Once a student has finished the apprentice section, they can apply to Quareia to be mentored through the Initiate and Adept sections. Unlike most magical mentors, Quareia mentors are not teachers, rather they have two functions: one is to witness that you have done the work (by checking your notes and asking you questions), and to ensure that you have understood fully the work that you have done. They will also offer occasional advice or discussion when it is necessary.
The Quareia course is a tough one, and what makes it tough besides the work, is that you walk this path alone without teachers, cheerleaders, mummies, or idols to impress. We chart your progress, occasionally offering snippets of advice if absolutely necessary, and we confirm that you have indeed reached various milestones.
At the end of the adept section, the magician is challenged by the Fellows of the Quarry to demonstrate their theoretical, technical, and practical knowledge and skills. If the magician passes these tests, they are acknowledged as an adept ashlar of Quareia: an Ashlar of the Quarry. Your name will be registered in the Quareia rolls as an adept, and you will be invited into the Fellows of Quareia.
The Fellows of Quareia are a magical family spread across the world who support each other as needed, who work together on necessary projects, and who pool their collective knowledge in order to work, teach and serve. Fellows are from all walks of life, including scientists, business people, artists, carers, writers, and tech developers.
There is no moral code to the Fellows, rather they are like a true family, warts and all. What binds the Fellows together is magical knowledge, adeptship, and the wish to serve.
How to apply for mentoring
To apply for Initiate mentoring you must have completed the full Apprentice section of the course and have completed all the tasks in each lesson. If you are applying for adept mentoring, you must have all of your apprentice and initiate work completed. If you have been already mentored as an initiate, your application for adept mentoring will be automatically accepted.
Have all of your files in word format or PDF, and all images requested should be JPEGs. Pages of hand written journals should be sent in scanned PDF form or the whole journal can be posted to us at an address given to you. You will be asked to pay the return postage if you post any content to us.
Your notes, essays, images and journals, etc. will be requested from random lessons and assessed by an adept. If you have demonstrated that you have completed and fully understood the assigned work, you will be invited to be mentored.
Once you are ready to apply, contact Josephine McCarthy via the contact link at the bottom of each page on the website, and head your message: mentoring application.
Benefits of being mentored
Besides having your progress charted, and having an adviser to hand if needed, there are other benefits that Quareia brings to mentored initiates and adepts. We can help you source things that you may need, and we offer practical assistance with resources when we can. It also brings the magical student into the orbit of the Fellows of the Quarry.
The mentored student will receive invites to any private magical gatherings that are organised for the benefit of the students. While the Fellows have their own closed residential meeting once a year, we also hold similar non profit residential and one day gatherings where mentored students and adepts come together once a year to discuss magic, attend lectures, socialize and swap resources. The costs are shared out equally between everyone and no one makes a profit from these gatherings.
No magic is actually done at these gatherings: they are not practical classes; rather it is an opportunity for students to network with each other, to make friends with the fellows, and most importantly to engage in deep magical discussion around subjects that are pertinent to the magician.
Often magicians outside of Quareia are invited to give talks about their work and to answer questions, along with talks/discussions by people who are magicians and who are also involved in peripheral subject matters like archaeology, history, religion, land or environmental issues and so forth. This gives the student a broader understanding of the various subject matter, and is also an opportunity for questions that crop for students to be aired and examined in detail.
Mentoring has no charge: in order to ensure it is affordable from any country in the world, mentoring is done on a donation only basis. What you donate and how often is purely up to you: you are taken on trust, and expected to be fair and honest. If you cannot donate, then you will still be mentored if you pass the screening process: the donation process is purely voluntary.
Just remember for every hour of mentoring that happens either on skype, on the phone or in person, the adept will have to spend two hours reviewing your work, taking notes, and may need to check you via divination if the mentor feels you may be at risk for any reason. It can be very work and time intensive.
All donations go to supporting the continued work of Quareia.
The donations are also occasionally used to help a mentored student if they cannot access necessary supplies or books needed for their course work.
We are working very hard to strike a balance between ensuring the course and student support is free and will always remain free in its entirety, while also finding ways to raise funds to ensure that Quareia continues to exist.
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 and have internet access, 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!