Connecting with the Elements: Earth

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Happy Lughnasadh!

It has been a long time since I posted something other than events and updates. I was going back over past posts and realized I never finished my “Connecting with the Elements” series. With all that we have been experiencing over, well… to put it in realistic terms… most of this year, I found it fitting that the element earth made it’s way to be the next one in the series.

As with the previous posts of fire and water, I will focus on not only the element itself, but its associated direction and my traditions animal spirit associated with it, The Mighty Buffalo. For many of the indigenous plains tribes of America, the Buffalo was life. In many ways it meant stability for a time and an abundance of food and needed materials for the tribe. Buffalo is a lot like working with elephant and sometimes just as stubborn.   When working the Wheel, Buffalo helps provide grounding after walking a path of emotion and the spirit spark.  He is of the land and yet is the land.

Buffalo powerfully sits in the North, he lives and moves through the dust and dirt. Lets now take a look at the element of earth.

Being able to connect with the earth is fairly easy compared to any other element because everything we do is on the earth. Physically speaking, the earth is what we live upon, we build our homes on and with the things we take and create from it. We plant seeds in the earth to grow food to sustain life. We depend on its stability for us to grow both physically and spiritually.  The element of earth and its energy of stability, logic, patience and how it connects to our own bodies and the way we live is a good start in working the element.

Other Ways to Connect:

Focus on the objects around you, your relationship with them, your attachment to them. Notice your relationship to all physical objects. What do you depend on and limit their use.

Explore your body’s senses and what triggers them.

Plant a flower(something that will return each year) with your energies visualize it mixing with the earth energies.

Devotionals

Create a devotional routine to a Deity you have a connection with or that has a connection with the element of earth, I would do this with a Deity that has some form of linking the element in their mythos or to you personally. You do not have to make your devotional lengthy, just spend a few moments with your Deity, asking for blessings, advice, or just thanking them.

Divination

One divination method other than tarot that is closely related to the element of earth is runes. Usually constructed of wood or stone these divination tools are inscribed with symbols or letters of an alphabet. Take this a step further by creating your own “runes” for divination. Spend some time collecting and searching for rocks, sticks, or mold them out of clay. They do not need to be perfect or extravagant. They can be rather simple and crude. You may lay them out in a spread used for tarot or research the many ways they can be used. This is a great way to attune to the element in a hands-on-approach while learning a new method of divination. Once you are finished try them out by accessing the element of earth within yourself.

You can also incorporate the use of tarot in when working with the element of earth. Here are a few ways to use tarot and the element:

– Refresh your knowledge of all the pentacle cards of the deck.

– Pick a card that is associated with the element to mediate on each day.

– Use a spread that focuses on the magickal correspondences of earth. Here is one from “The Modern Witch’s Curriculum” that I tend to use often.

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Place card 1 on top left. Place card 2 slightly right under card 1. Place card 3 right of card 1. Place card 4 next to card 3. Place card 5 next to card 2 and card 6 in the bottom center.

  1. Your lessons. What have you learned?
  2. Your rock. What are your securities?
  3. Your growth. How have you changed?
  4. Your focus. What you need to focus on?
  5. Your spirit. Where are you on your path?
  6. Your roots. What are your strengths?

 

Some other things you can do

Spend at least 30 minutes to 1 hour in meditation to connect to the energy of the element of earth. 

Research and learn about how other traditions and cultures view and use the element of earth. There are just as many concepts of the elements as there are the traditions that hold them. They can be found in the folklore, legends, and myths of almost every culture around the world. We can even see their influences in our own modern culture, especially in the entertainment and literary culture. Every tradition and culture use some “form” to represent the energy of the elements. These can be seen as dragons, angels, and the more physically related forms such as animals and trees. Focus on only the element of earth and its conceptual view in different traditions and culture.

Study the correspondences of herbs, oils, and crystals associated with the element of earth. Create your own incense or oil recipe. Various cultures have been making associations between the physical and the spirit for thousands of years. This maybe because of the belief that all things are connected. So, we must then conclude that some things work better together, in a similar manner, contain a similar energy thus we have what we call magickal correspondences. These correspondences can be used to connect and strengthen our own energy. Research and learn the attributes of our world that are connected to the element of earth and use them to create something magickal.

Create and perform a spell using the element of earth as its focus. The use of stones, crystals, and the planting of seeds are some common things that can be found in earth element magick. When creating your spell, think of an intent that will help balance “earth” in yourself.

 

Introducing The Modern Witch’s Curriculum Classes

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The Modern Witch’s Curriculum is a 12 month course based on E. Massey’s second book of the same name. After it’s release in 2018 many readers had repeatedly asked E. Massey to run an on-going class based on the book. Well, the time has come, The Modern Witch’s Curriculum is now a living course of modern Witchcraft.

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There comes a time in every Witch’s life when they feel there is nothing left to learn or that they would never find a Witchcraft path that fits their lifestyle. What if there was a course outline that allowed a Witch to grow and learn without the constraints of a specific tradition or one that allows the student to explore spirituality?

“The Modern Witch’s Curriculum” 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 does not have a set beginning time. This means one can start in July while another can start in October. Even more unique you can take it over and over again and not learn the same thing twice.

“The Modern Witch’s Curriculum” combines history, science, and hands-on magickal and spiritual activities and experiences in an easy to follow calendar format.

Best of all, the course can be relevant to anyone of any magickal tradition or spiritual background, whether they follow a Wiccan, Green or eclectic path, in fact, much of the curriculum will appeal to those who want to learn more about their own traditions and themselves. Many of the exercises and activities were created to guide the student 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 student can collect the information for the activities; it’s all individual choice.

mwcCoverThe curriculum is centered around monthly themes from which weekly themes and daily activities are derived from. Students will participate in two four hour LIVE online classes/meetings with E. Massey. These classes are for students to get an overview of the activities of weeks to come and discuss prior weeks. Activities and lessons will be delivered bi-weekly to the student. In addition to this students will have access to online forum and communities similar to the popular “Blackboard” found in traditional education communities.

The Modern Witch’s Curriculum Year Outline

Remember you can join the curriculum at anytime of the year and will never be behind or ahead of anyone who has already joined before. You could even skip months! This is not an initiatory tradition or course outline. You learn and grow at your own accord and participation. The Modern Witch’s Curriculum is a LIVING guide to spiritual exploration, discovery, and magickal practices.

October – Observing and Working with Ancestors and The Dead

Week 1: Ancestors, Family Traditions, and Culture

Week 2: The Mighty Dead, Spiritual Leaders, and Inspirational Members of Society

Week 3: Practices and Working with Your Ancestors and The Dead

Week 4: The Veil, Spirit Work, and Celebrating Samhain

November – Nighttime Magick

Week 1: The Waxing Moon

Week 2: The Full Moon

Week 3: The Waning Moon

Week 4: The New/Dark Moon

December- Deity and Divinity

Week 1: Goddesses, Feminine Energy, etc.

Week 2: Gods, Masculine Energy, etc.

Week 3: Duality, Masculine and Feminine Energies, etc.

Week 4: The Source, Great Spirit, Universal Energy, Oneness, etc.

January- Hearth and Home

Week 1: Cleansing, Purification, and Protection

Week 2: Family, Friends, and Pets

Week 3: Kitchen Magick I

Week 4: Kitchen Magick II

February- The Elements

Week 1: Fire

Week 2: Earth

Week 3: Water

Week 4: Air

March- Meditation and Healing

Week 1: Meditation: Theory and Science

Week 2: Guided Meditations

Week 3: Healing: Theory and Science

Week 4: Healing Practices

April- Altars and Cleansing

Week 1: Altar Building

Week 2: Altar Work

Week 3: Physical Cleansing

Week 4: Spiritual Cleansing

 May- The Science and Art of Magick

Week 1: The Science of Magick I

Week 2: The Art of Magick I

Week 3: The Science of Magick II

Week 4: The Art of Magick II

June- Daytime Magick

Week 1: Sunrise

Week 2: Morning

Week 3: Afternoon

Week 4: Sunset

July- Journaling and Journeys

Week 1: Dream and Spiritual Journals

Week 2: Magickal Journals

Week 3: Journeys I

Week 4: Journeys II

August- The Art of Herbalism

Week 1: Roots and Stems

Week 2: Leaves and Flowers

Week 3: Incense, Oils, and Potions

Week 4: Science vs. Folklore

September- Stones, Crystals, and Space

Week 1: Stones

Week 2: Crystals

Week 3: Planets

Week 4: Astrology

The Cost of Enrolling in TMWC

Because The Modern Witch’s Curriculum does not follow a regular or typical course structure students can choose to enroll by the month or as a year course outline.

Monthly Enrollment Cost: $40 a month

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Yearly Enrollment Cost: $360 ($120 savings)

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Extra Perks for Enrolling

Monthly Students:

10% Off at The Pocono Witch Shoppe (www.poconowitch.com)

Access to Recorded Bi-weekly Classes/Meetings and Meditations

Access to an Online community

Digital Curriculum Materials

Discounts on All E. Massey’s Books

Yearly Students:

20% Off at The Pocono Witch Shoppe (www.poconowitch.com)

Access to Recorded Bi-weekly Classes/Meetings and Meditations

Access to an Online community

One on One Support

Digital Curriculum Materials

Free Copy of E. Massey’s The Modern Witch’s Curriculum

Discounts on All E. Massey’s Books and Events

What to Expect from TMWC?

During the year course of The Modern Witch’s Curriculum you will be explore various practices of magick, spirituality, and Witchcraft through a foundational basis of the Seven Hermetic Principles.  It draws on the knowledge and experiences of E. Massey who has over 20 years experience of initiated Witchcraft, Folk Magick, and Indigenous Traditions.

Each month you will receive two bi-weekly course outlines pertaining to that months theme in the form a PDF format. You will also be required to attend two 4 hour classes (usually held on Sundays) in which E. Massey will discuss the activities, philosophies and practices associated with that current weeks theme and review the prior weeks activities. Some Activities will require the performing of meditations and rituals in which simple materials, such as candles, salt, and some herbs may be required. Many of these items may be purchased at The Pocono Witch Shoppe at our discounted prices or at your local occult shop. Some activities will require writing or crafting. You will be expected to share your experiences during the classes or in the online community.  You will also be expected to engage in regular meditative practices, perform rituals, keep a journal, participate in the online classes, and create various items.

How to Write Your Own Guided Meditation from The Modern Witch’s Curriculum by E. Massey

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In “The Modern Witch’s Curriculum”, the month of March has a focus on meditation and healing. One of the activities the reader is asked to do, is to write their own guided meditations. Out of all the writing I do, guided meditations are my absolute favorite. As an artist, this is the perfect way for me to convey the images and worlds I create in my mind and put them in an expressive format. Writing guided meditations is not as hard as you might think, in fact, if you have been self-meditating you have already been creating your own meditations. All you need to do is put them down on paper.

Writing Your Own Guided Meditation

Before you begin have a clear intent or goal for your guided meditation. Get into the right frame of mind, I like to take a few moments to focus and relax as if I am actually going to meditate. This makes it much easier for you to visualize what you are writing about. You may want to plan out your script, starting with a bullet point list of events you wish to describe in the meditation. Another method is to get into a state of deep relaxation, and then allow the entire meditation script to flow. Personally, I allow my guided meditation scripts to gradually form in my mind as I write. Allowing my mind to create what is happening, like watching a movie unfold and then putting it down on paper. Everyone is different, so the approach you take is entirely up to you. You may want to add music or environmental sounds to your meditation. Music can make or break a guided meditation it not only adds beauty but it also helps to relax and depth to the overall mood of the journey. As you write your meditation, you may want to add in symbolic images. In a deeper state, symbolic guided imagery can be very powerful. Consider the specific purpose of your guided meditation, and then introduce symbols that represent that purpose and give deeper meaning to the journey. Be wary of sentence length. Allowing a moment for visualizations to occur. Then move on to the next sentence.

General Structure of a Guided Meditation

  1. Getting comfortable

Give the listener a little time to prepare for the meditation and to get comfortable.

  1. Start with a general relaxation

Spend five to ten minutes relaxing the body and the mind with visualizations and/or breathing exercises. You may want to use a countdown technique during or just after relaxation.

  1. Begin the Journey

Start by describing the environment that you will experience. Include all five senses by describing what can be seen, smelled or heard and touched. The more one can connect their senses to the environment, the more deeply they will become immersed. Be careful not to let the description drag on. Don’t spend too much time describing specifics; your imagination will automatically fill in any blanks.

  1. The Return

During the meditation you will become very relaxed and will have entered into a deep state of relaxation. Coming back to normal waking consciousness should be done gently and gradually. One common way is to guide listeners back to the starting point of the meditation. Once you have returned to the starting point, slowly bring your awareness back into the world around them. Becoming aware of their physical body and of their surroundings.

The “Modern Witch’s Curriculum” is available in both print and e-book formats on this website or through your favorite online bookstore.

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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.

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News: “The Modern Witch’s Curriculum”, New Book by E. Massey Coming This Spring..Cover Sneak Peak

E. Massey’s newest book, “The Modern Witch’s Curriculum” is set to be released mid-spring. For those who are awaiting his first full length book, you will be able to pre-order it starting in April.

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“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, it is written with the advanced Witch in mind, this curriculum is relevant to anyone of any magickal tradition or spiritual background, and those who want to learn more about their own traditions and themselves.