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  CASTING THE WITCH'S CIRCLE workshop is an introduction to the core practices used by our local Sydney Coven is the focus of this workshop. Learn how to use the Witch's Circle to transform your life and restore a connection with the psychic reality. The workshop is usually run over 4 consecutive weekly sessions. I also run these for private groups occasionally where it can be held over two Saturdays as a weekend intensive workshop.

Workshop facilitator is published author Tim Hartridge.

Next workshop:
Starts Tuesday evening, 2 February 2010

Flip through our calendar at left for further workshop dates.
Expressions of interest please email for updates: info@witchesworkshop.com

WitchesWorkshop Covenstead – the workshops are run from our Ultimo inner city ritual space. Drop us a line for details and further information.



CASTING THE WITCH'S CIRCLE WORKSHOP
SUMMARY
The workshop overall is broken into 4 parts over 4 weeks, with each week includes a theory session followed by a practicum in the form of a number of ritual practices. Also included is a reference manual to the workshop.

WEEK 1
Theory session: Brief intro and how to get started; Wicca verses Witchcraft and the contemporary expressions of the Craft; The influence of Alchemy and Ceremonial magick in the Witch's Circle work; How our Coven functions and an introduction our core method and approach to Circle ritual. (Any questions are encouraged throughout.)
Ritual practicum: An introduction to the Middle Pillar (Chakra) practice; The use of Chi or psychic energy in ritual; a method of Circle casting and using the Enochian tablet of Union; An Hermetic magickal primer exercise; Applying the 'alchemy' of the Witch's Cauldron; Condensing thought-forms for improvised Spell-casting. Feedback time.
Reference works from Gerald Gardner, Doreen Valiente, Franz Bardon, Margaret A Murray.

WEEK 2
Theory session: Jung, Alchemy and Magick; Hermetic magick as internal Alchemy and applied to the Witch's circle; What is really happening when the Pentagram is used in ritual; Rosaleen Norton's practice of Witchcraft and method of work; Primal tools of trance, dance and drum. Viewing a Coven ritual - 7 minute video documentary, an archive of our old Coven in ritual; What is the Witches' Cone of Power. Questions.
Ritual practicum: Using dance for power raising; 3rd part to Middle Pillar (Chakra) practice; the Circle casting; Attempting power raising with dance; Applying trance techniques. Feedback time.
Reference : Rosaleen Norton, Aleister Crowley, Carl Jung, Michael Harner

WEEK 3
Theory session: Using Alchemy as an analyzing tool; Principles of Spellcraft using techniques of Sympathetic magick; Fundamentals of Sigil Magick and constructing a Sigil; the Witch's use of alchemical processes in spells. Questions.
Ritual practicum: Reinforcing the rituals - Middle Pillar (Chakra) practice; the Circle casting; Using the Sigils in a practical Spell-casting combined with raising the witches' Cone of Power with dance; Alchemical incubation of the spell. Feedback time.
Reference : Austin Osman Spare and Mrs Patterson, James Frazer, Phyllis Curott, Paul Huson, Dion Fortune.

WEEK 4
Theory session: Witchcraft and the ancient Mystery Cults; Pompeii and Dionysus; Aradia and the Goddess of the Strega; A central sacred Myth of contemporary Witches; Inner meaning to the Initiation rite and the Pentagram; Decoding sacred time and space in Wicca. Questions.
Ritual practicum: the middle pillar and Circle casting rite; Techniques for deepening trance and connecting to psychic energy in the Circle; Using the Tarot oracle to divine a path ahead. Feedback time.
Reference : Joseph Campbell, Robert A Johnson, Ginette Paris, Virgina Beane Rutter.

REGISTERING TO COME
The workshop fee is $180 and covers the four weeks, workshop material, notes and light refreshments. You can register to come to the Casting the Witch's Circle workshop by using the form found on this page link.
Click HERE to register for Casting the Witch's Circle workshop

Location
Currently we are using covenstead located in Ultimo. Click to see map details.

What should you read?
These following link to books are highly recommend and will help you greatly improve your comprehension of the workshop and subject material.
Click HERE for Recommend Reading

ALEXANDRIAN WICCA
A collection of some rare and insightful interviews with Alex Sanders. Plus an interview with Rosaleen Norton, the Witch of Kings Cross.


Archive: CASTING THE WITCH'S CIRCLE Newsletters


PAST EVENTS

NOX RITUAL 'short' Witch Camp
Short Weekend workshop, August 2009.

CASTING THE WITCH'S CIRCLE
Workshop regular ongoing series.

DRAWING DOWN THE MOON Esbat
Ritual event December, 2009.

VINUM SABBATI Witch Camp
Easter Long-weekend, April 2009.

MOON MAGICK Witch Camp
May 2008.

REHEARSE A WITCH CAMP
Long weekend January 2008.

CONTACT:Witch Camp Team

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PAST EVENTS:

NOX 'short' WITCH CAMP: 1 & 29 August 2009. See other reports and pics from the Retreat - pics and reports
See also - the discussion board

WITCH MOON WITCH CAMP: 9-11 May 2008. See other reports and pics from the Retreat - pics and reports
See also - the discussion board

REHEARSE A WITCH CAMP: 25-27 January 2008. Pics from the first Witch Camp Retreat see - pics and reports

 

 

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ANTAOMY OF A WITCHES' COVEN
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For those ready to continue their magickal work or wanting greater depth, this workshop series offers you a psychology understanding to the transformative power of working in covens, as well as has a hands-on practical experience. The aim of the work is to demonstrate the progressive stages of training used in a Witches' Coven given expression in Alchemy and Myth. The workshops are both practical and psychic, and will help you to build upon your experiences while developing a better understanding of the psychic anatomy of a Witches' Coven. 

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NOX – a night soul-journey rite
A vision quest and soul journey trance-dance ritual

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Practising the witch's Craft

PRACTISING THE WITCH'S CRAFT
This link contain several sample chapters including Tim hartridge's "Sabbat wine of the Witches" (aka "Vinum Sabbati").
The book is contributed to by some 15 prominant Australian pagans who have help to forge the communities in which they live.

 

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