PROBATIONER GRADE: SELF INITIATION

     

Prelude: The Probationer presents him or herself to the Examiner, being a Neophyte or of a higher grade, at least seven days before the required grade test, to entrust the Magick Record and the two essays for review. If the Examiner, after critically evaluating the documents, finds the minimum requirement has been satisfied, the documents are returned to the Probationer and the time and place of the grade test is set, at least three days in advance of testing.

Grade Test:

1.       Random technical questions are asked covering Magical Tools, Basic Principles of Ritual, Yoga, Law of Thelema, Qabalah, and the Magical Alphabet. As many questions as required to verify adequate knowledge justifying advancement to the grade of Neophyte. Finding the technical comprehension adequate, the grade test proceeds. Else the Probationer is dismissed.

2.       Random questions are asked cover the reading material on the Required Reading List. As many questions as required to verify adequate knowledge justifying advancement to the grade of Neophyte. Finding adequate comprehension and review of the reading material, the grade test proceeds, else the Probationer is dismissed.

3.       The Probationer performs a Circle Casting ritual with their custom written quarter calls. Finding adequate skill in the performance of the ritual and some ability to charge the circle and project the calls to the quarters, the grade test proceeds, else the Probationer is dismissed.

4.       The Probationer perfectly recites Liber X or one Chapter of Liber LXV, else the Probationer is dismissed.

5.       Firm questioning on the irrevocable step onto the Tree of Life and the other implications of advancement into the grade of Neophyte. Finding adequate understanding of the process, commitment, and consequences of advancing into the next grade, the Probationer passes the grade test and is scheduled for the Seal of Life grade entrance ritual.

6.       Additionally, instructed to, after great consideration, choose a motto and to bring a new Record and Journal.

Let the Probationer make a record of the grade test as the last entry in the Magick Journal and Record for the grade.

Self Initiation

Let the Probationer take careful note of the above instruction and the procedure and its intent.

Let the Circle Casting ritual, with the accompanying quarter calls, be performed with strongest intent and the most forceful projection within the capability of the Probationer.

Let the Probationer dwell within the circle and thoughtfully review the essay on their Suitability of Initiation, followed by a complete review of the Magick Record and Journal.

If the Probationer commits to passage into Neophyte, let him follow these steps:

1)       Choose, with great care and deliberation, a motto to serve as his or her Magical Name for the grade of Neophyte.

2)       Let the Magical Record and Journal for the grade of Probationer be finished with an account of the passage onto the Tree of Life.

3)       Let the Probationer acquire a new Magical Record and Journal for the grade of Neophyte.

4)       Let the last task of the Probationer and the first task of the Neophyte be the rewriting of the Seal of Life grade entrance ritual (see below) suitable to self-initiation.

5)       Let the ritual be the first record in the new Magick Record and an account of the writing the first record in the Magick Journal.

Although self-initiation is a difficult process fraught with unique dangers, necessity does, on some occasions, warrant the risks. Success shall be the reward, if only the Will stays strong and the sense of self remains unbound.

SEAL OF LIFE: NEOPHYTE

Challenger: Who standeth before the northern gates?

Probationer: I who hath moved through the forest dark.

Challenger: What didst thou see in the forest?

Probationer: The daydreamers.

Challenger: Whence goest thou?

Probationer: To the North, in search of Life.

Challenger: Art thou perfect and pure?

Probationer: I demand entrance!

Challenger: I, the Guardian of the Palace, forbid thee passage; thou canst not enter this place until thou art perfect and pure.

Endorser: I, who am within the gate, extend my hand, vouching for this Probationer.

Challenger: Then I, the Guardian of the Palace, hereby grant thee entrance to the North, that ye may seek Life. That thou mayest be known in this court by the Initiated, ye shall herein be called (motto).

Neophyte: Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

All Assembled: Love is the law, love under will.  

      


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