Medieval Magic and Witchcraft

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Hello and welcome to Medieval Magic and Witchcraft!

During medieval times magic and witchcraft lurked down the streets of every city, town, and small village across Western Europe.

But what did it look like? Who practiced it?

We begin our study  in the ancient Mediterranean world, discovering the kinds of magic and witchcraft practiced by those who understood occult knowledge.  Here, distinctions will be made between what was acceptable “religion” and what was considered subversive “magic” in the ancient world.

After the fall of the Roman Empire, magical texts were preserved by Islamic forces that had pushed westward into Egypt and Spain.  They added new ideas to classical Western magical traditions, most notably seen in the rise of ceremonial magic in the medieval university.

The spread of magical texts so prominent in the medieval world would come under fire during the Renaissance Era. It is at this time, as well, that we see the rise of the European “witch craze.”

I think it’s important to know where our traditions come from! I look forward to sharing and learning with you all!

**Now available in CC subtitles in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Dutch.

Lessons in Magick: Shadow Work 101

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“How can I be substantial if I do not cast a shadow? I must have a dark side also If I am to be whole” -C.G Jung

Lessons in Magick: Shadow Work 101 was created to not only teach you how to work with, and incorporate your Shadow into your everyday life, and Magick, it’s designed to help you understand your Shadow and why it exists in the first place.

I will help guide you as you dive deep into your psyche and find the root of your pain, trauma, and any blockages that may be standing in your way.

We discuss what Shadow Work is, how our Shadow came to be, and how to heal any wounds it created; as well as empowering you to accept and embrace your Shadow.

Our Shadow Self if ignored can manifest in some intense, and brutal ways; the more you know about the dusty parts of your Soul, the better you will be navigating through them when life, and Magick, get tough.

We will cover a variety of topics that will help you reclaim your power through intense Shadow Work, ritual, meditation and/or candle Magick.

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This is a 5-week course*, and each week we will uncover another aspect of our Shadow Self, and how we can incorporate that Shadow into our daily life.

With each lesson I hope to give you another tool for understanding your Shadow, while also giving you the courage to face it; you are expected to put each lesson into practice then record your findings; think of yourself as a Scientist observing your life.

This is not a course for any armchair Occultists or Witches.

You are required to be an active, present and willing participant in your own experience. This is a no hand holding zone; Shadow work simply doesn’t leave room for coddling.

I will support you through each step of this process, and be right by your side but you must put in the work.

The end goal is that all my students become empowered, more balanced individuals and practitioners who aren’t afraid of themselves or their innate darkness.


-Full access to the Shadow Work 101 five week course

-Shadow Work Ritual

-Exercises and/or assignments, tips, and practical advice with each lesson

-Direct access to Instructor via e-mail for support, counsel, and questions

*Please note: This course was created to be taken and experienced over a 5-week time frame; there are 5 lessons that have assignments, tips, tricks, advice and even a ritual thrown in to help integrate your Shadow. You will be given access to the entire course upon enrollment; this allows you to work at your own pace. If you choose to go faster, you may. If you choose to work on multiple lessons, you may. This Course is all about YOU, honoring YOU and what works best for YOU.

You are MAGIC: The Course

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You are MAGIC is designed to help you create the life you want by amping up your vibrational field using earth wisdom, esoteric knowledge and your connection to Source energy.  We’re going to magnify our power of manifesting so that our desires come into form within weeks instead of months!

Manifesting can be an involved process but it doesn’t have to feel like one!  When we use our intuition to work in various levels of energy and incorporate them into a daily practice, we change our vibration to align with our desire.  The more we take care of ourselves and approach everyday life with love and curiosity in our heart, the higher our vibration becomes. The higher our vibration becomes, the easier it is to bring in what we want.

It’s a 5 week journey with an experience to try each week.  The course also has ongoing enrollment; this means you can begin the course when you want and take it at your own pace!  I’m available for support throughout the course, so if you have any questions feel free to email me at

Check out the video for more details:

Beginners Intuitive Tarot – For Personal Transformation and Divining

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Tarot is one of these amazing tools that you can use to delve deeper into yourself, shadow-self and the path you walk.

This course is the beginners Intuitive tarot course. It will include some homework, practices and *extra credit.

In this online course you will learn:

  • Basic historical context of the tarot (This lesson is also available as a free sample section.)
  • Connecting with energy, including yours and others.
  • How to recognize your personal intuitive triggers and identifying when you are on or off with your reading.
  • Ethics of reading tarot and using it for personal transformation.
  • We do not go over memorization of the cards!. *This is the longest and hardest aspect of learning tarot, so be patient with yourself and understand this comes with practice and time.
  • Basic spreadsdivination online course the house of twigs thot
  • More advanced spreads
  • Assignments

Estimated 3-5 week course, with assignments and content you can go through at your own pace. Each week new lessons become available until the course is complete.

*Tarot shown is of the Blind Person Tarot which has its own modified imagery in the Rider-Waite style. Throughout the course we will reference many decks and examples of readings, deck combinations and spreads. We are not endorsing or negating the use of any tarot decks out there, these are just my personal decks and ones that I use in professional readings or have enjoyed using. No money is made by showing images of these decks, it’s just because I like them myself.

COMING SOON: Waking the Feminine with Cyclic Alchemy


This course is a three-part journey into the realm of cycles and feminine magic.

Together we will examine the changing faces of the moon, the shifting seasons, and we will discover how that relates our personal cycles, feminine energy, and to the way we live our lives.

Learning to live in alignment with the moon, the seasons, and your personal cycles will help you fuel your body and soul to make magic and achieve your dreams.

The first part of this course focuses on the Moon and how her cycle relates to the Divine Feminine. During the second section, we will take what we learned about the Moon’s cycles and use that framework to understand the seasons, and how we can leverage their energies in our favor. And in the final phase of the course, we will look at how the cosmic shifts and the annual transition through the seasons, affect our personal cycles.

Purpose of the Course:

The goal of this course is to provide a foundation for those individuals who are looking to cultivate a deep and meaningful relationship with the cyclic nature of the Divine Feminine. Each student will develop skills and tools that will allow them to mold and transform their lives in alignment with the moon and the seasons, as well as helping them become the master of their own personal cycle.

What’s Included in the Course Tuition?

  • Access to the three-part Cyclic Living Course on The House of Twigs Learning Site
  • On-going email support from the instructor
  • Personal Reflections, Journal Prompts, and Activites to ground you in your practice.
  • The Cyclic Living Mini Guide created by the instructor, in PDF form.
  • Lifetime access to the Cyclic Moon Witch Facebook group for continual sisterhood and support on your journey.