Learn about the Witchcraft Class
Finding Your Path: Witchcraft & Wicca (Course #WW301) This a comprehensive course unlike any other. The emphasis of this course is for you to find your own path. If you have been around the Wheel of the Year a few times, this course will be a refreshing renewal of your spiritual path. If you are just beginning, the classes will help you discover your own path. You will of course learn the basics of Sabbats, circle casting, the elements, classic chants, pronunciations, etc. but you will go far beyond that into practicing your chosen spiritual and magical tradition. No matter what your experience and expertise, you will get something out of this class!
Practical application and actual practice is the emphasis of all the PaganPath Academy online courses. You will learn (or be refreshed) about basic magical theory and many Pagan, Wiccan and Witchcraft traditions are featured throughout the courses, but your practice is the primary focus. Taking all the theories, history and ideas and making them work for you is what it is all about.
The Finding Your Path course provides you with the widest range of knowledge about numerous Pagan Paths along with effective tools for working with energy that can be applied to any spiritual tradition as well as mundane life.
What about Mentors, Degrees & Titles?
We will share with you the knowledge and techniques we have mastered, but will not tell you what to think and believe or how you must practice. We do not believe in linear progression through a hierarchical structure, nor do we believe that you must be advanced to a particular place or degree to connect with the divine. Please do not consider this a mentor-ship with a master and a subordinate, but rather an exchange between you and an adviser or confidant. Essentially, your path is your own.
History of Witchcraft & The Burning Times?
What about the History of Witchcraft and the Burning Times? This is not a historical treatise of Witchcraft, rather the focus is the hands-on application of modern Witchcraft and Wiccan spirituality to everyday life. The origins of the Charge of the Goddess, many modern traditions, the Rede and other cornerstones of the Craft are covered, but this is not an exhaustive historical course.
What Tradition Do You Teach?
Many Pagan traditions are covered in the course but you will notice that there is a distinct "Witchy" flair to the teachings. If you are looking for classes on Druidry or Asatru, this class will help with your own spiritual tradition and working with energy but it will not teach you the specifics of these Pagan Paths. Many Witchcraft practices and Wiccan traditions are covered more in depth, but no mater which Pagan Path you choose, the class will help you to make it your own.
Does the Class Have Spells?
Of course! But more importantly you will be breaking down classic spells to see how they work, and building your own effective spells by understanding magical theory and energy work. Although magic can be an important part of this path, this is not a course about spells and magic exclusively. They are covered in depth but you will notice an ethical approach that is Wiccan in nature. You are not required to adhere to this perspective, it is simply the basis from where we teach the application of magic. That said, please note that many forms of magic and energy work are covered in the lessons, and practical applications of these techniques are presented with examples of how they are currently used by other Witches and practitioners of many Pagan Paths.
Opinions, Viewpoints & Truth
We do not have exclusive rights to the 'truth' and offer this course as an exploration into the the diverse and sometimes even contradictory facets of Witchcraft and Wicca. Our experiences and viewpoints will influence this writing, as is entirely appropriate. We encourage you to read from a variety of sources throughout this class in order to gain a wider perspective. When presenting controversial subjects, every attempt is made to convey a variety of viewpoints in an objective way. Occasionally we will make personal comments which are strictly our own viewpoints. In the rare event when we feel the need to express a purely personal opinion regarding a topic, we will do so in italicized text like this with a pop up notice to let you know that it is an opinion.
How Do I Take A Class?
You may participate in this course casually or formally, or anywhere in between. You can begin your studies, take an exam, focus on other areas of your life for a few months, and then pick up right where you left off when you have more time. If you casually participate and do not care if you receive a certificate of completion, you don't have to give the scoring system a second thought. Just read a lesson and do the exercises, meditations, visualizations or reading assignments (all books are provided online and there is some off-site reading to broaden the classes' viewpoints).
What About Tests & Exams
There are two exams per course, a midterm and a final. If you do not care about getting a certificate, you don't even need to take the exams, but you may do so just for fun if you like. Most classes on PaganPath have additional field trips or community projects you create, plus extra credit assignments you may optionally explore.
When taking the exams, please remember to read the course materials carefully. There is a great deal of information contained in a few words, and details can be easily overlooked. Also, please think carefully about each question on tests. Try not to reiterate what you've read in the textbook or in another Craft book, but instead really think about what seems right to you.
Graduation & Certificates?
Participants who achieve 75% of the total points for a course are offered Certificates of Completion. That means that if you must receive 300 out of the 400 possible points in the course to receive a certificate.
Your certificate may be suitable for presenting to more formal covens when required for entry, for outer court training, or sometimes for initiation purposes, however it is primarily a symbol of your personal achievement. Most people choose to simply frame their certificate or add it to their Book of Shadows.
If you wish to receive a Certificate of Completion, your score will have more meaning for you. You will need to accumulate 75% of the total possible points for the course. There is a total of 400 points in this class, so you will need to accumulate at least 300 points total.
Midterm Exam = 100 possible points
Final Exam = 100 possible points
Oral Exam by Chat or Phone = 100 possible points
Field Trip / Community Project = 100 possible points
You may get extra points if needed or desired through the Extra Credit project outlined near the end of the course:
Extra Credit Psi Test by Mail = 25 possible points
Extra Credit Viewpoint Article = 25 possible points
Good luck and Brightest Blessings to You!
Free Sample Lessons
If you've read a few of the articles in the Library on the site, you are familiar with the writing style of the Academy courses. You can view a few "Academy Excerpts" in several areas of the library, but these are some examples of what you will find in the private Academy area. These are excerpts from the course entitled Finding Your Path: Witchcraft & Wicca:
- Academy Excerpt: Gods, Goddesses & Beliefs
- Academy Excerpt: Bringing it All Together
- Academy Excerpt: The Wheel of the Year An introduction to the basic Sabbats
Membership Expiration & Billing
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Honestly though, Memberships have always lasted more than a year and a day, often you will receive a few email to remind you to renew long after your Membership has expired, but you will still have full access.
When your Membership finally does expire, you are never dropped from the site. Instead, you become a regular or "Essentials" Member which means you will retain all of your Private Messages, Your Profile, Forum Posts - Favorites & Subscriptions, any tarot readings you've saved and more. Only your access to the Academy and the Member Exclusives & Downloads area will expire, along with your shop discount.
What about Tarot Proficiency Class?
Designed to help you become proficient in reading the tarot without consulting a reference book, this course is excellent for both beginners and professionals. Learn how to connect the meanings of numerous cards and symbols to the individual you are reading for (querent - the one who seeks).
You must provide your own tarot deck, however all textbook and materials for any tarot deck are provided in the online course materials. In addition there is extensive help for selecting a tarot deck and numerous resources for finding one inexpensively.
There is also a printable tarot deck in the Member Exclusives area of the site. This is an ongoing class and if you are more interested in it than in the Finding Your Path class, please let your instructor ("Friday") know.
What about Herbs & Wortcunning Class?
A great class to help you understand the magical, medicinal and other uses for herbs and plants from gardening or growing your own indoors to creating potions, lotions, incense, brews and much more.
This is an ongoing class and new lessons (herbal projects) appear periodically.
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Books that recommend or reference Paganpath.com
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Rocking The Goddess: Campus Wicca for the Student Practitioner by Anthony Paige ISBN: 0806523565
Modern Pagans: an Investigation of Contemporary Ritual by V. Vale & John Sulak ISBN: 1889307106
Witch Crafting: A Spiritual Guide to Making Magic by Phyllis Curott ISBN: 0767908457
Tantric Sex for Women: A Guide for Lesbian, Bi, Hetero, and Solo Lovers by Christa Schulte ISBN: 9780897934459
Witchcraft on a Shoestring: Practicing the Craft Without Breaking Your Budget by Deborah Blake ISBN: 9780738721361
The Healing Power of Faery: Working with Elementals and Nature Spirits to Soothe the Body and Soul by Edain McCoy ISBN: 9781440515910
The Kivas of Heaven; Ancient Hopi Starlore by Gary A. David ISBN-10: 1935487094 and ISBN-13: 978-1935487098 Note the article "Thujone, Absinthe & Herbs" referenced in this book has been moved to: Absinthe: A Witch's Brew
- Seeing with Different Eyes: Essays in Astrology and Divination Hardcover by Patrick Curry (Author, Editor), Angela Voss (Editor) ISBN-10: 1847183611 ISBN-13: 978-1847183613
- Not Pictured: Rhenish Yearbook of Folklore: Volume 35; by Karl Meisen, edited by Heinrich Leonhard Cox, Published by Rhenish Association for Folklore, 2008 Indiana University ISBN: 3877103057, 9783877103050
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