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Basic Technologies of Witchcraft

Basic Technologies of Witchcraft

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Basic Technologies of Witchcraft
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Get any book for free on: www.Abika.com2 This is the outline for a collection of four semi-formal trainingsessions for people interested in starting out in "The Craft" orNeopaganism. It is intended to give enough grounding to effectivelyparticipate in ritual, with the expectation that those that are reallydedicated, skilled, and/or interested will undertake further study.Since this is for beginners, there are no textbooks, no requiredreading, and the course only deals with such material as can be taughtin four 1-1/2 to 2 hour informal sessions.I. DAY ONE: Neopagan TraditionsThe first day's material is a basic overview of Neopagan history andtradition, intended to make people more comfortable with the subject.A. History of The CraftExamine two topics to show how they influence the modern witch:how Neopagan witchcraft grew out of and borrows from theGardnerian Reformation, and how our Craft Law developed from avariety of traditions and needs.1. Origins, Ancient (?) and ModernFact before theory: discuss the evolution of witchcraftfrom Gardner onwards, then overview the evidences thatwitchcraft is a pre-Christian and (possibly) pre-historicreligion.a. The Gardnerian ReformationDiscussion of Gerald Gardner and both the original andmodern versions of Gardnerian Witchcraft (with a quick side-line into its off-shoot and competitor, AlexandrianWitchcraft).b. The Church of All Worlds and NeopaganismHistory of the Church of All Worlds and its contri-butions, including the word "neopagan" and "Green Egg",the journal in which the framework of modern, Neopaganwitchcraft was developed from the framework of Gardnerianism crossed with Greco/Roman and Egyptianpagan traditions.
Get any book for free on: www.Abika.com3c. The Non-Pagan Branches of the CraftOther types of witches: Feminist Wicca, Church of Wicca,the Masonic Druids of England, and the Family Tradition-alists.d. Evidences of Stone-Age WitchcraftDiscuss some of the evidence that witchcraft carries ona tradition with stone-age origins and a 10,000 yearhistory, both pro and con. Emphasize that there is noconclusive evidence one way or the other.2. Craft Law, Ancient and Moderna. The Reasons for Craft LawDiscuss how the in-bred fear of of the Powers of Evil,combined with the need to trust each other against theInquisition, gave birth to the concept of Craft Law.b. The Wiccan Rede"An it harm none, do what thou will." Stress both thelibertine and the disciplinarian interpretations of thatlaw. Discuss the Law of Karma, and how the Wiccan Rede(interpreted properly) becomes more of a safety rulethan a Commandment.c. The Rule of SecrecyGloss quickly over the Inquisition (everybody knowsenough), and examine some of the evidence that a "witch-hunt" is being begun. Encourage the students torecognize that the decision to be public or secretivehas to be made by each individual, and they have theright to expect others to respect their privacy on thismatter.3. Magick in Theory and PracticeMagick is the unifying force in all of the NeopaganTraditions. To lay the groundwork for Day Two, explain thebasic theories of magick, and how they influence the designand practice of Neopagan ritual.

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