The Oath of a Practicus
I, _______________________ (motto), being of sound mind and body, and prepared, on this ____ day of _____________ [Anno ____ Sol in _______ ° of _______] do hereby resolve: in the Presence of _________________________, a Philosophus of the A∴A∴: To prosecute the Great Work: which is, to obtain control of the vacillations of my own being. Further, I promise to observe zeal in service to the Zelatores under me, and to deny myself utterly on their behalf. May the A∴A∴ crown the work, lend me of Its wisdom in the work, enable me to understand the work! Reverence, duty, sympathy, devotion do I bring to the A∴A∴ and right soon may I be admitted to the knowledge and conversation of the A∴A∴!
The Task of a Practicus
0. Let any Zelator be appointed by authority to proceed to the grade of Practicus.
Let him then read through this note of his office, and sign it.
Let him cause the necessary addition to be made to his Zelator’s robe.
Let him make an appointment with his Practicus at the pleasure of the latter for the conferring of advancement.
1. The Practicus shall proceed to the grade of Philosophus at any time that authority confers it.
2. He shall pass examinations in Liber DCCLXXVII, the Qabalah, and the Sepher Sephiroth.
He shall attain complete success in Liber III, Cap I.
3. He shall further show some acquaintence with and experience of his chosen method of divination. Yet he shall be his own judge in this matter.
4. He shall commit to memory Liber XXVII and pass examinations in the Ritual and meditation practice given in Liber XVI. Further, he shall pass the mediation practice S.S.S., in Liber HHH.
5. Besides all this, he shall apply himself to a way of life wholly suited to the Path.
Let him remember that the word Practicus is no idle term, but that Action is the equilibrium of him that is in the House of Mercury, who is the Lord of Intelligence.
6. When authority confers the grade, he shall rejoice therein; but beware, for that that is his second departure from the middle pillar of the Tree of Life.
7. Let him not venture while a member of the grade of Practicus to attempt to withdraw from his association with the A∴A∴.
8. He shall everywhere proclaim openly his connection with the A∴A∴ and speak of It and Its principles (even so little as he understandeth) for that mystery is the enemy of truth.
Furthermore, he shall construct the magic Cup, according to the instruction in Liber A.
One month after his admission to the Grade, he shall go to his Practicus, pass the necessary tests, and repeat to him Liber XXVII.
9. He shall in every way establish perfect control of his wit according to the advice of his Philosophus, for that the ordeal of advancement is no light one.
10. Thus and not otherwise may he attain the great reward, YEA, MAY HE ATTAIN THE GREAT REWARD!
The Practicus Syllabus
The Practicus will be examined in the following books:
Liber AL Vel Legis Sub Figura CCXX as delivered by LXXVIII unto DCLXVI
This book is the foundation of the New Æon, and thus of the whole of our Work.
Being a book of Trigrams of the Mutations of the TAO with the YIN and the YANG
Liber Arcanorum του TAHVTI QUAS VIDIT ASAR IN AMENNTI
Sub Figura CCXXXI Liber Carcerorum των 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 TAV Vel Kabbalæ Trium Literarum Sub Figura CD
A graphic interpretation of the Tarot on the plane of initiation.
This is an article on the Qabalah in the Temple of Solomon the King, Equinox Vol I, No. 5.
Liber Israfel, formerly called Anubis
An instruction in a suitable method of preaching.
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.
A dictionary of Hebrew words arranged according to their numerical value.
An instruction in expansion of the field of the mind.
Vel Prolegomena Symbolica Ad Systemam Sceptico-Mysticæ Viæ Explicandæ, Fundamentum Hieroglyphicum Sanctissimorum Scientæ Summæ
A tentative table of correspondences between various religious symbols.
The Sword of Song
A critical study of various philosophies. An account of Buddhism.
A Note on Genesis
A model of Qabalistic ratiocination.