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The New Order of The Golden Dawn
THE NEW ORDER
OF THE GOLDEN DAWN
(Novus Ordo Aureae Aurora)
Issued by the
Thelemic Order and Temple
of the Golden Dawn
Sir David Cherubim
(Frater Aureae Aurora)
Copyright (c) 1991 e.v.
The New Order of the Golden Dawn has seven principal grades which
compose three groups, the Orders of the S.'. S.'., of the R.'.
C.'., and of the G.'. D.'. respectively. These three groups
constitute the whole of the Novus Ordo Aureae Aurora, that is,
the New Order of the Golden Dawn. Before a candidate can
progress on the Tree of Initiation, by proper advancement into
the following seven grades, he must first endure the trials and
tribulations of the probationary grade of a Neophyte (0 Degree).
The following is a listing of the grades of the Novus Ordo Aureae
Aurora in their proper groups.
The Order of the S.'. S.'.
Ipsissimus ......................... 7th Degree
Magus .............................. 6th Degree
Magister Templi .................... 5th Degree
The Order of the R.'. C.'.
(Babe of the Abyss -- the link)
Adeptus Exemptus ................... 4th Degree
Adeptus Major ...................... 3rd Degree
Adeptus Minor ...................... 2nd Degree
The Order of the G.'. D.'.
(Dominus Liminis -- the link)
Zelator ............................ 1st Degree
Neophyte ........................... 0 Degree
In The Book of the Law, I: 40, Nuit, Our Lady of the Stars
proclaims, "Who calls us Thelemites will do no wrong, if he look
but close into the word. For there are therein Three Grades, the
Hermit, and the Lover, and the man of Earth. Do what thou wilt
shall be the whole of the Law." The first Grade referred to is
the Man of Earth Triad which concerns the lesser mysteries of the
Novus Ordo Aureae Aurora, which is, properly speaking, the First
Order of the degrees of the Neophyte, Zelator and Dominus
Liminis; the next Grade is the Lovers Triad which concerns the
mysteries of the Novus Ordo Rosae Rubeae et Aureae Crucis, which
is the Second Order of the degrees of the Adeptus Minor, Adeptus
Major, and Adeptus Exemptus; and the next Grade is the Hermit
Triad which concerns the mysteries of the Novus Ordo Argentum
Astrum, which is the Third Order of the degrees of the Magister
Templi, Magus, and Ipsissimus.
In The Book of the Law, I: 50, Our Lady Nuit further proclaims,
"There is a word to say about the Hierophantic task. Behold!
there are three ordeals in one, and it may be given in three
ways. The gross must pass through fire; let the fine be tried in
intellect, and the lofty chosen ones in the highest. Thus ye have
star & star, system & system; let not one know well the other."
Members of the Man of Earth Triad are the gross who must pass
through the fire of initiation by suitable tests of purification,
consecration and preparation. Members of the Lovers Triad are the
fine who must be tried in matters pertaining to the intellect.
Members of the Hermit Triad are the lofty chosen ones in the
highest, the elect of the A.'. A.'., who endure the supreme
spiritual tests and ordeals of the Most Holy Order of the A.'.
A.'., that is, the Order of the Silver Star.
The First Order of the Man of Earth Grade is known as the Outer
College of the A.'. A.'., and this Outer College teaches the
Lesser Mysteries of Nature. The Second Order of the Lovers Grade
is known as the Inner College of the A.'. A.'.; it is further
known as the College of the Holy Ghost (Collegia ad Spiritum
Sanctum), and this Inner College of the Holy Ghost concentrates
and expounds the Greater Mysteries of Nature. The Third Order of
the Hermit Grade is known as the Secret College of the A.'. A.'.,
which is above and beyond the outer and the inner.
The grade of Zelator is the stage of Birth; the Dominus Liminis
is the stage of Puberty; the grade of Adeptus Minor is the stage
of Life; the grade of Adeptus Major is the stage of Death; and
the grade of Adeptus Exemptus is the stage of Life after Death.
The Babe of the Abyss is beyond all these. The other grades of
Magister Templi, Magus, and Ipsissimus pertain to stages beyond
man's power to comprehend; they are spiritual experiences of the
most exalted type and cannot be defined by human philosophic
terms. The Third Order of the A.'. A.'. is beyond man's power to
know; he must experience a different species of consciousness to
Understand what is beyond knowledge, to commune with the
Invisible Masters, to attain true Wisdom, and to be crowned with
the Celestial Light of the Dawning Aeon of Horus.
The Neophyte is further called a Probationer; the Zelator is
further called a Magician; and a Dominus Liminis is further
called an Advanced Magician. The Adeptus Minor is further called
the Adept Magician; the Adeptus Major is further called the
Master Magician; and a member of the Adeptus Exemptus grade is
further called a Perfect Magician. The Magister Templi is also
known as the Most Excellent Master; the Magus as the Most Exalted
Magician; and the Ipsissimus as the Most Illuminated One.
The seven grades of the New Order correspond with the seven
Chakkras of Yoga, the seven ancient Planets of Astrology and the
seven sacred Metals of Alkhemi. They also correspond with the
seven principal Sephiroth of the Qabalistic Tree of Life. It must
be noted here that Malkuth (Earth) is the synthesis of the three
Elemental Sephiroth of Yesod (Air), Hod (Water) and Netzach
(Fire). In Malkuth these three Sephiroth are the particular
energies which constitute its form. Thus in Malkuth is
concentrated the elemental powers which the Zelator is obligated
to master by way of exercising the Magical Powers of the Sphinx.
A perfected Zelator, who has completed his course of training, is
further called a Theoricus, Practicus and Philosophus. The
Thelemic Ceremony of the Zelator of the New Golden Dawn confers
initiation into the Mysteries of the Four Elements represented by
the Four Qabalistic Sephiroth below the Sephira of Tiphareth.
The symbol of the Novus Ordo Aureae Aurora is a Gold Cross of
Equal Arms surmounted by an upright White Triangle. The Cross
itself represents the four grades of Zelator, Adeptus Minor,
Adeptus Major and Adeptus Exemptus. The White Triangle represents
the three higher grades above the Abyss which separates man and
god, and which none may pass but they who are free of self,
unidentified with their human ego. Yet this work is only for the
few, and not all may partake of these Higher Mysteries at this
time in the course of cosmic evolution. In Alkhemical terminology
the Cross represents the Four Elements of Fire, Water, Air and
Earth; the Triangle represents the Three Principles of Sulphur,
Salt and Mercury. The Cross further represents the four Elemental
Chakkras called Muladhara, Svadhistthana, Manipura, and Anahata;
the Triangle represents the three higher Chakkras called
Vishuddhi, Ajna and Sahasrara. The special number of this symbol
is seven, referring to the seven principal Forces of Nature which
are represented by the seven ancient Planets of Astrology, the
seven Chakkras or Centres of Prana in Yoga, and the seven Sacred
Metals of Alkhemi. These seven principal Forces of Nature are
represented in the Thelemic Ceremony of the Zelator by seven
Officers in the Temple, of which three are greater and four
lesser. As Officers in this Ceremony, they act as human
representatives of those seven holy Forces to duly initiate a
Neophyte as a Zelator in the Novus Ordo Aureae Aurora.
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