Schools of Magick: Cherry Hill Seminary & More
Religion Articles 7/6/11
By: Yona Williams
There are many different levels of education to pursue for people interested in learning about magick and other forms of spirituality. For people interested in continuing their studies in Pagan ministry, the Cherry Hill Seminary provides higher education and practical training. In this article, you will also learn about other opportunities.
Cherry Hill Seminary
Founded in 1997 by Kirk White, the school has roots in Bethel, Vermont. The headquarters of the school relocated to South Carolina in 2008. The school claims to be the first and only graduate-level education for Pagan ministry found throughout the world. Students learn through online distance-learning classes, regional workshops and rigorous retreats. Before learners can graduate, students are required to participate in a minimum of two on-campus residencies.
The school caters to Pagan teachers, ministers, and clergy. The list of faculty includes more than 25 full-time or part-time educators. Many are published authors and scholars within the field that they teach. There are no introductory classes offered at Cherry Hill, as this school is geared towards helping those who have already become knowledgeable in their chosen field and wish to take on a leadership or service role within the Pagan community.
In order to be accepted into the school, you must possess a bachelor's degree. The classes are on an advanced level. Some of the courses offered touch upon rites of passage, crafting a wedding, and learning the skills that make a successful spiritual group leader. To learn more about the Cherry Hill Seminary, check out www.cherryhillseminary.org
Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids
The ancient Druid tradition is one that lives on in groups, such as the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids (also referred to as OBOD) Ã¢â‚¬â€œ an online school that teaches revival Druidism. A first level (known as a Bard) follows a curriculum that lasts one year. They learn through a mail home study course. Some students opt to learn using audio CDs. Students work on their own, but have access to a community forum and personal tutor. After completing the first level, students move onto the two other levels of study.
The Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids was founded by Ross Nichols, who started a distance-learning course in Druidism in 1988. As interest increased, more than 10,000 from all over the world have taken the first year's course. For more information on the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, check out their website at www.druidry.org.
Another opportunity to study magick and other forms of spirituality includes the Esoteric School of Shamanism and Magic. It is here that students have access to courses that cover basic techniques regarding practicing magic or becoming a shaman, such as learning about elemental magic, magical tools, divination, tarot, casting spells, and energy healing. To learn more, check out their website at http://www.shamanschool.com.