Monday, December 9, 2013

Aspiring to learn more?

For those who have been following from afar my progress in Public Priest/ess training with CAYA Coven, I've just learned that my teacher, Yeshe Rabbit, is now offering long-distance training in the coming year! From her recent announcement:

CAYA Aspirants Online:

For the first time, Yeshe Rabbit will be offering distance training for those who wish to learn CAYA approaches, structures, and ritual methods.

Beginning in March, 2014, other members of CAYA and Yeshe Rabbit will be hosting a monthly 75-minute class session via Google Hangout, and pairing each Distance Aspirant with a CAYA e-mail pal/social media buddy for more personal interaction.

Classes cover CAYA's basic principles related to a wide variety of pan-pagan topics: the elements, ancestral reverence, daily practice, ethics, deity work, lunar and solar cycles, and more.

Classes involve a brief lecture outlining CAYA's core principles, followed by group discussion and exercises. There will be homework associated with each lesson. A $13 donation is asked for each class, and class size will be limited to 9 participants who are prepared to commit to a full year of training.

If you would like to apply for this training, please send an email with your name (legal and magical, if there are more than one) and a 3-5 paragraph essay about your spiritual background, practices, and/or beliefs to cayacoven@gmail.com by Dec 31, 2013. You may contact us there with questions as well.

Once all applications are in, Yeshe Rabbit will schedule interviews with interested parties through January. Acceptances will be sent Feb 1, with an introductory session at the end of Feb and classes beginning in March. 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Coven Craft

In which I attempt to finish my report on Amber K's fine book about "Witchcraft for Three or More." That's just Chapters 19 through 27 and the 150 pages of appendices, glossary, bibliography and index. Roughly half the book. Should be a snap.

It's too bad that in many ways this book is outdated because of the way the interwebs have transformed not only the way groups can organize and communicate, but also because of the way the interwebs have transformed the worldwide presence of so many fringe and minority cultures (at least those with easy access to computers). It would, however, be worth updating the book for its extensive chapters on the practical concerns of covens, from basic issues of group dynamics to keeping the individual members of the coven engaged and challenged in just the right ways for their particular point in the constantly evolving nature of a spiritual path. Sure, there may be countless blogs and online resources with this material, but I am bound to live out the rest of my life fully devoted to the hard copy (pun intended). I love books.

One of my favorite parts of books is the back end, with all the appendices and indeces. Sometimes it's the only part of the book I actually pay attention too, similar to the websites I've gone to for the sole purpose of finding their page of recommended links. I enjoy reading lists, sample letters, blank forms and checklists. Amber K does, too, I can tell, because this is one zaftig backside, I tell ya. Again, many of the resource listings are way outdated, but there's plenty of useful bits, such as "The Elements of Coven Names," "Checklist for a Healthy Coven," and a slew of ritual outlines for sabbats, esbats, and most major rites of passage.

It's likely that I'll keep my copy handy, and refer to it when I need a clue about happenings in my own coven. It's already marked up at passages with information I haven't found in other places. Amber K has a knack for grabbing slippery and sneaky details that have evaded others, and this book ensures that others may benefit from her experience.