Today, let’s design a self-study curriculum together. This idea came up after looking at Master’s programs this morning and realizing that these programs would not suit my exact needs from an education. I’m not looking for more accolades, but more knowledge. That’s not to say that I would not absolutely love to get my Master’s. The “self-study” part of the title is two-fold – I want to direct my own at-home “Master’s program” as well as learn more about myself through the process. So to start designing this curriculum, I’ve chosen an area that I’ve already been studying. But I want to add structure to my study. I’m also using this self-study curriculum to justify more book purchases.
The way I’m going about creating this curriculum is by looking through my Amazon carts and “Saved for Later” list, which both have a decent number of books. It’s the place where I keep my “to read” books. I’m looking at the theme between books, grouping them, and then titling the “course”. My goal with this curriculum is not only to learn, but to feel free to indulge in my interests and release any shame I feel around having these interests.
I’m also getting a curated bundle of books from The Last Bookstore in the mail in a few weeks, so I’ll be adding those books to this curriculum as soon as I get them. As a side note, I am strangely enjoying how long things take to come in the mail because it makes me more careful about what I purchase and it helps to slow me down (and combat the urges of my very immediate and sometimes irritable Aries Moon).
This curriculum is meant to be multi-medium, meaning that I will be reading books as well as working with tools like the Tarot to enhance my learning.
Imagery of the Tarot as the Archetypal Journey
This “course” will cover Jungian psychology’s ties with the Tarot (he himself was said to have only seen the Tarot imagery perhaps once).
- Tarot at a Crossroads: The Unexpected Meeting of Tarot & Psychology
- Jung and Tarot: An Archetypal Journey
- Tarot on Earth
- Tarot Correspondences
- Holistic Tarot
- Tarot and Astrology
- Rider Waite Smith Tarot deck
Women’s Oppression Through Spiritual Stigmatizing
This section of my study will be a deep-dive of stigmatization of women’s spirituality practices, focusing on contemporary American goddess-based religions.
- Drawing Down the Moon
- Caliban and the Witch
- The Spiral Dance
- Sacred Woman: A Guide to Healing the Feminine Body, Mind, and Spirit
- Imagine a Woman in Love with Herself
- The Way of the Rose
- Rituals and Practices with the Motherpeace Tarot
- Motherpeace book and Tarot deck
Shadow Work and Divine Femininity
Femininity is associated with the dark in the Western world, so in this section, I’ll explore the connection through shadow work.
- Hekate Liminal Rites: A Study of the rituals, magic and symbols of the torch-bearing Triple Goddess of the Crossroads
- Hekate: Keys to the Crossroads
- Meeting the Shadow: The Hidden Power of the Dark Side of Human Nature
- Shadow and Evil in Fairy Tales
- Herman Hesse’s Fairy Tales
- Nicoletta Ceccoli Tarot Deck (and any other shadow decks)
Grounding Practices and Living in the Material World
This section is meant to bring some lightness to the rest of the curriculum and engage me within the world more.
- HausMagick: Transform Your Home with Witchcraft
- Kitchen Table Tarot
- The Green Witch: Your Complete Guide to the Natural Magic of Herbs, Flowers, Essential Oils, and More
- Paganism: An Introduction to Earth- Centered Religions
- Urban Magick
- Living Color: Painting, Writing, and the Bones of Seeing
- The Modern Witch Tarot Deck
I don’t know how long this list of materials will take to get through, but this list has helped me solidify what I want to focus my attention on in the next year or so.