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The Implications Of Korean Shamanism For Today's Witches

Witchcraft has been called "the Shamanism of Europe." Shamans, magicians and witches all over the world have many concepts and practices in common. Castalia will present an historical, theological and practical overview of Korean Shamanism and examine the parallels between Korean Shamanism and European witchcraft, including Wicca. In this workshop, you will learn about the tools of the Korean Shaman, the methods of exorcism, blessing and invocation, and the beliefs and understanding of the spirit world that underlie this very old unbroken shamanic tradition. We can look at our own spiritual beliefs and see the common perspectives of all cultures who believe in the reality of the spirit world.

(2 hours)

Six Fundamental Points of Wicca Theology(presentation and talking stick)

While Wicca is a religion connected by practice rather than belief, there are some fundamental beliefs that characterize the main types of traditional and eclectic Wicca. Castalia will present the main principles of belief, and a talking-stick discussion will follow. Bring your questions, thoughts, and ideas, or just come and listen.

(1.5 hours)

Carl Jung, Myers Briggs and Magic

Carl Jung was a brilliant theorist, scientist and mystic. His legacy to magic to manifold, from his conception of the levels on consciousness and what they mean in our lives, to the archetypes, to the four function of the human psyche. These ideas will be discussed as they apply to individual psychology, group psychology and magical practice. The workshop will include a shorter test that will give a fairly accurate personality profile using the Myers-Briggs and Kiersey systems, and a report on the way personality influences the nature and type of spiritual practice that individuals are drawn to.

(1.5 hours)

Pagan Societies Old and New: Bridging the Gap between the Arcane and the Popular

The pagan revival in the past fifty years has enabled a great deal of people to come forward and admit to themselves, if not others, that they hold a non-monotheistic view of spirituality. The question emerges: what is the right way to worship the gods in a third-millennial world? To answer this question, this lecture examines the historical precedents of how a number of pagan societies in primarily European history were organized in terms of religious affiliation. . Castalia will describe the religious behavior of members of the main known ethnic groups of Europe, with specific examples from primary and secondary sources. We will not be able to cover every cult and religion, but we will establish an understanding of how pagan societies carried out their religious life, and what that means for sincere pagans in the 21st century.

(2 hours)

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