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24 May 2017, 12:31 pm

Department of Natural Philosophy Class Listing

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


American Indian History and Culture
Credits: 1
Level: 1
Instructor: Eliana "Elthadrail" Vehar
Class Description:

Welcome to American Indian History and Culture!

This class provides a brief history of American Indian beliefs and spirituality.  Knowing something about their beliefs will help you understand how they relate to the world.  The term “Medicine” to an American Indian means “Personal Power.”  In this class, you will have the opportunity to explore that concept and how it relates to you. While this class touches on only a small portion of American Indian beliefs and spirituality, it can form the basis for further studies in this area. 

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • identify some differences in beliefs and culture in the different tribes.
  • discuss the peoples' use of deity.
  • discuss the peoples' use of the four directions.
  • discuss several famous American Indians.
  • discuss the peoples' use of the Earth’s influences.

Required Materials:

Zell-Ravenheart, Oberon. Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard. Franklin Lakes, NJ: New Page Books, 2004. Print.


Estimated Completion Time: 4 to 6 weeks
Prerequisites: None
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Green Magick 101
Credits: 1
Level: 1
Instructor: "KatyRavensong"
Class Description: This class explores Green Magick—a set of magickal practices that are intentionally connected and interwoven with the natural world. This class and the next three classes in this series—Green Magick 101, 102, 201, and 202—together form a complete introduction ­to Green Magick, setting you up for higher level Green Magick classes. In Green Magick 101, you will be introduced to basics of the practice, focusing on the 'Air' element. This class is a pre-requisite for Green Magick 102.

IMPORTANT: If you have already completed the class Green Magick 101 (Archived), do not sign up for either Green Magick 101 or Green Magick 102. Together, GM 101 and GM 102 replace the prior class, Green Magick 101 (Archived). If you started Green Magick 101 (Archived) but didn’t finish it, you may take both GM 101 and GM 102.
Required Materials: The Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard. Although not required, you will benefit from having a traditional or magickal almanac, such as Llewellyn's Magickal Almanac, Llewellyn's Witch's Spell A Day Almanac (note: the latter contains all kinds of spells, not just those for witches), or the Old Farmer's Almanac. The Companion for the Apprentice Wizard is also highly recommended. You will also need to submit photographs—either traditional or­ digital—of at least one project; access to some sort of camera will thus be required.
Estimated Completion Time: 1 month
Prerequisites: None.­
Safety Precautions: None, other than exerc­ising reasonable cautions in the outdoor setting.
Included Lessons:

Green Magick 101 vGSW
Credits: 1
Level: 1
Instructor: Robert Lee "Skip" Ellison
Class Description: This class explores Green Magick—a set of magickal practices that are intentionally connected and interwoven with the natural world. This class and the next three classes in this series—Green Magick 101, 102, 201, and 202—together form a complete introduction ­to Green Magick, setting you up for higher level Green Magick classes. In Green Magick 101, you will be introduced to basics of the practice, focusing on the 'Air' element. This class is a pre-requisite for Green Magick 102.

IMPORTANT: If you have already completed the class Green Magick 101 (Archived)do not sign up for either Green Magick 101 or Green Magick 102. Together, GM 101 and GM 102 replace the prior class, Green Magick 101 (Archived). If you started Green Magick 101 (Archived) but didn’t finish it, you maytake both GM 101 and GM 102
Required Materials: The Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard. Although not required, you will benefit from having a traditional or magickal almanac, such as Llewellyn's Magickal AlmanacLlewellyn's Witch's Spell A Day Almanac (note: the latter contains all kinds of spells, not just those for witches), or the Old Farmer's AlmanacThe Companion for the Apprentice Wizard is also highly recommended. You will also need to submit photographs—either traditional or­ digital—of at least one project; access to some sort of camera will thus be required. 
Estimated Completion Time: 1 month
Prerequisites: None
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Green Magick 102
Credits: 1
Level: 1
Instructor: "KatyRavensong"
Class Description: This class explores Green Magick—a set of magickal practices that are intentionally connected and interwoven with the­ natural world. This class and the next three classes in this series—Green Magick 101, 102, 201, and 202—together form a complete introduction ­to Green Magick, setting you up for higher level Green Magick classes. In Green Magick 102, you will complete your introduction to the 'Air' element..

IMPORTANT: If you have already completed the class Green Magick 101 (Archived), do not sign up for either Green Magick 101 or Green Magick 102. Together, GM 101 and GM 102 replace the prior class, Green Magick 101 (Archived). If you started Green Magick 101 (Archived) but didn’t finish it, you may take both GM 101 and GM 102.
Required Materials: The Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard. Although not required, you will benefit from having a traditional or magickal almanac, such as Llewellyn's Magickal Almanac, Llewellyn's Witch's Spell A Day Almanac (note: the latter contains all kinds of spells, not just those for witches), or the Old Farmer's Almanac. The Companion for the Apprentice Wizard is also highly recommended. You will also need to submit photographs—either traditional or­ digital—of at least one project; access to some sort of camera will thus be required.
Estimated Completion Time: 2-4 weeks
Prerequisites: Completion of Green Magick 101­ (Natural Philosophy, L1).
Safety Precautions: None­.
Included Lessons:

Green Magick 102 vGSW
Credits: 1
Level: 1
Instructor: Robert Lee "Skip" Ellison
Class Description: Class Description: This class explores Green Magick—a set of magickal practices that are intentionally connected and interwoven with the­ natural world. This class and the next three classes in this series—Green Magick 101, 102, 201, and 202—together form a complete introduction ­to Green Magick, setting you up for higher level Green Magick classes. In Green Magick 102, you will complete your introduction to the 'Air' element..

IMPORTANT: If you have already completed the class Green Magick 101 (Archived)do not sign up for either Green Magick 101 or Green Magick 102. Together, GM 101 and GM 102 replace the prior class, Green Magick 101 (Archived). If you started Green Magick 101 (Archived) but didn’t finish it, you may take both GM 101 and GM 102


Required Materials: Required Materials: The Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard. Although not required, you will benefit from having a traditional or magickal almanac, such as Llewellyn's Magickal Almanac,Llewellyn's Witch's Spell A Day Almanac (note: the latter contains all kinds of spells, not just those for witches), or the Old Farmer's AlmanacThe Companion for the Apprentice Wizard is also highly recommended. You will also need to submit photographs—either traditional or­ digital—of at least one project; access to some sort of camera will thus be required. 
Estimated Completion Time: 2 to 4 weeks
Prerequisites: : Completion of Green Magick 101­ (Natural Philosophy, L1). 
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

The Earth Day Challenge
Credits: 2
Level: 1
Instructor: Bonnie "Artemis Aedhlynn" Englant
Class Description: Beginning with the 2009 event, the GSW student who participates in one of the annual Earth Day Challenges (EDCs) may earn 2 credits by participating in the event, carrying out several activities, and reporting and reflecting on those activities afterwards. 
Required Materials: Materials will vary for each student, depending upon the projects and activities selected.
Estimated Completion Time: 1-2 months (including the EDC)
Prerequisites: You must have completed an Earth Day Challenge before signing up for this class.
Safety Precautions: None.
Included Lessons:

The Elements
Credits: 2
Level: 1
Instructor: Eliana "Elthadrail" Vehar
Class Description: (see Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard, pp. 67-73)
The ancient Mithraic Mysteries held that a person must master all of the four Elements before he can attain Spiritual enlightenment and wisdom. He must successfully undergo Initiations of Earth, Water, Air and Fire—each of which challenges a different aspect of ones nature. This Class will teach you about these natural Elements and their Spirits, to prepare you should these initiations arise on your path.

Required Materials: The Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard by Oberon Zell.
Estimated Completion Time: One month
Prerequisites: None.
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

American Indian Medicine Wheel
Credits: 3
Level: 2
Instructor: Eliana "Elthadrail" Vehar
Class Description:

This class will teach you about the respect and love that the American Indians show the world.  Traditionally, American Indians have shown honor for the Creator down to even the smallest grain of sand.  You will learn how to construct your own Medicine Wheel and how to use it.  It can help you to navigate the world, help with problems, and increase your personal power.  As stated in the previous class, in American Indian Culture and Spirituality “Medicine means Personal Power.”  As wizards, we are always learning and growing.  The Medicine Wheel can be a very powerful magickal tool.

The goals for this class are to:

1.    Understand what many American Indians believe about the Medicine Wheel.

2.    Learn the proper way to smudge and cleanse an area and yourself.

3.    Choose stones for your medicine wheel.

4.    Learn about the American Indian concept of the "Creator."

5.    Learn how to use the cardinal directions and Guardians.

6.    Understand the importance of Clans.

7.    Learn about the paths for the Medicine Wheel.

8.    Learn how to use exercises to help you connect with your Medicine Wheel.


Required Materials:

Zell-Ravenheart, Oberon. Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard. Franklin Lakes, NJ: New Page Books, 2004. Print. 



Estimated Completion Time: 4 to 6 weeks
Prerequisites: The GSW American Indian History and Culture Level 1/1c
Safety Precautions:

This class teaches about the practice of smudging for purification.  Use extreme caution with flame to avoid the risks of fire.  Caution should be taken as inhaling too much smoke is hazardous to the lungs.  Anyone with asthma or a respiratory illness should choose another option.  Youth students must have parental permission and supervision when smudging or using flame.


Included Lessons:

Celebrate Winter
Credits: 2
Level: 2
Instructor: Bonnie "Artemis Aedhlynn" Englant
Class Description: The GSW student who participates in the annual December forum experience known as “Celebrate Winter” may earn 2 credits by participating in the event, carrying out several activities, and reporting and reflecting on those activities afterwards. 
Required Materials: No required texts. Materials will vary for each student, depending upon the projects selected.
Estimated Completion Time: 1-2 months, including forum time
Prerequisites: None    
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Discovering Earth: A Survey of Earth Science
Credits: 3
Level: 2
Instructor: Bonnie "Artemis Aedhlynn" Englant
Class Description: In this class, you will learn about the structure of our home planet, and about the cycles of water, element, and weather that drive her life's functions.
Required Materials: Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard.
Estimated Completion Time: 1 month
Prerequisites: None
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Discovering Fire: A Survey of Fire Science
Credits: 2
Level: 2
Instructor: Oberon Zell-Ravenheart
Class Description: This class will introduce you to some of the fiery forces on our Earth and in the Cosmos. Come study about wildfires, volcanoes, deserts, and storms - just some of the fiery forces of our world! We will consider how these forces impact our life on Earth and the life of all nature's creatures.
Required Materials: Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard
Estimated Completion Time: 1 month
Prerequisites: None
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Green Magick 201
Credits: 2
Level: 2
Instructor: Rowan "Rowan Starr" Starr
Class Description: This class explores Green Magick—a set of magickal practices that are intentionally connected and interwoven with the natural world. When combined, the first two classes in this series—101 and 201—form a large “mega-class” and will give you a thorough grounding in Green Magick and set you up for additional Green Magick classes. In Green Magick 201, you will continue focusing on the ‘Air’ element by studying the magick of mountains and trees. You will also delve into herbology, divination, spellcraft, beasts, firecraft, stonework, and ritual. This class is a pre-requisite for Green Magick 301, 401, 501, and 601.
Required Materials: The books for this class are The Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard and The Companion for the Apprentice Wizard. Although not required, you will benefit from having a copy of one or more of these books for the current year: (1) The Old Farmer’s Almanac, (2) Llewellyn’s Magickal Almanac, and/or (3) Llewellyn’s Witch’s Spell A Day Almanac (note: the latter contains all kinds of spells, not just those for witches!). You will also need to submit photographs—either traditional or digital—of at least one project; thus a camera of some sort will be necessary.
Estimated Completion Time: One month
Prerequisites: Green Magick 101
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Magickal Naturalist 201: Backyard
Credits: 3
Level: 2
Instructor: Bonnie "Artemis Aedhlynn" Englant
Class Description: This class is the first in a series of Magickal Naturalist classes. In this class you will study what it means to be a magickal naturalist, one who is interested in exploring and doing hands-on study in the natural world. Through reading and practice, you will learn naturalist skills, such as pressing plants, doing bark rubbings, monitoring the weather, collecting stones, and watching the stars. You will use these skills to complete projects in the “wilds” of your own backyard or neighborhood. By becoming more in touch with nature, you’ll understand more about magick’s natural roots, and your own magicks will become stronger. You'll have fun, too!

Required Materials: (1) Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard and Companion for the Apprentice Wizard. (2) This class—and all classes in the Magickal naturalist series—requires a camera and the ability to send photographs of your work to the teacher. There’s no way around the camera requirement, so have this taken care of before registering for the class. (3) This class requires hands-on work and activities in the outdoors. (4) You will need various materials and supplies, most of which can be found around your home. For more details, email the teacher.

One of the following is strongly recommended, but not required: A Practical Guide for the Amateur Naturalist, by Gerald Durrell (ISBN 978-0863188701), The Amateur Naturalist, by Nick Baker (ISBN 978-0792293484), or the DK Practical Naturalist (ISBN 978-0-7566-5899-1). Durrell’s text is older and considered a “classic” in this area; Baker is a Durrell protégé, and wrote a modern version of Durrell’s work. Both are must-haves for the serious Nature Studies apprentice, and will also be valuable resources for this class (and the entire “MagNat series). The DK book is new (2010) and focuses on the same topics as Baker and Durrell but with some focus on digital technology and tools. It’s an excellent text; however, it focuses more on the outdoor environment and less on collecting and preserving techniques than Baker/Durrell.


Estimated Completion Time: 1 month
Prerequisites: None.

Safety Precautions: None, other than the usual level of care in the outdoor setting.
Included Lessons:

Nature Spirits
Credits: 2
Level: 2
Instructor: Bonnie "Artemis Aedhlynn" Englant
Class Description: The Children of Mother Earth are the Nature Spirits. The Red, the Green, and the Grey represent the Queendoms of the Living World. Devas and Faeries are also personifications of the Soul of Nature. Here is an introduction to some of them, and some magickal things you can make in their honor. Successful completion of this course is contingent upon completion of 5 essays and a multiple choice exam. This class also requires certain craft projects which may require such supplies as hardening modeling clay, and floral wire.
Required Materials: Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard (see pp. 63-80) and Companion for the Apprentice Wizard by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart. Basic craft supplies such as self-hardening modeling clay, floral wire, real or artificial flowers, and cloth, gauze, or nylon stockings.
Estimated Completion Time: One month
Prerequisites:

None


Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Nature Studies Internship 201 (was 101): Introduction
Credits: 2
Level: 2
Instructor: Bonnie "Artemis Aedhlynn" Englant
Class Description: An understanding of the natural world is something that will benefit all students of Wizardry, especially those interested in Alchemy, Beast Mastery, Nature Studies, general Wizardry, and Wortcunning. This class is available to students within reasonable driving distance of the instructor’s home (Oregon’s Portland metropolitan area) or those who attend a Moot or Conclave with the instructor. Activities focus on introducing the students to the four divisions of the Department of Nature Studies: nature skills, earthly sciences, web of life, and natural magick.

Location: Classes will take place at one of the following: (a) Prof. Moonwriter’s home (including wilderness areas and green spaces in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area), or (b) a Moot or Conclave with Prof. Moonwriter or her designee in attendance.

Some of the class work is done at in-person sessions lasting 1-2 hours, while some is done by the student, independently. Students will also complete a final reflective exam.


Required Materials:

Required textbooks, materials, and equipment: Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard; weather-appropriate clothing; the materials for a survival kit of the Ten Outdoor Essentials (including pocketknife, compass, matches, raingear, a large plastic square or drop cloth, a compass, a plastic whistle, and a small first aid kit—all components are inexpensive and/or readily available); a telephone book (or plant press), a small field journal or spiral notebook, and pen or pencil.

Optional: colored pencils, camera.


Estimated Completion Time: 2-4 weeks (including Conclave/Moot)
Prerequisites: None. This class is designed for the novice or inexperienced student who wishes to experience Nature Studies at a hands-on, entry level. It is also suitable for the experienced outdoorswizard, who would either like to review basic concepts or, with the instructor’s assistance, modify them slightly for extra challenge.
Safety Precautions: None, save for the usual care in the outdoor environment. Students under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Included Lessons:

Service in Nature Studies 201 (was 101)
Credits: 1
Level: 2
Instructor: Bonnie "Artemis Aedhlynn" Englant
Class Description: An important part of Silver Wizardry is the act of giving service to nature and the natural world. The student completing the Generalist Major in Nature Studies must complete three credits of servic­e: this means completing all three service classes or completing one Service class and the Earth Day Challenge (EDC) class. The service and EDC classes each require 2 or more hours of hands-on service, preferably completed away from one's home and home environs.
Required Materials: Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart. You will also need a camera to document at least 1-2 pictures of the activity.
Estimated Completion Time: 2-4 weeks
Prerequisites: None.­
Safety Precautions: Apprentices should follow guidelines th­at are appropriate to the activity.
Included Lessons:

The Medicine Wheel 201
Credits: 3
Level: 2
Instructor: Eliana "Elthadrail" Vehar
Class Description:

In this class, will learn about the history of the Medicine Wheel, how to construct your own, and how to work with it. “Medicine” for Native Americans, means “power”. A person who has Medicine has power. A Wizard has power, so learning about the Medicine Wheel can help you to become a more powerful Wizard. Some of the lessons in this class are exercises that will give you experiences to help you understand the worldview, or attitude to life, of the Native Americans who envisioned the Medicine Wheel. The exercises will help you experience the energy of the stones of the Medicine Wheel. You will learn to solve problems, learn about yourself, and increase your Medicine and Power with the Medicine Wheel. 

 

Course Objectives

1. To understand the symbolism involved in a Medicine Wheel.

2. To create one’s own Medicine Wheel.

3. To learn to use the Medicine Wheel.



Required Materials:

Zell-Ravenheart, Oberon. Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard. Franklin Lakes, NJ: New Page Books, 2004. Print.


Estimated Completion Time: 4-6 weeks
Prerequisites: None.­
Safety Precautions:

This class teaches about the practice of smudging for purification.  Use extreme caution with flame to avoid the risks of fire.  Caution should be taken as inhaling too much smoke is hazardous to the lungs.  Anyone with asthma or a respiratory illness should choose another option.  Youth students must have parental permission and supervision when smudging or using flame.


Included Lessons:

Treecosystems 201
Credits: 2
Level: 2
Instructor: Bonnie "Artemis Aedhlynn" Englant
Class Description:

Trees are not just an important part of the ecosystem of which we humans are a part, but they can also form their own ecosystems that include everything from mammals and birds to fungi and single cell organisms that live in the shared environment of the tree.


Required Materials:

Access to the book “The Great Kapok Tree” by Lynne Cherry. You don’t need to own the book, as it is readily available in most libraries.   

Outdoor observation tools: magnifying glass, ruler, measuring tape, camera, notepad and pencil (bring a nice long one) for recording.

A tree to observe, either in your backyard or in a nearby park (must be a naturally growing tree!).

A dead tree log or branch to observe, either in your backyard or in a nearby park.


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

U.S. National Parks 101: Yellowstone
Credits: 2
Level: 2
Instructor: Bonnie "Artemis Aedhlynn" Englant
Class Description:

In this first class of a course on various National Parks within the United States, you will learn about the first ever National Park, Yellowstone, and its many and varied geothermal and non-geothermal features. You will also learn about the park’s geological and human history, as well as the wildlife that inhabits it and the recreational opportunities it offers.


Required Materials: None
Estimated Completion Time: 2-3 weeks
Prerequisites: None
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Woods Wizard 201: The Hike
Credits: 3
Level: 2
Instructor: Robert Lee "Skip" Ellison
Class Description: This class will review the basic outdoor skills you need to hike and explore the magickal natural world. Your final test will be a short hike.
Required Materials: Textbook: Besides the student Grimoire, students will be encouraged to acquire a book on campcraft and outdoor skills. They’re easy to find in libraries, and recommendations will be made within the class for purchasing inexpensive versions.

Special note: If you are a member of the Boy Scouts of America, and have earned your “Second Class” badge, you have already completed many of the requirements—we will work out credit after you have joined the class. If you have completed requirements through another youth group and can provide documentation, we’ll work that out, too.
Estimated Completion Time: 4-6 weeks, depending on hike timing, weather, etc.
Prerequisites: (1) Some of the assignments in this class require sending a photograph to the instructor. This can be a digital image—sent by email—or a hard copy—sent by classic mail. You’ll need some sort of camera to meet this requirement. (2) Youth apprentices MUST be accompanied on their hike by someone 18 years of age or older.
Safety Precautions: This class requires outdoor activities. Safety guidelines are given in the class and should be followed carefully. Youth students should undertake the hiking with a adult.
Included Lessons:

Woods Wizard 202: The Campout
Credits: 3
Level: 2
Instructor: Robert Lee "Skip" Ellison
Class Description: This class will review the basic outdoor skills you need to camp and explore the magickal natural world. This class is aimed at “car camping,” i.e., loading your gear into a car and driving with it to a camping spot. Your final test will be a simple 1-night camping experience.

Required Materials: 1) The Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard and Companion for the Apprentice Wizard are required. (2) Students are also encouraged to acquire a book on campcraft and outdoors skills. They’re easy to find in libraries, and recommendations will be made within the class for purchasing inexpensive versions. (3) In order to complete this class you will need to own, borrow, or acquire basic personal camping gear, including a sleeping bag. Your camping experience must be made in the open or in a tent or tarp shelter, i.e., not in a building, motor home, camper, etc.
Estimated Completion Time: 1 month, depending on scheduling the overnight campout.
Prerequisites: None; however completion of “Woods Wizard 101: Outdoor Cooking” before or during “WW 102” is recommended.
Safety Precautions:
Included Lessons:

Woods Wizard 203: Outdoor Cooking
Credits: 2
Level: 2
Instructor: Robert Lee "Skip" Ellison
Class Description: This is another class in the series of Wood Wizard classes. The lessons will include instructions on building a backyard fire pit and various methods of cooking over an open fire, building your own camp stove from recycled materials, and several ideas for stove cooking, solar cooking, and camp baking.
Required Materials: None.
Estimated Completion Time: 2-3 weeks
Prerequisites: None.
Safety Precautions: Observation of fire safety rules. Youth students should have adult supervision when handling fire, charcoal, or hot items; adult should use basic precautions in handling such items.
Included Lessons:

Garbageology
Credits: 3
Level: 3
Instructor: Bonnie "Artemis Aedhlynn" Englant
Class Description:

One aspect of Nature Studies is the study of the impact we humans have on Mother Nature. The class will examine how we all generate staggering amounts of garbage, what happens to it after we are done with it, what we can do to create less of it, and how we can turn trash into a renewable resource, i.e., everything that’s behind Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. As part of the class you will conduct a survey of the garbage generated in your household and make one magickal or altar tool from recycled material.


Required Materials:

Two garbage can liners for each garbage can in your house

A few paper bags to collect recyclables

A bathroom or kitchen scale

A journal for recording (does not need to be your Wizard’s Journal)

Materials for your final project, depending on the project you choose


Estimated Completion Time: about one month
Prerequisites: None
Safety Precautions:

Caution should be used when handling garbage. Wear gloves and safety glasses, watch out for sharp objects, and thoroughly wash your hands after handling garbage.


Included Lessons:

Green Magick 301
Credits: 3
Level: 3
Instructor: Rowan "Rowan Starr" Starr
Class Description: This class continues our exploration of Green Magick, focusing on the ‘Fire’ element, the season of summer, and the heat of “high noon.” You will explore nature-based approaches to herbology, divination, spellcraft, beasts, firecraft, stonework, and ritual as you continue expanding your knowledge of earth-based magickal workings. 
Required Materials: The books for this class are The Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard and The Companion for the Apprentice Wizard. A camera of some sort will be necessary. You may need standard magickal supplies and materials to complete some assignments.
Estimated Completion Time: 1 month
Prerequisites: Green Magick 101 and 201
Safety Precautions: Some projects require sharp tools and/or fire (e.g., candle magick, fire building). Students should exercise reasonable care when completing these potentially dangerous activities.
Included Lessons:

Magickal Naturalist 301: Neighborhood
Credits: 3
Level: 3
Instructor: Bonnie "Artemis Aedhlynn" Englant
Class Description: This class is the second in a series of four Magickal Naturalist classes offered in Years 2-5. In this class you will move out to explore the "wilds" of your own neighborhood or a park or wild area close to your home. By becoming more in touch with nature, you'll continue to learn about yourself and the na­tural world, and you'll apply that knowledge to your magickal studies.
Required Materials: 1. Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard and ­Companion for the Apprentice Wizard.

2. One of the following is required (some or all of these will be available used via Amazon, Powell Books, or other major book retailers; all can be found in public libraries):
  • A Practical Guide for the Amateur Naturalist, by Gerald Durrell (ISBN 978-0863188701)
  • The Amateur Naturalist, by Nick Baker (ISBN 978-0792293484). This book is also sold as The New Amateur Naturalist (same author) under the ISBN 0-00-715731-2. These are identical books.
  • The DK Practical Naturalist (ISBN 978-0-7566-5899-1).
Durrell's text is oldest and considered a "classic" in this area; Baker is a Durrell protégé and wrote a modern version of Durrell's work. Both are must-haves for the serious Nature Studies apprentice, and will also be valuable resources for this class (and the entire Magickal Naturalist series). The DK book is newest (2010), focusing on the same topics as Baker and Durrell but with some focus on digital technology and tools. It's an excellent text; however, it focuses more on the outdoor environment and less on collecting and preserving techniques than Baker/Durrell.

3. This class—and all classes in the Magickal Naturalist series—requires a camera and the ability to send photographs of your work to the teacher. There's no way around the camera requirement, so have this taken care of before registering for the class.

4. This class requires hands-on work and activities in the outdoors.

5. You will need various materials and supplies, most of which can be found around your home.
Estimated Completion Time: 1 month
Prerequisites: Completion of Magic­kal Naturalist 201: Backyard (Natural Philosophy, L2).
Safety Precautions: None, other than the ­usual level of care in the outdoor setting.
Included Lessons:

The Wheel of the Year: Litha and Lughnasadh
Credits: 2
Level: 3
Instructor: Bonnie "Artemis Aedhlynn" Englant
Class Description: The annual cycle of the seasonal celebrations is variously referred to as the Sacred Round, the Cycle of Sabbats, or the Wheel of the Year. The eight spokes of this Wheel are the Great Festivals, or Sabbats, which occur at the Solstices, Equinoxes, and Cross-Quarters. This class will cover two holidays in the great Wheel: Litha and Lughnasadh. Litha occurs at the June Summer Solstice and celebrates light, life, and the abundance of the Earth. Lughnasadh takes place on August 2, and celebrates the fruits of the first harvest.
Required Materials: None.
Estimated Completion Time:
Prerequisites: None.
Safety Precautions: None.
Included Lessons:

The Wheel of the Year: Mabon and Samhain
Credits: 2
Level: 3
Instructor: Bonnie "Artemis Aedhlynn" Englant
Class Description: The annual cycle of the seasonal celebrations is variously referred to as the Sacred Round, the Cycle of Sabbats, or the Wheel of the Year. The eight spokes of this Wheel are the Great Festivals, or Sabbats, which occur at the Solstices, Equinoxes, and Cross-Quarters. This class will cover two holidays in the great Wheel: Mabon and Samhain. Mabon occurs at the fall equinox and celebrates the harvest and the ending of summer. Samhain takes place on Oct. 31, and marks the coming of winter and a time of great spiritual essence, when the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest.
Required Materials: None.
Estimated Completion Time:
Prerequisites: None.
Safety Precautions: None.
Included Lessons:

The Wheel of the Year: Ostara and Beltane
Credits: 2
Level: 3
Instructor: Bonnie "Artemis Aedhlynn" Englant
Class Description: The annual cycle of the seasonal celebrations is variously referred to as the Sacred Round, the Cycle of Sabbats, or the Wheel of the Year. The eight spokes of this Wheel are the Great Festivals, or Sabbats, which occur at the Solstices, Equinoxes, and Cross-Quarters. This class will cover two holidays in the great Wheel: Ostara and Beltane. Ostara occurs at the Spring (Vernal) Equinox and celebrates the coming of spring. Beltane takes place on May 1, and celebrates the return of life and fertility to the land.
Required Materials: None.
Estimated Completion Time:
Prerequisites: None.
Safety Precautions: None.
Included Lessons:

The Wheel of the Year: Yule and Imbolc
Credits: 2
Level: 3
Instructor: Bonnie "Artemis Aedhlynn" Englant
Class Description: The annual cycle of the seasonal celebrations is variously referred to as the Sacred Round, the Cycle of Sabbats, or the Wheel of the Year. The eight spokes of this Wheel are the Great Festivals, or Sabbats, which occur at the Solstices, Equinoxes, and Cross-Quarters. This class will cover two holidays in the great Wheel: Yule and Imbolc. Yule occurs at the Winter Solstice, and portends the return of light and life to the world. Imbolc takes place On Feb. 1-2, and celebrates purification, initiation, and new beginnings.
Required Materials: None.
Estimated Completion Time:
Prerequisites: None.
Safety Precautions: None.
Included Lessons:

Weather: The Science
Credits: 3
Level: 3
Instructor: Bonnie "Artemis Aedhlynn" Englant
Class Description: In this class, you will learn about the history and science of meteorology. It is a “lab” class with lots of hands-on activities, and your will make your own weather station and track weather events to make your own weather predictions. You will also learn about important concepts in meteorology, and how to read a weather map.
Required Materials: Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard, A hardcover journal (optional) or computer spreadsheet, Materials and tools for making a weather station: A thermometer, A place in the garden where you can put up your weather station, including a flat area where the sun shines directly (no shade), A printout of the wind gauge pattern included in the class, Two glasses with straight sides, A ruler (30 cm or 12 inch), 30 cm (1 foot) of clear plastic tubing, A stick of chewing gum, scrap piece of wood or flat styrofoam (about 22 cm or 9 inches long and 10 cm or 4 inches wide), A piece of cardboard, about 25 cm (10 inches) square, About 25 cm (10 inches) of string, Small piece of foil, crumpled into a ball, A long wooden dowel (about the size of a broom stick),A flat piece of plastic (about 7 cm or 3 inches square and thin enough to cut),Several small to medium nails,A metal washer,A dime or other small coin,2 metal coat hangers or wire,An aluminum pie plate,A 30 cm (12 inch) long piece of wood,A straight stick or dowel, about 45 cm (18 inches) long,3 long strands of human hair (about 20 cm or 8 inches long),Four rocks (about the size of golf balls),A few smaller stones,Glue,Tape, Hammer,Scissors (strong enough to cut plastic and aluminum pie plate), small saw (or serrated knife), Hole punch
Estimated Completion Time: about one month (weather observations must be recorded for at least two weeks)
Prerequisites: none
Safety Precautions: The class required use of hammer and saw or serrated knife. Youth students may need parental help or supervision for some assignments.
Included Lessons:

Nature's Fury 401: Air
Credits: 3
Level: 4
Instructor: Bonnie "Artemis Aedhlynn" Englant
Class Description: In addition to tropical cyclones, such as hurricanes and typhoons, we will explore tornadoes, which are non-tropical cyclones, sandstorms, and several other air-related phenomena. Nature truly can be furious … and while the element of Air can come to us as a nice, cooling breeze on a summer’s night, it can also come in some formidable and highly destructive forms, which we will explore in this class. Your class assignments will focus in part of identifying whether you live in an area in danger of air-caused disaster and how to prepare for it. The class requires students to be familiar with the basics of weather and atmosphere before enrolling.
Required Materials: None.
Estimated Completion Time: 3-4 weeks
Prerequisites: None.
Safety Precautions: None.
Included Lessons:

Nature’s Fury 402: Water
Credits: 3
Level: 4
Instructor: Frank "Hibou" Boimare III
Class Description: In addition to floods and flash floods, we will explore ice storms, hail storms, rip tides, and several other water-related phenomena. Nature truly can be furious … and while the element of Water can come to us as a quietly burbling brook, it can also come in some formidable and highly destructive forms, which we will explore in this class. Your class assignments will focus in part on identifying whether you live in an area in danger of water-based disaster and how to prepare for it. The class is part of a course on Nature’s Fury, with four classes each covering one of the elements. These classes are not prerequisites to each other and you may pick and choose among the classes.
Required Materials: None.
Estimated Completion Time: about one month
Prerequisites: None.
Safety Precautions: None.
Included Lessons:

Nature’s Fury 403: Fire
Credits: 3
Level: 4
Instructor: Bonnie "Artemis Aedhlynn" Englant
Class Description: In addition to volcanoes, we will explore thunderstorms and other electrical storms, wildfires, droughts, and other fire-related phenomena. Nature truly can be furious … and while the element of Fire can come to us as a quietly crackling campfire or the warmth of a fireplace or hearth, it can also come in some formidable and highly destructive forms, which we will explore in this class. Your class assignments will focus in part on identifying whether you live in an area in danger of fire-based disaster and how to prepare for it. The class is part of a course on Nature’s Fury, with four classes each covering one of the elements. These classes are not prerequisites to each other and you may pick and choose among the classes.
Required Materials: None.
Estimated Completion Time: about one month
Prerequisites: None.
Safety Precautions: None.
Included Lessons:

Nature’s Fury 404: Earth
Credits: 3
Level: 4
Instructor: Bonnie "Artemis Aedhlynn" Englant
Class Description:   In addition to earthquakes, we will explore landslides, sinkholes, mudslides, lahars, avalanches, droughts, and other earth-related phenomena. Nature truly can be furious … and while the element of Earth can come to us as gently rolling hills or the sparkling beauty of a crystal, it can also come in some formidable and highly destructive forms, which we will explore in this class. Your class assignments will focus in part on identifying whether you live in an area in danger of earth-based disaster and how to prepare for it. The class is part of a course on Nature’s Fury, with four classes each covering one of the elements. These classes are not prerequisites to each other and you may pick and choose among the classes.
Required Materials: none
Estimated Completion Time: about one month
Prerequisites: none
Safety Precautions:
Included Lessons:

Phenology 401: Natural Cycles
Credits: 2
Level: 4
Instructor: Bonnie "Artemis Aedhlynn" Englant
Class Description:

Phenology is the art and science of recurring natural phenomena. When you observe the trees losing their leaves in autumn, a creek’s annual flooding, seasonal auroras borealis, birds flying south during the winter, or the first frost of the year, you’re watching phenology in action. By studying and contemplating phenology, you will connect with the Earth’s natural cycles and further embrace your place in the magickal web of life.


Required Materials:

You will download The Phenology Handbook. A Guide to Phenological Monitoring for Students, Teachers, Families, and Nature Enthusiasts (by Haggerty and Mazer) from the GSW Downloads area—this is the required text for this class.

 

Although not required, you will also benefit from having access to one or more field guides for your home location. These are usually inexpensive when purchased used (Amazon.com is a great source). Most are also typically available in local libraries. The guide(s) should cover plant, animal, and/or bird identification.


Estimated Completion Time: 6-8 weeks
Prerequisites: None.
Safety Precautions: None, save the usual care and respect in the outdoor environment.
Included Lessons:

Natural Wonders 501: Waterfalls
Credits: 2
Level: 5
Instructor: Frank "Hibou" Boimare III
Class Description: You may have heard of the “Seven Wonders of the World”. Those wonders were all manmade structures, but Nature has done a fine job of creating Wonders of her own, without human help. Many of these Natural Wonders sites have been known for their beauty and were considered to be sacred places by the indigenous peoples living near them. This is the first class in a course that will explore the Natural Wonders of the World around the globe. In this class, we will focus on waterfalls.
Required Materials: None.
Estimated Completion Time: about one month
Prerequisites: None.
Safety Precautions: None.
Included Lessons:

Natural Wonders 502: Arches and Natural Bridges
Credits: 3
Level: 5
Instructor: Bonnie "Artemis Aedhlynn" Englant
Class Description: You may have heard of the “Seven Wonders of the World”. Those wonders were all manmade structures, but Nature has done a fine job of creating Wonders of her own, without human help. Many of these Natural Wonders sites have been known for their beauty and were considered to be sacred places by the indigenous peoples living near them. This is the second class in a course that will explore the Natural Wonders of the World around the globe. In this class, we will focus on arches and natural bridges.
Required Materials: None.
Estimated Completion Time: about one month
Prerequisites: None.
Safety Precautions: None.
Included Lessons:

Natural Wonders 503: Caves and Caverns
Credits: 3
Level: 5
Instructor: Bonnie "Artemis Aedhlynn" Englant
Class Description:

You may have heard of the “Seven Wonders of the World”. Those wonders were all manmade structures, but Nature has done a fine job of creating Wonders of her own, without human help. Many of these Natural Wonders sites have been known for their beauty and were considered to be sacred places by the indigenous peoples living near them. This is the third class in a course that will explore the Natural Wonders of the World around the globe. In this class, we will focus on caves and caverns.


Required Materials: None
Estimated Completion Time: 2-3 weeks
Prerequisites: None
Safety Precautions: Do NOT explore any unknown caves and explore any known caves only with expert guidance.
Included Lessons:

Preserving the Earth
Credits: 3
Level: 5
Instructor: Bonnie "Artemis Aedhlynn" Englant
Class Description: In this class, we’ll use materials generated in past GSW Earth Day Challenges (2005-2007) to study the Earth’s biosphere, factors that threaten it, and the kinds of magical and mundane things Wizards can do to nurture ourselves and our planet.

 

Required texts and materials: None

 

Completion time: 4-6 weeks

 

Pre-requisites: None

 

Safety warnings: None

 


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Anima Mundi: The Gaia Hypothesis
Credits: 3
Level: 6
Instructor: Bonnie "Artemis Aedhlynn" Englant
Class Description: In September 1970, Oberon Zell-Ravenheart had a mystical experience and vision that showed him the evolving consciousness of the living Earth, and led to his creation of the “Gaia hypothesis,” which asserted that the Earth itself is a single living organism. Two years later, the scientist James Lovelock used the same ideas in a science-based exploration of Earth-as-organism. In this class, we’ll explore these theories, as well considering ideas like consciousness, sentience, and apotheosis.
Required Materials: None.
Estimated Completion Time: This class can be completed in about 1 month.
Prerequisites: None.
Safety Precautions:
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Natural Wonders 601: Geysers and Hot Springs
Credits: 3
Level: 6
Instructor: Frank "Hibou" Boimare III
Class Description: You may have heard of the “Seven Wonders of the World”. Those wonders were all manmade structures, but Nature has done a fine job of creating Wonders of her own, without human help. Many of these Natural Wonders sites have been known for their beauty and were considered to be sacred places by the indigenous peoples living near them. This is the sixth class in a course that will explore the Natural Wonders of the World around the globe. In this class, we will focus on geysers, hot springs, fumeroles and boiling mud pools.
Required Materials: None.
Estimated Completion Time: about one month
Prerequisites: None.
Safety Precautions: None.
Included Lessons:

Fieldwork 701: Trees
Credits: 2
Level: 7
Instructor: Bonnie "Artemis Aedhlynn" Englant
Class Description:

As you have learned in the pre-requisite class, Treecosystems 201, trees are not just an important part of the ecosystem of which we humans are a part, but they can also form their own ecosystems that include everything from mammals and birds to fungi and single cell organisms that live in the shared environment of the tree. Even other trees can grow within the ecosystem. In this class, you will learn in more depth what factors go into creating certain treecosystems. Your assignments will focus on conducting some fieldwork to explore the treecosystems in a natural area close to where you live.


Required Materials:

Outdoor observation tools: magnifying glass, ruler, measuring tape, small shovel or trowel, large plastic garbage bag, camera, notepad and pencil (bring a nice long one) for recording, a soil testing kit, a microscope (if you have access to one; it’s not a requirement).


Estimated Completion Time: 4 weeks
Prerequisites: Treecosystems 201
Safety Precautions: None.
Included Lessons:

Nature Studies Practicum 799a: Lecture
Credits: 3
Level: 7
Instructor: Bonnie "Artemis Aedhlynn" Englant
Class Description:

As an apprentice wizard majoring in Nature Studies, you are approaching the completion of your Major and the end of your studies. In this class, you will work with the Department Dean or an assigned professor to develop an individual and unique project that summarizes your knowledge in the field. You will use that knowledge to delve further into the field, creating a project of unique merit and worth. You will also work closely with your Professor to consider how to move from studying your Major in the classroom to working with it in real-life.

Please note:
1. This is a required class for Nature Studies Majors , both for graduation and Major completion.
2. This class has two sections: Nature Studies 799a and Nature Studies 799b. 799a is a lecture class, while 799b is a hands-on lab. You must enroll in both classes simultaneously.

 

 

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


 


Required Materials: The official textbook for this Class is the Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard edited by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart. You will also need to have real-life or virtual access to a good library.
Estimated Completion Time: This class can be completed in 2-3 months.
Prerequisites: Before joining these classes, students must be Seventh Years and majoring in Nature Studies, and must have completed all other requirements for the Nature Studies Major. You should also have completed 162 credits in GSW studies, including all required classes at all seven levels. Magister students will not be accepted.

Safety Precautions: None.
Included Lessons:

Nature Studies Practicum 799b: Lab
Credits: 3
Level: 7
Instructor: Bonnie "Artemis Aedhlynn" Englant
Class Description:

As an apprentice wizard majoring in Nature Studies, you are approaching the completion of your Major and the end of your studies. In this class, you will work with the professor to carry out a unique project.

Please note:
1. This is a required class for Nature Studies Majors , both for graduation and Major completion.
2. This class has two sections: Nature Studies 799a and Nature Studies 799b. 799a is a lecture class, while 799b is a hands-on lab. You must enroll in both classes simultaneously.

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




Required Materials: None, but you will need to have real-life or virtual access to a good library.
Estimated Completion Time: This class can be completed in 2-3 months.
Prerequisites:

Before joining these classes, students must be Seventh Years and majoring in Nature Studies, and must have completed all other requirements for the Nature Studies Major. You should also have completed 162 credits in GSW studies, including all required classes at all seven levels.

 

Magister students will not be accepted.


Safety Precautions: None.
Included Lessons:

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