June 19, 2023 marks the first class in of 6-week online course taught by Thelema, NOW! host Harper Feist. Course meets weekly via FaceBook group and videos posted to our website. Some course payment plan options may exceed the duration of the course in efforts to make the course more accessible to many.
The posted description says:
Sensing the invisible world is critically important for nearly all magical practitioners and yet, it’s set upon a pedestal that is too high to reach. In the ceremonial magic community, it is commonly thought that the only goal is to achieve full visible manifestation of an entity. If you have doubts about your ability to make this happen, and we all do, this can either destroy your confidence during a working, or worse, make you decide not to even try.
The point of this short series of classes is to convince you that you’re not only capable of doing this type of work, but because you’re an incarnated person (i.e. you have a body), you’re ideal for doing it.
The class will start with a historical view of the art of scrying. First, acquainting you with our forefathers and mothers. It will discuss the fact that scrying is not a monolithic idea; that every spiritual tradition has its own take on the practice. We will dissect the statement about the body being the medium, we’ll develop some habits and practices, and then we’ll do an exercise where everyone together will perform an experiment in distance working.
This class will be interactive; all students will be encouraged to participate as much as they like. As much as anything, it will be the questions we ask one another that will peel away the reticence to attempting to feel the world in a slightly different way.
Lastly, it is to be expected that changing the way you interact with the invisible world will not just alter that relationship. It is possible that becoming more selectively sensitive to our invisible friends will make you a better friend to the living, a better listener, a better lover. Please come and open yourself, just a little more, to a larger world.
The course will take place over six weeks and include video presentations and detailed text documents. In addition, students will receive private consultations with Harper Feist through FaceBook, and will have the option of customizing course assignments to their specific path in order to gain a lasting, personal experience.
After registering for the course, we will add you to a private FaceBook group along with the other students in this course. We’ve found this is a great way to share your journey in this course together.
First, we will wrestle with the definition of scrying. We will also dive into a discussion of the traditional forms of scrying in the Western Magical Tradition, starting with the Pythia. This class will discuss ritual technology and expected results.
In the second class, we will examine modern methods of encountering gods and spirits. At least one FB discussion will be held about how these encounters are presented in movies.
Will be a critique of the human sensor suite: toward answering the question of what is “real.” This lesson will include a discussion about entheogens and how to feign their use with your own body chemistry, and a short experiment.
The week will begin a discussion of preparation of the body for working. This lesson will include some interesting exercises.
This class will be focused on staying present during the working. Attention: how to get there and stay there.
Putting it all together. This week will include a working that we’ll each do alone with the intention of sharing notes.
We ask that students have at minimum an intermediate level of experience in witchcraft, sorcery, or ceremonial magic. Please contact us if you have questions as to the appropriateness of fit of the course for you.
In addition, you will need a Facebook account to be added to the private Facebook group.
Harper Feist has been interested in the intersection of magick, medicine and science for most of her life. She has a history in Anderson-style feri/faeri and facilitating large Reclaiming-style rituals. She is especially interested in the scrying role in the context of ceremonial magick, having taken part in many workings involving both chthonic and celestial spirits.
She is a member of the Ordo Templi Orientis and is the most recent past-Master of her local body, Leaping Laughter Lodge, in Minneapolis MN, USA. She is also the current interviewer for the O.T.O. U.S. Grand Lodge’s official podcast, “Thelema Now,” and spoke on the topic of scrying at 2017 national meeting (NOTOCON 2017).
Since then, she has given a talk at Magickal Women Symposium in London last summer (“Women and Grimoire Magic in the Time of the Inquisition”) and has a box article about Jane Wolfe in the recent book “Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Ceremonial Magick: A Complete Guide to the Western Mystery Tradition.”
In her mundane life, Harper is a Ph.D. scientist, mother and a martial artist specializing in koryu Japanese sword work.