Herein we make the Aspirant fully aware of the components of the Probationary
Grade, that he or she may be admitted, having been duly informed
of the tasks of the grade, and the requirements necessary to
Entrance: Undergoes the Probationer�s Initiation (see below), taking the
oath and receiving the first instruction of their grade. This
initiation is not binding and the Probationer may cease their
studies and withdraw without consequence.
Objectives: To begin studying the general history and the
different systems of Magick and Mysticism, for the purpose of
establishing within themselves their suitability for initiation into
the next grade. The Probationer accomplishes the tasks of their
grade in preparation for the grade test.
2. Complete the tasks of the Grade List.
3. Complete the Required Reading
4. Complete the Magick Record and Journal of the grade work.
5. Verify suitability.
6. Pass the grade test.
7. Complete preparations to advance to the grade of Neophyte.
maintained Magick Record and Journal of the grade. The Magick Record
to be submitted for review before the grade test.
required essay and pass the grade test to verify suitability for
Initiation into the grade of Neophyte.
successfully completing the grade work and passing of the grade
test, the Probationer must formulate, with deep forethought and
intense solemnity, a motto. This
magical name is the expression of the highest will and should
attempt to express the will of the Neophyte in so far as it is
Method: The Probationer has one solar cycle
to complete the tasks of their grade, make the decision to proceed
into the next grade, and then prove their capacity to undertake the
work of the next grade by passing the grade test.
If the decision to proceed is made and
finalized before the full solar cycle has elapsed, there is the
danger of an incorrect decision born from haste.
This may include any number of factors (For example;
not suited for the work, lack of lasting interest, not equipped for
the tasks, unable to devote necessary time, etc) not fully contemplated or
discovered by the Probationer.
Completion at the end of the solar cycle is
strictly enforced, save for extraordinary exceptions born from
extreme causes. There are two reasons for limiting the time given to
Demonstrates a commitment and willingness to apply
themselves to the grade work.
Demonstrates the minimum skill level required to
undertake the work of the next grade.
The original system of the A∴
did not impose a time limit on the Probationer. Many frivolous and
vain people clung to the Order for years in the grade of
Probationer, never advancing. If a Probationer cannot complete the
work within one solar cycle, it is a clear indication that something
within the Candidate is lacking. It is also likely the Candidate
will never advance beyond the Probationary grade. There were a few
Probationers that did take more then one solar cycle and went on to
become Neophytes, however if a time limit had been imposed, they
most likely would have redoubled their efforts and advanced in the
grade is the only grade that imposes a maximum time limit on the
student. There are grades that have a minimum time that must be
spent before proceeding onto the next grade. Although the
Probationer is given a lot of material for General Study, the time
limit imposed is offset by thoroughly testing only a few key tasks.
However, any of the optional study or practice missed in the
Probationary grade must be finished and tested in Neophyte.
what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
is the law, love under will.
word of the law is:
Whence comest thou?
shalt thou proceed to obtain the scientific knowledge of the nature
and powers of thyself and of the Great Work?
Initiate: I do
vouches for thee?
Endorser: I the
guider of lost souls.
VOW OF SILENCE
(name), in the presence of all here and assembled, man or god,
living or spirit, do by an act of my free will, give my solemn oath
that I shall keep secret all those things entrusted to my ears alone
by this group or its members, except if it be a Brother or Sister of
this group who is properly prepared, as I am now: All this I swear
upon my existence now, and henceforth forever, and may the Magick I
possess now, and henceforth forever turn against me should I
wilfully break this most solemn oath.
the Probationer complete (his | her) grade within one solar cycle,
whence the test shall be passed, else the Probationer shall be
Endorser: Let the Probationer
be duly received with feast and celebration.