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As I have stated it had been a while since I was able to be here due to conflicts, well that is what I will call them. Since my return I have dove back into my studies. I have inquired how to become a mentor again,and how to reactivate my comatose Witan Shrine. Well progress has been made and the Shrine is being reactivated, I have reapplied for mentoring but have to retake the mentoring training. The people I have been working with on this have been wonderful. They have given their time and…Continue
Added by Rev Storm Magick on July 1, 2018 at 8:36am — No Comments
Testimonial letter Windy Lajoie
My life took on a new meaning when I joined Witch School sixteen years ago. The courses are wonderful. There are so many of them, and they are available in many languages. We have come such a long way, but it is time to move forward. The technology is moving and we want to move right along with it. The system is being re-written and the cost is very high. We are asking for contributions to get this project up and running; it doesn’t matter if it is…Continue
Added by The Daily Spell on June 29, 2018 at 6:03am — No Comments
Sometimes when you have been dragged down so deep you have a hard time looking for the light of the future. I know this from experience.
Usually when I am in the depths of the vortex of depression I cannot see a way out and I feel like I am drowning. However, these past 7 years, I did not feel this way at all. My spirituality held me above water. I had learned about polarities and I used that knowledge that even though I was so far into the darkness at that point, I just had to wait…Continue
Added by Rev Storm Magick on June 28, 2018 at 9:25pm — No Comments
The last time I logged on to this site or WitchSchool was 6 or 7 years ago. I have gone through one ordeal after another and was emotionally and mentally tossed around and beaten down. I was sent down into a vortex of depression, that I could not fight or deal with for a long time.
I have always had a philosophy on how to deal with depression and anger. That is to do it one step at a time. It takes time, days, months, years. It takes asking for help, and it takes belief. With the help…Continue
Added by Rev Storm Magick on June 28, 2018 at 12:12am — No Comments
Hello, fellow WitchSchool supporters!
I am the Chief Financial Officer of WitchSchool International, serving since WSI became the seminary of the Correllian Nativist Tradition through Correllian Educational Ministries (CEM) in September 2015. I would like to share with you why we need your support to generate the needed resources to upgrade the WSI site, $20,000. This call to action is not one we take lightly or without serious consideration. The software underlying the WSI site is no…
Added by The Daily Spell on June 24, 2018 at 7:55pm — No Comments
Hello, fellow WitchSchool supporters!
I am the Chief Financial Officer of WitchSchool International, serving since WSI became the seminary of the Correllian Nativist Tradition through Correllian Educational Ministries (CEM) in September 2015. I would like to share with you why we need your support to generate the needed resources to upgrade the WSI site, $20,000. This call to action is not one we take lightly or without serious consideration. The software underlying the WSI site is…Continue
For the first part of my Summer speaking tour, I had the privilege of attending the Heartland Pagan Festival, the St. Louis Pagan Picnic and the Three Gates Festival. Collectively, It was an immensely enjoyable experience and respectively, each of these events were special in their own magical ways of which I won't soon forget! The best part of it all was gathering together with old friends to reminisce, and in addition to that, having the blessing of building new…Continue
Added by The Daily Spell on June 20, 2018 at 8:30pm — No Comments
My Thoughts Regarding Witch School
When I first entered Witch School I recognized right away that a group of individuals cared enough about humanity to write and present materials that could be life-changers. They saw the need for a magical school that could reach any place at any time where students may learn at their own pace with a supportive community.
After seeing a reference to a Priestess Syndrome I stumbled upon this natty subject at length....its offensive to me bec-ause I cherish the High Priestess Archtype...she's had a calming influence on my life while silently being a total bad-ass ruler of her Title...hurts to see her besmirched in any way, shape or form, although I do understand the thoughts…Continue
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Do you ever think about why we do what we do? I do, all the time. For example, this morning while putting my altar away I asked myself, “Self, why do you do ritual? Does Deity “need” my rituals?” I sort of doubt it. If Deity is so powerful that She/He could create the world and all that is in it then Deity doesn’t “need” my rituals. So why do ritual?
Deity doesn’t “need” our rituals, we do. We need the rituals. We need our religious practices because they help us remember our place in…Continue
Do you know people who work hard, sometimes very hard, at perfecting their game? They “religiously” practice golf, or basketball, or even their favorite video game. Some of these people even seem to eat and breathe their game. In fact, I have a neighbor who's entire existence is centered around golf; it appears to be his religion. They understand the importance of practice. They probably learned what my high school coach use to tell us half a century ago, “Team, only perfect practice makes…Continue
Added by Rev. Dave Murphy on May 22, 2018 at 6:43am — No Comments
I walked Green Lake in Seattle today, and saw my first baby ducks. I was very happy and loudly said "Baby Ducks!" which clearly shows that my Soul retrieval took since one of the parts to return was my enthusiastic inner child. My next comment was, "We need more ducks." Wasn't sure where that came from, I just loved those little ducks.
As a totem or power animal, Duck represents living in the moment, a focus on relationship and family, and a mystical quality of moving between the…Continue
Added by Jon Anastasio on May 21, 2018 at 6:30pm — No Comments
This will be a short blog post today because I have to get ready to teach my summer school class, non-profit financial management, that starts tomorrow. It is a marathon course. We do an entire semester's work in five long, eight-hour days (Fri-Sat-Fri-Sat-Fri) but it is also a lot of fun. Anyway, why did you get up this morning?
I hope you realize that life isn't designed to be fun and games and its not a life-time pass to an amusement park. Life is designed, and we designed it this…Continue
Added by Rev. Dave Murphy on May 17, 2018 at 10:52am — No Comments
I was working on one of the questions in Third Degree comprehensive final exam this morning and this got me thinking about the need to practice what we know.
Have you ever seen someone's book collection with shelf after shelf of books that have never been read? The collection might be impressive but it is also useless.
Magical knowledge is not given to us nor do we collect it so that it can gather dust on a shelf in our minds. The key to being a real Wiccan, a witch or a wizard…Continue
Added by Rev. Dave Murphy on May 16, 2018 at 9:51am — No Comments
I was working on the essay questions for Lesson XI in the Third Degree course. One of the questions asked about charitable donations and that put the wheels spinning in my little brain. You see, I have a PhD in accounting, am a CPA and I teach the Taxation of Individuals and Taxation of Corporations and Partnerships courses on the university where I'm a professor.
Some mistakenly believe that for all charitable contributions to be tax deductible they must be made to Internal…
Graduation at the university where I'm a professor just ended and I'm sitting three floors above the dell looking down at the graduation crowd and reflecting on the last year.
Early in their senior year many of my students realize that their lives are going to change. They are 22 years old and have been in school since they were 5 and all of the sudden classes, school activities and friends aren't going to be the center of their world. They want to know what's next and what do…Continue
Added by Rev. Dave Murphy on May 12, 2018 at 10:39am — No Comments
Probably the most common question that I am asked when I teach shamanic journey workshops (I like to call them "playshops") is "What if I am making the whole thing up?" That's a very good question. It is quite common to feel like you are creating your journey with your imagination, because you are. Well sort of.
I expect that when we journey part of our soul travels to the other world and part remains in our body. In essence, our soul bilocates. The part of our soul that has left…Continue
Added by Rev. Dave Murphy on May 10, 2018 at 4:00pm — No Comments
What a wonderful event! This weekend (April 27-29, Year 18 AQ) we had the great pleasure of attending the Sixteenth Annual Lustration of the Ancestors hosted by Lady of Light Proto-Temple in Winston-Salem, North Carolina! We want to thank Rev Lori Barberio Blackman of Lady of Light and all the members of Lady of Light for all of their hard work in making this Lustration such a delightful and memorable event! We especially want to thank Chad Blackman for his work as…Continue
Added by Lori Barberio Blackman on May 3, 2018 at 12:06pm — No Comments