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Sylphs House

Sylphs House is the family of all students under 18 born in an Air Sign - Gemini, Libra, Aquarius. These are all airy and intellectual signs full of imagination and loving harmony, beauty, ideas, and ideals.

House Head

The Head of House is Prof. Alferian Gwydion MacLir, an instructor in the department of Wizardry and a practicing Indigo Wizard.  Dr. MacLir is a Druid Companion of the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids; a Freemason of the 32nd degree; and holds a doctorate in English language and literature from the University of Minnesota (under his regular name, James Maertens).  He is the founder of Geal-Darach Grove in Minneapolis and The Bardic Institute.  Among his academic awards he was the 2006 recipient of the Mt. Haemus Award for research in Druidry.  Dr. MacLir is a wandmaker and writer, whose forthcoming book Wandlore: The Art of Crafting the Ultimate Magical Tool will be out in the Summer of 2011.

As the first golden rays of dawn flood out of the east, you open your eyes to see the half-invisible archway shimmering in the air in front of you. Reverently you touch your fingertips to your forehead and then to the center of the arch. Yellow and white twinklings of light spread out from your fingers across its surface and a soft breeze begins blowing around you. As you step through the gate, you catch the scent of incense and hear a joyous symphony of birdsong. You have entered the home of the sylphs...

                                                        -- Prof. Brown, Head Emeritus


Last updated 21 October 2010


The Eastern Keep

High above the walls of the majestic Grey School castle, framed by the flaming yellow-orange hues of the Dawn, stands The Eastern Keep. The gray outer walls are draped in yellow banners boasting the crest of the Sylphs' House. No doorway can be seen for only those who hold the password of knowledge may enter here. Will the Sorting Staff impart the secret word to you? Find out.

Within these walls awaits our common room, The Tower, where you will find the company of your Housemates. The Keep is also where you will find the arcane wisdom of the Sylphs' Spell Book and The Book of Knowledge.

We call the Guardians of the East to watch over and protect this school. 

We call the Sylphs of the Air to inspire our intellect and the pursuit of knowledge.

Let Dawn break. May the Light fill us!


Sylphs Challenges

For one merit point, name a magickal tool, herb, stone, or other element of Wizardry that corresponds to the element of air and explain how or why this is so. 

Sylph Correspondences

Element: Air  Colors: Yellow and white

Power: Scire meaning "To know, or to have skill"

Character: Intellectual  Patron spirit: Ariel

Numerology: Sylph=8, Sylphs=9  Zodiacal signs: Aquarius, Gemini and Libra

Planets: Mercury, Venus, and Uranus  Metal: Aluminum

Mascot: Sydney, a three year old African Grey Parrot cared for by Piper Stewart.

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Definition: "Living for a thousand years without seeming to age, they are beautiful creatures that parallel nymphs, only they exist in the element of air. Living on the tops of high places such as mountains and cliffs, slyphs vary in size, are winged, transparent, elusive and surrounded by a glowing radiance. For a very brief time, they can take on human form. They move by floating about with the wind, and as such, are known as the Spirit faeries of the air. They inspire mortals, especially those involved in the creative arts." -from Faery Magick by Sirona Knight

Totem: Hawk - known for his nobility. He plans carefully and keeps his life in proper perspective. He is courageous, yet wise. Hawk has superb vision, flies rapidly and far, is a skilled hunter, and is loyal to his life-mate.

Thoughts on these Correspondences

"Sylphs" are fairy-like creatures that reside at high altitudes like in mountains and treetops. They are also elemental spirits of air.

Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius (my sign) are the zodiacal signs of the Slyphs. I think it is reasonable to put those signs in the same group because the people who are born under them usually have similar personalities and interests.

The name-number of "Sylph" is 8 but the name-number of "Sylphs" is 9. I prefer the name-number 9 because "Sylphs" signify that we are all a team, and the whole House is included under this plural noun.

Our living totem is the hawk because it is noble, wise, courageous, and sensibly cautious. These are all traits the Sylph House members wish to gain as they travel on the road of life.

The Sylph patron spirit is Ariel. Ariel was a Slyph in a play written by William Shakespeare.

The colors associated with my House are yellow and white. To me, the two colors bring up images of sunny days with a nice, playful breeze (like our element, air). The planets are Uranus, Venus, and Mercury; they are three planets that are linked with the Sylph House's sun signs.

Our patron, Ariel, was a Sylph in a play written by William Shakespeare. Sylphs are elemental spirits of Air, often depicted as cloud beings, angels or bird-winged faeries. Their name comes from the Greek word, “silphe,” meaning butterfly or moth. Sylphs are sky-dwellers and wind-walkers. Birds, flying insects, and indeed, all sky-dwellers are within their domain. This includes mythological creatures such as gryphons, harpies, dragons, winged lions, jinn, flying horses, winged sphinx, and of course many sacred birds such as the Phoenix, the Benu and Feng-huang, as well. There are many to learn about and from! 


 

Sylphs Hall of Fame

First merits earned by: Amalthia

First Prefect: Delano

First Housemistress: Moonwriter

First House Captain: Delano

Special Honors:

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The Sylphs were also the first winners of the House Hat in all of Grey School history!

2005 Earth Day Challenge: On April 22, 2005, the Sylphs won the First Annual Earth Day Challenge (youth division)! The sylph team was known as the "Ledwind Zephyrs" and was comprised of Aurora Vampira, Colubra, Delano, and Vallen.

2005 Poetry Challenge: Youth division winner: Delano, for "The Great Tree."

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Past Prefects:
Delano (1rst Scabbard)
Cdub (2nd Scabbard)
Aurora Dawning Moon (3rd and 4th Scabbard)
Amalthia (5th Scabbard)
X-Wolf the White (6th and 10th Scabbard)
Apollonius (9th Scabbard)
Samantha.Pax (11th Scabbard)
 
Past Captains:
Delano (1st Mast)
 
Past Heads:
Salem Williams (August 2004 to May 2005)
Erica Frank (June to July 2006)
Moonwriter (August 2005 and April 2006)
Willowrune (September 2005)
Onyx Ravenclaw (December 2005 to March 2006)
Stormeyes (June 2006)
Jeremy Brown (September 2006 to February 2007)
Brighid Delphinos (March 2007 to July 2007)
Tigersmoondiva (August 2007 to April 2008)

Tau Peristera (May 2008 to Oct 2010)

 

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Students of the Month
Samantha.Pax (February 2009)
X-Wolf the White (August 2009)
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