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witch-wiccan-untapped cities-lower east side-manhattan-new york city-new york-downtown-wicca-pagan-brennan ortizThe Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center where classes are held. Photo via the The Lo-Down.

Ever fantasized about attending New York City’s very own Hogwarts (with a more modest campus of course)? Consider the Wiccan Family Temple Academy of Pagan Studies (WFTAPS). The WFTAPS has been conditioning sorcerers for nearly 7 years since its foundation in 2008. Classes are held at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center in downtown Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The academy promises to instill the fundamentals of Wicca within its students and develop their Wiccan ability and practices from there on.

Although you might not be flying on brooms during lectures, the academy offers a variety of  alternatives just as spellbinding. Courses within its curriculum vary depending on degree. Some of the highlights throughout your first degree include “Introduction to Magick,” Introduction to Rituals,” and even “Sacred Space, Altars, Tools, Etc.” With these options and numerous others, the WFTAPS offers among the most comprehensive of training programs for any soon-to-be enchanters in New York City.

For those interested in a unique experience such as this within our great city, be sure to check out the WFTAPS’s website for admission and prices information. For the rest of us, let it be known that even in the urban expanses of New York, the occultists walk among us!

The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center is also home to a Little Free Library and (fittingly) has a haunted house over Halloween.

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