Brujería Class FAQ

Since the announcement that Katrina is starting a new class series on Brujería, several of you have asked questions, so we are putting those in an FAQ format for everyone’s benefit. Katrina answers your questions here:

Why is the class size so limited?

This is an interactive, hands-on training class that is intensive and sometimes one-on-one training in the art of Brujería (organic, authentic, Mexican conjure magic). This type of study is most effective within smaller groups.

Can I take the class online instead of in-person?

Yes! I offer this class in both in-person and exclusively online formats. Either format is $25 per month. Online students get the same training, but do not have the benefit of personal demonstrations and instead, must watch videos to learn the processes.

For class #2 on Cleansings and Clearings, I recommend that if at all possible, online students join us for the in-person class since it is highly beneficial to take this class in person.

Can anyone take the class?

I treat the students of this class as my own personal magical students. For those of you versed in magical practice, you know that there is a major difference in giving a lecture that someone attends and accepting that person as your personal student. Each of the students is trained in the same way I train my apprentices who work with me side-by-side.

For this reason, I will consider each application carefully and then select the applicants who I feel are a good fit. I recommend that anyone who is interested in the training apply. Do not presume that I would or would not choose someone.

Are there pre-requisites for this class?

Yes and no. Students are not required to have any certain level of training before taking the class. They must, however, be receptive to a few concepts that are different from most magical training.

First of all, Brujería is not a Pagan practice. Pagans make great Brujas/Brujos and I am myself a Pagan, however, Brujería itself is built around Catholicism. It is essential that all students who take this class purge any resistance they have to working with the Catholic saints, Jesus, the Blessed Mother, etc. Some Pagans, for their own personal reasons, are hostile toward any mention of Christianized religion. That is not something that will play in this class. Students must be open to ALL expressions of the Divine, including the ones mentioned here.

Secondly, Brujería does not follow Wiccan concepts and ethics such as three-fold law, the Wiccan Rede, etc. Some shifts in perspective may be needed to work within a Brujería construct if the student is accustomed to a strong ethical framework.

What is this about video classes? Are you recording the actual class?

I will offer a video companion class that covers the material for each class. This is for the benefit of people who wish to take the course but are not within commuting distance of LightWeavers or for ongoing students who have to miss a class. I am not recording the actual class. I will make a video that covers the material we address.

How long is the class series and how often do you meet?

At this time, I anticipate a one year cycle of training. Classes are once a month.

Do we get a certification?

Brujería is not a degreed or certified process. In fact, there is no initiation, no “diploma,” and no graduation. It is a shared learning process that presents as an apprenticeship. You learn processes and techniques within the scope of Brujería practice and then take them out into the world.

What will we learn?

Some of what I teach is proprietary and oathbound material. Each student must sign a non-disclosure, confidentiality agreement that is binding in order to participate in the class. Specific points on the curriculum include:

  • How to access certain natural energies essential to effective Brujería practice
  • Cleansing and healing techniques, including low-level exorcisms
  • History of Brujería and how it presents today
  • Cultural influences around Brujería
  • Reprisal magics
  • Basic Witchcraft information and techniques
  • Poppet and proxy work
  • Weather influences
  • Herbal, resin, flower, and wood influences
  • Incense making
  • Power grid creation
  • Crystal work
  • Magical dirts and powders
  • Magical washes and waters
  • Personal disciplinary techniques
  • Jar and bottle work
  • Energy movement, manipulation, and focus techniques
  • Manifestation processes
  • Elemental affiliations
  • Saints and other Divine figures

Are the classes “stand-alone” or interconnected?

Each class builds on the knowledge gained in the previous classes, so they are to be completed sequentially.

You said there is “homework?”

Each student is expected to complete written research and experiential work provided at each class and to bring that completed work to the next class. Part of the class involves reviewing information in the homework.

Tell me about the online study group?

I will create a private Facebook group that is only for my students. Within this study group, students may share information and discuss the homework assignments, class content, and other learning experiences they have while taking the classes. It is within this Facebook group that I will address questions about the class content so that all students may benefit from the discussion. If you do not have a Facebook profile, please create one before class starts so that you may participate in this aspect of training.

The online study group is thet hub of information for the students who are exclusively online students with no in-person interaction. The students who are exclusively online share a study group with the in-person students who are working on the same class schedule.

If I complete the entire year-long course, can I roll over into the next set of classes and take it again?

At the end of one year, I will offer the classes up again and current students are welcome to apply.

Are your every-other-Friday classes you teach with Eric going away?

No, our free every-other-Friday classes at LightWeavers are still scheduled and ongoing.

Do the Saturday afternoon Brujería classes ever overlap with the Friday classes?

Yes. Because Brujería classes are once a month and the Friday classes are every other week, there are a few months where they are during the same weekend. This is unavoidable. I have faith we can go full tilt magic for 2 days and I am confident we can enjoy the full magical immersion this creates.

Why do these classes have a fee and your Friday classes do not?

Historically, Eric and I have usually charged a fee for our classes to cover expenses such as gasoline, handouts, and materials. The exception is festival-based classes, which are always free. When we began teaching at LightWeavers, Susan asked us to offer the classes at no cost and we agreed to do so. The Brujería classes are resource, energy, and time intensive and as such, we needed to charge a fee for them.

Is the fee refundable if I miss the class?

No, the fee is not refundable, but you may use it to apply to the video companion class that gives you the same information or you may apply it to a future class.

Do you take checks for the class fee?

No. Class fees must be paid in cash before the class begins or through PayPal by credit card or PayPal account.

Do I have to register for the class?

Yes. Because space is limited and applications are vetted, you must apply and then be accepted for class. The application is here: http://sovereigntyworkshops.com/brujeria-classes/

 

 

Online & In-Person Class – Brujeria: The Sacred Arts

Due to high demand, I am offering a new Brujeria class series that starts October 7th, both in-person and online versions. Please read the following information carefully.~Katrina

These are intensive, interactive classes that span a year of instruction for a total of twelve classes. Those who take the classes are considered Katrina’s personal students and are expected to commit to a course of study that requires dedication and focus. Students receive the same instruction as Katrina’s own apprentices.

Class material releases on the first SUNDAY of each month. This includes video instruction, a study pack to complete before the next month’s class begins, and access to a private Facebook study group. Likewise, the in-person version of the class occurs from 10-noon the first Sunday of each month at LightWeavers Academy in Citrus Heights, California. In-person students also use the online Facebook study group along with the online students. Students are expected to complete the class material throughout the month before the next class begins. Each class builds on the information provided in previous classes.

Please do not sign up for this class unless you are willing to take the process seriously and engage on a motivated and energetic level.

The study group is closed to anyone not taking the classes and is where the primary class interaction takes place. Here, Katrina answers questions, posts informative videos and articles, and leads discussions pertinent to that month’s class material. Students are encouraged to interact on the study group page, but are welcome to lurk and learn.

The fee for each class is $25 per month and is due before the new material for that month releases or before the first in-person class begins. Students are asked to commit to a full year of classes to provide continuity to the class environment. Once the first month of class completes, the class closes and no further students may be added.

You do not pay for your first month of class until you receive confirmation that you are accepted into the class. Not everyone is selected for this class. Katrina will evaluate your application carefully and accept only those students who will be a good addition to the class dynamic. Please do not let this intimidate you. She accepts students from all cultures, ages, and levels of experience. You may be the exact student the class needs.

You may pay for classes month-by-month or you may set up a “subscription” that automatically deducts your class fee without you having to think of it each month.

To fully participate in this class, it is essential that students overcome discomfort with Christian theology and accept working with Catholic saints and holy figures. (You do not have to engage philosophies of the Catholic Church, but some aspects of Brujería involve a working relationship with both folk and Church-recognized saints, as well as scriptures, and students should prepare to engage that energy.)

This is not Witchcraft from a Wiccan perspective, but from the organic, pre-Wiccan foundation established in Meso-America and Mexico with some HooDoo influences from systems based on African Traditional Religions with some occasional Haitian influences. This is also not a Curanderismo class, although there are several overlapping modalities and influences since the practices are, when it comes to it, very similar in nature.

To read Frequently Asked Questions and the responses to those questions, click here.

If you have questions about this class, please contact Katrina directly at krasbold@earthlink.net or message through Facebook (KatrinaMRasbold).

TO JOIN THE VIDEO CLASS, PLEASE FILL OUT AND SUBMIT THE FORM BELOW:

May 4th – Hoodoo Curios & Curiosities Class

HooDoo uses many natural items in its vast collection of tools of the trade. Come see how to use some of the most interesting like chicken/rooster feet, buckeyes, cowrie shells, hag stones, ladybug seeds, tonka beans, rusted nails, alligator feet, cats eye shells, and many other goodies.

Location:

LightWeavers Academy
8421 Auburn Blvd, Ste 150
Citrus Heights, CA 95610

(530)701-5118

Date & Time:

Friday, May 4th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Fee:

None. This class is free, but we accept donations for gasoline and handouts

Registration:

Seating is limited. Please click here to register and reserve a place in class.  Registration coming soon!

May 6th – Pagan Demayo

A fundraiser for Sacramento Pagan Pride. Come eat your fill of Street Tacos for only $5.00 per person or a can food donation (not expired) per person. Adults and children alike. Also for adults only a Tequila tasting bar for 3 shots / $25.00 (served in the bar only). Games for all including a Maypole & Piñata. A few vendors to tantalize the shopper in us all. Buy Taco tickets in advance and be entered into an exclusive drawing for a handmade leather book in a box. Bring your own 1 1/2 inch by 18ft long ribbon for the May poll, or get one at the door for a $2.00 donation.

Katrina and Eric will have a vendor booth with Two Sisters Botánica products there.

Location:

Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Center Township Post 6158

8990 Kruitof Way, Fair Oaks, California 95628

Date & Time:

Sunday, May 6, 11 am – 4:00 pm

Fee:

FREE entrance to all!!

Event Information: