March 2020 Grey Matters

The Grey Matters

March 2020

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Table of Contents

New Apprentice Leadership

Official GSW Discord Launched

Magick Alley Closure

Apprentice Handbook Updates

Jupiter Rite for Health and Wealth

GSW Response to COVID-19

Getting to Know Your Departments: Natural Philosophy and Healing

Bardic Circle: Ostara Lore Talk

Beneath the Covers

New Apprentice Leadership

Grey Matters Staff

Congratulations to our newest cadre of apprentice leaders, who are installed in their offices after a solid month of campaigning and working hard to earn this honor! Best wishes to all.

Captain Mason Cunninghare Vice-Captain Malcorr Greyseeker Flames Lodge Prefect: Rievahdel Waters Lodge Prefect: Blue Capucian Winds Lodge Prefect: Julie Alexandra McConnell Stones Lodge Prefect: Merqatyl Draconis

Official GSW Discord Launched

Dean of Students Emrhys Starhawk

Attention Apprentices! We now have a discord server for the Grey School. To join, follow the link! Please be aware this is only for currently registered and active Apprentices. You will be denied access if you are not a member of the school. To join make sure you type %apply in the "apply here" channel and submit your application. We also have mobile access now with mobile forum and chat. You can access this through the Wix mobile app in the Android store and iTunes Store. Simply sign in with your information that you use to login into the school forums and confirm your email address you will then be promoted to join the Grey School. See ya around Apprentices!

Magick Alley Closure

Magick Alley Team

Magick Alley will be closed during the Pandemic. Consideration of Reopening our beloved school store will be made on April 30 2020. We're sorry for any inconvenience this causes and we look forward to serving you again as soon as we can!

~ The Wizards of Magick Alley

Apprentice Handbook Updates

Grey Matters Staff

Some minor updates to the Handbook have been made in the Apprentice Life section. Make sure to review the handbook regularly for any changes or additions.

Jupiter Rite For Health and Wealth

Dean of Curriculum and Ceremonial Magick Frater Adservio

In this time of uncertainty, I would like to share a short rite that I have devised to promote health and financial stability and well-being for ourselves, our loves ones, and our communities. I invite any willing to join me on this Thursday, and every subsequent Thursday until this crisis is passed, in performing it. You will be joining not only me but a number of other experienced magicians and wizards who are dedicating their efforts to working with the abundant energies of Jupiter during this time of need.

The rite can be downloaded as a PDF here:

GSW Response to COVID-19

Provost Nicholas Kingsley

The GSW is making two of its classes freely available to the public as a service during this time of need. The classes are "Safety and Herb Use" and "Management for the Busy and Overwhelmed."

Provost Kinglsey discusses this in greater detail on Facebook Live at this link.

Getting To Know Your Departments: Natural Philosophy and Healing

By Your Apprentice Leadership

For this series of articles, our goal is to interview the faculty associated with the 16 departments of Grey School. We will try to conduct these interviews during the conclaves that occur throughout the year. The hope is to connect our apprentice body with the Departments in which they study, and the faculty that enable them to learn and grow as Wizards. Our interviews will come from baseline questions and those provided by the apprentice body, either through being present at the conclave or through the forums beforehand.

As we continue our series for the Ostara Conclave, we had the amazing opportunity to interview the GSW Dean of Natural Philosophy and Healing, and our Dean of Students - Dean Emrhys Starhawk.

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Natural Philosophy

Prefect (P): In your own words what is the focus of your department as it pertains to Wizardry?

Dean Starhawk (DS): The focus of Natural Philosophy is to engage the Wizard by getting them attuned to their local ecosystems. We often think of Wizards as being helpful servants of their communities but we tend to forget that our "community" is more than just the people and houses. It includes the local land and wildlife. A Wizard who attunes themselves to nature, can find much wisdom there and many helpful allies.

(P): What specific topics does your department study within its concentration?

(DS): This department studies a lot of topics. For example, we study volcanoes, earthquakes, the ocean, the weather, and nature in general. We also have many classes where you as an Apprentice, are tasked to go outside and connect with your local ecosystem and connect with the sacred energy of earth that we Druids refer to as the Awen. Lastly, we also teach nature magick, which is magick focused on working with the Awen and with the energy of nature to create real magickal change in the world around you.

(P): From your experience, what courses in your department do you think a new apprentice wizard would find most interesting?

(DS): I think any of the Silver/Green magick classes would be the most interesting to new Apprentices. In fact, these are probably our most popular classes. You start out learning the basics of working with nature magick and then progress through several more advanced classes. The idea being that when you are done, you are a Wizard who is ready to work with the forces of nature.

(P): What classes for the more experienced apprentice wizards?

(DS): We have a couple of classes that are reserved for higher-level Apprentices. Starting around level 6 you will see more complicated classes that offer large rewards in the form of knowledge but this knowledge is harder to obtain. For example, we have a level 6 class called "Through the Hidden Door-Realm of the Fayrie". It focuses on understanding and forming relationships with fairies which is challenging and sometimes dangerous to the untrained Apprentice.

(P): Are there any new classes coming in the department that you are willing to talk about?

(DS): At the moment we have nothing in the works although starting this fall we are going to review the department to make sure everything is up to date.

(P): Are the faculty in your department Collaborative or more Solitary?

(DS): Our faculty in this department are more collaborative which is a natural tendency for Wizards who specialize in nature magick. We tend to form groves and stick together, many of us being Druids or Witches alongside our paths as Wizards.

(P): Who else do you collaborate with?

(DS): Dean Katy Ravensong is an excellent example of someone I enjoy working with and who is a very good teacher in Natural Magick.

(P): What projects have you collaborated on?

(DS): We have worked together more than once on the Earth Day challenge, coming up with fun challenges for our department.

(P): What can apprentices do with the wisdom they will obtain from your department?

(DS): The wisdom gained from this department is immense. You will be a Wizard who specializes in understanding nature to include the weather. You will learn how to keep the balance and how to work with the natural forces that are all around you. This knowledge translates into different mundane professions but it also gives you a great responsibility. For example, during the Australian wildfire crisis, I joined with other Wizards and Witches who specialized in nature magick and we worked several spells and rituals to call rain to help combat the fires. Imagine being a Nature Wizard in your local community and a serious natural threat is coming your way. Not only can you help others prepare for it (or evacuate) but you will also have the knowledge to work with that force to try and redirect some of it's energy in the effort to curve the potential destruction tha