NEOPHYTE GRADE: SELF INITIATION
“The Neophyte grade shall last at least eight months before
proceeding to the grade of Zelator.”
The Neophyte grade test is designed to verify adequate
intellectual and analytical advancement, and to confirm a
minimum of balance has been maintained.
Prelude: The Neophyte presents him or herself
to the Examiner, being a Zelator or of a higher grade, at least
twenty-eight days before the required grade test, to entrust the
Magick Record and the Pentacle. If the Examiner, after
critically evaluating the record and the Pentacle, finds the
minimum requirement has been satisfied, the Magick Record and
Pentacle are returned to the Neophyte and the time and place of
the grade test is set, at least three days in advance of
1) Random technical questions are asked covering anything of the
grade tasks deemed necessary, specifically focusing on the
equilibrium of the Neophyte. As many questions as required to
verify adequate knowledge and balance justifying advancement to
the grade of Zelator. Finding the technical comprehension
adequate, the grade test proceeds, else the Neophyte is
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
Zelator. Finding adequate comprehension and review of the
reading material, the grade test proceeds, else the Neophyte is
3) The Neophyte performs the Star Ruby. Finding adequate skill
in the performance of the ritual the grade test proceeds, else
the Neophyte is dismissed.
4) The Neophyte perfectly recites one chapter of Liber VII, else
the Neophyte is dismissed.
5) The Neophyte demonstrates adequate technical skill in
divination, providing a taro reading, else the Neophyte is
6) Finding adequate understanding of the processes, commitments,
and consequences of advancing into the next grade, the Neophyte
passes the grade test and is scheduled for the Seal of Light
grade entrance ritual.
7) 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 Neophyte make a record of the grade test as the last
entry in the Magick Journal and Record for the grade.
Self Initiation and the Way Forward
Let the Neophyte take careful note of the application of the
grade test in the preceding chapter and its procedure and
Let the Star Ruby ritual be performed with strongest intent and
with the most forceful banishing within the capability of the
Let the Neophyte recite one chapter of Liber VII, and follow
this with a thorough review of the Magick Record and Journal.
Let the Neophyte finish by applying suitable tests designed to
1. Was ‘some part’ of each pathway accomplished in the three
forms of understanding, practical application and spiritual
2. Were the Four Powers of the Sphinx adequately tested and
3. Did any aspect of the grade work provide such difficulty that
the tasks associated were avoided and left in any way
4. Has proper self-examination been done to ensure that the self
has not been consumed by mania or arrogance or depression?
If the Neophyte commits to passage into the grade of Zelator,
let him or her follow these steps:
1) Consider, with great care and deliberation, the need to
change his or her a motto, and act
2) Let the Magical Record and Journal for the grade of Neophyte
be finished with an account of the self-testing and the results
of the testing for balance.
3) Let the Neophyte acquire a new Magick Record and Journal for
the grade of Zelator.
4) Let the last task of the Neophyte and the first task of the
Zelator be a rewriting of the Seal of Light grade entrance
ritual (see below) suitable to self-initiation.
5) 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 Neophyte, armed with his or her Pentacle and with
Liberty; begin by securing the House of the Moon, being the
place of retribution and redemption.
|SEAL OF LIGHT: ZELATOR
|Challenger: Whence comest thou?
Neophyte: From the North, the place of
Challenger: What didst thou see in the
place of Night?
Neophyte: The world of the waking.
Challenger: Whence goest thou?
Neophyte: To the East, in search of
Challenger: Thou must have fortitude
Neophyte: [Sign of the Enterer].
Challenger: Thou must be wakened.
Neophyte: I do and will.
Challenger: Thou must slay thyself.
Neophyte: I will.
Challenger: Who will bare witness to
Endorser: I do and I will.
Challenger: Then I the Guardian of the
Palace, hereby grant thee entrance to the East, that ye
may seek the Light. Know ye that entrance to the next
grade will not be granted until thou hast tempered the
spiritual fire and been witnessed (if notified of a
motto change, add: “That thou mayest be known in this
court by the Initiated, ye shall herein be called
Zelator: Do what thou wilt shall be the
whole of the Law.
All Assembled: Love is the law, love