Lodges of GSW
The Five Lodges
Your Lodge assignment is based on the element associated with your astrological sun sign and age. Our youth Apprentices, those under the age of 18, are sorted into our Psyche Lodge while Adults are sorted into one of four Elemental lodges. The dates used for sorting are as follows:
Earth Air Fire Water
Apr 21 - May 21 (Taurus)Jan 21 - Feb 19 (Aquarius)Mar 21 - Apr 20 (Aries)Feb 20 - Mar 20 (Pisces)
Aug 24 - Sep 23 (Virgo)May 22 - Jun 21 (Gemini)Jul 24 - Aug 23 (Leo)Jun 22 - Jul 23 (Cancer)
Dec 22 - Jan 20 (Capricorn)Sep 24 - Oct 23 (Libra)Nov 23 - Dec 21 (Sagittarius)Oct 24 - Nov 22 (Scorpio)
Choosing a Different Lodge
Rarely, an Apprentice may feel that regardless of sorting, they would find a better fit in a different House. If this is the case, the Apprentice should discuss it with the Head of Lodges or the Dean of Students. In some (infrequent) cases, where the reasons are compelling, the school will allow the Apprentice to change Lodges.
Note: we do not generally allow a change simply based on the Apprentice having a friend or family member in a different Lodge. In fact, in this case we’d encourage the Apprentice to stay put, so as to make new friends in GSW!
Our Lodges provide Apprentices with an opportunity to bond with other Apprentices and form a group identity within the larger Apprentice body.
Each Lodge has a Lodge site/page and a forum for its members on the school website. Each Lodge is led by an Apprentice Prefect. The Lodges have a single faculty Head to moderate the forum and carry out other functions, this person is called the Head of Lodges.
Handy Hint! To find your Lodge Head and Prefect, go to your Lodge forum or the Dean of Students forum.
Staff, Faculty, and the Lodges
Grey School staff and faculty are encouraged to participate in the Lodge system by going through the sorting process and becoming a member of their own Lodge. Doing so allows the staff or faculty member to experience the school and socialize with Apprentices in a completely new way. It’s lots of fun and is also a great way to humanize teachers in the Apprentices’ eyes. For staff and faculty who feel that their role is best served by not joining a Lodge—in order to maintain an appearance of impartiality you may simply remain unsorted. In this case the Lodge affiliation will remain “blank” on the S/F member’s record.
The Head of Lodges
The GSW Lodges are led by a Head—a member of the Grey School staff or faculty. Along with the Apprentice Captain, the Head is responsible for the health, well being, and vitality of Apprentice leadership. The Head assists the Prefects in planning projects for leading the group, and also assures that all activities adhere to GSW policy. The Head of Lodges can also create challenges and award merits to deserving Apprentices.