The Apprentice

Module 5: The Magical Tools

Module Five is the fulcrum module of lessons in the middle of the apprentice section. Through these lessons, the magician learns how to bring the tools to life, how they work together, and also explores some of the lesser known tools used in magic.

Besides learning how to work with the sword, cup, etc, the apprentice learns how to infuse power into a drawn pattern to turn that pattern into a tool, how to work with bottles/dilution and succession as an extension of the magical vessel (the beginnings of alchemical processing), and how to work with myths as tools.

The apprentice also begins the very first beginner steps towards learning how to construct an inner temple and an egregore: first the magician learns to exteriorise their own pattern on to a cloth shield, which in turn becomes a proxy for the magical work space by deepening the connection between the individual magician and the inner frequency of the work space. This eventually flowers, in the adept modules, into the skill of building an inner construction, complete with its own egregore; a construct that is strong, contacted, contained, and yet flows with the powers of nature.

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 5

Please note: a link offered in lesson two relating to Celtic Swords is now defunct. Thanks Jo Flinders for spotting that. Here is an alternative link that Jo found for you to use:

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