A Syllabus of the Steps Upon the Path
1. The Probationer.
His duties are laid down in Paper A, Class D. Being without, they are vague and general. He receives Liber LXI and LXV.
[Certain Probationers are admitted after six months or more to Ritual XXVIII.]
At the end of the Probation he passes Ritual DCLXXI, which constitutes him a Neophyte.
2. The Neophyte.
His duties are laid down in Paper B, Class D. He receives Liber VII.
Examination in Liber O, caps. I-IV, Theoretical and Practical.
Examination in The Four Powers of the Sphinx. Practical.
Four tests are set.
Further, he builds up the magic Pentacle.
Finally he passes Ritual CXX, which constitutes him a Zelator.
3. The Zelator.
His duties are laid down in Paper C, Class D. He receives Liber CCXX, XXVII, and DCCCXIII.
Examination in Posture and Control of Breath (see Equinox No. 1). Practical.
Further, he is given two meditation-practices corresponding to the two rituals DCLXXI and CXX.
(Examination is only in the knowledge of, and some little practical acquaintance with, these meditations. The complete results, if attained, would confer a much higher grade.)
Further, he forges the magic Sword.
No ritual admits to the grade of Practicus, which is conferred by authority when the task of the Zelator is accomplished.
4. The Practicus.
His duties are laid down in Paper D, Class D.
Instruction and Examination in the Qabalah and Liber DCCLXXVII.
Instruction in Philosophical Meditation (Gnana-Yoga).
Examination in some one mode of divination: e.g., Geomancy, Astrology, the Tarot. Theoretical. He is given a meditation-practice on Expansion of Consciousness.
He is given a meditation-practice in the destruction of thoughts.
Instruction and Examination in Control of Speech. Practical.
Further, he casts the magic Cup.
No ritual admits to the grade of Philosophus, which is conferred by authority when the Task of the Practicus is accomplished.
5. The Philosophus.
His duties are laid down in Paper E, Class D.
He practices Devotion to the Order.
Instruction and Examination in Methods of Meditation by Devotion (Bhakti-Yoga).
Instruction and Examination in Construction and Consecration of Talismans, and in Evocation.
Theoretical and Practical.
Examination in Rising on the Planes (Liber O, caps. V, VI). Practical.
He is given a meditation-practice on the Senses, and the Sheaths of the Self, and the Practice called Mahasatipatthana.
(See "The Sword of Song", "Science and Buddhism".)
Instruction and Examination in Control of Action.
Further, he cuts the Magic Wand.
Finally, the Title of Dominus Liminis is conferred upon him.
He is given meditation-practices on the Control of Thought, and is instructed in Raja-Yoga.
He receives Liber Mysteriorum and obtains a perfect understanding of the Formulae of Initiation.
He meditates upon the diverse knowledge and power that he has acquired, and harmonises it perfectly.
Further, he lights the Magic Lamp.
At last, Ritual VIII admits him to the grade of Adeptus Minor.
6. The Adeptus Minor.
His duty is laid down in Paper F, Class D.
It is to follow out the instruction given in the Vision of the Eighth Aethyr for the attainment of the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel.
[NOTE. This is in truth the sole task; the others are useful only as adjuvants to and preparations for the One Work.