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Annual Projects - 2005/2006

It is that time of year again ... when I finally tell you what I expect in terms of annual projects. Only first year students are required to submit a project proposal, however all students need to provide an outline and/or update on Lammas. All students are invited to participate, however only degree students are required to submit an annual project.

Annual Projects – 2005/2006

Degree level students are required to complete a paper, or project focusing on an element or elemental archetype within the mystery tradition. However the particulars of your project varies according to how many years you have attended Reflections cumulatively.

All projects are due October 1st. A project outline or status update is due at Lammas, i.e. August 1st.

First Year:
The annual project is a paper, or project focusing on your assigned element or its elemental archetype within the mystery tradition. Your project should capture your work with the element or archetype for the year. You must submit a project proposal for approval by June 1st.

Your project proposal should include:
• Description of project and why you chose it.
• A preliminary outline or sketch of finished project.
• How you plan to capture new insights, i.e. dedicate portions to each month or use an online blog.
• A rough schedule of when you plan to work on it, i.e. full moon rituals, my vacation in Barbados, etc.

Second Year:
The annual project is a paper on the spiritual archetype of your first year elemental with your second year element as an adjective. For example, if your first year was water and your second year was air, your archetype would be something akin to the Creative or Artistic Healer. Vice versa and your archetype is the Healing Artist.

Each student will need to figure out the facets of their archetype that need to be explored. For example, what are the characteristics associated with the Creative Healer in terms of images, symbols, mundane equivalents, patron gods or saints, poster children, landscapes, myths, fictional characters, colors, animals, gems, weather, etc?

The paper should be from five to fifteen pages and include footnotes and a bibliography. And it should include a ritual outline, an invocation and a spell working for the specific archetype.

You may discuss the archetype(s) within your elemental groups, however your paper and most of its content needs be authored by you.

Select papers will be added to the Reflections knowledge base, for use by future students.

Third Year:
The annual project is a paper on your spiritual vocation. Your paper should address the elemental, astrological, qabalistic, mythic, historic and personal aspects of your path. You should include discussions of ethics, skills, patron deities and other requirements for this path.

What are the shadow elements of your path and how can they be addressed as part of ritual, spiritual practice and discipline. How does your vocation express itself in all aspects your life, including personally, within your career and within community? What are your plans for continuous learning and in what areas do you feel competent already?

Your paper should be from ten to twenty-five pages and include footnotes and a bibliography. And it should include a ritual outline, an invocation, a spell working and a vision statement.

Select papers will be added to the Reflections knowledge base, for use by future students.

Beyond Third Year:
The annual project for students attending four or more years is any of the previous projects plus a course curriculum in your area of expertise. Your curriculum should include a course description, a listing of course goals, student and teacher expectations, and performance indicators. Additionally the curriculum should also include a listing of specific knowledge, concepts and/or skill levels for entry into the class plus what areas of knowledge, concepts and/or skills will be taught, demonstrated and/or experienced within the course offering. And lastly the curriculum should demonstrate how this course supports the mission and purpose of Reflections and its students.

The course curriculum is due by Beltane, May 1st. Depending on available slots, approved courses may be selected for scheduling during the current or subsequent school year.