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Untangling the Thread: Magical Development Workshop Series

Untangling the Thread: Magical Development Workshop Series

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The traditions we ground in are community stories. They carry truths, and also, they allow us to define ourselves within the context of community.

As human beings, this is incredibly important. We are creatures that crave a social system, small or large, in which we can define ourselves. This makes us strong.

But, what does that mean when it comes to ancestral work and magic?

Whose community do we belong to?

Where are our dead buried?

Where is that in proximity to us, and what does that mean?

The answer is, no one is entitled to define this for you. And yet, we are also asked to navigate the complex reality that we live in communities, and so impact on community must be considered when defining ourselves, and writing our story.

This workshop is designed to explore challenging important questions in working with one's ancestors, the land that is lived on, the land that was left behind, and what it means to define yourself as a practitioner in a modern context. This class blends animism with nuanced ancestral work. The principles brought up within the class are grounded in a belief that ancestral work can be a very important piece to unlocking a deeper magic. And it also acknowledges that for many people, working with ancestors is painful, confusing, and challenging.

This class also explores the ideas of land lived on, and land left. Taught by M. Karlsson, who has spent the last several years learning about their own magical and familial history, and how that relates to themselves as a practitioner, the class is approached from an American perspective. The teacher can only speak to their experience as the descendant of Northern European and Irish immigrants, and addresses the complicated layers of:

  • Privilege and classism in the magical community.
  • The need to understand intersectionality and racism when engaging in a magical practice that is grounded within community.
  • Respecting the land and culture of places one isn't born or raised in, even if those places house the bodies of ones dead.
  • Respecting the land and cultures one is raised in, so far as to question how the biases we are raised with block us and hurt others.
  • Respecting beliefs others have that are different than one's own.
  • Examining our own stories, and deciding which pieces are able to be rewritten, which cannot - including the stories of our ancestors which we may wish to forget.
  • Finding methods to connect to ancestral dead whose land we cannot directly access, and how that might shape one's practice. 

This workshop is not designed to write stories for its participants. It is intended to facilitate a space to discuss, ask questions, do weekly exercises so that students feel confident in writing their own stories, working with ancestral spirits, and examining their relationship to being an individual in a world of spirits.

This workshop is suitable for any level. Each class is $10, however no student will be turned away for lack of funds. Please contact us in the event you need your fee waived. Classes will be hosted on Zoom Thursdays at 6:30 pm EST. Each class will explore different topics, relating to a theme, which will be announced by email prior to the workshop.

Drop ins are welcome.

Upcoming Class Schedule:

Thursday Sept 22nd, 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Thursday Sept 29th, 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Thursday October 6th, 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Thursday October 20th, 6:30 - 7:30 PM

 

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