1st Degree Curriculum & Descriptions

All classes are being held at:

WFT ACADEMY OF PAGAN STUDIES

The Playwright 440 Lafayette ST.  NY, NY 10003

(BTW. EAST 4TH STREET & ASTOR PLACE – ELEVATOR BLDG).

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CURRICULUM & DESCRIPTIONS

*There are 24 Classes for the 2017 schedule for first degree.  In addition attendance at all Esbat and Sabbat rites and rituals is mandatory*

First Degree

January 8, 2017                                                                                                                                                                                   Introduction to Wicca  

  • 1st  Day of Registration 12:45pm
  • What is Wicca?
  • What is a Witch?
  • What do we believe?
  • The Principles of Belief
  • Practical Laws of the Craft

January 22, 2017                                                                                                                                                                                    Practicing Ethical WitchCraft

  • The Wiccan Rede
  • The Witch’s Creed
  • The Thirteen Goals of a Witch
  • The Law of Return (“Threefold Law”)
  • Working With Permission
  • Magickal Jargon their meanings
  • Pentagram / Pentacle What is its meaning?
  • Magickal Jargon and their meanings
  • Imbolc/Imbolg

February 5, 2017                                                                                                                                                                                                 The History/Herstory of Witchcraft

  • The Pagan Religions of The Old Ways
  • The Norse Type Religion
  • The Roman Religion and Culture
  • Early Christianity and Paganism
  • Druids / Celts
  • Egyptian paganism
  • Caribbean
  • African

February 19, 2017                                                                                                                                                                                            WitchCraft, Science, Religion

  • WitchCraft as a Religion
  • Analyzing Celebrating the Wheel of the Year
  • The Seasonal Celebrations and Modern Society
  • The Great Sabbats: Imbolc, Beltane, Lughnassadh, and Samhain
  • The Lesser Sabbats: Ostara, Litha and Mabon and Yule
  • Why are they broken up into Lesser and Greater?
  • Esbats: Celebrating the Phases of the Moon
  • Summerland: Death and Reincarnation

March 5, 2017                                                                                                                                                                                                   Introduction to Magick

  • What is Magick?
  • Magick in Theory & Practice
  • Practical
  • Ceremonial
  • Candle
  • Crystal
  • Herbal
  • Moon Phases

Ostara briefing

March 19, 2017                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Goddess and The God

  • Goddesses and Gods
  • The Charge of the Goddess
  • The Charge of the God
  • Goddess Archetypes
  • God Archetypes
  • Working with different Deities the Goddess, God-Form and Human Balance
  • Magickal Concepts of Invocation & Evocation
  • Considerations of Evil
  • Which Deities will work with you
  • Power and the Aspects of Divinity
  • Consecration of Your Divine Statues
  • Goddesses and Gods

April 2, 2017                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Magick of the Guardian Angels & The Archangels

  • Cleansing and Consecrating
  • Setting Up Sacred Space
  • How to work with them
  • Working with specific Angels

Specifically, focusing on the archangels of the Tree of Life and those of the four directions- Uriel, Gabriel, Michael and Raphael, learning now to work with each through ritual to manifest change in your life and understand your own angelic nature and true purposes in our lives.

April 16, 2017                                                                                                                                                                                                       Introduction and Practice of Many Divination Tools

  • Scrying
  • Mirror
  • Water
  • Tarot
  • Tea Leaves
  • Pendulum
  • Divination in Daily Life

Beltane briefing

May 7, 2017                                                                                                                                                                                                             The Many Traditions For Witches

  • WFT Tradition
  • Druidism
  • Covenstead
  • Solitary
  • Kitchen Witch
  • Folk Witch
  • Green Witch
  • Eclectic Witch
  • Urban witch
  • The Celtic Tradition
  • Faery Wicca
  • Gardenian Wicca
  • Minoan Sisterhood / Brotherhood Wicca
  • Asatru

HOME WORK: research and find out info on these and write up about them, about a paragraph and a half of each and hand it in at the next class                                                                                                           

The Many Traditions For Witches Cont.

  • Kitchen Witch
  • Folk Witch
  • Green Witch
  • Eclectic Witch
  • Strega
  • The Celtic Tradition
  • Faery Wicca
  • Alexandrian Wicca
  • Dianic Wicca

May 21, 2017                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Witches Many Rituals & The Degrees

  • The Many Rituals in Life for a Witch
  • What is a First Degree?
  • What is a Second Degree?
  • What is a Third Degree?
  • What is an Apprentice Adept?
  • What is a High Priest/ess?
  • Celebrating Your Pagan Lifestyle
  • Pagan Parenting
  • Coming out of the closet
  • Raising Pagan Kids
  • Choosing a name After all what’s in a name?

Summer Solstice/Litha briefing

June 4, 2017                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sacred Space, Altars, Tools, Etc.

  • Cleansing and Consecrating
  • Setting Up Sacred Space
  • Altar Tools and how they are used in rituals
  • The Witches many tools
  • Setting Up Your Altar
  • Ritual Garb / SkyClad

June 25, 2017                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ritual – Open Circles & Solitary

  • Cleansing
  • Setup
  • Intent
  • Raising Energy
  • Applying Energy
  • Spell Work
  • Sealing Energy
  • Giving Thanks
  • Grounding
  • Solitary Ritual vs Open Circle
  • Guardian of the circle
  • Circle Etiquette

July 9, 2017                                                                                                                                                                                                        Magickal Record Keeping of A Witch

  • Grimoire
  • Dream Journal
  • Personal Journal
  • Phases of Your Book of Shadows
  • Working Book of Shadows
  • Your Charmed Book of Shadows

Dream Workings

  • Dreaming meanings
  • Interpretations
  • Dream journals

July 23, 2017                                                                                                                                                                                                       Hands on Exercises with Elementals, Thoughtforms and Spirit Guides

  • The Tattvas
  • Exercises
  • Elementals
  • Thought forms and Spirits
  • Watchers
  • Familiars
  • Mythology
  • Choosing and working with them

Students must come prepared with their own summaries on these topics ready to discuss.  You will learn hands on how to form and work with a Thoughtform.

August 6, 2017                                                                                                                                                                                                        Spells and How They Work

  • Writing spells
  • Crafting spells
  • Spells for any purpose
  • Timing for spells
  • Spells in rituals
  • Working with Incense
  • Working with Oils
  • Working with Powders
  • Besom the Witches broom
  • Moon Phases
  • Introduction & Practice of the Witches Alphabet
  • When was it formed
  • What do they mean
  • Secrecy
  • Other Symbols, Runes & Angelic symbols

Students must come prepared with spells they have written to be discussed keeping in mind all of the topics being covered in this class.  Also discussed are spells they have worked on that worked and ones that have failed and why, what could have been done to make it work.

August 20, 2017                                                                                                                                                                                                   Working with City Magick

  • Office tools
  • Techno Shamanic Tools
  • City Devas and Spirits
  • City Shamanic journey
  • City Spells
  • Mechanical Spirits
  • Working with City Goddesses / Gods 

Students please bring your findings in about this topic ready to discuss.  Invocation ritual or meditation of one of Goddess and God.

September 10, 2017                                                                                                                                                                                               Charms, Talismans and Amulets  – A Hands On Approach

  • The Many types
  • How do we use them
  • Creating them
  • The meanings behind them
  • Working with them wisely
  • Spell Casting

Mabon briefing

September 17, 2017                                                                                                                                                                                               Using Natural Energy

  • Chakras
  • Crystals, Gems
  • Herbal Energy
  • Elemental Energy

October 8, 2017                                                                                                                                                                                                     The Science of WitchCraft 101

  • Becoming a Witch
  • Opening the Sight and Psychic Development
  • The Science
  • The Laws
  • Neutralization
  • Projection
  • Loving yourself
  • The Power of Allow and Its True Meaning
  • A Magickal Attitude
  • What is Natural
  • Brain Waves and Alpha State

October 15, 2017                                                                                                                                                                                                     Explorations of Other Spiritual Paths Into Santeria

  • It’s history
  • Origins
  • Hierachy in the Santeria Pantheon
  • Archetypes
  • Being Crowned
  • Becoming a Santero
  • A lecture – discussion with permission of his Orishas (2 hour guest speaker) Santero Ian Fford

Samhain briefing

November 5, 2017                                                                                                                                                                                                     Psychic Self- Defense, Curses, Banishing & Dealing with difficult people and entities

  • Banishing
  • Protecting yourself
  • Working safely
  • Breaking dark magicks
  • How to handle them
  • The ethics behind it
  • You are strong enough
  • Psychic Development                                                                                                                                                                               Students must come prepared to do a Psychic Self-Defense ritual.  Bring in your books of shadows (the ones you can share to show your journey through your religion and your growth) you will need to record this in your working book of shadows.

November 19, 2017                                                                                                                                                                                                  Meditation Techniques

  • Meditation mindset
  • Working in Alpha
  • Using Tarot or other tools
  • Helping people take that journey
  • Take them on a journey
  • The tone of your voice
  • Projecting your voice
  • Meditation for children
  • Writing the meditation
  • Coming up with meditation as you go
  • Alpha and the Dream State
  • Using Alpha meditation
  • Affirmations and Beneficial Phrases
  • Instant Alpha Programing
  • A meditation will be done in class

Students must come prepared with their own findings on this topic.  Be also prepared to participate fully.

Home work for Dec. 3rd class is to: Research  4 Goddess and 4 Gods that you would like to work with, yet have never worked with them before and bring in information on them for us to discuss at next class

December 3, 2017                                                                                                                                                                                                Intro to the Gods & Goddesses

Choose 4 Goddess and 4 Gods that you would like to work with, yet have never worked with them before

  • Research them and bring in information on them for us to discuss
  • Do a short Invocation of one of the Gods or Goddesses ritual.

Yule briefing

December 18, 2017                                                                                                                                                                                            Final Exam 

  • Exam of 1st Degree year students

Students must come prepared ready to do your exam.

Our training will lead to your 1st , 2nd, 3rd Degree. All class materials are either WFTAPS original works or public domain (appropriately noted in each lesson). This lesson plan may change from time to time, to keep our lessons as mentally and spiritually inspiring as possible for you. Your First through Third Degrees will take you a minimum of one year and one day, per degree. Keep this in mind when completing your homework. You’ll be assigned additional course work if you seem to “fly” through it, as we seek to challenge every student to learn as much as they can through each Degree.

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