Witch Path Forward launched in 2012 as an online resource for anyone new to witchcraft or needing a bit of a helping hand. The site has dealt with hundreds of questions from seekers of all levels, ranging from “Can you tell me about the different layers of the aura?” to “Can you recommend some books on witchcraft please?”.
Upon reading through the responses to these questions, the patience and detail used to answer each one surprised and impressed me. Despite the fact that from looking at their archives, they must have been dealing with dozens if not hundreds of similar queries each day! The website is also packed with resources like information on runes and a moon calendar.
In June 2020, the founders of Witch Path Forward decided to relaunch the website with a new look, plus a whole lot more to offer visitors. The website now offers, as well as its original “Ask a Question” service, digital readings in tarot, runes and dreams. They are also setting up online courses at the Spinney Online School. I’ve been fortunate enough to get a sneak peek at the content before it goes live in the autumn.
The course I’m looking at is week one of the Spinney School introductory course. What I immediately love about this course is that the goal is to make the student “feel more comfortable and empowered in your spirituality, love of nature and understanding,” something most Pagans will be able to relate to or aspire to. Secondly, this course is not path specific. In fact, it looks at aspects of witchcraft, Wicca, Druidry, animism and more. It seems very inclusive, which is a great beginning.
Although this is an introductory course, it’s also aimed at Pagans who might have walked their path for some time, but who want to refresh that connection or look at new ways to connect. The course also aims to deepen interfaith connections by helping the student understand a range of faiths and paths other than their own.
My introductory piece lays out exactly how the course is going to work, and what to expect as a student progresses through the work. The writing style is immediately accessible and a great balance of knowledge, wisdom, and humour. It’s fun to read as well as inspiring. The course covers healing, communication, intra-faith and interfaith education, meditation, witchcraft, Druidry, heathenry, Wicca, animism, traditions, and sustainable practices. The intro makes everything feel achievable. As a prospective student, even with a background in some of these areas, I was certainly eager to know more.
The next section of week one focuses on the importance of journaling. This is something I’m personally trying to focus on in my own work, so this resonated very much for me. Keeping a log is so important. I’m pleased to see that this course explains not only how to keep a journal but also suggests what should be recorded, whilst keeping a focus on the individuality of the student.
The work that students will end up journaling for this first week of study includes exploring art, healing, and nature, with particular focus on the benefits of the sensory bath and working with sight, sound, touch, and smell.
I finished reading my introduction with a sense of excitement and anticipation. This course is accessible to anyone, and above all, has a sense of passion and enthusiasm that is often lacking in online education. I can’t wait to get stuck into my week one activities and hopefully move onto the later sections of the course in due time.
Stay up to date with the Spinney Online School here, and go and check out their journal posts, including this honest and inspiring piece addressing imposter syndrome and how sharing our knowledge and selves can lead to a rebuilding of the soul. There’s also a Facebook page and group where visitors can interact with the community.
About the Author:
Mabh Savage is a Pagan author, poet and musician, as well as a freelance journalist.