How Often Will I Receive Instructions?
New lessons will become available every seven days, starting the date (and time) you joined. You are expected to read and perform the exercises and rituals given in one lesson before starting on the next. You are, however, welcome to take the lessons at your own pace (though new lessons will not unlock earlier than seven days). If one week’s lesson takes you a month to complete, that’s fine. Your next lessons will be unlocked and waiting for you on the site when you want them. At this time you will need to check the lessons page each week and click the appropriate lesson to see if you have been given access as you will not receive a notification when the lessons have been unlocked. The lesson page is accessible from the main menu, which will take you to the following address http://www.themysticdreamacademy.com/black-rose-witchcraft/brw-lessons/
What Is Expected Of Me?
When you have completed a lesson, you are expected to post a check-in to the appropriate lesson forum. This should be a brief statement about your experience with the lesson material, including any insights or challenges that presented themselves for you.
You must also respond to at least one other Black Rose member check-in for that lesson.
Questions concerning class material should be posted in the corresponding discussion thread AND have the letter “Q” appear in the beginning of the subject line. FOR EXAMPLE: Questions about material given in lesson 4 should be directed to Lesson 4: Month 1; Week 4 “Black Rose Temple”, while questions about Lesson 12 should be directed to Lesson 12: Month 3; Week 4 “Threads Of Three”.
Questions posted in the Forums will be read and answered by fellow students, as well as Black Rose initiates, Sacred Fires students, and BlueRose Practitioners and Dedicants. To ask questions specifically of the teachers please direct them as a private messages.
You should keep a private journal that is just for your work in Black Rose in which you will document each meditation and ritual you perform for this class.
Behavior that is threatening, insulting, rude, flaming, or toxic will not be tolerated. An admin will give you a gentle warning if necessary and repeated offenders will be dropped with no refunds being given.
How Do I Use the site?
If you are logged in and you visit the main Black Rose area (direct link: www.BlackRoseWitchcraft.com) you will see several choices on the class menu bar.
‘Lessons’ is a page with links to each lesson in Black Rose, arranged in thirteen monthly sections which contain 4 weekly lessons for that month. ‘Lesson 1: Month 1, Week 1’ becomes available the moment you signed up and were granted access to the class. After that each seven days the next lesson will ‘unlock’ and you will be granted access. Simply return to this page after access has been granted and you will find the link active.
‘Forum’ is where you will be interacting with the other students and members of the black Rose community. You will notice that there are may topics listed. ‘Chit Chat’ is simply a place to post whatever you want; to chat with other members of the community, or to share things that you find interesting. ‘Introduce Yourself’ is the place where all Black Rose members can post a short bio and introduction. Tell us about yourself! What are your likes and dislikes? What brought you here? The remaining forums listed are specific to the lessons you will receive. For example, after receiving (and performing) the lessons for Lesson 7: Month 2; Week 3 “Fetch”, you will surf to the corresponding forum and post your check-in there. This way each lesson’s forum becomes a repository for the thoughts and experiences of each student who interacted with that material.
‘Class Resources’ is a place where you can find supporting information for the Black Rose work, such as links to our online store where you can purchase supplies, order magical services such as Setting Lights, or check out our recommended reading list.
Continuing to explore the class menu bar, the ‘Black Rose Teachers’ button links to a page where you can read more about our teachers, Chas, Devin, and Storm, and can even book live sessions with them at a discounted rate, exclusive to Black Rose members.
And finally, ‘Black Rose Blog’ is a filter for the main ‘Mystic Dream Academy Blog’. Using this filter will show only those blog entries tagged ‘Black Rose’.
Once Initiated, will anyone I initiate also have a lineage?
No. The Black Rose initiation can be viewed as similar to a “first degree” which, traditionally, does not confer the authority to initiate others. Black Rose is a beginning-level school. For those that wish to pursue a lineage in the priesthood of the Craft there are two options for further intensive study: Sacred Fires and BlueRose. BlueRose is a school and lineage of the Faery (sometimes called “Anderson Feri”) tradition, founded by Storm Faerywolf, that traces directly back to the late Victor & Cora Anderson. Sacred Fires is Devin Hunter’s tradition that incorporates elements from Northern Star Wicca, Dianic Witchcraft (Cult of Diana), as well as elements of traditional Faery. The lineage of Sacred Fires begins with Devin but energetically draws from those older lineaged elements. Both the BlueRose and Sacred Fires trainings draw from the beginning work that is offered in Black Rose and are each structured differently.
If I use this material in my Coven, will they be a “Black Rose” coven?
You could say it is “Black Rose inspired” or something like that, but Black Rose is a specific school taught only by Chas Bogan, Devin Hunter, and Storm Faerywolf. As of right now there is no “Black Rose lineage” as the lineages that we offer take place in the context of the deeper work that is available after the Black Rose curriculum is finished, namely Sacred Fires and BlueRose Faery.
Will Initiation be automatic, or will I have to qualify?
If you do the work and participate in the forums as requested then you will be eligible for initiation. In the long distance class this initiation will occur in the context of a group Skype session. For the in-person class this will occur on the final class meeting.
How Long Can I Remain Here?
Our goal is to foster an online coven and community of magic adoring individuals, and as part of our coven you are encouraged to continue to actively participate in the forums and events here after you have completed the course.
Members who do not complete the course, either through inactivity or nonpayment, will be removed from this space. Members who encounter hardships amidst this course are encouraged to contact the admin team at firstname.lastname@example.org to see what alternatives may exist to aid you in completing the course and remaining a part of our community.
What is your refund policy?
We do not offer refunds for any reason.
If you signed up and paid using the subscription system you can cancel your subscription at any time and you will not be charged further. (Since payments are done by the whole month if you cancel after your months’ payment has cleared then you will still receive the remaining month’s materials before the cancellation takes effect.)
If you have any other questions or concerns about this policy please contact the admin team before enrolling. Once you are enrolled you are agreeing to these terms.
Who Are Able To Read My Comments?
This depends on where you post comments in the Mystic Dream Academy. When in doubt about a particular forum, log out to see if it is visible. Different parts of the Academy have different settings, some are private to specific groups, others to all members of the Academy, and others are visible to anyone who visits the site.
In the Black Rose Witchcraft group the pages visible to all visitor of Mystic Dream Academy include: Home, Wheel Of The Year, and FAQ. Comments left on those pages will be seen by everybody.
Black Rose Witchcraft pages visible only to members of Black Rose include: Discussions, and Members.
Be aware that the “Open Forum” section accessible below the Mystic Dream Academy Header is visible to everyone.
Are There Items I Need To Buy?
Not necessarily, however we are currently working on a shopping list of items that you may purchase from our website.
As an active student in Black Rose you may use this code to receive 15% off your purchases.
As local business owners we also encourage you to support the metaphysical store in your own community, provided there is one. Also, a good Witch knows how to make do with whatever is on-hand, therefore costs can be kept to minimum if that is a concern.
Any Other Questions…
Despite our best efforts, we may not have thought of everything, and you are free to respond to this post with whatever questions are important to you.
If you wish to contact our admin team directly, please email email@example.com and they will get back to you ASAP.