On June 21, 2017 The Grey School of Wizardry announced the first annual “Oberon Award for Master Wizard.” This award is given by the Grey School to recognize public figures who have exhibited visionary wisdom in their lives and works, and who exemplify and/or portray the ideals of Wizardry through outstanding life work dedicated toward the betterment of humankind and of the planet. This is a lifetime achievement award, and is given only once to any individual.
This award of recognition for “Master Wizard” is named in honor of renowned Wizard Oberon Zell, Founder and Headmaster of the Grey School of Wizardry, and an esteemed Elder in the worldwide magickal community since the early 1960s.
The 2017 Award Recipients are:
Science at the Edge: Neil DeGrasse Tyson (Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey)
Visionary Technology and Philanthropy: William Henry “Bill” Gates III & Elon Reeve Musk
Film Production: Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings) & George Lucas (Star Wars)
Film Portrayal—Wizard: Sir Ian Murray McKellen (as Gandalf in Lord of the Rings)
Film Portrayal—Witch: Dame Maggie Smith (as Minerva McGonegal in Harry Potter)
Television Portrayal—Wizard or Witch: Alyson Lee Hannigan (as Willow in Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Magickal Literature: J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter)
Graphic Novels/Comics: writer: Neil Gaimon (Books of Magic; Sandman; The Dreaming)
Visual Artist: J. H. Williams III (Promethea)
Bardic Arts: Enya Patricia Brennan
Illusion Magic: David Copperfield
Wizardry means “wisdom.” Just as artistry is the craft of an Artist, wizardry is the craft of a Wizard—literally, a “wise one.” Wizards were the first scientists—science means “knowledge,” as wizardry means “wisdom.” Philosophy means “love of wisdom,” and “natural philosophy” was the term used for science up through the 19th century. Many noteworthy scientists are referred to as “Wizards” in their biographies, and brilliant computer engineers today are commonly called “Wizards.” Thomas Edison was known as “The Wizard of Menlo Park,” Steve Jobs was called “The Wizard of Silicon Valley,” and Warren Buffet has been nicknamed the “Wizard of Omaha.”
The Grey School of Wizardry
The Grey School of Wizardry was incorporated as a non-profit Educational Institution in California on March 14, 2005; and in 2007, received a 501(c)(3) from the IRS for charitable and educational purposes. The Grey School provides an extensive program of arcane and Classical studies for youth and adult students.
As a secular online facility of esoteric education, the Grey School is dedicated to preserving the arcane arts and crafts of the past (i.e. “The Wisdom of the Ages”) for generations to follow. The core of those teachings is the School motto: Omnia vivunt; omnia inter se conexa (“everything is alive; everything is interconnected.”).