Thursday, 23 September 2010

Progressive Magick Course - Janet & Gavin

For the past few months I have been working on the Progressive Magick course, offered by Sacred Mists Online Coven - written and lead by Janet Farrar & Gavin Bone.

Today I got confirmation that I have passed!

This course has been incredibly interesting, thought provoking and worthwhile. The lessons are well written and packed with information and excercises. The homework and essays were challenging and thought provoking but extremely productive. The exercises put forward in this course have changed the way I think about some parts of my magickal workings and I now use some of the ideas in my daily magickal routines. I also got to chat with Janet and Gavin online, and they were always at the end of email if I need to contact them.

I have learnt and incredible amount from taking this course and would highly recommend it.

It is an open registration course, so you don't need to belong to Sacred Mists to register. Details from the Sacred Mists website:

Progressive Magic: A Course in Practical Modern Witchcraft By Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone The Progressive Magic Course was designed for those from an intermediate to advanced level who want to take the next step in their understanding of magic. Janet and Gavin would like to point out that it is not for beginners, but for those who are already familiar with the terminology of modern Wicca and Magical practice. The course is staged in seven lessons and the structure of the course itself is an integral part of the teaching as it uses a magical energy system and cosmology based on seven. For this reason alone it can be considered a truly ‘holistic’ course in that it brings together the many facets of magic into one understandable system appropriate to the modern age. This is what is meant when they use the term ‘progressive’ in the title of the course. They also point out that this is not a course in Wicca; unless it is appropriate they are not teaching the religious aspects of witchcraft, only those aspects related to the practice of practical magic in a witchcraft context. There are no teachings regarding Wiccan History, Coven Structure, Degrees or Initiation. What they do cover in the seven lessons are the following:

What is Magic?
The Philosophy and dynamics of Magic.
The Psychology of Magic.
Magical Laws and Magical Ethics.
The Four Elements in Magic.
Ether, Mind and Spirit in Magic.
How Magic Works: Using and working with Magical Energy and Magical Cosmology.
Methods of Spellcraft: Using Correspondences, Magical Scripts and the Creation of Thought Forms.
How Magic causes change in the self: The Mysteries related to Magic.
Spirit Forms related to Magical Practice: Working with Guides, Guardians and Gods.
Each lesson builds on the previous one to build a system you can understand and work with the course is a journey of discovery into the world of magic and witchcraft, and more importantly your part in it. This is why they have included a large practical element, which includes regular magical energy exercises, as well as pathworkings, which explore the magical cosmology.

Because so many people nowadays have access to magical techniques through magazines and the internet, they like to use the following analogy regarding the role of the witch in the modern era: ‘It is not enough to know how to drive the car: You have to know how the engine works’. Magic is the car, and what Janet and Gavin teach in this course is the mechanics. They feel that it is important for the modern witch to know what to do if something goes wrong, particularly in an age when the majority of witches are now solitary or cyberpagans.

Personal Interaction, Training and Assessment
Through our online message boards and live chat rooms, you will be engaging with Janet and Gavin personally and directly, along with all of your fellow students who will also be taking the Progressive Magic course. Your coursework will be submitted directly to Janet and Gavin, and you will receive personal assessment and commentary directly to you as you progress through the course. Enjoy robust conversation and communication as you explore Progressive Magic with your fellow witches around the world!

Earn Your Certification in Progressive Magic from Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone
Janet and Gavin have decided to certificate this course, so for this reason there are regular essays and research assignments. To complete the course and be eligible for certification it will be necessary to complete and pass three essays set over the duration of the course, which has a minimum of seven months to complete (however you can take as long as you need to complete the course as there is no maximum) We would like to point out that the certification is really ‘icing on the cake’. What is important is the experience you will gain on this course and, for this reason we expect every student enrolled to keep a Course Diary, a Progressive Magic journal if you will, which will be your blueprint for future magical work.

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Janet Farrar & Gavin Bone website:

Go on....sign know you want to!!

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