Module three is the first module that starts to look at the powers behind magic, behind the manifest world and our own unique existence. It looks into the complexity of fate and how magicians step out of an unconscious pattern that drives their lives and the lives of everything around them. It guides the first step the magician takes into conscious awareness, communion and interaction with the powers of fate and creation.
When I used to teach ballet, at first I taught in the way that most teachers teach – blindly following technical steps without much understanding or focus. It took me years to understand that such a teaching method is self defeating. An intelligent mind does not really learn from blindly following steps – an intelligent mind learns and grows from knowing why those steps exist, what they lead to, what can go wrong, how to stop it when it does go wrong, and how to self correct it.
I did this through teaching the ballet student how their body works, the signals the body gives out, what the start of a technical movement looks like, how it develops and what it eventually turns into. I spent countless house showing students videos of technical achievement and failure, so that the teen mind had a horizon to aim for and also a guide to ensure how not to screw up.
Module three is very much about this approach in magical training. Many schools teach rituals, incantations, evocations and basic skills without really saying why, where it is going, what is behind it, how it works, what it looks like when it goes wrong and what powers are involved at the deepest level. Some choose not to teach such detail until the training is almost complete, and some do not teach it at all. I realised from watching this that it produced students who could mimic an action, but did not truly understand it.
This module begins the process of looking in depth at the powers of creation and fate, how they flow into our world and what direct and indirect affect they have upon us, our magic, and the world around us. It is pointless working magic that touches upon these powers, as most magic does, without fully understanding what it is we are plugging into.
It is a vast subject and this module begins the process of understanding these powers. Over the course, the student will revisit this subject matter, inching deeper and deeper into the mystery as they progress.
It enables the student to work magically in gnosis, to tailor their magic to the appropriate streams of power in a safe and balanced way, and it also begins the process of holding up a mirror to ourselves.
But I also had to ensure that touching on such a powerful subject was done in a way that the student is not overwhelmed nor exposed to any danger – a fun task indeed. It covers what the student needs to know and protects them from what they do not need to know at this stage of training. Most of the powers and contacts dealt with in this module are beings that have worked long in history with magicians, which makes it a reasonably safe road to tread.
The practical work focuses upon the student themselves, the understanding and connection with their own fate, their own past and their own future: their own creation in action. Our deeper learning always begins at ground zero – the self.
The more powerful beings that are introduced in this section are beings that flow through everything in creation, including magic. The energetic dynamics, polarities and catalysts that flow from the inner worlds over the threshold into the manifest world are laid out so that the magician can understand for themselves what a magical act is leading to, what the development potentially is, how it affects the magician and their magic, and most of all, how it affects the magician as an eternal spirit.
A fair bit of the imagery and understanding of these threshold powers can be spotted in action in ancient texts and paintings, and the student is guided to these expressions so that they can begin to first be aware of them and then spot them in different interpretations, which in turn will give the student a far deeper understanding of cultural, religious and magical tomes left to us by the ancients.
This creates a strong intelligent foundation that the act of magic can rest firmly upon and as the student progresses to evermore complex and advanced magical technique, they will have a full background in what that technique rests upon, why it works, how it works and what it will lead to.
This module works in tandem with module four (death and the underworld)
and together they create a solid base for module five, which is magical tools. It is pointless working with a magical tool unless you truly and fully understand what it actually is, how it works, why it works and the influence these tools have upon our magic and our lives. Holding a nicely made blade with a fancy hilt, crystals and sigils littering it, does not a magician make. Holding a blade, knowing its consciousness, its power source, having connection with the beings that flow through magical blades, knowing how to bridge those beings into the blade, and then knowing how and when to wield it safely and affectively, now that is a magician.
I hope that when you reach module three of Quareia training, that you find yourself astonished, immersed, slightly fearful, more thoughtful and full of curiosity. It should trigger moments of sudden inspiring ‘knowing’…. moments of ohhhhhhh……..and it should change you. Magic is about change, and that magic starts with yourself.