Why You Should Take This Course!
Ancient Greek hetairai / hetaerae, often equalized with courtesans, inspired writers, artists and magicians from ancient to modern times. While the course will briefly discuss ancient hetaerism to provide a common frame of reference and will also utilize elements of its culture, its main focus lies on our present times. We aim to embody and express the Hetaera in a contemporary pagan, animistic lifestyle that pays tribute to erotic love and sexuality without losing sight of ‘real life.’ Unconstrained by moral norms and expectations of mainstream and occult society both, the Modern Hetaera actualizes a self-determined way of living, loving, and enchanting (aka ‘doing magic’).
Take this class to discover, reveal, or strengthen your own erotic core and to form subtle bonds with the magical world around you, which will gradually alter your mundane living.
Who Can Take This Course?
The course is meant as a foundational class that can also stand on its own. So depending on your personal requirements and circumstances, you can either apply some of its elements to your own spiritual path and magical practice or you can work it as a path of its own. If needed, Jessica will help you figure out the best approach matching your situation, experience, and lifestyle.
There will be a 2-week-break from Dec 20 to Jan 2 so that you can either catch up on the contents of the first weeks or enjoy the holidays with your loved ones without stressing over homework. 😉 A propos homework: most assignments, exercises, and practices will not be obligatory but of course they are highly recommended to make the most out of this class – it is all about your experience after all!
Week 1 – Nov 29 to Dec 5:
Pleased to meet you: what’s it all about? Introduction – Ancient Hetaerism and the Kosmic Modern Hetaera; Paganism, Eros and Magic
Week 2 – Dec 6 to Dec 12:
“The body is the manifestation of the soul” – Body and Soul, ritual nudity, movement and postures
Week 3 – Dec 13 to 19:
The necessity of Death – Life and Death; the Dead, mortality, and ancestor veneration
Holiday Break – Dec 20 to Jan 2
Week 4 – Jan 3 to Jan 9:
Dream experience – Dream work and sleep
Week 5 – Jan 10 to Jan 16:
The hetaera’s divine patronesses – Meet the Goddess(es); ritual and dedication, love spells, hymns and curses
Week 6 – Jan 17 to Jan 23:
May Eros reign – Ecstatic states and erotic magic; symbiotic occultism and esoteric love
Week 7 – Jan 24 to Jan 30:
Enter the erotic kosmos – The path of sexual pleasure and sacred sexuality
Week 8 – Jan 31 to Feb 6:
Becoming Hetaera – Summing it all up, open questions, and future outlook
This online course will take place over eight weeks and include video presentations and detailed text documents.
After registering for the course, roughly five days before the start date we will add you to a private FaceBook group along with the other students in this course. We’ve found this is a great way to share your journey in this course together.
None required. Please contact us if you have questions as to the appropriateness of fit of the course for you.
In addition, you will need a FaceBook account to be added to the private FaceBook group if you wish to participate, however, the course can also be taken as an independent study if desired.
Jessica Grote has been an initiate of the Kosmic current, founded by David Beth, for more than 15 years. She is actively involved in its development, which also includes her elaboration of the Modern Hetaera as an expression and pathway particularly for women. Some of her writing can be found on her website www.jessicagrote.com. Apart from this work, Jessica is mainly engaged in manifesting occult books in unique fine editions as the co-owner of Theion Publishing (www.theionpublishing.com). She lives in Munich, Germany.