PRACTICUS GRADE: SELF INITIATION
“Progression is by Invitation only.”
Entrance into the next grade is by invitation only. The
Philosophus or Adept responsible for the Practicus, constantly
assesses the level of completion, and at their sole discretion,
confers advancement. In this, it is advised to not include any
other voices in the decision, and it is recommended that any
assessments as to the accomplishment of the grade work as a
whole, not be discussed with the Practicus.
This is a tremendous responsibility. The Practicus not only
travels the path of the Tower, they are also not returning to
the Pillar of Strength. If perilous errors are perpetrated or
endorsed in the advancement, it will stunt the tasks of the next
grade. Such errors have been known to turn potential Adepts into
destructive forces, with the worse result being a delusional
After the invitation has been extended and accepted, the
Practicus is further confirmed in the Seal of Liberty
grade entrance ritual.
The Practicus is hereby notified that the left foot is now sunk
into the hallowed ground of the portal.
Additionally, instructed to, after great consideration,
contemplate his or her motto and any perceived need for changing
it. Additionally instructed to bring a new Record and Journal to
the grade entrance ritual.
Let the Practicus make a record of the grade transition as the
last entry in the Magick Journal and Record for the grade.
Self Initiation and the Way Forward
To self-proclaim oneself a Philosophus without an invitation is
to undertake a dark step. It cast the Aspirant into a dark
light. Therefore, if necessary to proceed, proceed in secret
until both feet stand after the portal, which is the veil parted
by the Golden Key, cut by the hand of the Aspirant. If in
silence, with the way of the Hermit as thy guide, great will the
leap be, yet bone chilling, and no blackness shall touch the
heart and no darkness obscure the path. If in any other way the
path forward is trodden, the worse result is the inevitable
The remaining option is to seek out a suitable teacher, prove
the current level of attainment, and receive an invitation. This
is an unlikely choice for any who have proceeded thus far in
If the Practicus commits to passage into the grade of
Philosophus, let him or her proceed as follows:
Let the Practicus be secret in his or her advancement.
Let assistance be sought without revealing a place, even if
forced to deny the obvious.
Let great care and deliberation be taken in the need, if any, to
change his or her motto, and act accordingly.
Let the Magick Record and Journal for the grade of Practicus be
finished with an account of the deliberations leading to the
decision to advance into the next grade.
Let the Practicus acquire a new Magick Record and Journal for
the grade of Philosophus.
Let the last task of the Practicus and the first task of the
Philosophus be a rewriting of the Seal of Liberty
(below) grade entrance ritual suitable to self-initiation.
Let the ritual be the first entry in the Magick Record and an
account of the writing the first entry in the Magick Journal.
Let the Practicus, holding up the Cup wherein the Lustral Waters
are contained; begin by securing the House of Venus, being the
place of deliberation.
OF LIBERTY: PHILOSOPHUS
the West, the place of Love.
didst thou see in the place of Love?
as pure joy.
the Palace, to secure Liberty.
thou as my (brother | sister), in this, the Great Work?
I, by virtue of my office, invite thee into the Palace,
that ye may, with Wand and Will, Light the Lamp (If
notified of a motto change, add: “That
thou mayest be known in this court by the Initiated, ye
shall herein be called (motto).”).
what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
All Assembled: Love
is the law, love under will.
Zelator: Do what thou wilt shall be the
whole of the Law.
All Assembled: Love is the law, love