The Art of Ritual class is based on the premise that any person can learn all of the basics of witchcraft in a year, and then spend a lifetime deepening the knowledge. Each week is spent on a different aspect, building one's knowledge steadily through assigned reading and discussion with other students via our monthly lesson groups. Twice a month we meet live for further discussion about the current lessons. Throughout the year (at least monthly) we will also meet for rituals, providing each student with experience doing group work. We will work magick and honor the Lord and Lady.
The Class is based on traditional teaching, despite being entirely online. We believe that reading, writing, and discussion—most of all discussion!—are the soundest ways for learners to comprehend the material presented. We strive to incorporate lesson elements for each kind of learner (visual, aural, and kinesthetic). We believe we offer a course similar to graduate level programs in college, rather than '101' coursework available elsewhere. Each month’s lessons are made available to registered students online throughout the year, we use Zoom for our classes and rituals, and we have a Community page as well as monthly lesson groups for general and focused discussions about the class material and anything else that comes up.
Our ritual and class meeting dates are posted at the beginning of the year. We feel that for students to get the most from the class materials and the discussions, that a minimum 80% attendance rate is ideal. While we do not give out grades at the conclusion of the Art of Ritual class year, students who wish to request admittance to JaguarMoon Coven must have attended classes regularly, and participated in discussions both in class and on the site in order to continue their studies with us. Students may also go on to other endeavors, knowing they were trained well on all of the basics of the Craft and comfortably able to join any other Tradition or group.
We recognize that we are all adults, and we have busy lives; the class has flexibility to accommodate students who need a break, or are unable to continue with the plan. We also are aware that the virtual environment is not for everyone. To that end, although payment in full is required before the start of the class year (November 1st), students who leave before the end of November will receive a full refund. Thereafter, a place is held in future classes for the student to return and take up their learning once again. Please note that no student is declined because they are unable to pay; we are happy to discuss barter or other non-monetary arrangements. Payment for the entire year is $100 USD.
The Art of Ritual year begins on November 1, and continues through to October 31 where we end with a combined Samhain and Farewell ritual.
Below are links to a page that shows our application questions, so you can get a sense of what we are looking for, and an overview of our annual lesson plan. Please note that applications are typically taken during September each year. The form, if we are accepting applications, can be found HERE