in 2014, occultist author and teacher Josephine McCarthy, after two years of discussions between herself and Frater Acher, undertook to write a full ‘no holds barred’ in depth magical training course from beginner all the way through to adept and beyond that will always be available free online as downloadable lessons: that course is Quareia.
A comment from Josephine:
'I became aware that there is no accessible high quality training that is freely available, free of dogmatic styles, agendas or commercial interest. Magical training that is heavily tied to profits, fashions, and group politics cannot flourish properly, nor can an individual fully grow in such an environment. True magical development is dying under the weight of heavy commercialization and group factions: it is time to look at a different way of ensuring that the integrity of magic continues for future generations.'
Quareia was completed over the solstice 2016 after 2 years and nine months full time work writing and developing the course.
The Quareia course is divided into three sections, with each section having 81 lessons, which brings a total of 243 in depth lessons from beginning to end. It takes a minimum of five years to complete. The lessons are in the form of downloadable PDF files, all of which are free with no strings attached.
Quareia is not a course for the faint hearted, the dilettante, or the casual magical browser. It is a truly difficult course that challenges the student in every sense of the word.
Why is it so difficult? Quareia is a course of ‘doing’; it is the practical application of magic in measured steps along with all the peripheral study, research, experimentation and practical magical work that truly teaches a student by direct experience and inner contact. It needs perseverance, self-discipline and courage.
A real school is built on the student’s eagerness to learn. It is built on the courage of the student who is willing to continue in the face of great difficulty, and it is built upon the success of that student who has succeeded against all odds. It doesn’t need to be built on secrecy, hierarchy or university-like exams. Life is a merciless teacher and so is real magic. It is a series of specific steps where every lesson builds on the previous one: there is no padding, and nothing has been left out.
We are a school that is open to anyone, that is free and accessible online at any time. A school that is entirely focused on teaching the most essential skills in magic, with unknown precision and depth in its materials, yet free from any specific one style or specific religious overlay: various styles and religious patterns are studied and at times worked with in depth, but there is no one creed, culture or system that forms the foundation basis of the training. It is structured like a pyramid: a wide and solid foundation that rises to a pinnacle.
That is the vision of Quareia, the Latin word for ‘a place where stones are squared’.
The time and costs incurred in creating, maintaining and mentoring this course are numerous, and if you should wish to contribute towards those costs, we would be very grateful. You can help by donating here.
We are working very hard to strike a balance between ensuring the course is free and will always remain free in its entirety, while also finding ways to raise funds to ensure that Quareia continues to exist and the adepts involved have their basic needs covered for the work that they do, so that they can continue to contribute their time, work and expertise.
We have a great dream but we also have to deal with the real world and all that such entails. You are welcome to donate at any time and such donation is always gratefully received and will be a big help to us.
We are doing this to step magic out of the expensive commercial pattern that so often presents in Western magical education, but also to ensure that people around the world who can read English, who live in poor countries or who work in low paid jobs can access good quality magical education. Quareia is for everyone, not just the rich!
Even the smallest contribution will make a big difference. Thank you for helping us sow this magical seed.