Begins September 5th 2021
Online Live-streamed & Recorded
Foundations of Witchcraft will present a 13 Month course of in-depth study 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 lens 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, 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 lens, 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
-Approaches towards 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 Online, as well as Recorded and made available for later viewing to students. All live classes will take place the first Sunday of each month at 7:00pm Eastern time. It is not required to attend the live classes in order to complete the course.
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.
Each session will have optional homework as well as additional suggested activities. Students who complete all requirements and assignments of the course will receive a certificate of completion and be eligible for future courses which require this one as a pre-requisite.
Dates When Live-Streamed and In Person Classes Will Be Held*:
September 5th 2021
October 3rd 2021
November 7th 2021
December 5th 2021
January 2nd 2022
February 6th 2022
March 6th 2022
April 3rd 2022
May 1st 2022
June 5th 2022
July 3rd 2022
August 7th 2022
September 4th 2022
*On occasion a class may be rescheduled if technical or other situations interfere with original date. but students will usually be given at least 24hrs advanced notice of any changes except for in very rare circumstances.
There will also be additional optional groups discussion and Q& A sessions made available to students who desire them.
About the Instructor:
Matthew Venus (he/him) is a Queer Folk Magician, Artist, and Witch with 30 years of practice and nearly 20+ years of teaching experience within witchcraft and the magical arts. He is the owner and lead 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 Templefest, Convocation, Between the Worlds, as well as The Salem Witchcraft & Folklore Festival which he is also the cofounder of. His writings have appeared in Modern Witch Magazine, Qlippoth Journal, Pillars, and Hoodoo & Conjure Quarterly. And he has appeared, and been a consultant on several television and film projects, including Forbidden History, and the forthcoming documentary WITCH: Hex the Patriarchy.