The Avalon Group Study Course
The aim of the study course is to train Adepts. That is to say, we aim to train our students to become independent within themselves: unswayed by dogma, knowledgeable in the forms and powers of the Inner worlds, skilled in the practice of ritual magic, strong in their own beliefs and purpose, and above all able to make their own contact with the Inner Plane Adepti and respond to their guidance.
There are three aspects to the study course.
1. Hermetic/Qabalist Magic
2. Green Ray/Faery/Elemental/Natural Magic
3. Devotional/Esoteric Christian Magic
Our approach is one of balance between head and heart; belief without sentimentality or credulity, analysis without cynicism. Magic requires dedicated students of a strong constitution, and participation by those with no deep-seated psychological imbalances, for we are working with vibrant forces which cannot fail to have effects in our daily lives.
All students are individually supervised by an experienced member of the group, initially through a correspondence course. However, much of the practice of magical work is taught during the group’s weekend meetings which take place regularly throughout the year at Hawkwood College, Stroud. Students are given plenty of opportunity to experience magical ritual at its best, to work alongside the experienced members of the group and gradually to take more responsibility. These weekends provide a concentrated and powerful experience of the spiritual worlds and the purpose and use of magical ritual. There are five weekend meetings each year.Our work is conducted under the aegis and protection of Christ - not through the accepted Christianity of the established churches, but the Christ of ‘The Chapel in the Forest.’
First Degree (10 monthly lessons)
This is a period of preparation for the deeper, on-going work that lies beyond the study course. Completion of this stage may lead to Initiation into the Greater Mysteries.
Please note that we are primarily a practical working group and our study course is aimed towards training students to become an active member of the group. We regret that we can therefore only offer our training to those who are able to attend a minimum of three weekend meetings each year.
The cost of a weekend meeting at Hawkwood is currently (2012) £95.00 for a single room and £80.00 for a shared room. This covers use of all facilities and accommodation, lunch and dinner on Saturday, breakfast and lunch on Sunday, and all tuition fees.
The cost of the Study Course is £50.00 for each of the 1st and 2nd Degrees.
Three text-books will be required in the first year: Gareth Knight: A Practical Guide to Qabalistic Symbolism (Kahn and Averill); Gareth Knight: The Secret Tradition in Arthurian Legend (Weiser); and Dion Fortune and Gareth Knight: An Introduction to Ritual Magic (Thoth Publications.)
All these books are readily available through booksellers or Amazon.The student is also encouraged to read widely in myth and legend, Qabala, esoteric Christianity, and the world of Faery, and is particularly encouraged to read some of the original Arthurian and Grail legends such as Malory’s Morte d’Arthur.