The Apprentice - Module 1: Core Skills
The very first module lays the true foundation of magic with specific lessons in meditation, visionary skills, tarot and ritual. There are also lessons in developing one's own inner skills, and the subjects of sacred/ magical languages, basic self protection, and basic self cleansing.
Through the exercises and tasks within the lessons, the Apprentice begins to learn how to self organise, self reflect, and how to begin to engage with the act of being a magician: the Apprentice learns to step beyond ordinary life and begin walking the path of the Magician.
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 in English. This is very important. Get an exercise book/s and use them for each lesson. Clearly mark which lesson and module the notes refer to, the date when started and finished. Write up your experiences and any extra notes/task the lesson sets - this is important even if you do not wish to be mentored or join the forum later on. being able to look back over earlier experiences in detail is a major part of magical learning.
At the end of each module, take scans or clear photos of the notes from set tasks. Using at least some handwriting prepares you for magical contacted writing - do what you can by hand and do the rest on computer. Do your essays and written tasks on computer and store them on a USB stick/external hard drive or print them out so they are safe. You cannot be mentored or have Quareia forum access without being able to prove you have done the work.
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 - this is not a sprint, it is a marathon that will take its own time.
Advice and assistance - The first lesson in module one focuses upon meditation, and many people have difficulty with settling into meditation. Here are some notes in a blog post that may answer questions that come up, and also has tips on how to approach meditation into stillness and silence: they can be found in our news section.