Provost Nicholas Kingsley
Mar 3, 2023
Lesson Three; The Wizard's Journey
By Provost Nicholas Kingsley
Lesson Three: The Wizard's Journey
Alright Apprentice Wizard, now that you know a little more about what you’re in for, and have some positive role models to draw inspiration from, we can talk about the beginning to your walk down the wizardly way. The first and perhaps one of the most important pieces of the Wizard’s code is Integrity. What do I mean? Well, allow me to explain. A Wizard is often sought out for advice and council, and as a result, the word of a Wizard is taken to heart. Now imagine coming to a person for advice that you knew was not always true to their word, or did not have a clear moral code. The advice would certainly be less impactful, and you may well question it’s validity even if it was actually good advice! Allow me to give you an Example. One day, many moons ago I was playing chess with a dear friend. I had never beaten him before and so I had the bright idea
I would cheat during this game and finally emerge in victory! Well, needless to say, the plan was a bad one, and I was caught. Instead of owning my mistake I lied about it, which of course only made matters worse, and wounded my friendship to boot. It is important to note that we will ALL make mistakes from time to time, it’s how we handle it that makes the difference. After a night to sleep on my actions I publicly apologized for cheating during our match, and for depriving onlookers of a fair and well-fought game, I also apologized to my friend, as it was a dumb thing to do. I was not told to do so, however, I knew that apologizing was the only way to remain true to myself. As a Wizard, you will be sought out from time to time to give advice which is based in morality, and while we will dive deeper into this in a later chapter it is important to note that your Integrity lends credibility to your advice and counsel.
The Apprentice is one who learns from a Mentor or school. As an apprentice, the world of Magick, and Wizardry is a new one. During this stage of your adventure, you will learn a great deal from your mentors, your textbooks and your fellow apprentices. It is during this stage in your path that you will come to terms with your identity as a Wizard, and what it means to walk the path. It is also during your apprenticeship that you will learn the fundamentals you will build upon in the many years to come. As an apprentice, it is important to ask questions! Learn all that you can from your mentors and guides. Should you find a mentor who is unwilling to answer questions, who shuts you down and belittles your works in a manner which is destructive rather than constructive, you are not being mentored by a Wizard and I would suggest looking elsewhere. There are many online schools of magick out there for you to enjoy, though as far as schools of Wizardry are concerned the best is the Grey School. It will allow you, as an apprentice, a secular view into the world of Magick. As an Apprentice wizard I urge you to look at the values, and morals you find to be important, and construct your version of “Good” and of “Evil” as these forces that exist in our world and will more than certainly cross your path many times. Each wizard will have differing views on this, of course, as these concepts are extremely personal, however, most Wizards agree that Evil is defined as that which only seeks to Destroy and cause Pain in the lives of other things. A wildfire is not Evil as it has no intent to cause pain or destruction, it is simply a force of nature. A murderer, on the other hand, seeks to cause pain and destruction. The Murder acts out of maleficence and so can be called Evil. Now, Good, on the other hand, can be a little tricky to pin down. Is it good to help someone who needs help, but does not want it? These kinds of question will have to be asked internally and the responses will very Wizard to Wizard. Though most can agree that Good is any action which seeks to build positive change in the lives of others or ourselves in a manner which hinders others as little as possible. The apprentice Wizard will also need to familiarize themselves with the many aspects of Magick and find that which call to them most. This can be an adventure all in itself! Once you have found that which calls to you, you’ll be better able to seek out a teacher/mentor/guide that can help you grow in that particular subject.
The Journeyman is one who learns from the world around them and those that they help. As a Journeyman, you will take all that you have learned during your apprenticeship here and apply it to the world in a way which builds greater community and helps bring about lasting positive change in the lives of others. During this piece of the journey, you will begin to create lasting relationships with others in the communities that you are apart of, and from these communities you will learn new ways of doing things, and diverse modules of thought. It is this process that allows growth in a Wizard and prevents the stagnation of thought. It is also during this phase that the Wizard begins to truly understand one of the fundamentals of Wizardry, that being, Everything is alive and Everything is interconnected. As you travel and meet new people the interconnectedness of the world we live in will start to become clear and more tangible to you.
For the Wizard, journeymanship is where one begins to further develop the ideas and concepts expressed in their Apprenticeship. Where some try to approach the Wizard's journey simply as a course of study, those who go on to make it to Journeymanship understand that Wizardry is indeed a philosophy, but so too is it a trade. And as is the case in all trades, there are little things one picks up through practice and application of the skills learned. The Carpenter teaches her Apprentice the names of the tools, how to use them, the names of woods, perhaps their hardness and common uses. The Master then creates lessons where-in the Apprentice is provided with opportunities to ply their craft, to explore and make mistakes while being able to offer guidance. In this way the Apprentice is utilizing critical thinking and creating their own tools for the journey to come under the guidance of their Mentor. In Journeymanship the Wizard will have to put those tools to the test. Sometimes the tools are found lacking, those things which we make for ourselves in Apprenticeship do not always last under the stress of experience; and so we adapt, make out little in-field repairs and continue on our way. This is the learning experience of the Journeymanship, the experiences you have here will be used again as building blocks. Much in the way you used your Mentor’s wisdom to create your first tools, you will use these experiences as the base concepts of lessons you will create during your time as a Master.
As you grow as a wizard you too will begin to grow a reputation. On your path, you will no doubt begin to gather a bit of a name for yourself, as people talk about the deeds you have done.
Now as for Mastery, I tend to find the reluctance to call something mastered is a more modern thought and not very helpful. It is also important to not think of mastery as absolute perfection, but rather as a stage of refinement. Can someone know Everything? Likely not, though they can take the things that they do know, and refine them to a point where-in they are able to be passed along to others in a useful way. This way of thinking creates a new set of skills that the Master uses to process new knowledge, allowing them to utilize fresh information and adapt to changes. Mastery, just like Apprenticeship and Journeymanship, is not a stagnant state. The state of mastery in Wizardry requires constant upkeep, continual reflection, refinement, and indeed, learning. To be a Master Wizard is not to Know everything, it is rather a state of mind one achieves after a time of journey where-in they feel they have enough knowledge to begin the process of teaching others, as well as the skills to refine new information in a meaningful way. In Mastery there is another Apprenticeship under the Self which never truly ends, it is a process of continual growth and development. Through this development the Master Wizard is one who learns from themselves. At some point during your Journeymanship you will begin to reflect and ponder all that you have learned so far. Soon enough you will find introspection and Reflection to be two of your greatest tools. You will find that at this point in your journey new concepts emerge to you through meditation on well-known subjects. It is at this point that the Wizard refines what they know and prepares to share it with Apprentices, and so completing the circle and cycle of the Wizard’s path. The Wizard's path is a varied and complex thing to be sure, as a result, it is constantly evolving and changing. One bearing the title Master Wizard is recognized by their peers as one who is able to look at a problem through the eyes of an Apprentice and devise a lesson, see how it would affect the Journeymen in the field and create a solution, then as a Master meditate upon it in order to understand how to prevent it in the future; passing that knowledge along. As a Master, it is tempting to at times believe that one has the answers for everything and that you no longer require council. Now as we understand from rule two, Reputation is Power. With this in mind it is important that the Master be mindful of their pride, as an overly confident, boastful, and prideful Wizard is often a useless Wizard. Remember your times as a Journeymen, and all those connections you built? Each helps you to establish a powerful Reputation and as a Master Wizard you have those relationships to call on when you need another perspective, or perhaps even a bit of help.
Another rather important part of being a Master Wizard is actually passing along what you know! It is the responsibility of the Master to teach a student, as to ensure all that they have learned is carried forward. What's that? How will you know you are ready to teach others? That's a good question! In my experience, you know you are ready to teach when you start teaching. Alright, well, maybe we can go a little deeper into that. I mean to say that no one ever really feels 100% ready to teach, and shoulder the responsibility that it entails, at least no one I’ve ever met. Rather, things will tend to push us in the direction of teaching. Remember synchronicity? When you’re ready to begin teaching, those synchronicities will start pushing you in that direction.
Take note of them, and ride the wave!
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Assignment #3: Take a moment to ponder the three stages of a Wizard as well as what we talked on in the Video for this lesson. With these ponderings in mind, consider the path ahead of you. Share your thoughts on the importance of each of the three stages, as well as how you're feeling about the path ahead, in an essay of at least 200 words.