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Department of Mathemagicks Class Listing

Please note: Classes that are required are listed with a red title and asterisk.


Mathemagicks 101: Magick And Number
Credits: 1
Level: 1
Instructor: James "Lloydiarth" Lloyd
Class Description: (See Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard, pp. 270-276)

Mathematics underlies the structure of creation, and by understanding numbers and how they relate to magick the young wizard can go a long way towards mastering their world. Sacred geometry, numerology, the skills of visualization and all manner of Mysteries are opened through the gateway mathematics. This class introduces the fundamentals of numbers and mathematics and how to apply numbers to magick.
Required Materials: Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard
Estimated Completion Time:
Prerequisites: None
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Path of the Clear Mage
Credits: 3
Level: 1
Instructor: James "Lloydiarth" Lloyd
Class Description: This is the first in the series of required classes for students with a Mathemagics major or minor. This class serves as a bridge between the exploratory, intuitive Mathemagics and the more disciplined mathematics classes, and prepares students for the artistic, magical and scientific study of Number.

Required Materials: The Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard
Estimated Completion Time: 4-6 weeks
Prerequisites:

None


Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Path of the Clear Mage vGSW
Credits: 1
Level: 1
Instructor: James "Lloydiarth" Lloyd
Class Description:

This is the first in the series of required classes for students with a Mathemagicks major or minor. This class serves as a bridge between the exploratory, intuitive Mathemagicks and the more disciplined mathematics classes, and prepares students for the artistic, magical and scientific study of number.

This class meets on the vGSW campus in Second Life for real-time learning and interaction.  Assignments are primarily verbal and visual, perfect for the 'essay' challenged student.  Classes are set up in four 1 hour per week sessions, with a date available for a make-up as needed.  Times and Dates may vary.

**If taken for Major/Minor requirements, this class replaces the class of the same name** 


Required Materials: Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard
Estimated Completion Time: 4 weeks - 1 hour each
Prerequisites: Class: vGSW Orientation
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

History of Mathematics 201
Credits: 3
Level: 2
Instructor: James "Lloydiarth" Lloyd
Class Description:

Are you the student who always dreaded math class in school and who cursed the ancient Greek philosophers to have brought such difficulties as the Pythagorean Theorem into your student life? Or are you the student who thrived in math class, as there was finally a subject where the answers were either right or wrong with none of the impreciseness of language involved? Whether or not we like math or don’t, we use it all the time … and so did our forebears because, quite simply, they found a need for it. Going back to the most ancient times of human history, people felt a need to count things out. It may have been out of need to distribute possessions evenly among tribe members, or to calculate the phases of the moon, but man needed numbers, and needed to be able to calculate with them. In this class, you will learn how this development took place.


Required Materials:

Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard. Digital camera or scanner (using a local office supply store’s services for scanning is perfectly fine!)


Estimated Completion Time: 4 weeks
Prerequisites: None.
Safety Precautions: None.
Included Lessons:

History of Mathematics 201 vGSW
Credits: 3
Level: 2
Instructor: James "Lloydiarth" Lloyd
Class Description:

Are you the student who always dreaded math class in school and who cursed the ancient Greek philosophers to have brought such difficulties as the Pythagorean Theorem into your student life? Or are you the student who thrived in math class, as there was finally a subject where the answers were either right or wrong with none of the impreciseness of language involved? Whether or not we like math or don’t, we use it all the time … and so did our forebears because, quite simply, they found a need for it. Going back to the most ancient times of human history, people felt a need to count things out. It may have been out of need to distribute possessions evenly among tribe members, or to calculate the phases of the moon, but man needed numbers, and needed to be able to calculate with them. In this class, you will learn how this development took place.

This class meets on the vGSW campus in Second Life for real-time learning and interaction.  Assignments are primarily verbal and visual, perfect for the 'essay' challenged student.  Classes are set up in four 1 hour per week sessions, with a date available for a make-up as needed.  Times and Dates may vary.

 

**If taken for Major/Minor requirements, this class replaces the class of the same name**  


Required Materials:

Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard.


Estimated Completion Time: 4 weeks - 1 hour each week
Prerequisites: Class: vGSW Orientation
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Measurement 201 (was 101): Introduction to the Metric System
Credits: 3
Level: 2
Instructor: James "Lloydiarth" Lloyd
Class Description:

The class provides an introduction to the metric system. While the entire scientific community as well as most other countries, including our northern and southern neighbors, use the metric system, Americans continue to favor the old English (also known as Imperial) system of measurements. In this class, you will learn how easy the metric system really is, and how useful it can be in your magickal practice.


Required Materials:

Digital camera or scanner (using a local office supply store’s services for scanning is perfectly fine!)

Metric ruler, yardstick, or measuring tape

Optional: metric scale and/or metric volume measuring cup


Estimated Completion Time: 4 weeks
Prerequisites: None
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Personal Prosperity for Wizards
Credits: 2
Level: 2
Instructor: Aaron "Frater Adservio" Meighen
Class Description: The class teaches how to identify where your available money comes from and goes to, and what you should be doing with it in-between. You will learn whether you will need a checking account, a savings account, or other account types, and will learn to correctly fill out frequently used documents, such as checks and deposit slips. You will learn about the necessity of building and maintaining good credit and forming and maintaining good money management habits. You will also learn some money spells and other magickal ways to keep afloat financially.




Required Materials: Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard
You will also be required to perform at least three hours of community service for those who are less fortunate than you are.
Estimated Completion Time: about one month for youth students, about six weeks for adult students
Prerequisites: None.
Safety Precautions: None.
Included Lessons:

Personal Prosperity for Wizards vGSW - This class is not accepting students at this time.
Credits: 2
Level: 2
Instructor:
Class Description:

The class teaches how to identify where your available money comes from and goes to, and what you should be doing with it in-between. You will learn whether you will need a checking account, a savings account, or other account types, and will learn to correctly fill out frequently used documents, such as checks and deposit slips. You will learn about the necessity of building and maintaining good credit and forming and maintaining good money management habits. You will also learn some money spells and other magickal ways to keep afloat financially.

This class meets on the vGSW campus in Second Life for real-time learning and interaction.  Assignments are primarily verbal and visual, perfect for the 'essay' challenged student.  Classes are set up in four 1 hour per week sessions, with a date available for a make-up as needed.  Times and Dates may vary.

**If taken for Major/Minor requirements, this class replaces the class of the same name**


Required Materials: Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard
Estimated Completion Time: 4 weeks - 1 hour each week
Prerequisites: Class: vGSW Orientation
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

The Pythagorean Mysteries
Credits: 2
Level: 2
Instructor: James "Lloydiarth" Lloyd
Class Description: In Nature, we find geometrical patterns, designs and structures from the tiniest particles to the greater Cosmos. These principles of interconnectedness, inseparability and unity provide us with a blueprint for the sacred foundation of all things, and a continuous reminder of our own relationship to the whole Universe. This Class is largely based on the material presented in the Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard, (pp. 270-276), but extra material and exercises have been added, so please do not skip Lessons!
Required Materials:

Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard

Companion to the Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard


Estimated Completion Time: 3-4 weeks
Prerequisites: None
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

The Pythagorean Mysteries vGSW
Credits: 2
Level: 2
Instructor: "Glanecia"
Class Description:

In Nature, we find geometrical patterns, designs and structures from the tiniest particles to the greater Cosmos. These principles of interconnectedness, inseparability and unity provide us with a blueprint for the sacred foundation of all things, and a continuous reminder of our own relationship to the whole Universe. This Class is largely based on the material presented in the Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard, (pp. 270-276), but extra material and exercises have been added, so please do not skip Lessons!

This class meets on the vGSW campus in Second Life for real-time learning and interaction.  Assignments are primarily verbal and visual, perfect for the 'essay' challenged student.  Classes are set up in four 1 hour per week sessions, with a date available for a make-up as needed.  Times and Dates may vary.

 

**If taken for Major/Minor requirements, this class replaces the class of the same name** 

 


Required Materials:

Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard

Companion to the Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard


Estimated Completion Time: 4 weeks - 1 hour each week
Prerequisites: Class: vGSW Orientation
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Labyrinths: Mathemagicks and Mystery - This class is not accepting students at this time.
Credits: 3
Level: 3
Instructor: Oberon Zell-Ravenheart
Class Description: In this class, students will learn the lore of the labyrinth, its existence as a mathemagickal construct, and the differences between labyrinths, mazes, and meanders. They will study some of the traditions of the labyrinth and then will practice creating labyrinthine forms of their own. They’ll also come to understand the magickal uses and relevance of labyrinths, for within each labyrinth is a sacred purpose.
Required Materials:

1. Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard and Companion for the Apprentice Wizard;

2. Graph paper (make your own at http://incompetech.com/graphpaper/);

3. Materials for laying out a “full-scale” walking labyrinth (with at least three turns); your materials will vary depending on plan; you might use pebbles, sidewalk chalk, powdered chalk, cornmeal, flour, or other outdoor temporary marking materials; you also might choose more solid, permanent items.

4. Materials for creating the final project, which will involve using a labyrinth of any size in one’s own magickal practices; your materials will vary depending on plans;

5. A camera for photographing your projects;

6. The ability to either scan or photograph for inclusion in written assignments; you’ll also need to be able to embed images into your essay assignment. Instructions for doing this are in the GSW Handbook and are also available on the forums.

7. Basic tools: contractor’s tape measure, work gloves, rope, shovel, stakes, etc.


Estimated Completion Time: 6-8 weeks, depending on projects
Prerequisites: None
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Labyrinths: Mathemagicks and Mystery vGSW
Credits: 3
Level: 3
Instructor: James "Lloydiarth" Lloyd
Class Description:

In this class, students will learn the lore of the labyrinth, its existence as a mathemagickal construct, and the differences between labyrinths, mazes, and meanders. They will study some of the traditions of the labyrinth and then will practice creating labyrinthine forms of their own. They’ll also come to understand the magickal uses and relevance of labyrinths, for within each labyrinth is a sacred purpose.

This class meets on the vGSW campus in Second Life for real-time learning and interaction.  Assignments are primarily verbal and visual, perfect for the 'essay' challenged student.  Classes are set up in four 1 hour per week sessions, with a date available for a make-up as needed.  Times and Dates may vary.

**If taken for Major/Minor requirements, this class replaces the class of the same name**


Required Materials:

1. Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard and Companion for the Apprentice Wizard

2. Graph paper (make your own at http://incompetech.com/graphpaper/)

3. The Final Project will be to create your own "Labyrinth" on vGSW that you show the class and we can walk through!  The ability to make a simple labyrinth will be taught via this class.  You get to keep your own labyrinth for your own spiritual journey!


Estimated Completion Time: 4 weeks - 1 hour each week
Prerequisites: Class: vGSW Orientation
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

The Elephant from Denmark and Other Mathemagickal Performance Tricks vGSW
Credits: 3
Level: 3
Instructor: James "Lloydiarth" Lloyd
Class Description:

Think of a whole number between 1 and 9. Multiply this number by 9. Now cross-add the digits of the product. If your addition comes out to a single digit, go to the next step. If it comes out to a double digit number, cross-add the digits again until you have a single digit. Subtract 5 from this number. Now convert the resulting number according to this chart:

1 = A

2 = B

3 = C

4 = D

5 = E

6 = F

7 = G

8 = H

9 = I

Now think of a European country that starts with that letter. Take the second letter of that country and think of a mammal that starts with that letter.  …  I bet you thought of Denmark and an elephant.

In this class you will learn how this and other mathemagickal performance tricks work, as well as how to design a few tricks of your own.

This class meets on the vGSW campus in Second Life for real-time learning and interaction.  Assignments are primarily verbal and visual, perfect for the 'essay' challenged student.  Classes are set up in four 1 hour per week sessions, with a date available for a make-up as needed.  Times and Dates may vary.

**If taken for Major/Minor requirements, this class replaces the class of the same name**  


Required Materials: A deck of cards
Estimated Completion Time: 4 weeks - 1 hour each week
Prerequisites:

Class: Ethical Secrecy in the Performing Arts

Class: vGSW Orientation 


Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Pythagorean Numerology 401
Credits: 3
Level: 4
Instructor: John "Apollonius" Opsopaus
Class Description: Pythagorean Numerology is the metaphysical study of numbers based on the system that was developed by Pythagoras, the Father of Numerology. This system uses the numbers 1 through 9 and the master number 11, 22 and 33. A book on numerology might be helpful for this class but is not required. Links are given within the class for additional information that may be helpful in completing assignments.



Required Materials: This class does not require a book but if you wish to purchase a numerology book, for this class or just for reference, I recommend one of the following:Numerology: The Complete Guide (Volume 1) by Matthew O. Goodwin
Numerology: Key to Your Inner Self (Paperback) by Hans Decoz.

Estimated Completion Time: 2 weeks
Prerequisites: None.
Safety Precautions: None.
Included Lessons:

Introduction to Probability
Credits: 3
Level: 5
Instructor: James "Lloydiarth" Lloyd
Class Description:
Class Description: Introduction to Probability and its uses among wizards. We will be exploring how probability can assist us in seeing the magick is real in the magickal world of spells and divination. We will be looking at probability with cards, dice and even a video game.
   
Required Materials: None
Estimated Completion Time: 4 weeks
Prerequisites: None
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Magickal Applications of the Binary System
Credits: 3
Level: 5
Instructor: James "Lloydiarth" Lloyd
Class Description: The class provides an overview over the history of the development of the binary system and its applications in modern computing environments. The class also explains how to use the system to compute decimal number problems. In addition to learning how to write and calculate with the system, students will learn how the I Ching divination system is based on the binary system, and will make some performance magick cards allowing them to “divine” any number within a certain range based solely on the set of the magick cards a person picks.
Required Materials: Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard. Digital camera or scanner (using a local office supply store’s services for scanning is perfectly fine!)
Estimated Completion Time: 6 weeks
Prerequisites: None.
Safety Precautions: None.
Included Lessons:

Sacred Geometry Exercises 501
Credits: 3
Level: 5
Instructor: John "Apollonius" Opsopaus
Class Description: Sacred Geometry studies the esoteric relations among the Archetypal Forms of the World Mind as they manifest in the forms and processes of Nature, and applies these relations in art, architecture, and magick.  In this class these Archetypal Forms are imprinted on the Wizard’s mind by means of practical exercises in geometrical construction.
Required Materials: This class requires you to have basic geometry equipment including unlined paper, an ordinary school compass, and a straightedge or ruler.  You will also be required to mail me copies of your constructions or to email me scanned files of them.
Estimated Completion Time: 4 weeks
Prerequisites: None.
Safety Precautions: Be careful with the sharp parts of the tools.
Included Lessons:

Mathemagicks of Sacred Architecture
Credits: 3
Level: 6
Instructor: James "Lloydiarth" Lloyd
Class Description:

Humankind has erected many sacred sites, such as pyramids, temples, cathedrals, churches, synagogues, mosques, mounds, observatories, mausoleums, and medicine wheels. Many of these sites have lasted for hundreds or even thousands of years, and were built using nothing more than human labor and simple machines. The calculations conducted by the architects were sophisticated without the use of computers, and the precision of the execution of those calculations is astounding. Did you know, for example, that the blocks forming the Great Pyramid at Giza form such a tight fit that a postcard can barely be squeezed into the cracks?


Required Materials:

Protractor, compass (the one you use to draw circles), compass (the one you use to determine cardinal directions), graph paper (quad ruled paper), Golden Mean Calipers (p. 285 of the Companion for the Apprentice Wizard)


Estimated Completion Time: 4 weeks
Prerequisites: None
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Mathmagicks of the Birth Chart
Credits: 2
Level: 6
Instructor: James "Lloydiarth" Lloyd
Class Description: Before computers and scientific calculators, before Voyager space missions and the lunar landing, before disposable ink pens and slide rules, there was astrology. The ancient astrologers had tools that allowed them to calculate the movement of the planets and the stars. This class takes a look at what tools they had, and how they used them. There is a lot of math needed in this class. There is a lot of writing and calculating. But, if you follow the lessons and do the assignments, by the end of the class you will know how to construct a birth chart with nothing more than the basic tools.

This class is copyright 2008 by Rainbow Stonetalker and permission is given for GSW to use only on GSW's site.


Required Materials:

Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart, ISBN 1564147118

* Soft lead pencil

* Large eraser

* Plain white paper

* Graph paper marked into 1/4 squares or larger

* Ruler or Straight Edge

* Protractor

* Mathematicians' Drawing Compass

* Basic Calculator

* World Atlas

* Astrologers' Table of Houses


Estimated Completion Time: approximately 6 weeks
Prerequisites: Western Astrology 101: Introduction
Safety Precautions: None.
Included Lessons:

Advanced Mathemagickal Concepts
Credits: 2
Level: 7
Instructor: James "Lloydiarth" Lloyd
Class Description:

The class describes some of the mathemagickal exploits of ancient and modern mathematicians, such as perfect, Weird, and Vampire numbers, prime numbers, specific sequences, such as Pi, Phi, Fibonacci sequence, and Pascal’s triangle, etc. 


Required Materials:

Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard, Companion for the Apprentice Wizard, materials of choice for making a talisman (as described in the last lesson), a way to take a digital image of your talisman


Estimated Completion Time: 6 weeks
Prerequisites: Mathemagicks 101
Safety Precautions: None.
Included Lessons:

Mathemagics 799A: Practicum Lecture
Credits: 3
Level: 7
Instructor: James "Lloydiarth" Lloyd
Class Description:

­The Mathemagics Practicum Lecture Class, along with the Mathemagics Practicum Lab Class, will be your final step toward completing your Major in Mathemagics. Here, you will synthesize all of the knowledge attained while studying to be a Clear Wizard, and you will prepare to embark on your Journeyman adventure. While taking the class, you will interact one-on-one with your Professor, and explore how to move from classroom knowledge to real-life application in your chosen field of interest.

Note: You must enroll in both sections at the same time: The Practicum Lecture 799a, and the Practicum Lab 799b. This class does not accept magister students, as it is the culmination of the course of studies of the Apprentice Program.


Required Materials: Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard and Companion for the Apprentice Wizard, by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart. 
Estimated Completion Time: 12-16 Weeks
Prerequisites: You must be at Level 7 of your studies and have completed all required classes for the Wizardry Major before enrolling in this class. Magister students will not be accepted.
Safety Precautions: None.
Included Lessons:

Mathemagics 799B: Practicum Lab
Credits: 3
Level: 7
Instructor: James "Lloydiarth" Lloyd
Class Description:

This Mathemagics Practicum Lab Class, along with the Mathemagics Practicum Lecture Class, will be your final step toward your Major in Mathemagics. Here, you will synthesize all of the knowledge attained while studying to be a Clear Wizard, and you will prepare to embark on your Journeyman adventure. While taking the class, you will interact one-on-one with your Professor, and you will plan and execute a unique project in your chosen field of interest.

Note: You must enroll in both sections at the same time: The Practicum Lecture 799a, and the Practicum Lab 799b.  This class does not accept magister students, as it is the culmination of the course of studies of the Apprentice Program.


Required Materials:
Estimated Completion Time: 12-16 Weeks
Prerequisites: You must be at Level 7 of your studies and have completed all required classes for the Wizardry Major before enrolling in this class. Magister students will not be accepted.
Safety Precautions: None.
Included Lessons:

The Elephant from Denmark and Other Mathemagickal Performance Tricks - This class is not accepting students at this time.
Credits: 3
Level: 7
Instructor: James "Lloydiarth" Lloyd
Class Description:

Think of a whole number between 1 and 9. Multiply this number by 9. Now cross-add the digits of the product. If your addition comes out to a single digit, go to the next step. If it comes out to a double digit number, cross-add the digits again until you have a single digit. Subtract 5 from this number. Now convert the resulting number according to this chart:

1 = A

2 = B

3 = C

4 = D

5 = E

6 = F

7 = G

8 = H

9 = I

Now think of a European country that starts with that letter. Take the second letter of that country and think of a mammal that starts with that letter.  …  I bet you thought of Denmark and an elephant.

In this class you will learn how this and other mathemagickal performance tricks work, as well as how to design a few tricks of your own.


Required Materials: A deck of cards.
Estimated Completion Time: 4 weeks
Prerequisites: Ethical Secrecy in the Performing Arts
Safety Precautions: None.
Included Lessons:

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