Those of you who have read tWsfar will have learned by now that magick is work and study. After the next lesson we will be moving on to the realm of Grey Magick. By studying the material you have earned this right. You have become versed in elementary occult philosophy and the Kabalah as well as many other related topics. . . Now, because you have reached this point, I want to give you something special. As I said before, I cannot initiate you. And, as I have described, although initiation is not necessary, it can speed up your progress. Even though I cannot initiate you, there is something you can do which can aid in your development. It is a self-dedication, wherein you dedicate yourself to the Great Work: attaining the Knowledge and Conversation of your Holy Guardian Angel (also known as Cosmic Consciousness, enlightenment and unity with Divinity) and the bringing of Spiritual light to a dark world.
If you choose to do this, you must have an altar as described in an earlier lesson. It sits in the middle of your magickal circle at the conjunction of the four elements which come from the four quarters. It also represents the physical universe, and thus symbolizes the idea that the universe of the magickal circle is far larger than the material plane. If you contemplate the altar you will surely come up with many more things the altar can represent.
On the top of the altar should be two items. These are a red triangle and a white cross. They can be made out of construction paper or felt. The cross represents our vow to follow the great work (our "cross to bear"). The triangle, which should be made so that it looks like three bars rather than one piece with a solid middle, represents all forms of trinities. This includes Isis, Apophis Osiris; Tao, Yin, Yang; Keter, Hochmah, Binah; and especially Light, Life and Love. As you face east from behind the altar, these two symbols
STEP SEVEN. Hold both hands above shoulder level, palms forward, and bow your head. Say:
Holy art Thou, Lord of the universe! Holy art Thou, whom nature hath not formed! Holy art Thou, the vast and mighty one! Lord of the light and of the darkness!
STEP EIGHT. Now kneel before the altar. Place your right hand on top of both the triangle and the cross. Hold your left hand up in the air. Say the following slowly, meaningfully and with conviction:
I, (state your magickal motto or full name) in the presence of the Lord of the universe who works in silence and naught but silence can express, do hereby dedicate myself to the accomplishment of the Great Work by taking the following vow: I, of my own free will and accord do hereby and hereon most solemnly pledge to keep secret all of my occult knowledge from any and all whom I deem unworthy due to their evil intents or lying ways. I undertake to prosecute with zeal the study of occult sciences for the betterment of myself and the betterment of all humanity. I will not suffer myself to be placed in such a passive state that any person, power or being may cause me to lose control of my thoughts, words or actions. I will not use my occult powers for any evil purposes. I agree to these points generally and severally, upon this sacred and sublime symbol, without evasion, equivocation or mental reservation of any kind whatsoever. I realize that should I willfully break this, my magickal oath, that I shall be known as a perjuring wretch, void of all moral worth and unfit for the society of all right and true persons. Furthermore, should I break this, my magickal oath, may my weapons turn against me or turn to dust, and may all of my magick and rituals be for naught, so help me the Lord of the universe and my own higher soul.
STEP NINE. Do the Middle Pillar Ritual and the Circulation of the Body of light. When you finish, visualize yourself surrounded by brilliant white light and bask in its spiritual glow.
As you can see, the penalties for breaking this magickal oath are quite severe. You may not wish to take this oath, or you may wish to wait to take it But if you take it now, the 'Towers that Be" will take note of your vow and your dedicated work over the past few months. They will smile upon your efforts and dedication. The result will be faster progress in all of your magickal and spiritual work.
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