Elements of Magic
January 14 – 16, 2011
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It’s elemental . . . with the art of magic, we deepen our vision and focus our will, empowering ourselves to act in the world. In this experiential course we develop the practice of Magic, Witchcraft, and Earth-based spirituality by working with the Elements of Magic: Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit, in the tradition established by Starhawk and the Reclaiming Collective.
Witchcraft is a growing tradition in our culture today. It is a call from and to the ancient Goddess and her immanence. It is a call to know ourselves in all of our parts, so that we can create the magic that transforms all worlds. While we live in cultures of domination and control, worlds full of desire, beauty, love and grace surround us and the Craft opens them to us.
Students will learn and use such magical tools as chanting, movement, story, trance, altars and ritual to change awareness and to work with natural energies that are commonly ignored or repressed in our culture. We will explore the concept of the triple self and other Reclaiming concepts important to the practice of magic. By the end of the course everyone will be able to create and work within effective sacred space, and to plan and participate in meaningful ritual.
Suggested preparation: the first seven chapters of The Spiral Dance or all the Elements path in The Twelve Wild Swans by Starhawk. This class is considered the first of the Reclaiming tradition core classes.
When: Friday, January 14, 2011: 6:30pm–9:30pm; Saturday, January 15, 2011: 10:00am–6:00pm; and Sunday, January 16, 2011: 10:00am–5:00pm.
Where: Private country home near Rougemont, north of Durham. Some overnight accommodation is available over the weekend.
Cost: $50–$120 sliding scale, you decide where you slide.
Cost includes a $20 nonrefundable registration deposit to hold your place in the class. Payment may be sent by PayPal or snail mail check. For details, please contact Wren by using the contact form at the bottom of this page. Directions, food matters, and other logistical information will be sent upon registration.
Witchcraft is a spiritual tradition based on remembering and recreating an earth-based way of life. Witches honor the cycles of nature, the earth and the goddesses and gods that live within each of us.
Reclaiming is an ever-evolving tradition of Witchcraft that is rooted in eco-feminism and the Anderson Feri Tradition. It is dedicated to personal empowerment, teaching and unifying spirit and politics. Learn more at http://www.reclaiming.org.
About the Teachers:
Wren is a supposedly rational scientist who rediscovered and reclaimed her magical side in 1999, and happily found a spiritual home in the Reclaiming tradition. She has attended nine Spiralheart witchcamps and innumerable Reclaiming-related courses and workshops, has taught several Elements of Magic classes and other Reclaiming courses, is active in the local Reclaiming group Dragon’s Cauldron, and continues study, daily practice and teaching based on Reclaiming and Anderson Feri traditions.
A grandmother, botanist, singer, logophile, and member of an intentional community, Wren likes to commune with the green realm and the beings of the forest, explore off the beaten path, create places where Mystery can enter on her land and in her home, and do magic with fellow Witches.
When the Green Dragon winked at Jennifer and let her catch his tail as she danced her way through the early 1990’s, he sparked a pursuit of mystery that in 2003 led her to study in the Reclaiming tradition. Since then she has taken several key Reclaiming courses and become an active and proud witch with the local Dragon’ s Cauldron. This is her second time teaching Elements and she looks forward to sharing in the experience as both student and teacher.
A strong believer that if you play with the Universe it will play back, Jennifer approaches magic as a co-creator, with a child’ s sense of wonder, joy and boldness, and a deep passion for magical work as an internal and external healing force. Of late she has left the marketplace to action the liberty of weaving magic into her home, garden and the raising of two young sons.
To register for this course, use the below form to send an email to Wren expressing your interest.