I was recently part of the very first iteration of Rain Crowe’s class on the Burning Times based on study of the book Caliban and the Witch by Silvia Federici. It was the first time I have ever done a “webinar” style class and while I was a little nervous about the barriers of technology, all the content was so rich and Rain’s approach was so warm and graceful, it actually felt very intimate and powerful. We had a small cell of folks that all gathered together for every class, we ate together, we built an altar and did ritual together, we had breakout discussions and we even got to see the faces of the other folks on the screen at the beginning of each class, which really helped cultivate a sense of comraderie even with the vast distances over which we were spread. I got a lot out of this course and I would recommend it to anyone who’s interested in the Witch burnings from a historical as well as magickal perspective.
The description for the next 2 iterations of the course are below:
Online Web Conferencing Distance Learning Format from anywhere with a strong interweb connection
Two Six-Week Sessions Available:
Mondays from 3pm to 6:30pm PST (6pm to 9:30pm EST)
March 16, 23, 30 and April 6, 13, 20
Tuesdays from 6pm to 9:30pm PST
March 17, 24, 31 and April 7, 14, 21
What have we forgotten that needs re-membered in order to confront the pathology of Empire today?
How does the misogynistic legacy of the witch hunts impact the organizing of today?
How can healing the historical trauma of the burning times strengthen your work as an accomplice to the ongoing liberation struggles?
- Desire a deeper understanding of how racism, misogyny and homophobia are intertwined with and necessary for capitalism to thrive
- Need skills to regenerate community in our movements today
- Realize that our ancestors of path have wisdom, strategy, and values that can support our work
- Want to understand how contemporary grand jury subpoenas are reproductions of the inquisitorial processes of the persecution of dissenters and threats to power over
- Want frameworks about pattern analysis, systems thinking and strategies for applied magicke for today’s work
Over six weeks this class will draw mainly on the book Caliban and the Witch, and other supplemental materials. Class times will have “lecture”, breakout discussions, some guided visualizations and basic spellwork. An introduction to magyke will be provided as an optional component. This is offered independent of any particular tradition or spiritual system of belief and practice. Magyke will be discussed in class, and the practice of it, will be given time in class. Those curious about magyke and not willing or ready to attempt it may use that time for further discussion. Students will receive resources and tools for engaging personal trauma-oriented experiences.
The book Caliban and the Witch, by Sylvia Federici examines the historical European climate between the village market economy and the rise of capitalism, and all that needed to happen for it to take root and become what it is today. It also reveals the rich ancestry of uprising and other forms of political and social resistance from which we may draw upon in our own struggles for social and environmental justice.
Learn how land enclosures, exploitation of workers, persecution of the impoverished, interruption of gender solidarity, criminalization of the wild, magic, and the feminine, control of sexuality, and the mechanization of the body were all necessary undertakings for capitalism to take root. Learn about how institutionalized oppression (in particular misogyny and homophobia) is foundational to its existence.
This class is offered through a distance learning platform utilizing the latest from call-in and web conferencing technology. Participants will engage a live teaching, with others from across the country. Sessions will be recorded for later access. Some reading is assigned for each session. Each attendee will have access to a private open source technology online learning center, which is a home for recordings, discussion forums, and supplemental readings for your cohort.
This class is for: persons who love the wild world, who have relative privilege, who want to grieve, and who want to unspell the ensorcellment of powerlessness.
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