Mat Auryn (New England) is a witch, writer, professional psychic, and occult teacher throughout New England. He has been drawn to the occult and metaphysical since an early age, reading books on witchcraft at eight years old. He is an initiate of Black Rose Witchcraft and a priest in Sacred Fires Tradition of Witchcraft founded by Devin Hunter. He has also studied with various other traditions and teachers including Christopher Penczak in the Temple of Witchcraft Tradition, Laurie Cabot in the Cabot Tradition, Jason Miller in the Sorcery of Hekate. He is a devotee of the Covenant of Hekate founded by Sorita D’Este.
He writes for Patheos Pagan in his blog For Puck’s Sake, The House of Twigs, Horns Magazine, and on his personal website. He has been featured in various magazines, radio shows, books and other periodicals such as The Witch’s Almanac, DisInfo, The Wild Hunt, Down at the Crossroads podcast, Raise the Horns Podcast, Magick Magazine, Horns Magazine, Moon Books, Cutline Press, Just Julie, Magical Experiments, and more. Mat Auryn is ranked the second most influential person online in the field of neo-paganism and within the top 100 in divination according to Agilience. Mat was the very first recipient of the “Most Supportive Witch Award” presented by Witch Way Magazine for helping others in the witchcraft community and going above and beyond to make other witches feel like they are not alone.
Mat has had the honor of helping thousands of people gain clarity through his skills of psychic ability and tarot reading throughout the world over the last decade. He has been interviewed on radio, in magazines, and on several websites and private newsletters. Mat teaches various metaphysical and occult subjects ranging from psychic development, magickal empowerment, working with spirits, divination, energy healing, lucid dreaming, divination, astral projection throughout New England including Salem, Massachusetts, known internationally as the Witch City.
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Black Rose Witchcraft
The Black Rose School of Witchcraft is a unique learning experience for modern practitioners of the craft who wish to dive deeper into the occult mysteries. With a combined knowledge base of over 75 years we are founded by three of today’s leading teachers on the subject: Storm Faerywolf, Chas Bogan, and Devin Hunter. Training contain threads of magic from the Feri Tradition, Dianic Witchcraft, Wicca, and Modern Conjure.
Covenant of Hekate
Created by Sorita d’Este in 2010, Within the Covenant of Hekate we explore the Mysticism and Magic of the goddess Hekate through the practice of theurgy (‘divine-working’) to achieve henosis (union with the divine), through contemplation, experience, intuition, divination, meditation and ritual within the realms of the Western Esoteric Traditions. The Covenant of Hekate is rooted in firm foundations of knowledge and practice from the traditions of the ancient world which honored Hekate. This knowledge and practices form the basis of the modern manifestation of Hekate’s worship in ways relevant to this age and accessible to all who seek her mysteries.
Devin Hunter’s Psychic Apprenticeship & Witchcraft Mentorship
Devin Hunter is a professional witch and the resident House Medium at The Mystic Dream in Walnut Creek, Ca. He holds third-degree initiations in both the Northern Star Tradition of Wicca as well as the Dianic Tradition of Witchcraft (the Cult of Diana) and is the founder of his own tradition, Sacred Fires.
Taught by Christopher Penczak. Exploration of the mystery and lore of Dragon Spirits and their role in Magick, dragons, Wyrms, Wyvrns and Serpents, telluric forces within the earth, the spirits of key lines, elemental masters, land spirits guarding treasure, Faery beings and manifestations of ancestral DNA. Drawn from old and new lore, with a discussion of the Red and White Serpents of Arthurian myth and the four dragon guardians of the elemental quarters. and calling upon them to help in your Magick and spiritual evolution.
Laurie Cabot & The Cabot-Kent Tradition of Witchcraft
Laurie Cabot, known as the “Official Witch of Salem,” is an ordained High Priestess descended from Celtic ancestry through the lineage of the Witches of Kent. Having practiced Witchcraft for over forty years, she founded the Cabot Tradition of the Science of Witchcraft to teach and train others the Science of Witchcraft and the Witches’ League for Public Awareness, an anti-defamation organization aimed at correcting the many misconceptions about Witchcraft. She is the author of several books. Laurie is a popular lecturer and teacher who has spoken on spiritual well-being and Celtic Witch mythology at Wellesley College, Salem State College, Rutgers College, and Interface, among others. Her frequent television and radio appearances, including Unsolved Mysteries, Oprah, and National Public Radio, have helped educate the public about the goodness of Witchcraft, our planet’s oldest Nature religion.
Laurie Cabot’s Tarot Method
Taught by Laurie Cabot. In these classes Laurie guides you through the four suits and major arcana of the tarot, their traditional meanings and how to incorporate those into a reading along with her own methods of scrying into the cards to gain psychic information unrelated to their traditional meanings. Laurie teaches about life as a professional tarot reader providing tips and tricks on how to be successful and offer real and meaningful guidance to your clients.
Taught by Christopher Penczak. An intensive and powerful introduction to astrology through the lens of a magickal practitioner. In the ancient world, astronomers, astrologers, magicians and priests were all one vocation, and the stars were looked to not just for insight and prediction, but as living spiritual forces active in our life. Visionary meditation, ritual and spellcraft where ways you could actively engage the forces of the heavens and work cooperatively with them in your life.
The Magickal Mandrake
Taught by Christopher Penczak. Mandrake, also known as the Mandragora or Manakin, is one of the most interesting and mysterious of the Witch’s Plants. Notoriously hard to get and grow, despite its popularity in modern stories and folklore, from Harry Potter and Pan’s Labyrinth. An herb of Venus and Saturn, as well as an aphrodisiac, sedative and poison, does it deserve its sinister reputation? In this class, one learns the folklore associated with the plant, along with Christopher’s own experiences growing it and working with it as a spiritual ally and teacher. Then one is taught how to experience the mandrake directly through the ritual use of mandrake flower essence and a guided visionary journey.
A Course In Modern Conjure is the collaborative curriculum of Chas Bogan and Storm Faerywolf, both experienced root workers with individual Conjure doctoring practices. Having repeatedly taught this course at their store The Mystic Dream, they have reworked their lessons to suit an online setting, integrating new materials such as art, music and video in order to enhance their teaching. You will be encouraged to work hands-on with various herbs, curios, oils, and other magical paraphernalia. Our study will focus on various traditions of American folklore, such as Hoodoo, Southern Conjure, Pow-Wow, and more, including work with various written texts such as the King James Bible and certain Grimoires.
The Munay Ki Shamanic Rites
The Munay-Ki are nine rites of initiation that have been handed down from time immemorial through the medicine tradition of the Americas. The modern day custodians of some of these rites are the Q’ero community of the Andes. The Q’ero and many other Native American peoples believe that humanity is now going through a great transition in consciousness. The Munay-ki are seeds of attunements that can be planted in the human energetic field, which as they grow give rise to this new humanity.
The Mysteries of the Wheel of the Year
Taught by Christopher Penczak. In this year-long class, one goes deeper into the soul and spirit world through the Turning of the Wheel of the Year. Focus is on the annual journey of the Goddess and God of the Wheel as they shift their forms from Mother and Child to Lovers, Monarchs, Sacrifice and Mourner and Hidden Ones. Working with some of the Sabbatic deities most often associated with the Holidays – Brid, Ostara, Bel, Lugh, Mabon, Modron, Morrighan and Dagda. Surveying how modern Neo-Pagan groups reclaim and modernize old lore, while delving into traditional folk customs. Expanding one’s understanding of the two fold God, as Oak and Holly King, invoking the eightfold division of the four horned gods and the four agricultural gods. Working with the astrological patterns beneath the Wheel, and studying how to celebrate alone or in groups through ritual, vision working, song, dance, season food and lore.
The Mystery of the Tarot
Taught by Christopher Penczak. In this year-long online class, one explores the Royal Road of the Fool on the path of initiation through the twenty two gates of the Major Arcana. Studying the traditional images and symbols of the Major Arcana tarot cards, including their number, letter, astrological correspondence, magickal images and place upon the paths of the Tree of Life. Understanding the meaning and spiritual lesson of each card, alone and in relationship to each other through the Eleven Gates and Keys and the Three Ladders of the Seven Operations.
The Plant Spirit Familiar
Taught by Christopher Penczak. Many witches are familiar with the concept of the animal familiar, the totemic animal or fetch beast, but many witches are also allied with spirits from the plant world. The spirits of herbs, flowers and trees can act as divine guides, protectors and tutors in magick, healing and transforming the witch. Each one has its own spiritual medicine, that is in harmony with the witch’s work and purpose in the world. Class covered finding one’s plant familiar from the green world, and developing a strong connection.
Taught by Christopher Penczak. Exploring the techniques of psychic self defense and the rituals of protection magick. Learning how to protect and balance yourself and home. Discussion of potential psychic dangers, drains and trauma from other people, your environment, and yourself. Understanding how to counteract these dangers and create new healthy habits that will protect your energy. Creating energetic protection shields through meditation and ritual. Exploring your relationship with your guardian spirits, angels, deities and spirit animals. Working with protective crystals, herbs and symbols to make protection amulets. Exploring the concepts of curse breaking, the evil eye, bindings and bottle spells. Learning energy cleansing techniques to create a balanced, sacred environment to promote health and well being. Grounded in a philosophy of spirituality and self empowerment.
The Sacred Fires Tradition of Witchcraft
The Sacred Fires Tradition of Witchcraft is founded upon the concepts of European Occultism, American Folk Magick Traditions, Ecstatic Witchcraft and Energy Healing. Our magic is heavily based on the development of the psychic abilities of the witch, especially the mediumistic. We are known for our unique bonds to familiar spirits and regard them highly in our personal and traditional work. Our magic teaches us to wield large amounts of power and energy. Our magic is conveyed through a shared shamanic and ecstatic experience, real life experience, and personal will power. Instead of initiation levels we use flames. Each flame gives us tools to forge our own souls path. Through each of the fires we dismantle the armor and shed our skin, ultimately being reborn as gods ourselves and creators of our own souls path.
Sorcery of Hekate
Taught by Jason Miller. The Sorcery of Hekate is a seven month course centered around working with Hekate as she has taught Jason Miller to work with Her. Most the course focuses on a Mandala of Hekate that contains not just Her, but other spirits which serve different functions. By focusing on different aspects, chants, and sorceries, the practice can become infinitely variable and laser focused.
Take Back Your Mind
Taught by Jason Miller. This course is different than most mindfulness programs. Most teachings on meditation talk about finding calm and peace. Calm and peace are important, but they are a side effect, not the goal. The goal is to take back what has been stolen from you: your attention span, your self-awareness, your ability to act from your own will rather than the push and pull of habit and external conditions. The Goal is to wake up: to be present, self possessed, and in command of tools and powers you did not even know you had.
Taught by Laurie Cabot. An introduction to the art of Tarot and its use in divination but take a deeper look and exploration of how to harness the majick of the tarot and incorporate it into your spell craft.
The Temple of Witchcraft Mystery School
Co-founded by Christopher Penczak, Steve Kenson, and Adam Sartwell, the Temple started in 1998 as a system of magickal training and personal development, and eventually developed into a formal tradition of Witchcraft. Now, as an outgrowth of the work of students, initiates, and graduates of the programs, the Temple of Witchcraft has evolved into 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.
Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy. The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means “Universal Force or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. So Reiki is actually “spiritually guided life force energy.”
Festivals Mat Has Taught At
The Temple of Witchcraft – Yule 2018
“The Krampus & Other Dark Lore of The Yuletide” – Pre-Ritual Yule Workshop
Rhode Island Pagan Pride 2018
“Triple Soul of the Witch”
“Artificial Servitor Spirits”
“Rite of the Cosmic Dreamer” – co-lead ritual with Sacred Fires Tradition
“Lucid Dreaming & Astral Projection”
Stores & Venues Mat Teaches At
The Temple of Witchcraft
Derry, New Hampshire
Moth & Moon Studios
Bedford, New Hampshire
The Robin’s Nest
Pagan Moon Shop
Divinations Psychic Parlor and Learning Center
The Art of Divination
Awards & Honors
Witch Way Magazine – 2018
“Most Supportive Witch” – First Recipient
Hornie Awards – 2017
“Pagan Blog of the Year: For Puck’s Sake” – Raise the Horns