Co-founded by Christopher Penczak, Steve Kenson, and Adam Sartwell, the Temple began in 1998 as a system of magickal training and personal development, and eventually evolved into a formal tradition of Witchcraft and a 501(c)3 religious nonprofit.
With the work of students, initiates, and graduates of its programs, the Temple of Witchcraft is an organization based on traditions of modern magick, Witchcraft, and neopaganism. The work of the Temple is both other-worldly and terrestrial, seeking to strengthen the connections between spirit and matter through inner transformation and public service.
The Temple of Witchcraft’s goal on an individual level is to awaken the potential of the human soul to its natural gifts of psychic awareness, communion with nature and the spirits, and magick. Each individual seeks to live a magickal life. Through these awakenings, we seek an expansion of consciousness through the alignment of our souls with Love, Will, and Wisdom to further the Great Work.
On a greater scale, we seek the restoration, maintenance, and evolution of humanity to the Garden of the Gods, the cooperative consciousness where all things are in harmony and community. Our myths define this awareness as the First Garden, known as Avalon, Hesperides, Zep Tepi, Shamballa, Lemuria, even Eden. We manifest this vision through both our inner workings and service to the greater community. By these actions, we plant the seeds and tend the garden of Witchcraft culture, tradition and community.
There is no “–ism” or “–ian” based upon names, personalities, or founders within the Temple Tradition and organization. It is based upon sacred space, shared experience, and personal transformation. The tradition is simply the Temple of Witchcraft Tradition, or Temple Tradition for short. Some use the term “Temple Witch” to distinguish membership.
The organization is structured with twelve ministries, each identified with one of the zodiac signs. Each ministry is guided by a Lead Minister who holds a position within the Ministerial Council. Students and graduates of our programs are encouraged to participate in an area of service in the community. The work consists of work in the outer world, work within the Witchcraft community, and work with the spirits and gods.
Our teaching system is based upon five elemental degrees, with the first four as a Mystery School of personal and esoteric development and the fifth degree as our seminary program for both personal evolution and ministerial training. We have a variety of non degree programs on astrology, tarot, wheel of the year, and lunar magick, specialized classes and groups such as ogham divination, reiki share, astral travel study group, women's mysteries group, and masculine archetype classes, as well as advanced training courses for those in ministerial training. We normally offer public rituals in Salem, NH, and elsewhere, with ministers offering services in their local area. In the age of Covid-19, we are doing more and more online support for our global community.
The Temple of Witchcraft obtained five and a half acres of property with a house, barn, and cottage in Salem, NH in 2011 to develop further as our community center. Small classes and events are usually held in the house, guest speakers housed in the cottage, and sacred sites, gardens and trails under development on the land.
Our main fundraising project is aimed at constructing our community center. In 2019, we raised sufficient funds for the engineering teams to construct plans to present and receive approval from the Town Planning Board. We’re now raising the funding necessary to begin construction.
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