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Department of Ceremonial Magick Class Listing

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


About Rituals - This class is not accepting students at this time.
Credits: 2
Level: 1
Instructor: "Tau Peristera"
Class Description: (See Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard, pp. 166-172)

Ritual is a metaphor for all of conscious living. Rituals are a way to focus and acknowledge our energy and awareness. Mythology, archaeology, linguistics, art and history tell us of the magickal rituals that our ancestors performed. In this Class you will learn what rituals are, and how they are created and used to effect magick.


Required Materials: Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard
Estimated Completion Time: 2-4 weeks
Prerequisites: None
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Foundations in Ritual and Ceremony
Credits: 3
Level: 1
Instructor: "Tau Peristera"
Class Description: This class explores the different components and types of ritual. Several different types of ritual including Communion, Healing, Purification, Rites of Passage, Seasonal Celebrations, Worship, and Petition are examined. This class covers the same material as Ritual and Ceremony Overview but goes deeper into the meaning of these rituals and ceremonies, how they are constructed, and how they are used. The purpose of, components of, and types of rituals are focused on in this class. This class is required for the Ceremonial Magick Rituals and Ceremony Specialization.   
Required Materials: The Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard
Estimated Completion Time: 4-6 weeks
Prerequisites: None
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Foundations of Ritual and Ceremony vGSW
Credits: 3
Level: 1
Instructor: "Tau Peristera"
Class Description: This class explores the different components and types of ritual. Several different types of ritual including Communion, Healing, Purification, Rites of Passage, Seasonal Celebrations, Worship, and Petition are examined. This class covers the same material as Ritual and Ceremony Overview but goes deeper into the meaning of these rituals and ceremonies, how they are constructed, and how they are used. The purpose of, components of, and types of rituals are focused on in this class. This class is required for the Ceremonial Magick Rituals and Ceremony Specialization. 
Required Materials: Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard
Estimated Completion Time: 4 weeks (1 hour meeting per week)
Prerequisites: None
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Introduction to Ceremonial Magick
Credits: 1
Level: 1
Instructor: "Tau Peristera"
Class Description:

There are many misconceptions attached to Ceremonial Magick from being strictly group magick to being only “High Magick” for spiritual attainment. This survey class is aimed at exploring some of the variety contained within the field of Ceremonial Magick and dispelling some of these misconceptions. It includes an overview of Neo-Platonic and Hermetic philosophies as well as Enochian and Goetic Magick, the Great Work, magickal correspondences, and more. Students will complete one written assignment and a final exam.         

 


Required Materials: Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard. This class also requires some additional online reading outside of the class. 
Estimated Completion Time: 1-2 weeks
Prerequisites: None
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Path of the White Wizard
Credits: 1
Level: 1
Instructor: "Tau Peristera"
Class Description: What does it mean to be a White Wizard? This class covers philosophical underpinnings of the White Wizard's path, famous White Wizards throughout history, as well as what White Wizards "do" and who they do it with. Common misconceptions are also laid to rest. 
Required Materials: The Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard
Estimated Completion Time: 2 Weeks
Prerequisites: None
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Path of the White Wizard vGSW
Credits: 1
Level: 1
Instructor: "Tau Peristera"
Class Description:

This is an introduction to the Path of the White Wizard here at the Grey School, Department of Ceremonial Magick.  We will be covering many topics from Rituals, Grimoires, Gods & Daemons, Religions and beyond!  Through this class, you will quickly discover if the Path of the White Wizard is for you!

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:

Ritual and Ceremony Overview
Credits: 1
Level: 1
Instructor: "Tau Peristera"
Class Description: This class is a very brief introduction to ritual and ceremony. It defines and outlines the components of ritual and ceremony and functions as a primer to higher level courses on the topic. Take this class if you are looking for a general overview. If you wish to major in Ceremonial Magick, Foundations in Ritual and Ceremony is recommended instead as this subject is covered in more depth.    
Required Materials: The Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard
Estimated Completion Time: 1 week
Prerequisites: None
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

White Wizard's Library
Credits: 1
Level: 1
Instructor: "Tau Peristera"
Class Description: A good library is an essential tool for any wizard, doubly so for the practitioner of ceremonial magick. This class reviews and recommends a few staples that should be in any white wizard’s library. It also gives pointers on sorting the good books from the bad as well as a sample dedication rite ­for your library.
Required Materials: The Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard. Additional books of the student's choice are required in order to complete assignments and may need to be purchased or checked out from a library.­
Estimated Completion Time: 1-2 weeks
Prerequisites: None­.
Safety Precautions: None­.
Included Lessons:

Conducting Ritual
Credits: 3
Level: 2
Instructor: "Tau Peristera"
Class Description:

This class will break down and expand on the components of rituals learned in Foundations in Ritual and Ceremony. It will cover setting intention, preparing ritual space and materials, creating sacred space, performing The Work, and closing the ritual. For the final exam, you will create your own ritual. Ritual will be examined from the perspective of Western Ceremonial Magick and neo-Paganism.  


Required Materials: Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard
Estimated Completion Time: 4-6 weeks
Prerequisites: Foundations in Ritual and Ceremony
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Dressing for Magick and Ritual
Credits: 2
Level: 2
Instructor: Alex "Emrhys Starhawk" Lafountain
Class Description: Class Description: For successful magick, you need to take yourself seriously, and donning a special garment is a way that you show yourself how serious you are. This class will teach you how to construct basic ritual apparel. Basic knowledge of either machine or hand sewing is required.


Required Materials:

Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard

  • A sewing machine (or sewing needles if you are hand sewing)
  • A large, flat surface to lay out and cut your patterns. A table or even a clean floor are fine.
  • A roll of butcher paper
  • Masking tape or Scotch tape
  • A tape measure
  • A ruler or yardstick
  • Good, sharp scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Spools of thread to match your fabric
  • An iron and ironing board
  • Your fabric and trims
  • Optional: bias tape in a matching or contrasting color (or the color of the department of your major). You can buy packaged bias tape in the fabric store.
  • Any additional notions, such as clasps, etc.

Estimated Completion Time: 4 weeks
Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of either machine or hand sewing is required.


Safety Precautions:

Youth students should get adult supervision when working with needles and scissors. Adult students should observe basic safety precautions when working with sharp objects.


Included Lessons:

Finding Your Path, Advancing Your Spirit
Credits: 2
Level: 2
Instructor: "Tau Peristera"
Class Description: This class assists the student to develop their own sense of who they are and what path they wish to follow spiritually.  It will help them to develop their own plan for the future based upon their needs and desires and letting go of any issues associated with what others might have told them was right or wrong.
Required Materials: A digital camera to take a photograph with, The Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard, The Companion for the Apprentice Wizard (optional)
Estimated Completion Time: 4-6 weeks
Prerequisites: Meditation 101 would be helpful, but not required.
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Finding Your Path, Advancing Your Spirit vGSW
Credits: 2
Level: 2
Instructor: "Tau Peristera"
Class Description:

This class assists the student to develop their own sense of who they are and what path they wish to follow spiritually.  It will help them to develop their own plan for the future based upon their needs and desires and letting go of any issues associated with what others might have told them was right or wrong.

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 digital camera to take a photograph with, The Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard, The Companion for the Apprentice Wizard (optional)
Estimated Completion Time: 3 weeks - 1 hour each week
Prerequisites:

Class: vGSW Orientation

(Meditation 101 helpful, but not required) 


Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Introduction to Qabbalah
Credits: 3
Level: 2
Instructor: Aaron "Frater Adservio" Meighen
Class Description: Many of the rituals and practices of ceremonial magick are based on or derived from the teachings of an ancient body of mystical knowledge known as the Qabbalah. Millenia old and almost infinitely complex, this knowledge is deeply interwoven with ceremonial magick at all levels. This class offers a crash-course in the aspects of the Qabbalah that are most relevant to a practicing wizard in a manner as simple and accessible as possible.
Required Materials: A copy of "Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard" by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart is required.
Estimated Completion Time: 3 to 4 weeks
Prerequisites: None.
Safety Precautions: None.
Included Lessons:

Mudras: Magickal Hand Gestures
Credits: 2
Level: 2
Instructor: Aaron "Frater Adservio" Meighen
Class Description: Mudras are hand positions that create or represent various ideas or connections and are integral to many magickal practices. Purposefully gesturing with mudras allows certain powers to link and emerge into the physical realm in accordance with the will, allowing magick to occur.
Required Materials:

30 photos illustrate many of the magickal mudras that a wizard might encounter or use.


Estimated Completion Time: 4 weeks
Prerequisites:

None.


Safety Precautions: None.
Included Lessons:

Theurgy 201: Foundations
Credits: 1
Level: 2
Instructor: John "Apollonius" Opsopaus
Class Description: The foundations of the ancient Art of Theurgy, a collection of magickal practices by which one may have congress with Gods and Daemons in order to communicate with Them, to enter into liaisons (“pacts”) to gain Their aid, and even to experience Deification by uniting with Them. Through Theurgy, a Wizard’s Magickal Practice and entire life can be brought into better alignment with the flow of the Universe. This course defines Theurgy and its basic techniques, discusses its goals, and presents a brief history of the Art. Further, since the Theurgical Arts permit communication with Gods and Daemons, it is imperative that Theurgists have clear ethical standards and know how to deal with requests or demands to act unethically. Thus this class also discusses the ethical problems that may arise in Theurgy and takes the student through a series of exercises in ethical judgment. It is prerequisite to all more advanced Theurgy classes.
Required Materials: None
Estimated Completion Time: 6 weeks
Prerequisites: None

Safety Precautions: None.
Included Lessons:

Invoking Qabbalistic Beings of Light (formerly: Introduction to Hermetics)
Credits: 2
Level: 3
Instructor: Lawrence "Arakeane" Shirley
Class Description:

In the grimoiric traditions based on the Hermetic Qabala, you will be given instruction on using a crystal sphere for invoking a Being of Light. Alternatively instruction will be given on creating a simple black scrying mirror and a Triangle of Art and a simple method of producing gold fluid condensers. This class will enable you to be able to perform a complete invocation.


Required Materials:

Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard and either a Crystal Sphere or a Black Scrying Mirror (or materials to make one. Example: a wall clock and black spray paint).

There are 13 photos which illustrate different aspects of invocations and the corresponding materials used.


Estimated Completion Time: 4 weeks
Prerequisites: None.
Safety Precautions: Optional projects require safety gear.
Included Lessons:

Purification Rituals
Credits: 2
Level: 3
Instructor: James "Tau Heosphoros" Baker
Class Description:

The class explores purification rituals throughout history from various religious backgrounds. Students will try a number of purification exercises and design their own ritual for the final essay.

This class focuses more on a cross-cultural view of purification and the ritual structure that forms around it. For more information about techniques, cleansing spaces, and specific uses of herbs and other tools see Cleaning and Purification in the Dark Arts department.   


Required Materials: None.
Estimated Completion Time: 1 month
Prerequisites: None.
Safety Precautions: None.
Included Lessons:

Purification Rituals vGSW
Credits: 2
Level: 3
Instructor: "Tau Peristera"
Class Description:

The class explores purification rituals throughout history from various religious backgrounds. Students will try a number of purification exercises and design their own ritual for the final essay.

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

Theurgy 301: Gods and Daemons
Credits: 3
Level: 3
Instructor: John "Apollonius" Opsopaus
Class Description: Comprehensive introduction to Pythagorean Cosmology in relation to the nature and classification of the Gods and Daemons. Essential information for skillful Theurgy, and a prerequisite for more advanced Theurgy courses.

Required Materials: None
Estimated Completion Time: 3 weeks
Prerequisites: Theurgy 201: Foundations
Safety Precautions: None.
Included Lessons:

Japanese Magick: 9 Seals & 9 Cuts
Credits: 2
Level: 4
Instructor: Amycus Kragge
Class Description: In Japanese magickal traditions the 9 Seals and 9 Cuts (Kuji-in and Kuji-kiri), along with the powers that they represented, helped summon the spirits of ancient warriors to assist the ceremonial magician in their tasks. In this class, a brief history, the actual mechanics, and the benefits of practice will be taught; immediately creating use for the wizard who summons their powers.
Required Materials:

11 photos of the kuji-in and kuji-kuri are shown as well as Professor Kragge performing them in 2 separate videos.


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

Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram
Credits: 2
Level: 4
Instructor: John "Apollonius" Opsopaus
Class Description: The LBRP is one of the fundamental operations of Ceremonial Magick. In addition to its primary use for banishing unwanted, chaotic, or unknown elemental energies, wizards practice it regularly in order to purify, equilibrate, and energize their astral bodies. Furthermore, many of the techniques that are part of the LBRP are necessary for more advanced magickal operations.
Required Materials: None.
Estimated Completion Time: 2 months
Prerequisites: None.
Safety Precautions: None.
Included Lessons:

The Middle Pillar - This class is not accepting students at this time.
Credits: 2
Level: 4
Instructor: Lawrence "Arakeane" Shirley
Class Description: Copyright 09/28/2006 by Quaesitor Theurgos

This class teaches one of the most important operations of Ceremonial Magick, aimed at building up magickal energy and learning how to work with it. This energy can then be used internally, to vitalize the Wizard, or it can be sent outside to heal, “feed” familiars, servitors, artificial elementals or spirits, or charge magical instruments and other originally inanimate objects such as talismans or amulets with magickal “life”.

Please note you must have completed "The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram" class before registering for this one.
Required Materials: None.
Estimated Completion Time: at least 6 weeks
Prerequisites: None.
Safety Precautions: None.
Included Lessons:

Ritual Magick Outdoors
Credits: 3
Level: 5
Instructor: Lawrence "Arakeane" Shirley
Class Description: Rituals are often held outdoors, both because of the gorgeous setting and because there’s something extra magickal about practicing with one’s feet on the Earth, and the stars overhead. In this class, we’ll consider outdoor safety and practical concerns, examine ways of finding a good ritual site; and consider how rituals might align themselves with natural spaces and with elemental forces.
Required Materials: Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard and Companion for the Apprentice Wizard by Zell-Ravenheart. As part of this class, you will plan and carry out an outdoor ritual at a site away from your home, and with the involvement of at least one other person. 
Estimated Completion Time: 1-2 months
Prerequisites: “About Rituals” (L1, Ceremonial Magick) is required. “Conducting a Ritual” (L4, Ceremonial Magick) is recommended, but not required.
Safety Precautions: Youth apprentices should not venture into the outdoors without the support of a parent; in truth, it’s best that no one of any age venture out without at least one other person. Some of the material in this class mentions hiking, work around bodies of water, work in high (elevated) settings, and the use of bladed tools and open fire. Guidelines are given in the lesson, and each “user” is responsible for his or her safety. The Grey School and its staff and faculty bear no responsibility for mishaps related to activities performed as part of this class.
Included Lessons:

Water Ceremonies
Credits: 2
Level: 5
Instructor: Frank "Hibou" Boimare III
Class Description: This class is the first in a series of four classes, each one focusing on one of the elements. This particular class looks at water (obviously) and its role in ceremony and ritual. It looks at the elemental implications of using water, as well as the physical aspects of water. It looks at somewhat mundane practices, and investigates the history and meaning of these practices, that they might be better understood in modern, western society. There is quite a bit of writing in this class, as well as research and practice.

Class Lessons:

1) Introduction and Syllabus
2) Elemental Associations
3) Going to Water
4) Well Dressing
5) Immersions and Sprinkling
6) Watercraft
7) Final Exam: Your Water Ceremony
8) References
Required Materials:
Estimated Completion Time: 5 weeks
Prerequisites: “Western Astrology 202” and “Elements”
Safety Precautions:
Included Lessons:

Icon Magick 601: High Magick
Credits: 3
Level: 6
Instructor: "Tau Peristera"
Class Description: This class is the final installment of a three-part course based on Professor Dragontree’s system of magick. This system is contrived to be a simple, portable system that is designed to fit within most belief-orientations. Although some basics are provided, it is presumed that the student is already reasonably well-versed in his or her own magickal tradition. In this class the student will apply the Icons learned in Icon Magick 401: Divination and Icon Magick 501: Low Magick in order to facilitate magickal partnerships with astral entities (“familiars”). Students taking this course will require a means of submitting drawings to the professor (e.g., digital camera, scanner, graphics program, or regular post) and are required to have successfully completed Icon Magick 401: Divination and Icon Magick 501: Low Magick. Successful completion of this class is contingent upon passing 11 essay exercises, inlcuding the final exam.


Required Materials: You will need the set of icon tiles you created in Icon Magick 401.
Estimated Completion Time:
Prerequisites: You must have completed Icon Magick 401 and Icon Magick 501.
Safety Precautions: None.
Included Lessons:

Planetary Invocation
Credits: 3
Level: 6
Instructor: "Tau Peristera"
Class Description:

As you will see in this class, each planet has a number of correspondences and, in essence, particular “personalities.” These personalities or attributes relate to certain parts of the human psyche. When endeavoring to strengthen or draw out a particular aspect of one’s self, a planetary invocation can help tune into that aspect and lend support to it full functioning.

In addition to facilitating internal growth and discovery, planetary energies can be called upon to facilitate change in the world around us. For instance, Venus may be invoked in matters of love and Mars in matters for which brute strength is needed. Sol may be called upon for strength and balance. These energies, once invoked can then be directed at a particular issue in order to influence the outcome.  Students will complete an invocation of one planetary influence in this class. 


Required Materials:

Various herbs for incense, construction or drawing paper, colored pencils, various colored candles


Estimated Completion Time: 1-2 months
Prerequisites:

Students must be familiar with at least one form of banishing. Taking Planetary Correspondence recommended but not required. 


Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Rituals of the Hexagram
Credits: 3
Level: 6
Instructor: Aaron "Frater Adservio" Meighen
Class Description: The Rituals of the Hexagram are a more advanced practice of ceremonial magick which requires familiarity and success with the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram. The symbolism and interpretation of the ritual is complex and multifaceted; this class offers a practical introduction. Properly executed, the Rituals of the Hexagram offer a way to begin to affect the magickal forces of the macrocosm. They are also a building block to operations of planetary magick.
Required Materials: None.
Estimated Completion Time: Approximately one month
Prerequisites: The class "Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram" is a pre-requisite for this class. 
Safety Precautions: None.
Included Lessons:

Ceremonial Magick 799A: Practicum Lecture
Credits: 3
Level: 7
Instructor: "Tau Peristera"
Class Description:

You have nearly completed your major in Ceremonial Magick. This Practicum Lecture Class, along with the Practicum Lab Class, will be your final step toward your Major. Here, you will synthesize all of the knowledge attained while studying to be a White Wizard, and you will prepare to embark on your Journeyman adventure. While taking these classes, 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.


Required Materials:

Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard and Companion for the Apprentice Wizard, by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart.  You will also need access to other books, magazines, and journals, depending on your choice of final project, and it is important that you find and become familiar with your local library, whether in-school or public.

 


Estimated Completion Time: 8-12 weeks
Prerequisites:

You must be at Level 7 of your studies and have completed all required classes for the Ceremonial Magick Major before enrolling in this class.


Safety Precautions:

None.


Included Lessons:

Ceremonial Magick 799B: Practicum Lab
Credits: 3
Level: 7
Instructor: "Tau Peristera"
Class Description:

You have nearly completed your major in Ceremonial Magick. This Practicum Lab Class, along with the Practicum Lecture Class, will be your final step toward your major. Here, you will synthesize all of the knowledge attained while studying to be a White 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.

 


Required Materials:

Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard and Companion for the Apprentice Wizard, by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart.  You will also need access to plenty of other books, magazines, and journals, depending on your choice of final project, and it is important that you find and become familiar with your local library, whether in-school or public.


Estimated Completion Time: 8-12 weeks
Prerequisites: You must be at Level 7 of your studies and have completed all required classes for the Ceremonial Magick major before enrolling in this class.


Safety Precautions: None.
Included Lessons:

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