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A Syllabus of the Steps Upon the Path

A.. A.. Publication in Class D

I. THE PROBATIONER. His duties are laid down in PaperA, Class D. Being
without, they are vague and general. He receives LiberLXI and LXV.

(Certain Probationers are admitted after six months ormore to Ritual

At the end of the Probation he passes Ritual DCLXXI, whichconstitutes
him a Neophyte.

2. THE NEOPHYTE. His duties are laid down in Paper B,Class D. He receives
Liber VII.

Examination in Liber O, caps. I-IV, Theoretical and Practical.

Examination in The Four Powers of the Sphinx. Practical.

Four tests are set.

Further, he builds up the magic Pentacle.

Finally he passes Ritual CXX, which constitutes him aZelator.

3. THE ZELATOR. His duties are laid down in Paper C, ClassD. He receives

Examination in Posture and Control of Breath. Pratical.

Further, he is given two meditation-practices correspondingto the two
rituals DCLXXI and CXX.

(Examination is only in the knowledge of, and some littlepractical
acquaintance with, these meditations. The complete results,if attained,
would confer a much higher grade.)

Further, he forges the magic Sword.

No ritual admits to the grade of Practicus, which is conferredby
authority when the task of the Zelator is accomplished.

4. THE PRACTICUS. His duties are laid down in Paper D,Class D.

Instruction and Examination in the Qabalah and Liber DCCLXXVII.

Instruction in Philosophical Meditation (Gnana-Yoga).

Examination in some one mode of divination: e.g., Geomancy,Astrology,
the Tarot. Theoretical. He is given a meditation-practiceon Expansion
of Consciousness.

He is given a meditation-practice in the destruction ofthoughts.

Instruction and Examination in Control of Speech. Practical.

Further, he casts the magic Cup.

No ritual admits to the grade of Philosophus, which isconferred by
authority when the Task of the Practicus is accomplished.

5. THE PHILOSOPHUS. His duties are laid down in PaperE, Class D.

He practices Devotion to the Order.

Instruction and Examination in Methods of Meditation byDevotion

Instruction and Examination in Construction and Consecrationof
Talismans, and in Evocation.

Theoretical and Practical.

Examination in Rising on the Planes (Liber O, caps. V,VI). Practical.

He is given a meditation-practice on the Senses, and theSheaths of the
Self, and the Practice called Mahasati-patthana.

(See `The Sword of Song', `Science and Buddhism'.)

Instruction and Examination in Control of Action.

Further, he cuts the Magic Wand.

Finally, the Title of Dominus Liminis is conferred uponhim.

He is given meditation-practices on the Control of Thought,and is
instructed in Raja-Yoga.

He receives Liber Mysteriorum and obtains a perfect understandingof the
Formulae of Initiation.

He meditates upon the diverse knowledge and power thathe has acquired,
and harmonises it perfectly.

Further, he lights the Magic Lamp.

At last, Ritual VIII admits him to the grade of AdeptusMinor.

6. THE ADEPTUS MINOR. His duty is laid down in Paper F,Class D.

It is to follow out the instruction given in the Visionof the Eighth
Aethyr for the attainment of the Knowledge and Conversationof the
Holy Guardian Angel.

Note: This is in truth the sole task; the others are usefulonly as
adjuvants to and preperations for the One Work.

Moreover, once this task has been accomplished, thereis no more need
of human help or instruction; for by this alone may thehighest
attainment be reached.

All these grades are indeed but convenient landmarks,not necessarily
significant. A person who had attained them all mightbe immeasurably
the inferior of one who had attained none of them; itis Spiritual
Experience alone that counts in Result; the rest is butMethod.

Yet it is important to possess knowledge and power, providedthat it
be devoted wholly to that One Work.



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