How it works:
Many of those who take the correspondence course will desire to have some sort of proof that they have undertaken the work that is involved. This is perfectly natural and healthy. In the same fashion that a college student wants a degree certificate to help them obtain status in life, a diploma can be a useful tool to show how you have satisfactorily completed a regimen of hard work.
On the other hand, many students will only desire the material for intellectual reasons, rather than practical. Some will want to do part of the work but not all of it. Still others will not want to be bothered with turning in assignments and taking tests, despite the fact that they do the work on their own.
None of these attitudes is any more correct than any other. Therefore, I have designed a compromise that should satisfy all the diverse types of students.
It's called the:
Nascent Magician Graduate Program
IT IS NOT MANDATORY that all students who take the correspondence course be a part of the graduate program. Anyone may purchase the lessons (as many as they like) and read them and use them. Don’t want to take tests? Don’t take them. But you will not get a diploma. It’s not a problem for me, either way. Choose whatever method works for you.
However, for the intrepid students who desire a greater commitment to the work and who do want a diploma, I have devised a system of testing that will enable me to grade your homework and give you a pass/fail grade. Those who satisfactorily complete all the homework assignments and pass all the tests will be awarded a diploma.
There is still no time limit given for the Graduate Program. You may still take as long as you like or need, to complete each lesson.
There is still a minimum of 2 weeks that must elapse before you are eligible for the next lesson. This is true for both types of student, the Graduate Program student and the non-graduate.
In addition, the Graduate Program students will NOT be eligible for the next lesson until the homework is satisfactorily completed for the lesson they are already on.
For GP students, this means:
1) at least 2 weeks must have elapsed since they were given the last lesson.
2) I must have received and given a passing grade to any and all homework from the current lesson.
3) the student must have passed the written and practical exam for the current lesson.
4) all required purchases for the next lesson must have been already made.
Therefore, as you can see, the graduate program is a much more demanding route to take.
It's a commitment on the part of the student, a declaration of your devotion to mastering the art of magick. This will not be for everyone; it will be difficult and demanding. No one will be required to participate, it is entirely voluntary.
Those who want to be members of the Graduate Program will be assigned a student number and “grade level”. The grade levels will reflect what lesson number they have currently completed. If you are deemed to have “completed” a lesson, it means that all the above criteria have been met and that I have personally signed off on you advancing to the next level and the next lesson.
The levels are 1-12 and will be named for the signs of the zodiac, beginning with Aries and ending with Pisces.
Lesson 1 - Aries
Lesson 2 - Taurus
Lesson 3 - Gemini
Lesson 4 - Cancer
Lesson 5 - Leo
Lesson 6 - Virgo
Lesson 7 - Libra
Lesson 8 - Scorpio
Lesson 9 - Sagittarius
Lesson 10 - Capricorn
Lesson 11 - Aquarius
Lesson 12 - Pisces
So, for example, a student who is in possession of Lesson 4 but has not yet been “passed” for Lesson 4, would have the grade of Gemini. Once they have successfully passed Lesson 4, their grade level would rise to Cancer. And so on, until they complete the course. Only those who attain and pass the level of Pisces, Lesson 12, will receive a diploma. A new student, who has not yet passed any tests, will have a student number, but no other signification.
Because of the distance nature of this course and because of my rather jaded lack of confidence in the “honor system” for this kind of endeavor, there will be a few requirements for Graduate Program students, and these will be rather strict requirements indeed.
These requirements will not be expected of the casual student. Casual students will be referred to as Survey Students. This is what you would be if you were taking a college course but not for GPA credit.
These rules will undoubtedly evolve over time, as it becomes more apparent, where the system might be improved upon.
I will not however, change the rules on you, as we go along. You will always know, well in advance, exactly what is expected of you. If and when I do change a rule for the course, you will still receive credit for anything you have already completed and been given credit for. I will not keep “moving the finish line” farther ahead.
You may opt out of the Graduate Program at any time. You may also join the program at any time. It’s there for those that want it. It’s not going to be a hindrance for those who do not.
If you go through a number of lessons and then decide that you want to become a Graduate Program student, you will be frozen at whatever lesson you are currently on, until I give you a passing grade for all the lessons you have already received.
Requirements for graduate students are as follows:
A) Unless you are within driving distance of the shop, you must have access to the internet and a digital camera of some sort, which you can photograph pictures of your homework and send them to me.
You will have to upload your photographs of the items you make and email them to me. Examples of pictures you will need to take are the contemplation foci, which are round discs of wood or cardboard, with various simple images painted on them. I am talking about very simplistic, simple characters; you will NOT be judged as an artist. The point is that you make the items to the best of your ability and you photo them and send me the photos.
If any corrections are necessary, I will inform you of what you need to do and then allow you to remake them. You will not be advanced until each item is acceptable. Notice I said acceptable, not perfect ;-)
Passing 11 tests will not get you a diploma. You must pass every test and any practical exams I see fit to administer. An example of a practical test might be something like "Demonstrate for me the LBRP" or "walk me through the steps of how to make a witch bottle" or "walk me through the steps of a spirit offering" (Lesson 2).
I will want to hear your vibratory formula, see your tools that you make and/or buy, things like that. I might ask for anything in the practical portions. It's totally my call.
B) You must have access to a webcam and Skype for testing. The tests will NOT be open book.
As I’ve said, I have little confidence in the honor system and so, for me to pass you from the program and give you a diploma, you must be on camera, where I can see you and I can tell that you are not looking at a cheat sheet.
You must be willing to wear a blindfold.
You will be perfectly safe, in your own home, so there is nothing to fear. I can’t reach through your computer and grab you. If there is anything that you need to write or draw, you will be able to take off the blindfold long enough to draw it for me, but that's it.
This might seem strange (and it is), but I can think of no other way to be totally assured that you don’t have a cheat sheet taped to the wall behind your camera.
The test questions will be administered verbally. I will ask you questions and you will answer them to the best of your ability.
If your proficiency with the material is apparent, you will receive a passing grade. You will pass with 80% correct answers. If not, then you can arrange to test again at a future time. Those who graduate with excellent scores, 90% or higher for a final, total course grade, will receive a special notice of honors on their diploma. There will be no penalty or mention for those who pass but at lower than 90%.
All tests must be scheduled in advance, according to my availability. I will see to it that you get to test, but because of having to coordinate schedules, some patience on your part may be required here.
If you live within driving distance of the shop, you will be required to schedule an appointment for in-house testing, which would eliminate the need for the webcam and Skype and blindfolding. If you live within 1 hour of the shop and you have adequate transportation, then in-house testing is mandatory. I might make a few exceptions to this, but it's at my discretion.
C) Some purchases from the Thaumaturgy 777 Magickal Shop will be mandatory.
Non-graduate students will not be required to purchase anything except the lessons themselves.
Graduate Program students will be given a list of items that must be purchased for each lesson (see the next section of this webpage for details).
The items that will be necessary to complete any given lesson will be known to you in advance, so that you may plan for each lesson. All purchases must be made from my shop and noted on your record.
So, make certain that you tell whoever takes your order that you are a Graduate Student and you are purchasing these items for credit!
You may be fortunate enough to have a great occult shop right down the block from you and you may have a great working relationship with them. I believe you should support your local business owners, whenever possible. However, to be certain that you are doing the work of the program, I need to see that you are using the tools of the trade. If you are invested financially in the process, you are far more likely to complete the assignments, and in the way they are supposed to be completed.
For example, in Lesson 1, you are assigned to take a ritual bath. I cannot ask you to photograph that! But if you purchase a bath mix from me and you write a brief report about your experience, I can be reasonably assured that you actually took the bath.
Materials for each lesson will run you between $10 and $30.
*** If you are a graduate student, in order for you to move forward to the next lesson, you have to:
* Make all required purchases
* Pass all the written tests
* Satisfactorily complete and turn in all the homework for each lesson
* Pass any and all practical examinations
*** Each and every graduate student must do all of this.
There is no fee for taking a test the first time. If you fail, you may take the test again, however you will have to schedule another appointment with me and pay a $5 fee.
This $5 fee is merely an incentive to get you to study! Pass it the first time and it won’t cost you! If you take a test several times, the $5 fee will multiply by a factor of 2, each time (except the first). So, for example:
Lesson 1 test, first attempt - FREE
Lesson 1 test, second attempt - $5
Lesson 1 test, third attempt - $10
Lesson 1 test, fourth attempt - $20
This is to ensure that my time is not wasted by people taking the same test, over and over again. You can do that, but my time is valuable and my standard hourly rate is $40 for most of my services.
After graduation from the course, you will be referred to simply as NN, Nascent Magician. The NN is simply your first (or middle) and last name. Example:
John Doe, NM
John Doe, Nascent Magician
You may use a pseudonym, if you so desire. Your real name however, is required for my records. You don’t have to reveal your birth name to anyone else, if you don’t want to. You MUST give me your full birth name. I will make your diploma out to whatever name you announce you will be using for the course, but I have to have your real name, address and phone number, right from day 1; absolutely no exceptions.
On the Yahoo forum, students will need to give their name, student number and level. Examples:
Bob, #14 - Aquarius
Susan, #25 - Taurus
Paul Johnston, #33 - Survey (non-graduate student)
Mike Dobbs, #28 (brand new student)
Jane Thomas, #39, NM (already graduated)
After graduation, you will allowed to check in yearly with me and be noted as “in good standing”. What this means is that not only did you complete the curriculum, but I am aware of what you are up to in general and it is my opinion that you are continuing your magickal education by reading, studying and practicing. If you choose not to do this, it does NOT invalidate your diploma! Your diploma is valid, regardless of what you do after that. But you have the added availability of checking in and getting “stamped OK” by me. It’s not required but there if you want ;-) For students who want high visibility, I will create a separate page on the website that lists you as a graduate and in good standing. I reserve the right to pull your name for any reason. Your name will be listed only with your written permission!
More rules may develop as we go along, since we need to remain flexible. I can't foresee every potential problem. We will work together to develop this system. But when you have satisfactorily completed the course, you will be able to tell others (if you choose) that you are a graduate of my course. If they don't believe you, then you can show them your diploma and/or ask me. I will vouch for you, only if I have your written permission.
*** Again, NONE of these guidelines are mandatory for the Survey Students. These are the requirements only for those who want a diploma, to have the accreditation. For those hardy, intrepid individuals who step up to the rather substantial challenge and successfully maneuver all the hurdles… I salute you!
All purchases MUST be made from Thaumaturgy 777.
(Any price minimums must be before S&H)
Lesson 1: Aries
There are 3 REQUIRED purchases for Lesson 1. They are only required purchases if you are part of the Graduate Program.
* Click on the blue words below; they are web links.
Charcoal - Get at least 1 roll of 3 Kings Charcoal.
Incense - You may choose loose incense or stick incense, cone or oil. That doesn’t matter. What matters is that you choose a scent that is useful for the work. You need to pick something like:
Frankincense & Myrrh
T-777 Solar Incense Blend
* If you want something else, clear it with me first.
Bath Mix - at least 1 T-777 bath mix. You may instead purchase 3 or more different herbs, to blend your own. It doesn’t matter what herbs you purchase, so long as they are safe for bathing with. I am allowing purchases of herbs other than those listed in the bath recipes, because some people will already have well-stocked herb supplies. Those who do not should stick to the herbs that are listed in the Lesson 1 bath mix recipes.
Witch Bottle Kit - you can of course put this together yourself, using your own materials. Purchasing the kit is simply a matter of convenience.
Lesson 2: Taurus
There are 2 required purchases for Lesson 2. They are only required purchases if you are part of the Graduate Program.
Tools - This is variable. Spend at least $10 on tools; you choose what you need.. Some examples are:
Mortar & Pestle
Surely, there is something we have that you don’t. Pick something, clear it with me and buy it.
Herbs - These herbs must be suitable for a floor wash. You can get supplies for a floor wash either by purchasing any 3 (or more) herbs, or by purchasing a single Bath Mix and and using it as a floor wash. The bath mixes can be just poured into a mop bucket, or brewed as a tea, which is then poured into the mop water. This should run $3-10, depending on which way you approach it.
Lesson 3: Gemini
There are 2 required purchases for Lesson 3.
Candles - You need to purchase at least 4 candles from our shop. I don’t care what type of candles you get; I don’t know what you need. Your purchase should be at least $5 worth of candles. Pick something you will use and get it. If you are going to practice magick, you will need lots of candles.
Emergency Kit - This kit contains all the essential items for banishing. These are all discussed in Lesson 2, in detail. This kit is $14.
Lesson 4: Cancer
There are 2 required purchases for Lesson 4.
Incense - In Lesson 4, you are given the hierarchical listings for incenses, the scents for the zodiacal signs. Pick at least 1 incense that you don’t already own and purchase it from us. Rather than list them here, I want you to read the lesson for that information.
* For this, you need to get the herb or resin, not stick or oil.
* If there is anything you don’t have that you need to make your money sachet, then you can get that instead. Remember, all purchases must be made through T-777.
Book - Pick a book from the recommended reading list and get it. Oh yeah… and read it! Owning the book doesn’t put the knowledge into your head. You can choose from the new book section or get 1 of our used books.
Lesson 5: Leo
There are 2 required purchases for Lesson 5.
Florida Water - This is something you will use a lot. You cleanse items with it, candles, stones, your hands and face, etc.
Student’s Choice - Get anything you want from our shop, so long as it’s at least $10.
Lesson 6: Virgo
There is only 1 required purchase for Lesson 6.
Charcoal - at least 1 roll. By this time, you should be out, anyway. It’s time to restock.
Lesson 7: Libra
There are 2 required purchases for Lesson 7.
Incense - In Lesson 7, you are given still more listings for incenses and herbs, the scents for the elements, the planets, etc. Pick 2 incenses and/or an herbs that you don’t already own and purchase them from us. Rather than list them here, I want you to read the lesson for that information. For this, you need to get the herb or resin, not stick incense or oil.
Tools - Pick another tool you don’t yet have and get it. This is variable; you choose what you need. Spend at least $10 on tools.
Some examples are:
Mortar & Pestle
* You may also purchase small items, like worry stones, crystals, stones, etc… but your purchase of these must equal at least $10.
Lesson 8 - Scorpio
There is only 1 required purchase for Lesson 8.
Oils - Pick 2 of the T-777 magickal oils. I suggest Blessing Oil and New Money.
Lesson 9 - Sagittarius
There are 2 required purchases for Lesson 9.
Uncrossing Bath Mix - at least 1 ounce of this bath mix. This runs about $3.
Altar Items - This is at your discretion, but you need to spend at least $10. Some examples of altar items are:
Lodestone (& Lodestone Food)
Stones or Crystals
Lesson 10 - Capricorn
There is only 1 required purchase for Lesson 10.
Herbs - No doubt by now you have seen an interesting spell or recipe that requires some herbs you don’t have, or something you did have but you just ran out of. Pick 3 herbs (or resins) from the shop.
Lesson 11 - Aquarius
There is only 1 required purchase for Lesson 11.
Book - Pick another book from the recommended reading list and get it. Oh yeah… and read it! Owning the book doesn’t put the knowledge into your head. You can choose from the new book section or get 1 of our used books.
Lesson 12 - Pisces
There is only 1 required purchase for Lesson 12.
Candles - You need to purchase at least 4 candles from our shop. I don’t care what type of candles you get; I don’t know what you need. Your purchase should be at least $5 worth of candles. Pick something you will use and get it. If you have been doing the work, then you will need more candles by now. You can get:
7 Day Candles