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Way of the Magician Mystery School

Offered by: Taylor Ellwood

[A WitchVox Sponsor]

Located in: Portland, Oregon

Skill/Service Details: The Way of the Magician is a Mystery School that I have developed to formalize and improve on the work that I have written about in my books. It is a fusion of Western magical practices and Eastern mystical practices, with an emphasis on creating a balanced approach to doing internal work for spiritual and personal growth, while also doing practical workings to solve problems and improve the quality of your life. The Way of the Magician is designed to supplement and enhance any spiritual work you are doing in other magical traditions while still presenting a unique perspective and approach to magical work.

What makes the Way of the Magician Mystery School unique is the integration of modern disciplines and cultural studies into your spiritual work. I think it is important for magic, as a discipline and spiritual practice, to evolve with the times, and part of this is done by exploring how other disciplines such as neuroscience, rhetoric, literacy, etc. can be meaningfully applied to spiritual practices.

The Sources behind the Way of the Magician

It’s useful to take a moment and explore the three sources that inform the Way of the Magician Mystery School.

Western Magic: Western esotericism is a blend of alchemy, hermeticism, Quabala (of several different types) ceremonial magic, and chaos magic. My practices in Western Magic are informed by all of these practices, but I’ve also experimented with and refined my practices by integrating contemporary disciplines into my spiritual work. Western Magic typically focuses on practical magic, although there can be elements of internal work included. We draw on all of those resources in our practices within Way of the Magician.

Eastern Mysticism and Magic: I turned to Eastern Mysticism and Magic to explore the mind-body connection as well as internal practices. Taoism, Buddhism, Tantra, and Tibetan Bon Shamanism have informed my internal work and mind-body practices, but also have some practical magic applications. We draw on all of these resources in our practices within Way of the Magician.

Contemporary Disciplines: Contemporary disciplines are fields of study and practice that fall outside of what is usually considered esotericism. For example neuroscience isn’t typically considered to be a metaphysical field of study. However the aspiring magician can learn about and apply principles of neuroscience to magical work, if s/he is willing to. In Way of the Magician we explore how to successfully integrate concepts and practices from non-esoteric disciplines and practices into your spiritual work.

How Way of the Magician works

The Way of the Magician takes a different approach to magical work. Typically in western magic the emphasis is on imposing one’s will on the universe in order to shape the universe according to one’s will. I take an ontological approach to magic, shifting the emphasis from doing to being and consequently also shifting the emphasis from imposing one’s will on the universe to working with the universe.

The Way of the Magician focuses on the establishment of a conscious recognition of your identity as the central foundation of your spiritual work. Instead of trying to deny your identity or kill it off, identity is integrated into your spiritual work and used to define your relationship with the universe as well as the various people, entities, etc., that inhabit it. The inner alchemical work and outer space/time magic work that is part of the Way of the Magician is ultimately designed to teach you how to achieve a state of causality awareness and realization, wherein your identity serves as the means by which you utilize magic to make meaningful changes in your life and in your relationship with the universe.

The practical work toward achieving this realization of identity is broken into classes, which are briefly outlined below. There is a specific order to take the classes and that order is purposely designed to help you achieve the causal state of awareness and realization via your identity.

Way of the Magician Course Work

The Way of the Magician Course work is currently set up as a three level tier system which takes approximately three years to complete. Classes are designed to be sequential and relational. What you learn in each class can be applied to other classes and to the overall work we are doing via the mystery school.

The first level of classes are correspondences courses that provide the foundation for the Way of the Magician work. I do occasionally offer in-person weekend intensives for those classes as well. The second and third level are weekend intensive in-person classes only. I sometimes offer several stand alone classes on smaller topics, but those are only offered in person at this time.

Level 1 classes

The Process of Magic Class – This is a foundational course that covers the fundamental principles and processes of internal work and practical magic, while laying down a foundation for the identity work we do in the rest of the mystery work. This course is a prerequisite for the more advanced courses, mainly because it creates a specific dialogue and discourse that we will use through the rest of our work together. This class is offered as a correspondence course, though I occasionally offer weekend intensives as well.

Wealth Magic Class – This is a foundational course that helps the magician explore his/her relationship with wealth, health, and relationships, with an emphasis placed on how to create a balanced material/spiritual existence that is in harmony with the universe and allows a person to explore their identity in context to the everyday issues all of us face. This is a correspondence course, but I do occasionally offer it as a weekend intensive as well.

Inner Alchemy – This is a foundational course that focuses on internal work via meditation and energy work as well as exploring your body as a universe in its own right. You will learn how to work with your body consciously, as well as learn core energy work and inner alchemical meditation techniques. Currently this class is offered as a weekend in-person intensive.

Space/Time Magic – This is a foundational courses that focuses on your identity and the interaction you have with the universe via the mediums of Space and Time. You will learn practical methods of magic that can be used to handle both mundane and spiritual matters. Currently this class is offered as a weekend in-person intensive.

Level 2 Classes

Advanced Process of Magic- This class builds on the previous Process of Magic course, helping you to further personalize and define your practice of magic, while examining magic through the lens of culture studies and literacy to determine what makes a principle of magic what it is. We will define process in further depth and explore its value in magical work, as well as discover how to pick a part any magical technique to determine what really works and what is just part of the window dressing. This is a weekend in-person class only.

Advanced Inner Alchemy – This class builds on the previous Inner Alchemy class. Participants will learn how to deepen their relationships with their body, and the neurochemical entities they were introduced to in the first class. Additionally they will learn advanced energy work and inner alchemical meditation techniques. This is a weekend intensive in-person class only.

Advanced Space/Time Magic – This class builds on the previous Space/Time Magic class. Participants will develop a deeper relationship with the elements of space and time, as well as the inner contacts introduced in the first class. Additionally they will learn advanced practical magic techniques they can use to create the initial causal state of being. This is a weekend intensive in-person class only.

Level 3 Class

Magical Identity – This is the fusion of the Inner Alchemy and Space/Time magic classes. Practitioners will take the techniques from both courses and fuse them together to created an embodied state of causality. This embodied state of causality represents the ontological relationship with the universe and the various forces they work with, as well as their connection to the field of probabilities.

Rates: Classes range from $80 to $450


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