A Wizard is a powerful, skilled and wise person who uses magic to effect change in his or her environment. Wizards tend to be respectful, compassionate, patient, intuitive and sensorial with a great deal of understanding of how things in this world operate, how people think and act and how to communicate on all levels with people and animals. Wizards have high levels of education (in pursuit of their craft), wisdom, and are spiritual in their own way, though not necessarily religious.
Because Wizardry (the "craft" of a Wizard) in and of itself is not based on religion or founded on religious beliefs--many Wizards may practice their craft while still maintaining ties with their religion--ie: Christian Wizard. Unfortunately, due to the lack of tolerance and sometimes aggressive/violent behavior on the part of many modern day Christians, Christian Wizards (like Christian Witches) are often in hiding within their own Christian church and thus never reveal that they practice "Wizardry". A congregation may not even realize that their own pastor/minister is a Wizard, Witch, or Druid etc. in addition to being a Christian Pastor.
There are different schools of Wizardry that offer a comprehensive curriculum on the path to becoming a well rounded Wizard. Within the curriculum may be included courses such as Druidry, Mythology, Literature, Philosophy, Psychical arts, Magickal Studies, History of Magick, Spiritual Alchemy, Practical Alchemy, Divination, Meditation, Mysticism... and much more. The average course of study can range 2-7 years. Classes are often taught by experienced & practizing Wizards some of which may be current or former college professors.
Schools of WizardryEdit
|The Grey School of Wizardry|
Various schools of Wizardry can be found through an online search.
The Grey School of Wizardry (www.greyschool.com)
Flamel College (www.flamelcollege.org/magical_arts.htm)
The History of WizardryEdit
The word ‘wizard’ derives from the Middle English word (dating from 1100-1500) wys, meaning ‘wise’, combined with -ard, a suffix meaning ‘one who does’. The word wys derives in turn from the Proto-Indo-European base (around 5,500 years old), woid-/weid-/wid-, which means “to see,” hence “to know”. This is the original meaning of the word ‘wizard’. A more recent meaning is associated with magic.
Wizardry goes back to Lemurian times. In modern wizardry all wizards may share knowledge of core practices, and don’t necessarily sub-divide into greater and greater specialisations.
How to be a WizardEdit
Self study, becoming an apprentice and/or attending one or more schools of Wizardry.
- The Book of Wizardry: The Apprentice's Guide to the Secrets of the Wizards' Guild
- Companion for the Apprentice Wizard
- Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard