This course is for witches who are sincere in their pursuit of Hekate’s magick and mysteries. Many students prepare for Hekate’s Modern Witchcraft by taking The Sacred Seven, but it isn’t a prerequisite.
No. I review each application for suitability in the course. That’s why there is such a lengthy questionnaire.
A detailed personal portrait is required in order to evaluate suitability. This is an intense program of transformative witchcraft. All those admitted will demonstrate sincerity and stability in their applications. In general, incomplete applications are denied. The course begins with the Holy Darkness Cycle that is a three-lesson journey of personal healing. We begin there to create the energy within required for power witchcraft. The release, retrieval and rebirth process requires a student be ready for the challenge.
Keeping Her Keys: An Introduction to Hekate’s Modern Witchcraft is the text for the course. Having read and worked through the lessons in advance is helpful, but not required. The lessons of MYSTAI I take the lessons from the text and expand them into detailed Books of Shadows that consist of a guide that’s 35-50 pages/lesson, two or more hours of audio/video lectures, exclusive content (monographs, techniques, guides, spells), live and recorded classes, and school gatherings and workshops.
Only those who successfully complete MYSTAI I are considered for advanced study.
The Red Key is the start of the journey in Modern Hekatean Witchcraft from the Keeping Her Keys tradition. The focus of this course is on the Middle Self and the Middle World. This is the energy of actions, working with the elements and epithets of Hekate reflecting her role as Guide along our Witch’s Journey. The course requires a basic understanding of modern witchcraft, but no previous knowledge of Hekatean Witchcraft is necessary. Hekate’s Modern Witchcraft consists of three keys. The second explores Hekate, Guardian of the Under World and the emotional energy of the Lower Self. The emphasis is on the practice of Hekatean witchery. The final key explores the mystical energy of Hekate as Gatekeeper of the Upper World and our Higher Selves.
This course consists of the required text, The 14 Books of The Mystai, audio classes, recorded video lectures and monthly live seminars.
Books of The Mystai: These guides contain the hidden knowledge of Hekatean Witchcraft including, but not limited to, tables, figures and charts not in the book, a type of working or practice not in the book, and deeper explorations of aspects of the book. There will also be topics presented in the guides that aren’t covered at all in the book. Each guide is 25-35 pages full of concepts, practices and more that is NOT available anywhere else.
Audio classes: An audio class accompanies each guide. (2-3 hours/lesson)
Email: All the lessons will be sent by email along with access to the audio classes on the first day of the lesson.
Monthly live seminars: There is also a live class for each lesson. We are using Zoom. You will need to create a free account if you haven’t already done so. I will invite you to each live class meeting by email.
Mentorship: You can choose to work with a mentor.
Besides the mysteries of Hekatean Witchcraft, students in this course will have the opportunity to develop leadership skills in group rituals and gatherings, including acting as officiants, holding space, and providing support for members of the course and throughout the Open Circle Institute.
The course consists of 13 lessons plus initiation. You have 18 months to complete the course.
The lessons are released on the first of each month and the live class is usually the following Thursday. The live classes consist of my lectures, discussions, student presentations and a ritual or meditation.
Live classes are recorded and shared within the course for students who can’t attend during the scheduled time.
There are several events, beginning with the Holy Darkness Cycle, Hekate’s Sacred Fires and Night of Hekate, Keeper of the Keys. These events are led by me and students in Hekate’s Modern Witchcraft and are generally available to all students in the Keeping Her Keys School of Witchcraft.
Animism (animal, botanical and stone spirit magick), divination (with cards, oracles and other means), developing the Hekatean Cord (connection to Hekate and her energy currents), evoking Hekate, magickal herbalism, ecstatic witchcraft (journeying and trance), evoking of the elements and Worlds, personal development, journaling, energetic healing, types of magick (reversals, sympathetic, etc.), dream work, meditation, words of power and more. Aspecting or invoking, also known as trance possession, is not part of The Red Key.
Safe and supportive environment: I put a lot of effort into ensuring that the course is designed to create a safe and supportive environment. If, at any time, you don’t feel safe and supported, I urge you to get in touch with me.
Confidentiality: All information shared with me will be kept private and confidential. All students must respect the confidentiality of others. No information shared within the course is to be shared outside of it.
Fair Use Policy: Any materials shared within the course are for personal use only and are not to be distributed outside of it.
Inclusion And Diversity Policy: I place a high value on diversity. The Temple of Hekate, Keeper of the Keys welcomes witches and people of all paths, except those who practice intolerance. We share a common desire to understand the ancient Goddess and Force that we call Hekate.
All religious paths and types of witchcraft are welcome in the course. Respectful behavior towards others with different perspectives is inherent in the practice of Modern Hekatean Witchcraft. We learn from each other’s varied views and experiences.
Intolerant and Inappropriate Behavior: All hate speech and insults will result in disciplinary action. Minor problems will be dealt with using healthy conflict resolution practices. Significant infractions may result in a student being removed from the course. Refunds will not be given if such a situation occurs.
Course Refunds and Withdrawal: No refunds of the admin fee/deposit are given. No refunds for a lesson once it’s released. Except in emergencies, one-month’s notice is required to withdraw. Refunds will only be given for lessons not yet received.
Course Removal: Failure to complete two lessons without prior arrangement with me will result in a student being removed from the course. No refunds will be given.
Plagiarism: Any verified acts of plagiarism will result in expulsion from the course. No refunds will be given. Using ancient texts and other sources is an important part of discussing Hekate, but they need to be listed as such. If you are unsure how to cite sources, get in touch with me.
Exceptional Circumstances: If you experience any situation from illness to financial problems, get in touch with me. I am happy to make alternative arrangements for payments and grant extensions, but I can only do so if I am asked.
Initiation as a MYSTAI: Priest/Priestess/Title of Your Choosing in The Temple of Hekate, Keeper of the Keys: If you wish to be formally initiated, then you need to complete a self-directed project that consists of an article, blog, research paper, long form ritual, detailed spell, original work of art or music, etc. You must declare your intention of initiation by July 31 by writing a short proposal of your project and submitting it to me for discussion. We will meet to talk about your suitability for initiation and develop a plan. Initiates will have all the benefits of Guide status, but also be able to lead rituals as a MYSTAI: Priest/Priestess/Title of Your Choosing within The Temple of Hekate, Keeper of the Keys.