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These Blogs are relevent to the training group and include information about the main topic or about side topics which are not directly covered in the sessions.  We hope you enjoy them.

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The Elements

Posted on March 23, 2017 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

The elements were late comers to the Craft. Gerald Gardner’s Bricket Wood Coven, the first coven that we reliably know about, did not originally make use of the elements and there is no mention of them in the early versions of the Books of Shadows. Rather the coven invoked ‘The Mighty Ones’ of the directions. The Mighty Ones of the Bricket Wood Coven eventually gained elemental associations probably from ceremonial magic and they seem likely to be here to stay.

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Glamour

Posted on February 24, 2017 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Glamour is one of the most subtle dangers in the occult. In many ways it is like a spiritual personality disorder that hinders your growth to spiritual maturity. The concept was first coined by the theosophist Alice Bailey. Theosophy, incidentally, is the practice through speculation or experience, of discovering the nature of God.

 

Glamour can be split into three different levels, illusion, glamour and maya. Illusion, in this narrow sense, is being overly intellectual...

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Integrity and Commitment

Posted on February 13, 2017 at 3:50 AM Comments comments (0)

What is integrity?

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, “integrity” means “the condition of having no part or element taken away or wanting; undivided or unbroken state; material wholeness; completeness; entirety”

Or better still, “The condition of not being marred or violated; unimpaired or uncorrupted; a condition of soundness.”

You have to know what it is you believe, before you can make a decision on what is right or wrong for y...

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What is the Difference between Paganism and Witchcraft?

Posted on February 2, 2017 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

When is a Witch not a Witch,” wrote Robert Cochrane (aka Roy Bowers) in the 1960’s, his answer was “when he or she is a pagan”? Maxine Sanders also claimed that she was not a pagan at a conference in 2000. What is more other long standing Witches have claimed that Initiatory Witchcraft is different to Paganism. What do they mean? Is their a difference between a Witch and a Pagan?

Initiatory Witchcraft is the mystical side of paganism. It is a ...

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What to look for in teachers of the Craft

Posted on January 26, 2017 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Many people are investigating the religions of Witchcraft, Wicca and other Pagan Paths today. There are many books and reference materials available, yet after some self study, there are some folk who would like to meet and perhaps work with a physical teacher. This could be a rewarding learning experience – or it could turn out to be your worst nightmare. As such it is essential at the very start to have some knowledge of what is expected so you can exercise some quality assurance.

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Why Witchcraft Training

Posted on January 3, 2017 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Why train in the Craft?

What has training in initiatory Witchcraft or the Wica got to offer?

 

It gives the opportunity for the seeker to be involved in the Western Mystery Tradition which dates back 3000 years or more. While Initiatory Witchcraft can only reliably be dated to 1939 and Gerald Gardner and his associates, it is nonetheless one of the modern manifestation of the Western Mysteries, which includes Hermeticism, Gnosticism, Sufism, Thelema, Mystical Christ...

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Suggested Reading

Posted on January 3, 2017 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

We recommend that you read as widely as possible.

 

For those people who are new to the Craft we can recommend the following books.

 

Witchcraft

 

Doreen Valiente's Witchcraft for Tomorrow, ABC of Witchcraft, Witchcraft a Tradition Renewed (with Evan John Jones) and The Rebirth of Witchcraft

Gerald Gardner's Witchcraft Today, The Meaning of Witchcraft and High Magic's Aid

Vivianne Crowley's Wicca the Old Religion in the N...

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What is Initiatory Witchcraft?

Posted on January 3, 2017 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Initiatory Witchcraft (or the Wicca) is part of the Western Mystery Tradition which seeks to give its practitioners direct experience of the Divine as expressed through the mysteries. The word mystery has several meanings and we mean it not as a problem to be solved which is something scientists are very good at, but rather as something that has to be experienced. For example the mysteries of life or of mortality are not scientific questions, but ones of subjective experience and relationsh...

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Starting Out

Posted on October 23, 2016 at 6:15 AM Comments comments (0)

 

To those just starting out study, learn and practice. Remember that this is your journey and you must take active responsibility for it. To my mind, taking responsibility for your life is one of the most empowering things you can do.

 

Some start by using the KISS method. Keep it simple. Choose one topic at a time and methodically work it. Really study it and then work the methods suggested. Submerge yourself in it. Get really acquainted with the technique...

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The Training Group

Posted on October 21, 2016 at 2:00 AM Comments comments (0)

The Suffolk Witchcraft Training group was originally started by Dave and Tricia when they hived from a Gardnerian coven that existed in Norfolk a couple of decades ago. They ran the training for considerable amount of time before deciding that they had done their bit for king and country and handed the training onto me. I have facilitated the group since the year 2000 with my wife Martika joining me in the running of the group since 2010, having done the training herself. We both enjoying ...

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