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24 Apr 2017, 9:37 pm

Department of Dark Arts Class Listing

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


Children of the Night
Credits: 3
Level: 1
Instructor: Randall "Silvermane" Bainbridge
Class Description: (See Gri­moire for the Apprentice Wizard, pp. 296-299)­

In this class, we will study those monsters who haunt our nightmares and scary movies, on the borderlands between the living and the dead: Ghosts, Demons, Vampires, Werewolves, Zombies, and Ghouls. All of these have one foot in our reality, and the other in the worlds beyond. This class is a general survey class and covers only a small amount of the information available on each topic. This class is required before you may take the World-walking 501: The Darkling Path (Dark Arts, 5) class.
Required Materials: None.
Estimated Completion Time: 1-3 weeks
Prerequisites: None­.
Safety Precautions: None­.
Included Lessons:

Defense Against the Dark Arts 101: Seeing into the Darkness
Credits: 2
Level: 1
Instructor: "Tau Peristera"
Class Description: In order to defend against the Dark Arts, you must first have a solid understanding of what the Dark Arts encompass and what exactly goes bump in the night. You must also have a firm foundati­on, level head, and open mind. This first step in the Defense Against the Dark Arts (abbreviated: "DADA") series focuses primarily on laying the groundwork for forming that foundation. Each DADA series class will build on the previous; they must therefore be taken in order.
Required Materials: Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard­
Estimated Completion Time: 2 – 3 weeks
Prerequisites: ­Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Core Energy Practices 101: Centering, Grounding and the Senses (Psychic Arts, L1) and Core Energy Practices 102: Cleansing, Shielding, and Meditating (Psychic Arts, L1).

Completion of Core Energy Practices (Psychic Arts, L1; archived) also fulfills this prerequisite.­
Safety Precautions: None­.
Included Lessons:

Defense Against the Dark Arts 101: Seeing into the Darkness vGSW
Credits: 2
Level: 1
Instructor: "Tau Peristera"
Class Description: In order to defend against the Dark Arts, you must first have a solid understanding of what the Dark Arts encompass and what exactly goes bump in the night. You must also have a firm foundati­on, level head, and open mind. This first step in the Defense Against the Dark Arts (abbreviated: "DADA") series focuses primarily on laying the groundwork for forming that foundation. Each DADA series class will build on the previous; they must therefore be taken in order. 


Required Materials: Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard­ 
Estimated Completion Time: 4 weeks (1 hour meeting each week)
Prerequisites: ­Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Core Energy Practices 101: Centering, Grounding and the Senses (Psychic Arts, L1) and Core Energy Practices 102: Cleansing, Shielding, and Meditating (Psychic Arts, L1).

Completion of Core Energy Practices (Psychic Arts, L1; archived) also fulfills this prerequisite.­ 
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Don't Touch That!
Credits: 1
Level: 1
Instructor: Frank "Hibou" Boimare III
Class Description: Every aspiring wizard should be familiar with proper behavior where other people's things are concerned, but especially so if you're planning on diving into the defense against the Dark Arts. In this role, it's especially important to know what to touch, when it's okay to touch it, and what to not touch at all. You may be called upon to undo­ something that someone else has done or to help someone else figure out the nature of a magickal object. It comes with the territory. You will explore these things more fully along your way as a student, but in the beginning its more important to learn to be respectful (I know you are, but magick comes with its own little special set of rules) and to know when you're in way over your head before even considering trying to help anyone else or defend against something without having a clue what it is.
Required Materials: None­.
Estimated Completion Time: 1 week, if that
Prerequisites: None­.
Safety Precautions: None­.
Included Lessons:

Path of the Black Wizard
Credits: 2
Level: 1
Instructor: Randall "Silvermane" Bainbridge
Class Description: Black Wizard… that sounds ominous, doesn't it?

In truth, it's nothing of the kind. When one utters the words "Black Wizard" it conjures up all kinds of things that sound really spooky. While part of the study of the Defense of Dark Arts (DADA) is indeed spooky, what we teach in this class will explain what it means to be a Black Wizard and introduce the subjects of study in the Dark Arts department, as well as look into some common misconceptions people have about the Dark Arts.

In addition, this class will help you develop your own voice of reason, your own personal moral and ethical magickal code, and the means by which to be a good leader and magickal protector of those you care about, both here at the school and in your mundane experiences—all without taking yourself too seriously.
Required Materials: Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard
Estimated Completion Time: 1 – 2 weeks
Prerequisites: None
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Basics of Hoodoo: Working with the Ancestors
Credits: 3
Level: 2
Instructor: "Tau Peristera"
Class Description:

In this course you will learn the concepts and methods of creating an Ancestor altar and honoring those Ancestors according to the Conjure/Hoodoo tradition. 


Required Materials: Optional but encouraged: Subscription to Genealogy research site such as Ancestry.com (can usually get 1-month free trial – youths must have parent permission)
Estimated Completion Time: 3-4 weeks
Prerequisites: Introduction to Hoodoo: History and The Ancestors
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Common Magickal Pests
Credits: 2
Level: 2
Instructor: Oberon Zell-Ravenheart
Class Description: A magical p­est is a magic-using person or creature that is mildly harmful or frightening, but is not so dangerous that an apprentice could not effectively deal with the situations it creates. This ­class attempts to present some of the magical pests you are most likely to encounter in your Wizardly studies: imps, pixies, brownies, boggarts, residual hauntings, intelligent hauntings, poltergeists, and human energy-takers.
Required Materials: None­.
Estimated Completion Time: 3 – 4 Weeks
Prerequisites: Completion of Shielding (Dark Arts, L2)­­.
Safety Precautions: None­.
Included Lessons:

Defense Against the Dark Arts 201: Bracing Yourself for a Bumpy Ride
Credits: 2
Level: 2
Instructor: "Tau Peristera"
Class Description: In Defense Against the Dark Arts 101: Seeing into the Darkness, you gained a general un­derstanding ­of what the "Dark Arts" enc­ompass, the things that go bump in the night, and a basic overview of the steps involved in preventing the impact of malevolent energy. This class explores those topics in more detail and deepens your knowledge of protective measures. Physical, mental, and magic­kal techniques are covered, as well as basic banishing and warding. The class will culminate in students creating a Defensive Magick Kit and taking a multiple choice exam.
Required Materials: Grimoir­e for th­­e Apprentice Wizard
Estimated Completion Time: 3 – 6 weeks
Prerequisites: Completion of ­Defense Against the Dark Arts 101: Seeing into the Darkness (Dark Arts, L­1) and Shielding (Dark Arts, L2)­.
Safety Precautions: Non­e­.­
Included Lessons:

Garlic Cheese Bread and V8: An Introduction to Vampires
Credits: 2
Level: 2
Instructor: James "Tau Heosphoros" Baker
Class Description:

Are vampires allergic to garlic or the sun? Can a human be “turned”? Are psychic vampires dangerous? How did the vampire we know and love evolve? Do vampires really exist at all? To the last question, the answer is yes. However, they are not the things of legend and certainly not in the image of popular myth.

In this class we will explore the myths and truths about modern vampirism. We will briefly explore the history of vampirism and answer some of the more popular questions posed by polite society. By the end of this class, you, as the student, will have one less thing to fear in the dark.


Required Materials: none
Estimated Completion Time: Two Weeks
Prerequisites: none
Safety Precautions: none
Included Lessons:

How Sorcery Works
Credits: 2
Level: 2
Instructor: "Tau Peristera"
Class Description: In this class you will learn what low magick is and the basic rules by which it functions. You will be asked to read a small number of outside sources of your choosing, on the practice of low magick and folk magick from anywhere in the world. You will also try out some of the principles by which most low spells operate.
Required Materials: The textbooks for this class will be Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard and Companion for the Apprentice Wizard.
Estimated Completion Time: one month
Prerequisites: None.
Safety Precautions: None.
Included Lessons:

How Sorcery Works vGSW
Credits: 2
Level: 2
Instructor: "Tau Peristera"
Class Description:

In this class you will learn what low magick is and the basic rules by which it functions. You will be asked to read a small number of outside sources of your choosing, on the practice of low magick and folk magick from anywhere in the world. You will also try out some of the principles by which most low spells operate.

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: The textbooks for this class will be Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard and Companion for the Apprentice Wizard.
Estimated Completion Time: 4 weeks - 1 hour each week
Prerequisites: vGSW Orientation
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Introduction to Hoodoo: History and The Ancestors
Credits: 3
Level: 2
Instructor: "Tau Peristera"
Class Description:

Hoodoo, sometimes called Rootwork or Conjure, is more than spells and prayers. It is a cultural tradition that has evolved from the times of slavery to now. In order to truly practice this work, one must first begin with its cultural history. That includes its origins in slavery and the oral tradition that includes hymns, folktales, and work chants that encoded the work and carried it forward from those ancestors into modern times. 

Learning Objectives:

After completing this class, the student will be able to:

 

1.     Discuss the history of Hoodoo/rootwork/Conjure
2.     Discuss the hidden meanings found in a number of spiritual hymns and folk tales.
3.     Discuss the traditions of African and African-American ancestors and the culture that created Conjure.
4.     Discuss the basics of researching and honoring their own ancestors.   

 


Required Materials: None
Estimated Completion Time: 2-4 weeks
Prerequisites: None
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Shielding
Credits: 2
Level: 2
Instructor: Lawrence "Arakeane" Shirley
Class Description: Shielding is an important basic component of psychic health. In this class, we are going to learn about various kinds of shields and their function.
Required Materials: There are no required matierials for this class.
Estimated Completion Time:
Prerequisites: There are no pre-requisites for this class.
Safety Precautions: Although there are no safety precautions for this class, the Grey School of Wizardry is not responsible for any issues that might arise from the misuse of the information in this class.
Included Lessons:

Basic Banishing
Credits: 2
Level: 3
Instructor: Randall "Silvermane" Bainbridge
Class Description:

This class will introduce the student to the technique of banishing. The lessons will cover basic banishing as a form of strong cleansing for people, places, and objects. The lessons will also cover the basics of using banishing to remove weak unwanted entities.


Required Materials:

Grimoire of the Apprentice Wizard


Estimated Completion Time: 3-4 Weeks
Prerequisites:

"Cleansing and Purification" and "Ritual and Ceremony Overview" or "Foundations in Ritual and Ceremony" (About Rituals will also meet this requirement).


Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

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

As you learned in the prerequisite class, “Core Energy Practices,” being able to cleanse ourselves and our surroundings of negative energy is crucial to magickal work. In that class, you were given very basic outlines for a few methods of cleansing. Here, we will discuss them in more detail and add several more options, with an emphasis on smudging and washes. Your grades will be based on “lab reports” as you try the methods and write about your results.

This class focuses primarily on techniques, formulas, herbs, and tools for cleansing the self and the space around us. For a look at cross-cultural purification rituals and the ritual structure, see Purification Rituals in the Ceremonial Magick department. 


Required Materials: There are no required materials for this class.
Estimated Completion Time: 4 weeks
Prerequisites: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Core Energy Practices 101: Centering, Grounding and the Senses (Psychic Arts, L1) and Core Energy Practices 102: Cleansing, Shielding, and Meditating (Psychic Arts, L1).

Completion of Core Energy Practices (Psychic Arts, L1; archived) also fulfills this prerequisite.­
Safety Precautions: Although there are no safety precautions for this class, the Grey School of Wizardry is not responsible for any issues that might arise from the misuse of the information in this class.
Included Lessons:

Defensive Techniques 301
Credits: 2
Level: 3
Instructor: Randall "Silvermane" Bainbridge
Class Description: This class covers basic and intermediate magickal defense techniques that are helpful in preventing or repelling a psychic attack. These techniques include awareness of self and others, passive shields, magickal camouflage, and basic protective stones, herbs, and oils.
Required Materials: Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard
Estimated Completion Time: 4-6 Weeks
Prerequisites: Completion of Core Energy Practices 101, Core Energy Practices 102, Shielding, and Spellcraft.
Safety Precautions: Remember that no amount of magickal defense is a replacement for common sense. If you feel you are in physical danger, seek aid immediately.
Included Lessons:

Introduction to Ghosts
Credits: 2
Level: 3
Instructor: "Tau Peristera"
Class Description: People around the world have long been fascinated by ghostly phenomena, but few take the time to truly explore them. This class will introduce the student to different theories of what a "ghost" is, what kinds of ghosts exist, how ghosts are seen in various cultures around the world, and tell a few famous ghost stories.
Required Materials: None.
Estimated Completion Time: 3-4 Weeks
Prerequisites: None.
Safety Precautions: None.
Included Lessons:

Magickal Defense at School and Work
Credits: 2
Level: 3
Instructor: "Tau Peristera"
Class Description: In today's world most people spend more of their waking hours outside of the home t­han in it. Most of us spend the bulk of our time either at school or at work.  These environments present unique defensive challenges. In this class we will take a look at the factors that influence magickal defense at school and work, and particular techniques that can be used there.­­­
Required Materials: ­You will be making a balm that requires beeswax, olive oil, and at least one protective essential oil (e.g. dragon'­s blood, Rosemary­, or Clove).­
Estimated Completion Time: 3-4 weeks
Prerequisites: Completion of Common Magickal Pests (Dark Arts, L2), Cleansing and Purification (Dark Arts, L3), and Defensive Techniques 301 (Dark Arts, L3).
Rec­ommended but not required: Unobtrusive Magick for Public Places (Magickal P­ractice, L2) and Constructing An Altar (Magickal Practice, L3).­­
Safety Precautions: This class will require the use of a stove or microwave to melt wax. Adult students should use proper­ heat protection and observe caution in dealing with hot liquids and Youth students should have adult supervision in addition to using proper heat protection.­­
Included Lessons:

Magickal Defense at School and Work vGSW
Credits: 2
Level: 3
Instructor: "Tau Peristera"
Class Description: In today's world most people spend more of their waking hours outside of the home t­han in it. Most of us spend the bulk of our time either at school or at work.  These environments present unique defensive challenges. In this class we will take a look at the factors that influence magickal defense at school and work, and particular techniques that can be used there.­­­ 
Required Materials: You will be making a balm that requires beeswax, olive oil, and at least one protective essential oil (e.g. dragon'­s blood, Rosemary­, or Clove).­ 
Estimated Completion Time: 3-4 weels
Prerequisites:
Safety Precautions: This class will require the use of a stove or microwave to melt wax. Adult students should use proper­ heat protection and observe caution in dealing with hot liquids and Youth students should have adult supervision in addition to using proper heat protection.­­ 
Included Lessons:

Negative Energy 301: Negative Emotions-- The Demon
Credits: 2
Level: 3
Instructor: "Tau Peristera"
Class Description: Each of us has felt it: The clawing beast that lies within each and every one of us. The dark thoughts, the dark emotions that tear at our insides making us do things we don’t necessarily want to do...but, deep down, truly do. Each of us has felt the temptations that go with these thoughts--destructive thoughts, horrible ideas and feelings that are difficult to cope with and to understand. Emotions such as Fear, Rage, Sloth, Depression--emotions and thoughts that people often consider evil. Whether we like to admit it or not, such emotions are part and parcel of our existence upon this material plane...we are human, at least in form, and so these emotions are going to exist. In this class we are going to take a brief look at the dark emotions.
Required Materials: None
Estimated Completion Time: 2-4 weeks
Prerequisites: None
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Uncommon Magickal Pests 301
Credits: 2
Level: 3
Instructor: Oberon Zell-Ravenheart
Class Description: A magical pest is a magic-using person or creature that is harmful or frightening. While "Common Magickal Pests" deals with creatures that apprentices are likely to come across, the Uncommon Magical Pests series of classes deal with creatu­res th­at are rare and you are less likely to encounter. These classes will help you to identify the presence of these pests and give you a basic understanding of how to deal with them.

This class presents some of the less dangerous uncommon magickal pests you may encounter in your Wizardly studies: Bean-sidhes, Shadow People, Will-o'-the-Wisps, Doppelgangers, Nachtmares, and Gremlins.­­
Required Materials: None.­­­­
Estimated Completion Time: 3 – 4 weeks
Prerequisites: Completion of Shielding (Dark Arts, L2) and Defensive Techniques 301 (Dark Arts, L3). Common Magickal Pests (­Dark Arts, L2) is highly reco­mmend­ed, but not required.­­­­
Safety Precautions: Remember t­hat magickal defense is no substitute for physical defense. W­hen in doubt, get help.­­­­­
Included Lessons:

Adversarial Arts
Credits: 2
Level: 4
Instructor: Amycus Kragge
Class Description:

There are groups that claim to use Dark (harmful/Adversarial) Magick mostly as retribution for perceived or real smites. The powers claimed range from nuisances to death. In this class we will explore some of the groups that teach the Adversarial Arts. We will look at their philosophies, and attempt to briefly understand their methodologies. The Adversarial Arts are explored in the Dark Arts department at the Grey School of Wizardry, not to condone this behavior, but to become knowledgeable and to protect ourselves or others against attack. The groups that we will explore are known to teach, perform, and use Adversarial Magick, but it is ALWAYS the individual that chooses to engage in these activities, not the group as a whole.


Required Materials: None
Estimated Completion Time: 4 weeks
Prerequisites: None
Safety Precautions: Don't read these assignments before going to bed.
Included Lessons:

Identifying Psychic Attack
Credits: 2
Level: 4
Instructor: Lawrence "Arakeane" Shirley
Class Description: In this class, we will discuss both common symptoms of actual attacks and those of "look-alikes" that should be handled differently. The class also gives suggestions as to the basics of dealing with these various sorts of issues.
Required Materials: None
Estimated Completion Time: 6 – 8 weeks
Prerequisites: Completion of Defense Against the Dark Arts 101 (Dark Arts, L1) ­and Shielding (Dark Arts, L2).
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Uncommon Magickal Pests 401
Credits: 2
Level: 4
Instructor: Oberon Zell-Ravenheart
Class Description: A magical pest is a magic-using person or creature that is harmful or frightening. While Common Magickal Pests­ deals with creatures that apprentices are likely to come across, th­e Uncommon Magickal Pests­ series of classes deal with creature­s that are rare and you are less likely to encounter. These classes will help you to identify the presence of these pests and give you a basic understanding of how to deal with them.

This class presents some ­of the more dangerous uncommon magickal pests you may encounter in your Wizardly studies: Phooka, Goblins, Shape­shifters, ­Hellhounds, Portals, and Thoughtforms.­­
Required Materials: None­.­­
Estimated Completion Time: 3 – 4 weeks
Prerequisites: Completion ­of Uncommon Magickal Pests 301­ (Dark Arts, L3).­
Safety Precautions: Remember that magickal defense is no substitute for physical defense. When in doubt, g­et help.­­­
Included Lessons:

Advanced Banishing
Credits: 2
Level: 5
Instructor: Randall "Silvermane" Bainbridge
Class Description:

This class will examine the technique of banishing in-depth. You will look at deeper definitions of the term "banishing" and learn some of the different intensities of banishings a Wizard can perform, such as banishing to push something out temporarily, banishing to remove something permanently, and banishing to destroy. This is an advanced class and is recommended for Dark Arts majors.


Required Materials: None.
Estimated Completion Time: 3-4 Weeks
Prerequisites: "Basic Banishing" and "Defense Against the Dark Arts 601"
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Icon Magick 501: Low Magick
Credits: 3
Level: 5
Instructor: "Tau Peristera"
Class Description: This class is the second in 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 review of magick and divination 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 to principles of Low Magick that can be expressed in a variety of methods. It may be important to note herein that Low Magick is defined for the purposes of this text as magickal practice that does not utilize the aid of spiritual entities. Successful completion of this class is contingent upon passing 13 essay exercises.


Required Materials: Students taking this course will require a means of electronically submitting drawings to the professor (e.g., digital camera, scanner, or graphics program)
Estimated Completion Time:
Prerequisites:   "Icon Magick 1: Divination."

Safety Precautions:
Included Lessons:

Uncommon Magickal Pests 501
Credits: 2
Level: 5
Instructor: Oberon Zell-Ravenheart
Class Description: ­A magical pest is­ a magic-using person or creature that is harmful or frightening. While Common Magickal Pests deals with creatures that apprentices are likely to come acros­s, the Uncommon Magickal Pests series of classes deal with creatures that are rare and you are less likely to encounter. These classes will help you to identify the presence of these pests and give you a basic understand­ing of how to deal with them.

This class presents: Merfolk, Djinn, The Wild Hunt, Elementals, Hungry Ghosts, Revenants, Black Ladies, Nosferatu, and ­Red Caps.
Required Materials: None­.­­
Estimated Completion Time: 3 – 4 weeks
Prerequisites: Completion­ of Uncommon Magickal Pests 401­ (Dark Arts, L4).­
Safety Precautions: ­Remember ­that magickal defense is no substitute for physical defense. When in doubt, get help.­­­
Included Lessons:

Werewolves 501: Fact or Fiction
Credits: 3
Level: 5
Instructor: Oberon Zell-Ravenheart
Class Description: In this class, the student of Wizardry will learn about this child of the night including its history, possible scientific explanations, and lore. This class contains some graphic examples of historic and fictional material relating to werewolves, so students with delicate sensibilities might not want to enroll here.

Required Materials: None. 
Estimated Completion Time: 4 weeks
Prerequisites: Children of the Night, Dark Arts, Lvl 1
Safety Precautions: None.
Included Lessons:

World-walking 501: The Darkling Path
Credits: 3
Level: 5
Instructor: Oberon Zell-Ravenheart
Class Description:

In this class we will study those monsters who haunt our nightmares and scary movies, on the borderlands between the living and the dead. This class takes a deeper look at the lore behind such beings, and invites you to walk the other realms and get to know a few up close and personal.


Required Materials: Access to one of the books and one of the movies from the lists provided. If you want to use different material, message me and we can discuss it. I’m certainly open-minded!



Estimated Completion Time: 3-4 weeks
Prerequisites:

Children of the Night, Dark Arts, Lvl 1,  Shielding, Dark Arts, Lvl 2



Safety Precautions:

You will be doing journeywork in this class, with the intention of observing, if not interacting with, preternatural beings. Like any predatory being, in this world or any other, they have the potential to be dangerous.

In regards to the movies/books, viewer (and reader!) discretion is advised.



Included Lessons:

Archetypes 602: Introduction to the Shadow
Credits: 2
Level: 6
Instructor: "Tau Peristera"
Class Description:

This class is copyright 2009 by Alexzandria Baker (Tau Peristera) and permission is given for the GSW to use only on the GSW's site.

 

This class is the third in a course on archetypes.  The material presented assumes a prior familiarity with basic archetypes and their functions within the human psyche.  The prerequisite class, “Archetypes 501: Introduction,” should provide the basic level of familiarity needed.  In this class, we will dive deeper into the specific archetype of the Shadow.  The class will examine the Shadow as a function of the human psyche and its meaning in relation to personality development.  We will also look at representations of the Shadow in everyday life, mythology, and modern media.  In addition, there is a brief word on working with the Shadow archetype in magickal practice. “Archetypes 601: The Collective Unconscious” is not required before taking this class but recommended.


Required Materials: None
Estimated Completion Time: 1- 2 months
Prerequisites:

“Archetypes 501: Introduction”


Safety Precautions:

Working with the archetype of the Shadow can be unsettling in some cases.  This is the darker, and often hidden, side of the psyche.  Students entering this class should consider their own emotional and mental fitness before taking on any exploration of the Shadow Self.  


Included Lessons:

Defense Against the Dark Arts 601: How to Save the Day
Credits: 3
Level: 6
Instructor: Randall "Silvermane" Bainbridge
Class Description: Sometimes magickal things happen to non-magickal people. When this happens, the non-magickal person will usually run to the nearest wizard for help. That wizard may be you. This class will teach you what to do when this happens. Lessons include information on assessing the situation, deciding whether to help, tools of the trade, advanced defensive workings, and after-care.
Required Materials: None.
Estimated Completion Time: 4-6 Weeks
Prerequisites: “Identifying Psychic Attack,” “Common Magickal Pests,” and “Defensive Techniques 301.”
Safety Precautions: Remember that no amount of magickal defense is a replacement for common sense. If you feel you are in physical danger, seek aid immediately.
Included Lessons:

Ethics of the Dark Arts
Credits: 3
Level: 6
Instructor: "Tau Peristera"
Class Description: There are certain ethical challenges that Black Wizards are more likely to face than other Wizards. The Dark Arts department has three subdivisions: Defense Against the Dark Arts, Creatures of the Night, and Sorcery. Each of these subdivisions presents their own ethical conundrums. This class will look at some of the most common ethical issues faced by the Black Wizard and ways that they can be dealt with.
Required Materials: Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard
Estimated Completion Time: 4-6 Weeks
Prerequisites: None
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Introduction to Poppets
Credits: 2
Level: 6
Instructor: "Tau Peristera"
Class Description: A poppet is a small doll-figure that is made by hand—usually in three dimensions and usually out of cloth, but sometimes of other materials. Poppets work as a kind of sympathetic magick, and may be used for just about any magickal purpose.


Required Materials:

Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard, by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart. You will need fabric scraps (cotton, muslin, felt, or burlap are recommended), sharp scissors (for cutting cloth), straight pins, thread, and a sewing needle of the right size for your fabric. Depending on how you create your final project, you’ll need other materials, such as buttons, yarn, embroidery floss, herbs, small stones, etc. You will also need a standard or digital camera for sending images of your work. Note: what you don’t need is to be experienced at sewing! This class will include instructions for the person who’s never touched a needle and thread.


Estimated Completion Time: 1 Month
Prerequisites: None
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Ouija and other Talking Boards: The History and the Hype
Credits: 1
Level: 6
Instructor: "Tau Peristera"
Class Description:

This class will focus on the history and histrionics that surround the Ouija Board and all other Talking Boards.  We will explore their origins, uses, and whether or not they are a portal to the world of demons, a simple board game, or something in between.  Students will be asked to define the talking board use for themselves and to discuss ways of protecting themselves while using it.


Required Materials: Materials or money to make or purchase a talking board
Estimated Completion Time: 1 month
Prerequisites:

Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Core Energy Practices 101: Centering, Grounding and the Senses (Psychic Arts, L1) and Core Energy Practices 102: Cleansing, Shielding, and Meditating (Psychic Arts, L1).

Completion of Core Energy Practices (Psychic Arts, L1; archived) also fulfills this prerequisite.­

Shielding


Safety Precautions: Common Sense
Included Lessons:

Concepts of Evil
Credits: 2
Level: 7
Instructor: "Tau Peristera"
Class Description: The world we live in is not perfect; it has dark corners and hidden oubliettes where foul things linger.  We live in a world where joys are balanced with sorrow.  Hatred, fear, and greed can lead people to do very bad things, things the majority of us would consider to be evil - but what is evil?  In this class we will explore the concept of evil, what allows evil to occur, and examples of evil.  This material may be disturbing, but understanding evil is the first step in preventing it.
Required Materials: None.  This class requires viewing video online. You will also be required to physically visit a museum.

Estimated Completion Time: Three to Four Weeks
Prerequisites: Negative Emotions 301.  This class assumes you know the plot of the Harry Potter series.
Safety Precautions: Some material in this class is rather disturbing, as it candidly explores evil in the world.
Included Lessons:

Dark Arts 799a: Practicum Lecture
Credits: 2
Level: 7
Instructor: Lawrence "Arakeane" Shirley
Class Description:

This class, in combination with 799b: Practicum Lab, completes the Dark Arts Major. Only students who have completed all other requirements for a Dark Arts Major will be admitted, and the two classes must be taken together. Here you will consider the ramifications, good and bad, of becoming a Black Wizard, explore the possibilities of this specialty, and develop your own ethical code to guide you in your future work.

This class does not accept magister students, as it is the culmination of the course of studies of the Apprentice Program.


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Prerequisites: Magister students will not be accepted into this class.
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Dark Arts 799b: Practicum Lab
Credits: 3
Level: 7
Instructor: Lawrence "Arakeane" Shirley
Class Description:

This class, in combination with 799a: Practicum Lecture, completes the Dark Arts Major. Only students who have completed all other requirements for a Dark Arts Major will be admitted, and the two classes must be taken together. Here the student will receive personalized guidance in developing and completing a Final Project that showcases the student’s knowledge and creativity in this field.

This class does not accept magister students, as it is the culmination of the course of studies of the Apprentice Program.


Required Materials:
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Prerequisites: Magister students will not be accepted into this class.
Safety Precautions:
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