The Night School: Lessons in Moonlight, Magic, and the Mysteries of Being Human

The Night School: Lessons in Moonlight, Magic, and the Mysteries of Being Human

The Night School: Lessons in Moonlight, Magic, and the Mysteries of Being Human

The Night School: Lessons in Moonlight, Magic, and the Mysteries of Being Human


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Delve into the mysteries of the Night — from divination and astrology to ancient philosophy and self-exploration — in The Night School, a magical course of study for modern witches, seekers, and mystics, from award-winning author Maia Toll.

Welcome to the Night School, Firefly. Here you'll explore the farthest reaches of the universe, and the deepest parts of yourself. You'll learn to cast off the constraints of the day, and open your eyes, your heart, and your mind to the enchanted mystery of the Night. You'll travel the world in search of inspiring sites, timeless wisdom, and essential magic. And you'll do so under the bewitching guidance of the Night Mistress, your guide in the curriculum of all that lies beneath the starry sky. 

For anyone interested in spirituality, folklore, mysticism, witchcraft, healing, and self-exploration, The Night School is a highly creative journey into the magic of the night.  Organized as an enchanted course of study, with semesters and subjects for exploration — ranging from Midnight Foundations (Philosophy 101) to Divining the Night (Divination 101) to Harnessing the Celestial Tides (Energetic Engineering 101) — this illuminating manual offers short nightly lessons complete with reflections, exercises, homework, and even extra credit to help readers connect with the power of the night and explore the deeper mysteries of being human. In an era when our daytime hours are increasingly uncertain and people are turning inward to reevaluate what really matters, The Night School encourages us to slow down and contemplate our dreams, relationship to the natural world, and the ancient traditions of mystical thinking — all by the light of the moon.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762474295
Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date: 08/09/2022
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 24,834
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Maia Toll is the author of the best selling and award-winning Wild Wisdom Series. The seeds for this series were planted years earlier when Maia apprenticed with a traditional healer in Ireland, where she spent extensive time studying the growing cycles of plants, the alchemy of medicine making, and the psychology of working with humans and illness. These experiences reawakened an interest in natural philosophy and mysticism which had been a large part of Maia’s academic studies at The University of Michigan and New York University.

Translating the lessons of the natural world for the modern seeker led Maia to open a small shop called Herbiary in 2006. Herbiary now has locations in both Asheville, NC and Philadelphia, PA (and online!). Maia has been featured in a PBS special, had a recipe published in The New York Times, gotten photographed by National Geographic Traveler, and been called “a real life Professor Sprout from Harry Potter” by Forbes magazine. She has taught Botanical Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, West Chester University, and Pennsylvania Hospital. She regularly teaches at conferences and festivals where she encourages people to use patterns and metaphors from the natural world to help them understand and grow within their own lives. Maia lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with her life and business partner and their two ridiculously spoiled dogs.

Table of Contents

Orientation 1

Welcome to The Night School 3

Your Only Prerequisite 6

Gather Your Supplies 7

New Student Orientation 15

Semester 1 25

Midnight Foundations (PHILOSOPHY 101) 27

The Mysteries of Being Human (PSYCHOLOGY 101) 59

Divining the Night (DIVINATION 101) 95

Semester Break 125

Office Hours: Midterm Check-in 127

Semester 2 131

Tools of the Mystic (DIVINATION LAB) 133

Elemental Alchemization (ALCHEMY 101) 153

Harnessing the Celestial Tides (ENERGETIC ENGINEERING 101) 193

Office Hours: Closing Thoughts 241

Final Exams 245

Commendation from the Night Mistress 252

Notes from the Teachers' Lounge 253

The Night School Library 256

Index 260

About the Author 264

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