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A∴ A∴ ― When used in reference to a MetaPhysical Orientation as to Tradition, Culture or Preferred Flavour, is primarily defined, usually selfdefined by its members and/or adherents holding teachings of and concepts received through and/or codified by Aleister Crowley and established by him as the A∴ A∴ Curriculuum as primary or critical parameters of their Spiritual Paradigm. The A∴ A∴ is the one true and invisible Order which has operated under various names and guises throughout history to guide the spiritual evolution of humanity. The goals of the A∴ A∴ are those which have motivated spiritual exploration and religious inquiry throughout human history. Its methods are those of science; its aims are those of religion.

It is the Arcanum Arcanorum, and the Holy of Holies wherein the Sacred Ark rests inviolate. Every legitimate magical order, mystery school, religion, or other agency disseminating some portion of Wisdom or Light is or has been but an Outer Vehicle of this Inner Fellowship of Light. "All words are sacred and all prophets true; save only that they understand a little..." (Liber Legis, I:56).

This is the highest and purest meaning of A∴ A∴

More commonly, however, we use the name A∴ A∴ to mean not only this Invisible and Eternal Order, but a particular outer structure, or terrestrial incarnation of the Interior School, which came into being, beginning in 1906 C.E., at the hands of two Adepts named Aleister Crowley and George Cecil Jones. This Order survives today through various authentic lineages which can be traced back to these two Adepts. The A∴ A∴ takes on all comers, as Probationers, hence, doubtless it's need to enter periodic periods of Silence.

As the A∴ A∴ is not a mundane order, all lineages and all people who make the claim that they are A∴ A∴ ... are A∴ A∴. The A∴ A∴ is simply a manifestation of the 'Great White Brotherhood'. And that collective body of individuals has over the span of time, been at the heart of humanity's initiation. There is a pantheon of those Adepts who have proven themselves to belong to the august body from time immemorial. And it seems that it is left up to every generation to forge their own links with the current, with greater numbers of individuals aspiring to this with the onset of each successive generation.

It could be argued that perhaps some of these once incarnate beings number amongst the Secret Chiefs that sanctify and edify the Order. Most certainly, there are also inner-plane contacts consistently presenting new knowledge; corresponding with humanity's present stage of evolution. And it is left to those Adepts that can knock on their door, to messenger their reception to those of our race who can already hear such murmurs in the winds. These Prophets thus become the heralds of cerebral and praeter-human delegates ministering to the congress of the human race.

It is best perhaps to quote from AN ACCOUNT OF A∴ A∴ printed in the Equinox, Volume I, number 1, page 7 [which is evidently based on the Aleister Crowley recension of an original work by Councillor von Eckartshausen, translation by Madame de Steiger] so we shall do so here from the double bar below to the next double bar.


IT is necessary, my dear brothers, to give you a clear idea of the interior Order; of that illuminated community which is scattered throughout the world, but which is governed by one truth and united in one spirit.

This community possesses a School, in which all who thirst for knowledge are instructed by the Spirit of Wisdom itself; and all the mysteries of nature are preserved in this school for the children of light. Perfect knowledge of nature and of humanity is taught in this school. It is from her that all truths penetrate into the world; she is the school of all who search for wisdom, and it is in this community alone that truth and the explantation of all mystery are to be found. It is the most hidden of communities, yet it contains members from many circles; nor is there any Centre of Thought whose activity is not due to the presence of one of ourselves. From all time there has been an exterior school based on the interior one, of which it is but the outer expression. From all time, therefore, there has been a hidden assembly, a society of the Elect, of those who sought for and had capacity for light, and (7) this interior society was the Axle of the R.O.T.A. All that any external order possesses in symbol, ceremony, or rite is the letter expressive outwardly of that spirit of truth which dwelleth in the interior Sanctuary. Nor is the contradiction of the exterior any bar to the harmony of the interior.

Hence this Sanctuary, composed of members widely scattered indeed but united by the bonds of perfect love, has been occupied from the earliest ages in building the grand Temple (through the evolution of humanity) by which the reign of L.V.X. will be manifest. This society is in the communion of those who have most capacity for light; they are united in truth, and their Chief is the Light of the World himself, V.V.V.V.V., the One Anointed in Light, the single teacher for the human race, the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

The interior Order was formed immediately after the first perception of man's wider heritage had dawned upon the first of the adepts; it received from the Masters at first-hand the revelation of the means by which humanity could be raised to its rights and delivered from its misery. It received the primitive charge of all revelation and mystery; it received the key of true science, both divine and natural.

But as men multiplied, the frailty of man necessitated an exterior society which veiled the interior one, and concealed the spirit and the truth in the letter, because many people were not capable of comprehending great interior truth. Therefore, interior truths were wrapped in external and perceptible ceremonies, so that men, by the perception of the outer which is the symbol of the interior, might by degrees be enabled safely to approach the interior spiritual truths.

But the inner truth has always been confided to him who in his day had the most capacity for illumination, and he became the sole guardian of the original Trust, as High Priest of the Sanctuary.

When it became necessary that interior truths should be enfolded in exterior ceremony and symbol, on account of the real weakness of men who were not capable of hearing the Light of Light, then exterior worship began. It was, however, always the type or symbol of the interior, that is to say, the symbol of the true and Secret Sacrament.

The external worship would never have been separated from interior revel but for the weakness of man, which tends too easily to forget the spirit in the letter; but the Masters are vigilant to note in every nation those who are able to receive light, and such persons are employed as agents to spread the light according to man's capacity and to revivify the dead letter.

Through these instruments the interior truths of the Sanctuary were taken into every nation, and modified symbolically according to their customs, capacity for instruction, climate, and receptiveness. So that the external types of every religion, worship, ceremonies and Sacred Books in general have more or less clearly, as their object of instruction, the interior truths of the Sanctuary, by which man will be conducted to the universal knowledge of the one Absolute Truth.

The more the external worship of a people has remained united with the spirit of esoteric truth, the purer its religion; but the wider the difference between the symbolic letter and the invisible truth, the more imperfect has become the religion. Finally, it may be, the external form has entirely parted from its inner truth, so that ceremonial observances without soul or life have remained alone.

In the midst of all this, truth reposes inviolable in the inner Sanctuary.

Faithful to the spirit of truth, the members of the interior Order live in silence, but in real activity.

Yet, besides their secret holy work, they have from time to time decided upon political strategic action.

Thus, when the earth was night utterly corrupt by reason of the Great Sorcery, the Brethren sent Mohammed to bring freedom to mankind by the sword.

This being but partially a success, they raised up one Luther to teach freedom of thought. Yet this freedom soon turned into a heavier bondage than before.

Then the Brethren delivered unto man the knowledge of nature, and the keys thereof; yet this also was prevented by the Great Sorcery.

Now then finally in nameless ways, as one of our Brethren hath it now in mind to declare, have they raised up One to deliver unto men the keys of Spiritual Knowledge, and by His work shall He be judged.

This interior community of light is the reunion of all those capable of receiving light, and it is known as the Communion of Saints, the primitive receptacle for all strength and truth, confided to it from all time.

By it the agents of L.V.X. were formed in every age, passing from the interior to the exterior, and communicating spirit and life to the dead letter, as already said.

This illuminated community is the true school of L.V.X.; it has its Chair, its Doctors; it possesses a rule for students; it has forms and objects for study.

It has also its degrees for successive development to greater altitudes.

This school of wisdom has been for ever most secretly hidden from the world, because it is invisible and submissive solely to illuminated government.

It has never been exposed to the accidents of time and to the weakness of man, because only the most capable were chosen for it, and those who selected made no error.

Through this school were developed the germs of all the sublime sciences, which were first received by external schools, then clothed in other forms, and hence degenerated.

According to time and circumstances, the society of sages communicated unto the exterior societies their symbolic hieroglyphs, in order to attract man to the great truths of their Sanctuary.

But all exterior societies subsist only by virtue of this interior one. As soon as external societies wish to transform a temple of wisdom into a political edifice, the interior society retires and leaves only the letter without the spirit. It is thus that secret external societies of wisdom were nothing but hieroglyphic screens, the truth remaining inviolable in the Sanctuary so that she might never be profaned.

In this interior society man finds wisdom and with her All --- not the wisdom of this world, which is but scientific knowledge, which revolves round the outside but never touches the centre (in which is contained all strength), but true wisdom, understanding and knowledge, reflections of the supreme illumination.

All disputes, all controversies, all the things belonging to the false cares of this world, fruitless discussions, useless germs of opinions which spread the seeds of disunion, all error, schisms, and systems are banished. Neither calumny nor scandal is known. Every man is honoured. Love alone reigns.

We must not, however, imagine that this society resembles any secret society, meeting at certain times, choosing leaders and members, united by special objects. All societies, be what they may, can but come after this interior illuminated circle. This society knows none of the formalities which belong to the outer rings, the work of man. In this kingdom of power all outward forms cease.

L.V.X. is the Power always present. The greatest man of his times, the chief himself, does not always know all the members, but the moment when it is necessary that he should accomplish any object he finds them in the world with certainty ready to his hand.

This community has no outside barriers. He who may be chosen is as the first; he presents himself among the others without presumption, and he is received by the others without jealousy.

It if be necessary that real members should meet together, they find and recognize each other with perfect certainty.

No disguise can be used, neither hypocrisy nor dissimulation could hide the characteristic qualities which distinguish the members of this society. All illusion is gone, and things appear in their true form.

No one member can choose another; unanimous choice is required. Though not all men are called, many of called are chosen, and that as soon as they become fit for entrance.

Any man can look for the entrance, and any man who is within can teach another to seek for it; but only he who is fit can arrive within.

Unprepared men occasion disorder in a community, and disorder is not compatible with the Sanctuary. Thus it is impossible to profane the Sanctuary, since admission is not formal but real.

Worldly intelligence seeks this Sanctuary in vain; fruitless also will be the efforts of malice to penetrate these great mysteries; all is indecipherable to him who is not ripe; he can see nothing, read nothing in the interior.

He who is fit is joined to the chain, perhaps often where he though least likely, and at a point of which he knew nothing himself.

To become fit should be the sole effort of him who seeks wisdom.

But there are methods by which fitness is attained, for in this holy communion is the primitive storehouse of the most ancient and original science of the human race, with the primitive mysteries also of all science. It is the unique and really illuminated community which is absolutely in possession of the key to all mystery, which knows the centre and source of all nature. It is a society which unites superior strength to its own, and counts its members from more than one world. It is the society whose members form the republic of Genius, the Regent Mother of the whole World.

The A∴ A∴ was established by Aleister Crowley to represent the inner order of a system of which the outer order was his revised concept of the Golden Dawn, and the middle order was his recension of the Ordo Templi Orientis. The purpose of the order was to assist Individuals in their progessions toward their Individual Apotheosi, and to represent Entities who had already attained such from the Human species and others. Discussion of what the initials actually stand for is quite wide ranging, due to Crowley's penchant obstrufication whether in terms of obscure root words or double blinds, not to mention purloined letters. Argenteum Astrum, Silver Star, Anuttara Amnaya The most generally accepted name is Astrum Argentum which translates loosely as Silver Star, also Astara Argentum or Argentum Astara. [To explain in its own terms, the A∴ A∴ represents a temporal manifestation of the Great White Brotherhood, and not necessarily the only one. In many Traditions there is belief that there are three fundamental spiritual schools of humanity. In this system the A∴ A∴ is a representative of the White School called the Great White Brotherhood in a previous era, there is also the Black School, associated mainly with Buddhism and Gnosticism, and the Yellow School, associated mainly with Taoism. In addition to the White, Black, and Yellow Schools, there is a fourth group called the Black Lodge, not to be confused with the Black School, whose adherents consist of high ranking adepts who, through fear and selfishness, failed to transcend the limitations of the human personality and hence 'fall back into' or 'remain in' the abyss, where they morally disintegrate. The Black Brothers are at odds with all true spiritual schools, and seek to dominate the human race, subjecting them for their own purposes. They are closely associated with the exoteric systems based on priest craft and rules, which almost completely reject the pursuit of personal spiritual experience in favour of a rule-based ethic of obedience, conformity, and vicarious salvation. The Black Brothers interfere with human history in pursuit of their own agenda, precipitating wars, chaos, and social strife, promoting authoritarianism, materialism, rationalism, industrialism, urbanism, scientism, and collectivism, and repressing all authentic spirituality in the pursuit of global domination and the subjection of the human race. The White School is also involved in human history, much more so than either the Black or Yellow Schools, which avoid worldly involvements. Many of the greatest historical spiritual teachers, as well as many artistic and scientific geniuses, have actually been Secret Chiefs of the Great White Brotherhood, who have entered into incarnation in order to help guide humanity towards the realization of the ultimate goal, the attainment of universal enlightenment. Aleister Crowley himself claimed to be a Secret Chief of the White School, and not a Black Brother, although in a moment of pique he described himself as a "black magician." ] The A∴ A∴ is divided into ten grades, plus four intermediate grades (shown below in square brackets), divided into three orders, which altogether comprise a complete system of spiritual attainment, as follows (from highest to lowest):

The Order of the Silver Star (The S.S.)

      Ipsissimus 10° = 1
            Is beyond all this and beyond all comprehension of those of lower degrees.

      Magus 9° = 2
            Attains to wisdom, declares his law (See Liber I, vel Magi) and is a Master of all Mægik in its greatest and highest sense.

      Magister Templi 8° = 3
            (Master of the Temple): whose functions are fully described in Liber 418, as is this whole initiation from Adeptus Exemptus.
            The Magister Templi is a Master of Samadhi. See also Aha!.
            His principal business is to tend his "garden" of disciples, and to obtain a perfect understanding of the Universe.

      Transition State - Babe of the Abyss

The Order of the Rose-Cross (The R.C.)

      Adeptus Exemptus 7° = 4
            Completes in perfection all these matters. He then either
            (a) becomes a Brother of the Left Hand Path or,
            (b) is stripped of all his attainments and of himself as well, even of his Holy Guardian Angel,
            and becomes a babe of the Abyss, who, having transcended the Reason, does nothing but grow in the womb of its mother.
            It then finds itself a [Magister Templi]

      Adeptus Major 6° = 5
            Obtains a general mastery of practical Mægik, though without comprehension.

      Adeptus Minor ('without' and 'within') 5° = 6
            Adeptus (without) --- is expected to perform the Great Work and to attain the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel.
            Adeptus (within) --- Is admitted to the practice of the formula of the Rosy Cross on entering the College of the Holy Ghost.

      Transition State - Dominus Liminis
            Is expected to show mastery of Pratyahara and Dharana.

The Order of the Golden Dawn (The G.D.)

      Philosophus 4° = 7
            Is expected to complete his moral training. He is tested in Devotion to the Order.

      Practicus 3° = 8
            Is expected to complete his intellectual training, and in particular to study the Qabalah.

      Zelator 2° = 9
            His main work is to achieve complete success in Asana and Pranayama. He also begins to study the formula of the Rosy Cross.

      Neophyte 1° = 10
            Has to acquire perfect control of the Astral Plane.

      Transition State - Probationer 0° = 0
            His principal business is to begin such practices as he my prefer, and to write a careful record of the same for one year.

            His business is to acquire a general intellectual knowledge of all systems of attainment, as declared in the prescribed books. (See curriculum)

Instruction in the system of the A∴ A∴

In order to facilitate the study of The Official Instructions and other publications of the A∴ A∴, the Praemonstrator of the Order now issues a series of courses corresponding to the various grades. The grades themselves represent magical and mystical progress, corresponding to which will be grades of studentship representing intellectual progress, and an examination each such grade must be passed before the equivalent magical grade is officially conferred.

It must be understood that the highest occult attainments are possible even to people who have no intellectual knowledge whatever. But this has been in the past a source of great iniquity, as it represents an overdevelopment of one organ of the Nature at the expense of others.

It is the particular object of the A∴ A∴ to see to it that progress is orderly and thorough. It must further be stated that although certain books have been chosen for particular study, the student is not thereby absolved from the general study of all of them. For it is important to him to make from the beginning a comprehensive effort to understand the entire system, first, because it is desirable that he should choose his practices from the whole armoury at his disposal, and, also, because as he advances he must be to some extent familiar with all these practices, so that he may be fitted to instruct those entrusted to his guidance.




SECTION I. Books for Serious Study:

LIBER CCXX. (LIBER L VEL LEGIS.) The Book of the Law. This book is the foundation of the New æon, and thus of the whole of our Work.

THE EQUINOX, Vol. I. Nos. I.-X. The standard Work of Reference in all occult matters. The Encyclopaedia of Initiation.

LIBER ABA (Book 4). A GENERAL ACCOUNT in elementary terms of magical and mystical powers. In four parts: (1) Mysticism. (2) Magical Theory. (3) Magical Practice. (4) The Law.

LIBER II. THE MESSAGE OF THE MASTER THERION, which explains the essence of the new law in a very simple manner.

LIBER DCCCXXXVII. THE LAW OF LIBERTY, which is a further explanation of the Book of the Law in reference to certain ethical problems.

COLLECTED WORKS OF A. CROWLEY. These works contain many mystical and magical secrets, both stated clearly in prose, and woven into the Robe of sublimest poesy.

"THE YI KING." (S. B. E. Series, Oxford University Press.) The "CLASSIC OF CHANGES"; gives the initiated Chinese system of Mægik.

"THE TAO TEH KING." (S. B. E. Series.) Gives the initiated Chinese system of Mysticism.

TANNHÄUSER, by A. Crowley. An allegorical drama concerning the Progress of the Soul; the TannhÄuser story slightly remodelled.

THE UPANISHADS. (S. B. E. Series.) The Classical Basis of Veda tism, the best-known form of Hindu Mysticism.

THE BHAGAVAD-GITA. A dialogue in which Krishna, the Hindu "Christ " expounds a system of Attainment.

THE VOICE OF THE SILENCE: by H. P. Blavatsky, with an elaborate commentary by Frater O.M.

THE GOETIA. The most intelligible of the mediaeval rituals of Evocation. Contains also the favorite Invocation of the Master Therion.

THE SHIVA SANHITA. A famous Hindu treatise on certain physical practices.

THE HATHAYOGA PRADIPIKA. Similar to The Shiva Sanhita.

ERDMANN'S "HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY." A compendious account of philosophy from the earliest times. Most valuable as a general education of the mind.

THE SPIRITUAL GUIDE OF MOLINOS. A simple manual of Christian mysticism.

THE STAR OF THE WEST. (Captain Fuller.) An introduction to the study of the Works of Aleister Crowley.

THE DHAMMAPADA. (S. B. E. Series, Oxford University Press.) The best of the Buddhist classics.

THE QUESTIONS OF KING MILINDA. (S. B. E. Series.) Technical points of Buddhist dogma, illustrated by dialogues.

LIBER DCCLXXVII. Vel Prolegomena Symbolica Ad Systemam Sceptico-Mysticae Viae Explicandae, Fundamentum Hieroglyphicum Sanctissimorum Scientiae Summm.
A complete Dictionary of the Correspondences of all magical elements, re-printed with extensive additions, making it the only standard comprehensive: book of reference ever published.
It is to the language of Occultism what Webster or Murray is to the English language.

VARIETIES OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE. (James.) Valuable as showing the uniformity of mystical attainment.

KABBALA DENUDATA, von Rosenroth: also the Kabbalah Unveiled, by S. L. Mathers. The text of the Qabalah, with commentary. A good elementary introduction to the subject.

KONX OM PAX. Four invaluable treatises and a preface on mysticism and Mægik.

THE PISTIS SOPHIA. An admirable introduction to the study of Gnosticism.

THE ORACLES of ZOROASTER. An invaluable collection of precepts mystical and magical.

THE DREAM OF SCIPIO, by Cicero. Excellent for its Vision and its Philosophy.

THE GOLDEN VERSES OF PYTHAGORAS, by Fabre d'Olivet. An interesting study of the exoteric doctrines of this Master.

THE DIVINE PYMANDER, by Hermes Trismegistus. Invaluable as bearing on the Gnostic Philosophy.

THE SECRET SYMBOLS OF THE ROSICRUCIANS, reprint of Franz Hartmann. An invaluable compendium.

CRUTINIUM CHYMICUM by Michael Maier. One of the best treatises on alchemy.

SCIENCE AND THE INFINITE, by Sidney Klein. One of the best essays written in recent years.

Two ESSAYS ON THE WORSHIP OF PRIAPUS, by Richard Payne Knight. Invaluable to all students.

THE GOLDEN BOUGH, by J. G. Frazer. The Text-Book of Folk Lore. Invaluable to all students.

THE AGE OF REASON, by Thomas Paine. Excellent, though elementary, as a corrective to superstition.

RIVERS OF LIFE, b y General Forlong. An invaluable textbook of old systems of initiation.

THREE DIALOGUES, by Bishop Berkeley. The Classic of subjective idealism.

ESSAYS OF DAVID HUME. The Classic of Academic Scepticism.

FIRST PRINCIPLE; by Herbert Spencer. The Classic of Agnosticism.

PROLEGOMENA, by Emanuel Kant. The best introductionto Metaphysics.

THE CANON. The best text-book of Applied Qabalah.

THE FOURTH DIMENSION by H. Hinton. The text-book on this subject.

THE ESSAYS OF THOMAS HENRY HUXLEY. Masterpieces of philosophy, as of prose.

The object of this course of reading is to familiarize the student with all that has been said by the Great Masters in every time and country. He should make a critical examination of them; not so much with the idea of discovering where truth lies, for he cannot do this except by virtue of his own spiritual experience, but rather to discover the essential harmony in those varied works He should be on his guard against partisanship with a favourite author. He should familiarize himself thoroughly u with the method of mental equilibrium, endeavoring to contradict any statement soever, although it maybe apparently axiomatic.

The general object of this course, besides that already stated, is to assure sound education in occult matters, so that when spiritual illumination comes it may find a well built temple. Where the mind is strongly biased towards any special theory, the result of an illumination is often to inflame that portion of the mind which is thus overdeveloped, with the result that the aspirant, instead of becoming an Adept, becomes a bigot and fanatic.

The A∴ A∴ does not offer examination in this course, but recommends these books as the foundation of a library.

SECTION 2. Other books, principally fiction, of a generally suggestive and helpful kind:

ZANONI, by Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton. Valuable for its facts and suggestions about mysticism.

A STRANGE STORY, by Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton. Valuable for its facts and suggestions about Mægik.

THE BLOSSOM AND THE FRUIT, by Mabel Collins. Valuable for its account of the Path.

PETRONIUS ARBITER Valuable for those who have wit to understand it.

THE GOLDEN ASS, by Apuleius. Valuable for those who have wit to understand it.

LE COMTE DE GABALIS. Valuable for its hints of those things which it mocks.

THE RAPE OF THE LOCK, by Alexander Pope. Valuable for its account of elementals.

UNDINE, by de la Motte Fouque. Valuable as an account of elementals.

BLACK MAGIC, by Marjorie Bowen. An intensely interesting story of sorcery.

LA PERU DE CHAGRIN, by Honore de Balzac. A magnificent magical allegory.

NUMBER NINETEEN, by Edgar Jepson. An excellent tale of modern magic.

DRACULA, by Bram Stoker. Valuable for its account of legends concerning vampires.

SCIENTIFIC ROMANCES, by H. Hinton. Valuable as an introduction to the study of the Fourth Dimension.

ALICE IN WONDERLAND, by Lewis Carroll. Valuable to those who understand the Qabalah.

ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, by Lewis Carroll. Valuable to those who understand the Qabalah.

THE HUNTING OF THE SNARK, by Lewis Carroll. Valuable to those who understand the Qabalah.

THE ARABIAN NIGHTS, translated by either Sir Richard Burton or John Payne. Valuable as a storehouse of oriental magick-lore.

MORTE D'ARTHUR, by Sir Thomas Mallory. Valuable as a storehouse of occidental magick-lore.


THE KASIDAH, by Sir Richard Burton. Valuable as a summary of philosophy.

THE SONG CELESTIAL, by Sir Edwin Arnold. "The Bhagavad-Gita" in verse.

THE LIGHT OF ASIA, by Sir Edwin Arnold. An account of the attainment of Gotama Buddha.

THE ROSICRUCIANS, by Hargrave Jennings. Valuable to those who can read between the lines.

THE REAL HISTORY OF THE ROSICRUCIANS, by A. E. Waite. A good vulgar piece of journalism on the subject.

THE WORKS OF ARTHUR MACHEN. Most of these stories are of great magical interest.

THE WRITINGS OF WILLIAM O'NEILL (BLAKE). Invaluable to all students.

THE SHAVING OF SHAGPAT, by George Meredith. An excellent allegory.

LILITH, by George MacDonald. A superb tale of Mægik.

LA BAS, by J. K. Huysmans. An account of the extravagances caused by the Sin-complex.

THE LORE OF PROSERPINE, by Maurice Hewlett. A suggestive enquiry into the Hermetic Arcanum.

EN ROUTE, by J. K. Huysmans. An account of the follies of Christian mysticism.

SIDONIA THE SORCERESS, by Wilhelm Meinhold

THE AMBER WITCH, by Wilhelm Meinhold. These two tales are highly informative.

MACBETH; MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM; THE TEMPEST. by W. Shakespeare. Interesting for traditions treated.

REDGAUNTLET. by Sir Walter Scott. Also one or two other novels. Interesting for traditions treated.

ROB ROY, by James Grant. Interesting for traditions treated.

THE MAGICIAN. by W. Somerset Maugham. An amusing hotch-pot of stolen goods.

THE BIBLE. by various authors unknown. The Hebrew and Greek Originals are of Qabalistic value. It contains also many magical apologues, and recounts many tales of folklore and magical rites.

KIM, by Rudyard Kipling. An admirable study of Eastern thought and life.
Many other stories by this author are highly suggestive and informative.

For Mythology as teaching Correspondences:
      Books of Fairy Tales generally.
      Oriental Classics generally.
      Sufi Poetry generally.
      Greek and Latin Classics generally.
      Scandinavian and Teutonic Sagas generally.
      Celtic Folk-Lore generally.

This course is of general value to the beginner. While it is not to be taken, in all cases, too seriously, it will give him a general familiarity with mystical and magical tradition, create a deep interest in the subject, and suggest many helpful lines of thought.
It has been impossible to do more in this list. than to suggest a fairly comprehensive course of reading.


The basis of our whole work is the Book of the Law. It is essential for every Probationer to study this book and those which are directly connected with it, as commentaries:

LIBER CCXX. LIBER L VEL LEGIS SUB FIGURA CCXX. as delivered by XCIII. unto DCLXVI. This book is the foundation of the New æon, and thus of the whole of our Work.

LIBER II. THE MESSAGE OF THE MASTER THERION. It explains the essence of the New Law in a very simple manner.

LIBER DCCCXXXVII. THE LAW OF LIBERTY. This is a further explanation of the Book of the Law in reference to certain ethical problems.

LIBER CL. DE LEGE LIBELLUM. A further explanation of the Book of the Law, with special reference to the Powers and Privileges conferred by its acceptance.

LIBER CXI. (ALEPH.) THE BOOK OF WISDOM OR FOLLY. An extended and elaborate commentary or the Book of the Law, in the form of a letter from the Master Therion to his magical son.

LIBER X. LIBER PORTA LUCIS. This book is an account of the sending forth of the Master by the A∴ A∴ and an explanation of his mission.

LIBER XC. LIBER TZADDI VEL HAMUS HERMETICUS, Sub Figura XC. An account of Initiation, and an indication as to those who are suitable for the same.

LIBER CCCCXVIII. LIBER XXX AERUM VEL SAECULI. Being of the Angels of the thirty æthyrs the Vision and the Voice. Besides being the classical account of the thirty æthyrs and a model of all visions, the cries of the Angels should be regarded accurate and the doctrine of the function of the Great White Brotherhood understood as the foundation of the Aspiratation of the Adept. The account of the Master of the Temple should in particular be taken as authentic. The instruction in the 8th æthyr pertains to Class D, i.e. it is an Official Ritual, and the same remarks apply to the account of the proper method of invoking æthyrs given in the 18th æthyr.

LIBER LXV. LIBER CORDIS CINCTI SERPENTE. An account of the relations of the Aspirant with his Holy Guardian Angel. This book is given to Probationers, as the attainment of the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel is the Crown of the Outer College. Similarly Liber VII. is given to Neophytes, as the grade of Master of the Temple is the next resting-place, and Liber CCXX. to Zelator, since that carries him to the highest of all possible grades. Liber XXVII. is given to the Practicus, as in this book is the ultimate foundation of the highest theoretical Qabalah, and Liber DDCCXIII. to the Philosophus, as it is the foundation of the highest practical Qabalah.

LIBER VI. LIBER O VEL MANUS ET SAGITTæ. The instructions given in this book are too loose to find place in the Class D publications. Instructions given for elementary study of the Qabalah, Assumption of God forms, Vibration of Divine Names, the Rituals of Pentagram and Hexagram, and their uses in production and invocation, a method of attaining astral visions so called, and an instruction in the practice called Rising on the Planes.

LIBER IX. LIBER E VEL EXERCITIORUM. This book instructs the aspirant in the necessity of keeping a record. Suggests methods of testing physical clairvoyance. Gives instruction in Asana, Pranayama and Dharana, and advises the application of tests to the physical body , in order that the student may thoroughly understand his own limitations.

LIBER XXX. LIBER LIBRAE. An elementary course of morality suitable for the average man.

LIBER LXI. LIBER CAUSAE. The Preliminary Lection, including the History Lection. Explains the actual history of the origin of the present movement. Its statements are accurate in the ordinary sense of the word. The object of the book is to discount Mythopoeia.

LIBER XXXIII. An account of A∴ A∴ first written in the language of his period by the Councillor Von Eckarthausen, and now revised and rewritten in the Universal Cipher.

LIBER XXV. This is the chapter called the "Star Ruby" in the Book of Lies. It is an improved form of the "lesser" ritual of the Pentagram.

LIBER CC. RESH VEL HELIOS. An instruction for adoration of the Sun four times daily, with the object of composing the mind to meditation and of regularizing the practices.

LIBER CCC. A SPECIAL INSTRUCTION for the Promulgation of the Law. This is the first and most important duty of every Aspirant of whatever grade. It builds up in him the Character and Karma which form the Spine of Attainment.

LIBER ABA (Book 4). A GENERAL ACCOUNT in elementary terms of magical and mystical powers. In four parts: (1) Mysticism (2) Magical Theory (3) Magical Practice (4) The Law.

LIBER CCVII. SYLLABUS. An enumeration of the Official Publications of the A∴ A∴ with a brief description of the contents of each book.This course of reading will furnish the Probationer with a thorough general knowledge of the whole system of Attainment, and of the practices tending to this goal, so that he may choose freely as to what way he will take in his Beginning. For this is always left by the A∴ A∴ to his Free Will; They only begin to advise and criticize him on the information supplied to Them by himself in the Magical Record which he prepares for Their Instruction.


The following books are officially appointed for the study of the Neophyte

LIBER CCXX. LIBER L VEL LEGIS Sub Figura CCXX. as delivered by XCIII. unto DCLXVI. This book is the foundation of the New æon, and thus of the whole of our Work.

LIBER VII. LIBER LIBERI VEL LAPIDIS LAZULI, ADVMBRATIO KABBALAE AEGYPTIORVM Sub Figura VII., being the Voluntary Emancipation of a certain Exempt Adept from his Adeptship. These are the Birth Words of a Master of the Temple. The nature of this book is sufficiently explained by its title. Its seven chapters are referred to the seven planets in the following order: Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, Sol, Mercury, Luna, Venus.

LIBER VI. LIBER O VEL MANUS ET SAGITTAE. The instructions given in this book are too loose to find place in the Class D publications.Instructions are given for elementary study of the Qabalah, Assumption of God-forms, Vibration of Divine Names, the Rituals of Pentagram and Hexagram, and their uses in protection and invocation, a method of attaining astral visions so called, and an instruction in the practice called Rising on the Planes.

LIBER IX. LIBER E VEL EXERCITIORUM. This book instructs the aspirant in the necessity of keeping a record. Suggests methods of testing physical clairvoyance. Gives instruction in Asana, Pranayama and Dharana, and advises the application of tests to the physical body, in order that the student may thoroughly understand his own limitations.

LIBER XCVI. LIBER GAIAS. A Handbook of Geomancy. Gives a simple and fairly satisfactory system of Geomancy.

LIBER LXXVIII. A description of the Cards of the Tarot with their attributions, including a method of divination by their use.

LIBER CCCCXII. A VEL ARMORUM. An instruction for the preparation of the Elemental Instruments.

LIBER CDLXXIV. LIBER OS ABYSMI VEL DAATH. An instruction in a purely intellectual method of entering the Abyss.

LIBER DCCCXI. ENERGIZED ENTHUSIASM. This course is specially adapted to the Task of this Grade, the Attainment of Control of the Body of Light, development of Intuition, et cetera.


The Zelator will be examined in the following books:

LIBER CCXX. LIBER L VEL LEGIS Sub Figura CCXX. as delivered by XCIII. unto DCLXVI.
This book is the foundation of the New æon, and thus of the whole of our Work.

LIBER DCCCCLXIII. (Only the short note pertains to Class A.)
This Book is a superb collection of Litanies appropriate to the Signs of the Zodiac.

LIBER CMXIII. LIBER VIAE MEMORIAE. Gives methods for attaining the magical memory or
memory of past lives, and an insight into the function of the aspirant in this present life.

LIBER III. LIBER JUGORUM. An instruction for the control of speech, action and thought.

LIBER XIII. GRADUUM MONTIS ABIEGNI. An account of the task of the Aspirant from Probationer to Adept.

LIBER XVII. LIBER I.A.O. Gives three methods of attainment through a willed series of thoughts.
This book has not been published. It is the active form of Liber HHH. The article "Energized Enthusiasm" is an adumbration of this book.

LIBER XXXVI. THE STAR SAPPHIRE. Is Chapter XXXVI. of the Book of Lies, giving an improved ritual of the Hexagram.

LIBER CLXXXV. LIBER COLLEGII SANCTI. Being the tasks of the Grades and their Oaths proper to Liber XIII. This is the
official paper of the various grades. It includes the Task and Oath of a Probationer.

LIBER CCVI. LIBER R V VEL SPIRITUS. Full instruction in Pranayama.

LIBER CCCLXI. LIBER HHH. Gives three methods of attainment through a willed series of thoughts.

LIBER CCCXXXIII. THE BOOK OF LIES falsely so called. This book deals with many matters on all planes of the very
highest importance. It is an official publication for Babes of the Abyss, but is recommended even to beginners as highly suggestive.
Its Chapters XXV, XXXVI, and XLIV are in Class D.

LIBER DCCCXI. ENERGIZED ENTHUSIASM. This course is specially adapted to the Task of this Grade, the Attainment of Hatha-Yoga.


The Practicus will be examined in the following books

LIBER CCXX. LIBER L VEL LEGIS Sub Figura CCXX. as delivered by XCIII. unto DCLXVI. This book is the foundation of the New æon, and thus of the whole of our Work.

LIBER XXVII. LIBER TRIGRAMMATON, being a book of Trigrams of the Mutations of the Tao with the Yin and the Yang.
An account of the cosmic process: corresponding to the Stanzas of Dzyan in another system.

Liber Carcerorum ??? QLIPHOTH cum suis Geniis. Adduntur Sigilla et Nomina Eorum. This is an account of the cosmic process so far as it is indicated by the Tarot Trumps.

LIBER CD. LIBER TAV VEL KABBALAE TRIUM LITERARUM Sub Figura CD. A graphic interpretation of the Tarot on the plane of initiation.

LIBER LVIII. This is an article on the Qabalah in the Temple of Solomon the King, EQUINOX V.

LIBER LXIV. LIBER ISRAFEL, formerly called ANUBIS. An instruction in a suitable method of preaching.

LIBER LXXXIV. VEL CHANOKH. A brief abstraction of the Symbolic representation of the Universe derived by Dr. John Dee through the Scrying of Sir Edward Kelly. Its publication is at present incomplete.

LIBER DXXXVI. BATRACHOPHRENOBOOCOSMOMACHIA. An instruction in expansion of the field of the mind.

LIBER D. SEPHER SEPHIROTH. A dictionary of Hebrew words arranged according to their numerical value. This is an Encyclopaedia of the Holy Qabalah, which is a Map of the Universe, and enables man to attain its Perfect Understanding.

LIBER DCCLXXVII. VEL PROLEGOMENA SYMBOLICA An Systemam Sceptico-Mystiae Visae Explicandae, Fundamentum Hieroglyphicum Sanctissimorum Scientiae Summae. A complete Dictionary of the Correspondences of all magical elements, re-printed with extensive additions, making it the only standard comprehensive book of reference ever published.
It is to the language of Occultism what Webster or Murray is to the English language.

LIBER LXVII. THE SWORD of SONG. A critical studyof various philosophies. An account of Buddhism.

LIBER MMCMXI. A NOTE ON GENESIS. A model of Qabalistic ratiocination. This course is specially adapted to the Task of this Grade, the attainment of G˝ana Yoga.


The Philosophus will be examined in the following books

LIBER CCXX. LIBER L VEL LEGIS Sub Figura CCXX. as delivered by XCIII. unto DCLXVI. This book is the foundation of the New æon, and thus of the whole of our Work.

LIBER DCCCXIII. VEL ARARITA Sub Figura DLXX. This book is an account of the Hexagram and the method of reducing it to the Unity, and Beyond.

LIBER LV. THE CHYMICAL JOUSTING OF BROTHER PERARDUA. An account of the Magical and Mystic Path in the language of Alchemy.

LIBER LIX. ACROSS THE GULF. A fantastic account of a previous incarnation. Its principal interest is that its story of the overthrowing of Isis by Osiris may help the reader to understand the meaning of the overthrowing of Osiris by Horus in the present æon.

LIBER CXCVII. THE HIGH HISTORY OF GOOD SIR PALAMEDES the Saracen Knight and of his following of the Questing Beast. A poetic account of the Great Work, and enumeration of many obstacles.

LIBER CCXLII. AHA! An exposition in poetic language of several of the ways of attainment and the results obtained.

LIBER CCCXXXV. ADONIS. This gives an account in poetic language of the struggle of the human and divine elements in the consciousness of man, giving their harmony following upon the victory of the latter.

LIBER XVI. LIBER TURRIS VEL DOMUS DEI. An instruction for attainment by the direct destruction of thoughts as they arise in the mind.

LIBER CLXXV. ASTARTE VEL LIBER BERYLLI. An instruction in attainment by the method of devotion, or Bhakta-Yoga.

LIBER XLVI. THE KEY OF THE MYSTERIES. A translation by Frater O. M. of the masterpiece of Eliphas Levi. This course is specially adapted to the task of this Grade, the Attainment of Bhakta-Yoga.


The Dominus Liminis will be examined in the following books:

LIBER CCXX. LIBER L VEL LEGIS Sub Figura CCXX. as delivered by XCIII. unto DCLXVI. This book is the foundation of the New æon, and thus of the whole of our Work.

LIBER XCV. THE WAKE WORLD (in Konx Om Pax). A poetical allegory of the relations of the soul and the Holy Guardian Angel.

LIBER DCCCLX. JOHN ST. JOHN. A model of what a magical record should be, so far as accurate analysis and fullness of description are concerned.


LIBER XI. LIBER NV. An instruction for attaining Nuit.

LIBER DLV. LIBER HAD. An instruction for attaining Hadit.

LIBER DCCCXXXI. LIBER IOD, formerly called VESTA. An instruction giving three methods of reducing the manifold consciousness to the Unity. This course is specially adapted to facilitate the Task proper to the Grade of Adeptus Minor, the Attainment of Raja-Yoga and of the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel.


LIBER CCXX. LIBER L VEL LEGIS Sub Figura CCXX. as delivered by XCIII. unto DCLXVI. This book is the foundation of the New æon, and thus of the whole of our Work.

LIBER I. LIBER B VEL MAGI. This is an account of the Grade of Magus, the highest grade which it is ever possible to manifest in any way whatever upon this plane. Or so it is said by the Masters of the Temple.

LIBER LXVI. LIBER STELLIAE RUBEAE. A secret ritual, the Heart of IAO-OAI, delivered into V.V.V.V.V. for his use in a certain matter of Liber Legis, and written down under the figure LXVI.

LIBER CLVI. LIBER CHETH VEL VALLUM ABIEGNI Sub Figura CLVI. This book is a perfect account of the task of the Exempt Adept, considered under the symbols of a particular plane, not the intellectual.

LIBER XLIV. THE MASS of THE PHOENIX. A Ritual of the Law.LIBER XLI. THIEN TAO. An Essay on Attainment by the Way of Equilibrium.

LIBER DCCCLXVIII. LIBER VIARUM VISAE. A graphic account of magical powers classified under the Tarot Trumps.

Course VIII. publications are specially suited to the grade of Major Adept, whose task is the attainment of the full Magical Power.
It is highly desirable that Aspirants to this grade should have attained the 9th degree of O.T.O., in which case much secret knowledge is offered them besides that openly published. The methods of examination for the Inner College differ therefore from those employed in the Outer.
Additional publications will be referred, as they are issued, to the proper course.
The Exempt Adept will possess a thorough knowledge of all these courses, and present a thesis of his own, as a general Epitome of his own Attainment as reflected in the sphere of the Mind.

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Capital A with ring aboveÅ   Capital A with macronĀ   Capital A with breveĂ   Capital A with diaeresisÄ   Capital A with circumflex   Capital A with dot aboveȦ   Capital A with inverted breveȂ   Capital A with tildeà   Capital A with ogonekĄ   Capital AE ligatureÆ   Capital AE ligature with tildeÆ̃   Capital Glottal Stop   Capital Palatoalveolar Click   Regular English AA   Script Capital L   Capital L with macron above   Capital L with dot below   Capital L with stroke, Dark L Ł   Regular English LL   Capital WHω   Capital W with macron above   Capital W with dot below   Regular English WW   Capital Slide H with reverse solidusℋ⃥   Capital H with macron above   Capital H with dot below   Aspirate   Slight Pause   Very Slight Pause   Regular English HH   Capital S with macron above   Capital S with dot above   Capital SH sign   Capital SKΣ   Regular English SS   Hard and Deep Capital DД   High and Light Capital D   Regular English DD   Capital O with ring above   Capital O with macronŌ   Capital O with breveŎ   Capital O with diaeresisÖ   Capital O with solidusØ   Capital OE ligatureŒ   Capital O with Cyrillic Round OmegaѺ   Capital OI   Capital O with ogonekǪ   Capital O with double oo top   Regular English OO   Capital EZJHʑ   Capital Z with macron below   Capital Z with dot aboveŻ   Regular English ZZ   Capital K with macron aboveК̅   Capital K with dot below К̣   Capital Hard KHχ   Capital KHƙ   Regular English KK   Capital V with macron above   Capital V with dot below   Regular English VV   Capital G with macron   Capital G with dot aboveĠ   Capital GNΓ   Capital GRЖ   Capital GWCapital GW   Capital Uvular Voiced ImplosiveϘ   Regular English GG   Capital rolled R with macronЯ̅   Capital rolled R with dot aboveЯ̇   Capital R with macron above   Capital R with dot above   Capital R with ogonek   Regular English RR   Capital C with cedillaÇ   Capital CHЧ   Regular English CC   Capital N with macron above   Capital N with dot below   Capital N with tildeÑ   Capital NGŋ   Capital NG with macron aboveŋ̅   Regular English NN   Capital Y with macron above Ȳ   Capital Y with dot above   Capital Y with yaw aboveЎ   Regular English YY   Capital J with macron aboveЈ̅   Capital J with dot belowЈ̣   Regular English JJ   Capital U with a ring aboveŮ   Capital U with macronŪ   Capital U with breveŬ   Capital U with circumflex aboveÛ   Capital U with diaeresisÜ   Regular English UU   Capital F with macron above   Capital F with dot above   Regular English FF   Capital Q with macron above   Capital Q with dot above   Regular English QQ   Capital B with macron   Capital B with dot below   Trilled BTrilled B   Regular English BB   Capital M with macron   Capital M with dot below   Capital M with tilde   Capital MBCapital MB   Capital MG   Regular English MM   Capital X with macron above   Capital X with dot above   Regular English XX   Capital I with macronĪ   Capital I with breveĬ   Regular English II   Capital T with macron above   Capital T with dot below   Capital TH voicedΘ   Capital TH voicelessÞ   Capital TSЦ   Capital TSCHЩ   Regular English TT   Capital E with macronĒ   Capital E with breveĔ   Capital E with circumflexÊ   Capital schwa Ə   Regular English EE   Capital P with macron above   Capital P with dot above   Capital pTCapital pT   Regular English PP

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