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Why Salem? March 16, 2009

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Why Salem?

Salem, Mass. has the unique characteristic of being a town that is at once deeply bound in Christian Roots, as many of the churches will tell you, and at the same time, have one of the most famous aspects of Christian intolerance in the world. The Salem Witch Trials were such an atrocity that they continue to resonate to this day. By the scale of atrocities, it should have been a insignificant footnote in history, but the truth is that Christians kept it going as an example of inherent threat (we kill Witches) as well as what can happen when religion triumphs over the law. Today, this has become an important legacy in Salem, and as such it has helped to breed a Witch community in Salem. Sounds nutty to many people, but it is based on the theory lightning never strikes the same place twice.  In this case the lightning is that the Salem government will never again persecute people as Witches, even if they are self-identified and confessed as Witches. This grants the most amount of protection to Witches, Wiccans, and Pagans of any city anywhere in the world. This gives a foundation unlike any other to Salem, self-proclaimed Witch City.

 

This foundation of Witchery has been built up as a Halloween Festival, as well as Spring to Summer Tourism business. This does not inherently have anything directly to do with Witchcraft and magic but it seems those elements have blended deeply to create a “The Halloween Capital of the World”. This has allowed local Witches to take a liability and a stereotype, and rework it into a position of strength, to earn income form the world’s fascination with the Witch Story. It has allowed a local community to form and provide more for their own. They have created a stable Pagan community, focused around Witch power.

So this means that people who are open and out of the closet are able to function on a much higher level here than in other places in the world. They can find they can do business without general fear of being rejected as a Witch. Witches are in fact good people to business with in Salem. This means Pagan Businesses such as Witch School could find staff and help desperately needed for it’s growth.

Currently, I am heart sick that I cannot complete moving most of my operations to Salem at this time. The fact is, that we have seen a heavy downturn in membership fees, and can not risk a all out do-or-die project. Without sufficient backing, we are having a difficult time seeing our ability to expand, or move to Salem. We can not risk losing our core, reaching for a natural dream. This is a thorn in me, and one that I will continue to work to complete.

Why do I want Salem for Witch School?

Access to Personnel, the ability to hire people that can actually work for you and not have to hide the fact you work for Witch School. With Salem State College, and 18 miles to Boston, we have access to young and experienced talent for computers, websites, and other aspects of the business. This would help in so many different ways, and the most important is site growth and integration.

Access to Talent, Magick TV is ready to go on the air seven days a week. We have the understanding of using webcasting to better effect, and we have shows we want to develop. Having a stable studio with a deep talent pool of actors, actresses, journalists, and similar skills would allow us to expand on our growing site. Doing more online classes, live lectures, and having virtually every Pagan leader pass through would be a huge boon to the community and to us personally. I want Pagan Nightly News back.

Access to Product Manufacturers, by being in Salem we will have direct access to the market place, and product creation for the Pagan community. We can tap into talent and sales people from across the board. This will allows us to share with the community more products, and through an integrated program, sell these products year round through our participating merchants program and through our site. We want to expand our “Witches Home Shopping Cauldron Show” with live interviews with all types of manufacturers, sales people, and others who want their product seen globally.

Access to a Market, by being in Salem we can be part of a local market place that is global, and of course, we are already going global as a matter of mission. This allows us to market test products to people most likely willing to buy them. The concept of lifestyle products (from makeup, personal hygiene, scents, clothing as examples) has a distinct possibility of working within the Salem market. It works in both products coming into Salem as well as products moving out of Salem. There is no question that Salem could be the hub city of a Pagan World Market. With our contacts with Europe and South Africa, we could actually organize towards a higher and more profitable marketplace within the Pagan community.

Access to Space, is one of the local primary concerns in Salem. There is not a lot of rental space for conferences and classes, and this has limited growth locally. By us opening a center we would give access to local and national groups. Already I have offers for conferences from The Witches and Wizards Festival in July, The Correllian Lustration in April, The World Congress of Tarot in 2010, and dozens more have said they are interested. I can get them to sign agreements and sell tickets once I get clear on the space, and I have had a difficult time committing to the space without more signed agreements. I love circular problems because everyone loves to offer advice that feeds even further in to circular problem.

Access to Tourist Location, is very attractive as individuals will want to come to Witch School and other Wiccan based events and properties while offering a wider tourist vacation for family members who have less interest. Even if everyone is interested in Wiccan and Witch based events, by having access to a tourist-based community it expands the number of things to do exponentially. This makes it far more comfortable to attend events. The tourist business window is much larger than just October, and can be expanded to year round offerings. Certainly the natural April through October Window offers a lot of fun and enjoyment, while assuring a solid center for year round operation.

In closing, I believe Salem would make a perfect place to have Witch School International Headquarters. I also believe that Salem offers a lot to the Pagan community overall, not just in Salem but in their local community as well. Salem being a global name offers benefits to many groups, local, national, and internationally. That we would have the place to grow substantially in both quality and quantity of offerings on the web and off the web. We would get a lot better overall.

What keeps me is a simple gap of $25,000. It does not matter if it is a loan, line of credit, purchase of services, sales of memberships, etc. My gap is to have the rent, fees, and utilities through October 2009. It’s really simple, and if I had the account to draw on, I would do this in a heartbeat. I am working everyday to make up this gap, and get this done. I am open to discussing ways to accomplish this. I am even open in taking on direct partners on a Salem Campus project. Like I said, I have a gap of $25,000., which is the difference between success and assured failure.

I believe this still can be done, and will be done. It is a matter of when, and more if then I like. Certainly, Salem will continue to mature with or without Witch School. Witch School will also develop with or without Salem, The question is do they go together?

Blessings
Ed Hubbard
CEO, Witch School International

 

Witch School Coming to a Location Near You February 13, 2009

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This is one of my regular emails sent to everyone on the Witch School Site.

Hi everyone,  

Blessings and hoping everything is well with you. Last month I put out a questionnaire, and more than 300 people responded to it, and I thank all who did. In that questionnaire were a couple of things about being able to find classes and people in your area. We listened and have begun a process to help with both.

Witch School Live!  is our first step by offering live classes in different locations. So far we are having daily classes at Rossville, IL, if you want to join us at the HQ. We already have dates for Chicago and Salem Massachusetts. We will be adding more as we find locations where enough students are interested. The best thing about this is that we are going to offer these live classes for $5.00 each, wherever and whenever we can. We are anticipating that this will be announced quickly as we add more dates.

Further tickets will be good for classes through Dec. 21st, 2012. This means if you buy tickets for a class and miss it, you can use the tickets for a later class. We know how frustrating it is to forget or have circumstances where you cannot attend and lose the value of the ticket. In this case, you can buy a ticket and use it at anytime. We want this to be a service to all our friends and members. Check out the entire Witch School Live! Events site at http://www.witchschool.biz/wslive.html

The second outreach we are developing is ways to find people in local areas. We have started a set of Regional eGroups that allow people to find friends, members, and other Wiccans and Pagans in their local area. We hope our members such as you may be interested in joining them. We have over two hundred cities, provinces, regions and countries with groups. You can see them all at http://www.witchschool.biz/yahooegroups.html

If you are in a city or region not covered, just let me know and I will create a list for your area. My email is  Ed@witchschool.com  and just tell me the city you want me to add to our list. It can be anywhere in the world, wherever you live.

As part of this outreach, we are also developing WitchSchoolInternational.com, WitchSchoolEurope.com, and Witchschool.co.za, for working with these regions. These are all Witch School Sites, and one membership covers them all. This is part of our continued outreach globally, and working towards building an even higher quality of education.

For those who are interested, Salem Mass. will be the site of this year’s Spring Lustration and Witch School Live Events. It will be a chance to meet Rev. Don Lewis, the Members of the Witan council, Angie Buchanan of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, and Pagan Pride Founder Dagonet Dewr. This will be a particularly powerful event, and we will have amazing news coming from it. It will be full of classes, rituals, initiations, and planning on a global scale. We will also have a lot of fun including not one, but two planned handfastings. You can find out more at: http://witchschool.com/salem.asp

For those who want to know:  WitchSchoolStore.com has been upgraded and added to by Virginia, Reanna, and Tony. Reanna and Virginia even did a little show on Magick TV called the “Witches Home Shopping Cauldron“. Don also did “How to make a Crystal Web Access Point” video and “Adventures of a Student Witch- Love” cartoon. So they are just moving to improve our services, and our desire to entertain and educate.

Last but not least, Virginia, Reanna and Maryann are making a Crystal Web Access Kit that is free to anyone who buys a lifetime Witch School Membership. If you are already a lifetime member, we will send you a Crystal Web Access Kit for only the $6.00 postage and handling fee in the United States. The Kit Contains one crystal, eight stones, spell cards, and a 16 page booklet about the Crystal Web. If you are a lifetime member and want one, just email Virginia@witchschool.com and she will take care of it. If you are not, become a lifetime member and we will send you one automatically.  Click here.

Thank You for your continued support, and we are hoping to see you soon.

Blessings
Ed Hubbard

CEO, Witch School International

PS: Looking to earn extra income for your group, check out the Witch School Membership Referral Program at Witchschool.biz

 

$5. Pagan Stimulus Plan: Can it create Jobs and Other Questions. February 4, 2009

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Hi everyone,

Let me say hi, and I want to thank everyone who called me or emailed me about this subject. 32 days into being CEO, and I have people calling me about the idea of a Pagan Stimulus Plan. It is surprising that people see a definite need.

So let me answer more about it.

The first is, Yes the ticket will be a generic ticket, which will be good at any official Witch School event, type A. If sitting is limited, then first come first served will be the rule, and we will work to create extra seating, or additional classes.
So on to more direct questions:

Will Don, Ed and other Witch school staffers come to my area and teach? In some cases Yes. Don already teaches at the Chicago Witch School until he finishes training a staff. Even then he plans to continue to be part of that campus. We can do one time events and quarterly events in any region which we can sell enough tickets.
We would also need a place to stay at (local hotel) and a place to host the event. If we have a Holiday Inn in the area, we can always use them for space. If we can string several

cities in close proximity, then it becomes even more doable. This can allow for shared events as well.

Can I teach an Official Witch School Class? That depends, on what you want to teach, the audience you want to attract, and your credentials. Witch School Teachers and Mentors are almost always given official status to do these classes, they simply need to ask and apply for it. Others may request status through the Director at Witch School.
A Witch School Official Event accepts the Type A ticket, and expects from Witch School a payment of $2.00 plus bonuses per ticket. Any other arrangements will be discussed.
Once a event is official, Witch School will promote it through it’s websites, social network, and other means.

Can this really produce jobs? Yes, that it can. Certainly, people buying tickets and attending classes will allow for some income movement. Common promotion saves a lot of money and increases it’s effectiveness. In other words, focused effort produces better results. If we can have people want to take classes, to improve themselves, there will be work. Unemployed people, employed people, all sorts of people will be looking to change their lives, and we can help. Classes of as little as ten students, meeting regularly creates a successful part -time job. Each additional hour of class with ten students, meeting regularly increases the value of the part-time job. So if a steady class flow of at least ten students per class can be created, a part-time teaching job is created.
A second job is created as well, when you have more than a few teachers and that is administrator to assure payments, support, and customer services, as well as promotion. There are a lot of additional jobs created when you can sell more seats to an event. This becomes important. So yes, between local teachers on a steady schedule combined with regional events on a more spaced out schedule, you can create a lot of jobs, if your attendance numbers can be met. Meeting those numbers is definitely possible with a staff that desires to accomplish that goal, anywhere in the world.

Okay, I have answered some questions, and continue to ask for your thoughts.

Blessings
Ed Hubbard