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Educated in Magick or the Craft

Author: Luxas Aureaum
Posted: January 14th. 2007
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To be educated requires validation in today’s society; however to have the knowledge or experience requires only that you put forth an effort

What is a teacher? What is to be taught? I, for one, have been taught and have been a teacher. To me, a teacher is more than book and more than personal thought, A teacher gives you the ability to challenge the facts of the world. Being a teacher is being a judge and a guide, but never fully the one that says where you are going to go.

Oh, teachers know where you could go by what they see and how you present it, but they're not likely to tell you… unless you ask.

In the craft, in the art of magic (k), you learn how to approach either being taught or to begin self-discovery. It is in this that you learn to accept the choices that approach you.

To be taught is to realize that there is more out there than you know (I'm not talking academia here, I'm stressing that some educations can't be easily put on the shelf or set up as an institution even if they want to try.)

It is easy to set up something as higher learning, but it is difficult to put magic (k) into this category (long story). Unlike most theologies, magic (k) (as I was taught), can't be simply grouped into this spirituality or "feel good generation" by vibes, energy, emotion, aura, and alike. Truthfully you may know this, but you may not use this to study that greater design we call the unknown.

I get many letters asking me, "How do I start?” "How do I do this?” Well, I tell them from my own experience, "How do you find a road if you have no map?”

The answer comes out, "You ask someone.”

You're going to say, "What if I like getting lost?” "What if I like having no map?” "What if that map is not right for me?”

To which I say you have to travel something to know it.

Without knowing where you're going, you could end up anywhere. And without a map, you can't say you have seen it all. Most want from magic (k), i.e. witchcraft, that feeling that they have connected or reconnected to that part outside that spiritual barrier… the places where the answers are supposed to happen.

Now, on a side note, most online or offline places that work within the pagan, Wiccan, eclectic arts classes are only interested (I find) in exploration of the future of their designs and not getting their hands dirty in the earth-like soil from where they began. It is their right to not need to dwell or answer to any form of ancient or semi-modern movement of its day, however I find the newer the song, the less people know how to sing it.

We who are teachers choose to do it because there is something to teach. We earn great respect for ourselves, our arts, and our students whom we mentor; so this is reward for us.

Don't get me wrong; there is room for the search, but not enough chairs in the school. Don't get me wrong, there is enough to learn out there, but will it be the same thing as you started?

'We' is not a bad word. It may look like it challenges the word ‘us’, or the word ‘I’, or any of the ones that have to do with individuality, but it doesn't.

High Priestesses and High Priests teach priestesses and Priests. It is in these, the modern and ceremonial passages, that one gains an understanding of what we call "The Chain". Without this chain, there is no beginning, and there is no end.

Yes, these are titles, but I'm trying to show here that all educated forms of the chain have their responsibilities as well as their place. Even in ceremonial arts, most only understand that they want a form of natural selection based on and in the workings of the ceremony. When we label things we aren't showing its limit; we're showing it in relation to other things.

This is not a bad thing. It is only seen as a bad thing because pagan passages -- exterior eclectic and Renaissance influences in the modern Jack and Jill of all trades nature -- have shown that the more you know, the less you have if you don't specialize in one thing.

I find you can get lost in the word "pagan" if you break it down far enough. From ancient times, to semi-modern ones before the 1500s, it was commonly said that you were known by your trade. So wasn't that a label? And wasn't that an image of who you were and who taught you?

Wasn't it a fact that at the time few had the skill to be known by any other means than the trade, spiritual tradition, family name, or the judgment that was hung around their neck? So what gave these people qualifications? Wasn't it social standards and not the ones mentioned above? Are we dooming the arts to eclecticism? Is being labeled such a bad crime?

As I was saying, education has its standards set in the modern society and not in the ancient world from where it was created, and where it will be judged. Magic (k) in itself is a label, and as a label, it alone houses much. Do you have magic (k) work for you? Or do you work for it? Is it working on you? That’s what it means to be labeled in my book.

Education, qualifications, and labels are all part of the new modern standards. These may be good things. Or these may be a crime of values. But one way or another, they're just another limitation to getting to what you sought.





Footnotes:
check any pagan blog or book,


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