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     WFTAPS  CURRICULUM & DESCRIPTIONS

Curriculum & Descriptions 

 

*There are 24 Classes for the 2013 schedule for first degree.  In addition attendance at all Full Moon and Sabbat rites and rituals is mandatory*

First Degree

January 6, 2013                                                                                        Introduction to Wicca

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

January 20, 2013                                                                               History/Herstory of Witchcraft

  • The Pagan Religions of the Old Ways
  • The Norse Type Religion
  • The Roman Religion and Culture
  • Early Christianity and Paganism
  • Medieval Europe: The Burning Times
  • Druid/Celts 
  • Egyptian paganism
  • Imbolc/Imbolg briefing handout

February 3, 2013                                                                                         Philosophy and Witchcraft

  • The Price of Freedom 
  • Persecution 
  • Reemergence of the Craft of Paganism  
  • Scientific and Witches Vew of the Universe
  • Analysis of the Wheel of the Year  
  • Summerland: Death and Reincarnation                                                                              


February 17, 2013                                                                                                                           Practicing Ethical Magick 

  • What is Magick?
  • The Wiccan Rede
  • The Witch's Creed
  • The Thirteen Goals of a Witch
  • The Law of Return ("Threefold Law")
  • Working With Permission
  • Choosing a name
  • Magickal Jargon - Their meanings  
  • Pentagram / Pentacle ? What is its? meaning?

March 3, 2013                         

Introduction to Magick

  • Practical Magick
  • Magick in Theory
  • Magick in Practice
  • Western Traditions of Ceremonial Magick
  • Candle Magick
  • Crystal Magick
  • Herbal Magick
  • Moon Magick
  • Ostara briefing handout

March 17, 2013                                                                                                   The Goddess and The God

  • Goddess and God
  • The Charge of the Goddess
  • The Charge of the God
  • The Great Goddess Archetypes
  • The Great God Archetypes

 April 7, 2013                                                    

The Wheel of the Year

  • How the Wheel of the Year interacts with creation
  • The Seasonal Celebrations and Modern Society
  • The Great Sabbats: Imbolc, Beltane, Lughnassadh, and Samhain
  • The Lesser Sabbats: Ostara, Litha and Mabon and Yule
  • Esbats: Celebrating the Phases of the Moon
  • The Lunar Calendar
  • The Solar Calendar
  • Mayan Calendar

April 21, 2013                                       

The Many Traditions For Witches

  • The Celtic Tradition
  • An Introduction to Faery Wicca
  • An Introduction to Gardenian Wicca
  • An Introduction to Alexandrian Wicca
  • An Introduction to Dianic Wicca
  • An Introduction to Minoan Sisterhood / Brotherhood Wicca
  • Asatru ?
  • Beltane briefing handout

May 5, 2013                                                   

The Many Traditions For Witches Cont?

  • WFT Tradition
  • Druidism
  • Covenstead
  • Solitary
  • Kitchen Witch
  • Folk Witch
  • Green Witch
  • Eclectic Witch
  • Urban witch
  • Strega

May 19, 2013                                           

Celebrating Pagan Lifestyle

  • Pagan Parenting
  • Coming out of the closet
  • Working with animals and plants
  • Prosperity & WitchCraft Ethics

June 2, 2013                                                                       

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?
  • Summer Solstice/Litha briefing handout

 

June 9, 2013                                                      

Sacred Space, Altars, Tools, Etc.

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

July 14, 2013                                                 

Introduction to Ritual

  • Cleansing
  • Setup
  • Intent
  • Raising Energy
  • Applying Energy
  • Spell Work
  • Sealing Energy
  • Giving Thanks
  • Grounding
  • Circle Etiquette

July 14, 2013                                                   

Sacred Sounds

  • Chants
  • Songs
  • How they play in ritual
  • Raising energy in Ritual
  • Drumming class bring your drums ready to learn how to do so                      
  • Lughnassad briefing handout.                                                                                                        An exploration of the ritual use of chant and sacred song. Several modes and cultural traditions will be touched upon, with a focus in practical ceremonial use of song and chant. The use of the drum to create and focus energy and mood will also be explored.

August 11, 2013                                                 

Using Natural Energy

  • Chakras
  • Crystals, Gems
  • Basic Meditation Techniques
  • Herbal Energy
  • Elemental Energy
  • Psychic Development

August 25, 2013                                            

Introduction and Practice of Many Divination Tools

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

September 08, 2013                                  

Elementals, Thoughtforms and Spirit Guides

  • The Tattvas
  • Exercises
  • Elementals
  • Thought forms and Spirits
  • Watchers
  • Familiars
  • Mythology
  • Mabon briefing handout

September 15, 2013                                        

Charms, Talismans and Amulets

  • The Many types
  • How does it relate to Witchcraft
  • How do we use them
  • How can we make them
  • The meanings behind them
  • Working with them wisely

October 6, 2013                                       

Explorations of Other Spiritual Paths ? Part I   (Kurt)       

Introduction To Shamanism

THIS CLASS HAD SUCH A ?RAVE? REVIEW FROM PAST CLASSES. SO WE HAVE DECIDED TO KEEP THIS AS A PERMANENT CLASS. Thanks to these 2 amazing instructors: Kurt Talking Stone and Ian Fford

  • A lecture from one who is a Practicing Shaman (2 hour ? guest speaker)
  • Kurt Talking Stone ? An introduction to Shamanism and The Native Spiritual Path
    A fist look into the ?way of the Wounded Warrior?, or Shaman.  Introducing the methods and over all principles of Shamanism. The discussion will lead into an overview of Native Spirituality, with a look into the Medicine path of the Lakota Sioux.

October 20, 2013                                 

Explorations of Other Spiritual Paths ? Part II  (Ian Fford)  

Introduction To Voodoo, Santeria,  

  • A lecture from one who practices Voodoo and Santeria. (2 hour ? guest speaker) ? Ian Fford
  • Samhain briefing handout

November 10, 2013                                    

Psychic Self- Defense

  • Psychic Self-Defense vs. Negative Magick
  • Protecting yourself
  • Working safely

Further psychic development

November 24, 2013                                               

Spells and How they work

  • Writing spells
  • Crafting spells
  • Spells for any purpose
  • Timing for spells
  • Spells in rituals
  • Besom ? the Witches broom 
  • Introduction & Practice of The Witches Alphabet
  • When was it formed
  • What do they mean
  • Secrecy
  • Runes
  • Angelic symbols

December 1, 2013                                        

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

December 15, 2013                                 

Dream Workings

  • Dreaming meanings
  • Interpretations
  • Dream journals
  • Yule briefing handout

Final Exam in January 2013.

Our training will lead to your 1st , 2nd, 3rd Degree. All class materials are either 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. Upon completion of each degree, students are encouraged to participate in further studies towards Initiations (if you are choosing to walk the Wiccan Family Temple Path) and Degree recognitions

Second Degree

The curriculum for the 2nd Degree program at Wiccan Family Temple is a balance of academic and practical assignments. The first part of this course will deal with tools and materials that you might use in various operations. The remainder develops skills and personal attributes that you will need in the physical and ethereal realms as you begin to interact with and change your environment on a broader basis.

The classes will begin with a review and continue on with advanced work, in preparation for third degree initiation.  All classes being offered for 2nd Degree are either advanced versions of 1st Degree classes or newly introduced topics.

 

WFTAPS Second Degree

-  FOR ANYONE WHO DID NOT COMPLETE ALL CLASSES PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU CATCH UP ON THOSE THAT YOU MISSED IN 1ST DEGREE (BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF) AS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED OUT ON SOME CLASSES THAT ARE NEEDED IN YOUR STUDIES.

 

- FOR ANYONE TAKING THESE CLASSES PLEASE BRING YOUR BOOK OF SHADOWS APPRORIATE FOR THE CLASS AS YOU WILL BE DOING ACTUAL SPELLWORK, JOURNEYINGS ETC. AND NEED TO KEEP RECORD OF EACH STUDY/ WORKINGS.      

 

Advanced Workings & Practice of The Witches Alphabet will be done throughout the year in many forms as part of your daily writings.

January 8, 2013

·          Registration

·          Exam of 1st Degree year

January 22, 2013

The Further History of -

·          Ancient Druids / Celts

·          Ancient Egyptian Culture

Introduction to the background of the ancient Druids and Celts: their origins, society, beliefs, appearance and languages. They divided society into three groups. The druids, who were learned priests, shamans and judges; the military aristocracy, who were the power-holders and the heroes; and the free men, who were farmers and owned cattle. Both men and women were thought to be immensely brave in battle.

Ancient Egyptian Culture - general society of Egypt, the importance of the King, Goddesses and Gods of the Ancient Egyptian Culture, along with the practices of the priests and priestesses of the temples.

Students please bring your findings in about this topic

February 5, 2013

The Goddess and The God  - 

·          Working with different Deities

·          Which Deities will work with you

·          Imbolc /Imbolg briefing handout ? prepared by one of the students.

 

February 19, 2013

Creating the Wealthy Witch in you ?

·          Learning to accept wealth as part of your religion

·          Learning how to begin to bring wealth in.

·          Wiccan Rede and how it works with wealth

·          Pagan ethics of wealth

·          Living true to you, creating your own Rede or Ethics.

Students please bring your findings in about this topic

 

March 3, 2013                       

Becoming A Wealthy Witch ? Part I -

Practical and common sense spell casting approaches to manifesting material wealth personally and professionally.  Witches can become adept at focusing energy and manifesting change to enrich their lives and the lives of others financially.

*Part 1: Uncovering Hidden Barriers to Success; Planning and Budgeting*
What has kept you from setting and/or meeting financial goals in the past.  You may have negative connotations surrounding money, success, ambition, or wealth based on family, cultural, or even religious beliefs.  These beliefs may be unconscious or very clear to you.  Uncovering negative stigmas and addressing them is the first hurdle to gaining long-lasting and real prosperity.  Secondly, you will create a firm, clear financial goal for yourself as the first step toward financial freedom.   We will be doing a guided meditation.
Spell work to create your individual spell, along with listings of other prosperity herbs, colors, Gods/Goddesses, runes, tarot, etc. for your reference.

March 17, 2013

Become A Wealthy Witch ? Part II -

Practical and common sense spell casting approaches to manifesting material wealth personally and professionally.  Witches can become adept at focusing energy and manifesting change to enrich their lives and the lives of others financially.

*Part II: Personal Financial Goal-setting; Business/Professional Growth*
- *Personal Financial Growth*
Now that you've taken stock of your financial situation and created a new plan to make the most of what you have, it is time to reach out for areas of personal financial growth.  You will identify ways in which you can increase your income, either through promotion, a new job, or starting a venture.  You will set benchmarks for yourself and outline a timeline for your personal success; Spells for visualization and manifestation will be included.
- *Business/Professional Growth*
You will create a clear plan and goal for your professional achievements; or your company's success.  Topics will include business budgeting (operation expenses, profit/loss calculation), economies of scale, and utilizing networking and marketing.

NO MATTER WHAT SPELL YOU DO IF YOU DO NOT HAVE CLEAR PRICISE INTENT, FOCUS AND BELIEF IT WILL NOT SUCCEED.

·          Ostara briefing handout- prepared by one of the students.                                                   

April 07, 2013

Advanced Ritual Practices -

·          Spell Work ? how to get more from it during all rituals public or private.

·          Grounding

·          Journeying

·          The pentagram / pentacle further studies

·          Circle Etiquette

·          Gate Keeper

·          Ritual Garb  

Students must come prepared for ritual, bring your ritual items.

  

April 21, 2013

Advance Spell Casting -

·          Magick in Practice

·          Working with incense

·          Working with oils

·          Working Powders

·          Working with Tarot Spells

·          Tie in a number of tools to make practical magick

·          Make your spells more effective

Students must come prepared with spells they have written to be discussed keeping in mind all of the 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.

Beltane briefing handout ? prepared by one of the students.

                                                                

May 5, 2013

The Magick of the Archangels ?

·          Working with specific Angels

·          Cleansing and Consecrating

·          Setting Up Sacred Space

·          How to work with them

They act as divine messengers or guides.  Delving into the history of angelic magick. Specifically, focus 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.    

May 19, 2013          

Witches Healing Arts and Medicine-

·          Indebt views of this topic

·          What can we do

·          Midwifery

·          Candle therapy

·          Ethically speaking

·          Touching on Reiki

Students must come prepared with their own findings on these topics ready to discuss.

June 02, 2013

Hands on Practice of Divination

·          Meditation Techniques ?Working in Alpha

·          Using Tarot to journey

·          Making it work for you while journeying

·          Psychic Development

·          Divination in Daily Life ? using it to guide you on a daily basis.

·          Litha briefing and handout - prepared by one of the students.

June 09, 2013

Hands on Practice of Divination ? Cont.

·          Making it work for you while journeying

·          Scrying with Mirror and water and fire

July 14, 2013

Hands on Exercises with Elementals, Thoughtforms and Spirit Guides -

·          Mythical and Magickal creatures - Dragons, Phoenix, Faeries etc.

·          Elementals

·          Thoughtforms and Spirits

·          Watchers

·          Familiars

·          Choosing and working with them

Students must come prepared with their own summaries on these topics ready to discuss.

July 28, 2013

Sacred Sounds - Kurt

·          Chanting and singing

·          Hands on training with drums

·          Bring drums or other instruments if you have it

·          Raising energy in Ritual

Come ready to learn how to drum to keep a circles? energy on high.

Lughnassadh briefing handout ? prepared by one of our students.

                               

August 11, 2013

Séance an introduction to ?

Everyone has heard of "Seances". This class is an examination of what a seance really is and how to hold one. Including protection, fear and debunking any urban myths about it in general.

Students do come prepared to be part of a séance. 

August 25, 2013

Advanced Charms, Talismans and Amulets -

  • The Many types
  • How does it relate to Witchcraft
  • How do we use them
  • How can we make them
  • The meanings behind them
  • Working with them wisely
  • Spell casting

September 8, 2013       

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

Students must prepare to do one of these in the class.  Bring in a ritual for one of these.

Bring in your books of shadows (the ones you can share to show your journey through your religion and your growth

- Mabon briefing handout ? prepared by one of our students.

 

September 15, 2013

Alchemy, Psychology and Magick ?

·          The psychology of magick

·          Working ethics

·          The will ? affirmations

·          WitchCraft and The Tree of Life -

·          How does Ceremonial magick raise its head in modern Witchcraft?

·          Many Witchcraft practices are drawn from the traditions of ?high? magick, also known as Ceremonial Majick, though not all Witches are aware of the influence of Ceremonial Majick upon our Craft.  Hermetics, Alchemy and Qabalah have all become entwined with the rebirth of Witchcraft.  The Qabalistic Tree of Life, depicting ten levels of consciousness and twenty-two paths of transformation, is used by Magicians and Witches alike.  Join us for an exploration of the Tree of Life and the rituals of Ceremonial Magick, from the Witch?s perspective. 

·          Learn how to integrate this wisdom into your own personal practice, and whether you will adapt in into your personal practice.

Students bring in your findings on this topic to further discuss

 

October  6, 2013

Explorations of Other Spiritual Paths -

·          Introduction To Shamanism

·          A lecture from one who is a Practicing Shaman

·          Introduction to Shamanism and The Native Spiritual Path
A fist look into the ?way of the Wounded Warrior?, or Shaman. An introduction to the methods and over all principles of Shamanism. The discussion will lead into an overview of Native Spirituality, with a look into the Medicine path of the Lakota Sioux.

Kurt Talking Stone will be taking us indepth into his tradition.  Including the Sweat Lodge.

-       This class was given in our 1st Degree and 2nd Degree, and was so well received they were ?raved? by our students and requested back for further studies.  So here we are.  Yeah!!

                                        

October 20, 2013

Explorations of Other Spiritual Paths Part II ?

·          A lecture from one who practices Voodoo and Santeria.

Santero Ian Fford will be to teach and take through the many myths of his religious path.  Come prepared with many questions.

-       This class was given in our 1st Degree and 2nd Degree, and was so well received they were ?raved? by our students and requested back for further studies.  So here we are.  Yeah!!

-   Samhain briefing handout ? prepared by one of our students.

November 10, 2013

Working with Quija board, Spirit boards etc. -

·          Preparation before and after

·          Working with the wisely

·          Unwanted entities

·          States of minds

Lots of myths.  Students please bring in your boards and a working BOS to record findings.

                                          

November 24, 2013

Astral Travel ? Path Working -

·          Preparing

·          A fun and informative class

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

December 1, 2013

Working with Runes

·          Use for magickal workings

·          Rune guidance

·          Understanding

·          Making your own rune set

 

December 15, 2013     

Final class of the 2nd Degree ? Forming your Own Groups, Covens etc.

·          How to join already formed Covens

·          How to form your own

·          Inner / Outer Court workings

·          The responsibility

·          Your rules to work by

- Discussion of Jan. 2011 Dedications of all who have completed this year and a day of studies.  Final Exams in Jan. 2012.

I AM SO PROUD OF THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE COME THIS FAR.  YOUR 3RD DEGREE YEAR WILL HAVE YOU RUNNING MANY A RITUAL, MENTORING AND ADVANCED LEARNING AND TEACHING.  BLESSINGS TO YOU ALL ON WHATEVER PATH YOU HAVE CHOSEN.

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AS YOU ALL KNOW SPACE IN NYC IS PREMIUM SO THE ACADEMY IS STRICTLY OPEN ONLY ON THE SUNDAYS STATED PER MONTH.  YOU CAN ONLY MEET WITH US ON THOSE DAYS.  REGISTRATION, QUESTIONS CAN BE MET ON THOSE DAYS ONLY OR CALL US AT 917-378-5012. 

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