Announcements

Mystery School Roundup

With a new year of online Mystery School classes beginning, as well as advanced classes like the Society of the Temple, it seemed a good time as we look forward to the year ahead to take stock of the “in-person” Mystery School courses being offered by Temple teachers as well.

That “in-person” is in quotes, of course, because these courses are planned to be held online for now as a covid-19 precaution, but will hopefully transition back to being held in-person once it is safe to do so. For that reason, only students who will be able to attend these classes in-person should apply—these are not a substitute for the Temple’s online Mystery School program! If you want to be on the “first-call list” for when online Mystery School registration reopens, please sign up here.

Visit the individual class pages for more information about these upcoming classes, including registration information and links.

Witchcraft One

  • Southwest Houston, TX with HPS Airmid Plantwalker: Class begins in June 2021, registration closes in May.

Witchcraft Two

  • Glastonbury, CT with HP Dan Lupacchino: Class begins in March 2021, registration closing soon!
  • Southwest Houston, TX with HPS Airmid Plantwalker: Class begins in June 2021, registration closes in May.

Witchcraft Three

  • Los Angeles, CA with HP Scott K. Smith: Class begins in March 2021, registration closing soon!
  • St. Louis, MO with HPS Kelley Ross: Class begins in May 2021.

Witchcraft Four

  • Bellingham, MA with HP Adam Sartwell: Class begins in May 2021, registration closes in April.
  • Southwest Houston, TX with HPS Airmid Plantwalker: Class begins in June 2021, registration closes in May.
  • Porter, TX with HPS Virginia Villarreal: Class begins in June 2021.

Witchcraft Five

  • Salem, NH with HPS Alix Wright: Class begins in March 2021, registration closing soon!
  • Columbia, MO with HPS Cat Kelley: Class begins in April 2021.
  • Porter, TX with HPS Virginia Villarreal: Class begins in May 2021.

Witchcraft I Online Registration to Close Early

Due to the unusually high volume of applications for the March 2021 session, exceeding the number of positions in the class, we are planning to close registration for the online session of Witchcraft I: The Inner Temple earlier this year, by the end of November 2020, to give us time to process all of the applications.

We limit the number of people in this already very large class because there is required monthly homework where each student is paired with a mentor and/or teaching assistant who offers feedback. We are looking for students up to the challenge of such work and interested in progressing through the system and potentially being involved in the greater community of the Temple of Witchcraft. Please realize that if you are not serious about the work, you could be taking a space away from someone who is. If you haven’t read about the general ethos of our Mystery School, please visit the Education page of our website and read about it in detail.

If you have some prior experience and are not looking for the pace of a monthly homework-required degree course, please check out our Mysteries of the Wheel of the Year course. We’ll also be reopening the Path of the Moon course for next spring. These are low-pressure, go at your own pace classes. While filled with meditations, exercises, and rituals, nothing is required to be submitted for review.

The Temple also offers a variety of one-time events, festivals, rituals, and short series classes available at various times on our website, social media, and newsletter. We try to accommodate various levels of learning and committment. If you are ready for a long-term course with monthly accountability, we look forward to your application before registration closes. If you have applied and have not yet sent in your deposit, please do so, or your application won’t be processed. If you are not accepted, your deposit will be returned. If you have applied, but have not heard back from us, please be patient, as we have a lot of applications to process!

Thank you so much and we are looking forward to the next year together in the Temple Mystery School.

New Mystery School Classes in Texas

The Temple’s Mystery School is pleased to announce open registration for a new year of Mystery School classes in Porter, Texas, with High Priestess Virginia Villarreal. Please visit the Mystery School page of the website or the individual class pages for details, dates, and links to the online application forms.

Also, please note that these in-person classes, like the Temple’s other classes and events may initially take place online (via Zoom video conferencing) or require pandemic precautions such as masks and social distancing when and if they do take place in-person, as needed to ensure the safety of the participants and community.

New Class Offerings

In addition to our new in-person and online Mystery School classes now open for registration, the Temple is pleased to announce the following new class offerings:

The Mysteries of the Wheel of the Year, online with Christopher Penczak: 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. Class begins November 2020.

Uniting Our Archetypes, online and in-person with JT Mouradian: In this series of classes we will explore four archetypes of mature masculinity. We will delve the concepts of the Sovereign, the Warrior, the Magician, and the Lover as four elements that, when combined in due measure, produce men of great value. Class begins January 2021.

The Queer Mysteries, online with Erica Baron: Dive into the Queer Mysteries through this 11 month online class. Queerness and Witchcraft have many points of connection, from the creativity that comes from a spirit of transgression, to the insight available from an outsider position, to the magick of speaking truth about ourselves and our experiences. Class begins January 2021.

Kitchen Witchery & Crafting for the Home, online with Karen Ainsworth: Each class in this nine-month series will seek to connect us with Gods, Goddesses, and seasonal spirits, and will include recipes for foods, medicines, self-care remedies, gifts for others, as well as crafts and ideas for the home. Class begins May 2021.

Be on the lookout for more exciting learning opportunities from the Temple and its teachers in the year to come!

Mystery School Registration for 2021 Now Open

The Temple’s Sagittarius Ministry is pleased to announce that online registration for the 2021 session of the Temple Mystery School is now open!

Interested applicants should visit our Education page for complete class policies and information, along with links to the individual class levels. The individual class pages have full descriptions of that class, along with links to the online registration form.

Next year’s year-long Mystery School classes begin in March of 2021. We are looking forward to reviewing all of the applications and welcoming our new classes of students! For technical questions concerning the website, application forms, or payment, please email admin@templeofwitchcraft.orgFor questions concerning the Mystery School programs, please email sagittarius@templeofwitchcraft.orgAs always, please allow our volunteers time to process your inquiries, your patience is appreciated.

The Great Pumpkin Project

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

Rules

  • 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.

Witchcraft I–III in Jackson, Mississippi

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 sellena@templeofwitchcraft.org.

Healing Case Study Group

Healing Case Coordinator David Erwin

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 healingcases@templeofwitchcraft.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!

Wheel of the Year class registration open

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!

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