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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Answers to Last Weeks Test Questions







Good Afternoon,


Today I am answering the questions I posed last week.  The students of Enchantments took their tests and gladly everyone did really well. Here are the answers to last weeks questions:

Under History:


Archaeology is no longer using B.C. or A.D. to determine dates.  They are using instead B.C.E. and C.E.  Please describe what each mean. 
Archaeology is making an attempt to remove religion from the archaeological record of the world. In doing so they have replaced B.C. which stood for 'Before Christ' with B.C.E. which stands for 'Before the Common Era'. The Common Era starting with year 1.  They replaced A.D. which stood for 'Anno Domini', meaning 'in the year of our Lord' with C.E., Common Era. I personally like this better because the Earth is filled with so many rich, beautiful religions and no one religion is better or more right than any other. The history of the Earth should have no religious designation. (In my humble witch's opinion)
 
 Who was the first person put to death on Colonial American soil for the charges of Witchcraft? 
Her name was Alyse Young. She was 47 years old in 1647 when she was hung for the crime of witchcraft.
Where was this person put to death in Colonial America?
 Alyse was hung at the then, New State House, now the Old State House in Hartford, CT. She lived in Windsor, CT
How many people were put to death on Gallow's Hill in Salem, Mass? 
20 people  were put to death during the summer of the Salem Witch Trials. 19 hung on Gallow's Hill in Salem, and one person, Giles Corey was pressed to death under torture. 
What year was the Salem witch trials? 1692
What two parts of the year did the Ancient Celts recognize? 
They recognized two seasons, winter from November 1st to May 1st and Summer from May 1st to November 1st.
Spell Casting: 
How many total days of the month can one do full or new moon magick?
 A total of fourteen days.  For each moon, we teach, one can do moon magick three days before the moon, the day of the moon, and three days after the moon. Making it a total of seven days each moon, fourteen days for both the full moon and the new moon combined. The rest of the days, regular magickal workings can be done, just without the added punch of the moon's energy.
 
Ritual Workings: 
How many Sabbats are there in the Wheel of the Year?
 Eight Sabbats or Holy days 
  • Samhain          November 1st         A greater or Major Sabbat 
  • Yule                 December 20-24th The Winter Solstice, a Lesser or Minor Sabbat 
  • Imbolc             February 1st           A Major Sabbat 
  • Ostara             March 20-24th       The Spring or Vernal Equinox a Lesser Sabbat 
  • Beltaine            May 1st                 A Major Sabbat the First day of our Summer season begins 
  • Litha                 June 20-24th         The Summer Solstice a Lesser Sabbat 
  • Lughnasadh      August 1st              A Major Sabbat 
  • Mabon             September 20-24th The Fall or Autumnal Equinox a Lesser Sabbat

Peace and Happiness 






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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Time to take a test!






 Good Afternoon,

It's that time of the semester again, Test time! True, many people dislike taking tests, but it still is the best way to determine how much information the student is getting from a course of study. I actually look at each test as MY test. What I mean is, if a student does well on a test, I know the material I try to teach every Saturday morning is getting across.

I thought you might be interested in seeing some of the questions that will be on the test. For my students that read my blog weekly, I can sense their ears perking up now. You see their tests are this Saturday. But to be fair, I will post the answers to todays questions next week. That way, I don't give away anything.

The tests this weekend will be first semester, mid term exams and final exams along with a Mastery Degree Program test for Herbal Studies.  Some of the questions that will appear on these tests are:

Under History:



Archaeology is no longer using B.C. or A.D. to determine dates.  They are using instead B.C.E. and C.E.  Please describe what each mean. 

B.C.E.

C.E. 

Who was the first person put to death on Colonial American soil for the charges of Witchcraft? 


Where was this person put to death in Colonial America?


How many people were put to death on Gallow's Hill in Salem, Mass? 


What year was the Salem witch trials? 


What two parts of the year did the Ancient Celts recognize? 


Spell Casting: 


How many total days of the month can one do full or new moon magick? 

 
Ritual Workings: 


How many Sabbats are there in the Wheel of the Year? 



These are just a few of the questions the students in Enchantments school for the Magickal Arts will be challenged with. 


For students taking the end of year exam they are required to get a 90% accuracy rate or better to pass the course.

Next week I'll post the answers to this weeks questions. Have a great week! 



Peace and Happiness
 






© 2010-2014 Faith M. McCann. Portions of this blog posting may include materials from my book “Enchantments School for the Magickal Arts First Year Magickal Studies.” For more information, see www.enchantmentsschool.com or go to the title of tonight's discussion and click, it will link you to my school's website. Please note that the copying and/or further distribution of this work without express written permission is prohibited.


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Thursday, April 3, 2014

My new class 'Practical Magick' at MCC this month!



Good Afternoon,

Welcome Spring! Oh my, take a deep breath, that would be Spring air you are breathing in. Feels good doesn't it? Well, it's also that time of year when I will be conducting my witches class at Manchester Community College this semester. I am only running this course twice a year, in the Spring and again in the Fall, so if you want to sign up for a fun class on magick, witchcraft and learning what it's all about, now is your chance!

This course is called 'Practical Magick' and the course description reads as follows:  "Have you ever wondered about witches or pagans and their belief systems? Maybe you have marveled at the full moon and wished you could do something to honor it, or celebrate in some special way the solstices, equinoxes and the four seasons.  This course will guide you on your way! Learn the history of the witch, The Wheel of the Year, Moon Magick, Candle Magick, and many other magickal topics. The final class will be a magickal potions workshop held at Enchantments, 349 East Center Street, Manchester during which time students will make and bring home their own potion and take part in a real witches magick circle ritual. Materials fee: $10 payable to instructor at first class."
Course Number: CRN 11871
Fee: $65
Held: 4 Mondays 4/21-5/12 from 7-9 pm in classroom LRC B209 (first three sessions); Enchantments (final session)

Instructor: Faith McCann is a third degree Wiccan Priestess. She is also owner of Enchantments, a Wiccan Metaphysical Center for the Magickal Arts, located in Manchester, CT

Sounds pretty awesome doesn't it? Well, it is! We have a lot of fun and everyone always tells me they wish the course were longer. Well for those that wish to continue their studies you can enroll in Enchantments School for the Magickal Arts for our Saturday morning classes. I can tell you more about them at another time, or you can check out my school's website for further details about the school. Here's the website: www.enchantmentsschool.com

Do you want to sign up for my class at MCC? Well, it's super easy. Just call this number and have a credit card handy. That's it. The number is 860-512-3232. They accept MasterCard, Visa and Discover. Please call this number between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm Monday thru Friday.

I hope to see you there!


Peace and Happiness






© 2010-2014 Faith M. McCann. Portions of this blog posting may include materials from my book “Enchantments School for the Magickal Arts First Year Magickal Studies.” For more information, see www.enchantmentsschool.com or go to the title of tonight's discussion and click, it will link you to my school's website. Please note that the copying and/or further distribution of this work without express written permission is prohibited.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

My talk during the Ostara Sabbat Celebration




 Good Afternoon,

We just finished celebrating the Sabbat of Ostara this past week. For every Sabbat I conduct I do a small talk discussing the Sabbat and how it could work magick in our lives. The Wheel of the Year, which we follow and which marks our high holy days, our Sabbats, is an agricultural wheel of the year.  Most of us today are not farmers, so we use the lessons from the wheel in a metaphorical way.

For Ostara, we are planting the seeds which we will harvest later this year.  Rather than actual seed planting, what 'seeds' will you plant in your life that you can harvest later this year? Do you want to better yourself in some way? Do you wish to become more understanding, more disciplined, less critical of others? Only you can choose the 'seeds' which you will plant. Only you, because only you can do the work needed to make the changes to become that person.

Take a good long look at your life. See the blessings that are present in your life. Now take note of the things you'd like to change. That's a good place to start with planting the seeds.

At this point, just knowing what your goal is, is good enough. As we work our way around the Wheel of the Year we can do more work to make more changes. But for now, just identify the goal. Who or what do you wish to become.

Now, ponder on this for a while. Change can take time and it requires patience. You can't make all the changes you think you'd like to make all in one day. Come up with the final goal, and let it sit with you for a while. It may seem that everyday you are given opportunities to make small changes, which will bring you closer to your ultimate goal.

Having the goal in mind is the first step.



Peace and Happiness






© 2010-2014 Faith M. McCann. Portions of this blog posting may include materials from my book “Enchantments School for the Magickal Arts First Year Magickal Studies.” For more information, see www.enchantmentsschool.com or go to the title of tonight's discussion and click, it will link you to my school's website. Please note that the copying and/or further distribution of this work without express written permission is prohibited. 

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Happy Ostara -- Spring Equinox!!

 Good Afternoon,

Well it's starting to feel like Spring, finally! Yes, we've had quite a long, cold winter here in Southern New England this year. This Thursday marks the Spring or Vernal Equinox. Though there will still be snow on the ground we can celebrate Springs return nonetheless. Many people feel this is a Christian holiday, as it often coincides with Easter but like many Christian holidays, Easter was adopted from an ancient Pagan Rite of Springtime.

Actually, Ostara was once originally spelled Eostera or a variation of this spelling. The name Easter was taken directly from the original spelling for Ostara. You can easily see all the letters in the old spelling and with just a slight jumble of the letters we spell Easter.

Many have asked me over the years why the baby chicks and eggs, bunnies and lambs this time of year? Well, they all are representative of the new life that Spring heralds. Baby chicks and bunnies and lambs are being born, eggs are a symbol of new life and the colors are the gentle pastels of new Spring flowers.

The ancient Pagans celebrated this holiday as a time of renewal and life being reborn. The mother animals would be giving birth in the fields and for the Sabbat holiday a steer or bull would be slaughtered for fresh meat to be had for all.The fields would be starting to be prepared for the planting of new seeds that would later be harvested as the food harvests in the fall or Autumn. This is another holiday on the ancient Pagan Wheel of the Year, an agricultural calendar the ancients followed.

I have often felt that everyone should celebrate Spring's return for simply what it is, Spring's return after a long, harsh and cold winter. We are celebrating the resurrection of a new year after the death of the old year.

I have always loved this time of year and each day that holds a gentle, not bitter, breeze, a kind sky and a happy sun are days of celebration to me. I hope you find time to celebrate the Spring also.

Enchantments celebrates the Spring Equinox by holding an Sabbat, which will take place this Saturday. Unlike our Summer celebrations this is a closed ceremony open only to past and present Enchantments students, as we are limited in our space. If you are a former student of Enchantments, please come and celebrate with us this upcoming Saturday, March 22nd at 10 am. Please bring a dish to share with others. If you are not a student, the next celebration that will be open to the public will be Beltaine at the beginning of May.

Enjoy Spring!


Peace and Happiness




© 2010-2014 Faith M. McCann. Portions of this blog posting may include materials from my book “Enchantments School for the Magickal Arts First Year Magickal Studies.” For more information, see www.enchantmentsschool.com or go to the title of tonight's discussion and click, it will link you to my school's website. Please note that the copying and/or further distribution of this work without express written permission is prohibited. 

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Magickal no no's I am often asked to perform!




Good Afternoon,

Sigh. Yet again, I opened my email this morning to find another request for black magick. Now, it's not that these individuals know that what the are asking for IS black magick, but it's my job to gently inform them that I do not do manipulative magick for anyone.

In this morning's case the email request was for a divorce spell. The woman who asked, had a boyfriend who was married and she wanted a spell that would cause the wife to divorce her husband/the boyfriend. IT NEVER WORKS THIS WAY! Firstly, a spell to cause the woman to divorce her husband would be manipulative and most likely against her wishes.That's Black Magick. Frankly, if she's going to divorce him, she will do it in her own time. Secondly, if he were serious about wanting to be with her, he would initiate the divorce. Sounds like they want the easy way around things and life doesn't work like that. So I sent her a reply that explained that we don't work the dark arts and I wished her well.

I am often asked, begged and pleaded with to bring a loved one back into their lives, help with a relationship, with most requests having to do with unhappy love lives.  And there are those, especially on-line (where there is little accountability), who will sell you a spell and charge a ridiculous amount of money for what they know won't work.  The spell needs to be done by the person desiring the spell. I do not do spells for others for or without money. I teach them to spell cast for themselves.

There is one exception and that is a healing spell. I have been asked by others to send healing energy to someone who is ill and unable to cast a spell themselves, but I always do it with another person or better yet a  group, a coven, of witches. We send out healing energies that the ill person can absorb when they wish to, to help them feel better. Of course, there is never money involved with such a request.

But other spells? You really need to be able to do them for yourself. But don't make the mistake of thinking magickal spells will  make your life easier and all your troubles will go away. Spell casting is hard work, and the work required of a witch casting spells to make her life better is even harder. But it is so worth it.

Think twice before casting a spell for yourself, then if you are sure you wish to proceed, do so with care, knowledge and love. Most especially love.


Peace and Happiness





© 2010-2014 Faith M. McCann. Portions of this blog posting may include materials from my book “Enchantments School for the Magickal Arts First Year Magickal Studies.” For more information, see www.enchantmentsschool.com or go to the title of tonight's discussion and click, it will link you to my school's website. Please note that the copying and/or further distribution of this work without express written permission is prohibited. 

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Psychometry - something you can try at home



Good Afternoon,

This past week, at Enchantments School for the Magickal Arts, we have been playing around with psychometry.  What is psychometry you ask? Well, let me tell you.

Psychometry is the practice of using your hands to touch something, and getting flashes of information from that object in your mind. It is typically done with jewelry, but can be done with many objects. As long as the object has been used or handled by someone for an extended period of time, so that their energies get into the object, it can be used. 

I tend to have the ability to use psychometry on buildings and the ruins of old buildings.  Once in upper Vermont, my mother asked me to feel an old stone wall that she had on her property. They had just recently purchased their house and the land around it and she wanted to know if I could tell what the stone wall was from. Was it simply an old stone wall, or was it perhaps the foundation of an old building?

I felt the wall for some time and I could hear, smell and sense many things. I could hear the jangling of horses bridles and harnesses, as well as the stomping of their feet. I could smell food cooking and many smells of different foods, people, horses and the like. I could 'see' a large building, not very ornate but functional and square. There was also a road out in front right where it was now. I told these things to my mother and she proceeded to do some research into the area. She found out that the foundation was part of an old tavern that had stood there many years ago. Ah, yes, a tavern. That would explain the food odors, the horses and people. That made sense.

I also used to work in a local museum that had once been a two room school house for local elementary school children. One summer I spent in the attic of this museum, accessioning old newspapers for the museum. I would get a strong odor of vanilla cake or cookies baking whenever I went up or down the stairs to the attic. It was quite apparent though others couldn't smell the same thing I did. One day while working in the museum an elderly woman came to see the museum and she told me she had been a child when the building was a school house and she had attended classes there. I asked her if the children ever went up into the attic for any reason. She said yes, they would go upstairs during inclement weather for lunch or to have a birthday party. That is the only reason I can think of as to why I kept smelling cake or cookies.

You can try psychometry yourself if you'd like.  You can try it on a building, by going up to a building ad putting your hands on the wall and becoming very quiet, close your eyes and see what pops into your mind. Do you hear things, smell or 'see' things?

What we do at Enchantments is practice psychometry on jewelry. Take an old piece of jewelry (not yours but belonging to someone else) and hold it quietly in your hands for a short while. Try to clear your mind of everyday thoughts and just see what comes to mind. Doing this with a friend is good as that friend, presumably the person who lent you the jewelry to use, can give you feedback as to what you are sensing.

Don't become frustrated if you don't sense anything at first, like all things magickal, practice, practice, practice! No one is 100% adept right out of the gate! Play around with psychometry and have fun!








© 2010-2014 Faith M. McCann. Portions of this blog posting may include materials from my book “Enchantments School for the Magickal Arts First Year Magickal Studies.” For more information, see www.enchantmentsschool.com or go to the title of tonight's discussion and click, it will link you to my school's website. Please note that the copying and/or further distribution of this work without express written permission is prohibited. 
 
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