Modern Witchcraft 366:
The Art, Science and Psychology of Nature-Based Spirituality
What is Modern Witchcraft?
Modern Witchcraft, as it is taught at The Sojourner, is a path towards Personal Sovereignty based on wisdom, empowerment and responsibility. It stands proudly on the historical and religious foundations of our ancestors; yet, we look to the future and strive to create a healthy way of life in a modern world. We blend scientific knowledge with ancient mysticism to evolve beyond superstition into a spirituality that brings healing, peace, and balance to the seeker. The path of the witch is a dance to the rhythm of nature. This dance transforms and strengthens us, while giving us a framework for processing the lessons of this life with grace. To seek the path of the Witch is to seek enlightenment.
How is The Sojo Tribe organized?
MWC366 Classes at the Sojourner are a structured training program and support group offered to the outer community through the ministry of The Sojo Circle Coven, based in Greenville, but whose members live throughout eastern NC. Our outer community is known as The Sojo Tribe, where we welcome all current students, graduates of the program in good standing, affiliated covens within the tradition, and select friends and family.
The Sojo Circle Coven. Initiates from this program formed a coven of independent witches in 2016. This Inner Community of initiates continue their own training toward the priesthood, and enact the Great Work of magick together.
The ministry of The Sojo Tribe is dedicated to the Great Work of furthering the awakening, evolution, and enlightenment of our society as spiritual and magickal practitioners. The Sojo Circle works to facilitate responsible education and training in Modern Witchcraft open to all seekers, which is continually evolving and improving. The Sojo Circle serves as a spiritual family, and as an affiliation of independent Witches practicing nature-based spiritual craft. Members of The Sojo Circle seek personal growth through Divine Love and a healthy life in harmony with nature, with respect and responsibility, harming none.
How do I get involved?
The first week of each year, we open the MWC366 training program to responsible seekers who would like to learn about Modern Witchcraft in a formal setting, do more, go deeply, and journey with friends of like mind. Ours is an eclectic form of self-initiatory Modern Witchcraft unique to The Sojourner Tradition.
The MWC366 Program was founded by Heron Michelle in 2010, founding High Priestess of The Sojo Circle. Beginning in 2018, the program will be facilitated by our new Dean of the Mystery School, Webweaver, who is a professional educator and incoming Maiden (next Priestess) of The Sojo Circle. Each session will be co-taught by several Coven Members on the Leadership Council.
MWC366 Imbolc Session:
This 6 week class culminates in the solar celebration we call the Grand Sabbat of Imbolc (pronounced Im-molk). As Imbolc, we all make a dedication to achieving a personal goal over the coming year. For a seeker, this dedication would be to the study of Witchcraft for the next “year and a day” with our circle.
After dedications at Imbolc (First week of February) the class is closed to newcomers for the rest of the year.
What happens in class on Thursday nights?
What topics will be covered during the year?
48 classes divided by topic into 8 sessions. Each session is named for the solar holiday, or Sabbat, we’ll celebrate on the Saturday night following the session.
When do we meet and what does it cost?
Classes begin the Thurday between Christmas and New Years day, and continue on Thursday nights from 6:00-9:00ish pm.
Each 6 week session costs $90, with 10% discount on books and additional materials pertaining to the coursework. Individually, the classes are $20. Fees cover all printed hand-outs and materials used in class, rent and upkeep of the classroom, usage fees for curriculum, and honorariums paid to guest teachers.
Sabbat celebrations are by invitation only to those who have attended classes that session, The Sojo Circle members, and their approved guests.
Requirements to join us:
Charter of The Sojo Tribe: Section 2 – Non-discrimination:
The Sojo Tribe and The Sojo Circle offer equal opportunity membership to any adult over eighteen years of age regardless of race, color, ethnicity, spiritual path, gender, sexual orientation, or intersexes.
4 Rules of Witchcraft for Personal Sovereignty
For more details on the four rules, read more at: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/witchonfire/2016/08/four-rules-of-witchcraft-for-personal-sovereignty/
How do I become a Witch?
Through a long process we call Initiation.
Modern Witchcraft is a mystery tradition with many layers of depth and meaning, like the unlocking of a series of doors within your consciousness. Witchery is in the blood--the genetic memory--of humanity. Initiation is a process of awakening this slumbering awareness within you. For all seekers, the process requires hard work, scholarship, meditation, celebration and mentorship for at least a year and a day (thus the 366) before you make the choice to take on the responsibilities of a Witch for this lifetime.
Milestones on the path to initiation:
“Thrice you knock on the Wise One’s door…”
Section 2 – Non-discrimination:
The Sojo Tribe and The Sojo Circle offers equal opportunity membership to any adult over eighteen
years of age regardless of race, color, ethnicity, spiritual path, gender
expression, sexual orientation, or intersexes.
Section 6 – The Individual’s Bill of Rights:
A. The right to personal sovereignty: Seekers will never be coerced to go against their own conscience, to commit illegal acts, to contribute beyond their means, to engage in any sexual or physical actions they do not condone, or to perform tasks beyond their physical abilities.
B. The right to anonymity: Seekers have the right to keep their involvement in The Sojo Tribe private.
C. The right to freedom of expression and speech: as long as it remains respectful, maintains discretion and privacy, and harms none.
D. The right to access: Access to The Sojo Tribe charter.
E. The right to consistency: The rules and requirements of this charter apply equally to all Tribe members.
F. The right to participate in governance: Any member of The Sojo Tribe who wishes to bring up new business must contact a Sojo Circle leader no less than forty-eight hours before a scheduled business meeting in order to be added to the agenda. Their attendance is required to present the idea or concern at the beginning of said meeting.
The right to a peaceful separation: To discontinue association with the Tribe at any time, according to their own free will.
Section 7 – Ethical Conduct of Leaders, Teachers, and Mentors:
A. Romantic and sexual relationships
are strictly prohibited between teachers, mentors, and ministers
and anyone under their tutelage.
1. Members of Spirit Ministry (High Priest, High Priestess, Summoner, Maiden) are considered
mentors of all non-initiates within The Sojo Circle.
2. Prior established relationships are not subject to this restriction.
a. The partner in leadership position will recuse themselves from any vote or decision regarding
standing of the non-member with whom they have a conflict of interest.
Class materials you will want to have:
Primary Instructor and Dean of the Sojo Tradition Mystery School and High Priestess of the 2019 Wheel:
Head Mistress of The Sojo Tradition Mystery School: Heron Michelle, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Professional blog: witchonfire.net