Ritual Magick – The Rites and Ceremonies of Hermetic Light

Ritual Magick—The Rites and Ceremonies of Hermetic Light (2017 Edition) was taken out of circulation for a few months this year. This was due to technical problems with the global distribution network. We are very happy to announce that Ritual Magick is now back online as of November 10th, and has received further additions and improvements.

Ordo Astri Books: Ritual Magick - The Rites and Ceremonies of Hermetic LightThis work has come about through the time-honoured method of making contact with occult intelligences. Whether these are considered to be divine, angelic, or praeterhuman, it is the object of magick to get directly in touch with them. The question of timing is vital in magick. The Holy Guardian Angel, Bornless Spirit or Primordial Wisdom is both the seed and the fruit. To the Bornless Spirit all phenomena arise spontaneously and have no cause and effect—no linear chain of circumstances where one thing leads to another. Yet for the magician, struggling through denser worlds of manifestation, the results of the Hermetic Great Work are perceived as they reify in matter, time and space.

Publishing the rites and ceremonies of the O∴ A∴ was all a matter of time. Countless magical operations and the subsequent reworking of methods means the system of magical Initiation revealed in Ritual Magick has been refined over time. Since the book was first published (2010) we have seen a great expansion of interest in our work. Since then the book has been thoroughly revised, corrected and updated to reflect more accurately how rituals are actually done by individuals and groups. There is now an entire volume of Enochian Magick. Diagrams have been added, including temple floor plans for pathworking in the grades. The inclusion of advanced operations such as Goetic Evocation and a full ceremonial Mass of Hormaku consummate this work.

In this Sixth Edition, the Enterer of the Threshold temple floor plan for the Neophyte Initiation is presented. This ritual marks the vital transition between the Probationer and Neophyte, the outer world of Darkness and interior world of Illuminated Souls. It is the laying of the foundation for the Golden Dawn in the Outer, the Building of the Pyramid.

Preface to the Sixth Edition, Ritual Magick, November 2017 e.v.

Ritual Magick—The Rites and Ceremonies of Hermetic Light (available now from the author’s website). Read description here on the Ordo Astri website.

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Enterer of the Threshold: Neophyte Initiation

Book for the Probationer and serious student: Presents the Oaths and Tasks of our Golden Dawn in the Outer, along with the symbolic temple floor-plans from Probationer to Dominus Liminis. The book provides the keys by which a Probationer may prepare for Initiation to the grade of Neophyte.

Ordo Astri Books for Probationer to Neophyte: The Enterer of the ThresholdAt the very beginning there is the intellectual matter of books, study and thought, which is the work of the Student. This work continues through all grades. Next, the magical circle must be constructed by taking the Great Work from theory into practice. The Probationer must define the magical circle of the place, squaring the 0=0 circle of the infinite. Before any invocation can take place, before any Gods may appear, the circle of the place must be drawn.

The following is paraphrased from the historic Golden Dawn Flying Roll lecture XXVII.

In ceremonial, the drawing of a circle is the key to all. It must be a true magical vortex—raising about the sphere of the mind an absolute barrier to all extraneous impressions—thus enabling perfect spontaneity.

The circumambulations about the circle begin with seated asana and pranayama, the circulation of the breath. All ceremonial circumambulation is an outward projection of the circulation of the breath in yoga, and is the arising of light in darkness. The Probationer must practice and understand the following tenfold formula over the course of one year, for it is the magical and spiritual means of truly attaining the Initiation of the Enterer of the Threshold.

0. Intellectual thought and study
1. The Magical Name
2. The Oath and Task
3. The Holy Obligation
4. The Powers of the Sphinx
5. The Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram
6. The Keeping of the Record!
7. The mudra of Horus the Enterer and Silence
8. Vibration of Words of Power
9. Tantra-yoga: Asana and Pranayama
10. The Sword and Serpent (Kether to Malkuth; Lightning Flash)

Golden Dawn Banner of the West (Ordo Astri)The Probationer must enter the pyramid of Malkuth from ‘outside’ to truly become a Neophyte. They must square the infinite circle of all that they are and can ever be. The 0=0 is the most important grade in the Order because it lays the foundation and provides the magical link between the Outer World of Darkness and the interior world of Illuminated Souls or inner plane Adepti. It is the aim of magick to forge contacts with the latter.

The pyramid of Malkuth must first be constructed through the effort of the Probationer, then realised through contact made with the inner planes. The Probationer degree is all about the circle of the infinite—for it has no number or sephira. There is, further, a mystery of the Ain Soph Aur, the veils of negativity that precede Kether. The thread of the Ain Soph is the means of translation between the planes in magick and mysticism; it is the magical means of the verb, the word that goes forth. This is not something that only concerns the Probationer that is awaiting full admission to the Order, for the squaring of the circle applies to every grade and every sephira of the Tree of Life.

Golden Dawn Banner of the East (Ordo Astri)The link between the Probationer and Neophyte is the Vision of Adonai or the Holy Guardian Angel, which is the magical power of Malkuth. This is affirmed, whether symbolically or actually, by the ritual of Initiation performed and realised not once but many times until perfect mastery is obtained. Only then is the Neophyte prepared to ascend the paths of the Serpent of Wisdom from Malkuth.

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