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Raven Grimassi

Raven Grimassi Award-winning author Raven Grimassi is the author of over a dozen books on Wicca and Witchcraft, including Wiccan Mysteries (awarded Best Book of the Year & Best Spirituality Book 1998 by the Coalition of Visionary Retailers), Wiccan Magick, Italian Witchcraft (previously titled Ways of the Strega), Hereditary Witchcraft, Encyclopedia of Wicca & Witchcraft (awarded Best Non-Fiction Book 2001 by the Coalition of Visionary Retailers), Beltane, The Witches' Craft, The Witch's Familiar, Spirit of the Witch, Witchcraft: A Mystery Tradition, The Well Worn Path, The Hidden Path, and Crafting Wiccan Traditions.

Raven Grimassi has been a teacher and practitioner of the Craft for nearly 30 years. He is trained in the Family tradition of Italian Witchcraft (also known as Stregheria), and is also an initiate of several Wiccan Traditions, including Brittic Wicca and the Pictish-Gaelic Tradition. He is currently the Directing Elder of the Arician Ways. Raven considers it his life's work to ensure the survival of ancient witch lore and legend along with ancestral teachings of the Old Religion.

Grimassi has worked as both a writer and editor for several magazines over the past decade, including The Shadow's Edge (a publication focusing on Italian Witchcraft) and Raven's Call (a journal of modern Wicca, Witchcraft and Magick).

Titles by Raven Grimassi:

  • Beltane
  • The Well Worn Path
  • Italian Witchcraft: The Old Religion of Southern Europe
  • The Wiccan Mysteries: Ancient Origins & Teachings
  • Encyclopedia of Wicca & Witchcraft
  • The Witch's Familiar: Spiritual Partnerships for Successful Magic
  • The Witches' Craft: The Roots of Witchcraft & Magical Transformation
  • Hereditary Witchcraft: Secrets of the Old Religion
  • Wiccan Magick: Inner Teachings of the Craft
  • Witchcraft: A Mystery Tradition
  • Spirit of the Witch: Religion & Spirituality in Contemporary Witchcraft
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Below is a list of popular lectures and lectures presented by  Raven Grimassi.  Raven can also speak on other topics related to Witchcraft, Wicca, Magic, and the Occult.  If you are interested in having Raven Grimassi present a workshop or lecture please contact his personal publicist Stephanie at:  ravensloft@gmail.com

Requests can also be made to Llewellyn's  Publicity department at 1-800-THE-MOON.

* The Lectures and Workshops  *

CAULDRON OF MEMORY:  Create and work with magical cords that can open portals to other realms.  Connect with the ancestral spirit of your lineage. This workshop provides instructions on the construction and use of a shamanic tool known as the Witches' Tree, which is used to open portals between the worlds. Three colored cords comprise the Witches' Tree, and represent the realms  known as the Overworld, Middleworld, and Underworld.  Included in the workshop is a guided meditation to align you with the ancestral spirit of your bloodline.

This is a 2 hour workshop with a 10 minute break in the middle. Time for Q & A will be provided.

DEVELOPING THE MAGICAL CONSCIOUSNESSCreate and work with the “magical persona” as a means of empowering your magical and ritual abilities. This workshop focuses on the development of a magical consciousness that can be invoked for a variety of purposes.  The two primary intentions are to empower or enhance the practitioners abilities, and for protection against negative energies or entities.   Attendees will want to bring a ring, necklace, bracelet or other personal item to be charged for this workshop.

This is a 2 hour workshop with a 10 minute break in the middle. Time for Q & A will be provided.


MAGIC AND ITS RITUAL TOOLS — A lecture on the origins of the four primary tools used in Witchcraft.  The lecture also focuses on magic as a metaphysical science, and explores the role of the Elemental and Astral Planes in magic.  Raven will demonstrate how to raise and direct magical energy to charge jewellery, tools and other craft objects.  Attendees are welcome to bring an object to charge.

This is a 2-3 hour lecture with a 10 minute break in the middle of the 2 hour lecture and then a short preparation time for the demonstration. Time for Q & A will be provided.


THE WHEEL OF THE YEAR: EXPLORING THE INNER TEACHINGS –  Join authors Raven Grimassi & Stephanie Taylor for a representation on the eight festivals of the Wheel of the Year. Included is a slide-show using the eight festival card images from the Hidden Path oracle deck.  Attendees receive a cord with instructions on how to use it as a magical alignment.  

THE WELL WORN PATH DIVINATION SYSTEM -  Join authors Raven Grimassi and Stephanie Taylor for a presentation on the unique divination system known as the Well Worn Path.  The presentation includes an alignment to the mystical figure known as the Crone of the Cottage, and also covers the inner symbolism contained in the card images.  This presentation is 2 hours long with a ten minute break. 

THE HIDDEN PATH ORACLE SYSTEM –  Join authors Raven Grimassi & Stephanie Taylor for a presentation of this unique system of divination and mystical alignments.  The presentation includes a magical alignment to the sacred bough image, and covers to inner teachings of the eight Sabbats of the Wheel of the Year.

 The presentation is 2 hours long with a 10 minute break.  

FAIRY STONE WORKSHOP – Join authors Raven Grimassi & Stephanie Taylor for a presentation of the traditional fairy stone.  The talk includes old fairy lore, and how to make and use a fairy stone to call forth fairies.  The fairy stone as a “sighting stone” is also discussed.  Attendees receive a clay fairy stone with cord along with instructions.

 The presentation is one-and-half hours long.


FROM BEAUTY TO BEAST: HOW THE WITCH WAS MALIGNED — A lecture on the evolution of the witch figure from the beautiful witches of ancient Greek mythology to the ugly hag figure of later periods.  In this lecture, Raven presents the literary and cultural evidence that demonstrates the purposeful maligning of witches, and the agenda of both the Church and the politicians to remove the witch from public favor.  Featured in this lecture; the etymology of the word "witch" and the evolution of other terms used to describe witches.

This is a 2 hour lecture with a 10 minute break in the middle.  Time will be provided for Q & A.

WITCHCRAFT; THE CASE FOR THE OLD RELIGION — A lecture on the literary evidence from ancient times through the Renaissance period that portrays the existence of concepts in Witchcraft that many modern scholars claim date no earlier than the 19th century.  These include the existence of a triformis goddess worshipped by witches, ritual circles, working with elemental spirits, and witches as priestesses.

This lecture is 2 hours with a 10 minute break in the middle.  Time for Q & A will be provided.

ITALIAN WITCHCRAFT — A lecture on the origins of The Old Religion and parallels that exist between various European traditions. The lecture also discusses the importance of ancestral shrines and the principle of "the momentum of the past".

This lecture is 2 hours with a 10 minute break in the middle.  Time for Q & A will be provided.

THE FULL MOON IN WITCHCRAFT — A lecture on why witches gather beneath the full moon.  This talk will focus on the magic of moonlight, the role of the goddess of Witchcraft, and the connection of the Underworld theme.

This lecture is 2 hours with a 10 minute break in the middle.  Time for Q & A will be provided.

WICCAN MYSTERIES (for beginners) — A lecture on the primary keys to understanding the mysteries of Wicca as the Old Religion.  Raven discusses how the Old Religion formed as a mystery tradition, how the concept of a sun god and moon goddess was established, and how the basic aspects of Witchcraft as a religion evolved.

This lecture is 2 hours with a 10 minute break in the middle.  Time for Q & A will be provided.

WICCAN MYSTERIES (intermediate) — A lecture on the inner teachings of Wicca as they relate to pre-Christian European paganism.  Explored are the inner traditions of the Hunter Society, and the Agricultural Society.  The god and goddess forms in Witchcraft as a religion are discussed.  The Sabbats, which make up “The Wheel of the Year”, are presented as metaphors for the journey of the soul in the material world.  Key to this lecture is Raven's presentation of long standing occult principles at the root of Western Tradition.

This lecture is 2 hours with a 10 minute break in the middle.  Time for Q & A will be provided.

ANIMAL TOTEM WORKSHOP — Raven facilitates an interactive guided mental imagery meditation designed to contact one's power animal.  This Otherworld journey is designed for those desiring to work with a 'familiar' or power animal.  Once the meditation has concluded, there is a sharing circle (not mandatory) and Raven further discusses symbolism of the animal totem and techniques on how to work with them.  Questions are encouraged.

This workshop is 2-3 hours long and is limited to 20 participants.

A TALE OF WITCHES (Audience participation) — This presentation features a look at Witchcraft past, present, and future as a people of diversity and commonality.  As Raven guides everyone through our history as a spiritual people, a drum and flute accent this entertaining and visionary tale.  Evening Event Only.  This event is 2 hours.  An open discussion will follow.

— Join author Raven Grimassi for a workshop and talk on older forms of Witchcraft rooted in pre-Christian European Paganism.  A demonstration on the Witches’ broom as a ritual tool of invocation/evocation is discussed and demonstrated.  Other topics include the cauldron, the crossroad symbol, and the magical principle known as the “momentum of the past”.

This lecture is 2 hours with a 10 minute break in the middle.  Time for Q & A will be provided.


 TUSCAN DIVINATION RUNE WORKSHOP — Create your own set of Tuscan Witch's runes as seen in Raven Grimassi's book Hereditary Witchcraft.  Learn the meaning of the Tuscan rune symbols and put together your own set.  All materials are supplied.  Included are rune pieces, carry pouch, throw cloth for reading and instruction booklet.

Raven will explain the connection between fava beans, divination and the Underworld.  He will give an overview of Etruscan divination, focusing on the use of fava beans and ancestral spirits.

During the workshop, Raven will take participants on a guided mental journey to a place of Oracle.

Following the guided journey, participants will be instructed in creating their own set of divination runes and how to use them.

This workshop is approximately 6 hours, which includes 2 rest breaks and a lunch break.  Participants should plan a full day for this.  Participation is limited to 25 participants.