Neophyte Grade Work

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Tree of Life for the Neophyte Grade

DEFINING THE GRADE: Purpose and Method

WEAPON: Construction of the Pentacle formed as a Pentacle and completion of the first operation (instructions).

RITUAL: Liber XXV, The Star Ruby

Liber DCLXXI, Liber Pyramidos
A ritual of self–initiation based on the Formula of the Neophyte. 

Liber VI, Liber O Vel Manus et Sagittæ 
(Chapters 1 – 4)
Methods of ritual, including: preliminary considerations; assumption of god forms; vibrations of divine names; and the ritual of the pentagram and hexagram.

Liber CC, Liber Resh Vel Helios
Adorations to the sun to be performed by the Neophyte daily, carefully following the instructions included.

DIVINATION:  Comprehension of the system of the Thoth Tarot and its application as a tool of divination and daily guidance (instructions).

Studied in conjunction with:  

Liber LXXVIII, A Description of the Cards of the Tarot
Equinox Volume III, Number 5, Book of Thoth
Liber XCVI, Liber Gaias, A Handbook of Geomancy

MEDITATIONS: Astral Travel, Journey in the Spirit Vision, Four Powers of the Sphinx, and Elementals.

Liber CCCXLI, Liber HHH 
Attaining the Path of Shin, Meditations of death–waking, leading to the understanding of the unison between Fire and Spirit. 

Liber VI, Liber O Vel Manus et Sagittæ (Chapters 5)
Attaining the Path of Tau, a method of achieving astral visions.

Liber IX, Liber E Vel Excercitiorum (Chapter 2) 
Introductory information on the science of clairvoyance and verification through scientific testing.  

 (additional instructions)

QABALAH: Construction of the Magical Alphabet (instructions).

MEMORIZATION: One chapter of Liber VII.


Liber IV, Liber ABA (Part II)
Straightforward and informative introduction of the tools employed in Ritual Magick. {Read}

Liber IV, Liber ABA (Part III)
Also called Magick in Theory and Practice, being a comprehensive work of Qabalah, formula, and ritual. {Read and study – specifically the introduction and chapters 0–21} 

Liber VII, Liber Liberi Vel Lapis Lazuli, Adumbratio Kabbalæ Ægypiorum
The seven chapters are referred to the seven planets in the following order: Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, Sol, Mercury, Luna and Venus. The reading of this Holy Book inspires conscious awakening. {Read, study and perfectly memorize one chapter}

Liber CCXX, Liber AL Vel Legis, The Book of the Law
Coming to an understanding of the Law of Thelema in the previous grade, the Neophyte builds the four–fold method of Will, this aligning itself to the Powers of the Sphinx. {Read and study}.

Liber CD, Liber Tau Vel Kabbalæ Trium Literarum 
Qabalistic Holy Book dividing the Hebrew Alphabet into seven triads, each forming a trinity of sympathetic ideas. {Read and study}

Liber DCCCXI, Energized Enthusiasm
Of particular help in attaining control of the Body of Light, intuition and Hathayoga. {Study}. 

The Goetia
The Neophyte studies the various preparations detailed for the operations of Ceremonial Magick. {Study only the methods. Practical operations are recommended to the Philosophus}. 

Additionally, two novels by Aleister Crowley are strongly recommended: Diary of a Drug Fiend and Moonchild.

It is important for the Neophyte, after the accomplishment of Liber Pyramidos, to delve into areas of study beyond the scope of any reading list. Subjects that inspire earnest interest, even if they appear not to have any immediate magical application, should be pursued. This is a lesson well taught at the end of the novel Diary of a Drug Fiend.

The Neophyte, when the studies of the grade are properly applied, will radically change perception and begin breathing the life of initiation, incorporating Magick into every event of every day; and this, as a natural result of the work. Inspiring insight into this ‘perception transformed into the moment–by–moment life of initiation’ can be seen in the characters portrayed in the novel Moonchild.

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL (found within The Equinox Volume 1):

Book Three | Book Four | Training of the Mind | The Seer

Advancement: Self Initiation