Foundations of Witchcraft will present a 13 Month course of indepth study (available both online and in-person) which is designed to aid the student in developing and strengthening their personal magical and spiritual practice in genuine, meaningful, impactful, fulfilling, and most importantly, effective ways.
Though this course will dive deeply into the heart of what it means to be a witch, it is worth noting that the Craft as we will explore it in this course, will not be presented through the lense of Wicca (traditional or eclectic). Neither will it approach the subject from the viewpoint of Popular Polytheist Paganism. Within the breadth of this course we will cover the history and practices of witchcraft from a folk magical and folkloric perspective. This places this course more aligned with what some might term Traditional Witchcraft.
Additionally this course approaches Witchcraft from an animist, and spirit focused lense, with information, practices, and exercises designed to aid the seeker in establishing and developing deeper connections with ancestral spirits, familiar spirits, and spirits of the land. This will further be developed by guided exercises in hedge crossing/spirit flight.
Throughout this course we will establish regular practices for empowering our body, our mind, our breath, and our spirit. We will also discuss the creation of altars and hallowed spaces, the crafting and use of magical tools, the power of voice and invocation, and the creation of incenses, oils, and magical charms.
By the conclusion of this course you will have received training, guidance, and experience in the following:
-Working with Spirits of the Land
-History and Folklore of the Witches Sabbath
-Establishing a practice of Ancestral Veneration
-Techniques of Planetary Magic
-Working with Familiar Spirits
-Working with the cycles of the Moon and the Sun
-Hedge Crossing, Shapeshifting, and Spirit Flight
-Meditative and Visualization Techniques
-Concepts of the spirit, soul, and energy body
-Creating Ritual Space (The Circle, Compass, and Crossroads)
-Folklore and Nature of Faery Folk
-Use and Crafting of Ritual Tools
-Techniques of Magical Herbalism
-Magical Words, Spoken Charms, and Invocations
- Techniques of Spiritual Cleansing and Protection
-The Making and Consecration of Charms and Amulets
- And much more…
Classes will be held once monthly both Online and In Person at The Cauldron Black in Salem, Massachusetts and will be Live-Streamed as well as Recorded and made available for later viewing to both the in person and online students.
Students will be added to a private Facebook forum for members of the course to receive updates and share information. Students will also receive access to certain audio files designed to guide them in exercises for visualization, meditation, and spirit flight.
Students who complete all requirements and assignments of the course will receive both:
*a certificate of completion
*a personalized amulet crafted by the instructor and a mark of their achievement
Dates When Live-Streamed and In Person Classes Will Be Held*:
(Videos of classes will be made available afterwards)
April 26th, 2020
May 24nd, 2020
June 28th, 2020
July 26th, 2020
August 23rd, 2020
September 27th, 2020
October 25th, 2020
November 22nd, 2020
December 20th, 2020
January 24th, 2021
February 28th, 2021
March 28th, 2021
April 25th, 2021
*On rare occasion a class may be rescheduled if weather or other situations interfere with original date.
Additionally, during the course each student will receive 1-2 hours of one-on-one coaching and consultation with the Instructor, via Skype or Phone should they desire it.
About the Instructor:
Matthew Venus is a Folk Magician and Witch with over 25 years of practice and nearly 20 years of teaching experience within witchcraft and the magical arts. He is the owner, artist, and magical apothecary behind Spiritus Arcanum an online and event based occult shop with an emphasis on quality handcrafted magical items. Matthew has presented classes and courses on magical practice at conferences and shops throughout the United States including at Templefest, Convocation, Between the Worlds, and The International Necromancy Consortium. His writings have appeared in Modern Witch Magazine, Qlippoth Journal, Pillars, and Hoodoo & Conjure Quarterly.