Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Workshops offered by Dr Caroline Tully

Thelemic Witchcraft for Beginners    
Thelema is a Greek word meaning ‘will’ or ‘desire’. Join Caroline Tully in a beginner’s workshop on Thelemic Witchcraft, a form of New Aeon Witchcraft that focuses on methods for causing change in accordance with your will. Through practical ritual and discussion this old-but-new approach to Magick will be illuminated. Caroline has a background in various traditions of Witchcraft and Magick and is also an academic who studies ancient Mediterranean Pagan religions and their manifestation in the modern world. 

Ancient Mediterranean Witchcraft    
Ancient Greek mythology provides stories of princely heroes who seek out legendary sorceresses and their magical power. Witches acted as guides for figures such as Odysseus and Jason; men required to enter the feminine, womb-like space of the Underworld or to journey to the ends of the Earth. In later Roman literature, witches degenerated into cemetery-scouring hags; no longer sending the hero down to the Underworld, but instead bringing the realm of the dead up by performing necromantic rites.
Join Dr Caroline Tully in a workshop on Ancient Mediterranean Witchcraft that focuses on mythological witches, ancient magical techniques, and the inheritance of Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Greek, Etruscan and Roman magic evident in Wicca today. Through discussion and practical ritual, ancient approaches to magic will be revealed. 

Minoan Snake Goddess     
The Great Goddess was the original, and only, deity of humankind from the dawn of time up until around 3000 BCE, when Goddess-oriented cultures were conquered by patriarchal, warlike worshippers of a sky god. Late Bronze Age Minoan Crete (1750–1490 BCE) is considered to be the Goddess culture’s final flowering. According to Goddess History, Crete exhibits the last gasp of the feminine values associated with Goddess culture before it was wiped out by warlike, patriarchal Mycenaean Greeks. Before this time Minoan Crete was peaceful, worshipped the Great Goddess and her Dying and Rising Consort (who was also her son), and women and nature were respected.  
Join Dr Caroline Tully in a workshop on ancient Minoan religion, focussing on the Snake Goddess. On the island of Crete the snake appears in the worship of the female deity more repeatedly than anywhere else in the Mediterranean. Ancient artifacts have been unearthed that portray the Goddess or Her priestesses holding snakes in their hands or with them coiled about their bodies, revealing that they were an integral part of the religious rituals. Through discussion and practical ritual, contemporary approaches to Minoan religion will be revealed.

Death in Ancient Mythology     
The cycle of birth, death and rebirth is at the core of Pagan mythology. Many myths deal with journeys into the land of the dead. Often these are stories of descent and return. These myths show us how the cycle of birth, growth, death, and rebirth plays itself out in the seasons. Working with these myths, retelling the tales, and exploring them in guided journeys and meditations can help us deeply integrate our understanding of the circle of rebirth. Initiation rites found in most Pagan mystery religions, both ancient and modern, re-enact or are inspired by myths of descent into the Underworld and approach death through metaphor and ritual. This workshop explores Underworld myths of Inanna’s Descent, Demeter and Persephone, Orpheus and Eurydice, Circe and Odysseus, Aeneas and the Sybil, and others. We will explore ancient mythologies and practices around death, as well as Pagan ways of celebrating and mourning loved ones including funerary rites and ancestor reverence.

Magical Gems and Jewellery, Healing, and the Stars      
Witches regularly wear occult jewellery: pentagram pendants, amber, jet, moonstone, coral, or even acorn necklaces; magical rings with special stones or symbolic designs; and lots of silver, the metal of the moon. Wearing jewellery is a form of communication: to the wearer to other people, and to hidden forces attracted by certain colours, substances and patterns.
Join Dr Caroline Tully in a workshop about magical gems and jewellery from ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt; ancient healing modalities and gods; and healing astrology. Learn about the stone amulets, empowering talismans, and protective jewellery of the Ancient World, and the spells used to activate them. Through discussion and practical ritual, contemporary approaches to healing magic will be revealed. Bring a piece of your own jewellery and through ritual we will draw down the stars to consecrate it to a healing deity. Participants will also take home their own moonstone amulet.

The Goddess Asherah, Ecopaganism, and the Anthropocene        
Biblical bad girl, Queen Jezebel, worshipped a tree goddess called Asherah, mentioned forty times in the Hebrew Bible. Ancient Israelites performed ritual “on every high hill and under every green tree” — an expression that occurs in the Bible fifteen times. Trees feature in the narratives about Abraham, who set up altars under sacred trees, and Moses, who spoke to Yahweh in the form of a burning bush. The most famous trees of the Bible are the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden.
With all this tree worship, how did humanity became so divorced from nature that it caused its own geological epoch called the Anthropocene? Join Dr Caroline Tully in a workshop that looks at the environmental aspects of ancient Mediterranean religion, and ways that we can realign with the natural world today. We will also look at the tree as a conceptual map in Kabbalah, the relationship of the Tarot to the Tree of Life, and how we can return to Eden through scrying the Tarot trumps or pathworking. Participants are encouraged to bring their own Tarot cards (but it’s not essential).


Olivia ​Husøy-Ciaccia said...

These sound amazing!

Caroline Tully said...

Thanks Olivia. Your PhD research sounds pretty interesting. I'm really into Reception Studies and have written quite a lot on the reception of ancient Egyptian religion as well as the reception of Minoan religion. You can see here https://unimelb.academia.edu/CarolineTully or if you want me to send you any articles you can email me.

Olivia ​Husøy-Ciaccia said...

Hey, thanks! I have actually read a few of your articles, which have all been super interesting! I also have your Cultic Lives of Trees research saved to read soon.
Have you already provided these workshops or are they upcoming?

Caroline Tully said...

These are all past workshops except the Asherah one which was postponed due to coronavirs lockdown. But I still give them if people are interested.

Melinda Maxfield said...

I am so keen for all of these workshops! Is there any possibility of running them online sometime? I recently discovered a few of your excellent academic papers while researching the Minoans -my favourite ancient culture- for my Maquarie undergrad Ancient History degree (this semester I'm studying "Ancient Greek Religion" and "Minos and Mycenae: The Aegean Bronze Age" which I'm totally enthralled with). But I also remember reading your articles back in the 90's when "Witchcraft" magazine was still a thing :D And now I've just found this blog! I love, love, love your work :)
The possibility of doing academic research into paganism and ancient history- particuarly involving my favourite Mediterranean and Bronze Age cultures excites me. I'm only technically a first year student but already I am dreaming of doing a PhD someday haha.

Caroline Tully said...

Hi Melinda, I'm so glad that you find my work of interest. Thank you. Yes, there is the possibility of running my workshops online, in fact I have the Snake Goddess one scheduled for Sunday 13th September at 10.00am as part of the Annual Wiccan Conference which this year has to be run online. I will put the details on the blog but post them below. As for the other workshops, well, right now I don't have time to do them, but I may later in the year, like after mid-November.

We are pleased to announce the program for 2020: LIFE IN RETROGRADE
All times are listed as Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEDT)
Friday 11 September 2020
8.00pm Welcome
8.30pm The Great Debate: “That Insular practice is outdated” (AWC 2006)
Saturday 12 September 2020
9.30am Truth and Tales about the Spring Equinox (AWC 2019) | Presenter: Josephine Winter
11.30am An introduction to Wand making (AWC 2006) | Presenter: Jo
1.30pm Use of Voice in ritual (AWC 2012) | Presenter: Nicolas El Viejito
3.30pm "I shall go into a hare" Folklore in Ritual (AWC 2019) | Presenter: Julie
5.30pm The Minor Arcana of the Tarot (AWC 2002) | Presenter: Julia Phillips
7.30pm Panel: Use and Experience of ritual elements in languages other than Modern English (AWC 2017) | Facilitator: Damiana Fortune
9.30pm Concert: Spiral Dance
Sunday 13 September 2020
10:00am The Minoan Snake Goddess and Altered States of Consciousness (AWC 2019) | Presenter: Caroline Tully
12:00 The Dark Gods (AWC 2011) | Presenter: Frances Billinghurst
2.00pm Wiccan Theology (AWC 2007) | Presenter: Wolf MacDonald
4.00pm "I Can’t Tell You, It’s Oathbound”: The History & Use Of Secrecy In Magical Practices (AWC 2017) | Presenter: Reese
5.30pm By The Flame That Burneth Bright: Sigil Use In Candle Magic (AWC 2017) | Presenter: Adrianne
8.00pm Advanced Ritual Writing: Repurposing traditional Wiccan pieces (AWC 2008) | Presenter: Gabby Cleary
Tickets to access the interactive zoom link will be $10 for the weekend. Free for active and new members of AWC Inc. (Money raised will go to AWC 2021).
All programmed events will stream live into this Facebook group for free.
Timetable is subject to change.
Bios and workshop descriptions coming soon.
Ticketing information coming soon.
Please support Spiral Dance by paying some money into their virtual tip jar on the night.
See you there.

Caroline Tully said...

Here is the Wiccan Conference online URL