I had an interesting conversation with one of my coveners recently and it involved how people train for magical work.
For some people this may be a natural process which involves solitary ritual and practise which comes to them in an organic way.
That is a beautiful way to practise but for me it was not what I wanted.
I wanted to be trained in how to do magic.
I wanted to learn how to worship the Gods and to walk in the land with knowledge but I also wanted to learn how to make the universe do what I wanted.
In order to do this I joined a coven. My teacher Rowan Oakmist was a constant source of inspiration and showed me how to gain and use the knowledge that I wanted. Actually wanted is not really the word. For those of you who know the pull of the craft you will know that there is not really a choice. Its a constant tapping on the shoulder, a continual need for knowledge and for understanding which on occasion can drive you to distraction.
I luckily found a teacher that was critical, was someone who pushed me to make more of myself, to investigate myself and not to take anyone's word over my own ability to experience it for myself.
I made mistakes, lots of them, my fingers were burnt on many an occasion but I pushed on and discovered not only alot about the universe but also alot about myself.
Training is about investigating the universe by ritual, by experience and by working with others that have the same goals as you. It is hard work and very demanding. But it brings great rewards.
A good teacher does not give you the information and sit back.
A good teacher makes you go and get it for yourself, tells you its not quite there and to do it again, puts up with your tears and your anger, makes you realise that this is not the best you can give and then holds you up while you try again.
To train someone is a commitment from a teacher. It is an honour to watch someone develop from one stage to another. Its hard to watch people struggle but joyous when you see them break through and conquer a barrier that has stopped them being the person they really should be.
It is a privelidge.
In the conversation with my covener she said that she had spoken to a friend who was undergoing training with a coven not to far from where she lives. (this young person comes all the way from England to train with me in Wales)
In this coven the lady had been charged hundreds of pounds to be shown how to do an astal pathworking. During her time in the training she had been initated in less than 8 weeks and no practical training had been undertaken.
But she did have a certificate!!
Now there is nothing wrong with distance learning please do not misunderstand me, I have myself done many distance learning courses which were outstanding. For example Jason Millers Strategic Sorcery course is a fantastic course in physical magic.
There is also nothing wrong in charging for training, in my opinion, but charging hundreds of pounds for what I would consider to be bogus training is not really on.
It is unfair, it is very dangerous to the name of witches and pagans who are trying to pass on good practise and development.
And its bloody annoying for those of us, who do provide good training, when we get tarred with the same brush.
There are plenty of valid and worthwhile schools out there but I thought that in a bid to help the lack of good courses I would try something new.
So from September I will be offering Weekend training courses on various subjects to aid in the training of Witches, pagans or whatever name you would like to call yourself.
These training sessions are tried and tested and use techniques from my own experience, from my teacher Rowan Oakmist and from other sources such as Franz Bardon, Christopher Warnock and other well known sources.
There is a charge but I am going to keep the charge as low as I possibly can to make it accesible to as many as want to come, we will also have a grant for anyone who is unemployed or cannot afford the training totally.
I think that the provision of training for those who are willing to work and for those for whom a structured path is attractive is a very important service to offer.
If you are interested then contact me via facebook or via the email on this website.
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PS I will even give you a certificate if you really want one!