“Cantaloupes” and Little Witches, The Best is Yet to Come!

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Happy Samhain and New Year!!!

For those of my readers who keep up on me via social media may have seen the ton of projects and events I have been organizing and participating in. I finally have some time to sit down and write a blog post. As you can see, along with my new and magickal adventures, I decided it was time for a new look to the website. So, with this new look comes so many exciting things that are in the works for 2020. A few months ago, I didn’t think half of what is to come would even happen. I was forced into a depressive state that sent me into a place haven’t been in years. Although, I know that It has always been an ongoing battle, I didn’t see this coming, nor did I see the outcomes that came from it either. Its crazy how one “stupid thing” can create a personal Armageddon. Thanks to some amazing people in my life who stood behind me, I have been able to keep a good head on things and continue on my guided path. Yet despite all the amazing things that have been presented to me on this path, it has been hard to feel the joy and excitement as I work through this bat of depression and hollowness. Self-empowerment and shadow work are what is on the menu for this coming year. That and removing the hurtful and negative “cantaloupes” out of my life. Yes, I did say cantaloupes, I hate them, they ruin fruit salads with their overriding selfish flavor. There aren’t many things I hate in this world but they are number one on my list, next to cucumbers. Yuck!!

Despite all this my fruit salad has seen some great fruition and promise. Especially in the success and overwhelming response to the Pocono Witches Festival & Ball. When my guides said I was going to throw a ball I didn’t expect it to become one of the biggest Witch Gatherings in Eastern Pennsylvania. The support of the community has been beyond modest. The turn out saw over 1200 people over the weekend and despite being protested for being “evil”, we were able to help many children in need receive a warm coat this winter. Where is the evil in that? Not bad for its inauguration, and 2020 will see a bigger and better PWF. From holding this event, I have seen an influx of promotion and support in the Pocono area. In fact, this is how I got tagged in an article as the “Pocono Witch”, Which I still laugh at but I am rolling with it. Which brings me to my newest and next project, happening as we speak. I am days away from signing a lease on a storefront for The Hierophant, which will now become “The Pocono Witch Shoppe”. The Hierophant will remain the name for the online store, but thanks to this silly tittle I thought it would be a great way to tie it all together.

2020 Will also finally see my third book, “THE LITTLE WITCHES CURRICULUM: A parent’s guide to teaching witchcraft, magick, and Pagan spirituality”. Although, this was actually the first book I began writing four years ago, I have been holding off releasing it due to wanting it to be fully organized and reflective of the ever-changing ECE theories and practices.  I finally feel confident in the content that I knew that if it was ever going to happen, it would have to be now. So, for all those people who have asked me over the last 2 years of its release, it will happen this year. And for those who haven’t yet heard about it……

“The Little Witches Curriculum” is a resource for those parents that would like a comprehensive guide to raising their children in a magickal environment. It combines spiritual and magickal education with early childhood development practices and theories that make up one of the most comprehensive curriculums for their “Little Witches”. The curriculum provides hands-on magickal and spiritual activities and experiences that create “teachable moments” for parents rather than the traditional “forced” approach in education. Although, the chapters are broken up into a lesson format the activities are inclusive to the child’s own developmental stage and interests. This is done by allowing the child to dictate how the parents encourage spiritual education through their own interests rather than a direct approach. “The Little Witches Curriculum” explores the topics of meditation, magick, and the common lore found in many Pagan and Witchcraft traditions.

Best of all, the information and lessons in this book are built on the most up to date practices that are commonly used in early childhood education settings and classrooms around the world. Most importantly, the information is communicated in an easy to understand, fun and relaxed language and is relevant to anyone of any magickal tradition or spiritual background. Whereas, other books may only teach the “one-way approach”, “The Little Witches Curriculum” can be an open-ended resource for all Pagan tradition parents. Similar to my second book, “The Modern Witches Curriculum”, the Curriculum and layout can be started at any time of the year and on any day of the week. There is no beginning or ending to this book. It can be used over and over again. This is done by allowing the parent to choose how far and how much they want to explore in the topics. The lessons and activities have been publicly tested with both parents and children and have been well received by members of the Pagan community, known and unknown.

Just to give an idea of some of the activities you will find in the curriculum here is a sneak peek at part of the “Table of Contents”

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I am also in the process of the possibility of releasing two other books within the year. This will also see me doing multiple book tours and Pagan community events, which is my favorite part because I enjoy meeting and talking with all the amazing people of the community.

This is only a taste of what is happening and planned for 2020. With all this I will have no other choice then to have the most amazing fruit salad and what’s best of all is that I get to share it with the community.

Thank you all for your support and kindness.

E. Massey’s Upcoming Events

If you haven’t noticed E. Massey has not a posted Blog post in a while, there is a reason for that. He has been busy promoting and organizing events, book tours, and so much more. Here is a list of all of his up coming events.

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May 3rd-5th

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May 9th

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Special Guest Tarot Reader

May 10th

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The Robin’s Nest~ A Metaphysical Community, In All Ways, for Always!799 S Main St, Ste 9, Bellingham, Massachusetts 02019

May 11th

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A Day of Magick & Art w/ E. Massey at Cerridwen’s Keep21 Charles St, Holliston, Massachusetts 01746

May 12th

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Pillars of Belief: The Hermetic Principles in Modern Witchcraft at the Temple of Witchcraft in Salem, NH

May 25th

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Guest Tarot Reader and Magickal Paint & Sip (out on the deck) Cauldron and the Cupboard638 Arnold Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey 08742

May 31st

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Tarot Readings by E. Massey at Iron Garden

July 13th- 14th

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8th Annual WitchsFest USA – A Pagan St. Faire

 

Aug 22nd-25th

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Nature’s Classroom at Sargent Center36 Sargent Camp Rd, Hancock, New Hampshire 03449

 

Sept 27th

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E. Massey’s Magickal Paint & Sip At NJ’s Soul Journey Soul Journey194 Main St, Butler, New Jersey 07405

Oct 18th-20th

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Inaugural Pocono Witches’ Festival & Ball

Nov 9th

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Conjure Your Highest Magick and Your Deepest Desires Weekend At NJ’s Soul Journey

 

News: The Modern Witch’s Curriculum by E. Massey is Now Available as an E-book for Only 9.99

Currently Only Available at ww.e-massey.com

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There comes a time in every Witch’s life when they feel there is nothing left to learn. When all the classes and all the books just cannot satisfy our desire to want to learn more. What if there was a book for all magickal practitioners that went beyond Witchcraft and magick 101, and 102. What if there was a resource that allowed a Witch to grow and learn without the constraints of a specific tradition and at their own pace?

“A Modern Witch’s Curriculum” is that resource and will fulfill a Witch’s desire to learn and to grow. It allows those who are involved in any of the earth-based religions to progress and learn beyond their initial teachings. It provides many hands-on magickal and spiritual activities and experiences that can be started at any time of the year and on any day of the week. In a way this may be the last book you will ever purchase.

“This is the book that never ends”

“The Modern Witch’s Curriculum” combines history, science, and hands-on magickal and spiritual activities and experiences in an easy to follow calendar format. Although, the curriculum begins in October, it can be started at any time of the year and on any day of the week. There is no beginning or ending to this book. It can be used over and over again.

Best of all, the information in this book is relevant to anyone of any magickal tradition or spiritual background, whether they follow a Wiccan, Green or eclectic path, in fact, much of the book will find an audience to those who want to learn more about their own traditions and themselves. Many of the exercises and activities were created to guide the reader to areas of study and spiritual knowledge by using any resources that are accessible to them. These can be books, the Internet, and even individual experiences of the people within a circle or community. There are no boundaries or requirements on how the reader can collect the information for the activities; it’s all individual choice.

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The Modern Witch’s Curriculum Becomes Available Today

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E. Massey’s newest book The Modern Witch’s Curriculum is now available at www. e-massey.com, amazon.com, Barnes&Noble, Lulu.com,  and Facebook.

There comes a time in every Witch’s life when they feel there is nothing left to learn. When all the classes and all the books just cannot satisfy our want to learn more. What if there was a book for all magickal practitioners that went beyond Witchcraft/magick 101, and 102. What if there was a resource that allowed a Witch to grow and learn without the constraints of tradition and at their own pace? “A Modern Witch’s Curriculum” is that resource. Combining history, science,and hands-on activities in an easy to follow calendar format that can be started at any time of the year and on any day of the week. There is no beginning or ending to this book. It can be used over and over again. This curriculum is relevant to anyone of any magickal tradition or spiritual background. Created to guide the reader to areas of study and spiritual knowledge by using any resources that are accessible to them. There are no boundaries or requirements on how the reader can collect the information; it’s all individual choice.

 

 

An Excerpt From “The Modern Witch’s Curriculum”: Daytime Magick

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As the sun began to touch the tip of the mountains the drumming began again, the cries of the sacred drummers seemed to echo around us. I could feel the energy of the day to come pounding through my body. The fire that sent our prayers the night before was still raging in anticipation of the ceremony ahead. At this point I have not slept since we started, but the primal forces running in our camp kept me going. All through the night we prayed, we sang, calling on the spirits of the land. I watched as the poles were chosen, preyed upon, cut, preyed upon again and then placed in the ground. The smoke of burning sage never died away unless it was replaced with the sweet smell of mother earth’s hair. Although, I was not going to have the privilege of being a part in the ceremony or would even be able allowed to watch it as it unfolds. I did get a chance to see the dancers partake in some of their own private preparations. As much as I understood why I could not attend one of the most sacred ceremonies of my tribe, I still felt some disappointment. I held on to the satisfaction in knowing that the knowledge I had received from my elders about the Sundance was unlike any other that I would find anywhere else or by anyone.
Over the years, I have had the opportunity to witness many different sun-based ceremonies and rituals, in part or in participation, all have been “spirit” opening and spirit learning. There is something completely different in the energy, the flow, and the meaning when working with the sun. My first ever experience, outside of a Wheel of the Year celebration, was when I was a “little Witch” and attended a Wiccaning that was being held just after the Summer Solstice. It was here that everything I had been taught seemed to be put into question for the first time. This Wiccaning was very different than I had learned about. The focus was on a god and not a goddess and utilized the sun and not the earth. This was the first time I had ever heard about “drawing down the sun” being done in a ritual or even at all. This was one of the first times during my initial training that my “why” brain screamed “whoa! Hold on just a moment?” After learning so much about the Goddess being first in everything, I now saw that there was room for the God to move forward and be the center of attention. It was not until years later that I experienced first-hand and participated in a “drawing down the sun” rite at a Beltaine celebration in New York City. Being part of this circle and learning the structure of the ritual was life changing. We can learn so much from another’s traditions and from experiencing things outside of our own.

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In “The Modern Witch’s Curriculum”, this chapter explores the magick of the Sun and how to work with its energies. Each week deals with a time of day and each day explores a different aspect of Witchcraft in a traditional curriculum style. Whereas each day has activities to foster spiritual growth.

Examples of Daily Activities Found in “The Modern Witch’s curriculum”

Sunday
Make a list of what the sun means to you spiritually and how you feel at sunrise. The sun can mean a lot to different people, memories of summer on a beach, fishing on a lake as a child or the evening sun glistening on a snow-covered tree. The times and memories we associate with the sun excite and vitalize us. Even during the dark days of winter or after a long rainy week we crave the warm rays of the sun, this not just a physical craving, but a spiritual one as well. The sun plays a major role in spirit and our spirituality. Depending on tradition, it can mean more for an individual Witch. Today, write out a list of your own personal and your traditions meaning of the sun. Just as with the moon we can also be affected by the phases of the sun, this week we will track these feelings to access our magickal time of day.
Friday
Study and learn the herbs, oils, and crystals associated with the sun. Create an incense for working with the sun. Planetary correspondences and their magickal properties can be an overwhelming and difficult practice. There are thousands of plants and natural items that are associated with the sun as a planet, as gods, or as a type of energy. Figuring out which is which can discourage any Witch. Some herbs have a connection to the sun because of its color, growth cycle, and so many other factors. To narrow your studies down I recommend looking into the teachings of your tradition or cultural beliefs and practices.

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News: Pre-order “The Modern Witch’s Curriculum” By E. Massey

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Happy Beltane!

The day has finally arrived my newest book “The Modern Witch’s Curriculum” is now available for pre-order. However, they will not be shipped until June 21st,  good news is you will receive the e-book “Casting Creative Magickal Circles” for FREE.

Pre-ordering is only available at www.e-massey.com

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There comes a time in every Witch’s life when they feel there is nothing left to learn. When all the classes and all the books just cannot satisfy our desire to want to learn more. What if there was a book for all magickal practitioners that went beyond Witchcraft and magick 101, and 102. What if there was a resource that allowed a Witch to grow and learn without the constraints of a specific tradition and at their own pace?

“A Modern Witch’s Curriculum” is that resource and will fulfill a Witch’s desire to learn and to grow.

It allows those who are involved in any of the earth-based religions to progress and learn beyond their initial teachings. It provides many hands-on magickal and spiritual activities and experiences that can be started at any time of the year and on any day of the week. In a way this may be the last book you will ever purchase.

“This is the book that never ends”

“A Modern Witch’s Curriculum” combines history, science, and hands-on magickal and spiritual activities and experiences in an easy to follow calendar format. Although, the curriculum begins in October, it can be started at any time of the year and on any day of the week. There is no beginning or ending to this book. It can be used over and over again.

Best of all, the information in this book is relevant to anyone of any magickal tradition or spiritual background, whether they follow a Wiccan, Green or eclectic path, in fact, much of the book will find an audience to those who want to learn more about their own traditions and themselves. Many of the exercises and activities were created to guide the reader to areas of study and spiritual knowledge by using any resources that are accessible to them. These can be books, the Internet, and even individual experiences of the people within a circle or community. There are no boundaries or requirements on how the reader can collect the information for the activities; it’s all individual choice.

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Casting Creative Magickal Circles Tour: A Few Words of Reflection

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Now that I have finished up my first-ever book signing tour for Casting Creative Magickal Circles, I can reflect on what I have learned. I wanted to share the highlights and some of the experiences I had with everyone.

The Print release of Casting Creative Magickal Circles was the beginning of a journey that was a complete surprise to me. The book was never intended to be released in print format. The plan was to create an e-book, offer it for free for a month, just to see how I as a writer and the book was going to be received by the community. To my astonishment with in the first month it was downloaded way over goal of one hundred. Once It went to cost, it continued to sell reaching over two hundred in two months. By the end of the tour I have reached over 300 copies of my original goal. It is now in 15 stores around the country and available almost everywhere on-line. I could be wrong but that’s not bad for a new little independent Witch author in a huge community.

My first stop on the tour was in Staten Island NY, with my good friends Mark and Richie of Practical Magick, who also graciously wrote the Foreword for the book. This is where I had my first live interview as an author and as small as it was I learned that it’s not as easy as it looks.

The Cauldron and the Cupboard in Point Pleasant NJ was by far my favorite place to watch shop owners do their thing. Angela and her mom have created an amazing store that screams Traditional Witchcraft. Although, I didn’t do well in book sales I did learn something. Beach communities are dead in winter, especially on a rainy day. Trust me, I will be back to see these ladies in the Summer.

If you have read my Blog post “Dear Fellow Pagans and Witches, Do you love your Guns, Gods, and Community?” Then you will know that this portion of my tour was very educational on my part. Take a look if you haven’t read it yet. Still shaking my head “What a world, what a world”

At two months into the tour, I had learned so much about myself as an author and the work it goes into selling books on your own. I also got to experience the retail aspects of the Pagan community first hand. I had visited stores that have been around for years, like NJ’s Soul Journey and PA’s Celtic, Myth, and Moonlight. While stores like Spirit Cove and The Cat’s Meow are beacons in their own communies.

I ended my tour at Iron Garden (you can read my post on this too), which was at QXTS, a “dark alternative” nightclub in NJ. I used to frequent this club back in my days of partying. I was able to celebrate the end of a successful tour with old and new friends. It was here I learned that I need to set time for myself and have fun, even when I have tons of things I am working on.

The whole process of this book has been more than eye-opening. I have met a lot of amazing people who were store owners, solitary witches, and Pagan community leaders. Best of all I grew as an author and as a Witch. Thank you all for an amazing tour!!!!!! May your circles always be magickal.

The Modern Witch’s Curriculum will be available for pre-order in late May.

Nominate Author, E. Massey  Witch Way Magizine Awards