Cup is the vessel filled with the knowledge of the Magician, which is
ever being filled and emptied. This may at first seem to be a
contradiction. Why empty the understanding, only to refill the mind?
The solution is evolution. Every consumption is a transformation, and
this process continues until the perception of absolute truth is
[For example: a boy is told,
from a reliable source, that the world is really big. Looking in every
direction, the reasoning becomes an understanding � the world is
really big. The boy becomes a young man and is told the world has a
circumference of 25,000 miles. Having walked a mile many times, the
reasoning becomes an understanding that the world is not only really
big, but also bigger than was first assumed. The young man ages and
has the opportunity to travel around the world, making a few stops
along the way. Visually experiencing the size of the world, the
reasoning becomes an understanding that the size of the world was not
previously in perspective.]
order of elemental weaponry construction correlates with the evolution
of the Student:
The gathering of the raw intellectual materials, properly prepared,
and served to the mind as the whole. This is dually defined as Intelligence
The analytical faculty applied to the raw materials defined in shape
and form, and a reconstitution of the pieces to examine the
interconnected virtues. This is simply defined as the Reasoning.
The amalgamation of the raw materials in such a way that the many
components may be consumed, and the result yielded is the same � yet
further refined, leading to continued health and growth. This is
defined as Understanding.
is important to the Practicus to constantly fill the Cup and consume
the contents, and this is both a necessity (as discussed above) and a
celebration, which is made as a daily feast. Therefore, the Cup is
raised with the toast: �Bear up the Cup of Libation!� If the
contents are consumed with anything less, the wine turns to vinegar,
the Magician becomes a Scholar. The applied science must ever be
infused with the spirit, else any perceived truth is but a reflection
of the source. If the building of the system becomes more important
than its fundamental purpose, the Practicus has lost his or her way.
It is at this critical junction that the work should be completely
abandoned and the Eucharist again consumed daily. Also, any suitable
physical practices are undertaken until such time as equilibrium has
The ceremonial construction and consecration of the Cup is formed and
performed with whatever skill is currently possessed by the Practicus,
and following the instructions in Liber
CDXII. However, some suggested guidance is now included for
consideration, but may be disregarded in favor of other methods.
Let the practical construction be
focused that suitable energies from the Practicus, greatly affected by
the state of mind, be infused into the Cup.
Let the Temple be arranged that the
Cup, although accompanied by other tools, is the central focus.
Let the method of construction be
reflected in the ceremony. Every action necessary to complete the Cup
is symbolically represented.
Let a �Number to represent the
Universe� be devised or derived, engraved upon the Cup, and this
becoming the first drop of wine poured into and drunk.
Let a method of charging be
included in the ceremony, and let it be compatible with the method
used in the construction.
Let the ceremony be finished with the wrapping of the Cup in
an azure blue silk covering and placed within the Altar for three days
and nights, and let the thoughts of the Practicus constantly wander
back to the Cup, yet resisting the urge to unwrap it until the three
days have elapsed.