The Apprentice

Module 6: Different Types of Beings

In this module we will look at some of different types of beings, and how the magician works with them, and why. The one thing to start thinking about now is the concept of good and bad. As we go through the lessons, we will look at beings that are considered ‘bad’ and others that are considered ‘good.’ It is important as a magician to ask, “good/bad for whom?” We tend to look at the world from a human perspective, because we are humans (duh), but what is bad for a human is often good for another being or creature.

This is a fundamental question for magicians, as it takes us out of the human-centric world and places us in the midst of a community of beings, creatures, forces, and landmasses. In the last few decades, Western societies have moved from being civil societies where everyone contributes towards a greater good, to consumer societies where everyone looks out for themselves. This has seeped into religion and magic, which has in turn affected how we interact with magic, and with everything around us.

Although that self-centred perspective has always been a part of humanity (it is, after all, a survival mechanism), it has not been quite so polarised or extensive as it is today for quite some time. This has affected how magic is operated, and in turn it has also deeply affected how we interface with everything around us.

So with that in mind, when reading and working with these various lessons, keep that fundamental question in mind: “good/bad for whom?”

This module does not cover all beings, as that would be impossible and also not necessary at this stage of training. However, the module shines a light on some of the more key types of beings that western magicians are likely to come across during magical training. As you progress through the course, your understanding of the wealth of different beings will slowly widen out as you encounter some of the vastly diverse inner and outer community through your work.

Course Study Information

Read before you start the course

 1) Pace yourself. Some modules can be done together, some cannot. You will quickly realise which ones are weekly exercises that are ongoing, and which ones you need to focus on exclusively. Work out a rota of study/experimentation that works for you. There is no clock ticking, and it is not a race.

2) Keep paper and online notes. This is very important. Get an exercise book for each module. Clearly mark which lesson the notes refer to and when you finish that module, put the notebook away. It is important that you work on paper as well as computer. Do your essays and written tasks on computer and store them on a USB stick so they are safe.

If you wish to be mentored through the Initiate and Adept training, these online and paper written notes will be a part of your application. Without them, you cannot be mentored

3) Learn to be flexible and adaptable. If you come across something in the course you are not sure how to do or do not fully understand, take a step back and think about it. It is important to learn how to adapt, experiment and move forward without having every step re explained many times over – if you get stuck, work it out for yourself!

4) Do not skim through the lessons. You simply will not learn and you will not properly develop. Slow down, take your time.

The Apprentice - Module 6

Remember, twenty minutes a day of practice is far better than one or more hours once or twice a week. Little and often is the key.
— Josephine McCarthy