The Saint Isobel Academy of Classical Witchcraft is the world's only school of historically authentic Witchcraft. Our unique self-paced program is now exclusively online.
Isobel Gowdie of Auldearn, Scottland (1632-1662) is the patron Saint of Classical Witchcraft. It is from her extensive confessions and testimonies that we derive the vast majority of our knowledge of the historical tradition. Her words also provided the template for popular imaginings of witchcraft thereafter.
Classical Witchcraft emerged at a particular time in European history when people secretly began to rebel against the corruption of the Church. Classical witchcraft was pragmatic and eclectic drawing on both pre-Christian beliefs and Biblical themes.
Examples of this hybrid system of beliefs are famously attested by the words of Saint Isobel herself. In a charm spoken to transform into a Hare she spoke;
To change back, she would say:
Despite its Biblical influences, Classical Witchcraft does not involve the worship of gods. This may seem counter-intuitive to those who have been exposed to Wicca and Neo-Paganism which are heavily influenced by revisionist history. Witchcraft, by its very nature, is non-religious in that the true Witch seeks to determine his or her own path in life without the need for deities.
The underlying beliefs of authentic Witchcraft comprise a world-view known as animism; from Latin anima meaning "soul” or life". The tenets of animism are rooted the earliest spiritual ideals conceived by humans. The fundamental ideology of animism is that there is no separation between the spiritual and physical worlds and that all things, living or not, have spirits.
Central to the authentic tradition is the notion that every "Witch" has a "Spirit-lover" who acts as a guide and interface to the spirit world. The courtship of the spirit-lover is a process of discovering ones own soul This tradition dates back thousands of years to many ancient cultures including Mesopotamia, Europe and the British isles. It is evidenced by the stories of Inanna, Cupid and Psyche, Tamlin, Thomas the Rhymer, Oisin and the personal testimonies of accused witches throughout history.
Authentic Witchcraft is the primary textbook of Classical Witchcraft Academy. It provides a comprehensive overview of the authentic, historical Witchcraft tradition. It is the best way to become quickly immersed in the academy. This book introduces students to the outer mysteries of the tradition as they prepare for initiation.
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Liturgy of the Heritage Tradition. This booklet provides a convenient Missal detailing the central communal rites of the tradition. It is now available in hard-copy direct from our publisher and is sold nowhere else. Of particular use to beginners are the sabbath and dedication rites.There are several lectures and videos related to the liturgy. Follow along by purchasing a copy of the missal.
Booklet is 28 pages. Lavishly set and illustrated. Purchase Here.
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Student Journal of Practice. This journal provides 366 specially labelled and formatted pages with blank lines to record of your daily practice. 366 being the minimum number of days until a student may receive initiation. Instructions are provided as to what information you should record on a daily basis. Get a copy here.