Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn in the Outer
Ritual for 3 = 8 – Grade of Practicus
The Temple is arranged for the 31st Path and all Fratres assemble properly robed.
HIEROPHANT, *: Fratres of the Golden Dawn in the Outer, assist me to open this Temple in the Grade of Practicus.
HIEROPHANT: Honoured Hegemon, see that this Temple is properly guarded.
This is done. Hegemon retakes his place.
HEGEMON: Very Honoured Hierophant, this Temple is properly guarded.
HIEROPHANT: Honoured Hiereus, see that none below the Grade of Practicus is present.
HIEREUS: Fratres, give the Sign of Practicus.
HIEREUS, saluting: Very honoured Hierophant, all present have attained the Grade of Practicus.
HIEROPHANT: Honoured Hegemon, to what particular Element is this Grade attributed?
HEGEMON: To the Element of Water.
HIEROPHANT: Honoured Hiereus, to what Planet does this Grade especially refer?
HIEREUS: To the Planet Mercury.
HIEROPHANT: Honoured Hegemon, what Paths are attached to this Grade.
HEGEMON: The Thirty-first and Thirtieth Paths of SHIN and RESH.
HIEROPHANT: Honoured Hiereus, to what does the Thirty-first Path refer?
HIEREUS: To the reflection of the Sphere of Fire.
HIEROPHANT: Honoured Hegemon, to what does the Thirtieth Path allude?
HEGEMON: To the reflection of the Sphere of the Sun.
Hierophant knocks *, all rise and face East.
HIEROPHANT: Let us adore the Lord and King of Water. Pause. ELOHIM
TZABAOTH, ELOHIM of Hosts, glory be to the RUACH ELOHIM who moved over the face of the Waters of Creation. Amen.
All salute. Hierophant knocks *, all face West, Hierophant leaves his place to stand before the Tablet of the West, with his Sceptre makes the Invoking Pentagram before it.
HIEROPHANT: And the ELOHIM said: "Let us make Adam in our image, after our likeness, and let him have dominion over the fish of the sea". In the Name of EL, the Strong and Powerful, and in the Name of ELOHIM TZABOATH, Spirits of Water adore your Creator.
Takes the Cup from before the Tablet of the West and makes the Sign of the Eagle before it.
HIEROPHANT: In the Name of GABRIEL, the great Archangel of Water, and in the Sign of the Eagle, Spirits of Water adore your Creator.
Makes a Sign of a Cross with the Cup.
HIEROPHANT: In the Names and Letters of the great Western Quadrangle revealed to Enoch by the Angel AVE, Spirits of Water adore your Creator.
Holds the Cup aloft.
HIEROPHANT: In the three secret Names of God, EMPEH ARSOL and GAIOL, borne on the Banner of the West, Spirits of Water adore your Creator. In the Name of RA AGIOSEL, great King of the West, Spirits of Water adore your Creator.
Replaces Cup, returns to his place and all stand as normal.
HIEROPHANT: In the Name of ELOHIM TZABAOTH, I declare our Temple open in the Grade of 3 = 8 Practicus.
Hierophant knocks * *** * ***, and this is copied by the Hiereus and then by the Hegemon in turn.
The Ritual of the Thirty-First Path
HIEROPHANT: Fratres, our Frater …, having made such further progress in the Paths of Occult Science as bas enabled him to pass the examination in the requisite knowledge, is now eligible for advancement to the Grade of 3 = 8 Practicus and I have duly received a Dispensation to advance him in due form. Honoured Hegemon, leave our Temple to superintend the preparation of the Theoricus and give the customary Alarm.
Hegemon rises, salutes, leaves the Temple and prepares the Candidate. The Theoricus must wear his sash, be hoodwinked and carry in his left hand the Pyramid of Fire in his right hand. Hegemon takes the Candidate by his left hand and then knocks * *** * ***.
HEGEMON: Bis Throne was like a fiery flame and the wheels thereof as a burning fire.
Hiereus leaves his place to open the door of the Temple, admits Hegemon and the Theoricus, returns to his place while they proceed around the Temple to stand in the North-West facing the seat of Hiereus. Hegemon takes the Pyramid of Fire from the Theoricus.
HIEREUS: Frater …, give to me the Sign, the Grip or Token, the Grand Word, the Mystic Number and the Pass Word of the Grade 2 = 9 Theoricus.
Done (Grand Word: Shaddai el Chai, Mystic Number: 45, Pass Word: Mem He).
HIEREUS: Give to me also the Mystic Title and the Symbol which you received in that Grade.
Done (Mystic Title: Porais de Rejectis, Symbol: Ru Ach).
HIEREUS: Frater …, do you pledge yourself solemnly to maintain the same strict secrecy regarding the Mysteries of the Thirty-first and Thirtieth Paths and of the Grade of 3 = 8 Practicus which you have sworn to maintain respecting those of the preceding Grades?
THEORICUS: I do.
HIEREUS: Then you will stretch your hands out in the position of the Saluting Sign of a Neophyte and say after me: "I swear by the Abyss of the Waters."
Done. The Hoodwink is removed Hegemon places the Cup in his right hand
HIEREUS: With your hand sprinkle a few drops of Water from this Cup towards the Tablet of Water in the West pointing and say after me: "Let the Powers of Water witness this my pledge."
Done. Hegemon takes the Cup and replaces it.
HIEREUS: Honoured Hegemon, conduct the Theoricus to the East and place him before the Mystic Pillars.
HIEROPHANT, pointing: Frater …, before you are the Portals of the Thirty-first, the Thirty-second and the Twenty-ninth Paths. That on the left, the Thirty-first, is now open to you leading from the Grade of Theoricus to that of Practicus. Take the Pyramid of Fire in your right hand.
Hegemon gives the Pyramid to the Theoricus.
HIEROPHANT: Follow your Guide, Axiokersa the Kabir, who will lead you through the Path of Fire.
Hegemon leads the Theoricus between the Pillars, turns right and then circumambulates the Temple once. As they approach the Hierophant, he rises, takes the red Lamp in one hand and rises. They halt before him.
HIEROPHANT: Axieros, the First Kabir, spoke to Kasmillos, the Candidate, and said: "I am the Apex of the Triangle of Flame. I am Solar Fire pouring out my beams on to the Lower World. I am Life-giving. I am Light-producing." By what symbol do you seek to pass?
THEORICUS, prompted by Hegemon: By the Symbol of the Pyramid of Fire.
HIEROPHANT: Then hear the voice of Axieros, the First Kabir. "The Mind of the Father whirls in re-echoing roar, comprehending omniform Ideas by invincible Will. These fly out from that one Fountain, for the Father is Will and End and they are connected with Him according to the varying and alternating forms or modes of Life. But they are divided apart from each other being distributed by intellectual Fire to other Intelligences. For the King of All bas previously placed before this polymorphous World an intellectual Type that is incorruptible. The imprint of the form of this Type is sent out throughout the World and by it the whole Universe itself shines being decked out with all sorts of Ideas. The foundation of these is He Who is One and Alone. From the One the others rush forward, being distributed and separated throughout the various bodies of the Universe and being borne in their swarms throughout its vast Abysses, whirling out eternally in illimitable tradition. They are intellectual Conceptions from the Paternal Fountain and they partake abundantly in the brilliance of that Fire which lies in the culmination of unresting Time. It is the primary self-perfecting Fountain of the Father which pours out these primogenial Ideas. Being many, they ascend brilliantly into the shining Worlds and the three Supernals are contained in them because they are the Operator, because they are the Giver of life-bearing Fire, because they fill the life-producing Bosom of Hecate and embue with a mighty Power the Synoches by instilling them with the enlivening strength of Fire. The Creator of All forms this World, and a certain mass of Fire and He produces all of these self-operating Ideas so that the Cosmic Body might be conformed completely, so that it might be manifest and not appear to be membraneous. He fixes the vast multitude of inwandering Stars, not by an effort that is laborious and injurious but in order to hold them with a stability that is void of movement, so forcing Fire forward into Fire."
Hegemon leads the Theoricus to stand before Hiereus who, as they approach, takes the red Lamp in his right hand and rises.
HIEREUS: Axiokersos, the Second Kabir, spoke to Kasmillos, the Candidate, and said: "I am the left basal Angle of the Triangle of Flame. I am Fire volcanic and terrestrial, flaming and flashing through the Abyss of Earth. I am Fire rending and Fire penetrating, tearing apart the veil of Matter. I am Fire constrained, Fire tormenting, raging and whirling in lurid storm." By what Sign do you seek to pass?
THEORICUS, prompted by Hegemon: By the Symbol of the Pyramid of Flame.
HIEREUS: Then hear the voice of Axiokersos, the Second Kabir, who said: "For it is not in Matter nor in mere action that the Fire which is beyond first encloses His power but in Mind. The Former of the fiery World is the Mind of Mind, He Who springs first from Mind, clothing one Fire with another Fire and binding them together so that He might mingle the fountainous craters while preserving the brilliance of His own Fire unsullied. And from these emerges a fiery whirlwind which draws down the brilliance of that primordial Flame to penetrate the Abysses of the Universe and from which extends its wondrous rays so animating Light, Fire, the Ether and the whole Universe abundantly. From Him leap out all the relentless thunders as well as the whirlwind-wrapped and stormed-enrolled Bosom of Hecate, the Father Un-begotten, He who encircles the brilliance of Fire, the strong Spirit of the Poles, who is all Fiery beyond."
Hiereus leaves his place, Hegemon leaves to take up his own place, Hiereus leads the Theoricus round to stand before Hegemon 's seat.
Hegemon takes up the red Lamp in his right hand.
HEGEMON: Axiokersa, the Third Kabir, spoke to Kasmillos, the Candidate, and said: "I am the right basal Angle of the Triangle of Flame. I am Fire Astral and Fluid, winding and coruscating throughout the firmament. I am the Life of Beings, the vital Heat of Existence." By which Sign do you seek to pass?
THEORICUS, promted by Hiereus: By the Symbol of the Pyramid of Flame.
HEGEMON: Then hear the voice of Axiokersa, the Third Kabir, who said: "The Father bas withdrawn Himself hastily but He has not shut up His own Fire in His intellectual Power. All things are sprung from that one Fire because the Father of All perfects all things and delivers them over to the Second Mind (which all men call the First) Mind of the Father which rides on those subtle rails which glitter with the tracings of His inflexible and relentless Fire. The Soul is a brilliant Fire, one which remains immortal by the Power of the Father, one which is Mistress of Life, one which fills up the many recesses of the Bosom of the World, the channels by which She performs the work of the incorruptible Fire being intermixed therein."
Hegemon leaves his place, takes the Pyramid of Flame from the Theoricus, places it on the desk before the Tablet of the West, sits the Theoricus on a chair which is between him and Hiereus so that the Theoricus now sits facing the Hierophant in the East.
HIEROPHANT: Frater …, do not stoop down into this darkly splendid World in which lies continually a faithless Depth, Hades, wrapped in clouds and delighting in unintelligible images - a precipitous, winding, ever-black and rolling Abyss that eternally espouses a body which is non-luminous, formless and void. Nature persuades us that even the evil germs of Matter may become useful and good. But these are mysteries which are evoked in the profound Abyss of the Mind. A Fire which extends through the rushings of the Air does exist, even a formless Fire from which comes the image of a Voice crying aloud or a Dashing Light abounding, revolving and whirling out. Also there is the vision of that Fire which is the Dashing Courser of Light and the vision of a Child who is borne aloft on the shoulders of the celestial steed and who is fiery or clothed in gold, or naked and who shoots shafts of Light from a bow. If your meditation is prolonged, you will be able to unite all of these symbols in the form of the Lion. Then, when the Vault of the Heavens and the mass of this World are no longer visible to you, when the Stars have lost their light and the Lamp of the Moon is veiled from you, when the Earth no longer lives and around you is the eternal enlightening Flame, do not call before you the visible image of the Soul of Nature because you must not see it before your body is purged by the sacred rites. Since dragging down the Soul and leading it from sacred things to the confines of Matter, terrible Demons arise who never show their true images to mortal gaze. Therefore, the first Priest who governs the works of Fire must
sprinkle drops of lustral Water taken from the loud-resounding Sea. Walk around the Strophalos of Hecate when you will see a terrestrial Demon approaching and crying loudly. Sacrifice the Stone called MNIZOURIN. Do not change the Names of Evocation because they are divine Names which have an ineffable power in the sacred rites. When all of the Phantoms are banished, you will see that holy and formless Fire which darts and flashes through the bidden depths of the Universe and you will hear the Voice of Fire.
Hegemon leaves his seat, conducts the Theoricus to stand before the Hierophant's throne. The Hierophant comes forward and Hegemon hands to him the Pyramid of Fire so that he can address the Theoricus.
HIEROPHANT: The solid triangular Pyramid is an appropriate hieroglyph of Fire. It is formed of four triangles, three of them visible and one which is concealed but which uses a synthesis of the others. The three visible triangles represent Solar, Volcanic and Astral Fire while the fourth represents the Latent Heat. The three words AUD, AUB and AUR refer to the three conditions of Heat: AUD, active; AUB, passive; AUR, equilibrated; ASCH is the Name of Fire. The Thirty-first Path of the SEPHER YETZIRAH, which answers to the letter SHIN, is called 'Perpetual Intelligence' because it regulates the motions of the Sun and the Moon in their proper order, each in a convenient orbit. It is the reflection of the Sphere of Fire and that Path which connects the material Universe, as depicted in MALKUTH, with the Pillar of Severity on the side of GEBURAH through the SEPHIRA called HOD.
The Hierophant and Hegemon conduct the Theoricus to stand at the West of the Altar.
HIEROPHANT: On the Altar before you is the Twentieth Key of the Tarot which presents these ideas symbolically. To the uninitiated this represents apparently the Last Judgement in which an Angel blows a trumpet and the Dead are rising from their tombs. But its true meaning is far more occult and recondite than this because it is a glyph of the Powers of Fire. The figure of the Angel, which is encircled by a rainbow from which leap coruscations of Fire and which is crowned with the figure of the Sun, represents MICHAEL, the great Archangel and Ruler of Solar Fire. The Serpents, which leap in the rainbow, are symbols of the fiery SERAPHIM. The trumpet represents the influence of the Spirit descending from BINAH, while the Banner with the Cross refers to the four Rivers of Paradise and the letters of the Holy Name. The Angel is also Axieros, the first of the Samothracian Kabiri, as well as Zeus and Osiris. The left-hand figure below, rising from the Earth, is SAMAEL, the Ruler of Volcanic Fire. He is also Axiokersos, the second Kabir, as well as Pluto and Typhon. The right-hand figure below is ANAEL, the Ruler of Astral Light. She is also Axiokersa, the third Kabir, as well as Ceres, Proserpina, Isis and Nephthys. She is, therefore, represented in a duplicate form and rising from water. Around these figures are darting flashes of lightning. These three principal figures form the Fire Triangle and further represent Fire operating in the three other Elements: Air, Earth and Water. The central lower figure with bis back turned and his arms extended in the Sign of Theoricus is AREL, the Ruler of Latent Heat. He is rising from the Earth as if to receive and absorb the properties of the other three. He is also Kamillos, the Candidate in the Samothracian Mysteries, as well as Horus of Egypt. He rises from the rock-hewn cubical tomb. He also alludes to the Candidate who traverses the Path of Fire. These three lower figures also represent the Hebrew letter SHIN to which Fire is referred especially. The seven letters of YOD allude to the SEPHIROTH operating in each of the planets and to the SCHEMHAPHORASCH.
The Hierophant returns to his throne. Hegemon leads the Theoricus to stand before the Tablet of the West. Hiereus leaves his place to stand beside them in order to explain the Sephirotic Tablets.
HIEREUS: This first Tablet before you represents the ten SEPHIROTH combined in seven palaces. The first palace contains KETHER, CHOKMAH and BINAH. The second contains CHESED, the third GEBURAH, the fourth TIPHARETH, the fifth NETZACH, the sixth BOD, the seventh YESOD and MALKUTH. This second Tablet represents the attribution of the ten SEPHIROTH to the four letters of the Holy Name. KETHER is not included herein but is symbolized by the uppermost point of YOD. This is MACROPROSOPUS or ARIKH ANPIN, the vast Countenance. CHOKMAH is attributed to YOD, or the Father ABBA; BINAH is attributed to HEB or AIMA, the Mother; VAU embraces the next six SEPHIROTH, which together form MICROPROSOPUS or ZAUIR ANPIN, the lesser Countenance. MALKUTH is referred to the final HEB, or the Bride of the Apocalypse.
Hiereus retakes his place. Hegemon conducts the Theoricus to stand before the Tablet of the South.
HEGEMON: These are the seven Heavens of ASSIAH. The first is GHEREBOTH, referred to by CHESED, wherein are the Treasures of Blessings. The second is MEKON, referred to by GEBURAH, wherein are the Treasures of the Spirit of Life. The third is MAGHON, referred to by TIPHARETH, wherein are Angels. The fourth is ZEBEL, referred to by NETZACH, wherein is the supernal Altar on which MICHAEL, the great High Priest, sacrifices the Souls of the Just. The fifth is SHACHAQIM, referred to by BOD, wherein is the Manna. The sixth is RAQUIE, which is referred to by YOD, and wherein are the Sun, the Moon, the Stars, the Planets and all of the Spheres. The seventh is VELUN, which is referred to by MALKUTH. Following this is SBAMA YIM containing eighteen thousand Worlds, GEHENNAH and the Garden of Eden. The ninth is eighteen thousand more Worlds wherein live SHEKINAH and METATRON. The tenth is THEBEL wherein stands the Earth between Eden and GEHENNAH.
Hegemon leads the Theoricus to stand before the Tablet in the North.
HEGEMON: Before you is the Tablet showing the ten averse and evil SEPHIROTH of the QLIPPOTH or Shells collected into seven palaces wherein is the Apocalyptic Mystery of the Seven Heads and Ten Horns. The QLIPPOTH of KETHER are called THAUMIEL, or the two contending Forces. The Shells of CHOKMAH are called GHOGIEL, or Hinderers. Those of BINAH are called SATARIEL, or Concealers. Those of CHESED are called the GAGH SHEKELAH, or Breakers in pieces. To GEBURAH belong the GOLAHAB, or Burners. To
TIPHARETH, belong the TAGARIRON, or Disputers. To NETZACH belong the GHARAB ZEREQ, or the Ravens of Death which disperse all things. To HOD belong the SAMAEL, or the Deceivers. To YESOD belong the GAMALIEL, or the Obscene. And MALKUTH is LILITH, the Evil Woman. But these have many other appellations.
Hegemon turns the Theoricus to face the Hierophant.
HIEROPHANT: Frater …, I have much pleasure in conferring on you now the title of Lord of the Thirty-first Path. You will leave our Temple for a short time and on your return the Ceremony of your passage via the Thirtieth Path will take place.
Hegemon conducts the Theoricus out of the Temple closing the door after him. The Temple is prepared for the Ceremony of Advancement to the Thirtieth Path.
The Ritual of the Thirtieth Path
HIEROPHANT: Honoured Hegemon, present the Theoricus with the necessary Admission Badge.
Hegemon leaves the Temple to collect the Theoricus who carries the Greek Cross with thirteen squares in his right hand. He brings him in and closes the door.
HEGEMON: Behold, he hath placed His Tabernacle in the Sun.
Hegemon leads the Theoricus to stand in the North-East before the Pillars.
HIEROPHANT: Frater …, before you in the East are the Portals of the Thirtieth, the Twenty-fifth and the Twenty-sixth Paths, leading from the Grade of Theoricus to those Grades which are beyond. Of these, the only one which is open to you is the Thirtieth which leads to the Grade of Practicus. Carry the Solar Greek Cross in your right hand and follow your Guide through this Path of the Sun. All things, through the Will of the Father, are subservient to the intellectual whirlings of the Intellectual Fire.
Hegemon leads the Theoricus between the Pillars, turns right and stands before the Throne of the Hierophant, who rises taking the red Lamp in his right hand.
HIEROPHANT: Axieros, the First Kabir, spoke to Kasmillos, the Candidate, and said: "I am the Sun in the greatest elevation bringing on the Earth the ripening heat, fructifying all things and urging the growth of vegetable Nature forward. I am Life-giving, Light-producing, crowning Summer with the golden harvest and filling the lap of plenteous Autumn with the purple vintage of the vine."
Hierophant sits. Hegemon leads the Theoricus to stand before Hiereus who rises with a red Lamp in his right hand.
HIEREUS: Axiokersos, the Second Kabir, spoke to Kasmillos, the Candidate, and said: "I am the Sun in the greatest depression beneath the Equator, when cold is the greatest and heat is the least, who withdraws bis Light in darkening Winter, the Dweller in mists and storms."
Hiereus sits. Hegeon leads the Theoricus to stand by his own seat. He takes up the red Lamp in his right hand.
HEGEMON: Axiokersa, the Third Kabir, spoke to Kasmillos, the Candidate, and said: "I am the Sun at the Equinox, initiating Summer and heralding Winter. Mild and genial in operation, I give or withdraw the vital heat of Life."
Hegemon places the Theoricus in a seat situated between his place and that of Hiereus, facing the Hierophant, takes the Greek Cross from him, then sits on his rightful place.
HIEROPHANT: Frater …, the Father of All congregated the seven Firmaments of the Cosmos circumscribing the Heavens in convex form. He substituted a septenary of Wandering Existences and suspended their disorder in well-disposed zones. He made them six in number and for the seventh He cast the Fire of the Sun, from which all lines are equal, into the centre. The swift Sun comes around that centre, urging itself towards the centre of resounding Light. His locks flow out as rays of Light which stretch to the very edges of space. The Solar circles, the Lunar clashings and the Aeriel recesses; the melody of the Aether and of the Sun; and the passages of the Moon and of the Sun are in the supramundane Orders for therein a Solar World and endless Light subsist. The Sun measures all things exactly because He is the Time of Time. His disc is in the starless Above, the Inerractic Sphere, and He is the centre of the Triple World. The Sun is Fire and the Dispenser of Fire. He is also the Channel of that Higher Fire. The Aether, the Sun and the Moon are the Leaders of Air. The great Goddess brings forth the vast Sun, the brilliant Moon, the wide Air, the Lunar course and the Solar Pole. She collects them receiving the melody of the Aether, of the Sun, of the Moon and of whatever is contained in the Air. Unwearied, Nature rules over the Worlds and Works so that the periods of all things may be accomplished. Above the shoulders of the great Goddess is Nature in all of Her exalted vastness.
Hegemon rises. conducts the Theoricus to stand before the Throne and hands the Greek Cross to the Hierophant who stands.
HIEROPHANT: This Solar Greek Cross is formed of thirteen squares which refer to the Sun's motion through the Zodiac. These Signs (indicating) being arranged on the arms of the Cross according to the order of the Four Elements with the Sun in the centre, represent that Luminary as the centre of the Whole. The Thirtieth Path of the SEPHER YETZIRAH, which answers to the letter RESH, is called the 'Collecting Intelligence' because from it astrologers deduce their judgement of the stars, the celestial Signs and the perfection of their science according to the rules of the revolutions through the Heavens. It is, therefore, the reflection of the Sphere of the Sun and the Path which connects YESOD with HOD, Foundation with Splendour.
The Hierophant and Hegemon both conduct the Theoricus to stand between them at the West of the Altar.
HIEROPHANT, pointing: On the Altar before you is the Nineteenth Key of the Tarot which represents these ideas symbolically. The Sun bas twelve principal rays which represent the twelve Signs of the Zodiac. They are waved and salient alternately thus symbolizing the alternation of the masculine and feminine natures. These are again subdivided into thirty-six rays which represent the thirty-six decanates or sets of ten degrees in the Zodiac and these in turn are divided into seventy-two thus typifying the seventy-two quinaries or sets of five degrees as well as the seventy-two fold Name SHEMHAMEPHORASCH. Thus the Sun itself embraces the whole of Creation in its rays. The seven letters of YOD on each side, falling through the air, refer to the Solar influence descending. The wall is the circle of the Zodiac and the stones are its various degrees and divisions. The two children, who are standing respectively on Water and on Earth, represent the generating influence of both brought into action by the rays of the Sun. They are the two inferior, or passive, Elements as the Sun and Air above them are the superior and active Elements. Furthermore, these children represent the Sign of Gemini which unites the earthly Sign of Taurus with the watery Sign of Cancer. This Sign was used by the Greek and Romans to refer to Apollo, or the Sun.
The Hierophant returns to his Throne while Hegemon leads the Theoricus to stand before Hiereus in the West.
HIEREUS, rises to explain the First Tablet: The astrological symbols of the planets are derived from the three primary forms of the circle, the crescent and the cross, either singly or in combination. The circle denotes the Sun and Gold; the crescent denotes the Moon and Silver. Respectively, they are analogous to the Red and the White alchemical natures. The cross is the symbol of corrosion and the corrosion of metals is usually the colour which complements that to which they approximate in nature. Thus, Copper, which is reddish, becomes green in verdegris. Mercury is the only metal which unites these primary forms in one symbol. Saturn is composed of the cross and the crescent, thus showing that Lead is corrosive externally and lunar internally. Jupiter is the reverse. Mars is solar internally while Venus is the reverse, for Copper bas externally the nature of Gold but internally is corrosive. Hence, the name of the Sphere of Venus, NOGAH, denotes 'External Splendour'. (Indicating
the Second Tablet) This Tablet shows the genuine attribution of the Tarot Trumps to the Hebrew alphabet which bas long been a secret among Initiates and which should be concealed carefully from the outer World.
Hiereus sits. Hegemon leads the Theoricus to stand before the Tablet in the South.
HEGEMON: This is the Tablet of the Olympic or Aeriel planetary Spirits with their Seals: ARATHOR of Saturn; BETHOR of Jupiter; PHALEGH of Mars; OCH of the Sun; HAGITH of Venus; OPHIEL of Mercury and PHUL of the Moon.
Hegemon leads the Theoricus to stand before the Tablet in the North.
HEGEMON: This Tablet shows the geometric figures with their ruling Intelligences and also the talismanic symbols alloted to each geometric figure. These are derived from them by drawing lines to the points which compose them so as to form mathematical figures.
Hegemon turns the Theoricus to face the Hierophant.
HIEROPHANT: Frater …, I have pleasure to confer on you the title of Lord of the Thirtieth Path. You will leave our Temple for a short time and, on your return, the Ceremony of your Reception into the Grade of 3 = 8 Practicus will take place.
Hegemon conducts the Theoricus out of the Temple which is then arranged for the Ceremony of the Grade of 3 = 8 Practicus.
Ritual of the Reception into the Grade of 3 = 8 Practicus
HIEROPHANT: Honoured Hegemon, instruct the Theoricus outside in the proper method of giving the Alarm, see that he carries the necessary Admission Badge and admit him.
HIEROPHANT: Place the Theoricus before the Portal of the Thirty-first Path by which he bas symbolically entered this Grade from that of Zelator.
HIEROPHANT: Now place the Theoricus before the Portal of the Thirtieth Path by which he has symbolically entered this Grade from that of Theoricus.
Done. Then Hegemon leads the Theoricus to stand before Hiereus.
HIEREUS: By what Symbol do you enter here?
THEORICUS, prompted by Hegemon: By the peculiar Symbol of the Stolistes, the Cup of Water.
Hegemon takes the Admission Badge from the Theoricus and hands it to Hiereus.
HIEREUS, pointing to the Admission Badge: The Cup of the Stolistes partakes in part in the symbolism of the Laver of Moses and of the Sea of Solomon. On the Tree of Life it embraces nine of the SEPHIROTH, apart from KETHER. YESOD and MALKUTH form the triangle below, the former being the apex and the latter being the base. Like the Caduceus of Hermes, it also represents the three Elements of Water, Air and Fire. The crescent represents the Water which is above the Firmament; the circle represents the Firmament and the Triangle represents the consuming Fire below which is opposed to the Celestial Fire symbolised by the upper part of the Caduceus.
Hiereus places the Admission Badge aside. Hegemon leads the Theoricus to stand before the Throne of the Hierophant then returns to stand facing the Altar. Hiereus stands facing the Altar. The Hierophant stands and brings the Theoricus to face inwards towards the Altar.
HIEROPHANT, pointing: Before you the Garden of Eden is symbolised. At the summit are the supernal SEPHIROTH, summed up and contained in AIMA ELOHIM - the Supernal Mother, the Woman of the twelfth chapter of the Apocalypse - clothed with the Sun and Moon under Her feet and the crown of twelve stars- KETHER-on Her head. Whereas the Name TETRAGRAMMATON is joined to the Name ELOHIM, as when it is written that "TETRAGRAMMATON ELOHIM planted a Garden eastward in Eden", so this represents the Power of the Father joined with the Glory from the Face of the Ancient of Days. In the Garden is the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. The latter is from MALKUTH, the lowest SEPHIRA, lying between the rest of the SEPHIROTH and the Kingdom of Shells. The latter is represented by the great Red Dragon called beneath. It has seven heads, which represent the seven infernal palaces, and the ten horns represent the ten averse SEPHIROTH contained in those seven palaces. The river NAHAR flows out of Eden, the supernal Triad, to water the Garden, the rest of the SEPHIROTH. From there it is divided into four streams in DAATH from which it is written: "In DAATH the depths are broken up and the clouds drop down dew." The first stream is called PISON, which flows into GEBURAH where there is gold. It is the River of Fire. The second stream is called GIHON, the River of Waters, which flows into CHESED. The third stream is called HIDDEKEL, the River of Air, which flows into TIPHARETH. The fourth stream, which receives the virtues of the other three, is called the River EUPHRATES. This flows down into MALKUTH, the Earth. The River, which is called NAHAR, is the River of the Apocalypse, the Waters of Life, clear as crystal and proceeding out of the Throne of the Lamb of God on either side of which is the Tree of Life which bears twelve kinds of fruit. Thus the Rivers of Eden form a Cross and on that Cross the great ADAM, the Son who was to rule over all nations with a rod of iron, is extended from TIPHERETH and Bis arms stretch out to GEDULAH and GEBURAH. In MALUTH is Eve, the Completion of All, the Mother of All. Above the universe, as was told in the Thirtieth Path, She supports the eternal Pillars of the SEPHIROTH with Her hands. Above the shoulders of that great Goddess is Nature exalted in Her vastness.
The Grade of Practicus refers to the SEPHIRA called BOD and to the Thirtieth and Thirty-first Paths which are bound in the letters RESH and SHIN respectively. The Sign of this Grade is given thus (demonstrates): stand with your heels together; raise your arms until your elbows are level with your shoulders; bring your hands across your chest, so touching your thumbs and the tips of your fingers; thus forming a triangle with its apex downwards. This Sign represents the Element of Water, the Waters of Creation, to which this Grade is attributed. The Grip or Token is that which was explained to you in the previous Grades. The Grand Word is ELOHIM TZABOATH, which means 'the ELOHIM of Hosts or Armies'. The Mystic Number is 36. The Pass Word is formed from it; it is ELOAH, one of the divine Names. It should be lettered separately when given or exchanged. This Path refers to the Eighth Path of the SEPHER YETZIRAH. It is called the Absolute or Perfect Path because it is the means of the Primordial which has no root to which it may be established other than the Penetralia of GEBURAH, 'Magnificence', which emanate from the subsisting properties thereof.
The distinguishing Badge of this Grade, which you are now entitled to wear, (takes of the Sash of the Theoricus and presented him with that of a Practicus) is the Sash of a Practicus with the addition of a purple or violet cross above the white cross together with a number 3 within a circle and a number 8 within a square added to the left and to the right of its summit respectively. Below are the numbers 30 and 31 in purple or violet between narrow parallel lines of the same colour.
The Hierophant takes the Practicus to stand before the Tablet of the West.
This Grade refers especially to the Element of Water. Therefore, the great Watch Tower, or Terrestrial Tablet of the West, forms one of its principal emblems. (points) This is known as the second or great Western Quadrangle, or the Tablet of Water. It is one of the four great Tablets delivered to Enoch by the great Angel AVE. From it are drawn the three holy and secret Names of God - EMPEH, ARSEL and GAIOL, which are on the Banner of the West- as well as numberless divine and angelic Names which appertain to the Element of Water.
The Hierophant takes the Practicus to stand by the Altar.
The Cross above the Triangle (points) represents the power of the Spirit of Life rising above the Triangle of the Waters and reflecting the Triune therein. This is also marked by the three Lamps placed at the angles of the Triangle. The Cup of Water, which is placed at the junction of the Cross and the Triangle, represents the maternal letter MEM. The Portals in the East (points) and in the South-east (points) are the Paths which lead on to higher things while that in the South (points) leads to the Grade of 4 = 7 Philosophus.
The Hierophant takes the Practicus to stand before the Tablet in the East.
This Grade is also related to the planet Mercury. Its KAMEA, or Mystical Square (points) is formed of 64 squares, numbered from 1 to 64, and arranged so as to show the same total each way. Its ruling numbers are 8, 84, 260 and 2080. This Tablet shows the Mystical Seal and the Names which can be drawn from the KAMEA of Mercury. The Seal are formed by drawing lines to certain numbers of the Tablet. The Name answering to the Number 8 is ASBOGA; those Names answering to the Number 64 are DIN, JUDGEMENT and DONI; that Name answering to the Number 260 is TIRIEL, the Intelligence of Mercury; lastly, that Name answering to the Number 2080 is TAPHTHARTHARATH, the Name of the Spirit of Mercury.
The meaning of the symbol of Mercury, when it is inscribed on the Tree of Life, is shown on this Tablet. It embraces all except KETHER and the horns spring from DAATH, which is not a SEPHIRA but is rather the conjunction of CHOKMAH and BINAH.
The Hierophant resumes his Throne. Hegemon leads the Practicus to Hiereus in the North who takes him round to stand before the Tablet in the West. Hegemon follows but resumes his seat in the South.
HIEREUS: This Tablet before you (points) shows the seven planes of the Tree of Life which correspond to the seven planets. Thus, Saturn corresponds to KETHER; Jupiter to CHOKMAH and BINAH; Mars to CHESED and GEBURAH; the Sun to TIPHARETH; Venus to NETZACH and BOD; Mercury to YESOD; and the Moon to MALKUTH. This other Tablet (points) shows the four Planes which correspond to the four Elements, the four Worlds and the four letters of the Holy Name.
Hiereus leads the Practicus round to stand before the Tablet in the South. Hegemon leaves his seat to stand beside him to explain the Tablet. Hiereus leaves them to retake his seat in the North.
HEGEMON: This Tablet (points) shows the meaning of the alchemical Mercury when inscribed on the Tree of Life that is in the first form of the Alchemical SEPHIROTH. Once again, it embraces all except KETHER. The Radix Metallorum, the triple foliation at the base of the Cross, refers to Fire symbolized by the addition of the Sign of Aries. It also alludes to the three principles: Sulphur, Mercury and Salt.
Hegemon leads the Practicus to stand before the Tablet in the North. Hiereus leaves his seat to stand beside him to explain the Tablet. Hegemon leaves them to retake his seat in the South.
HIEREUS, points: This Tablet represents the symbols of the planets given in a Mercurial figure. In gradual descent, we obtain the Moon, the Sun and Venus. Below these are Saturn on the right and Jupiter on the left.
Hiereus conducts the Practicus to his seat in the West. He retakes his own seat.
HIEROPHANT: I congratulate you on your having passed through the ceremony of your admission into the Grade of Practicus. In recognition of this I confer on you now the Mystic Title MONOKEROS DE ASTRIS, which means 'the Unicorn of the Stars'. I give you the symbol MAYIM, which is the Hebrew name for 'water'.
The Hierophant knocks *.
HIEROPHANT: In the Name of ELOHIM TZABOATH, I declare that Frater … has today been advanced to the Grade of 3 = 8 Practicus and is now a Lord of the Thirty-first and Thirtieth Paths. Frater …, before you can be considered for further advancement you must become thoroughly acquainted with and prefect in certain subjects and you must have been engaged in the contemplation of all of the mysteries which have just been revealed to you in this Grade.
HIEROPHANT, * and stands: Fratres, please assist me to close our Temple in the Grade of 3 = 8 Practicus.
HIEROPHANT: Honoured Hegemon, see that our Temple is properly guarded.
Done. Hegemon retakes his place.
HEGEMON: Very Honoured Hierophant, our Temple is properly guarded.
HIEROPHANT: Fratres, let us adore the Lord and King of Water.
Hierophant knocks * and all face East.
HIEROPHANT: Let ELOHIM TZABOATH be praised throughout the countless ages of Time. Amen.
Hierophant leaves the East to stand before the Tablet of the West. All turn to face the West.
HIEROPHANT: Fratres, let us rehearse the Prayer of the Undines, or Water Spirits. Pause. King of the Seas, You Who hold the Keys of the Cataracts of Heaven and Who enclose the subterranean Waters in the cavernous hollows of the Earth; King of the Deluge and of the Rains of Spring; You Who open the sources of the rivers and of the fountains; You Who command moisture, the Blood of the Earth, to become the sap of plants: we adore You and we invoke You. Speak to us, Your mobile and changeful creatures, in the great tempests of the seas and we shall tremble before You. Speak to us in the murmur of the limpid waters and we shall desire Your love. O Vastness, in Whom all rivers of Being seek to lose themselves and in Whom they renew themselves continually; O Ocean of infinite perfections; O Height, which reflects itself in the Depth; O Depth, which exalts itself in the Height: lead us into the True Life through Intelligence, through Love; lead us into Immortality through Sacrifice; so that we may be found worthy to offer to You, one day, the Water, the Blood and the Tears for the remission of sins. Amen.
Hierophant makes the Banishing Pentagram with his Sceptre in front of the Tablet of the West. He returns to stand before his Throne and all stand as usual.
HIEROPHANT: Fratres, let us depart in peace to our homes. May the blessing of EL be on us. Let there always be peace between us. Let us be ready to come when we are called. In the Name of ELOHIM TZABOATH I declare this Temple closed in the Grade of 3 = 8 Practicus.
Hierophant knocks * *** * ***, and this is repeated by Hiereus and by Hegemon each in turn.