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Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

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The Magister Templi Grade

A∴A∴

 

The Initiatory Structure of the A∴A∴

The Order consists of eleven degrees or levels, organized into three groups, the Orders of the SS, the RC and the GD respectively set forth in One Star in Sight sub figurâ CDLXXXIX. In the A∴A∴, blind is not blind guide and progress is measured by this series of degrees. The Order of A∴A∴ adheres more or less strictly to the guidelines set forth in Liber Collegii Sancti sub figura CLXXXV by Aleister Crowley.

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The Order of the G. D.

(Dominus Liminis — the link)

4. Philosophus 4° = 7□
3. Practicus 3° = 8□
2. Zelator 2° = 9□
1. Neophyte 1° = 10□
0. Probationer 0° = 0□

The Order of the R. C.

(Babe of the Abyss — the link)

7. Adeptus Exemptus 7° = 4□
6. Adeptus Major 6° = 5□
5. Adeptus Minor 5° = 6□

The Order of the S. S.

 

10. Ipsissimus 10° = 1□
9. Magus 9° = 2□
8. Magister Templi 8° = 3□

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Magister Templi
8° = 3□

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

  • The Grade of Master of the Temple is described in Liber 418 as above indicated. There are full accounts in the Magical Diaries of the Beast 666, who was cast forth into the Heaven of Jupiter, and of Omnia in Uno, Unus in Omnibus, who was cast forth into the sphere of the Elements.
  • The essential Attainment is the perfect annihilation of that personality which limits and oppresses his true self.
  • The Magister Templi is pre-eminently the Master of Mysticism, that is, His Understanding is entirely free from internal contradiction or external obscurity; His word is to comprehend the existing Universe in accordance with His own Mind. He is the Master of the Law of Sorrow (Dukkha).
  • To attain the grade of Magus he must accomplish Three Tasks; the renunciation of His enjoyment of the Infinite so that he may formulate Himself as the Finite; the acquisition of the practical secrets alike of initiating and governing His proposed new Universe and the identification of himself with the impersonal idea of Love.
  • Any neophyte of the Order (or, as some say, any person soever) possesses the right to claim the Grade of Master of the Temple by taking the Oath of the Grade. It is hardly necessary to observe that to do so is the most sublime and awful responsibility which it is possible to assume, and an unworthy person who does so incurs the most terrific penalties by his presumption.
  • [One Star in Sight sub figurâ CDLXXXIX]

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"Magister Templi" Summary

Master of the Temple (8°=3□): The principal business of this grade is to obtain a perfect understanding of the Universe. The essential Attainment is the perfect annihilation of that personality which limits and oppresses his true self. The Magister Templi is pre-eminently the Master of Mysticism, that is, his Understanding is entirely free from internal contradiction or external obscurity; his Word is to comprehend the existing Universe in accordance with his own Mind. This grade corresponds to Binah on the Tree of Life, and to the Secret Chiefs in the old Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Crowley also linked it with the experience he called "Shivadarshana" and with the Four Formless States of Buddhism, although he cautions against treating these criteria as sufficient for the grade.

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Advance to Magus

To achieve the Degree of Magician he must perform Three Tasks:

  • the renunciation of His delight in the Infinite so that he may formulate himself as the Finite
  • acquisition of the practical secrets of initiation and government of His proposed new Universe
  • and identification of himself with the impersonal idea of ​​Love. Any Neophyte of the Order (or, as some say, anyone) has the right to demand the Degree of Master of the Temple by taking the Oath of the Degree. It is expressly necessary to observe that to do such a thing is the most sublime and most terrible responsibility that one can assume, and a person who is not worthy incurs the most terrible penalties for his presumption.

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THE MAGISTER TEMPLI SYLLABUS

Syllabus of the Magister Templi Grade

Publications in Class AB
Holy Scholarship of Thelema

LIBER
Number
Class
Title
O.T.O.
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A∴A∴
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LIBER CCCCXVIII
418.
AB
Liber XXX ÆRUM vel Sæculi, sub figurâ CCCCXVIII - The Vision and the Voice
= Liber CDXVIII
   

Publications in Class B
– Scholarship of Thelema –

LIBER
Number
Class
Title
O.T.O.
core
A∴A∴
core
LIBER CLXV
165.
B
A Master of the Temple    
      The account of the attainment of a Master of the Temple: given in full detail by Frater O.I.V.V.I.O. This is the Record of a man who actually attained by the system taught by the A∴A∴. - Frater Achad´s magical diary with comments by Crowley.    

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