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                     ADDITIONAL CRAFT CLASSES




Additional Wiccan Family Temple Training Programs

The programs listed below are advanced and/or focused offerings within The Academy of Pagan Studies.  They have been, and are being, developed to provide those interested in expanding and enhancing their experience and knowledge of the Craft in an educationally intensive environment. The vast majority of the topics below are also covered within our Wiccan Training Program, however we recognize that there is always room for more intensive study.


(can be advertised everywhere, and is for EVERYONE on all levels or traditions)

Druidry classes:  $40.00 online $44.00     

Druidry Intensive Courses

Despite its ancient roots, shrouded in mystery, Druidry is very much a living path for the modern world. The non-dogmatic practices and beliefs help to make Druidry a fast growing and popular path for many people seeking spirituality without religious restrictions. The recent ‘Green Movement’ has also added to the interest of what Druidry has to offer for conscientious people concerned with growing environmental issues.

This will be an in-depth journey into the world of Druidry. Topics to be discussed are as follows:

February 5, 2012  5-7pm                                                                    Class 1: Introduction to Druidry

     ·        What is a Druid

     ·        History of Druids

     ·        Rebirth of Druidry

     ·        Druidry today

     ·        Druidism or Druidry?

     ·        Druid groups and practices

Arafel is proud to announce that there will be special guest speakers for the upcoming three classes who will discuss the different aspects and groups of modern Druidry.

February 19, 2012  5-7pm                                                                    Class II: FoDLA – Mike McGuinness

FoDLA = Fellowship of Druidism for the Latter Age, is a path of Neo-Druidry that is based upon primarily Celtic traditions and the Celtic pantheon. Mike, will present the history, belief structure, study programs and practices of FoDLA and will provide membership information for those interested.      There will be a ritual to be performed in this hands on class.

March 18, 2012   5-7pm                                                                     Class III: ADF – Peter Coughlin

ADF = Ár nDraíocht Féin (Our Own Druidism) was founded by the late Isaac Bonewits and is based upon American Druidism. Peter Coughlin will present the history, belief structure, studies and practices of ADF and supply membership information to those interested.

April 15, 2012     5-7pm                                                                        Class IV: OBOD – Lorraine Soria

OBOD = Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, is a UK-based group that is derived from classical studies of scholars like William Stukely. Lorraine Soria is a Druid within OBOD and will present on the history, belief structure, studies and practices of OBOD. Lorraine will also discuss another group called AODA=Ancient Order of Druids in America.


March 3, 2012    2-4pm                                                   Crafting the Witch:  Making The Witches Wand

     ·       History

     ·       Making of A Wand

     ·       Consecrating ritual for the wand

You will have to search and find a tree branch that is suitable for you to use as a wand.  All other supplies will be provided.


April 14, 2012   2-4pm                                                       Crafting the Witch:  Making Your Temple Cloth

     ·       The History

     ·       How it is used

     ·       The planning and scaling of it

     ·       The Making of Your Temple Cloth

Consecrating ritual for your new Temple Cloth


May 5, 2012  2-4pm                                                        Crafting the Witch:  Making The Witches Besom

    ·       The History

    ·       Meaning

     ·       Making of the Besom

This class will have an extra cost for supplies TBA


May 19, 2012    2-4pm                                                     Crafting the Witch:  Rune Crafting

     ·       The History

     ·       The Making of Your Runes

     ·       Consecrating ritual for your new Runes

Supplies are included in cost.


June 2, 2012   2-4pm                                                      Crafting the Witch:  Making Talismans

     ·       The History

     ·       How it is used

     ·       The Making of Many Talismans


June 9, 2012   2-4pm                                                       Crafting the Witch:  Making Your BOS / Grimoire

     ·       The History

     ·       The making of the BOS / Grimoire from the ground up

     ·       Consecrating ritual for your new BOS/Grimoire

Additional cost for supplies TBA


September 15, 2012   2-4pm                                        Crafting the Witch:  Candle Spell Crafting

     ·       The History

     ·       The colors

     ·       Timing

     ·       Carving, Dressing and Blessing your Spell Candle


November 17, 2012    2-4pm                                         Crafting the Witch:   Making Magickal Mirrors

     ·       The History

     ·       How it is used

     ·       The Crafting of Your Magickal Mirror

Consecrating ritual for your new Magickal Mirror

Enchanted Carving Candle Spell Casting Workshop for Beginners:








This is an intensive class on how to do Spell Candles with purpose. You will learn the history of candles for magickal uses, color meanings, planetary meanings and what role it plays in magickal spells, the meanings of the outcome of a spell candle and how it can empower you. The many types of candles and their purposes. How can we apply this knowledge in on our personal lives to make it better. Always check for further updates to any events, classes, or celebrations on meetup.com at link:

$30.00 per class, plus $10.00 material fee for the items needed to carve your own candle. Booklet included.

$40.00 single class + $44.00 surcharge:

Advanced Spell Casting Candle Classes:

For those of you have taken the beginners class or think you do know a lot about Enchanted Candle Carving Spell Casting. This is where you will take off into further more advanced spells and intricate carvings. Refine your skills with this amazing tool for spell work.

$30.00 per class, plus $10.00 material fee for the items needed to carve your own candle. Booklet included.

$40.00 single class + $4.00 surcharge:

Tarot : The Basics: 


This is an introductory course which explores its history, myths and uses:  meanings of the cards; setting the mood; layouts; ethics and more.  Homework will be given and practice sessions will be held with the instructor and other students.


Being held for 4 classes:  Get ready for some creative fun with an experienced instructor and get some  hands-on training.  You can take as many or as little of these classes as you wish, and you can join in at any time.  $30.00 per class or $85.00 for all 3 classes



$30.00+ $3.00 surcharge single class payment:



$85.00 for all 3 classes plus $4.00 surcharge


Expanding your Astrological Consciousness



This is a four part class designed to take what we know about astrology and move on from the normal cut and dry 'cook book' interpretations.  Participants of all levels of astrology are welcome - we will catch you up, so don't worry if you're new! We will review the houses, planets, signs and how they pertain to each other. Most of us have some understanding of astrology, so we will catch up and then move forward so that we can expand our knowledge of the heavens, how they affect us and ultimately who we really are.
We will take a deeper look into aspects of the planets, and how to read how these energies are interacting in your natal birth chart and current transits. We will then look at other elements such as Chiron, Dark Moon, Lilith, the Midheaven, the north and south nodes.

The goal for this class is to further develop the mind and its
abilities to read into your natal chart for personal insight and clarity.  New ways of looking at what you already know, thinks you didn't know to look for and things you've never seem before. Once you understand your natural energy flow, as well as your souls progression, you can further develop your magic and meditation skills.

We will also explore Progressions and Solar Arcs and how the
planets move throughout your lifetime to reflect your inner development. And finally we will talk about the upcoming transits and Eclipses of 2009 so you can get an idea of what to expect in the year ahead!

This class is meant to be fun but also self-exploring. Some
meditations will also be taught to free your mind of the every-day static so you can approach your birth chart with clarity.

Part I – House, Planets, Signs, Aspects
We will discuss How this energy plays out in your chart, and how to scry deeper into what this means for you. We will learn how to let your birth chart speak to you, Meditation and mind expansion, and how to work with your natural energy. What your planets are doing, how they're talking to each other, how your mind works, how your energy flows, and how you can function to your best ability. If you are new, no problem! We will catch you up. 

Learning astrology takes time - don't worry if you feel that you don't 'get it'.

$40.00 plus $4.00 surcharge.

Part II – Lilith, Chiron, the Midheaven, North and South Node.

Adding more elements to the mix, we will look into aspects of where your soul has been, what you have brought with you, where you need to go and what you need to let go of. We will also look at what your purpose is, what career options suit you best, what your blocks are, and where your potential lies.

$40.00 plus $4.00 surcharge.



Part III - Solar Arcs and Progressions.       What are the stages of your life? What are your cycles of development? How can you predict upcoming energy? We will look at Arcs and Progressions are analyze where you are at in your life, and what chapters are opening up in your personal story.

$40.00 plus $4.00 surcharge.




Magickal Apothecary:  The Kitchen Witch



Have you ever browsed through a shop and wondered how all those lovely incenses, oils, soaps, bath salts, sachets, powders were made? Perhaps you’ve already tried your hand at making them and wish to refine your technique?  This series of workshops are for you!  Get ready for some creative fun with experienced instructors and hands-on learning. 

$40.00 per class or $160.00 for all 4 classes includes  supplies (booklet included). 


(you can take 1 or all of these classes):                           $40 per class which includes informational compendium/class materials.
As usual we are always trying to improve on all that we do.  So here we go again.  Folkloric, Magickal and
WiseWoman Ways
of using herbs....
And much more! This is a complete herbal study system that offers
insights into healing naturally. Very few classes like this exist in
New York City
, and you'll appreciate the convenience of learning herbalism without having to travel Upstate for similar classes! Don't wait, join now! 

*A Brief History of Herbalism
* General notes on basic uses of herbs, how to use herbs safely and professionally
*An overview of the effects of herbs, and which parts of the body are affected....
*The categories of herbs, roots, etc...
*The many ways in which herbs are stored/processed
*12 Herbs that are safe and work for everyone, their properties, components, folk medicine uses and herbal medicinal uses

$40.00 single class + $4.00 surcharge


*Overview of responsible herbalism
*Review of the various ways herbs affect the body
*20 NEW herbs (not covered in class one), their properties, affects on the body, uses in folkloric medicine and medicinal herbalism.
* In depth explainations of creating tinctures, syrups, oils and more procedures for processing herbal medicine.
*Dangerous herbs/Herbs to avoid
$40.00 single class + $4.00 surcharge


Kitchen And GreenWitch Magic:
Explore the use of Herbs from the Garden, Kitchen Lore, Nourishing foods, and more from the garden!
Learn the different categories of fruits, nuts, veggies, and 10 herbs from the garden.
Properties of green foods, the affects of these foods on your body, and aligning yourself for total green health.
Food overview through basic Ayurveda, Zen, and other world views....
Kitchen Magic/ Cooking and growing food by the moon, and more...
Creating tasty oils, vinegars, and more.....
$40.00 single class + $4.00 surcharge


Women's (and Children's) herbal:
Discussion and listing of herbs that specifically affect/are useful/ for a woman's body including:
~Those that stimulate the womb(childbirth)
~Those that help during menstruation
~Those that increase breast milk
~and herbs to AVOID when pregnant
Also Herbs that help Children:
~Herbs gentle enough to be consumed by children.
~And recipes to make medicine taking easier for children (herbs in syrup, and more)                                                        $40.00 single class + $4.00 surcharge


Wild Medicinal/Edible Herbs:
*You will learn the basics of gathering/wildcrafting herbs, including safely gathering herbs, areas to find herbs, and identification...
*20 Basic Wild Herbs that are safe to deal with, descriptions of their properties, the parts of the body they affect, folkloric remedies, cosmetic and medicinal uses of each herb.
*Wild herbs, fruit, berries that are edible
* DANGEROUS HERBS/Herbs to avoid...
*Wild Herbs in the backyard--how to transplant wild herbs to your garden for maximum use!                                $40.00 single class + $4.00 surcharge


Zan Asha is a dreamer, like you. An advocate of women's issues and creativity from early on, she began as a middle eastern dancer and artist, expressing her wild woman wisdom through dance and theater.
Throughout, she has been possessed by the natural world---gardening and herbalism is her outlet. Besides teaching others to garden, she is an herbalist in the Herbal Wife tradition, is a trainee of the Herbal Bear School -  is a practitioner of Susun Weed 
www.susunweed.com and Kiva Rose's methodologies, and follows the flower shaman/Medicine Woman path of nature. Most importantly is her desire to help people find their own sense of health and happiness.

Crafting Your Magickal Tools 






Have you ever wanted to know how to make or craft your own 'witches tools?  Your Athames, wands, chalices, Altar Tiles, BOS Books of Shadows etc.  This would be your chance to do exactly that.  After crafting your tools you will be given a complete ritual on how to consecrate your tools.

There will be Handouts and supplies.

Chalice, Athame, Wand, Pentacle,Incense burner.

$25.00 per class $10.00 materials fee per class.

$35.00 + $3.50 surcharge


Wealthy Witch Series


The series is broken into 4 sections and 2  classes:


*Wealthy Witch –  Intensive Class Series*

The Wealthy Witch series is broken up into 2 segments and combines "practicality, common sense & spell casting" as approaches to manifesting material wealth personally and professionally.  Witches can be adept at focusing energy and manifesting change to enrich their lives and the lives of other s in several areas: health, love, protection, creativity, justice,
and psychic work – why not financially as well?

*Part 1: Uncovering Hidden Barriers to Success; Planning and Budgeting*

 - *Uncovering Hidden Barriers to Success & Identifying Specific Goals*

The first step in attaining prosperity is to uncover 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.

   - *Planning, Budgeting, & Saving *

The second step toward financial freedom is mastering your current
situation.  You will take stock of your current financial state and address areas of excess and prioritize your spending.   You will create a budget and savings plan and create benchmarks for your success.   Packet will include a budgeting worksheet and a budgeting spell.   There will be homework! *Included:
*Herbs, candles, sachets, and spell work to create your individual spell, along with listings of other prosperity herbs, colors, Gods/Goddesses, runes, tarot, etc. for your reference

$40.00 single class + $4.00 surcharge

*Part II: Personal Financial Goal-setting; Business/Professional Growth*

In this workshop, you will create a written outline for the steps you will take to achieve your goals, whether they are personal or professional:

   - *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.

*About me & About Charmed By Starr  *

I have practiced Wicca for 23 years, and spent the past four years carrying out a long-term plan for success and have set, and met, serious financial goals, including eradicating massive debt and achieving ambitious personal financial achievement.   My professional expertise is business development and corporate growth strategy; and I am employed as a Director for a top NY
HealthCare firm.  I also hold an MBA from Baruch's
Zicklin School of

*What Others Are Saying About the 'Wealthy Witch' Series:*

"This is the one class all of you witches in
New York City and surrounding areas should take. If you are tired of being one of the witches that is still need of money to do all the things we want to do. This is the class. A MUST TAKE CLASS. You will be saying the same thing I am. Let us all be Wealthy Witches!!!!! Brenda is amazing. You can still take the next class which focuses in on the witches that has or is thinking of starting a business, you will be glad you took this class." Starr

 "Congratulations to Starr & Brenda for providing an unbelievably great class that was: useful, informative, enlightening & magical! This class was the perfect blend of practicality, common sense & spell casting. A MUST TAKE class that is HIGHLY recommended!"  Shakti

$40.00 single class + $4.00 surcharge



Beginner Goddess Belly Dance Class 

      Zan Asha has been a bellydance for 10 years.  Beginning with cabaret dance.  She gradually added her theatrical roots (B.A.  in theater from NYU) into her works to create dance with stories.  she is the founder of the gothic bellydance troupe ChoveXani and one of the leading proponents of the experimental dance movements in New York City.  She continues to work in dance theater, art and arts events.  Please see more of her work at:  http://www.chovexani.com/   

Learn the basics of the ancient art of bellydance.  Techniques utilitizing the hips, stomach and arms will be explored, and dance movements combos will be used in a fun and challenging way.  Utilizing several ancient Eastern Dances (Belly Dance, East Indian) and lyrical stylings we will explore your inner Goddess.  Arms, hips, legwork and more are utilized to express feelings, emotions and more.... empower yourself learn dance and find your inner

Discover this beautiful sensual dance, a great way to exercise, meet friends and discover your inner beauty!

$15.00 per class (dress comfortably) + $1.50 cents surcharge

At least 6 persons minimum are needed for this class to keep going at all times.



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