"We have not even to risk the adventure alone. For the heroes of all Time have gone before us. The Labyrinth is thoroughly known. We have only to follow the thread of the hero path. And where we thought to find an abomination we shall find a God. And where we had thought to slay another we shall slay ourselves. Where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence. Where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with all the World" Joseph Campbell - The Hero With a Thousand Faces
Year 1 Suffolk Witchcraft Training
Session Topic Date
1 Starting Out/Trainers 5th March 2014
A discussion about the rules of the training group and advice for starting out in an occult/mystery tradition. We shall be discussing what to look for in trainers and teachers in the Craft.
2 What is a Witch 12th March 2014
The Western Mystery Tradition
We shall be discussing what is meant by the Western Mystery Tradition and the Craft's place within it. We shall examine exactly what we mean by the word mystery. We will discuss the difference between the Craft and Paganism and Craft and Cunning. We shall also discuss what we mean by the word Witch.
3 Integrity and Commitment 19th March 2014
We shall be discussing the importance of integrity and commitment in following a mystical tradition. What do we mean by integrity? Why is commitment important in magic?
4 An Epistemology of the Craft and Belief 2nd April 2014
We shall be looking at what Karen Armstrong means by Logos and Mythos and the problem of Gilbert Ryle's category mistake in religion and spirituality. We shall be discussing what we mean by belief and why it is important. We shall also be trying to define what we mean by religion, spirituality and the occult.
5 Glamour 9th April 2014
Glamour is where we mistake illusion for reality, it is where we mistake the symbol for the experience it represents. It is where trappings such as 'magic' wands, velvet robes and a witchy image over-shadow the quest for the mysteries.
6 Self Actualization/Self Awareness 16th April 2014
We shall be discussing self awareness and its importance to the Craft. We shall also be looking at Maslow's concepts of self actualisation and peak experiences and how the relate to Witchcraft.
7 Concentration/Visualization/Meditation 30th April 2014
Concentration, visualization and meditation are central skills fundamental to magical training and practice. All magical and mystical traditions make use of altered states of consciousness. We will be discussing the skills of concentration, visualization and meditation and take you through a pathworking to find your personal symbol.
8 Jung’s model of the psyche 7th May 2014
A DVD of a lecture by Prof. Joseph Campbell who talks about the function of myth and discusses Jung's model of the psyche. He speaks about key Jungian concepts such as archetypes and their relevance to myth and the mysteries.
9 Nature/Supernatural and Sacred Sites 14th May 2014
What do we mean by Nature? John Stuart Mill makes the distinction between wild nature, the nature of something and Nature which encompasses everything. Can there be such thing as the supernatural, or is it supra-natural? Is Craft really a nature tradition? Does natural necessarily mean good or healthy? What is a sacred site and are they relevant to the Craft? Martika will be delivering a pathworking for spring.
10 Natural cycles 28th May 2014
Cycles of the year, cycles of the moon, the cycle of life, why are cycles important to the Craft? Are they metaphors for the journey through life? What is a magic circle? We shall also briefly discuss the Goddess and Horned God of the Craft. Martika will be delivering a pathworking for summer.
11 The Natural Year 4th June 2014
A DVD about the changing seasons of the year.
12 Tides and Seasons 11th June 2014
Looking at the changing seasons and tides and how they relate to the Sabbats. We shall be discussing the more exoteric associations of wheel of the year, relating them to 'magical' tides. Martika will be delivering a pathworking for autumn.
13 Living Myth and the Wheel of the Year 25th June 2014
Discussion about the esoteric associations of the myth of the Wheel of the year. Looking at the inner Nature of the the myth, pointing to the experience of the mysteries. Martika will be delivering a pathworking for winter.
14 Plant identification 2nd July 2014
We shall be taking a trip up to Combs Wood with some plant identification books and getting you to identify common wild plants with medicinal and folkloric associations.
15 Power 9th July 2014
Is power the same thing as energy or have the New Agers made a category mistake? What is power and how can we experience it? We shall be examining the eight ways of raising power and their relationship with emotion, authority and altered states of consciousness.
16 Psychic Self Defense 23rd July 2014
Before we adventure into the mysteries it is important to be able to defend ourselves firstly from external forces that may threaten our psyche and secondly potentially from 'denizens' of the inner planes. Martika will be taking you through some practical techniques of PSD.
17 Sacred Sexuality 30th July 2014
Sexuality is the fuel of the Craft and is a fundamental part of life. In this session we shall be examining the difference between sex and sexuality and the role of sexuality in the experience of the mysteries. We shall be discussing the use of gender interplay in Craft rituals, and the concept of polarity and how it differs from duality; polarity having monist underpinnings. We shall also be discussing the Jungian concepts of anima and animus and relating them to the experience of the Divine within. Martika will take you on a pathworking to experience the Lady.
18 Skyclad 6th August 2014
Why do Witches perform their rituals skyclad? We shall discuss and quickly dismiss some of the popular reasons offered and look to sociological reasons, symbolic reasons: the counter cultural nature of the Craft and the dropping of personas and the experience of self. Rhys will be delivering a pathworking to experience the Horned Lord.
19 Kevin’s Self Defense 27th August 2014
A fun packed session where you can get revenge on Rhys. Kevin will take you through some martial arts activities and self defense techniques before discussing some of the similarities between Witchcraft and martial arts.
20 Incense Making- session run by Barry 3rd September 2014
Barry the High Priest of the coven will be tempted down from the wilds of Lowerstoft to talk about incense making. He will discuss the role of incense in rituals and give you a recipe that will take a year to complete.
21 Wine making and the Craft 10th September 2014
The process of wine making is an excellent metaphor for the process of the Craft. We shall be discussing the role of wine in the Craft and talking about how to make country wines. We might also, subject to driving, taste some wines as well.
22 Jung and the Elements 24th September 2014
In this session we shall be discussing the elements from their conception in Empedocles's 'On Nature', Aristotle and the fifth element and how they relate to Jung's four functions. We shall also be discussing the symbolism of the elements and how they are relevant to the modern Craft.
23 Types of meditation and writing pathworkings by Lara 1st October 2014
Lara will be discussing types of meditation on of the paths to gnosis and kenosis and how to write pathworkings. She will also ask you to write pathworkings to be done over the coming weeks.
24 Tools of the Craft 8th October 2014
In this session we shall be looking at the tools of the Craft. We shall use them as a spring board to discuss symbolism and Wittgenstein and aspect perception which are of importance to how we see the world and consequently to the Craft. The first trainee pathworking.
25 Levels of reality/Body numinous 22nd October 2014
Inner planes and semantic landscape
What is reality? We will be discussing phenomenal and noumenal reality, levels of reality and relating this to the body numinous. We will be discussing what we mean by the inner planes and the semantic landscape and how they are used within modern occultism. The second trainee pathworking.
26 Dreams- Jung interpretation 29th October 2014
Campbell reckons that myths are dreams made public, perhaps dreams are private myth. We shall be looking at dreams and dream interpretation before moving onto lucid dreaming and 'astral projection'. We shall also be inducing and out of body experience in a 'lucky' trainee. The third trainee pathworking.
27 Dowsing 5th November 2014
This session looks at dowsing with pendulums and rods. We cut through the nonsense associated with the subject and we claim it works through ideomotor (unconscious muscle) movements and making information conscious that we may have picked up sub-consciously. The fourth trainee pathworking.
28 Yule 12th November 2014
We shall be listening to a CD on the true meaning of Christmas. The fifth trainee pathworking.
29 Yule party 6th December 2014
Our pre Yuletide get together