Today, Grey Matters is excited to bring you the first of a series of interviews with our fantastic faculty. It is our hope that this glimpse into the minds and lives of some of the Grey School of Wizardry’s teachers will be of interest to our apprentices and friends of the GSW.
Today, we bring you the one and only Nicholas Kinglsey, known throughout the GSW for his skills as an orator, dedication to the Grey School, and passion for wizardry of all kinds.
Nicholas has been a student of Magick for nearly 14 years with a background in celtic and nordic arts. He enjoys the bardic arts and often finds himself telling a tale to any who will listen. Nicholas is also a lover of philosophy, and pondering the great questions. He maintains that a good wizard does not need to know everything, though they should always have a way to find out. In his mundane life Nicholas has been a Voice Actor for Television, Radio, Youtube and several video games, as well as a maker of Walking Sticks, staves, and canes. Having grown up with the Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard as his constant companion, Nicholas considers himself a Wizard at heart, and a child of the teachings endorsed by the Grey School. Teaching is a passion of his and the doors to his office are always open to students who have questions. After all, there is no better way to learn than asking! “The Difference between a rock and a stepping stone, is how it is used.”
Please keep reading below the break for the interview itself.
First of all, how long have you been practicing magick and how did you get started?
I have been practicing magick for about 15 years now. My Grandfather (Saba as I called him) got me started down the magickal path and was the person who gave me the Grimoire for the apprentice wizard when it was published.
What part of the world do you live in? Does that location affect your magick?
I live in the pacific Northwest of the United states. Most people here are fairly new age and it has allowed me a great freedom of practice for the most part. I don’t usually get odd looks from neighbors when I set out in my robes.
When you are not occupying your time with the work of the Grey School, what do you do? Do you have a day job? Any hobbies you are passionate about?
I work for the Grey School as my full time job. On average I spend about seventy hours on Grey School related material during my week. When I am not working with students or grading papers I am often tending to my garden, or writing my book.
Who do you share your life with? Do you have a partner, children, or close family?
I share my life with my little Kitten Luna, and my Partner and life mate, Kyle. As for children, not yet but one never knows what the future holds.
Now, let’s talk about the Grey School of Wizardry and you.
There are many different kinds of magick that can be categorized in different ways. The Grey School of Wizardry breaks the field down into 16 Departments. Which of them is most important to you? Which of them forms the major parts of your magickal life?
Ah, now that’s a hard question! I can’t say I often find myself turning let to gold, so I suppose that narrows it down..I jest, In actuality I find myself diving into nearly each of the departments daily. Be it for information regarding a rock, or tea, or something a little deeper than that, I can safely say there has not been a week in the last fifteen years where I failed to use each department at least once so it is hard to pick just one.
When did you first become associated with the Grey School? What led you to the GSW and why did you get involved?
I first became associated with the Grey school through the Grimoire for the apprentice Wizard in 2004 at the age of ten. My Grand-dad handed me the book and said “This is what the world needs, don’t let this get away from ya.” And ever since my grimoire has not been too far from reach. I suppose it had been a goal since that moment to teach at our school and I worked hard every day for many years to make it a reality. I finally decided that I would give an application a go in the summer of 2017 and see what magick I could make happen. And now here I am, a Professor at the world’s best Wizard School (Though I may be a little biased.)
What is/are your role/roles within the Grey School?
Currently I am a Professor of Performance and an instructor of a few other subjects, mainly Wizardry. I am the faculty advisor for several of our clubs on the VGSW as well as an open ear for any student who needs to talk.
As an instructor, what kinds of difficulties do you find your students face and why do you think that is so?
Turning in assignments! Ha, no but in all seriousness I think one of the problems some of my students face is motivation. It can be hard working through classes all alone with no one to bounce Ideas off of. I hope that by providing feedback and responding to office messages I can establish a dialog with students and keep them engaged in what they are learning.
Do you have any exciting plans for upcoming classes or other events at the Grey School?
Many many exciting plans though nothing I can talk about just yet. I think 2018 will be a really great year for GSW and I am excited to see what it brings.
What would you say has been the best part of being a part of the Grey School?
The best part? Well I would have to say it’s the students. Teaching is an extremely rewarding profession, and teaching wizards just takes it over the top.
Do you have a favorite class you have taken or taught here at the Grey School?
The Wizard’s voice by the devilishly charming Professor Kingsley, of course..
Now, let’s talk a little bit about your path and journey in magick and wizardry.
Could you please share with us what for you has been the most rewarding aspect of this journey?
The most rewarding part of the journey so far has to be seeing the people I have served doing well. The foundation of Wizardry is Service. I have enjoyed being of aid to others and seeing them grow from the advice I have given and offered. There are few things as rewarding as that.
What would you say was the most challenging aspect of this path and how did you conquer that challenge?
My age has been a pretty big deal for people along the path. Often times others assume because I am young that I must not know what it is that I’m talking about or what I do not possess the appropriate maturity. How have I conquered that challenge? I recognize it, and just work harder. If people choose to look at you in a negative light after you have given 110% then that is their choice and there is nothing you can do about it. Be secure in your own accomplishments, and do what you do for the love of doing it, not for the praise of others. If you do that, you’ll be just fine.
For those who are seeking magical abilities, what advice would you offer?
Look inward. You have a great deal of magickal abilities already. You have the power to inspire others, to create brand new stories and paint worlds. You have the power to bring about real, positive and lasting change in the world if you set your mind to it.
For those who are starting out, what encouragement would you give?
Hmm, as you walk the wizardry path it will no doubt be at times a bumpy ride, with the occasional twist and turn thrown in to boot! During these moments remember the Wizard’s cause and hold it tight. Ride the secroncity wave and hold the vision of a brighter tomorrow close at hand.
I look forward to seeing each and everyone of you reach your potential and become the Master Wizards of the future.