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Ravens at the Crossroads

I’ve mentioned it on most other platforms: Facebook, Twitter, and even Instagram, but I haven’t remotely mentioned it here yet so if you haven’t been following me on any of those other platforms this will be news. Everyone else, if you already know the story you can scroll down to the music video. 😉

In February of this year, my friend Tyler and I were attending PantheaCon with a couple of our friends. It was their first time attending for all of them. I had attended the event for many years and was grateful to spend it with them. Attending PCon is often like a reunion with my magical family. It’s the only time I get to spend any quality face to face time with some folks, especially those from the east coast.

One morning Tyler and I helped cover the Ardantane Pagan Learning Center booth in the vendor’s room while Amber and Azrael K were busy giving a presentation.

As I sat there lamenting the recent losses of Pagan author, DJ Conway and my friend Ed, I was reminded about a project I knew that had been proposed years ago regarding recording the oral history of the Covenant of the Goddess from the people who had been there. I wasn’t sure what happened with the progress of that project. As I wondered this out loud, Tyler mentioned the word “podcast”.

He explained he had prior experience working on a podcast. I then mentioned I have both experience with radio and journalism as a former staff writer for a magazine for many years. We sat there and thought about it for a moment and then wondered… why not?

It took us a few months to pull some pieces together, but eventually we got everything squared away and Ravens at the Crossroads posted our first episode on July 29 with Tommie StarChild.

Now we’re only 12 episodes in, we’ve already traveled three times for events that allowed us the opportunity to meet people and/or conduct interviews with some amazing people. We’ve also had the good fortune to be interviewed by other Pagan podcasts, with more lined up on the schedule.

Our mundane lives have been keeping us both busy so we haven’t always had a podcast in queue to release each week. Fortunately, we have a bunch of new interviews that will be released next week and for several weeks after.

Overall, we just hope people enjoy them. I really hope folks learn neat new things about other people, traditions, events, and communities.

You can find Ravens at the Crossroads on Spotify, iTunes, Google Play Music, and of course, directly on our website: https://ravensatthecrossroads.com/

Something About You – Level 42

How, how can it be
That a love carved out of caring
Fashioned by fate could suffer so hard
From the games played once too often
But making mistakes is a part of life’s imperfection
Born of the years
Is it so wrong to be human after all?

Drawn into the stream of undefined illusion
Those diamond dreams, they can’t disguise the truth

That there is something about you, baby, so right
I wouldn’t be without you, baby tonight

If ever our love was concealed
No one can say that we didn’t feel
A million things and a perfect dream of life (gone) fragile but free
We remain tender together
If not so in love
And it’s not so wrong, we’re only human after all

These changing years, they add to your confusion
Oh and you need to hear the time that told the truth

That there is something about you, baby so right
Don’t want to be without you, baby tonight
Because there’s something about you, baby, so right
I couldn’t live without you, baby, tonight

And that there’s something about you, yeah
And I couldn’t be without you, tonight

Pagan Education – A List of Witch Schools

Frequently I’m asked if I teach online. In general I do not, and I don’t teach just anyone. I prefer to teach people I know and those who are genuinely interested in learning.

Luckily, there are a handful of schools online and in person that you can choose from, beyond the traditional coven learning for witchcraft and Wicca. This is particularly helpful for those in areas that have limited access to in-person Pagan community.

The list below may be incomplete to the total list that is out there somewhere on the internet. While I am familiar with the schools listed below, I have not had personal experience going through classes with most of them. I have, however, met or know the founders for most of the schools listed and met a few of their teachers and students. I would recommend really checking out any school prior to joining to see if it will be the right fit for you.

Ardantane

Ardantane is a nonprofit educational organization established in the state of New Mexico. We are an alternative learning center and seminary on 25 acres in the Jemez Mountains of New Mexico, one hour northwest of Albuquerque.
Areas of Study

Magick and Witchcraft covers the study and practice of magick through comprehensive, hands-on instruction, growing and sustaining a supportive community of learners and practitioners, and encouraging personal development, leadership, and service on all levels.

Pagan Leadership offers training in all aspects of leadership from an alternative and magickal point of view. This includes communications, organization development, group dynamics, program planning, ritual design and leadership, teaching, networking, and pastoral counseling.

Pagan Spirituality focuses on the theology, ethics, history, and the philosophy of various Pagan and Heathen spiritual paths, including Wicca, Druidry, Dianic Wicca/Goddess Spirituality Asatru, eclectic Paganism, and reconstructed/surviving traditions.

Sacred Living helps students deepen and enrich their connection to, and experience of, the Sacred in everyday life, serving all those who are on a journey to explore the nature of the Sacred and who want to live in a mindful and sacred manner, in right relationship with themselves, humanity, and nature.

Shamanic Studies provides core shamanic training, skills, and insights into the spiritual technologies and traditions of our ancestors; fosters and supports shamanic research; and offers an ongoing community for the support of students and new teachers in these ancient arts.

Cherry Hill Seminary

Education for Ministry, Leadership, & Personal Growth
Cherry Hill Seminary is the leading provider of education and practical training in leadership, ministry, and personal growth in Pagan and Nature-Based spiritualities.
Our Mission, Vision, Values & History

Our Mission
Cherry Hill Seminary is the leading provider of education and practical training in leadership, ministry, and personal growth in Pagan and Nature-Based spiritualities.

Our Vision
Cherry Hill Seminary supports Pagans and their communities by:

  • Providing an extensive education in diverse aspects of Pagan philosophy, practice, and skilled ministry;
  • Supplementing existing ritual and magical skills with training for professional ministry and pastoral counseling;
  • Serving as an ongoing resource for individual continuing education; and
  • Providing a forum for scholarship and community

Our Values
Cherry Hill Seminary:

  • Honors the sacredness of the Earth
  • Values scholarship
  • Respects diversity
  • Encourages individual and spiritual autonomy
  • Values community
  • Promotes service

Our History
The seed that became Cherry Hill Seminary was planted in the early 1990s by Kirk White, Cat Chapin-Bishop and Laura Wildman-Hanlon of Vermont’s Church of the Sacred Earth.  Classes were conducted first by mail, and then brought online in 2000.  The seminary was granted 501(c)3 tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service in March of 2007.   White recruited nonprofit consultant and Cherry Hill Seminary student Holli Emore to serve as the chair of the first working board of directors, which began meeting in January 2007.  At the end of that year, the board asked Ms. Emore to resign from the board and become the seminary’s first executive director, a position in which she continues to serve.   The current master’s program was announced in July 2009. Cherry Hill Seminary now offers several graduate degrees, certificates, short courses for general interest, and a series of lessons for incarcerated Pagans, and continues to evolve based on the needs of our students and the overall Pagan community.

WitchSchool

Correllian Wicca Clergy Degree Program

Why Witch School?

Witch School International is the first truly online school dedicated to Wiccan, Pagan, and magical thought! We founded Witch School because we found that many people who wanted to learn about Wicca were unable to find good information or training, either because they were geographically isolated or because they simply could not find real-time teachers. Some of these people were seeking to make Wicca their spiritual path, while others just wanted to learn more about what Wicca really is.  We wanted to share our knowledge with all who genuinely wish to learn, because we believe that spiritual knowledge makes for a better, well-rounded person, and better people make for a better world. We made a commitment teach all who wanted to learn and to do so at little or no cost. This commitment to teach is renewed daily by everyone involved.

Through Witch School, people all over the Earth have come together to study Wicca, Paganism, and Magick. The Internet allows us to be the truly global campus available to anyone, anywhere, anytime. Join us in learning about a better world by becoming a student today.

The Witch School system is highly interactive providing many different ways to truly learn about the Magical and Wiccan world. In order to provide you with the best possible learning experience, we utilize the best of the current communication tools available, as well as quality materials to create a educational environment second to none.

Below are some of the Features of Witch School International.

  • Learn about many Pagan paths in one centralized location.
  • Interact with other students and Mentors from over 200 countries world-wide.
  • Join the 240,000+ students in a journey to enlightenment on many topics
  • New classes are always being added and updated, so the material never gets old.
  • Take the opportunity to work within our Mentoring system with Mentors dedicated to seeing you achieve your maximum potential.
  • Enroll in our Degree Studies program to learn about and obtain Clergy status from the Correllian Tradition.
  • Take your classes at your own speed.  Our classes are always available and fit easily into your busy lifestyle.

Temple of Witchcraft

Love, Will & Wisdom

The Temple of Witchcraft offers: Spirit, Community, Education
in Salem, NH and online.

Co-founded by Christopher Penczak, Steve Kenson, and Adam Sartwell, the Temple of Witchcraft started in 1998 as a system of magickal training and personal development, and eventually developed into a formal tradition of Witchcraft. It is a registered religious nonprofit in the State of New Hampshire and a 501(c)3 Federal nonprofit religious charity.

Now, as an outgrowth of the work of students, initiates, and graduates of the programs, the Temple of Witchcraft has evolved into an organization based on traditions of modern magick, Witchcraft, and neopaganism.

Organization

The Temple of Witchcraft is divided into three primary areas of service:

Mystery School
As our tradition is one of experience, the best way to experience the path is to actively train in its magickal and spiritual lessons. Four levels of the Mystery School are divided into the Oracular, Fertility, Ecstatic, and Gnostic mysteries. Training emphasizes the ability to look within, awaken your own gifts and abilities and perform both lesser and greater magicks for your own evolution and the betterment of the world around you.

Seminary
Available to graduates of the Mystery School, the Seminary trains future High Priestesses and High Priests of the Temple. Teachings include the fifth inner mystery of Descent through the lessons of the seven gates of the Goddess and the outer mystery of Service through the Journey of the God, or hero, through the twelve zodiac signs. Seminary graduates are ordained as legal ministers.

Ministerial Church
The mission of the Ministerial Church is to provide support, structure, and mentoring for individuals who seek to manifest their Will—their own work—in the world. Services include but are not limited to: public ritual, education, spiritual counseling, environmental education and activism, prison ministry, children’s ministry, civil rights outreach, community-building and support for Neopagan arts and culture. The Ministerial Church is divided into twelve ministries, although Temple ministers are free to work with as many ministries as they wish.

Students of the Mystery School and Seminary are advised to look at the areas of service and seek out additional mentoring to serve our community both in the physical and spiritual worlds.

The Mystic Dream Academy

The Mystic Dream Academy is an online school offering classes and long-term training in various paths of magic, spirituality, witchcraft, and divination.

Mystic Dream Academy is the online classroom for The Mystic Dream, at its location in Walnut Creek, California, where classes on Spirituality have been taught for over twenty four years. Now we can bring our knowledge and expertise right into your home computer and mobile device. After signing up for a class with us you will become part of a thriving online community, with access to discussion forums, chat rooms, and a calendar of events to keep you engaged in your spiritual practice.

  • Friendly and knowledgable staff and world class teachers!
  • We have an ever growing online community of past and present students on our active forums, chatrooms, and message boards!
  • We offer both on demand classes as well as longer term classes that you can begin at any time!

Our teaching team is constantly adding and updating course materials and our online community offers a rich interactive learning experience.

Grey School of Wizardry

The Grey School of Wizardry is a non-profit educational institution incorporated in the state of California on March 14, 2005. The Grey Council serves as an Advisory Board. Approximately 25 Faculty members are organized into 16 Departments, each with a Departmental Dean.

The School is run by an Administrative Team consisting of:
Headmaster Oberon Zell-Ravenheart
Dean of Students Anne Duthers
Dean of Faculty Earthdrum

About the Grey School of Wizardry
The Grey School of Wizardry is an outgrowth of the Grey Council, a team of two dozen mages and sages. They worked together over the year 2003 to weave the best lessons from many of the magickal community’s most respected elders and teachers into the Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard edited by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart (New Page Books, 2004).

The Grimoire, however, is only the first phase of a long-range Vision to make available the Wisdom of the Ages for a new generation and a new Millennium. It is both an essential handbook of Apprentice-level Wizardry (like the Boy Scout Handbook) and a basic textbook for a full seven-year academic curriculum of Wizardly studies. It is supplemented by Companion for the Apprentice Wizard (New Page Books, 2006).

The second phase of this Vision is the creation of this on-line School of Wizardry, serving as a larger context for the Grimoire and magickal teachings. Designed for youth students approximately ages 11-18 (middle through high school), the Grey School also accepts adults. We provide an extensive program in all areas of magick, at an Apprenticeship level. Graduates will be qualified and licensed as “Journeyman Wizards.”

Taking the Grimoire’s basic curriculum as a starting point, the Grey School of Wizardry adds more Classes, links to specialized websites, and color graphics. Class materials and exercises are provided and taught by highly-qualified Faculty and guest lecturers. New classes are added continually. Both the Grimoire and the School focus on magick rather than spirituality, although a few Classes cover mythology and comparative religions. Also, there is a School Forum where registered students can post questions or converse with other registered students.

The College of The Sacred Mists

Our Training Will Lead You to Ordination as  a Wiccan High Priest or Priestess.

What is wonderfully unique about The College of The Sacred Mists is that it allows you to set the pace of your learning experience and provides you with an affordable way to grow within a structured Wiccan learning environment. You will be challenged and we invite those who welcome this challenge to our Wiccan College. We take your education very seriously, and in turn you should be serious about your education and training in the Path of Wicca before considering enrollment and training with The College of the Sacred Mists.

Within our College walls there is an enormous amount of Community Interaction through the use of chat rooms and message boards, further enabling you to increase your knowledge and learning as well as providing you the ability to network with other like-minded individuals in a safe and supportive environment. We are the home of the original, and most enriching mentoring program of any online mystery school, ensuring that you are aided from the moment you begin your journey with us. Sacred Mists is truly a Spiritual Home and we welcome you to make it your own!

Sacred Mists strives to provide a wide selection of training programs, and as such offers many educational opportunities for seekers of knowledge and magickal expertise with an ever increasing catalog of courses available for enrollment.