The Witches Year with Natalie Rousseau


Welcome to The Witches Year, a program I have put together as an invitation to explore the wheel of the year through a magical lens. In this program I have broken the year into five primary seasons, each of which possess a very particular mood and each of which will evoke a different approach to creativity, action, ritual and reflection. The teachings I share in this program are my own, inspired by a lifetime of paying attention to the world around me while immersing myself in the study of various traditions of embodied magic.

Registration for The Witches Year is now closed until Oct 2020


How Does This Course Work?

The Witches Year is broken into five primary seasons and will be delivered over the course of the year as five separate lessons. You can read more about the magical seasons I work with below.


Dark Season

This is where The Witches Year begins, in the darkness that falls between Samhain (Oct 31st) and Yule (Dec 21st). Together we will explore this potent season of the year as an invitation to lean into the shadow. The veils between past and present blur during this time, offering us the opportunity to re-source a deeper wisdom and potentially free ourselves of that which may be haunting us.



Deep Winter

The season of Deep Winter is a short one, falling between the cold days of Yule (Dec 21st ) and Imbolc (Feb 1st). This is a season of rest, receptivity and deep dreaming, as the energy current of Deep Winter occurs below the surface. This magical season will take us from the conception point of the solar year (Yule) through to the quickening time of Imbolc, a time when new life begins to stir, drawing us into a new cycle of waxing light.



Spring Fire

The season of Spring Fire falls between Imbolc (Feb 1st) and Beltane. This is a time when our magical work begins to turn us outwards, towards the life we are creating in the present moment. In this season we will stoke the fires of our creativity, awaken the vital energy of our bodies and make manifest our desires.



High Summer

The season of High Summer carries us through the blooming time of Beltane (May 1st) to the first harvest of Lughnasadh (Aug 1st). This is a season of celebration, sensuality, and earth connection. In this season I will be inviting you to deepen your intimacy with the world around you through the portals of your body, your senses, and your relationships.



Autumn Harvest

The magical season of Autumn Harvest is one in which we acknowledge the precious impermanence of life. As the solar year begins to wane and the golden light of summer casts longer shadows on the earth we will begin the work of the inner harvest, separating the grain from the chaff so we may remember what is most true. This season runs from Lughnasadh (Aug 1st) to Samhain (Oct 31st) and completes the circle of The Witches Year.

 


Registration for The Witches Year is now closed until Oct 2020


Each Lesson Includes

With each magical season of the year a new lesson will be released. These lessons are housed here on Teachable and will include -

  • a video + audio presentation about the current magical season and its core teachings
  • a video + audio presentation introducing you to the archetypes and core symbols for the season
  • a video + audio presentation on the topic of herbal allies and seasonal wellness- you will be introduced to five different herbal allies with each season of The Witches Year
  • suggestions for yogic practices that can help you align with the energy of the season
  • a guided meditation to support you in tapping into the mood of the season
  • a ritual example and suggestions for personal ritual appropriate to that season
  • a tarot spread (or two) and journal prompts for the season
  • supportive pdf handouts for easy reference
  • a suggested reading list for each season
  • invitation to a private forum on Facebook (where you can meet other witches and ask me questions)
  • a live Q&A video in our private forum on Facebook for each season

Who Am I?

I identify as a woman, a witch, a mother, a student, and a storyteller. I am passionate about learning and have devoted my life to the study and practice of yoga, meditation, traditional wellness systems and earth centred medicine. I value conversation, community, and curiosity. I believe in the power of personal practice as a means of reclaiming our inherent wisdom and love nothing more than to support and witness others as they walk their own path of remembrance.

Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts on October 31st 2019 and ends on Oct 30th 2020. Each year I will re-open registration in October and you will be invited to move through the wheel of the year with me as many times as you like. A one-time purchase gives you lifetime access and all materials can be downloaded to keep forever.
Do I need to identify as a witch to take this course?
Absolutely not. The witch is an archetype that has deep and personal meaning to me, which is why I work with it, but it is not a label or identity that I expect others to take on. If this course sparks curiosity in you that is all you need.
Is this course for women only?
This course is open to all beings, no matter where you sit on the gender spectrum and no matter how you self identify. Everyone is welcome.
How much time do I need to put into this course?
This course is delivered in five different lessons over the course of an entire year. Each lesson will have a number of short video and audio presentations and suggested practices to explore. The amount of time you put into it will be entirely up to you and you will not receive any pressure from me to complete anything by a certain time. This program is meant to inspire you to weave more magic into your daily life, that is all.
What if I have questions? How do I access support?
You can always reach me by email once you sign up, and we have a private Facebook forum where you can ask questions of our community. Once a month I will also host a live Q&A session (in our Facebook forum) so you can connect with me in real-time.
Is this a yoga course?
I will share suggestions for yogic sadhana in this program, encouraging you to consider the way you practice yoga in each season, but you do not need to be a yoga practitioner to take this course. Yoga is a tool that I use and that many of the folks in my community enjoy, which is why I talk about it, but you do not need to engage with that part of the program if it is not of interest to you. Please note that I will not be teaching folks how to practice yoga in this course, rather I will be offering insight into how you can work with your existing practice in a way that reflects the energy of each magical season we explore.
I have never worked with tarot or herbalism before, does this matter?
Like the yogic sadhana portion of this course, anything related to tarot or herbalism is entirely optional. I will invite you to explore all of these tools, but nothing is expected of you. I will encourage you to engage with the practices or teachings that intrigue you most, leaving everything else on the table as you desire. Those who are new to tarot and kitchen herbalism are welcome and encouraged to join.
I live in the Southern Hemisphere, will this course work for me?
Though you experience the same wheel of the year as those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, our seasons oppose each other, which can make things tricky. I live and teach in the Northern Hemisphere which means my teachings are rooted in the changing landscapes of my environment and will not reflect what is happening for you at the same time. You are still welcome to purchase this program of course, as long as you understand that I will not be sharing teachings applicable to the Southern Hemisphere while we undertake our journey through the year. Everything in the course can be downloaded though and you can then revisit the seasons as they apply to you.


If this course sparks curiosity in your heart I hope that you will join me. The Witches Year reflects my own practices of sacred timekeeping and will be sharing of how I work with seasonal magic. The Witches Year is also a community, an online space where we can gather in conversation about the topics we will be exploring throughout the year.