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Mistress/Master of the Airts

Application to receive Certification as a Mistress/Master of the Aiirts can be made at any stage or level of membership to the Coven, it is not restricted by Initiation.

Applications are made to the Council ofElders and a unanimous vote follows with the presentation of the applicable Certification.

Applicants must be able to show:

a) Any Relevent Courses and Training completed.
b) Certification from sources outside of the Coven Structure.
c) Contactable Referees
d) Be able to demonstrate examples of your skills (eg Facination - Demonstrate a Past Life Regression and Trance State)
e) Relevent employment history (eg. Warrior - Armed Services Records, Mothercraft - Childcarer)
f) Present a Workshop/Lecture on your speciality either to the Coven or to the Coven- open to non-Coveners.
g) Bibliography of Recommended Reading on their speciality.
h) Write & Perform a Rite or Ritual, involving the Gods/Goddesses associated with your speciality (eg. MotherCraft - Cybele)
i) Write a 500 word essay on why you feel you deserve to be recognised as a Mistress/Master of the Airts.
h) Be prepared to teach and instruct others in your speciality, as a recognition within the Coven as a Mistress/Master of the Arts is recognition of one's abilities in the specialitie/s, the ability and desire to teach these skills to others.

Honorary Certification:
Recognition of A Mistress/Master of the Arts outside of the Coven membership, for recognition of services rendered (eg. a First Aid officer who volunteers at a Festival may be made an Honorary Master of the Healing Arts - only Council of Elders can nominate an non-member for Certification and must be unanimously agreed upon by the Council)

Classification of the Arts

  • Bardic Arts - Teaching the Traditions and Magickal Paths through Music, Storytelling & Drama.
  • Divinatory Arts - The Divinationary Tools, Tarot, Runes, Dream Interpretation, etc.
  • Familiar Arts - Animal Magick, Totems, Familiars, Power Animals, Shapeshifting etc.
  • Fascination - Altered States of Conciousness, Trance, Hypnosis, Meditation, Energy Work.
  • Healing Arts - (With at least one speciality) Herbalism, Aged Care, Nutrition, Aromatherapy, Crystal Healing, Music thereapy, Energy Work etc.
  • Herbalism - Healing, Amulets, Talisman, Incenses, Oils, etc.
  • Incantatory Arts - Chants, Songs, Words of Power, Incantations, Mantras etc.
  • Psychic Studies - Teleportation, Telepathy, Astral Travel, OBEs, Clairsentience etc.
  • Ritual SmithCraft - Design and creation of Ritual Tools & Jewellery etc - Metalwork, Carving, etc
  • Talismatic Arts - Creation and design of Talisman Amulets, Charms, etc.
  • Kitchen Arts - The Magick and the Knowlege of the properties of food and how it affect people. The preservation and nutrition of foods.\par
  • Folk Arts - Weaving, Spinning, Sewing of Robes and Ritual Attire, Crafts and Handiworks.\par
  • Martial Arts - The understanding of Weaponry, Military History, Strategy and Self Defence. As well as Psychic Defence and Protection. (usually only awarded to members of the Armed or Police Forces or Veterans)\par
  • MotherCraft Arts - Midwifery, Childcare, Teaching, (pre-natal - teens specialisations).
  • Adornment - Ritual use of Clothing, Masks, Makeup, Tattoos, Body Modification, Piercing, etc.
  • Natural Arts - Crystal, Animal Magicks, Herbalism, etc.
  • Heavenly Arts - Astrology, Astronomy, etc
  • The Otherworld - Trancing,Otherworldy Beings, Channelling, Spirit Guides, Totems, etc.
  • Folk Magick - Charms, Simples, Oils, Potions, Brews, Trinkets etc.
  • High Magick - Quabbala, Ceremonial Magick, etc
  • Pleasure - (Please Note: This is open for Coveners over 25 years old only) - Aphrodisiacs, Massage, Sex Magick, Sacred Prostitution, Seduction, Sensuality, Erotica, Interpersonal Relationships (between both humans and the Deities) etc.

 

Please Note: Members are not required to hold experience in ALL the areas presented for their Airt, and recognition will show what areas they are specialists at, for example:

Lady Rohanna  - One of the qualifications I hold within the Coven is... "Mistress of the Airts - MotherCraft :Swimming, Education/Teaching, and Childcare/special needs" - my qualifications stem from the fact that I am a certified Special needs education assistant and children's swimming teacher.

Practitioners who have achieved a mastery of an Airtmay choose a charm to wear on a special white cord to symbolise the Airt they have gained, and each new charm is added as the practitioner gains more knowledge, some practitioners choose instead to wear their charms on a Ritual bracelet - this is entirely optional.

Steps to Obtaining a 'Mastery of the Airts'

The following is an example we presented to the Coven of how one might go about obtaining a Mastery over one of the particular Airts.

Mistress/Master of Folk Art:

This Airt might include any of the following examples: Weaving; Spinning; Sewing of Robes and Ritual Attire; Making of Altar Cloths or Ritual Assessories; Crafts; etc.

Steps to Obtaining Matery of An Airt:

  1. Work out which Airt you wish to pursue, In this example the practitioner chose Folk Arts, next they needed to decide which area they will choose as their specialty. If you choose a specialty that appeals to you most, this is probably the one you should purcuse as it will be the one you will most enjoy learning about. However do look at the various areas as you may find you already have obtained many facets of a particular specialty in which case you won't have as much to cover to obtain your first Mastery. When you have decided upon your specialty move onto step 2. In this example we are going to assume the practitioner has chosen to pursue a specialty they already have some experience in.
  2. Work out what area of the Specialty you intend to cover and in what manner. You will be required to be knowledgable in all areas of your specialty but you only need to be proficient in one major area. The example practitioner is proficient in sewing and has decided to make thisher specialty, she will cover all other areas as basics but has decided to make her focus especialty 'Creation of Ritual Attire and Ritual Accessories'. 
  3. List the topics you will cover and then try listing all the associated words you can think of (this will give you a starting point for referencing and researching the topic) You may also add any other associated areas that come up during this brainstorming process. The example practitioner writes the following list: Ritual Attires, Robes, Weaving, Thread Types, Looms, History of Sewing, Spinning, Spinning Whells, Mythology of Spinning (eg sleeping beauty), The First Tools, Stitches, Types of Thread, Embroidery, Tapestries,Historical Dress, Fastenings, Material, Accessories, Altar Cloths, Magickal Significance of Fabric Colours,Patterns and Materials, Crafts and Handiworks, Other uses for Sewing, Suppliers......
  4. From this list select the areas you feel cover your focus specialty and your specialty and write them as a seperate list for research, (you may wish to keep the first list to give to your students when you begin to teach the topic. The Emaple pracitioner comes up with a final list of the following - Chosen to Cover Topics:Sewing, The First Tools, Stitches, Types of Thread, Embroidery, Tapestries, Sewing of Robes and Roitual Attire, Historical Dress, Fastenings, materials, Accessories, Making of Altar Cloths and Ritual Accessories, Magickal Significance of Fabric Colours, Patterns and Materials. 
  5. Decide which areas information will be most readily available in, and the information that may be harder to come by. You maywish to list these topics in order from hardest to find information on, through to easiest. We suggest starting with the hardest information to find, as often when researching the harder materials you will often come across much of the easier to find information, thus you lessen your search time and concentrate on the more difficult material. The example pracitioner chose to divide her topics into easy and hard as follows - Hard to find: Historical Dress,Fastenings, Making of Altar Cloths and Ritual Accessories, Magickal significance of colour patterns and materials, Other uses for sewing and suppliers. Easy to find information: Sewing, The first tools, stitches, types of thread, embroidery, tapestries, weaving, thread types, hsitory, spinning and spinning wheels, mythology of spinning
  6. Decide how you will choose to compile your information - will you use a separate file?, add a new section to your grimoire? buy a new book to keep it all in? It doesnt matter how you choose to compile the information, what is important is to remember is that you are not just storing and compiling this informastion for your own use but also as a teaching resource to enable you to teach others. decide how you will make it instructive as well as interesting. The example pracitioner chose to compile and present her information as a 'file book'' (a book with removable pages), in the manner of an 'interst book' She decided to compile information, pictures and instructional sheets and edit it into the book and present it as a "look at Women's Work throughout History", she also chose to use photographs of her own work to illustrate the book.
  7. Once you have decide how you will want to present the finished research, begin to gather your information, read it, edit it, add your own experiences and insights, make the information yours (but remember you must note your sources as a reference at the end of your book to enableboth your students and the Elders to check any information they find against the source, or to enable them to further their own research should they so choose), grow with the experience of learning as well as compiling the information and leave behind your own version of your chosen subject for others to benefit from, but most of allenjoy the learning and experoiences for their own worth! The example practitioner realised as she moved through her journey of discovery, that she was going to need examples of older style clothing to illustrate her 'book', she chose to visit a local heritage building and got permission to photograph the clothing, sewing machines and a few other unusual items she wished to include that she had not seen elsewhere. She was also able to contact a supplier of reproduction materials andpurchased some material swaths to add to her illustrations and photographs. She added a section at the back with all her sources, suppliers as well as a section of hints and tips she had picked up along the way. Finally she embroidered a cover for her text book to show off what she had learned and as an example she could show her students when she taught.
  8. Finally compile your information into a final version and you may also choose to make a students version or teaching sheets - this is of course up to you. When you are satisfied, present your finished project to the Council of Elders. Be proud of the achievement and wear your chosen charm with joy!  The example practitioner now has a great new resource, which she can use herslef, use to aid her in teaching her chosen subject, or to pass on later to an heir. She also proudly sports a new silver charm of a pair of scissors and thimble on her white cord. She is so proud and happy she is already trying to decide which subject to pursue for her next Airt!

Sources and Resources

(c) Terra Sphere Coven Book of Shadows