Our first workshop for 2018 was better than anticipated weatherwise, as the forecast predicted rain but it did not amount to much at all. Friday had a few showers but by late afternoon the sun appeared…as if by magic!
2018 began with Workshop 1- Working on the Land
Our students arrived Friday evening excited about the weekend ahead, One had enjoyed last year’s workshops and returned to experience them once again.
We sat by a roaring fire at the hearth with a relaxing drink and the evening consisted of varied fascinating topics of conversation, spiritual journeys, how the Old Ways of the Craft compare to the fashionable ‘movements’ and groups we see nowadays, Pagan literature, authors, Covens, traditions etc.
Saturday afternoon we discussed Charms, their construction and the specific ingredients used according to the reason for their creation. We studied correspondence tables, planetary squares, hours and glyphs.
The diagrams can seem quite daunting on introduction, just as logarithm tables were while at school, but when one has the correct understanding and their method of use, the apprehension disappears.
After receiving the relevant information, it was time for the students to put into practice what they had learnt. Cassandra then handed this part of the teaching to me and I guide them through creation of their personal charm.
There are various methods of construction, some enjoy using needle and thread to create a charm bag and others prefer to use other materials, for example, a decorative object that has the capacity to contain the ingredients within it. Each student has their own interpretation of how their charm should be and it intrigues me to see the result.
The students returned to us Saturday evening and I guided them through a small charm blessing ritual at the hearth. We then engaged in further discussions while awaiting the setting of the sun before venturing outside to magically charge the charms. On this occasion we visited the Merry Maidens stone circle.
It was a beautiful evening with a gentle breeze. Our students took time to visit each stone within the circle and enjoyed the ambiance of this ancient sacred space.
We then returned to the cottage for libations of Cornish Mead and Saffron Cake.
Our students seemed delighted with their weekend experience, which we hope has enriched their lives and given them wonderful memories to look back on throughout their spiritual journey.
“Workshop1 Working On The Land 2018 was a fantastic weekend workshop that focused on learning your basics in witchcraft or wise-craft. The correspondence materials provided were simple and easy to understand and also left one with an interest to research more into certain topics after the workshop had ended. Laetitia and Cassandra were both truly welcoming and understanding ladies, and we all had many laughs with the discussions we had – witchcraft or otherwise! The charm-making session was wonderful – I loved how simple charms can be to make, but their correspondences can be as complex or a simple as you like! I also loved the energy of the stone circle we went to, to charge our charms – the atmosphere was calming yet alive and magical at the same time! I’d like to personally thank Laetitia and Cassandra Latham-Jones for all the wonderful work that they have done for their community and for the pagan community. Thank you also for allowing me to share and experience that knowledge that you have chosen to share with others via workshops, allowing a new generation as well as older ones to enjoy the pleasures and magic of a Village Wisewoman. Brightest Blessings. Thank you. E.S. xxx”
After our Swiss workshop in April on a larger scale, we have returned to our usual Spring and Summer workshops with a smaller group. It was a beautiful sunny weekend but still quite cool for the time of year.
On Friday evening we discovered more about our members, their lives and spirituality. This raised some interesting spiritual topics, ideas and experiences.
During Saturday afternoon Cassandra discussed the use of magical charms and working with clients. All members of the workshop are given copies of correspondences for the construction of charms, the planetary hours and tables. They were also shown the use of an Ephemeris.
I then took the group through the process of planning their charms and constructing them. Each charm is unique as the maker chooses their own ingredients, metals, gemstones, plants and aromatic substances to generate energy within them. Not all people enjoy or are able to sew charms bags and will use another method of housing their chosen ingredients.
On Saturday evening I took them through the process of blessing their charms at the hearth. We then visited the magical Boscawen-un stone circle as the sun descended and gave members of our group time with the stones and feel the energies of this wonderful site.
As the last person completed the circuit the star of Venus graced us with her presence, shining brightly in the sky. We then raised energy to magically charge their charms.
The temperature lowered as the darkness enveloped the site and it was time to return to the glowing embers of our hearth to partake of Cornish mead and saffron cake. A fabulous weekend!
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Feedback from this workshop:
“Such a lovely few days with all of you, lots of interesting discussion & lessons learned, looking forward to seeing u soon Had a great weekend with these amazing women & two lovely guys, I would highly recommend trying one of their workshops.”
“Hi thank you both for a great weekend really enjoyed and got a lot out of it.”