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The Modern Witch’s Curriculum a Guide to Spiritual Exploration, Discovery, and Magickal Practices

The Modern Witch’s Curriculum a Guide to Spiritual Exploration, Discovery, and Magickal Practices

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The Modern Witch’s Curriculum a Guide to Spiritual Exploration, Discovery, and Magickal Practices

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“The Modern Witch's Curriculum” combines history, science, and hands-on magickal and spiritual activities and experiences in an easy to follow calendar format.There is no beginning or ending to this book. It can be used over and over again. Best of all, the information in this book is relevant to anyone of any magickal tradition or spiritual background, whether they follow a Wiccan, Green or eclectic path, in fact, much of the book will find an audience to those who want to learn more about their own traditions and themselves. Many of the exercises and activities were created to guide the reader to areas of study and spiritual knowledge by using any resources that are accessible to them. These can be books, the Internet, and even individual experiences of the people within a circle or community. There are no boundaries or requirements on how the reader can collect the information for the activities; it’s all individual choice.
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The Modern Witch’s Curriculum a Guide to Spiritual Exploration, Discovery, and Magickal Practices - E. Massey

The

Modern Witch's Curriculum

A guide to spiritual exploration, discovery, and magickal practices

E. Massey

Copyright © 2018 by E. Massey

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E-Book: Publication: December 2018

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Dedicated to

All my teachers, elders, and ancestors

Special thanks to

A. Bolanos, Angel Hoffman-Lorah,

Filomena, Madalynn Costello,

Misty Bolanos, and Rik Silfies-Potter

Preface:

A Witches Journey

Thirty-three years ago, standing naked and blindfolded in a circle I never would have thought my path would have taken me to this point. Although, I was initiated into the Gardnerian tradition of Wicca, my journey has taken me well beyond and below its initial teachings. Since then my spirituality has evolved through introspection and guidance. I no longer consider myself Wiccan, but a Witch, as my personal beliefs have changed as I gained more and more knowledge. What started as being the student and a follower of the old ways has now turned into writing books, teaching others, and sharing what I have learned throughout my years of walking between the worlds. However, this does not put me above anyone or any tradition, as I will always be the student learning as I walk my path.

I have been inclined to believe that there comes a time in every Witch’s life when they feel there is just nothing left to learn. No matter how many classes, workshops, lectures, and books one can spend their time on; it always ends the same way, the yearning for something more. This may stem from the teachings of the religion itself, known as the Witches pyramid "To Know, To Dare, To Will, To Keep Silent. However, I believe that learning and advancing is a part of everyone’s spiritual journey, no matter the practice or tradition. It is when we reach this point; we tend to look inward to learn new things, not only of ourselves but also of our own spirituality and practices. This is the tough road a Witch often finds themselves on. Although, it is one that has no end and one can only grow spiritually as they take this journey.

It is on this journey, how this book came into being. After years and years of feeling frustrated with most, if not all the books I have read on Witchcraft, Wicca, and magickal practice. I found myself reading the same topics over and over again, just with a different flavor and theme. Was there nothing more to be learned? Had my spirituality outgrown itself? When I inquired about my disposition among my fellow Witch and Pagan community, there seemed to be the same questioning. My solution was to fix that and create a book that was unlike others or I have ever seen. To construct a resource that allowed both the seasoned Witch and the beginning Witch to grow and learn without the constraints of a specific tradition and at their own pace. I wanted to write a book for all magickal practitioners that went beyond Witchcraft and magick 101, and possibly beyond 102.

When I began to write, I knew the book needed to provide information that was relevant to anyone of any magickal tradition or spiritual background yet supply the means to learn more about their own traditions and themselves as well. The first step was to design a comprehensive approach to allow the reader to learn on their own and at their own pace, under their own confines. Because of my background in early childhood education and curriculum writing this was fairly simple. Once the basic outline of the curriculum was complete, I began to test its applicability by allowing members of the Pagan community to explore its activities. This provided valuable feedback on how to better the readers’ experience and learning ideals. With this information I was able to adjust the exercises to be more practical and concise for practitioners of all levels, yet to permit room for personal growth and knowledge.

The curriculum itself combines history, science, and hands-on magickal and spiritual activities and experiences in an easy to follow calendar type format. Although, The Modern Witch's Curriculum begins in October, it can be started at any time of the year and on any day of the week. There is no beginning or ending to this book. It can be used over and over again. Allowing you, the reader to choose how far and how much you want To Know and explore on your own journey as a Witch.

Remember, knowledge is power,

E. Massey

Introduction:

How to use this book

Whenever I am asked to describe how The Modern Witch's Curriculum is used, I cannot help but to hear Shari Lewis’ song This is the song that never ends playing in my head, because this is the book that never ends. It is a curriculum that allows those who are involved in any of the earth-based religions to progress in learning beyond their initial teachings at their own pace. It provides many hands-on magickal and spiritual activities and experiences that can be started at any time of the year and on any day of the week. There is no beginning or ending to this book and it can be used over and over again. In a way this may be the last book you may ever purchase. There is no limit to the knowledge one can discover when given the means. Many of the exercises and activities were created to guide the reader to areas of study and spiritual knowledge by using any resources that are accessible to them. These can be books, the internet, and even individual experiences of the people within a circle or community. There are no boundaries or requirements on how you collect the information for the activities; it’s all individual choice.

Many of the spiritual ideals in this book are based on both modern and traditional Witchcraft teachings and those found in the Hermetic texts of the Kybalion. The Kybalion assumes the teachings of Hermes Trismegistus and is based upon the ancient Hermetic philosophies that contain seven principles or axioms. Many Witchcraft and magickal traditions use these principles or universal laws as a pillar in their belief system. I have found that these seven principles also coincide with the many indigenous spiritual teachings found around the globe. They have become a foundation in my personal practices of magick and Witchcraft. The following is only a summary of the seven principles for the purposes of this book. However, the Kybalion can be downloaded free on the internet as it is in public domain. As you progress through the year you will find more in-depth explanations of the seven principles and how they pertain to your studies.

The Seven Hermetic Principles

1. The Principle of Mentalism-

Everything that exists is in the mind of The All and The All is in everything that exists. The All is Mind. The All is Spirit. The All is Unknowable and undefinable. The All is the Universal, Infinite and Living Mind.

2. The Law of Correspondence-

As Above, so Below. The Microcosm and the Macrocosm. What happens in the higher realms happens down to the lower realms, and vice versa.

3. The Principle of Vibration-

This principle embodies that everything is in motion. Nothing rests, everything moves, everything vibrates.

4. The Principle of Polarity-

Everything has a polar opposite or two poles. There can be no light without dark, love without hate, hot without cold. Nothing can exist without its opposite.

5. The Principle of Rhythm-

States that everything flows, out and in, everything has its tides.

6. The Principle of Cause and Effect-

Every cause has its effect; every effect has its cause. Everything happens according to law. There is no chance. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.

7. The Principle of Gender-

Gender is in everything, everything has its Masculine and Feminine principles. Everything and every person contain the two elements of gender.¹

Some of the topics will also use certain items, such as tarot cards for divination purposes; these activities can easily be completed with any other divinatory item of your choosing. Any other of the items that would be needed to complete the various activities and exercises were chosen by their common employment in most traditions or can be easily found in nature. Because the book allows everyone and anyone to explore its various topics under their own traditions, it can also be used for those who teach their own traditions in a group setting as well.

The Modern Witch's Curriculum is presented in an easy to read calendar format that employs a Pagan related topic for each month, week, and day that is based on spiritual growth and commonly found Witch lore. As you will see, some topics may focus on the conventional use of the Wheel of the Year, while many also will reflect traditional Witchcraft teachings as well. The curriculum itself can be started at any time, and on any day, you can start right now if you choose. Although, the first chapter begins in October, you can start the course in July or any other month you wish. If you are like most, you probably have a busy Muggle ¹ life. That’s O.K., the book was designed to be able to begin and end on any given day of the week, without having to learn in consecutive days. Even if you miss a few days due to an activity, just continue on the day or week that you have completed the activity. It is about obtaining the knowledge and about personal growth and not about following a time line. However, I am confident that the wide variety of activities and exercises will encourage and inspire you to stay on course in the curriculum. I am sure that it will also give you a sense of ownership and confidence as progress throughout the year.

1

October

Observing and Working with Ancestors and The Dead

For many Witches, October is a highly favored month. It is a time for gathering together with friends and family to celebrate as the Wheel of the Year turns, a time when milestones in our spiritual development are reached and let us not forget, the feasting and merrymaking! The season of Samhain presents us with the opportunity to celebrate the cycle of death and rebirth and in many traditions, it is a time to reconnect with our ancestors, and honor those who have died. This is a time when it is said that the veil between our world and the spirit world has thinned, so it’s the perfect time of year to work with our ancestors and the dead. In this our first month of the curriculum, we will experience; how to properly conduct a séance, speak with our ancestors through divination, and how-to set-up a sacred space for our ancestor reverence and work.

In many cultures, ancient, and modern you will find some form of ancestor reverence and the maintaining of shrines or altars used to respect and commune them. This sacred space is where the ancestors become a part of all that happens in one’s life–all the joys as well as the sorrows. It is here that offerings are given to the ancestors as nourishment and gratitude. It is also a place where the ancestors can be petitioned for aid or advice in a particular matter in one’s life.

An ancestral shrine can be anything from a small shelf to a full tabletop with photos and belongings of dead loved ones. Shrines can be used for daily or weekly offerings and are a good place to share the sorrows and joys of your life with your dead relatives. A good daily practice is to set a portion of your dinner meal aside on their shrine before you sit down to eat yourself. I recommend a smaller shrine for those who do not wish to delve deeply into ancestor work, but still want to regularly honor their ancestors.

An ancestor altar is a full working altar with divinatory tools as well as vessels that connects and assists in communication with the spirits of the dead. The altar should be large enough to house your tools and supplies. If you do not wish to have an obvious altar set up for your work, you can store the supplies instead, and only bring them out when you intend to use them. No matter which you choose, they will become an intricate part of your home and practice.

This month was designed to work with familial ancestors and the ancestors of inspiration and spirituality. It contains simple practices and rituals to incorporate into your own spiritual path and traditions. I have included a few sample rituals and other useful information at the end of the chapter. These can be used as they are or in part or as a reference in creating your own. Keep in mind the dead are not just with us during Samhain. Honoring them regularly can be very beneficial to your spiritual and magickal life.

October

Observing and Working with Ancestors and The Dead

Week 1

Ancestors, Family Traditions, and Culture

Sunday

Study, research, and learn about your various ancestors and their spirituality, traditions, and culture. Most of us know or have an idea of our family’s nationality(s), but do we really understand what their traditional spiritualty consists of, or how it affected their relationship with the world and everyday lifestyle. If you have more than one nationality choose one to start with, you may add additional ones later on. For some, this may require a little more researching due to historical events of that particular country or nation. I recommend creating a list starting with the most recent spiritual beliefs of your family and adding as you discover more. Some can be more complex, such as people of Mexican decent, here at most the list will begin with some form of Christianity, then may descend to the folk practices of the Santa Muerte religion and even further with the indigenous Meso-American religions. Many of these religions blend and cross over each other and can be tricky discerning the combinations. In this case, I recommend making a tree to help you break down the combinations.

If you already have an understanding of the spirituality of your family, ancestors and nationality, research further into its customs and practices and consider what you could add to your current spiritual practices.

Monday

Spend at least 30 minutes to 1 hour in meditation to help you connect with a particular ancestor or family member that has passed. If you are fairly new to meditation use the guided meditation found in week 4 within this chapter to assist you. The concept here is not to meet with your ancestor. It’s just to close the gap of time and space between you and them. Visualize them as they were in life, or bring to mind a happy, personal moment that you are fond of. If you did not know them personally in life, visualize them as best as you can from the information you have obtained from your research. During the meditation, be sure to express some form of respect and gratitude. By just visualizing and expressing gratitude and respect will help you create a bridge between you and your ancestor for any future work you may want do. There is no need to use this time to ask questions or receive messages; you are only starting the bonding process. If you are having trouble connecting with your chosen ancestor on this day, try again on a different day of the week or choose someone else to connect with.

Tuesday

Use tarot or another divination tool to communicate with your ancestors or to help locate a new ancestor. Today we will use a divination method to connect and communicate with your ancestors. Using a divination tool to communicate with the dead is less evasive than meditation but just as effective. In time, you will learn that some might prefer to be contacted in this way rather than you intruding on them in the spiritual realm. Try not to focus on one particular ancestor, open yourself up, to all of them. Before you begin, state your intention out loud (i.e.: I ask that my ancestors be here and communicate with me with the use of these cards. or I ask that an ancestor come to me and make themselves known through the use of these cards.) At this time, you can ask general questions relating to you working with them. Remember to thank them when you have concluded your session. At the end of this chapter I have included a general tarot spread that can be used throughout the coming weeks. 

Wednesday

Purchase or borrow books about your ancestry, history, etc. and read at least one chapter. Research online information about your family history and ancestry. By reading and learning about your family and their history, you will help create a stronger connection to them.  For example, if you know that your great uncle worked as a miner, you may want to read about mining. If you are lucky enough to have a historical figure or party in your lineage, you may want to read about them and the events surrounding them. This type of connection bridges the gap between generations by giving a better understanding of the life your ancestor had lived. Another great way would be to read travel books about the country your ancestors resided in. One thing you have to remember is that many of your ancestors are strangers to you and vice versa. By knowing a little about them and their history this will give you something to talk about and create an understanding of who they were.

Thursday

Hold actual conversations with an ancestor. Talk about your day, your troubles, etc. Give them thanks and praise for what they have done and how they affected you in life. At first this may seem a little strange, but in time you will feel more comfortable

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