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May 2020 Grey Matters

The Grey Matters

May 2020


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Table of Contents

Ceremonial Magick Department Updates

Welcome to New Faculty Member

Grey School Rings Are Back

Robes for Sale

Lore Talk for Beltane

Beneath the Covers

Ask the Wizard

Demerit System

Candle Side Chat



Ceremonial Magick Department Updates

By Dean Frater Adservio

On the Summer Solstice, new, updated, and improved versions of the Ceremonial Magick majors and minors will go into force. The requirements have been heavily revised to give apprentices more choices and flexibility than ever before. The updated versions that have been finalized are posted in the appropriate threads in the Dean's Office under the Ceremonial Magick forum at https://www.greyschool.net/forum/dean-s-office-13. The remainder will be posted shortly.



Welcome to New Faculty Member

By Grey Matters Staff

The Grey School is pleased to welcome Faculty Initiate Ombra dell’Uragano to the faculty rolls. As a former multi-term Prefect of the Winds lodge, we all look forward to excellence in leadership and teaching. You can read our newest faculty's introduction at https://www.greyschool.net/forum/lore-dept/please-allow-me-to-introduce-myself



Grey School Rings are Back

By Magick Alley Staff

Well met Wizards one and all, It's time to #RingInTheSpring with Grey School Rings! Check out the Wizard's Wardrobe on Magick Alley to select your signet of Wizardry today...



Rings will be available until July first, Don't wait too long to get yours!

Visit www.magickalley.com today!


Robes for Sale

By Magick Alley Staff

Magick Alley Manager Arthur Kingsley is sporting the new Grey School robes, coming soon to Magick Alley! Check out the Wizard's Wardrobe section at www.magickalley.com.



Lore Talk for Beltane

By Merqatyl Draconis

(Disclaimer) Bardic Circle shares much of its content with the Lore and the Performance Magick Departments. Lore: “Much of a Wizard’s true power comes from their vast knowledge, Lore particularly concerns myths, histories and legends” (https://www.gswhandbook.com/forum/lore-dept).


“Performance Magick divides into Stage Magic (Illusion, Glamour and Legerdemain) and the Bardic Arts (Music, Poetry, Storytelling); each with its own techniques for opening the mind” (https://www.gswhandbook.com/forum/performance-magick-dept; https://registered.greyschool.com/index.php?module=Departments&func=display&tid=8). Being a Lore Major I focus on the Lore aspect of Bardic Circles. Lore Department’s mission is “…to help the student develop the ability to access, synthesize, and critically evaluate arcane knowledge from a variety of magickal cultures” (https://registered.greyschool.com/index.php?module=Departments&func=display&tid=15). “Grey is the Lore Departmental color. It represents knowledge, lore and wisdom in its purest form” (https://registered.greyschool.com/index.php?module=Departments&func=display&tid=15).


Knowledge is neutral, it is intention that makes it black or white magick. Lore department’s classes focus on the archetypes, heroes and heroines that empower one’s intention with respect to a specific archetype. Correspondences

In Wizardry we use correspondences or associations to empower our rituals, spells and meditations with meaning that links the Cosmic Consciousness to our individual personalities: Motherly, Nurturing*: The theme for this Beltane is Action in Bloom. We now see growth in our idea we generated back at Imbolc, and after nurturing the first signs during Ostara, this is where the next phase starts. We now need to continue nurturing and guiding the seedling that has become an adolescent plant. This is the time of action and guidance.


Passion, Action, Desire*: Piggybacking on Ostara’s idea of our positive idea for the new year beginning to show its first shoots, Beltane is the time to nurture the seedling and be charged by the idea of our ideas made manifest. Nothing speaks to that desire for action than passion. What are your passions, what are you willing to forgo to see your desires made manifest?


This is also the traditional time couples express themselves to each other and unite their bond and commitment to one another through cohabiting and consolidating resources.


Though you will read that this time is sexually charged, at Grey School we acknowledge the physical, but focus beyond it to the archetypal influences and what they mean for us during this time of year.


Archetypes


In Lore, we use Archetypes during Conclaves to tune our associations and correspondences to specific energies we wish to Celebrate.


Mythic Feminine (Nurture, Mother, Coming of Age*): This is the archetype we focus on during Beltane to associate ourselves with the Motherly, Nurturing Energies of our Emotions and how they affect our daily lives, through our actions. The Maiden has made way for the Mother. This is the Passion and Desire we feed our intentions and help those young seedlings blossom and nurture to grow strong.


Mythic Masculine (Passion, Action, The Warrior*): This is the archetype we focus on during Beltane to associate ourselves with the urgency of biological needs and the action to manifest them. As the Sun remains longer each day, so too does his energy and fire infuse the take-charge action of the masculine side of our nature.


Deities and Heroes: (Disclaimer) Because GSW is a Secular School for Wizardry Deity Archetypes are personal and should not be injected during public gatherings. Legends are examples of how the archetype was portrayed in the daily life of a hero or heroine, when reading the legend, folklore, or sacred text, focus on how they archetypal deity accomplished the task and reflect on its significance for your Wizardry.


Cybermancy


As a Cybermancer, I focus on technology as my Library and Tools to accomplish my Wizardry. For Beltane, this is the time when we start to produce. Now that new purchases are arriving, the dross has been rid, we get down to business and revisit our project plans. April begins the second quarter and this is the time where most companies are onboarding those new hires from Q1 and reevaluating those they still need to fulfil the project need. This is the time for new actions and plan reevaluation (Waxing Moon) then removing that which will not be possible, over ambitious, or understaffed, to make way for projects that will be completed on-time and on-budget. (Waning Moon).


If you didn’t find that dream job during Ostara, don’t sweat it. Many times, the final stages of projects aren’t finalized until the budget is released at the end of Q1 or the beginning of Q2. This is the time when companies are posting jobs and positions that require specific technical or knowledge experiences, so if you are looking to capitalize on a time honored skillset, this maybe your best time to find that position or give into that entrepreneurial passion you have for something specific and make things happen. We start applying the archetypes of Nurture and Passion to see our ideas put to Action!!!


Apprentice Life Application

(Disclaimer) As the Stones Prefect, it is paramount that I focus on how GSW, Wizardry and Lore applies to Apprentice Life. Below are ways you can focus meditations during this time between Beltane and Midsummer:


Acquisition (Waxing, First Quarter, or Full Moon): With today (May 3rd, 2020) being the Waxing Gibbous Moon, we begin to feel those active and virile energies of the Masculine coming to bare. We now begin to see the stirrings of Summer around the corner, draw back the curtains and spend more time on the patio in the warm evenings. Be open to those influences that will allow you to focus on your goals and may your Actions Blossom Eternal.


Elimination (Waning, Third Quarter, or New Moon): After the Full Moon (May 6th, 7th, & 8th) We begin to see the Waning Crescent Moon heading to last quarter. This is the celebration of tasks being accomplished, and each day inching closer to that goal we created back in Imbolc. While focusing archetypically on productive action, this is the time to remove the old and make way for the new. Don’t throw anything away. During this time, things may arise that we didn’t plan for, so contingencies are necessary. Keep everything, until after Mabon, so we can begin to make room for our Harvest.


*Correspondence Lists were taken from: Marquis, M. (2015). Beltane: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for the May Day. Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd.



Beneath the Covers

by Apprentice Apollinaris