Class descriptions, alphabetical

This is a list of classes I’ve already done/worked up. I have no objection to repeating them if any seem useful to you- or working up something new to go with an event’s theme. As you see I’m fairly eclectic, although more knowledgeable about the dark ages in history, and things to do with healing and divination in the magickal area.

7th c Mercia, the Context of the Staffordshire Horde

The discovery of the Staffordshire Horde may have “changed the way the world sees the Dark Ages”, but just what is that? What do we know about Mercia in the 7th century, and how can we use that to examine the horde more reasonably?

Aeromancy to Xylomancy- ways to divine the future

While these days we tend to think of reading cards palms, tea leaves, scrying, and astrology, over the years there have been hundreds of sorts of divination in many different cultures- we’ll cover as many as we can, also looking for what they have in common and can tell us about divination and cultural context.

Adapting Period Art for SCA scrolls 

Oooh, aaaaah, ooooh! All we can see from the back of the hall is how much color and gold is on the scroll, but to the artist and recipient, the art should be match the recipient. SCA award scrolls are not so much based on legal documents as books of hours and other small portable art. Let’s look at some ways of trying to combine these forms that aren’t really similar.

All Holidays are Local

Honoring your own Wheel: All Holidays are Local Holy Days

It’s important and easy to make your celebrations more personal by paying more attention to the spirits of what’s around you than to dates you get from books, or even tradition. Let’s explore how to make your holidays more holy.

Anglo-Saxon Amulets and healing charms

The Anglo-Saxons used a wide array of various amulets, from inscribed runes, to teeth, fossils, stones and other items to heal and protect themselves from the vicissitudes of life. We’ll cover descriptions of what they used and what they used them for, and some modern adaptations for those that we like the purpose, but the item is too bizarre for the 21st century.

Anglo-Saxon Accessories 

You’ve got your tunic or gown, and cloak, but you can ruin the whole effect if your shoes, hat, and other accessories scream “modern” (or even SCA). Let’s look at what’s right to make you fit in in case you fall into a time-warp and end up in Old England.

Anglo-Saxon Art

While there was contact between ethic groups, and styles overlapped over time, the “Dark Ages” are not a single culture. Various styles are typical of different periods. What’s right for you, and from which other cultures can you reasonably borrow?

Anglo-Saxon Children 

This is an overview of childhood in Anglo-Saxon England including clothing, food, toys, education, activities, etc.

Anglo-Saxon Cooking

What foods did they the Anglo-Saxons have available- locally and by trade? And how did they prepare, and store them? (hands on)

Anglo-Saxon Conversion, the  

How did the Anglo-Saxon conversion from Heathenry to Christianity take place, and how did those Anglo-Saxon Christians differ from other Christians in different times and places? This is about the 6-7th century “conversion” by Augustine, not the earlier Christianization of the Celts during the late Roman Empire- but they did interact…(come find out how!).

Anglo-Saxon (Early) Clothing

What did the Anglo-Saxons wear from when they invaded England to when the Normans invaded? It was not all the same. We can tell whether we are looking at a Saxon area, and Anglian area or Jutish by the artifacts left in graves.

Anglo Saxon Death

The Anglo-Saxons used a wide variety of practices including cremation, inhumation, boat burials and other ways of laying their honored (and sometimes not so honored dead to rest. What can we learn about how they lived from how they died (specifically from what we can dig up)?

Anglo-Saxon Dress 

This will be a basic overview to let you know what to wear whether as an Anglo-Saxon your persona would be fighting the Britons, the Vikings or the Normans (or not fighting at all). Not surprisingly, clothing changed in the 600 year period we call Anglo-Saxon England- and it wasn’t all baggy, rough fabric either!

Anglo-Saxon Eliagic Poetry

The “country music” of the Dark Ages. The Saxons seemed to love to sing about losing their home, their lord or lady, their wealth, (their dog, their truck…) and on top of it, it’s raining! Come learn to appreciate some of the joy of early misery.

Anglo-Saxon Embellishments 

How to ornament your garb as an early Anglo-Saxon. I’ll be concentrating on the Migration and Middle Saxon periods, not so much the later AS period. We’ll discuss the embroidery that survives, the use of various furs, as well as what we can infer from surviving tooled leather and metalwork (Sutton Hoo and the Staffordshire Hordes).

Anglo-Saxon England 

This is an overview covering the history of the Anglo-Saxon period intended to give context to other Anglo-Saxon studies. How far is York from Winchester? Who came first Aelflaed or Aethelred? What’s a Bretwalda? a fyrd?

Anglo-Saxon Food

What foods and drinks were available to the Anglo-Saxons, and how did they prepare them? Also social customs associated with food.

Anglo-Saxon Garb

A general overview of what the Anglo-Saxons wore- male and female, from the 6th to 11th centuries, under and out clothes and accessories, materials and decoration. In only an hour it can only be general.

Anglo-Saxon Herbs

What herbs did the Anglo-Saxons have for healing, for cooking, for magic? What did they call them, and how did they use them?

Anglo-Saxon Housing 

How did they live? What were their buildings like? What do we know about the furniture and architecture of the Anglo-Saxons? How do we know (archeology and inference from written material)?

Anglo-Saxon Jewelry

What did the Anglo-Saxons wear? What has mostly survived is the jewelry, so we know what it looked like and where it was placed, and it also tells us some things about the clothes to which it was fastened.  We’ll cover different regions and changes over time.

Anglo-Saxon Magick- herbs, chants, amulets

The Anglo-Saxons used spells, chants, amulets, runes, and other sorts of magick (energy manipulation) well after they were nominally converted to Christianity. This workshop gives an overview of the material that has survived- as what was acceptable changed from year to year and place to place in the first millennium as in the second.

(alt description:  The Anglo-Saxons used spells, chants, amulets, runes, and other sorts of magick (energy manipulation) both before and well after they were nominally converted to Christianity. This workshop gives an overview of the material that has survived, with a focus on what can be used today.)

AS Medicine

The Anglo-Saxons used herbs, surgery, and magick to deal with chronic and acute illness and injury. This discusses what they used, and what we can safely use today.

Anglo-Saxon Miscellany

Bits and pieces on Anglo-Saxon culture, such as coinage, libraries, riddles, calligraphy, etc. that don’t warrant a separate class, but any SCA Anglo-Saxon wants to know. Established Saxons, feel free to share with fellows as well as learn.

AS Pottery, Early

The pottery of grave field and the home, during the period between Roman Britain and Alfred. Special focus on the stamps used for decorating this early pottery.

Anglo-Saxon Runes

An introduction to the history, meanings of, and uses of the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc. I’ll cover not just the Anglo-Saxon but also Frisian runes, the full set of 33, beyond the 24 of the elder Futharc.

Anglo-Saxon Sex (and Gender)

Gender roles in the Anglo-Saxon cultures. How much pressure was put on people, what were gender roles and how did they play out in real life?

Anglo-Saxon Slavery

How the slave was used in Anglo-Saxon England and how as the manoral system grew, slaves gradually gain rights, and freemen gained more restrictions upon their rights until there was little difference between the free and unfree peasant, and the medieval serf became the common worker of medieval English landscape.

Anglo-Saxon Warriors

We’ll cover the equiptment of the AS Warrior: Swords, Shields, Spears, and of course, the Seax. We’ll also cover armor and fighting styles in groups and defensive systems like the burgs- one hour will only cover the basics, but I’ll try to ground you well.

Anglo-Saxon Women 

What was the role of the Anglo-Saxon woman in daily life? In law? In commerce? In Religion?

Animal Dressing 

How to dress a small animal- I demonstrate on a real rabbit- to be eaten later. Theory and practice- what comes off, what comes out, what is different about larger animals.

(optional- with 3 months warning, I can bring rabbits for the class to practice on- this will also require a 2 hour workshop period, and $8 per rabbit- this cost could be passed on to the feast cook along with the dressed rabbits)


The Romans said that every thing had a “numen” or spirit, and this led to the tradition of thousands of deities, some of which addressed as “whether god or goddess”. Most primitive cultures recognize a spirit in what seems inanimate to modern perceptions. We look at animism in the past and various ways it presents in the modern world.

(A very short) History of Magick and Witchcraft (aka HoM&W)

Magick is a way of making effects in the real world through poorly understood techniques, generally understood through each cultures unique perspective. I concentrate on the last 3 millennia in Europe, and attitudes toward magick and witches. and especially note traditional techniques that are not used as often my modern practitioners.

Art, Magic and Religion, see: Sacred Images

(Art, Magic and Religion: Sacred Images Most cultures created images to enhance their practices- from voodoo dolls and ex votos to icons and idols, sacred images, from Michaelangelo to Inuit carving fetishes, people have used images to create tangible links to the intangible world. We will examine historical practices and modern pagan adaptations and innovations.)

*Baking over a Campfire 

You can have pies, fresh bread, cookies, cakes- some is done with special tools, some by changing the way you think about cooking. Baking in the coals, steamed breads, dutch ovens…

Basic Embroidery

It looks great, it’s not expensive, and allows you to stitch in magickal intent. But how hard is it? Most techniques aren’t that hard. I’ll show you several easy stitches, and warn you against some of the more difficult ones. We’ll also cover materials from DMC to silk as well as good and bad places to use embroidery. Includes cloth and flosses

$3 materials fee

SCA version:

It looks great, it’s not expensive, and allows you to decorate as well as mark everything you’ve got that’s cloth. It’s also not hard or dangerous- my daughters started at 3 years old. (I would like parents to come with and work with younger children.) I’ll show you the easiest and fastest stitches, and warn you against common problems.  $3 materials fee includes cloth, flosses and handout


*Beginning Herbalism

This is a basic class on beginning herbalism to get started safely in knowing that what grows in the back yard. Bug bites, poison ivy, headaches, coughs, nausea, athletes foot. We cover how to begin finding and using herbs- poultices, oils, ointments, & tinctures, as well as teas, and syrups. And we cover relating to the plant spirits and adding magick to your medicines to make them work better.

Basic numerology

Each number has it’s own meaning, and using the meanings of numbers and various techniques you can discover what your name, your birthday, your address and other seemingly unimportant details in your life can tell you. How to change some to improve your life.

Beginning Palmistry

Reading palms is not hard- in one hour you will walk away with enough of the basic skills to read your own palm, and those of your friends (not that you shouldn’t keep studying!). The most useful aspect of palmistry is learning about yourself, and thus gaining control of your future- and it’s fun too!

Brownies, and Fairies and Ghosts, oh my!  

We’ll concentrate on House wights (not quite as convenient as the House Elves at Hogwarts) in various cultures, brownies, hobs, and other invisible folk who share human living space, and also cover some of the many nature spirits, who prefer to live farther out. They can be very “Good Neighbors”, or a pain in the butt, but most cultures knew about them. Also ghosts, and other supernatural entities.

Burning Times The

“Never again the burning” is the cry of modern witches- were 9 million burned? What really happened during the Inquisition, and what lessons should we really take from that history?

Candle making

Dipping candles and pouring them in molds. Materials from paraffin to gel to beeswax. How to choose the material for your wicks. How to include herbs, oils and other items in for magickal effect. It’s not as hard as you thought.

Campfire Cooking

I’ll try to show as many techniques for cooking as time allows (boiling, roasting.  Baking in the coals and in pots, grilling, steaming,) as well as give the pros and cons of different equipment and techniques.

Chocolate Casting 

Based on Norwegean Seed casting- reading the future in chocolate chips and other candies. This is a how-to workshop, but while we nibble and divine, we discuss as well as demonstrate how one can create a functional divinatory form using whatever you have available.

Cooking up your own Traditions see: Food Traditions Etheracon 04 (EMPPD?)

Conversion of the Anglo-Saxons The

There is such a thing as religious conversion for an individual- modern pagans know about that. But what influences large numbers of people to change religions? When historians talk about the “conversion” of a country- what do they mean? Did the people think they had converted? Economic, political and human reactions all contribute.

*Creating your own family traditions- going beyond the book holidays  

While group festivals are great, they often aren’t close enough- and families aren’t liable to want to travel for every holiday. Most   holidays will be celebrated at home with just the family. (Some may be peculiar to your family alone, as our Broom Day celebration is.) This is a discussion on how to pick what days you want to celebrate and how- foods, decorations, personal small rituals… We create the patterns our kids follow  (or rebel against) every day- doing it consciously allows not only more control, but great joy and a chance for family communication- with the Gods and each other.

Cunning Folk 

From the late Middle Ages to the 19th century every village in England had it’s Cunningmen and Wise-women. These folk healed with herbs and charms, had familiar spirits, found lost and stolen items, told the future, gave magickal help in matters of love and luck, and fought witches. Some called themselves white witches, but most denied any similarity.

Cwen 7 Hlafdige & Cwen

Queens and Ladies in Anglo-Saxon England. From AElfthryth to Emma, these women were no blushing flowers. Without their stories the story of England would have been VERY different.

Dealing with Pagan Parents and Children

How to deal with many of the aspects of parenting, and dealing with kids in a mixed neo-pagan and mainstream culture. Some thoughts on running classes for pagan kids. Including kids in adult rituals (or not), and designing rituals for kids. Issues for pagan parents and their kids- passing on traditions and not forcing our choices on our own kids. Dealing with groups who don’t have kids and understand the needs of families. Dealing with non-pagan parents and underage pagans who come to you for mentoring; some traps to avoid.

*Demystifying Mead aka Simple Mead Brewing

I’ll give you the basics to start making mead with what you probably have around the house already (including bread yeast as well as champagne or mead yeasts) and how to make several variations.


*Divine Cookies Convocation 

Making special cookies with divine inspiration- with samples from my book. How to play with your own food- adapting recipes to make them fit with magickal and traditional useage.

*Divination without special tools 

You’ve got no Tarot Cards, Runes, Pendulum, or anything else on you, but you need to tap into the universe. No problem. You can do a wonderful reading using the credit cards in your wallet, pebbles on the ground, whatever is available. We’ll explore how you can come up with a dozen ways on the spot.

Divination what form does what?

Dowsing, Tarot cards, palmistry, runes, astrology, so many kinds of divination! Some are better for certain types of question or situation than others. What form of divination should you use in which situations? We’ll cover the advantages and disadvantages of as many as we can in the time allowed.

“Do you Fear Death?”

This will be a discussion of what happens before and after death- a subject that is not often brought up in modern culture. Thinking and talking and actively preparing for your own death and that of your loved ones will give you more control over how it goes, whether we are talking about end-of-life in medical setting, burial and disposition of your remains, and possessions, and perhaps even contact across the “veil”. Bring your own experiences and concerns.

*Dousing Games and more- playing with energy 

Pendulums, bent wires, kinesiology- using your the way your subconcious speaks through your body to tell you the things you don’t know that you know- from diagnosing illnesses to finding lost items. We also play with wands, Mana plates, pyramids and other “toys” that increase or channel bioenergy.

*Dreams and Omens- reading the future without special tools

We don’t need special cards or tiles or sticks or even books to get a good idea of what’s coming up- it’s all inside of us. Learn some simple and basic techniques to start picking up on the clues that the Universe is constantly throwing at us. ­Dreams and Omens are externally initiated methods of divination. If the gods tap you on the shoulder and clear their throats, it’s best to pay attention because if you don’t, they won’t hesitate to whack you with the cosmic two by four.

*Dream Interpretation

There are many different types of dreams, precognitive, OOB, telepathic, visiting other lives, as well as symbolic. Even with symbolic dreams, you can’t just open a book and read what the symbols mean to other people. Learn how to spot different types of dreams and how they should be treated differently.


This is a simple healing technique developed by Serge King which can be used for most situations with no tools. If you have an ache or a chronic condition- or want to help people who do, come in and add this to your healing “workbox”.

*The early repression of paganism

In the 4th century Constantine decreed that Christianity by tolerated. By the 5th century it was becoming dominant, and by the 6th, it started to push to become the only religion. What measures did early Christians really take- and what is literary fiction?

Effects of popular stones

You are trying to manifest different things in your life at different times, knowing the properties of the stones and metals in your jewelry will help enhance these intentions from Amber to Zirconias. Most of us know hemetite is for grounding, but did you know opal was a mood enhancer (good and bad?), that malichite is said to help with asthma, rose quartz cures headaches, or that kyanite really kicks (many) backaches?

Energy Practice:

This is a practice session for moving energy around your body- passing it from person to person, grounding, making thought forms- basically lots of techniques to practice when you get home.

Ethics of magick 

Wiccans have the Rede- “An you harm none…” but not all who use magick are wiccan, and yet we all have morals. When should we use magick, and when should we use other ways of making the world “conform with our will”. When should we not try and make the world over in our own image? Come ready to discuss your point of view.

*The Evil Eye

Witches were often accused of “overlooking” or casting the evil eye on their victims. While reason sees this as nothing but a justification for abusing powerless women, recent studies show that there may be more to it than hysteria. Want to counter or avoid such “gazing”, or if you’re just curious, welcome!

Exploring EFT.

Gary Craigs wonderful system that can get rid of unwanted negative feelings in seconds. It has to be experienced to be believed. If you’ve never hear of it, come and find a new healing tool, if you have, come and share your stories. Will also mention other similar systems like Dynamind.

Fairy Tales as a reflection of the Goddess Myths

People explain thing by telling tales around the hearth. Good stories don’t die- sometimes they just change shape, but while the names change (a bit), the story and the lessons it teaches stays the same.

Fairy Tales as Spiritual Expression

Studies have shown that fairy tales in childhood result in adults who can cope with reality better. What is it about fairy tales that reaches our inner beings, and maintains our contact with the invisible realms even in our modern technical world. We explore ancient and modern concepts of fairie, and why it’s important; we also look for ancient gods disguised as denizens of fairy land.

Feasting the Dead

From the Ancient Chinese, to Egyptians, through the Romans with tubes down into the grave, and eating facilities in graveyards, to modern dumb suppers and Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico the living have shared their food with those who, in theory, can’t eat it. This is an exploration of these traditions and what they meant and mean to us.

Fluffy Bunnies vs. Demon worshipping Maniacs (the perception problem)

Let’s talk about how the rest of the world gets the idea that we are annoying (at very least)- is it the media? A vocal Christian minority? And let’s talk about how we may be contributing to the problem.

*Food Traditions –(was cooking up your own…)

Food is intrinsically sacred, and Traditions are the cement that binds us to the Wheel of the Year. Most religions have special foods associated with their holidays- the fried foods of Carnival and Channuka, Mince pie and Plum Pudding for Christmas, Hot Cross Buns for Easter…  As many first generation Neo-Pagans and Paleo-Pagans begin to celebrate  our holidays with our children, the foods we make year after year will provide the traditions that will ground them and carry them through their sacred cycles. This is a hands-on and mouths-on workshop, with edible examples of how we can consciously choose and adapt our favorite recipes into the real magick that traditions can make.

Food Magick/ Magickal Cooking 

Natural Magick is the science of the natural properties of materials, times, and actions, and we can learn to use the properties of different foods along with the energetic effects of what we do when processing them to create the magickal effects we want. This is an introduction to that process.

You don’t need to make strange potions to create magickal effects. Every food has magickal properties, and you can use them to both enhance your health, and your life. If you know, or can “divine” the properties of the foods you already use, you can make magick without having to resort to “Eye of Newt” or “Dead man’s toe”.

Food Magick/ Magickal Cooking

Natural Magick is the science of the natural properties of materials, times, and actions, and we can learn to use the properties of different foods along with the energetic effects of what we do when processing them to create the magickal effects we want. This is an introduction to that process.

You don’t need to make strange potions to create magickal effects. Every food has magickal properties, and you can use them to both enhance your health, and your life. If you know, or can “divine” the properties of the foods you already use, you can make magick without having to resort to “Eye of Newt” or “Dead man’s toe”.


We’ve all seen the lists of correspondence tables in the back of spellbooks. The alchemists developed a system whereby correspondences helped us understand things where we couldn’t look directly. More than just a list, this class deals with how to use this to our advantage, as well as why we shouldn’t try to force correspondences.

Feast and Fast- balance of spiritual celebrations

Neo-Pagans have embraced many of the ancient celebrations, festivals and feasts of our ancestors. However most religions included both times of excess, and times of restriction or privation to facilitate spiritual development. This is not to embrace asceticism and privation, but to create a balance. Let’s look at ancient practices and how we can incorporate that wisdom into modern life.

Ghosts, fairies, pixies and other intangible folk

Some ways to figure out whether it’s a fairy, a ghost, an elemental or your imagination, and how you should deal with them.

Grounding Modern Practice in History

Modern pagans, whether neo-, paleo-, meso-, reconstructionist or other variation, tend to say they ground their practice in that of what our ancestors did. But most have little idea other than what we tell each other, is dimly remembered from school, or can be gleaned from the history channel. Yet when we actually look at what they did, we can often find practices that we can use in our modern religious and magickal activities.

  If this is done as a series it can be broken into: Ancient Magick (Egyptian, Mesopotamean), Classical Magick (Greece and Rome), Medieval Magick, & Early Modern Magick (Rennassance to 1800s) or we could break it up differently as you prefer.

Halloween Traditions

Pumpkins, Witches with green faces, pointy hats and striped stockings, black cats, costumes, trick or treating, fortune telling…

Where did the traditions of modern Halloween start, when and which culture introduced them, and how do we make them meaningful today?

Hard Choices- saying “No”

Sometimes we run into times when helping one person means not helping another. It may be refusing to be an “enabler or “co-dependant”, or learning to recognize what is more than one is able to do. At this point in our magickal evolution, we can’t fly, we can’t raise dead, and sometimes we can’t support a dozen people who we’d like to support either. We’d all like to have the ablitiy to do all that we see needs doing- but that level of magick isn’t available yet, and maybe it shouldn’t be. There is no one right answer, but we’ll discuss the hard lesson of doing less: how and when to refer family, friends, or coveners to those who may be able to help them mor (and sometimes just saying: “your presence in this situation is too damaging to be allowed; sorry, but you have to go”). We’ll talk about ways to make sure you are doing it for the right reasons, and dealing with the frustrations of not being able to know for sure.


Healing for families

I’ll talk about (and encourage everyone to share) experiences and techniques our family has used for dealing with healing. These techniques are good for and by both kids and parents. Will include herbal and folk remedies, energy healing (from Dynamind, eft, acupressure, to Reiki), homeopathic and Bach’s Rescue Remedy (and other drops), mana pads; also dealing with allergies and sensitivities, vitamins & probiotics, and different diets (and dealing with the school system YMMV). I hope to include indigo children, invisible friends, home birth, family sleeping, death/disease, and other challenges for families that accept the reality of the metaphysical world.

Healing for Parents

Tool kit for dealing with the joys of raising kids covering everything from herbs, to energy healing, homeopathy, acupressure, Rescue Remedy, allergies, invisible friends, and more.

Healing without Tools 

Various energy healing techniques which you can use to heal with no tools.  Includes acupressure, Reiki, RunValdr, Dynamind, Quantum Touch, Silva Mind control, Theraputic Touch, Polarity, as well as covering chakras, and meridian theory.


*Herbs for kids 

This is a basic class on beginning herbalism to get kids started safely in knowing that what grows in the back yard can be good for soothing bug bites, poison ivy, tummy aches, and zits. We cover how to begin finding and using herbs- poultices, oils, ointments, & tinctures (none of which need cooking) as well as teas, and syrups (for those who may cook). Also good for parents as it’s aimed at the basic bumps and scrapes of daily life.

This is a description of the herbs that kids can learn to pick and use for themselves- what to put on a bug bite or bee-sting, counter poison ivy or nettle stings. Also we cover the appropriate cautions about using plants you may not quite recognize or that are grown where they shouldn’t be used.

*Herb walk- beginners herbalsim 

Let’s walk around the site and learn to spot useful herbs. We’ll cover edible herbs and medicinals for soothing bug bites, poison ivy, allergies and aches. We talk about beginning using herbs as poultices, oils, ointments, & teas, We’ll also talk about safety and how to harvest and store herbs.

*High Magick in the Middle Ages 

What kind of magick was actually practiced during the dark and middle ages? Most people have a general idea of medieval witches and wizards from fairy tales, and stories of the “burning times” (which was actually after the Renaissance). What types of magick were really used from the fall of Rome, through the Renaissance? Sources from the pre-Christian era to the new “natural science”.

History of the Pagan Conversion

From the earliest Roman Empire to Africa and Native Americans, the Abrahamic religions have felt it appropriate (since there is only “one true God”) to extend His blessings to those who may or may not have heard about them before. What motivates someone to change what they consider sacred and how they express their spiritual practices?

History of paganism and witchcraft

This is, of course, a brief (hour and a half) overview. What I’m hoping to do is give modern pagans a more accurate historical background than is often bandied about in modern neo-pagan circles today. There is a reason that there is so much pagan tradition thoroughly mixed into modern Christian religion- some of it was intentionally incorporated, some just couldn’t be wiped out. Modern Christianity is a synthesis- and continues to evolve even now. I’ll be exploring some of the many ways the “people of the Book” worked to convince worshippers of other Gods and Goddesses that their way was better- from the earliest times of the Christian cult to 19th century missionaries.

History of Soothsaying

Soothsaying has been done in many forms in many cultures. Some cultures gave great honor to their soothsayers, others were despised; in some divination was looked upon as matter-of-fact, in others, not accepted as possible, in others seen as part of religious practice. This explores many aspects of the ways we’ve attempted to learn more than is available by ordinary means.

History and Foundation of Soothsaying 

Soothsaying has been practiced in many forms throughout human history. It fulfilled different roles in different cultures but as a natural, if rare, human ability, every culture has to come to terms with the phenomenon. We’ll explore how various forms of soothsaying work, and how they fit into various world views.

Honoring our Ancestors 

Most cultures, convinced by ghosts and near death experiences, have some kind of rites honoring those who came before us, who still make their presence known. As we develop ways to do this in modern America, we can first look at ways others honor their ancestors, and find what we can adapt to our lives.


How to Heal from a Cold (and the Flu)

Just in time for the latest Influenza Pandemic Scare a discussion on how to deal with illnesses- not just herbal and energy techniques to help heal, but also how to benefit from getting sick. Classic Shamans often start their career with a life threatening crisis; we normal folk also get closer to the wisdom of the other side when our bodies are ill. If you have do deal with the bad stuff, you may as well benefit from the potential good.

*How Not to Shoot yourself in the Foot

Most of the magickal mistakes people make are self-inflicted, although generally not intentionally. This is a discussion of how to avoid common magickal errors. Also covers various methods for shielding, putting up wards, and dealing with pesky corporal and non-corporal annoyances.

How to Dress Like a Prostitute in Period aka Period Prostitution

 This is an overview of how to dress as and otherwise play the part of a lady (or gentleman) of the evening-or spot them walking around the war!

Huna Healing 

The Huna of Hawaii had many systems from herb lore, bodywork, and energy work for healing that can be used for fast, simple, effective healing. We cover/assume understanding of the basic huna concepts, gods and terms, and will cover some basic energy healting techniques.

Image Magick

I’ll cover the history of the use of images- Idols, ex votos and those used in bindings, with some references to the accompanying inscriptions (and probably incantations) including comparison with early cultures, as well as how to use image magick today.

“I’m not a Witch, I’m not a witch! They dressed me up like this!”

(“well, we did do the hat…”) Not everyone who has decided to listen when the Old Gods is a Wiccan or even a witch. the last half century has seen an explosion of “pagan” religions, and while Wiccans have led the charge for freedom of religion, they aren’t the only ones out there. It’s time to acknowledge that all pagans don’t share the Wiccan Rede, the Charge of the Goddess, and worship at Sabbats and Esbats. The emerging discipline of Pagan Studies has concentrated on Witches, but many of us follow less well known paths. Let’s take a look at some of those others.

In or Out of the Closet? DCYS, work, etc.

We’ve all heard the stories, but what are the real risks, and if they come knocking on the door, what’s the best course of action?

Intro to Card Reading

You’ve got your first Tarot deck, or just want to read some other deck, but there are SO MANY different meanings to memorize! Don’t worry, you don’t have to! How to get past the initial nervousness and get reading. A few basic and simple spreads, and hints will get you reading any deck successfully right away.

Introduction to Dowsing and Kinesiology

90% of adults and 100% of kids dowse successfully the first time they try. Pendulums, L rods, bobbers, as well as traditional Y shaped sticks all work. Kinesiology uses your body the same way. Dowsing can tell you the things you don’t know that you know- from diagnosing illnesses to finding lost items.

Intro to Huna Healing 

The Huna of Hawaii had many systems from herb lore, bodywork, and energy work for healing which can be used for fast, simple, effective healing. (These systems are described in Serge King’s books.) This workshop will introduce some of the basic concepts like the way of describing the body/mind/spirit (using the names of the Gods Kane, Lono and Aumakua, as well as basic concepts like Mana, Ika, and Aloha, and will cover some basic techniques.

Introduction to Palmistry

Reading palms is not hard- in one hour you can walk away with enough of the basic skills to read your own palm, and those of your friends (not that you shouldn’t keep studying!).

Introduction to Northern European Paganism

Modern Pagans who follow the Northern path (often known as Heathens) are as diverse as other pagans. This workshop will attempt to give some basic descriptions of the Gods and Goddesses of the North: like Thor and Freya, cover some of the world view, symbolism (the Runes), as well as touch on some of the major branches of Heathens today: the Troth, the Asatru, Theodish, etc.

Introduction to Runes 

Runes are a system of writing that is now best known as a tool for divination, but has been more from basic communication to magickal practice. This workshop will give an overview of what the runes have been, and can be and give you direction on how to proceed in your studies.

long version:

Runes are a system system, now associated with divination; however it has been more often used for writing and magick. We will cover the history of the runes, the Elder & younger Futharcs, and Anglo-Frisian Futhorc, as well as the basics of the symbolism and how they were, and are used, including divination.

Intro to Tarot

You’ve got your first deck, but there are SO MANY different cards! And the books don’t seem to agree! How to get past the initial nervousness and get reading. A few basic and simple spreads, and hints on how to combine the card with the position in the spread.

Tarot is one of the most popular forms of divination because it can be focused to answer a question with great specifics, or broad analysis of the unseen influences on the problem. Beginners can do accurate readings by working with the book, while gradually you learn to recognize the cards and how the meanings change depending on where they fall in a spread. We’ll cover yes/no, and three card spreads, (and a couple others) as well as some background history, and answer questions from the attendees. We’ll also cover how to pick a deck, and when this is the best method to use in a given situation.

Kitchen Witchery

You don’t have to be Wiccan to be a “Kitchen Witch”. Kitchen Witches are the folk of any faith who care more about getting the job done- taking care of family and friends- than they do about process. They use herbs, or energy, or modern materials, crafts or Craft, what they pick up in books or on the internet or from what their grandmother- or someone else’s Gran- said works. Come on in and I’ll share my favorite “spells” and techniques for everything from healing to repelling unwelcome guests, and hope others will share theirs too!
Love Spells or how to really screw up your life

…and that of the person you love. Why they are a really bad idea. (bring your own examples if you like), how they work, and better alternatives. (also how healing spells can backfire)

The Magic of Tapping 

This is a really simple healing technique that’s found in systems like Dynamind and eft which can be used to reduce pain and anxiety when you have no other tools around. Tapping special points on your body helps activate your body-mind connection for self healing, both physical and emotional. Come see it work on you!


Low Magick and Witchcraft in the Middle Ages

What kind of magick was actually practiced during the dark and middle ages? This is the other half of the High Magick workshop; in this I cover the magick of the common people, and attitudes toward witchcraft and witches and the magick people used that wasn’t considered witchy.

Magick in the Middle Ages 

Most people have a general idea of medieval witches and wizards from fairy tales, and modern witches stories of the “burning times”. What we think of as magic is a way of making effects in the real world using mechanisms and techniques that were developed through many cultural and personal perspectives. I’ll concentrate on Europe between the 6th and 16th centuries, and attitudes toward magick and witches, and perhaps lean more toward some of the less mentioned aspects.

*Magick without tools 

Sure wands, and herbs, and crystals are cool, but sometimes you need to get something done and all you have is yourself. Simple techniques to cast basic spells with only what you have on you.

Making your jewelry work for you

When you find yourself attracted to a gorgeous ring or pendant, do you know why? What are the properties of various gemstones and metals and how can you use these to help your grounding, concentration, mood, and luck. We’ll also explore various traditions, such as why is it unlucky to wear opal if it’s not your birthstone? Why are diamonds popular for engagement rings?

Making your own book of shadows

Sure, you could do it on your computer or in a three ring binder. But don’t you want a cool book you can pass down to your kids? A simple way to take separate pages and bind them together in a book with a hard cover (we’ll cover the benefits of various materials) and simple calligraphy, so years from now you’ll be able to read what you put in it.


Making your own robes

Demystifying sewing for the person who’s never done it before, with techniques for cutting and sewing, decorating including (simple embroidery). Also discussing the practicalities of style, materials, etc are appropriate to what you are going to be doing in the robe, so you aren’t too hot, too cold, without pockets, or catch on fire.

*Making your own Rune Staves 

Rather than just laying out tiles or stones in a pattern, if you make tines (sticks) and toss them, you get greater depth in a reading. How to either split, cut, carve, and color your own tines.

Making your own Tarot deck

There are hundreds of decks out there, each with its own appeal- but no deck works quite as well as the one you make yourself. How to get started with nothing more than a set of markers, and a pack of blank index cards. We discuss how to pick symbols, UPGs, as well as practicality.

The Malleable Future:

One of the biggest problems- and advantages in reading the future is that the future is not static. How does a reader handle the quantum issue that simply by doing the reading the future is liable to change? How to advise the client, and best techniques for getting a good reading anyway.


Mead with Bread Yeast aka Simple Mead Brewing

Brewing mead isan art that one can spend a lifetime exploring, but you can make good palatable mead in two weeks with what you probably have in your kitchen now (and then improve from there). Bread yeast won’t result in long mead, but makes a fine sweet, bubbly quick mead to drink right away.

Medicinal Herbs:

This is an introduction to herbal healing – things you’ll be able to use right away – for bug bites, poison ivy, headaches, tummy aches, and other common problems. These are not plants you have to go to the health food store to get- you get these from your yard or the woods or your kitchen cabinet. You’ll be surprised to find out how easy it is. I’ll cover making simple teas, poultices, ointments, oils, and foods that heal, and of course – cautions about what you’ll want to be careful about. We wouldn’t be using herbs if they weren’t effective – and that means potential risks. Kids as well as adults welcome.


Medieval Medicine

An overview of how our medieval ancestors used herbs, surgery, and magick to deal with chronic and acute illness and injury. What they learned from Rome and Islam, and how the modern medical system developed- up to the early modern period.


Methods of Sortilege

Sortilege is the umbrella term for tossing various items (stones, bones, dice, seeds, dominos, rune tines) and predicting the future through interpreting the patterns of how they fall. Pulling items marked with various symbols at random is also a form of sortilege, as are some forms of card reading and bibliomancy. It’s even possible to create a unique form of sortiege yourself.

Modern Harvest: How to Celebrate when you’ve never grown your own Food? 

Our pagan ancestors celebrated the harvest because it meant that they wouldn’t starve to death over the next year. All the pagan celebrations were based on the cycles of nature. In the modern world we tend to think of food as what’s on the plate, not what’s growing in and on the earth. How do we create meaningful celebrations that reflect how we live now, and that also remind us of the real relationships between men, food and nature that we have lost?

*Most Precious Ointment 

The Herbalists guild will make and share a batch of this wonderful ointment- with 36 ingredients. Luckily, it’s worth it.

*New England Pagan Peasant Tradition 

This is a description of our family pagan tradition. NEPPT has a lot in common with many other forms of Neo-Paganism and Neo-Heathenism, but differs in other ways. It’s also a rural rather than urban oriented path. Many of our rites and holidays center on work-  washing dishes, cleaning the stove, feeding the animals are religious acts, Broom Day and the Feast of Brothers and Sisters are holidays. Even if you don’t want to “sign up”, hearing about this may make you feel better about developing your own traditions.

Non-violence and Paganism

Is it possible that neo-pagans can take violent action? Is there anything intrinsic in the concept of pagan life that means one must be a pacifist? The Wiccan Rede does mitigate against violence, but not all pagans are witches. What about heathens? When is it OK to fight (back)?

Pagan Diversity:

It’s so easy to get lulled into a generic Wiccan-type construct for neo-paganism, whereas there are SO many types of practice: Druids, Heathens, Khemetic, Hellenist, as well as the more purely modern constructs out there. Which one meets your spiritual needs?  Let’s look at some of the similarities and differences.

Palmistry series: Palmistry and Character 

The most useful aspect of palmistry is learning about yourself, which gives you better control for building your future. Includes Dermatoglypics (fingerprints).

Palmistry series: Palmistry and Health

This workshop is specifically about the things palmistry can tell healers about their clients. Not only is there what you can learn from the health line, but also the nails, and health signs in the head, heart and life lines, as well as color, spots, and other marks. Will also cover Palm Therapy.

Palmistry series: Palmistry for Fortune Telling 

Here’s the “how many children” “how often you will marry” “how long you will live” part of palmistry. We’ll also cover aspects of ethics of reading, and interaction between the palmist and client, as well as different (Runic, Vedic) systems.

Perceptions of Witchcraft

Negative Stereotypes versus Reality. Bad tempered hags and seductive temptresses are the ways witches are generally seen in stories, but what is the “witch next door” really like? What can they really do, and what DO they do? And how can we present ourselves better to calm those still caught up in the stereotypes?


Period Pagan Practices

We often say that our practices are based on that of our pagan ancestors, but how many of their activities do we use or even know about? Votive offerings, libations, oracles, processions and feasts, some can be easily added to modern life, some can’t. We should at least investigate them as possible hints for our own worship.

Period Prostitution (aka how to dress like a prostitute)

This is an overview of how to dress as and otherwise play the part of a lady (or gentleman) of the evening-or spot them walking around the war! There is no reason that being part of “the oldest profession” isn’t a perfectly good persona, and there are lots of fun details we know about the ladies of the evening in period, but we certainly don’t want to dress as one by accident! What to do and what not to do, and what goes with what period.

Practicing magick- it’s how we get better

Should magick be something that’s only used when you have exhausted other options? How are you going to get good enough to do what you need to do in emergencies if you don’t practice? A discussion.

Preparation for Death for the Modern Practitioner

We are all going to die, and wouldn’t it be better make preparations when there isn’t a time crunch (or not to get to it at all), and also not leave a mess behind for our loved ones? I’ll give some suggestions for things to get ready from the usual advanced directives and living wills, to discussions with friends, and practical ideas. Feel free to share your ideas as well from leaving address list of who to tell, to what to do with your magical gear. We will also address the more spiritual preparations.

Psychic Shields and other basic Energy Techniques.

This is the stuff I feel should be taught to every grammar school kid in first and second grade, but it isn’t. There is an energetic as well as material component to everything around us, and our lives work better if we know how to work with that rather than try to ignore it. Also covers Warding (setting up energetic protection around places and things)

Real Brownies 

While the modern world spends a great deal of energy trying to convince kids that there are no invisible folk out there, we can teach them to work with the house wights (not quite as convenient as the House Elves at Hogwarts), brownies, hobs, and other invisible folk who seem most at home while sharing our space with us. Very different from the nature spirits, they only want us to acknowledge them and they can be very “Good Neighbors” indeed. This is especially aimed at kids and homeowners.

Real Witchcraft, Magick and Soothsaying in the Middle Ages

This is, of course, a brief  overview. What I’m hoping to do is give a more accurate historical background than is often bandied about in modern circles today. Magick was found throughout SCA period. Divining  (and trying to effect) the future, whether dousing for water or ore, finding a thief, or charting the astrological charts of kings and nations, has always been a part of life in all levels of society. We must mention the whole idea of witchcraft as a heresy, and the accuracy of modern myths of the “burning times”.

Reiki I

The first attunement and instruction on Reiki to start self healing by the Usui method. Also a general overview of the history of how Reiki was started and has spread, and what you can do with it.

The Riddle of the Sphinx

the modern American (“youth”) culture has shaped the way the Neo-pagan movement sees aging, and how it has been wrestling with the concept of Crone and Sage.

Role of the Soothsayer in the Community

Divination can provide information not otherwise available, but often the method of getting this information changes its reception. It can be taken as the Word of God, tricks taking advantage of the credulous, just another source of information, or even the work of the devil. Both cultural attitudes as well as the behavior of the practitioner has an impact and need to be examined.


Rune Basics

The basic Elder Futharc is presented, with history of the magickal and non-magickal uses. The three aitts, and a basic description of what each rune represents, as well as how they have and can be used.


Runic Diagnosis

Using runes to discover what health problems you or another is dealing with, and the energy patterns that lead to the problem, as well as what runes you can use to help fix the problem.


Rune Magick 

Runes were used for magick more than divination- surviving runic inscriptions and descriptions of how the runes were used in history tell us both about the runes themselves, and the peoples who used them.

Rune Magic for Kids

Historically runes were used for magick more than divination. This covers rune techniques for healing, studying, protection, and other areas where kids want to increase their control.  We also cover why and why not to use runes (or any kinds of magick), as well as how. This is based on my series of articles in the Blessed Bee– pagan family magazine.

Runes for Kids

Introduction to the basic Futharc so kids can start passing messages that many of their friends can’t read, as well as mention of the other historical uses of runes, for labels, magick and divination. I’ll be talking about and demonstrating carving on wood, so if you don’t want your kids trying that- keep an eye on them after.

Runic Palmistry

The lines are the same for those in the North as they are for those from the Mediterranean, but for those whoare more familiar with the northern gods and symbols, this system of palmistry describes the lines or branches on the palm as Frigga’s, Loki’s, or Thor’s branch. You’ll be able to get basic information on your life path by the end of the workshop. 


RunValdr (used to be called Runic Reiki) 

This is a system of energy healing using Runes and another set of symbols given to Rodney Cox by Odin and Freya. This workshop introduces the symbols and what each of them is used for, and includes the attunement. It does NOT include introduction to runes. You may take this workshop without knowing the runes, but you will need to learn them to be able to use this system. RúnValdr has similarities to Reiki, but can be used for healing from migraines to ADD, making magickal objects, astral travel, channeling energies, and more. You will be able to use this technique immediately. (class limit 12- if more are interested, we’ll repeat this workshop) (also available- Introduction to the Runes)


RunValdr II 

In this workshop we will practice various techniques, as when you have practiced, you are more likely to continue using it. If you have an object you wish to turn into an “awakened” or magical object, please bring it. If you have someone you wish to practice doing distance healing on, please get their permission before the workshop.

Short class descriptions

Introduction to RúnValdr 

This is a system of energy working using Norse Runes and other symbols. This workshop introduces the symbols and what each of them is used for (doesn’t include the attunement).

RúnValdr Activation

At this session we’ll give the attunements and start learning to use the system, including passing on attunements to others.

RúnValdr Advanced Practice

In this session we’ll practice healing, distance work, making magickal objects, and other things RúnValdr  makes more direct.

RunValdr Weekend Workshop

RunValdr intensive- Friday, Saturday and Saturday covers introduction, attunements, and lots of practice. You WILL have healed, done attunements yourself, awakened and made magickal objects and practiced many other techniques before Sunday.

Sabbat Cooking for the Allergic

Sharing food is designed to connect individuals to a community, but when special diets are required, the may seem to intensify divisions. But it’s possible to create celebration menus that won’t exclude those who have special dietary needs.

Sacred Images

Most cultures created images to enhance their religious and magickal practice- from voodoo dolls and “ex votos” to icons and idors, from Michaelangelo’s paintings on the Sistine Chapel ceiling to Inuit carved fetishs. People have used imags to create tangible links to the intangible world. We will examine historical practices and modern pagan adaptations and innovations.

Seashell Crystal healing

Just as various crystals can help move, smooth and stimulate the energy body, so can seashells. How to use shells for healing.

Seven Huna Principles 

This introduces the seven basic Huna principles: Ike, Kala, Makia, Manawa, Aloha, Mana, and Pono, and explains how we can use them to understand the world better, as well as a simplified description of the Huna cosmological world and understanding of the parts of the human spirit.

“Simple Energy Healing Techniques”

Humans are creatures of both energy and matter, and it is as natural for us to use energy to promote healing as it is to take vitamins or stitch a wound. We’ll cover techniques like Dynamind and Quantum healing, Huna techniques and how our thoughts and emotions affect our health, and even those of others.

Simple Mead Brewing

You can do it, with honey and tools you probably have around. We’ll cover both quick and slow meads, but you can even make a potable brew in 10 days with honey and bread yeast (better stuff with special yeast and long, slow fermenting, but let’s start simply). We’ll also talk about melomels, hydromels, rysomels, methaglin and a huge range of other meads.

Soap making

Making your own soap allows you both to have more control over what you can put into the soap, both physically, and energetically. It also puts you in contact with our ancestors who made their own soap. Simple techniques and cautionary tales so you can avoid usual mistakes.

Some new Tarot Spreads-

…and how to design your own. Tired of using the same old celtic cross spread? Want something more specific? Something deeper, more specific? How to get the answer you are looking for.

Soothsaying – Truth and Divination

The word Divination comes from the Divine; in its highest form  it’s “messages from the gods” or omens. We want to create a “clear channel” for whatever information is available, to help, not let our logical brain or preconceptions twist the message so we don’t get it. Most of us are good at fooling ourselves, and often clients come to readers because subconsciously they have resisted the truth. Whether reading for others or ourselves, how can we get around the distractions to find the truth we need.

Soothsaying Ethics 

 This should be an open discussion of a wide range of the ethical questions that come up when one has access to “reading the future”: what not to say, what to say, and how, whether and how to charge, who to teach, what it is reasonable to claim about your readings. Come prepared to ask questions and think about answers.

Sortilage – tossing the Bones

You can toss almost any group of things and get a good reading out of it. Tossing objects was the pre-computer “random number/symbol generator”. We talk about how it works, some common systems (including Tarot and runes),  how to develop a new system  with whatever you have, and more.

Starting a Fire with Flint and Steel 

I’ll bring the flint, you expect to leave with less skin on your knuckles- but a better ability to make fire out of stone.

Stop it, you’re Embarrassing me!

(subtle pagans and stories of nearly Darwin Award worthy sabotaging of freedom of religion by well meaning, self centered and sometimes woefully stupid people representing pagans to the rest of the world.

“Subtle I don’t mind, but Obscure is Irritating” 

Oracles from Dephi to modern channelers, why can’t they just come out and tell us what to do? (and what happens when we think they have)

Subtle Pagans Academic research on the Neo-Pagan movement has been based on research done a gatherings of pagans, this is a discussion of the differences between that population and the pagans who rarely or never go to gatherings- based on interviews, their views on their religion, and the portrayal of pagans in media and academia.

*Teaching your kids on dealing with Fairies  

Does your kid have imaginary friends that you aren’t quite sure are in their imagination? Kids often are able to see elemental spirits, ghosts, pixies, and other beings that adults can’t. But they can be harmless, or pesky or even scary. I will share some first and second person experiences that may help you know when to intervene.

Thaumaturgy vs. Theurgy

Can you, or should you do magick without the gods? Is it always the gods energy that you are channeling or is it something else? What is your responsibility to the gods? To the crystals and other animals you are using?

Trade Fairs 

Both in the SCA and in period, fairs were gatherings where people could exchange what they could produce in excess of their needs for what they couldn’t make (and entertainers hoped for a little of that excess). But the logisitics were then as now: how do you organize the stalls, provide water, space for transport vehicals, take care of waste products, and skim off a little to pay for these efforts. If we look at what they did, not only will it be more authentic, it may be easier on modern organizers.


Traditional Winter ceremonies

From the bonefires of Samhain and sacrifices of Blotmonath on through Midwinter there have been many ceremonies- many of which continued as nominally Christian traditions. The terrifying Krampus and mischievous Yul Nisse are almost certainly survivals of pre-Christian celebrations. We could argue forever about who stole what traditions from who, but in looking to traditional practices we can better design what works for us now, so I’ll cover as many as I have time to cover.

“They Dressed me up like this!”

Like the woman in Monty Python and the Holy Grail we sometimes feel that protesting “I’m not a witch!” is futile. Modern America seems to think that all pagans are Wiccan or witches. Really there are many other forms of paganism in the modern world. We’ll talk about some of the other forms from ongoing indigenous faiths like Shinto to Hindusm, to modern reconstructions like Asatru, Hellenistic, Khemetic (Egyptian), Celtic and uniquely modern paganism variants.


A “Unified Field Theory” of Divination

What divination techniques have in common, and why they work, as well as why when they appear not to have worked, they may have done so. We look at many forms of divination from interpreting omens to tossing cards and other objects, to visions and other psychic phenomena.


Votive Offerings

“Nature abhors a vacuum.” Why do we so rarely make offerings today? Our ancestors made offerings of treasure, food, candles, and symbolic images of everything from tools to body parts at sacred places. How can we incorporate votive offerings in modern practice- suitable to our own path?

Wand making for Children (Olivander’s style)

While it’s fun to buy fancy expensive wands, not only is this not an option for most kids, it’s also not needed. Wood is one of the best carriers for bio-energy, and a wand made by the user is generally more powerful than one made by anyone else. (Luckily, the Harry Potter books have made this more acceptable to kids.) Come make a wand and learn about using it – and learn what’s really possible in our world.


*The War on Cancer

This is a description of how the disease Cancer has been dealt with by the modern medical community, and the alternative health community during the last century. This will be heavily colored by my personal experiences during the time between when my husband was diagnosed with Leukemia and his death- what I experienced, what I learned from research, and what I learned from our experiences.

Why Soothsaying?

While on the surface “fortune telling” seems frivolous (having been presented so- both by detractors and it’s adherents trying to make it seem safe), there are actually many good reasons both historically and currently for its continued existence. It’s empowering and holds options for directing our own lives.

Witches and Cunning Folk in the Middle Ages & Renaissance 

Cunning folk and wise men and women provided the magickal services of healing, divination, finding things, and lifting curses for those with no magickal knowledge or talent. How did these folk differ from witches?

Witches Magic and Heresies 

Just how much magic did people do in the Middle Ages? How much pagan survival was there? Would anyone think of himself or herself (or her neighbor) as a witch, and why? We’ll look into the hidden underbelly of medieval life.

Yule Traditions 

How was Christmas (and before Christmas, Yule) celebrated in the Middle Ages? What were the customs? What foods did they eat? What songs and dances did they do? How you can incorporate these in your families celebrations?

Kids classes

What are you looking for? I love to teach the young ones- or anyone who’s interested.  In the past I’ve taught kids classes in everything from magick to herbalism to embroidery. If the kids are looking to stick glitter on something, I’m not that good with that, but I’ll teach them real skills, and some kids love it. With kids I’m very convinced of their ability to learn and have an intense dislike of treating them like idiot pets. Except for the class on the Inquisition (which I think parents would object to more than the kids) kids are welcome in all my classes.  In my experience they do like the more disgusting/exciting historical stuff. I can also make any of my classes more “kid oriented” if you like the subject matter. I’m good with simple hands on.( I’m less good with adults who keep telling me what kids “can’t do”. Figured I should be honest about that.)

The above the list of classes I’ve already done/worked up. I have no objection to repeating them if any seem useful to you- or working up something new, as you see I’m fairly eclectic, although more knowledgeable about the dark ages, and things magickal.

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