healing list, it is posted and refreshed during each new moon. We encourage anyone in our community who knows a care worker in need of blessings and protection to place their name on this list, and to work with the list as it is posted to offer those blessings and that protection so they may continue their work.
Due to concerns for community safety and well-being during the coronavirus pandemic, the Temple has chosen to cancel our March public events, including our Ostara sabbats. A few events, such as our Mystery School classes, will be offered online. Please see our online calendar for the latest status for any public Temple event and subscribe to our mailing list to get updates and news direct to your in-box.
Pisces Ministry and Temple leadership are planning to make an Ostara guided meditation available online for the community. Further information will be posted on our website and social media as it becomes available.
We hope everyone in the community is following guidelines for the maintenance of public health and well-being at this time, and offer our blessings towards those ends. We look forward to seeing and celebrating the turning of the Wheel with you at future Temple events.