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24 May 2017, 12:31 pm

Department of Alchemy & Magickal Sciences Class Listing

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


Technomagick 100 for Adults - Opt Out Test
Credits: 1
Level: 1
Instructor: Frank "Hibou" Boimare III
Class Description:

As the world of computers and the Internet grows, more and more threats find ways to disrupt our lives. Here at Grey School, we want to help you learn to defend yourself from these threats. Technomagick 100 will teach you a little about the structure of computers, the history of the Internet, and where the dangers are (and how to avoid them!)

This class is required for all year 1 students before moving on to year 2.

Note: This section of Technomagick 100 is for vGSW students only and must be taken concurrently with the vGSW orientation class. 


Required Materials: Obviously the student is going to need a computer! This does not have to be the student's own personal computer; a shared computer or one accessed in a public facility such as a library is suitable.
Estimated Completion Time: 4 weeks
Prerequisites: Must be 18 or older and enrolled in vGSW Orientation.
Safety Precautions:
Included Lessons:

Technomagick 100: Internet Safety (Class for youth and non-tech-savvy students)
Credits: 1
Level: 1
Instructor: Frank "Hibou" Boimare III
Class Description:

As the world of computers and the Internet grows, more and more threats find ways to disrupt our lives. Here at Grey School, we want to help you learn to defend yourself from these threats. Technomagick 100 will teach you a little about the structure of computers, the history of the Internet, and where the dangers are (and how to avoid them!)

This class is required for all year 1 students before moving on to year 2.

NEW: It is now possible for adults to “test out” of this required class. To do so, you should sign up for the other version of this class, which is marked as reserved for students 18 and older, who are tech-savvy.


Required Materials:

Obviously the student is going to need a computer! This does not have to be the student's own personal computer; a shared computer or one accessed in a public facility such as a library is suitable.


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

Technomagick 100: Internet Safety (Reserved for Students 18 and older, tech-savvy version)
Credits: 1
Level: 1
Instructor: "Tau Peristera"
Class Description:

As the world of computers and the Internet grows, more and more threats find ways to disrupt our lives. Here at Grey School, we want to help you learn to defend yourself from these threats. Technomagick 100 will teach you a little about the structure of computers, the history of the Internet, and where the dangers are (and how to avoid them!)

This class is required for all year 1 students before moving on to year 2.

NEW: This is the “test out” version of this required class. If you are age 18 or older and consider yourself tech-savvy, you may choose this class to request the multiple-choice exam without completing any other classwork. Please note that the teacher will verify this age requirement. If you cannot pass the class with at least 80%, you will have to sign up for and complete all classwork of the "Youth" version of this class. As this class is designed to allow you test-out of having to take the class, requests to reset the multiple choice test will be denied and the teacher will instruct you to take the other version of this class.


Required Materials:

Obviously the student is going to need a computer! This does not have to be the student's own personal computer; a shared computer or one accessed in a public facility such as a library is suitable.


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

Digital Images 101
Credits: 3
Level: 1
Instructor: Robert Lee "Skip" Ellison
Class Description: This class will teach you the basics of digital images. You will learn how to manipulate the sizes of digital images as well as how to use them in the online environment of the Grey School, both on the school forums and in your student work. The projects in this class will also look at the concept of the digital image as a magickal tool. By manipulating pixels with intention, they can be imbued with a magickal purpose. ­
Required Materials: Every effort has been made to write this class to use free image editing tools. If you already have an image editing program that you want to use for this class, you will have to make sure that it has the function to separate the red, green and blue "channels" of your image.

Though this class may be completed without one, a digital camera to photograph yourself and/or your own objects instead of using photographs from free source photos will make this class a more magickal experience! ­


Estimated Completion Time: 3-6 weeks
Prerequisites: ­This class uses many inline images. If you are on a slow internet connection, be aware that page load times may be slow.

You must have a Grey School Forum account and you must be logged into the forum while you view this class in order to see many of the images in this class material!


Safety Precautions: This class strongly recommends use of the Grey School Forum Gallery for hosting your images and one assignment includes making a post on the school forums. Please contact the instructor if you have any issues or concerns about participating on the forums.

Again, you must have a forum account in order to view many of the images in this class. Posting in the forums and hosting your images in the forum gallery is negotiable.

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Included Lessons:

Introduction to Alchemy - This class is not accepting students at this time.
Credits: 3
Level: 1
Instructor: Frank "Hibou" Boimare III
Class Description:

This is an introduction to the scientific and psychological premises of the ancient and modern alchemical arts. Students will become familiar with the basic building blocks of the physical and spiritual universe and see how they interact to create all the things and forces around us.


Required Materials:

Texts:
-- Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard (Required)
-- Companion for the Apprentice Wizard (Recommended)
-- The internet has quite a few valuable alchemy resources. Plenty of supplementary links are provided within the lessons.
-- A good dictionary should be at hand, as well.

Materials:
Students are required to obtain safety glasses, rubber or latex gloves, and a lab coat or smock (a long-sleeve button-down shirt, worn backwards, works well). The assignments also call for some common chemicals and household items. The total cost should not exceed $25.


Estimated Completion Time: 6-8 weeks
Prerequisites: None.
Safety Precautions: We will be working with chemicals. None of the assigned experiments are dangerous, but students are expected to wear the appropriate gear and follow common-sense safety precautions at all times. Details will be given in the lessons and assignments.
Included Lessons:

Path of the Red Mage vGSW
Credits: 2
Level: 1
Instructor: Frank "Hibou" Boimare III
Class Description:

This is an introduction to the scientific and psychological premises of the ancient and modern alchemical arts & Magickal Sciences. Students will become familiar with the basic building blocks of the physical and spiritual universe and see how they interact to create all the things and forces around us.

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


Required Materials: Texts:
-- Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard (Required)
-- Companion for the Apprentice Wizard (Recommended)
-- The internet has quite a few valuable alchemy resources. Plenty of supplementary links are provided within the lessons.
-- A good dictionary should be at hand, as well.

Materials:
Students are required to obtain safety glasses, rubber or latex gloves, and a lab coat or smock (a long-sleeve button-down shirt, worn backwards, works well). The assignments also call for some common chemicals and household items. The total cost should not exceed $25.
Estimated Completion Time: 4 weeks
Prerequisites: Class: vGSW Orientation
Safety Precautions: We will be working with chemicals. None of the assigned experiments are dangerous, but students are expected to wear the appropriate gear and follow common-sense safety precautions at all times. Details will be given in the lessons and assignments.
Included Lessons:

vGSW Orientation
Credits: 3
Level: 1
Instructor: James "Lloydiarth" Lloyd
Class Description:

This class is designed to teach students how to navigate and function in Second Life for participation in the vGSW virtual campus program. It is not designed to teach students how to do everything in Second Life. Rather, successful completion of this class will provide students with the core skills needed to successfully participate in the program. This class also discusses campus layout and outlines the rules that must be followed on the virtual campus.


Required Materials:

DSL or cable Internet connection, Firestorm Viewer, computer speakers and microphone or headset, system must meet the minimum specs posted here:

https://secondlife.com/my/support/system-requirements/

In Windows, this can be found by clicking on Start>All programs> Accessories> system tools> system information

In Mac, Applications > Utilities > System Information – or- open Spotlight, type system information and click on it 

If you need further help determining if you can run Second Life on your computer, contact the Instructor.


Estimated Completion Time: One week
Prerequisites:

Completion of Technomagick 100 or concurrent enrollment in Technomagick 100: vGSW


Safety Precautions: N/A
Included Lessons:

vGSW Waiver Exam - This class is not accepting students at this time.
Credits: 1
Level: 1
Instructor: James "Lloydiarth" Lloyd
Class Description: This quiz is for those who have enough experience with Second Life, that they do not need to take the class vGSW Orientation. If you can pass this quiz, then you do not need to take the class. 
Required Materials:
Estimated Completion Time: One Day
Prerequisites:
Safety Precautions:
Included Lessons:

Electrical Wizard, Nikola Tesla
Credits: 2
Level: 2
Instructor: Frank "Hibou" Boimare III
Class Description: This class is a brief look at the life and times of one of our world's greatest modern-day wizards, Nikola Tesla.
Required Materials: It would be helpful to use a computer connection fast enough to play the recommended YouTube series included toward the end of this class. But the lack of this kind of streaming speed should not stop you from taking this class, since substituted internet reading is also included as an option.
Estimated Completion Time: 4 Weeks
Prerequisites: None
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Introduction to Paperless Journaling
Credits: 1
Level: 2
Instructor: Frank "Hibou" Boimare III
Class Description: Introduction to Paperless Journaling is a class designed to lead you through preparing a paperless journal. We will discuss pros and cons of computerized journaling as well as look at different online journaling systems. We will discuss cleansing and blessing the system. Any magickal tool is created in a way that is special to the mage creating it. A computerized journal is no exception and in this class we will see it can be as magickal as the “regular” paper journal. Have fun, make magick AND save some trees.
Required Materials: A virus and spyware scanner.
Estimated Completion Time: 2-4 weeks
Prerequisites: None.
Safety Precautions: None.
Included Lessons:

Phases of Alchemy
Credits: 2
Level: 2
Instructor: Frank "Hibou" Boimare III
Class Description: This class will look at the different processes and phases of the alchemical process.  Explorations of this topic will include common correspondences, how the phases fit together in the overall process, and how they can be interpreted for both outer (laboratory) and inner (spiritual) alchemy. 
Required Materials: The Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard, ability to view a video on YouTube.com, ability to play an internet-based computer game, some basic kitchen equipment (measuring cups/spoons, the ability to boil water on a stove), salt and an apple.
Estimated Completion Time: 4 weeks
Prerequisites: None
Safety Precautions: There is one experiment which requires being able to boil water and for youth students, adult supervision is required.
Included Lessons:

Kitchen Chemistry
Credits: 3
Level: 3
Instructor: Frank "Hibou" Boimare III
Class Description: Our kitchens are chemical laboratories. They include tools, machines for heating and cooling, tools for measuring and mixing, and all kinds of raw chemical materials—foods and beverages—including the most important molecule known to humankind: water. In this class you will use the kitchen to explore crystals, the states of matter, physical and chemical change, and non-Newtonian fluids. You’ll have a chance to stir up solutions, create colloids, and make magickal ink, crunchy sparks, and more.
Required Materials: Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard. You will need the following materials for the required experiments: small saucepan, small skillet, spoon, pie plate, saucer or jar lid (mayonnaise jar size), 4 1-qt. jars with tight-fitting lids (e.g., canning jars, empty mayonnaise jars), short glass, tall glass, measuring cups and spoons, hot pad, magnifying glass, ice cubes, sugar, salt, baking soda, instant powdered drink mix, instant flavored gelatin mix, vegetable oil, vinegar, food coloring, and sand.


Estimated Completion Time: 1 month
Prerequisites: None
Safety Precautions: Some of the experiments require work with a kitchen stove and boiling water. Exercise the usual cautions. Youth students should work with a supervising adult.
Included Lessons:

Physics 301: Mass, Force and Waves
Credits: 3
Level: 3
Instructor: James "Lloydiarth" Lloyd
Class Description: Part one of a (nearly) non-mathematical introduction to the study of Classical Physics and its relationship with magic. Students will explore the concepts of Mass, Force, Gravity, Energy and Waves. Numerous “Thought Experiments” will be conducted in the laboratory of the mind. Emphasis is placed on understanding why Physics works rather than doing math to prove it, and on applying this understanding to the forces at work in magic and spellcasting.
Required Materials: None.
Estimated Completion Time: 4-6 weeks
Prerequisites: None.
Safety Precautions: None.
Included Lessons:

Dancing the Runes 401: Runic Alchemy
Credits: 3
Level: 4
Instructor: Frank "Hibou" Boimare III
Class Description:

Several years ago, I awoke to a whole new way of interacting with runic energies not as merely abstract energies, but as 'collectives' of sentient beings embodying the many different essences of what the rune itself symbolizes. This class is the fourth in a series designed to help you to both see the runic energies inherent in all things and to learn to work with rune energies as 'collectives' of sentient spirit beings. In this class you will learn to use the runic energies in terms of spiritual or psychological alchemy.


Required Materials:

You will need the rune set you made or purchased during the Runic Energies class. You will need the journal you kept for the previous class. You will need access to one of the two books listed below. Additionally, you will need a small tea-light holder and a supply of tea lights and the materials to make eight new rune cards. For details regarding the rune cards, please refer back to the Runic Interpretations class.


The Sorcerer's Stone by Dennis William Hauck

The Emerald Tablet by Dennis William Hauck


Estimated Completion Time: 4 to 5 months
Prerequisites:

Dancing the Runes 601: Meet the Collectives. I strongly encourage you to take the Phases of Alchemy class, but it is not required. It'll give you a different perspective on the phases of classical alchemy.


Safety Precautions:

Included Lessons:

Introduction to the Great Work
Credits: 2
Level: 4
Instructor: Frank "Hibou" Boimare III
Class Description:

This class presents an overview of the Emerald Tablet and the processes involved in alchemical transformation. Students will be expected to complete at least one week of journal writing and submit a 1750-2000 word essay in this class.


Required Materials: Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard, journal
Estimated Completion Time: 3 - 4 weeks
Prerequisites:
Safety Precautions:
Included Lessons:

Magickal Elements of the Periodic Table
Credits: 2
Level: 4
Instructor: James "Lloydiarth" Lloyd
Class Description: In this class, you will be introduced to the periodic table of elements. You'll  examine the chemical and magickal natures of some common metals, nonmetals, and semimetals and will consider ways to use them in your own magickal workings.
Required Materials: Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard
Estimated Completion Time: 6-8 weeks
Prerequisites: None
Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Rootskeeping 402: Digital Wonders
Credits: 2
Level: 4
Instructor: Frank "Hibou" Boimare III
Class Description: In this introduction to the craft of digital publishing, we look at the computer's various roles in all stages of the publication process, from simple word processors that prepare pages for a copy machine to website building and digital distribution centers. In the first half of the class, students will learn about the software, hardware and processes involved in modern publishing. In the second half, we concentrate on basic design structure and elements necessary for any publication -- the "art" of publishing that requires human creativity, regardless of how powerful your computer is. The final grade is based on a finished publication of the student's own devising, geared toward individual interests and abilities, to be crafted throughout the duration of the class.
Required Materials:

Depends on the student's project. Links to some free downloadable software tools are provided.
Not Required but Highly recommended:
     The Elements of Graphic Design by Alexander W. White
     Roger C. Parker's One Minute Designer by Roger C. Parker
     Roger C. Parker's Guide to Web Content and Design by Roger C. Parker
At the time of this writing, these books are available from Amazon for less than $15 each.


Estimated Completion Time: 6-8 weeks
Prerequisites:

Bare minimum: The student should be familiar with word-processing software and have access to a printer.
A Definite Plus: Familiarity with graphics software and the Internet will be helpful for some activities.


Safety Precautions:

 None.


Included Lessons:

Harry Potter: An Alchemical Treatise
Credits: 2
Level: 5
Instructor: Frank "Hibou" Boimare III
Class Description:

This class presents an overview of several of the references to the legitimate alchemical symbolism that can be found throughout J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. There are spoilers in this course.


Required Materials: The Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard and the Harry Potter series for reference purposes.
Estimated Completion Time: 3 - 4 weeks
Prerequisites:

Students should have completed the course "Introduction to the Great Work" prior to enrolling in this class.

Students should also have read the entire series for the class to be meaningful. 


Safety Precautions: None
Included Lessons:

Photography - This class is not accepting students at this time.
Credits: 3
Level: 5
Instructor: Robert Lee "Skip" Ellison
Class Description: In addition to ascertaining that students are familiar with their camera and, if applicable, their docking/printer station, students will learn to use the image manipulation program GIMP 2, a free-ware image manipulation program which is as good, if not better than, Photoshop, and can be downloaded by students for free at home. Students will learn about the history of photography, cultural aspects of photography, special settings of the digital camera, such as macro, landscape and sports photography settings, as well as about image composition, and common mistakes in taking photographs and how to correct or avoid them. Some of the assignments will need to be snail-mailed.

While the class is designed for digital photography, adjustments can be made to accommodate student who do not have access to a digital camera and wish to use an SLR or other 35 millimeter camera. When you sign up for the class, please send me an e-mail at ustelson@aol.com letting me know that you will be using a 35 mm camera.

Required Materials:

Access to a digital or SLR camera

Access to color printer and photo paper or a commercial  printing service
 


Estimated Completion Time: about one moth
Prerequisites: None.
Safety Precautions: None.
Included Lessons:

Transformative Doodling
Credits: 3
Level: 6
Instructor:
Class Description:

Despite the title, this class is not an art class per se, and it is not intended to help you become a better artist. I will not be grading you based on the aesthetics of the work you will be submitting here, rather, I will grade based upon what you demonstrate you have gotten out of this meditative practice in your essay assignments.

It covers the use of meditative drawing techniques based upon alchemical symbols to achieve personal transformation. We will cover an overview of some basic information about the meditative practices used in alchemy and then jump directly to work – but do not be misled about the seeming lightheartedness of doodling!  Done in the proper frame of mind, even doodling can result in profound personal insights and growth!

In this class, you will be creating fifty-six small mandalas in ink using specific symbols as a starting point. You will write an essay each week about your experience working with each symbol, and submit photographs of your finished mandalas.

The final exam involves writing an essay of one thousand words minimum, and submitting photographs of your final piece. 


Required Materials:

Digital camera, a pencil, a black .01 Micron Pigma pigment ink pen, enough smooth art paper to create fifty-six 3.5-inch tiles. Students will be required to complete one alchemical meditation tile per day for a period of eight weeks.


Estimated Completion Time: Eight weeks
Prerequisites: Core Energy Practices 102
Safety Precautions:
Included Lessons:

Alchemical Meditation
Credits: 3
Level: 7
Instructor: Frank "Hibou" Boimare III
Class Description:
This class is the first of a two part course written as preparatory material designed to help the student get focused while at the same time starting him/her on a path of personal transformation. We will cover an overview of some basic information about the meditative practices used in alchemy and then jump directly to work – unpleasant work, at that; however, students’ completion of the class project should result in profound personal insights and growth, if done properly.

The class, while light on textual material, is extremely heavy on practical application, and students will be required to work hard on a single monumental mundane personal task in an alchemical manner over an extended period. 

Additional assignments include writing an essay of one thousand words, and submitting before and after photographs of their work. Students wishing to complete the course within the allotted timeframe should be prepared to work at least one hour per day until project completion


Required Materials: Digital Camera
Estimated Completion Time: 6 – 8 weeks minimum, may take some students as long as 16 weeks
Prerequisites: N/A
Safety Precautions: N/A
Included Lessons:

AMS 799a: Practicum Lecture
Credits: 3
Level: 7
Instructor: Frank "Hibou" Boimare III
Class Description:

ou have nearly completed your major in Alchemy and Magickal Sciences. This Practicum Lecture Class, along with the Practicum Lab Class, will be your final step toward your Major. In this class, you will explore how you can make Red Wizardry a part of your life outside of the Grey School.

 Note:You must enroll in both sections at the same time: The Practicum 799a: Lecture  and the Practicum 799b: Lab.

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



Required Materials: The class materials are dependent on the area of study chosen, and should be discussed with the teacher of this class. 
Estimated Completion Time: Approximately 3 months
Prerequisites:

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


Magister students will not be accepted into this class.


Safety Precautions: None.
Included Lessons:

AMS 799B: Practicum Lab
Credits: 3
Level: 7
Instructor: Frank "Hibou" Boimare III
Class Description:

You have nearly completed your major in Alchemy and Magickal Sciences. This Practicum Lab Class, along with the Practicum Lecture Class, will be your final step toward your Major. Here, you will synthesize all of the knowledge attained while studying to be a Red Wizard, and you will prepare to embark on your Journeyman adventure. While taking the class, you will interact one-on-one with your Professor, and you will plan and execute a unique project in your chosen field of interest. Note: You must enroll in both sections at the same time: The Practicum Lecture 799a, and the Practicum Lab 799b.

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



Required Materials: The class materials will depend on the chosen project and should be discussed with the class teacher. 
Estimated Completion Time: Approximately 3 months
Prerequisites:

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

Magister students will not be accepted into this class.



Safety Precautions:

Safety precautions will depend on the nature of the practicum work chosen. Always be careful when working with chemicals and scientific experiments. Some of them have a tendency to go ‘boom.’



Included Lessons:

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