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24 Jun 2017, 10:22 am

Department of Wortcunning Class Listing

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


Introduction to Herbology
Credits: 2
Level: 1
Instructor: "KatyRavensong"
Class Description: Most Grey School students are anxious to begin learning about herbs, and how to use them in all kinds of magickal practices. In this class, we’ll explore the nature of herbs and many of their uses as you take your first steps into the world of herbology! This class is part of the Wortcunning Major and Minor.
Required Materials: Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard. You’ll need simple kitchen supplies (measuring cups and spoons, a saucepan, a lidded jar, a vase, food coloring), a bunch of fresh mint, sage, or thyme (this may be purchased from most grocery stores). For one experiment, you’ll either need (a) a piece of celery (or a fresh carnation) and some red food coloring, or (b) a potted houseplant.
Estimated Completion Time: 3-4 weeks
Prerequisites: None
Safety Precautions:  All herbs and practices used in assignments in this class are safe when used as instructed. One exercise requires students to boil water; youth students should do this with a parent’s supervision.
Included Lessons:

Safety and Herb Use
Credits: 2
Level: 1
Instructor: Anne Duthers
Class Description: Studies of magick and Wizardry always include the lore of herbs and plants. But not all plants are harmless, and even safe herbs can cause harm if used incorrectly. In this class you will learn the basics of herbal practices, and will learn to how handle and work with plants safely. The information will be relevant to all of the work you do here at the Grey School. Note: This class is a core class for all Wortcunning Majors and Minors
Required Materials: Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard. You'll also need journalling materials.

Estimated Completion Time: 1-2 weeks
Prerequisites: None.
Safety Precautions: None.
Included Lessons:

So You Want To Be A Green Wizard?
Credits: 2
Level: 1
Instructor: Frank "Hibou" Boimare III
Class Description:

The purpose of this class is to explain what it means to be an herbalist wizard (Green) and to guide you through your wortcunning studies by exploring the classes offered in this department. You will understand how, to become a successful Green wizard, you need to combine your theoretical knowledge with thorough and safe field work. The class also contains the list of classes for the wortcunning Major and Minors, with an explanation and several suggestions to organize your studies. 

Magister students who want to focus on wortcunning will find advice in this class to structure their studies.


Required Materials:

Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard


Estimated Completion Time: about two weeks
Prerequisites: None
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

The Role of the Green Wizard
Credits: 1
Level: 1
Instructor: "KatyRavensong"
Class Description:

This class will help you understand the role of the Green Wizard in the multiverse - in what we sometimes call the mundane world and the magickal one, if they are separate. You will learn about the basic ethic and core concepts of Green Wizardry, the different paths of the Green Wizard, and their motivations.


Required Materials:

Textbook: Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard, by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart.


Estimated Completion Time: 1-2 weeks
Prerequisites: None
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Double, Double: The Herbalist’s Laboratory
Credits: 2
Level: 2
Instructor: "KatyRavensong"
Class Description: Part of your education as a budding herbalist includes understanding the tools of herbcrafting, and knowing how to use them. In this class, we’ll explore everything from mortars to bolines, garden shears to microplane graters, and pestles to saucepans as you begin creating your own herbal workspace. We’ll also consider the written resources used by herbalists, and how to assemble a beginning reference library.
Required Materials: You will need access to basic kitchen tools, e.g., saucepans, measuring cups and spoons, glass bottle with lids, etc. As part of your final exam, you will need to acquire three new books or tools for your herbal laboratory; these need not be expensive, and should be very easy to obtain.
Estimated Completion Time: 2-4 weeks, depending on tasks selected
Prerequisites: “Introduction to Herbology” is recommended but not required.
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Herbcrafting 201: Potions and Brews
Credits: 3
Level: 2
Instructor: "KatyRavensong"
Class Description: In this class, the student will learn to prepare herb-based infusions (simples and potions, both hot and cold), decoctions, syrups, steam and shower inhalants, skin washes, baths, and charged waters. Emphasis in this class will be on developing practical skills that can be used in a variety of magickal works, including healing, alchemy, wortcunning, and magickal practices. Simple “base” recipes will be provided; the student will use these to carry out their own laboratory experiments. Although the class will not specifically focus on gathering and drying herbs, basic instructions will be given for doing this, as well as suggestions for other means of obtaining herbs.

 

 

This class began from a class created for the 2007 Washington Conclave and uses materials created by Prof. Jeremy Brown and Prof. Moonwriter.

 

 


Required Materials: The Grimoire and Companion are required reference texts. Students will need basic “kitchen materials” (saucepans, measuring cups and spoons, coffee filters, a fine kitchen strainer, honey or raw sugar, etc.), a number of clean jars with screw lids, and a supply of herbs (both fresh and dried), depending on recipes chosen. You’ll need a way to keep your herbal records, recipes, etc. You’ll also need a camera for taking pictures of experiments done in the class.
Estimated Completion Time: 1 month
Prerequisites: Safety and Herb Use
Safety Precautions: (1) youth apprentices should have parental or adult supervision while working with hot infusions, as these require boiling or near-boiling water. Pour water carefully to avoid splashing or spilling. Treat any burns with immediate application of ice and either aloe gel or water gel (a first aid prepartion, available in pharmacies). (2) The descriptions, recipes, and recommendations in this class should not be construed as medical advice; please see your favorite health care provider for questions related to medical treatments.
Included Lessons:

Introduction to Container Gardening
Credits: 3
Level: 2
Instructor: Anne Duthers
Class Description:

While there are few more spiritual activities than gardening, not everyone has access to land for creating a full-scale garden. In this class, we’ll learn the magick of container gardening, which can be a worthy substitute. By the end of the class, you’ll have learned the skills necessary to plant, maintain, and harvest a simple container garden. You’ll also learn to work big magicks in your mini-garden.

 

Note: This class primarily addresses outdoor container gardening. Indoor containers are much harder to start and maintain, and require different considerations. I strongly recommend you work with outdoor containers, and this class will proceed accordingly. If you have questions about this, please email the instructor.


Required Materials:

You will need…

1. One or more large containers, 14” or wider in diameter and equally deep. Note: the bigger the container, the more you’ll be able to grow. Your container garden’s location should be protected from wind and should receive at least 6 or more hours of direct sunshine each day. If you don’t have a warm, sunny outdoor location, a sunny south-facing indoor window or room may work, although your choices of plants and success will be limited.

2. A way to water the containers easily, i.e., either a nearby faucet and a garden hose or a large watering jug and close proximity to a faucet.

3. Three basic garden tools: a hand trowel, a pair of garden gloves, and a pair of hand pruners for trimming your plants.

4. Packaged commercial potting/container soil—this is important: dirt dug up from the ground won’t work for container gardens.

5. Plant food—liquid or granular—suitable for container gardens.

6. A supply of seeds or plant starts (small plants that are transplanted into your containers); these will vary according to what you decide to plant.

7. A camera; you’ll be submitting regular photos of your containers. (This is required.)


Estimated Completion Time: About 3 months (includes time to plan, plant, and harvest your contained garden)
Prerequisites: None
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Introduction to Gardening: Land and Spirit
Credits: 3
Level: 2
Instructor: Anne Duthers
Class Description: There are few more spiritual activities than sinking one’s hands into the Earth, planting a seed, and two or three months later being able to eat the fruits of one’s labor. In this class, we’ll cover the magick of gardening. By the end of this class, you’ll have learned the skills necessary to plant, maintain, and harvest a simple garden. You’ll also learn to consider, consult, and honor the land spirits in your garden.
Required Materials: 1. A piece of land with which to grow a garden—5x5 feet square (about 2-3 meters square) is a minimum size. The garden plot should be sited so it receives at least 6 hours or full sun every day—preferably more, but absolutely no less. Container gardening will not work for this class (but will be offered in a separate class).
2. A way to water the garden easily, i.e., a nearby faucet and a garden hose. A spray attachment is recommended.
3. A few basic garden tools: a shovel, a hand trowel, and a pair of garden gloves are a good start. A hoe is also recommended, and a compass (for telling direction) will be useful, too.
4. A 1-quart glass jar with a tight-fitting lid.
5. A supply of seeds or plant starts (small plants that are transplanted into the garden); these will vary according to what you decide to plant.
6. A camera; you’ll be submitting regular photos of the garden space. (This is required.)


Estimated Completion Time: 3 months (for planting, tending, and harvest)
Prerequisites: None.
Safety Precautions: None.
Included Lessons:

Wortcunning and Herbalism
Credits: 2
Level: 2
Instructor: Anne Duthers
Class Description: (See Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard, pp. 219; 223-225)

Herbalism is the lore and art of knowing and using the magickal, medicinal and other properties of plants—especially herbs, or, in Old English, worts. The old word used for the knowledge of the secret properties of herbs is Wortcunning (herbal wisdom). Successful completion of this class entails three essay homework assignments and a multiple choice final exam.
Required Materials: None.
Estimated Completion Time:
Prerequisites: None.
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:

Astrological Gardening
Credits: 2
Level: 3
Instructor: Anne Duthers
Class Description: This class considers the astrological influences of the Signs of the Zodiac and their ruling planets on growing things. The student will explore different ways of looking at plants and planting. Throughout the class there are research projects to do, possible field trips to take, and essays to write. The final essay asks the student to briefly write how the astrological energies influence the growth of a selection of plants.


Required Materials: There are no required textbooks or materials for this class.


Estimated Completion Time: approximately 6 weeks
Prerequisites: Western Astrology 101: Introduction
Safety Precautions: There are no safety warnings.


Included Lessons:

Herbal Formulary 301
Credits: 2
Level: 3
Instructor: "KatyRavensong"
Class Description:

The aspiring student of Wortcunning must become familiar with the nature and use of a number of herbs. In this class, the student will select a single herb to focus on, and will conduct an in-depth study of that herb. Through this activity, the student will take the first step in creating an herbal formulary. In this class, the selected herb will be chosen from the following list of useful, generally safe herbs: aloe, calendula, celery, chamomile, dandelion, lavender, lemon, lemon balm, mint (any kind), parsley, plantain, rosemary, sage (Salvia species), and thyme.

This is a required class for all Wortcunning Majors and Minors. This is also a pre-requisite class for later classes in the “formulary” series.


Required Materials: The student will need access to reliable herbal reference materials—including at least one “hard copy” of a book on herbs or herbal practices (I will supply a suggested references list)—and a supply of the selected herb. The student will also need basic herbcrafting materials, which can be found in any home kitchen.
Estimated Completion Time: 1-2 months (may take longer if the student works with growing his or her own herbs)
Prerequisites: Safety and Herb Use (Wortcunning, L1)
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Herbal Formulary 302
Credits: 1
Level: 3
Instructor: "KatyRavensong"
Class Description: The aspiring student of Wortcunning must become familiar with the nature and use of a number of herbs. In this class, the student will select a single herb to focus on, and will conduct an in-depth study of that herb. Through this activity, the student will take the first step in creating an herbal formulary. In this class, the selected herb will be chosen from the following list of useful, generally safe herbs: aloe, calendula, celery, chamomile, dandelion, lavender, lemon, lemon balm, mint (any kind), parsley, plantain, rosemary, sage (Salvia species), and thyme.

Note: There will eventually be 15 herbcrafting classes: 3 each at Levels 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. The lists of herbs will vary at each level, with the simplest, safest herbs at Levels 3-4 and those requiring the most caution or precision at Levels 6-7.  The classes will be spread over five Levels so that Wortcunning students will be able to choose them based on Level and herb. However, “Formulary 301” is a pre-req for all additional Formulary classes, regardless of Level.


Required Materials: None. However the student will need access to reliable herbal reference materials—including at least one “hard copy” of a book on herbs or herbal practices (I will supply a suggested references list)—and to a supply of the selected herb. The student will also need basic herbcrafting materials, which can be found in any home kitchen.
Estimated Completion Time: 1-2 months (may take longer if the student works with growing his or her own herbs)
Prerequisites: Herbal Formulary 301

Safety Precautions: None, although the student is expected to follow safe herbal practices.
Included Lessons:

Introduction to Magickal Gardening
Credits: 3
Level: 3
Instructor: "KatyRavensong"
Class Description: There are magickal lessons that can only be learned through the experience of planting, nurturing, and harvesting food and herbs for the sustenance of your body and spirit. If you have any space at all in your back yard that can be turned into a garden, this class is for you! Successful completion of this class is contingent upon three exercises (graded by essay tests) and a multiple choice final exam. An optional extra credit assignment is also offered.



Required Materials: Shovel & Spading Fork; Steel Rake, Hoe, Trowel, Garden Hose, Gloves, and (optional) Pickax  - more details in Introduction.



Estimated Completion Time: About 3 months
Prerequisites: Introduction to Gardening: Land and Spirit.

Safety Precautions: None.
Included Lessons:

Kitchen Witchery 301: Magick with Herbs
Credits: 2
Level: 3
Instructor: "KatyRavensong"
Class Description: This class is designed to acquaint you with the magickal properties of some easily obtainable herbs. We will explore the folklore and traditional magickal uses for a number of kitchen herbs, and you will be given examples of traditional folk spells which feature these herbs. Your main work will be to try out six of the many sample spells listed in the class materials and send me a written report of what you tried and how it worked.



Required Materials: None.
Estimated Completion Time: 1 month.
Prerequisites: Safety & Herb Use required
Kitchen Wizardry: Not required but highly recommended.
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Leechcraft and Wise Women: Herbalism's History
Credits: 3
Level: 3
Instructor: Anne Duthers
Class Description: In  this class you will learn about the history of herbalism, and will investigate the interrelationships between herbalism and medicine over time. You will study some herbal practices and will become familiar with the contributions of notable historic personalities.

Required Materials: Adults students will be required to obtain a copy of "The Clan of the Cave Bear," available for pennies at Amazon.com and easy to find in libraries.
Some assignments—which may include diagrams, sketches, maps, etc.—must be mailed to the instructor for grading. This should not require anything beyond standard first-class postage.
Estimated Completion Time: 1 month
Prerequisites: None
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Magickal Foods from Your Garden 301: Herbs
Credits: 2
Level: 3
Instructor: "KatyRavensong"
Class Description: The class provides an overview of what to do with and how to cook with the herbs you may be growing in your magickal garden. While the class is geared toward those who grow their own herbs, you can also take and complete this class by getting your fresh herbs from ­a local farmer’s market.
Required Materials: Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard, access to a kitchen equipped with utensils and appliances, fresh herbs and other food items
Estimated Completion Time: 4-6 weeks
Prerequisites: None.
Safety Precautions: Youth students should get adult supervision when handling knives,stove and oven; adult students should observe basic safety precautions.
Included Lessons:

Tree Medicine, Magick and Lore
Credits: 3
Level: 3
Instructor: "KatyRavensong"
Class Description: In this class we embark together upon a journey into the kingdom of the trees. You will learn more about the trees in your backyard, and about trees that dwell deep in the forest. You will learn how the ancient Celts and Druids used trees for herbal healing and magic. It is my goal that you never again take the trees for granted. They are a reservoir of health, holiness, healing, and happiness for everyone on our planet.
Required Materials:

Not required but highly recommended: Hopman, Ellen Evert, A Druid’s Herbal of Sacred Tree Medicine, Destiny Books, Rochester, VT 2008


Estimated Completion Time: none noted
Prerequisites: None.
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Gardening 201: Miniature Magical Gardens
Credits: 3
Level: 4
Instructor: "KatyRavensong"
Class Description: You do not need an enormous yard, a perfect body, or abundant funds in order to enjoy gardening. Instead, you will create a miniature magical garden suited to your needs and resources. Learn about raised beds, windowboxes, hydroponics, and other garden types; and explore related magical techniques. This class is suitable for Wizards with limited space, mobility, and/or budget.

 


Required Materials: Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard A digital camera (or film camera and scanner) is strongly recommended so you can submit photos of your garden.
Estimated Completion Time:
Prerequisites: Introduction to Magickal Gardening
Safety Precautions: None.
Included Lessons:

Herbal Formulary 401
Credits: 1
Level: 4
Instructor: "KatyRavensong"
Class Description:

The aspiring student of Wortcunning must become familiar with the nature and use of a number of herbs. In this class, the student will select a single herb to focus on, and will conduct an in-depth study of that herb. Through this activity, the student will take the first step in creating an herbal formulary. In 400-level formulary classes, the selected herb will be chosen from the following list of useful, generally safe herbs: burdock, catnip, cinnamon, clove, fennel, garlic, ginger, horehound, marshmallow, mullein, oats, red clover, willow, and yarrow.

 

            Note: There will eventually be 15 herbcrafting classes: 3 each at Levels 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. The lists of herbs will vary at each level, with the simplest, safest herbs at Levels 3-5 and those requiring the most caution or precision at Levels 6-7.  The classes will be spread over five Levels so that Wortcunning students will be able to choose them based on Level and herb. However, “Formulary 301” is a pre-req for all additional Formulary classes, regardless of Level.


Required Materials:

None. However the student will need access to reliable herbal reference materials—including at least one “hard copy” of a book on herbs or herbal practices (I will supply a suggested references list)—and to a supply of the selected herb. The student will also need basic herbcrafting materials, which can be found in any home kitchen.


Estimated Completion Time: 1-2 months (may take longer if the student works with growing his or her own herbs)
Prerequisites: Completion of “Herbal Formulary 301.”
Safety Precautions:

The student should always exercise the expected level of caution and precision when working with herbs.


Included Lessons:

Herbcrafting 401: Poultices, Plasters and Oils
Credits: 3
Level: 4
Instructor: "KatyRavensong"
Class Description:

In this class, the student will use herbs and essential oils to prepare infused oils (hot and cold), macerations, poultices, extracts, and powders. Emphasis in this class will be on developing practical skills that can be used in a variety of magickal works, including healing, alchemy, wortcunning, and magickal practices. Simple “base” recipes will be provided.


Required Materials:

The Grimoire and Companion are required; other herbal resources will be recommended. Students will need the same ingredients used in Herbcrafting 201, plus at least two essential oils (depending on recipes chosen), solid vegetable shortening, vegetable glycerin, flaxseed meal or powdered clay (available from your local arts and crafts store or organic shop), a length of cotton muslin or flannel, a bottle of cider vinegar and perhaps one or two other simple materials. You will need flowers such as roses or lilac. A kitchen scale would be ideal.


Estimated Completion Time: 4-6 weeks
Prerequisites: Herbcrafting 201
Safety Precautions:

(1) Youth apprentices should have parental or adult supervision while working with hot infusions, as these require boiling or near-boiling water. Pour water carefully to avoid splashing or spilling. Treat any burns with immediate application of ice and (if you have it) aloe gel. (2) The descriptions, recipes, and recommendations in this class should not be construed as medical advice; please see your favorite health care provider for questions related to medical treatments.


Included Lessons:

Magickal Foods from Your Garden 401: Vegetables
Credits: 2
Level: 4
Instructor: "KatyRavensong"
Class Description: The class provides an overview of how to cook with the vegetables you may be growing in your magickal garden. While the class is geared toward those who grow their own vegetables, you can also take and complete this class by getting your fresh vegetables from a local farmer’s market.
Required Materials: Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard
Estimated Completion Time: 4-6 weeks
Prerequisites: None.
Safety Precautions: Youth students should get adult supervision when handling knives,stove and oven; adult students should observe basic safety precautions.
Included Lessons:

Principles of Wildcrafting
Credits: 3
Level: 4
Instructor: Bonnie "Artemis Aedhlynn" Englant
Class Description:

Wildcrafting means going out into nature to harvest plants for their magical or medicinal value. It’s a good way to obtain fresh, potent, organic herbs and is an important skill for anyone interested in Wortcunning. Wildcrafters must always consider their environmental impact, and must keep in mind both ethics and conservation in their practices. In this class, we will explore the basics of wildcrafting.


Required Materials: You will need to submit photographs (or line drawings) of some of your assignments. You can do this by emailing a digital photo or by sending a hard copy photo by traditional mail. You will also need to go on at least two field trips. Your field trips need not be far; they can be to any wild place within walking distance, such as an open meadow or forest area. If you have transportation you can go to a real wilderness but you may also use your own backyard if you are lucky enough to have wild plants growing there in profusion.
Estimated Completion Time: 4 - 5 weeks
Prerequisites:

Safety and Herb Use” (L1)


Safety Precautions:

always triple-check the herbs you harvest!


Included Lessons:

The Magickal Masterful Gardener
Credits: 3
Level: 4
Instructor: "KatyRavensong"
Class Description:

So what is a Magickal Masterful Gardener and how do you become one? This class leads you through creating a magickal garden and, on the way, learn what it is like to be a Magickal Masterful Gardener.

­ Due to the nature of this class, you may only sign up for this class just before or during the growing season in your area. (March to September in northern latitudes; September to March in southern latitudes; any time in equatorial latitudes) 


Required Materials:

Wand, a place for the garden (either a plot of land or containers), plants, tools, camera (and ability to submit the photos)


Estimated Completion Time: 2-3 months
Prerequisites:

Introduction to Gardening: Land and Spirit - required;

Green Magick 101 - recommended


Safety Precautions: Be careful.
Included Lessons:

Ethnobotany 501
Credits: 2
Level: 5
Instructor: "KatyRavensong"
Class Description:

This class is an introduction to ethnobotany. It aims to show how ethnobotany has always been the very fabric of our interactions with "foreign" or "strange" plants - how Europeans came to learn reluctantly at first from herbalists, shamans, and witches the use and lore of herbs for profit, until they understood (very recently!) to what extent ethnobotany is essential to our understanding of the world, and our very survival. In this class, the history of ethnobotany will provide ground for reflection about our relation to magick, to the divine, to health, and to ethics. Completion of the class entails writing essays to discuss research, ethics, history, so as to develop your own vision or understanding of ethnobotany, as applied to your magickal practice. There will be a final project to complete - and hopefully some fun along the way!

This theoretical approach to ethnobotany will then lead to a second class, with practical work on the field.


Required Materials:

This class will require students to travel around where they live and use local resources such as libraries, botanical gardens, etc. A field guide of local herbs could be useful, but not compulsory at this point.


Estimated Completion Time: approximately 5 weeks.
Prerequisites:

It is required to have taken the "Safety and Herb Use" class before applying for "Ethnobotany 501," and strongly advised to have passed "Introduction to Herbology" and at least one "Formulary" class for a better understanding of the material.


Safety Precautions: None.
Included Lessons:

Herbal Formulary 501
Credits: 1
Level: 5
Instructor: "KatyRavensong"
Class Description:

The aspiring student of Wortcunning must become familiar with the nature and use of a number of herbs. In this class, the student will select a single herb to focus on, and will conduct an in-depth study of that herb. Through this activity, the student will take the first step in creating an herbal formulary. In 400-level formulary classes, the selected herb will be chosen from the following list of useful, generally safe herbs: basil, black tea, borage, cayenne, comfrey, echinacea, flax, green tea, hops, hyssop, mullein, nettle, psyllium, raspberry, slippery elm, tea tree, and vervain.

 

            Note: There will eventually be 15 herbcrafting classes: 3 each at Levels 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. The lists of herbs will vary at each level, with the simplest, safest herbs at Levels 3-5 and those requiring the most caution or precision at Levels 6-7.  The classes will be spread over five Levels so that Wortcunning students will be able to choose them based on Level and herb. However, “Formulary 301” is a pre-req for all additional Formulary classes, regardless of Level.


Required Materials:

None. However the student will need access to reliable herbal reference materials—including at least one “hard copy” of a book on herbs or herbal practices (I will supply a suggested references list)—and to a supply of the selected herb. The student will also need basic herbcrafting materials, which can be found in any home kitchen.


Estimated Completion Time: 1-2 months (may take longer if the student works with growing his or her own herbs)
Prerequisites:

Completion of “Herbal Formulary 301.”


Safety Precautions: The student should always exercise the expected level of caution and precision when working with herbs.
Included Lessons:

Magickal Foods from Your Garden 501: Fruits
Credits: 2
Level: 5
Instructor: "KatyRavensong"
Class Description: The class provides an overview of how to cook with the fruits you may be growing in your magickal garden. While the class is geared toward those who grow their own fruits, you can also take and complete this class by getting your fresh fruit from a local farmer’s market. In this class, you will learn about the various magickal powers and/or associations of the fruits you are growing in your garden (or are getting from your local farmer’s market). You will also learn some tasty, edible ways in which to use these powers in your magickal workings as well as several techniques for creating food magick.
Required Materials: Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard
Estimated Completion Time: 4-6 weeks
Prerequisites: None.
Safety Precautions: Youth students should get adult supervision when handling knives,stove and oven; adult students should observe basic safety precautions.
Included Lessons:

Gardening 601: Thematic Gardens
Credits: 3
Level: 6
Instructor: "KatyRavensong"
Class Description:

**One key to effective garden design is the concept of themes. This class explains how to design a garden based on a central idea. The two examples included are a Moon Garden and a Healing Garden.


Required Materials: Companion for the Apprentice Wizard You need a bit of space to grow one modest-sized garden, preferably outdoors but you can grow a container garden indoors if necessary. Expect this to take 2-3 months. You may choose either theme or design your own. You’ll need suitable gardening tools and a camera (digital, or film with a scanner) to take snapshots. You will also be keeping a Garden Journal, and a paper one will be more convenient than electronic for this Class; plus pencils or pens in assorted colors.
Estimated Completion Time: 2-3 months.
Prerequisites: Introduction to Magickal Gardening 
Safety Precautions: None noted
Included Lessons:

Gardening 602: Compost
Credits: 3
Level: 6
Instructor: "KatyRavensong"
Class Description: Compost harnesses the power of beneficial decay to turn botanical waste into new, rich soil.  Learn how the cycle works, what materials to use, and some composting methods.  Finished compost can be used to feed plants, improve garden soil, or combine with other ingredients for potting mix.  This Class covers compost materials and methods suited for all ranges of budget, physical fitness, and urban/rural spaces.  So come dig in!
Required Materials:

Students will need access to some botanical waste for composting (kitchen scraps, grass clippings, leaves, etc.) plus suitable tools, container(s), and space for their chosen method of composing.  Gloves are recommended for all activities involving compost materials.  A camera and a means of transmitting pictures are also required.


Estimated Completion Time: 1-3 months
Prerequisites: None.
Safety Precautions:

Some compost methods require a substantial amount of physical activity and/or the use of large garden tools.  Use common sense and take care of yourself.  Youth students will benefit from parental supervision for some compost methods.  Anyone with an allergy to mold or pollen might not be comfortable working with compost.  A filter mask or a filtered bucket may help protect against allergens. When working with decomposing materials, it’s a good idea to wear gloves and/or to wash your hands after working with compost.


Included Lessons:

Herbal Formulary 601
Credits: 1
Level: 6
Instructor: "KatyRavensong"
Class Description:

The aspiring student of Wortcunning must become familiar with the nature and use of a number of herbs. In this class, the student will select a single herb to focus on, and will conduct an in-depth study of that herb. Through this activity, the student will take the first step in creating an herbal formulary. In 600-level formulary classes, the selected herb will be chosen from the following list of herbs: boneset, cleavers, coffee, elder, eucalyptus, evening primrose, eyebright, feverfew, ginkgo, hawthorn, honeysuckle, juniper, licorice, mugwort, and skullcap.

 

            Note: There will eventually be 15 herbcrafting classes: 3 each at Levels 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. The lists of herbs will vary at each level, with the simplest, safest herbs at Levels 3-5 and those requiring the most caution or precision at Levels 6-7.  The classes will be spread over five Levels so that Wortcunning students will be able to choose them based on Level and herb. However, “Formulary 301” is a pre-req for all additional Formulary classes, regardless of Level.


Required Materials:

None. However the student will need access to reliable herbal reference materials—including at least one “hard copy” of a book on herbs or herbal practices (I will supply a suggested references list)—and to a supply of the selected herb. The student will also need basic herbcrafting materials, which can be found in any home kitchen.


Estimated Completion Time: 1-2 months (may take longer if the student works with growing his or her own herbs)
Prerequisites:  Completion of “Herbal Formulary 301.”
Safety Precautions:

The student should always exercise the expected level of caution and precision when working with herbs.


Included Lessons:

Herbcrafting 601: Creams, Balms, Tinctures, and More
Credits: 3
Level: 6
Instructor: "KatyRavensong"
Class Description:

In this class, the student will use herbs and essential oils to prepare creams, ointments, lotions, balms, and other topical applications. Adult students will also explore the making of alcohol-based tinctures. Emphasis in this class will be on developing practical skills that can be used in a variety of magickal works, including healing, alchemy, wortcunning, and magickal practices. Simple “base” recipes will be provided.

Notes: This class began from a class created for the 2007 Washington Conclave and uses materials created by Prof. Jeremy Brown and Prof. Moonwriter.

 


Required Materials:

You will need: (1) A good herbal reference of your choice. (2) Depending on recipes chosen, small glass or stainless steel bowls, small and medium saucepans, a double boiler, glass jars with tight lids (canning “Mason” jars work well), one or two glass custard cups or measuring cups, measuring cups and spoons, mortar and pestle, and a medium wire whisk. (3) In addition, you should have at least one neutral carrier oil (e.g., safflower, sunflower, almond, etc.), one or two essential oils (your choice), beeswax, cocoa butter, paraffin wax, black pepper, salt, petroleum jelly, apple cider vinegar, spring water or distilled water or rose water, drinkable alcohol (for adult students) or vegetable glycerin, and vitamin E capsules. (4) Optional ingredients may include honey, rubbing alcohol or witch hazel, lemons, garlic, ginger, carrots, varied grains and seeds (cornmeal, barley, etc.), red pepper flakes, borax, vegetable food coloring, dried or fresh herbs, a 2-liter plastic beverage bottle, and tincture of benzoin. (Details and recommendations on what and where to purchase these items will be given in the lesson materials along with each recipe.) (5) A scale that can weigh in ounces. A kitchen scale or postal scale works well. (6) A digital camera or other means of taking digital photos, which will be included in your lab reports.


Estimated Completion Time: 6-8 Weeks
Prerequisites: Herbcrafting 401
Safety Precautions:

(1) Youth apprentices should have parental or adult supervision while working with hot materials, which, in this class, may involve hot oils, hot melted waxes, and boiling liquids. (2) Pour materials carefully to avoid splashing or spilling. Treat any burns with immediate immersion in ice water followed by application of ice and (if you have it) aloe gel. (3) When melting waxes and butters, use a double boiler or work over very low heat. Waxes and butters are flammable and can easily catch on fire. If fire begins, cover the pan with a lid and remove the pan from the heat. (4) The descriptions, recipes, and recommendations in this class should not be construed as medical advice; please see your favorite health care provider for questions related to medical treatments.


Included Lessons:

Herbal Formulary 701
Credits: 1
Level: 7
Instructor: "KatyRavensong"
Class Description:

The aspiring student of Wortcunning must become familiar with the nature and use of a number of herbs. In this class, the student will select a single herb to focus on, and will conduct an in-depth study of that herb. Through this activity, the student will take the first step in creating an herbal formulary. In 700-level formulary classes, the selected herb will be chosen from the following list of herbs: black cohosh, ephedra, ginseng, goldenseal, horsetail, mistletoe, motherwort, nutmeg, rue, saw palmetto, self-heal, soy, St. John’s wort, valerian, and wormwood.

 

Several herbs have not been included in the Formulary classes as they are dangerously toxic and regulated (as narcotics) or illegal in some countries. These include datura, deadly nightshade, foxglove, hemlock, Lignum vitae, mandrake, peyote, tansy, yew, and yohimbe.

 

            Note: There will eventually be 15 herbcrafting classes: 3 each at Levels 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. The lists of herbs will vary at each level, with the simplest, safest herbs at Levels 3-5 and those requiring the most caution or precision at Levels 6-7.  The classes will be spread over five Levels so that Wortcunning students will be able to choose them based on Level and herb. However, “Formulary 301” is a pre-req for all additional Formulary classes, regardless of Level.


Required Materials:

None. However the student will need access to reliable herbal reference materials—including at least one “hard copy” of a book on herbs or herbal practices (I will supply a suggested references list)—and to a supply of the selected herb. The student will also need basic herbcrafting materials, which can be found in any home kitchen.


Estimated Completion Time: 1-2 months (may take longer if the student works with growing his or her own herbs)
Prerequisites:

Completion of “Herbal Formulary 301.”


Safety Precautions:

The student should always exercise the expected level of caution and precision when working with herbs. This is especially true in this class, which features herbs that may be quite toxic if used incorrectly.


Included Lessons:

Wortcunning Practicum 799a: Lecture
Credits: 3
Level: 7
Instructor: Anne Duthers
Class Description:

As an apprentice wizard majoring in Wortcunning, 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 Wortcunning Majors , both for graduation and Major completion.
2. This class has two sections: Wortcunning 799a and Wortcunning 799b. 799a is a lecture class, while 799b is a hands-on lab. You must enroll in both classes simultaneously.
3. You will need to have real-life or virtual access to a good library.
4. Before joining these classes, students must be Seventh Years and majoring in Wortcunning, and must have completed all other requirements for the Wortcunning Major.

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 textbooks for this Class are the Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard and the Companion for the Apprentice Wizard. 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: This class will require at least 8-12 weeks to complete.
Prerequisites: Before joining these classes, students must be Seventh Years and majoring in Wortcunning, and must have completed all other requirements for the Wortcunning Major. Magister students will not be admitted to this class.
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Wortcunning Practicum 799b: Lab
Credits: 3
Level: 7
Instructor: Anne Duthers
Class Description:

As an apprentice wizard majoring in Wortcunning, 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 Wortcunning Majors, both for graduation and Major completion.
2. This class has two sections: Wortcunning 799a and Wortcunning 799b. 799a is a lecture class, while 799b is a hands-on lab. You must enroll in both classes simultaneously.
3. You will need to have real-life or virtual access to a good library.
4. Before joining these classes, students must be Seventh Years and majoring in Wortcunning, and must have completed all other requirements for the Wortcunning Major.

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 textbooks for this Class are the Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard and the Companion for the Apprentice Wizard. 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: This class will require at least 8-12 weeks to complete.
Prerequisites: Before joining these classes, students must be Seventh Years and majoring in Wortcunning, and must have completed all other requirements for the Wortcunning Major. Magister students will not be admitted to this class.
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

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