FAQs A Year & A Day: 53 Weeks to Becoming a Wiccan
Do you have questions about the Wicca Spirituality School's course, A Year & A Day: 53 Weeks to Becoming a Wiccan?
Here you’ll find the answer to anything you're likely to be wondering.
For instance, the most common question: "Where do I sign up?" — here's the quick answer:
I wish I could offer myself as mentor to all the people who ask, but I get so many of these requests: there's no way to do them all, and it wouldn't be fair to pick one above the others.
However, I think the best training that's available without a personal teacher is the Wicca Spirituality School: A Year & A Day: 53 Weeks to Becoming a Wiccan.
I started this Wicca School precisely because I can't do this individually... and I do want to help everyone learn how to make the most of Wicca.
In fact, I think that in many ways this course may even be better than one-on-one tutoring.
It's specifically designed to guide you, step-by-step, through EVERYTHING you need to know to be a Wiccan — and to practice Wicca on a deeply spiritual level — as if I were walking through it with you, hand in hand so to speak.
The Wicca School is a wonderful training process — and that's not my opinion, but the opinion of the students (you can see the first group of testimonials here, and they only get better later). I wish I could share you some of the long letters I've received, telling me about people's amazing spiritual experiences and how it's changed their lives.
Here's an excerpt from one I received recently:
For weeks I have been contemplating what I would say to you as the lessons neared the end. So much has happened this past year not the least of which is I have rediscovered my “wonder” gene. It is hard to explain what the lessons have done for me, what they have meant for me.
I felt like a kid in a candy store every Wednesday when the lessons arrived... was amazed when I was able to bounce energy from one hand to the other and then direct it to others in healing that stretched across the seas.
I was awed as I stood out under the stars with hands raised to the heavens and could feel Goddess energy filling my body’s Chalice in a great wave.
I delighted in the inevitable, an ever-deepening closeness with nature... surprisingly even insects who for some reason do not look upon me as the enemy anymore.
This past year there have been moments where I feel a part of the beating heart of Mother Earth.
And though I have only begun (again) it is an absolute joyful beginning and it is your lessons that have made it so...encouraging me to take a tentative step and then another and another into the heart of the Great Goddess.
The lessons have changed me... no doubt. They’ve given me confidence again... confidence in the Divine’s Desire to be close to me, the unfathomable unconditional love, and confidence in myself too as I look more kindly on that little girl... my inner child.
I feel the hum of life and the distant roar of God’s presence and they are sort of one and the same with all parts of creation, all parts of the same whole. “I am me but I am also one with all life within the One, the Great Goddess.”
And since A Year & A Day: 53 Weeks to Becoming a Wiccan is online, you can take it anywhere you have access to email and a web browser!
Meanwhile, there's a LOT of info to help beginning Wiccans on Wicca-Spirituality.com, and in the online
The Silver Chalice Wiccan 'Zine, so please help yourself to these great, free resources.
It's almost like having me for a mentor, whenever you need me!
About This Wicca School
What Wiccan Tradition Does This Wicca School Teach?
The Magick & Mystery Wicca School teaches the Wicca Spirituality1 method, which I call "Earth-Based Enlightenment."
There is a distinct difference between "Wiccan spirituality" and "Wicca Spirituality."
Wiccan spirituality refers to the Wiccan religion in general.
Wicca Spirituality refers to a branch of Wicca that is particularly focused on the spiritual, mystical, gnostic approach to Wicca.
This path is much more focused on spiritual development and union with the Divine than any others I've seen, and training in it is a life-changing experience.
It's that, more than the "religion" or dogma of Wicca, that is my speciality.
The primary credos in Wicca Spirituality are...
Nature is Divine made manifest — so the Earth, your body, and life itself are sacred
Everything has consciousness
Thought + Energy creates reality — therefore life is a mirror of our spiritual/energy states
We can work with Nature to change our lives and influence the world — in fact, it's our Mission to be co-creators of reality with the Divine
We are each our own spiritual authority
Do as you will, harming none
These beliefs are central to my teachings. These... and the goal of raising consciousness and evolving spiritually through Earth-loving mysticism.
If you want the full manifesto, so to speak, please see this article on Philosophy of Wiccan Belief.
Comparison to Other Wiccan Training
In contrast to other Wiccan schools and books, the Wicca Spirituality path is much more focused on...
magickal living (co-Creation)
and union with the Divine
And according to what my students tell me, it's a life-changing experience beyond any other Wiccan training they've had.
The course is much more intensive and thorough than anything else out there. There are 57 lessons altogether in A Year & A Day, EACH of which is more thorough than other school's lessons on the same topic.
It explains things clearly and simply, is loaded with practical exercises, and is easy and fun to read.
I know all this because my students tell me so.
You can check out the testimonials... there are many more that have come in over the last year which I haven't been able to put up on the site yet, but you'll get the idea. A short version is:
It's for those who really want the most out of Wicca as a spiritual practice and a magickal path.
Browsing through the articles on this site will give you an idea of how my work compares with others. Of course, the articles are much simpler than the Wicca School's lessons, by necessity, but it gives you an idea of where I'm coming from and the kind of teaching I do.
"I have been in other Wicca Schools and the quality wasn't what I was seeking..."
No worries about the quality! The one thing I'm not hearing back from students is that it's less than they'd hoped for.
To get an idea of the quality of my work, take a look at some of the online articles on my award-winning website.
You'll see my approach to Wicca, my teaching style, and my integrity as well as my broad reach and understanding of deep spirituality.
Of course, they articles are designed to be much simpler and less in-depth than the Wicca School lessons, but they'll give you an idea of where I'm coming from and the kind of teaching I do.
Of course, you never know whether this is true or if I'm just "selling it." That's why I offer a money-back guarantee — so you can try it risk-free and see for yourself!
You're wise to be wary; there are a lot of charlatans and bad information out there!
I think when people ask this question, they mean, "Am I really going to get anything? Are you going to be there if I have trouble?"
It's difficult to prove my integrity to you, without actually interacting. But the next best thing to your own experience is hearing what others have experienced:
All of my dealings with Erin Dragonsong have been nothing but helpful, easy, trustworthy and very supportful. As well as always giving a quick response to any questions. I'd recommend wicca spirituality to anyone and everyone
~ Holly P., USA
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I give WiccaSpirituality.com Five Stars plus and I'll tell you why.
I recently had problems receiving your email for your Wicca school. Upon emailing you about this problem you jumped right in and got it fixed. I am now receiving the weekly links for my new journey. I would definitely recommend Wicca Spiritually.com to anyone who wants to change their lives forever and enhance their spirituality. It has so much wonderful information. I truly love it!!
~ Kimberly G., USA
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For 1-10, I would no doubt give 10 plus 5 stars for the efficient response and well-support I've received from Wicca-Spirituality.com.
~ C.C., Taiwan
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I like the detailed response that Wicca School ( or Erin) provided me with regarding questions I had relating to the course. It reflects to me the passion she has towards Wicca Spirituality as well as the dedication and commitment towards her students.
I would wholeheartedly recommend Wicca Spirituality to anyone interested in pursuing Wicca. It has a treasure trove of information, that gets to the core of what Wicca is all about, the spiritual aspect. It delivers rich comprehensive lessons that would otherwise be lacking and disorganized if pursued entirely by yourself.
~ Ena Solita, Canada
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You have an Excellent rating from me! I had a computer crash and needed to obtain my login information. You responded very quickly and helped me get the information I needed.
Yes, I would recommend Wicca-Spirituality.com!
~ Luanne W., USA
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Thank you so much for your quick assistance with my problem receiving the confirmation email. Everything is working very well now, and I received this week's lesson right on time— I would definitely recommend the site to others.
~ Susanna W., USA
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I've had a couple of "internet glitches" on my side & needed personal assistance. Your response has been prompt, polite & wonderful. I must admit I can't always keep up as life gets in the way, but you make it so easy to go back & pick up lessons I missed. Thank you again. I can see that you put your heart & soul into this program.
~ Kim D.,
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I would give the support I received a 10/10 rating. My question was answered in a timely manner from you, the instructor yourself, which is outstanding. It shows you are passionate! I would most definitely recommend this course.
~ Jordan H., Germany
Of course, the only way you’ll know for sure is by taking me, and the course, for a trial run.
And there's always the money-back guarantee — so there's no risk. And if all else fails, you also have the option to ask for a refund from Paypal.
There's a sliding scale, depending on what you can afford.
The real cost for the course is $70/month, and for what you receive, that's a great bargain — still less per lesson than other Wicca Schools.
But I know that many people these days are struggling to keep afloat financially, and I want to make this priceless education accessible to everyone. Hence the sliding scale.
That gives you various options. The lowest price is $25/month. This is at least 4-5 times less than most online Wiccan schools, because for the same price you get 4 or 5 lessons — depending on the month — instead of a single lesson per month. (Not to mention that the high spiritual quality of the course multiplies even that!)
However, I ask that you pay as much as you honestly can, to support the work and to maintain a healthy Energy balance between you as student and me as teacher.
Paying Without Paypal or Credit Card
If you have a credit card but can't use Paypal, there are 2 other options to pay for enrolment in A Year & A Day: 53 Weeks to Becoming a Wiccan.
One option is to go to this page, and click on the button to make a donation to Wicca-Spirituality.com with your credit card.
Please mark in the "Comments To Seller" that this is the first of four installments for AYAAD, and when I receive that notification, I'll start your enrolment manually.
With this method, you'll need to pay for 3 or 6 months at once, or the whole course — we can't do this option monthly.
Then you just need to remember to do that every quarter or half a year. The system will suspend you after 3 months, to help you remember. I hope you don't mind, but I'm likely to forget otherwise, in all the confusion.
Then just follow the instructions you'll receive, regarding filling out your Registration Form and setting up your email, and you'll be rolling!
No Credit Card?
If you don't have a credit card or can't use Paypal, you can still get into the course by paying the whole year at once by cheque or (possibly, if it works from your country to mine) money order.
This is slower, since we must wait for the cheque to arrive, to be deposited, and to clear before you’ll be enrolled in the course. But at least it's possible to join the Wicca School without a credit card!
I know that even $25 is out of reach for some people. I've struggled to live on a ridiculously small income myself, when I was younger and in ill health, so I know what it's like.
My plan is to create a scholarship program for the course.
The idea so far is that I'll hold open a few spots for scholarship students each year, plus add a spot for every student who's paying the full price for the course. I don't have time to put it together for this year, unfortunately; I'm hoping to start it for next year.
There's already a waiting list, but at least it's a possibility for those who can't swing it any other way.
Please let me know if you'd like to apply for a scholarship. Email me with "Scholarship Program" in the subject line if you do.
Sharing the Lessons with a Friend
It's wonderful to go through this course with someone else, especially someone close to you. Not only does it enhance your learning, but it's more satisfying and fun to share an experience like this.
I would ask that you both enrol in the course individually, though.
I've made this course as comprehensive as I possibly could... and then offered it at the most affordable rate I could — a fraction of what other schools charge... and of its true value.
When you give my work to someone else, you violate the respect between teacher and student by dishonouring my efforts to bring you such a high-quality training program.
Of course, it’s ultimately up to you. There’s no way I could enforce this, even if I wanted to.
I ask that you please respect your own integrity as well as my service by paying separately for the course. Thank you!
How to Get Started In the Course
When to Start
The Wicca School course is ongoing... you can join whenever you wish. You don't have to do the lessons along with the calendar of seasons.
If you start in January, you'll receive the lessons about the Wiccan holidays just before they actually happen. For example, the first Sabbat it covers (in depth) is Eostara, which is on March 21 (usually). The lesson for Eostara comes out the week before that.
Of course, that's if you live north of the equator. If you live in the Southern Hemisphere, that would mean starting in July.
I personally think doing the course in sync with the seasons is a great way to do it, but it's not really necessary. I'm not even sure it's important... most of the students in A Year And A Day: 53 Weeks to Becoming a Wiccanaren't taking in time with the seasons, and no one has complained about that.
Like every in Wicca, it's up to you, really; whichever way you want to do it is fine.
But if you want to know more about it, here's how it works...
Syncing with the Seasons / Sabbats
If you join 3 or 4 weeks before Imbolc, you'll go through all the lessons in alignment with the seasons and Sabbats.
That means you receive the lesson about Fire in the corresponding Summer season, and you receive the lessons about the Sabbats about 4-7 days in advance of them, giving you time to prepare for each celebration.
I personally think that's the ideal way, but most people don't bother with the calendar and just take it whenever they can. So few things in life are truly "ideal."
Some people actually prefer taking them separate from what's going on with the calendar...
Some want to have more time to go through the lessons and prepare far in advance
Some say they like not being on the synced schedule — less pressure and such
Some want a lot of the lessons under their belt before they start really celebrating the Sabbats
And some want to study a lot before doing their Dedication
Then for all the Sabbats and seasons after this year, they'll be more than ready!
On the other hand, some people prefer to get the lessons at the same time as the seasonal holidays are celebrated.
It's really up to you, and whatever you think will work best for you.
I don't know that it's better to wait, really. Who wants to wait any longer than necessary for this kind of wonderful experience!
Catching Up with the Synced Lessons
If you started late in January or in February (or July/August, if you live south of the equator), and you want to do some quick catch-up work, you could still switch classes and take the lessons in line with the Sabbats.
You'd need to email me to get this set up.
The catch is that you'd need to do the 3 preparatory lessons really quickly.
If that doesn't give you enough time, then the best thing is just to go with where you are now.
I'm not sure when it's "too late" to catch up... it depends on your motivation and speed of reading.
But once past Eostara, it's best to let go of the idea to do them in sync.
How to Enrol
The place to begin the enrolment process is with a payment button on the information page. Select your payment option and complete the Paypal process for your payment.
That begins your enrolment process.
Once your payment has gone through, you'll receive an email, containing information to follow for the next steps —
Filling out your Registration Form
Whitelisting us and our email server
Confirming your subscription to receive the lesson emails
It'll also give you your login info, and commonly needed links for the course.
And your first lesson will be sent out immediately, so you can get started right away!
About the Lessons
How Are the Lessons Delivered?
Every week, you’ll receive an email which tells you a bit about the new lesson, and gives you the link to access it.
You click on the link — or if that doesn’t work, copy and paste the link into your browser — and you’ll be taken directly to the login page.
After logging in, you’ll be taken to the new lesson.
How Are They Completed?
A Year And A Day: 53 Weeks to Becoming a Wiccan is a self-study course, for your own illumination. You complete the readings and Wiccan Adventures on your own.
There are review questions at the end of each lesson, to help you remember what you've learned, as well as to make sure you've caught all the important aspects of the week's topic.
There are also Reflection questions to help you integrate the lesson and explore what it really means. These questions, reflected upon and journalled about, are vital tools in your spiritual development.
And there are tips on what to put into your Grimoire or Book of Mirrors.
It's all in your hands, though. You complete the lessons however works best for you.
How Long Should the Lessons Take?
It's really hard to say how much time it'll take any one person: everyone is so different.
I'd say the minimum needed by most people is an hour or so for the reading, and 1 - 3 hours for the Adventures (most weeks).
But it depends. Maybe your reading speed is slower than that — often a good thing! It means you're probably taking the information deeper within!
And some lessons are more complex, or simply longer than others.
Ultimately, it's meaningless to think in terms of how much time you should spend on the lessons. The more important question is... how much are you getting out of them?
After all, you're not doing this just to get it over with, right?
You're doing this to really learn something, to experience spiritual reality, maybe to change yourself in a positive way. So think in terms of what you can bring to this training.
What you get out of it is directly proportional to what you put into it, of course… just like everything else.
Do You Have a Course/Topic Outline?
Not for public viewing, no. The course is set up to lead you step-by-step through an experience of Wicca, as a spiritual training process, so it's not appropriate to explain the path beforehand.
That being said, the course information webpage gives you a good idea of what's covered.
About the Course
Are There Tests or Exams?
Other than the review questions and suggestions for self-reflection, no tests are given in this course.
After all, this isn't grade school. The point isn't to score a certain mark, but to learn, integrate, practice, and live your spiritual path! You don't need exams for that — in fact, they'd be a distraction.
The only test is, essentially, whether you are actually gaining spiritual benefit from your time...
Greater happiness, peace, and well-being
Empowerment and ability to make things happen in your life
Healing of old traumas and freedom from limiting patterns or beliefs
Increasing awareness of Energy and subtle reality
And most of all, increasing connection with the Divine
Are There Additional Books/Supplies Needed and/or Recommended?
There are links in some lessons to additional resources — articles online or on my site, book links, and such, for those who are interested. But nothing else is required for completion of this course.
In other words, you can read extra, but everything that's necessary for the course is already contained within it.
Is There Another Course Following This One?
Yes, there will be a second course with more advanced studies, particularly advanced magickal- and Energy-training, healing, psychic development, and various courses that aren't appropriate for beginners.
At this time, however, I'm still putting the finishing touches on this course. It'll be a while before the advanced course is ready.
Are There Other Classes Offered (Tarot, Stones, Herbs, etc.)
There's Tarot covered in this course, with other divination tools touched on. And working with stones and herbs and things is introduced, but specific subjects like this will be covered in more detail in the second level course.
Where Does the Class Material Come From?
All material is written by me, most of it channelled directly from the Goddess for this course. There are some lessons that owe a debt of gratitude to others; they are acknowledged in the lessons.
Other Questions About the Course
Is There a Forum for Students?
At this time, there's not, unfortunately. I thought of having one on Facebook but many complained that they aren't on it and don't want to be.
Still looking into options...
Will I Receive Certification for this Course?
Yes, upon completion of the course you will receive a certificate to that effect.
Will the Wicca Course Work for the Southern Hemisphere?
Absolutely. You’ll find information specifically aimed at practicing Wicca south of the equator all through the lessons, plus a special page that sums up the most important bits for SouthHem students.
Also, you can do your Year & a Day in sync with the seasons and Sabbats for where you live by beginning in early July.
Please see more on Syncing with the Seasons / Sabbats for more details.
"I Have a Disability and May Require Additional Time..."
The course is set up so that a new lesson comes out every week. If you let me know of your situation and needs, though, we can usually come to some arrangement that will work for you.
Is There Personal Guidance?
Yes, in two ways...
The course is designed to guide you in just the way I would do so in person.
You’ll find this as you go through the lessons. Many students have said, "It's like you're here with me, talking to me in person."
Wicca School students can have their personal Wicca or spirituality questions answered by email.
As you may know, because of the heavy workload of running the school and the huge volume of emails I receive, combined with a need to take care of my health, I can no longer answer questions from random people.
Wicca students, however, are different. I take my responsibility as spiritual guide very seriously, and that means if students have questions (within reason, of course), it's my duty — and pleasure — to answer them.
Questions necessarily take second priority to students who are needing Support for course issues, so they may take longer to get a response. But I do answer students' questions.
So yes, there is personal guidance in this course as well.
Please Email me if you have any further questions!