Upon the Rood-Day: The Witchcraft of Christsonday and the Queen of Elphen


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Course Instructor: Robin Artisson

Course Start Date: TBA

“Upon the Rood-Day: The Witchcraft of Christsonday and the Queen of Elphen” is a 16 Week course in Traditional Witchcraft taught by Robin Artisson. This the first comprehensive course in Witchcraft ever taught by Robin personally, drawing upon and revealing many of his personal and private insights and methods of witching which have been refined by him over 25 years.

This course includes a survey of Early Modern Witchcraft from Britain, focusing on the regions of Banffshire and Aberdeenshire in Scotland. This course analyzes the mysteries that emerge from the confessions of the historical Scottish witches Andro Man and Marion Grant, regarding the nature of the two beings they claimed gave them power: Christsonday, thought by many to be the Devil, and his mate the Queen of Elphen.

Robin’s attempts to contact Christsonday in 2018 led to the creation of a private Grimoire and dream-journal called The Book of Jaudaret, the contents of which contain wonderful (and sometimes disturbing) revelations about the nature of spirits, this world, and instructions for certain sorcerous workings. Many of The Book of Jaudaret’s contents are being shared in this course as well.

This course is delivered to students over 16 weeks in the form of 16 detailed written and illustrated course modules, videos demonstrating certain techniques and operations, and recorded lectures. Another optional component of the course is direct interaction with the instructor and other students in the FaceBook group for the course.


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This course comprehensively presents a complete working system of witchcraft or sorcery which is suitable for those who have never practiced any form of the craft before, just as it is suitable for study by advanced crafters who might greatly benefit their own practices thereby. The method of Witchcraft taught in this course is inspired by Early Modern occult history and practices as well as the course instructor’s own spiritual visions and contacts. It represents a more thorough public sharing of his private working system, developed and proven over 25 years, which has not before been seen.

The course content will be shared weekly in the form of illustrated modules that contain charts, diagrams, illustrations, and detailed instructions from Robin in every aspect of this Craft. Videos demonstrating certain techniques and practices along with recorded lectures will also be included. 

The second focus of this course is a hand-written and unpublished dream journal and Grimoire created by Robin Artisson between the years of 2018 and 2021 called The Book of Jaudaret. It details Robin’s successful attempt to gain visionary contact with the Spirit-Being known to Scottish Witch History and Folklore as Christsonday, and the spirit-persons attached to his retinue. What Robin learned from these beings, along with Robin’s method for creating that enduring preternatural contact (which led to months’ worth of magisterial or dream-visionary teaching experiences) is to be shared so that course-takers who wish to enact this special form of spirit-learning can make the attempt. 

Eighteen of the dream-visions gained by Robin from this working will be given to the course-takers, copied directly from The Book of Jaudaret and expressed in prose form, along with detailed elucidations of their meanings. This is provided for the inspiration and guidance of class participants as they forge their own path through this deep learning experience.

This course includes a thorough analysis of the confessed beliefs, experiences, and practices of historical Scottish witches Andro Man and Marion Grant, whose words brought the name Christsonday to history, and Robin’s own occult theories regarding the true nature of the powerful beings that this man and woman once created powerful relationships with.  

Upon the Rood-Day: The Witchcraft of Christsonday and the Queen of Elphen” is taught in Five Segments, as described below.

Segment I: The Fyre Will Burne the Watter and the Earth, and Mak All Plain: Introduction and Orientation 

This Segment is one week long, and contains the historical and modern background of this Witchcraft, as well as a description of the orientation and approach that would best benefit students who wish to embody the Craft that is to be taught, or pursue the deeper mysteries described. This segment contains an in-depth analysis of Robin’s core theories regarding the prehistoric origins and true natures of the powerful entities that emerge as “demons” and “devils” to the minds of men and women living in later ages of the world.

Segment II: Thow Sall Tell Him quhat He Sall Gett: Basic preparations

This Segment is three weeks long and contains instructions for which implements must be created or obtained to accomplish this craft; how to awaken and utilize the power in the body for trance induction; how to awaken, live, and work within the dimension of sorcerous or mystical time and time-rhythms; and instructions in sortilege (divination through cards). Also discussed are the most important metaphysical “rules” or guidelines for making works of sorcery or witchcraft more powerful, implanting the seeds of devotion to spirits, and many other things.

Segment III: Plaine Devilrie and Witchcraft: The Book of Charms and Powers

This Segment is four weeks long, and imparts many powerful charms and adjurations devoted to the great historical beings and entities who empower Witchcraft as a whole; a detailed explanation and system of Art aimed at creating very potent incantations for any purpose; the ritual creation of purifying, exorcising, and empowering water; the formation of Crophts and Witch-Rings; the sorcerous creation of certain tools and talismans for many purposes; learning how to relate to the “Gude Neighbors” and the “Seely Wights” or the spirits of one’s own local ecology; and rituals of devotion to spirits and to the Greater Entities.

Segment IV: The Uncannie Sowl: The Wight Words and the Soul-Signs

This Segment is four weeks long, and shares the full methodology of creating and using verbal sigils; the basic uses of the Benedicite Spell or Working; the creation and use of warding and protecting signs in different forms; the creation of “Soul Signs” or visual sigils and their various means of use; the capturing and gaining of a Witch-name; Witch-baptism; and the “first degree” of Shape-shifting.

Segment V: All Power under God: The Gate of Elfhame and the Dreams From Below

This segment is four weeks long, and includes instruction in using the Oneiric Prayer technique to arrange soul-familiarity with Christsonday and the Queen of Elphen; advanced lucid dreaming techniques; the method of petitioning for Magisterial (teaching) dreams; the advanced workings of the Benedicite Charm; petitioning the Netherworld; the Pricking Hex, and the means of unlocking the ancient Labyrinth sign and symbol to gain access to the inner spaces of the soul. 


This course’s content will be shared via written modules, online Q&A sessions, several video demonstrations, and online discussions in a private FaceBook group. Enjoy the benefits of Robin’s direct guidance and instruction in this rare opportunity to develop and further your own witchcraft practice.

To register for the course, we do not require that students have any experience in sorcery or witchcraft. This course can benefit both the novice and the adept alike. Please contact The Blackthorne School if you have questions as to the appropriateness of fit of the course with your level of experience.

The Blackthorne School aims to make courses financially accessible to a variety of people.  We have options to pay the tuition in full or use a payment plan. To sign up for the payment plan, click on “Pay Deposit” at the top of the page. There is a slightly higher cost for the payment plan option due to additional processing and labor costs. Payments begin the date you sign up for the course.

Photos & Images: Copyright Robin Artisson 2022.


Robin Artisson has been devoted to reviving and practicing Witchcraft and Sorcery, following the patterns and examples of Witchcraft as they are found in Early Modern and Ancient history, for 25 years. With help and guidance obtained from contact with beings who belong to the hidden ecology of the Unseen World, Robin has authored several well-known books on these recondite topics and in 2015 co-founded the sorcerous society of Covenant DeSavyok. Robin focuses his present work and research on the extraordinary aspects of dreams and dreaming, and the spiritual and historical/mystical dimensions of entheogenic powers.

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Instructor Bio

Robin Artisson has been studying folklore, mythology, and the interior metaphysics of sorcery and pre-modern European preternaturalism for over 20 years. His specialty areas of knowledge include spiritual ecology, prehistory, herbalism and wortcunning, divination, and soul-flight or trance induction, along with a vocational interest in the extraordinary exploration of the hidden dimensions of the mind, the soul, and the world.

Robin is one of the founders of Covenant DeSavyok, a sorcerous society devoted to the practice of early modern witchcraft and spiritual-ecological exploration of the hidden reaches of the living world, and the Unseen. He is the author of many works on the subjects of Traditional Witchcraft, as well as ancient and early modern sorcery, including An Carow Gwyn: Sorcery and the Ancient Fayerie Faith

Robin lives in the countryside of downeast Maine, near the craggy coast, under the shadows of the mountains and their forests. There, he carries on the relationships he has with the spirits he has allied with over the years, and watches his daughters grow with much joy.

Course Requirements

In order to offer the most comprehensive and effective learning process, we ask that students have at minimum some experience in sorcery or witchcraft as well as prior experience with divination. Please contact The Blackthorne School if you have questions as to the appropriateness of fit of the course with your level of experience.

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