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Rosicrucianism can? into public notice early i n the 17th century. I n 1610 the ,hzia IYaterzitatie: or. A 3iscovers of the Fraternits of p c ~ b u b b l e Order o f the Fosp Cross circulated i n marmecript sr~ong t Ge--mul occ-dtists. I n 1614 i t was plrblished at Cassel, aud i t s sequal, the Confeesio R a t e r n i t a t i e , w a s printed early i n the following year* These two pmphlet8 contain the story of the Order, and a r e d of i t 8 principles and philosophy* That follows i s a condensed version of t h e i r contents.

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Seeing the only r i s e and merciful God i n these l a t t e r daya hath poured out w richly H i s mercy a d goodness t o mankind, that w uay justly boast of the e happy t i m e h e r e i n there i s not only discovered unto us the half psrt of the world, which wan heretofore rurknovn and hidden, but He hath also made manifest unto US many wonderful and never-heretofore seen a o r b and creatures of Rature, and, moreover, hath rairod men, e a d d a l t h groat wisdom, which rdgiat p a r t l y re. new and reduce all art8 ( i n tOis our spotted and lmperfect age) t o perfection, so that f i n a l l y man might thereby underetmd hls o m nobleness and worth, and why he i s called ~ c r n c aad ~ o how f a r hlr larodledge extendeth i n nature. Altho-Jgh the ride world herewith w i l l be bat l i t t l e pleased, but rather m i l e and scoff thexeat: a l s o the pride and covetousnear of the learned 18 80 great, it w i l l not suffer them to agree together: but nere they united, they m i a t , out of all those thing# which i n t h i s age Cod doth so richly bestew upon US, c o l l e c t a pcrfect method of all arts. But such i s t h e i r opposition t h a t they s t i l l keop, and a r e l o t h to loave, the old course, eeteoming that n'hich hath a mere show o f learning, mare than the clef# and madfcsted Mght of T u h rt. To such an intontion of a gonoral reformation, the wst godly and highly illuminated h t h e r , o m Brother C.B.C., tho chief a i i original of our fratornity, hath mueh and long timo labored. Born i n 1378, i n the f i f t h year of 'ills ago ho W a s placed i n cloi8t o r , uhoro ho loarnod indiffcrontly tho Orock and Latin tongwa, and (upon U s oarnost desire snd request), b o i q yet i n h i m gmwing yesra, ner associated t o a Brotber, P.A.L., who had detennined t o go t o the 8010 Lapbe

Thc True and Invisible 2osicrucian Order This Srothcr dicd i n Cyprus, y e t our Brother C.B.Co d i d n o t r e t u r n , but shipped himself ovor, and wcnt t o Damascus, m i n d i q from thonoe t o go t o Jcrusolem. But by rcason of t h e fecblencss of h i s body hc remsined &ill t h e r c , cnd by h i s s k i l l i n physic he obtsinod m c h favor with t h c Turks. I n t h c moantimc hc bacamo ocquaintcd w i t h t h e YTisc Xcn of Damcar i n hrabio, and boheld -,.hat g r e a t wonders they wrought, a d how n a t u r e was discovered unto thcn. Hcrcby wcs t h o t high rcld noble s p i r i t of . Brother C. R. C so s t i r r o d up, t h a t Jerusalem rras not n m s o nuch i n h i s mind a s h m a r . So ho m d e a barg a i n w i t h t h o Arabicns t h a t they should c a r r y him f a a c r r t - i n sun of noncy t o &mow. He wcs but of t h e age of s i x t e e n y e w s when he c r z ~ et h i t h e r . Tho r i s e &n receivsd him n o t a8 a a t r c n g c r ( a s he himself witnesseth),. but a s one whom thoy had long. expocted; t h q c n l l o d him by h i 8 num m d showed him othcr soorots o u t o f h i s c l o i r t e r , whoreat hc could n o t b u t rzightily wondor. Ho loarncd t h e r c b e t t o r t h o h r a b i a n tongue, 80 t h a t t h e y e e r following he t r n n c l a t e d t h o Book Y (Lihcr l h n d i ) i n t o good Latin, which he a f t e r r a r d 8 brought w i t h h a . This i s t h e p l a a e where h e d i d l e a r n h i s medicine and h i s mthemuticr. X f t c r t h r e e y e a r s he r e t u r n e d a g a i n w i t h good consent, shippod h5.ksclf w e r Sinus ;\rabicus into Eg-pt, whW0 he r e m i n c d cot long, but only t o o k bett c r n o t i c e t h e r e of t h p l a n t s G d c r c a t u r o s . He r a i l e d ~ ovor t h o wholo Eediterrnncan Sea f o r to come onto For, whero tho k a b i s n s had d i r o o t e d him. Evory y e w t h c Xrabians nnd h f r i c n n s do rend one t o nnothor, inquiring ono of nnothor o u t of tho* artr, i f happily they hod found out some b e t t e r t h i n g s , or i f cxporionce hcd wsakcncd t h o i r opinions. Yearly t h e r o cano something t o l i g h t whereby t h e mathomatior, medicine, and magio ( f o r i n t h o s e a r e t h e y o f Fcr most s k i l f u l ) were amended. k t Fcz he d i d g c t a q u o i n t n n o e w i t h t h o s o which a r o c o m o n l y c a l l e d t h c Elementary I n h n b i t a n t s , r h o r e v e a l t d unto him n a q of t h o i r s e c r e t s , o r we l i k e d r e ~ i g h g a t h e r together ncny t h i n g s i f t h e r e were t h e t l i k o u n i t y and d o s i r c of searching o u t r e o r e t s among u s e Of those a t Fez he did o f t e n confess, t h a t t h e i r magio war n o t a l t o g e t h e r pure, and a l s o t h a t t h e i r Qabalah was d 6 f i l e d with t h e i r r e l i g i o n ; b u t , notrrithstanding, he knew how t o make good u r o of t h e rams, and found s t i l l more b e t t o r ground8 f o r h i r f a i t h , a l t o g e t h e r agrvcable w i t h t h e hnrmony of t h e whole world and wondcrfully inpressod in a l l period8 of time. Thonoo proooedoth t h o t f a i r ooncord, t h a t a 8 i n w e y s e v e r a l k e r n e l i s contained a whole good t r e e o r f ~ l t , so likcwise i s inoludod i n the l i t t l e body of man, tL whole g r o a t world, whose r e l i g i o n , polioy,. h e a l t h , w

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Tho True and Invisible Rosicrucian Order b e r s , n a t u r e , lcnquage, words, and works a r e agreeing, sympathitiry, and i n Wual t u n e and nelody r i t h God, Heaven, and Earth; and t h a t which i s d i s a g r e e i n g w i t h t h s n i s e r r o r , falsehood, and of t h e d e v i l , who alone i s t h c f i r s t , n i d d l e , and l a s t oause of s t r i f e , blindnoss, and darkness i n t h e world. Also, might one exa . i n e a l l and. s e v e r a l persons upon t h e e a r t h , he should find t h a t which i s good m d r i g h t i s a l r a y s agreeing with i t s e l f , h t a l l t h e r e s t i s s p o t t e d w i t h a thousand erroneous c o m e i t s . After two y e a r s Brother R. C. d e p a r t e d t h e c i t y Foz, and s a i l e d with m n y c o s t l r t h i n g s i n t o Spain, hoping n u l l , a s he hinsolf had s o w e l l and p r o f i t a b l y spent h i s time i n h i s t r a v e l , t h a t t h e learned i n Europe would highly r e j o i c e w i t h h i m , and begin t o r u l e and order n l l t h e i r s t u d i e s according t o t h o s o s u r e and sound foundations. H t h e r e f o r e conferred r i t h t h e e l e l r n e d in Spain, showunto them t h e e r r o r s of our a r t s , cad how they might be corrected. He shored them now growths, new f r u i t s , and b e a s t s , which d i d aonoord n-ith o l d philosophy, and prescribed the- n w hxio%ta, whereby a l l t h i n g s might be f u l l y r e s t o r e d . But it was t o them n leughing matter, and being a new t h i n g unto then, they fearod t h a t t h e i r g r e a t name would be lessened i f they should nor a g a i n begin t o l e a r n ud acknowledge t h e i r nany years' o r r o r s , t o which t h q were cccustoned, and r h e r e r i t h thoy had gained them enough. .'&oso lovoth unquietness, l e t him be reformed, (they said). The eane song was a l s o sung t o him by o t h e r natfonr, t h o which mo~cdhim t h e nore because it happened t o him c o n t r a r y t o h i s expectations, being t h e n ready bountif u l l y t o impart a l l h i e a r t s and s o c r e t s t o t h e learned, i f thoy would have but undertaken t o w r i t e t h e t r u e and i n f a l l i b l e i u i o n a t a , out of a l l f a c u l t i e s , scienoer, and a r t s , and ah016 nature, a s t h a t which he knew would d i r e c t them, l i k e a g l o b o r c i r c l e , t o t h o only middle point and oenter, rind ( a s it i s u a u a l among t h e Arabianr) it should only servo t o t h e r i s e and legrned f o r a rule, t h a t a l s o t h e r o might be a s o o i e t y i n Europo whioh might have gold, s i l v e r , and preoious s t o n e s , s u f f i o i e n k f o r t o bcstow then on kiags f o r t h e i r neoessary u s a r and lawful purposes, w i t h which s o c i e t y such a 8 be governors night be brought up to l e a r n a l l t h a t nhioh God h a t h sufferod msn t o know, and theroby t o be enabled i n a l l t h e s of need t o give t h e i r counsel u n t o tho&@ t h a t seek it, l i k e t h e Oracles. Verily xe must confess t h a t t h e world ln t h o s e day8 was a l r e a d y big with those great commotionr, l a b o r i z q t o bo delivorod of then, and d i d b r i n g f o r t h painstaking, w o r t ~ m e ~ brake w i t h a l l f o r c e through darkness who and b a r b a r i w , and l o f t us who succeeded t o follow them. haourodly they have boon t h e uppermcst p o i n t in t h e Trianglo of F i r e , whose flame nau should be amre and more b r i g h t e r , and s h a l l undoubtedly g i v e t o t h e world . tha l a s t light. -L~.-..

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But t h a t we do n o t f o r g e t our l w i n g Father, Brother C. B., he a f t e r nany p a i n f u l t r a v e l s , and h i s f r u i t l e s s t r u e i n s t r u c t i o n t , roturned egzin i n t o Gemnny. There, although he could havo bragged with h i s a r t , b u t s p e c i a l l y of t h e transmutations of metals, y e t d i d h e esteem more Heaven, m d pen, t h e o i t i r e n s t h e r e o f , t h a n a l l vain g l o r y and p a p . Nererthelesa, he builded a f i t t i n g and n e a t habitat i o n , i n t h e which ho ruminated h i s voyage and philosophy, and reduced than t o g e t h e r i n a t r u e memorial. In this house he spent a g r e a t tine i n t h e mathematics, and made mmy f i n e instruments. After f i v e y o a r s came a g a i n i n t o h i s mind t h e wished f o r reformation, and he undertook, w i t h some few adjoinod a i t h him, t o attempt t h e sspe. m e r e f o r e he d e s i r e d t o t h a t end t o have o u t of h i s f i r s t c l o i s t e r ( t o t h e which ho bare a g r e a t n f f e c t i o n ) t h r e e of h i s brethren, Brothxr G. V, Brother I. A . . and Brother I.O., r h o , had some more horrledge of t h e arts t h a n a t t h n t tim mny o t h e r s hnd* He d i d bind t h e s e t h r e e unto hims e l f , t o be f a i t h f u l , d i l i g e n t , and s e c r e t , a s a l r o to c o m i t c a r e f u l l y t o w r i t i n ; a l l t h a t which he should d i r e o t and i n s t r u c t t h e n i , t o t h e end t!!nt those which n wore t o come, ar.d t h o u g h e s p e c i a l r e v e l a t i o n should be received i n t o t h i s f r c t e r n i t y , might not bo deoeived in t h e l e a s t e y l l n b l e and word. After t h i s manner bogan t h e F r a t e r n i t y of t h e Rosy Cross--first by f o u r persons only, nnd by thorn was made tho w i c n l l a n y n g e and w r i t i n g , w i t h a l a r g e diotiorrary, which we y e t d a i l y u s e t o God's p r a i s e and glory, and do f i n d g r e n t wisdon therein. They made a l s o t h e f i r s t p a r t of t h e Book M, b u t sinoe i n t h a t r e s p e o t t h e labor rms t o o heavy, t h e y ooncluded t o draw and r o c e i t e y o t o t h e r s nor0 i n t o t h c i r f r a t e r n i t y . To t h i s end m e choson Brother R . C., t h e Foundor's om cousin# Brother G G., end Brothcr P. D . . t h e i r seoretary, s o , t h a t t h e y were e i g h t i number, by whom war o o l l e c t e d n a book o r volume of a l l t h c t which nmn can d o s i r e , riah, or hope for. Although we do now i r e o l y confess t h a t t h e world 18 m c h amended w i t h i n an hundred y e a r s , y e t we a r e assurod t h a t our h i o m a t 3 s h a l l imnovably rennin unto t h e world'm ond, and a l s o t h a t t h e world i n hcr highest and l a s t s h n l l not a t t a i n t o soo q - t h i n g e l s e ; f o r our ROT.& tnkos hor beginning from t h a t day when God spake F i a t a d s h a l l end when ho s h a l l speak Porcnti y e t ~ o d r olock s t r i k c t h evory minute, where o u r s w a r o e s t r i k e * p c r f c o t hours. m e n now t h e s e e i g h t Brethron had disposed and ordered a l l t h i n g s i n such nmnner, a s t h o r e war n o t now 8 need of cny g r e a t labor, and a l s o t h a t svory one m s u f f i c i e n t l y i n s t r u c t e d and a b l e p o r f o 6 t l y t o d i s o o u r m of sooret and mnnifost philosophy, thoy would n o t r e rnnin ony longor togother, b u t , a s i n t h e beginning t y h had agreed, thoy separated themsolver i n t o w v e r a l

The True and Lnvisible Rosicrucian Order countries, because t h a t not only t h e i r Axionat. might i n secret. be more profoundly examined by the learned, but t h a t they themselves, i f i n some country o r o t h e r they observed anything, or perceived some e r r o r , might inform one another of it. Their agreement was this:-F i r s t , That none of them should profess any o t h e r thing than t o cure the sick, and t h a t g r a t i s . Second, None of the posterity should be constrained t o mar one c e r t a i n kind of habit, but t h e r e i n t o follow t h e custom of t h e country. Third, That every year, upon t h e day C., t h e y should meet together a t the house of the Holy S p i r i t , o r w r i t e t..e cause of absence. Fourth, Every Brother should look about f o r a mrperson who, a f t e r h i s decease, might succeed him. F i f t h , The rrord' R. C. should be t h e i r s e a l , m r k , and character. S m , The F r a t e r n i t y should remain r e o r e t oru hundred yearn

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These s i x a r t i c l e s they bound themseloer one t o another t o keep* Every year they assembled t o g e t h e r r i t h joy, and made a f u l l resolution of t h a t whioh they had done. There must c e r t a i n l y ham been g r e a t pleasure t o hear t r u l y a ~ without invention r e l a t e d d and rehearsed a l l the wonders which God hath poured out here and t h e r e throughout the world. Every one may hold it out f o r c e r t a i n , t h a t such persona a 8 were sent, and joined together by God and t h e Heavenr, and ohosen out of the wiseat nen a8 have lived I n m y eges, did l i v e together above a l l o t h e r r Fn highest unity, g r e a t e s t secrecy, and post k i r d m 8 8 one towards anothcrAfter suoh a most laudable s o r t they d i d spend t h e i r l i v e s , but although they were f'ree f r o m a l l disea~es and pain, yct, notrithstanding, they could not l i v e and pass t h e i r time appointed by Cod* They had oonoluded t h a t a s much a s possibly could be, the* b u r i a l place should be kept secret, a s a t t h i n day it i s not known t o us what i s become of some of them, y e t every one's place was supplied by a f i t mooerror. But t h i s we w i l l confess publicly by t h e r e a e s e n t r , t o the honor of God, t h a t what s e c r e t soever we h a m learned out of t h e Book Y, although before our eye8 rrs behold t h e image and pattern of a l l t h e world, y e t a r e t h e r e not shown unto us our mlsfortrmcr, not hour of death, t h e whioh only i s knom t o God Bins e l f , r h o thereby would hare u r keep in a o o n t i m u l readiness. But hereof nore i n our Confession, wherein we do s e t down thirty-seven rearons wherefore w do now make known our Fraternity, wid p r o f f e r ruoh high w r t e r i e r f r e e l y , without c o n s t r a i n t and rernrd. Aleo we do proffer more gold than both t h e I n d i e r bring t h e King of Spain, f o r Europe i r d t h - o h i l d ,
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The True and I n v i s i b l e Rosicrucian Order a d w i l l b r i n g f o r t h a strong c h i l d , who s h a l l s t a n d i n need of a g r e a t godfather's g i f t . The f i r s t of t h i s f r a t e r n i t y which d i e d war After h i s doath Brother R.C. r e s t e d not, Brother 1.0. b u t hs soon a s he could o a l l e d t h e r e s t t o g e t h e r , and then, a s we suppose, h i s .grave was made, although h i t h e r t o we (who were t h e l a t e s t ) d i d n o t know when our loving Father R.C. died, and had no more b u t t h a bare nanes of t h e beginners, and a l l t h e i r sucoessorr t o us. Yet t t e r e came i n t o our momory a s e c r e t , whiah through d a r k and hidden words and speeches of t h e hung dred y e a r s , Brother A . , t h e successor of D (who war . of t h e l a s t and second row of sucoession, and had l i v e d anongst many of u s ) , d i d inpart unto u s of t h e t h i r d rrd srld ~ u c c e s s i o n ; otherwise rrs must c o n f e s s t h a t ait a r t h o d e a t h of t h e s a i d A, none of u r had in a q . nanner known my-thing of Brother C. R, and o f h i 8 . f i r s t fellow-brethren, than t h a t whioh ms e x t a n t of t h e n in our philosophical books, amongst which our ixiomata was hold f o r t h e c h i s f e s t , Rota W d i for t h a t d i s p l a y i n g t h e g r e a t e s t a r t i f i c e , and R o t h e u r f o r t h e most prof i t a b l e . How t h e t r u e and findamental r e l a t i o n o f t h e f i n d i n g o u t of t h e high-illuminated nan of God, 5. C.R.C., i s thisr--After t h a t A.wur deoeased, t h e r e succeeded i n h i r plcoe our loving Brother NO .. Thin ran, a f t e r ho had r e p a i r e d unto u s t o t a k e t h e rolenm oath of f i d e l i t y and seoreoy, informed u s t h a t A. had comforted him i n t e l l i n g him t h a t t h i s f r a t e r n i t f should oro l o x n o t romain s o hidden. The y e a r f o l lorring, he thought (he baing a good a r c h i t e c t ) t o a l t ~ something of h i s building, and nake it more f i t . r I n such renewing, he l i g h t e d upon t h e LIomori.1 Table, which w a s c a s t of brass, and c o n t a i n s a l l t h e name of t h e Brethren, Kith same few o t h e r t h i n g r . This he intcnded t o t r a n s f e r i n t o a more f i t t i n g v a u l t , f o r whero o r when Brother R C. d i e d , o r i n what . country he was buriod, w r by our p r e d e o e s s o r r conoealed a and unknown unto us. I n t h i s t a b l e s t u c k a g r e a t n a i l somewhat rtrong, s o t h a t when it was w i t h f o r c e drawn o u t it t o o k w i t h it a medium sized stone out of t h e t h i n w a l l or p l a s t e r ix of t h e hidden door, and s o unexpectedly unoovered t h c door, wheroat we d i d with j o y and longing throw down t h e r e s t of t h e wall and c l e a r e d t h e do-, upon whioh war m i t t e n i n g r e a t l e t t e r r POST CIU ANNOS PATEBO, with t h e yoar of t h o Lord under it. Therefore we 68God thanks, and l o t it r e s t t h a t same night, b e o a u n f i r s t wo would overlook our Rota. I n t h e morning following we opened t h e door. .nd t h o r e appoarod t o our s i g h t a v a u l t of seven r i d o r and seven o o r n c r r , overy s i d e f i v o f e e t broad; and t h e

The True and I n v i s i b l e R o ~ i c r u c i a nOrder h e i ~ h tof e i g h t f e e t . a l t h o u g h t h e sun never shined ir. t h i s v a u l t , n s v e r t t e l e s s it was e n l i g h t e n e d w i t h e n o t h e r sun, which had l e a r n s d t h i s from t h e sun, and was s i t u e t e d i n t h e upper p a r t i n t h e c e n t e r of t h e c e i l i r 4 . Ir: t h e m i d s t , i n r t e s d of a tomb-stone, war a roucd a l t n r , covered w i t h a p l c t e of b r a s s , and t h e r e o n t h i s engraven:-A.C.R.C. Hoc u n i v c r a i compsndium u n i u s mihi seculchrum f e c i . Round about t h o f i r s t c i r c l e o r brim stond, 3 e s u s c i h i onmia. I n t h e ffiiddle w r e f o u r f i g u r e s , enclosed i n c i r c l e r , whoso c i r c u - s c r i p t i o n -8, 1. Requaquam Vacuum. 2. Legis Jugrrm. 3. L i b e r t a s ~ v a n ~ e l i i . 4. Dei G l o r i a Lntacta.

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and t h e two h e p t q o n a . So r e kneeled dorrt? a l t o g e t h e r , and gave t h c n k s t o t h e s o l e w i s e , s o l e n.ig*ty, and s o l e e t e r n s l God, who h n t h t a u g h t u s more t h a n a l l m n l s w i t s c o u l d ha-.-e found o u t , p r a i s e d be E i s h o l y name. This v a u l t r e parted i n t h r e e p a r t s , t h e u p m r p a r t o r c e i l i n g , t h e w a l l o r r i d e , t h e ground o r f l o o r . Of t h e upper p a r t you s h a l l understand no more a t t h i n t i n e b u t t h a t it mas d i v i d e d according t o t h e s e r s n s i d e s i n t h e t r i a n g l e which was in t h e b r i g h t c e n t e r . Every s i d e o r w a l l i s p e r t e d i n t o t e n s q u n r e s , e v e r y one w i t h t h e i r s s v e r s l f i g u r e s and sentences. The "++en agnin 4s p n r t ~ di n t h e t r l a x l e , b a t kecaure t h e r e i n i s d c s c r i c o d t h e p o r e r and r u l e o f t h e I n f e r i o r Governors, we l e a v e t o m n i f e a t t h e same, f o r f e a r o f tb.e ebuse of t h e e v i l and ungodly world. Every s i d e o r wall had a dour f o r a c h e s t , wherein t h e r e l a y d i v e r 8 t h i ~ s , s p e c i c l l y a l l our books. H e r e i n a l s o we found e whence t h i s r e l a h i s ( c . R . c . ~ ~ ) I t i n e r s r i u m and 9, t i o n f o r t h e most p a r t i s t a k e n . In a n o t h e r c h e s t were l o o k i n g - g l a s s e s o f d i v e r 8 v i r t u e s , burning lamps, and c h i e f l y wonderful a r t i f i c i a l songs--generally a l l war done t o t h a t end, t h a t i f it should happen, a f t e r many hundred y e a r s , t h e F r a t e r n i t y should cone t o nothing, t h e y rrright by t h i e o n l y m u l t be r e s t o r e d again. Now, a s we hed not y e t s e e n t h e dead body o f o u r c e r o f u l and w i s e F a t h e r , we t h e r e f o r e removed t h e a l t u a a i d r ; t h e n w e l i f t e d up a s t r o r 4 p l a t e of b r e s r , and found o f a i r and worthy body, whole and unconstmod. I n h i s hand he h e l d a p a r c h m n t c a l l e d T, t h e which, next u n t o t h e B i b l e , i s our g r e c t e s t t r e a s u r e , whioh ought n o t t o b e d e l i v e r e d t o t h e o e n s u r e of t h e world.

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goes on t o say, was a long inA t tthc end of Book T, t h e s c r i p t i o n s i p e d by Brethren of t h e f r a t e r n i e j . I n t h e o r i g i n a l it i s a long p u a g r a p h , c o n t a b i n g a s i q l e h i t i n sentence. The s e o e r a l p o i n t s of t h i s sentence a r e : ( 1 ) That C.R.C. came f r o n a noble and i l l u s t r i o u s G e m family bearing t h o name R.C.2 ( 2 ) t h a t on aooount of h i s s u b t l e conceptions and u n t i r i n g l a b o r s he bocame acquainted w i t h Divine and human m y s t e r i e s by way of r e v e l a t i o n ; ( 3 ) t h a t he c o l l e c t e d a royal and imperial t r e a s u r e i n h i s journeys t o h r a b i a and M r i c a : ( 4 ) t h a t t h e sane was serviceable not only t o h i s age but t o p o s t e r i t y ; (5) t h a t he dosired t o have h e i t r of t h e nruee, f a i t h f u l and c l o s e l y joined2 ( 6 ) t h n t he f a b r i c a t e d a n i n i a t u r e world corresponding t o t h e g r e a t one i n i t s movements; ( 7 ) t h a t it was a compendium of a l l t h i n g s pnst, present, and t o come; (8) t h a t a f t e r l i v i n g f o r nore than a oentury-he passed arap a t t h e c a l l of t h e Holy S p i r i t w,d n o t by r e a s o n of d i s e a s e , y i e l d i n g h i s i l l d n a t e d soul t o i t s f a i t h f u l Creator; (5) t h a t he -6 a beloved Father, a most kind Brother, a f a i t h f u l Preceptor and an u p r i g h t Friend2 and (10) t h a t he i s hidden here from h i s own f o r OM hundred and twenty years. Re a r e indebted t o A. E. Vaite f o r t h i s summary t r a n s l a t i o n o f t h e L s t i n t e x t . (See h i s Brotherhood of tho Rosy Cross, page 155, footnote . ) Tho Farm c o n t i n u e s r i t h a b r i e f d e s c r i p t i o n of h a t h o Brethren c l o s e s u t h e v a u l t a g a i n , following t h i s w i t h a g e n e r a l b i t a t i o n t o : , a l l wi-.o are i c t e r e s t e d t o o f f c r thcnsolocs a s candidates f o r admission. Thore i s a l s o a p a r a ~ r a p h which, i f read w i t h o u t understanding . of t h e nature of o c c u l t bowledge, soens t o dcolarc t h a t t h c nnonyucmr euthors are p r o t e s t a n t C h r i s t i a n s , of t h e Luthoran persuasion. Of t h i s , c e r t a i n c r i t i c s , n o t a b l y Mr. Haite, hsve made m o h , a s of t h e apparent p r o f e s s i o n s of a l l e g i a n c e t o tho p o l i t i o a l ordor of t h e Holy Roman Ezpirc. But o o c u l t i s t s h o w i n n h a t sense both t h e r e l i g i o u s and p o l i t i c a l p r o f e s s i o n s of t h i s paragraph a r c t o be underctood. Every r n a l o c c u l t i o t can say, with t h e authors of t h e e , t h a t he - "has t h e knowledge of J e s u s ~ h r i s t . " And t h e phraaing of t h e po1itic.l p a r t of t h e paragraph i s s u b t l e . It says: " I n P o l i t i a wc achonlcdqe t h e Urnan E n p b e and i t s C h r i s t i a n head, a l b e i t r e know what a l t e r a t i o n r be a t hand, and would f a i n imp& t h c samo rith a l l our h e a r t s t o o t h e r godly learncd mn' o. Thich should be ovidcnco enough t h a t t h e m i t e r s foresaw t h m transformations which were imponding throughout t h o world, and were gladly expecting then. With r e s p e c t t o philosophy, t h e oontimrerr "Our philosophy a l s o i s not a nmr invention, b u t a 8 Mam a f t e r h i s f a l l hath r c c e i v ~ dit, and a s Xosossr and Solomon used it, a100 it ought not nuoh t o b e doubtod o f , o r c o n t r a d i c t c d by other apixlionr o r meanings. I t i s t h a t wheroin P l a t o , h r i s t o t l e , qrthagorar, and o t h ~ r o i d . h i t t h e herk, .andrwherfi>-lin.ii~h~ d Abraham, . b ~ e s ,S o l ~ m f i , d i d oxce.l~bh$ ohpcoial!iy r r h e r a i t b

The True and I n v i s i b l e Rosicr~lcianOrder t h a t wonderful book t h e Bible agreeth. N l t h a t ram8 ccncurrettt t o g e t h e r , and r s k e t h a sphere of globe whose t o t a l p a r t s a r e e q u i d i s t a n t from t h e center." Then f o l l o w s a condemnation of t h e c r a t e f o r physical alchemy o r gold-making a h i c h was t h e n raging throughout Europe. "The t r u e philoaphers," it says, "are f a r of ano t h e r mind, eeteeming l i t t l e t h e making of gold, which i s b u t a Dararon, f o r besides t h o t t h e y h a w a thousand b e t t e r t h i x g s . iYe say w i t h our l o r i n g Father C.R.C., Phy. a u r i u n nisi-auantum aurux, f o r unto him t h e whole n a t K is d e t e c t e d ; he doth nor r e J o i c e t h a t he can make gold, and t h a t , a s C h r i s t s a i t h , t h e d e v i l s a r e obedient uhto him, tut i s glad t h a t he s e e t h ;he Heavens open, t h e angel8 of God ascendicg and descending, and h i s namn w r i t t e n 10 t h e book of l i f e . ' The = t h e n concludes w i t h t h e s e words:

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"whosoever s h a l l e a r n e s t l y , and from h i s h e a r t , bear a f f e c t i o n unto u s , it s h a l l be b e n e f i c i a l t o him in goods, body, and soul, but he t h a t i s f a l s e - h e a r t e d , or only greedy of r i c h e s , t h e same f i r s t of a l l s h a l l not be a b l e i n any wise t o hurt us, but b r i n g h i m e l f t o u t t e r r u i n and d e s t r u c t i o n . Also o w b u i l d i n g , although one hundred thousand people had v e r y near seen and beheld t h e S a m , s h a l l forever relrain untouched, uad e s t r o y e d , and hidden t o t h e wicked world. Sub u ~ b r a alaru- tuarum, J e h m . '

Yihatsoever you have heard, 0 mortals, concern^ our f r a t e r n i t y by t h e t r m p e t sound of t h e Fama R.C., do n o t e i t h e r b e l i e v e it h a s t i l y , o r w i l f u l l y r u ~ w c t it. I t i s Jehovah who, seeing how t h e world i s t a l l ing i n t o decay, and near t o i t s end, doth h a r t e n it a g a i n t o i t s beginning, i n v e r t i n g t h e c o u r s e of l a t w , and s o n h a t h e r e t o f o r e hath been sought w i t h g r e a t pains and d a i l y labor He doth l a y open nor t o t h o s e t h i n k i n g of no such t h i n g , o f f e r i n g it t o t h e willing and t h r u s t i n g it upon t h e r e l u c t a n t , t h a t it nay becole t o t h e good t h a t which n i l 1 anooth t h e t r o u b l e 8 of human l i f e and break t h e violence of unexpected b l o r r of Fortune, but t o t h e ungodly t h a t which w i l l augment t h e i r s i n 8 and punishment. Concerning t h e amendsent of philosophy, we have declared t h e t t h e se-e i s a l t o g e t h e r weak and faulty. But a s com,only even i n t h e samo place where t h e r e breabeth f c r t h a new d i s e a s e , n a t u r e d i s c o v e r e t h 8 rsnedy against t h e same, so amidst s o many i n f i r m i t i e r of philosophy t h e r e do appear t h e r i g h t meanr whereby rhe may becom round again, and new or renovated mry appear t o a renovated world. N o t h e r philosophy have we t h a n t h a t which i r o t h e head of a11 t h e f a c u l t l e r , r c i e n c e s , and a r t r ,

The True and I n v i s i b l e Rosicrucian Order. t h e which ( i f we behold o u r a g e ) c o n t a i n e t h m c h o f Theology and b!edicine, b u t l i t t l e of J u r i s p r u d e n c e , which s e a r c h e t h heaven and e a r t h w i t h e x q u i s i t e ana l y s i s , o r , t o speak b r i e f l y t h e r e o f , which doth s u f f i c i e n t l y m a n i f e s t t h e Kiorocos.ms nan, whereof i f some of t h e more o - d e r l y i n t h e n u ~ b e ro f t h e l e a r n e d s h a l l respond t o our f r a t e r n a l i n v i t a t i o n , t h e y s h a l l f i n d among us f a r o t h e r and g r e a t e r wonders t h a n t h o r o t h e y h e r e t o f o r e d i d b e l i e v e , m a n e 1 a t , and profess. It b9cones u s t o l a b o r c a r e f u l l y t h a t t h e s u r p r i s e of our c h a l l e n g e nay be t a k e n from you, t o show p l a i n l y t h a t such s e c r e t s are n o t l i g h t l y esteemed by us, and n o t t o spread an o p i n i c n a b r m d m o n g t h e mlgu t h a t t h e s t o r y concerning them i n a f o o l i s h t h i n g . For it i s n o t absurd t o sup2ose t h a t many a r e overwhelmed w i t h t h e c c n f l i c t o f thought which i s occasioned by our u n h o p d g r a c i o u e n e s s , u n t o whom ( a s y e t ) be unk n m t h e wonders of t h e s i x t h age; or who, by r e a s o n of t h e c o u r s e of t h e w o r l d , esteem t h e t h i n g s t o conw l i k e u n t o t h e p r e s e n t , and, h i n d e r e d by t h e o b s t a c l e s e of t > e i r age, l i ~ no o t h e r w i s e i n t h e world t h a n as m n b l i n d , who, i n t h e l i g h t o f noon, d i s c e r n o n l y by feeling. me hold t h ~ tth e m e d i t a t i o n s o f o w C h r i s t i a n Pathe r upon a l l s u b j e c t s r h i c h f r o 3 t h e c r e a t i o n of t h e world h a m been i n v e c t e d , brought f o r t h , and propagated by human i r g e n u i t y , through God's r e v e l a t i o n , o r through t h e s e r v i c e of a n g e l s o r s p i r i t s , o r t h r o w h t h e s a g a c i t y of understanding, o r t h r o u ~ h h e cxpert ence of l s n g o b s e r v a t i o n , a r e s o g r e a t , t h a t i f a l l books should p ~ r i t h , and by God's a l n i g h t y s u f f e r a n o e a l l w r i t i n g s and a l l l e a r n i n g h o u l d be l o s t , y e t new foundation p o s t e r i t y w i l l be a b l e t h e r e b y t o l a y of s c i e n c e s , snd t o e r e c t a new c i t a d e l of t r u t h . Thorefore it must n o t be expected t h a t new c o m r r s h a l l a t t a i n a t o ~ c e l l our w e i g h t y s e c r e t s . t h e y a , e proceed Etep by s t e p from t h e s r a l l e r t o t h e g r e a t m e r , and must n o t br r e t a r d e d by d i f f i c u l t i e r . P;herefore should we n o t f r e e l y a c q u i e s c e in t h e onl y t r u t h t h a n seek t h r c u g h so many windines and labyr i n t h s , i f only it had pleased God t o l i g h t e n unto u s t h e S i x t h Candelabrum. Ylere it n o t s u f f i c i e n t f o r u s t o f e a r n e i t h e r hunger, poverty, d i s e a s e s , nor age? Were it n o t a n e x c e l l e n t t h i n g t o l i v e s o a s i f you had l i v e d from t h e bcgirming of t h e w o r l d , and should s t i l l l i v e t o t h e end t h e r e o f ? So t o l i v e i n one p l a c e t h a t n e i t h e r t h e peo7le which dwell beyond t h e Ganges oould h i d e anything, nor t h o s s which l i v e i n Peru might be a b l e t o keep t h e i r c o u n s o l s from t h e e ? So t o read Ln one only book a s t o d i s c e r n , u n d e r s t a n d , and remember whatsoevsr i n a l l o t h e r books (which h e r e t o f o r e have been, a r e nuw, and h e r e a f t e r s h a l l come o u t ) h a t h been, i s , and s h a l l be l e a r n e d o u t o f them? So t o s i q and play t h a t i n s t e a d of s t o n y r o c k s you oould draw p e a r l s ,

The True and I n r i s i b l e E o r i c r u c i a n Order i n s t e a d of m i l d b e a s t s s p i r i t s , and i n s t e a d o f P l u t o you could s o f t e n t h e mighty p r i n c e s of t h e world. 0 m o r t a l s , d i v e r s e i s t h e counsel of God and y o u r convenience, Tiho tat!-. decreed a t t h i s time t o i n c r e a s e and e n l a r g o t h e nurnber of o u r F r a t e r n i t y , t h e which n w i t h such t o y h a r e underthken, a s we have h e r e t o f o r e obt a i n e d t h i s g r e a t t r e a s u r e without our m e r i t s , y e a , without any hope o r e x p e c t a t i o n ; t h e sane we purpose w i t h such f i d e l i t y t o p u t i n t o p r a c t i c e , t h a t n e i t h e r compassion nor p i t y f o r o u r c h i l d r e n (which sons of u s in t h e F r a t e r n i t y h a v e ) s h a l l m e u s , s i n c e we know t h a t t h e s o unhoped f o r good t h i r ~ s a m o t be i n h e r i t e d , n o r c be conferred proniscuously. I f t h e r e be anybody m which on t h e o t h e r s i d e w i l l complain of o u r d i s c r e t i o n , t h a t r e o f f e r our t r e a s w e r s o f r e e l y and indiscri..linately, we a f f i r m t h a t we h a m by no m a n s made c o m o n p r o p e r t y of our arcana, a l b e i t t h e y resound i n f i v e languages w i t h i n t h e e a r s of t h e v u l g a r , both becausu, a s n e w e l l know, t h e y w i l l n o t move g r o s s w i t s , and because t h e worth of t h o s e who s h a l l be accepted i n t o our F r e t e r n i t y rill n o t be measured b y t h e i r c u r i o s i t y , but by t h e r u l e and p a t t e r n o f o u r re-l a t i o n s . A thousand ti311t h e unworthy m y c l a n o r , a thouzand t i m s nay p r e s e n t themselves, y e t God h a t h com-ended our e a r s t h a t t h e y should h e a r none of them, and hath s o compassed u s about w i t h H i s c l o u d s t h a t u n t o u s , H i s s e r v a n t s , no v i o l e n c e c a n be done; wherefore n o r no longer a r e we beheld by human eyes, u n l e s s t h e y have r e ceived s t r c n g t h borrcwed f r o n t h e eagle. When t h a t s h a l l come t o p a s s which must precede, our Trunpet s h a l l resound w i t h f u l l v o i c e and w i t h no p r e v a r i c a t i o n s o f meaninc, when, n a m l y , t h o s e t h i r g r o f which a few n o r whispor and dcrken w i t h e n i g m s , s h a l l openly f i l l t h e e a r t h , t h e which, a s r e knm, i s a l r e a d y n a n i f e s t t o m n y l e a r n e d men, a s t h e i r tokens and s e c r e t cangratulations bear r i t n e r s . Fie c o u l d h e r e r e l a t e and d e c l a r e what a 1 1 t h e t i m a from t h e y e o r 1378 (when o u r C h r i s t i a n F a t h e r was born) till nuw h a t h happened, what a l t e r a t i o n s h e h e t h r e e n i n t h e world t h e s e one hundred and s i x y e a r s o f h i s l i f e , what he l e f t a f t e r h i s happy d e a t h t o be a t t e m p t e d by our F a t h e r s and by us, b u t b r e v i t y w i l l n o t permit u s a t t h i s p r e s e n t t o make r e h e a r s a l of it. Truly, t o whom it i s p e r m i t t e d t o behold, r e a d , and thenceforward t e a c h h i - s e l f t h o s o g r e a t c h a r a c t e r s which t h e Lord God h a t h i n s c r i b e d upon t h e world's mechanism, and which He r e p e a t s through t h e mutations of r a p i r e s , such a n one i s a l r e a d y o u r s , though a s y e t unknown t o h i c s e l f . But t o t h c f a l s e and imposters, and t o t h o s e nho seek o t h e r t h i n g s t h a n wisdom, we w i t n e s s by t h e s e p r e s e n t s p u b l i c l y , we cannot be betreyod unto them t o our h u r t , n o r be known t o them w i t h o u t t h e w i l l of God, b u t t h e y s h a l l c e r t a i n l y be p a r t a k e r s of t h a t t e r r i b l e commination spoken of i n our b, t h e i r impiour and

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d Such, i n t h e i r own words, were t h e o r i ~ i n a l e c l a r a t i o n s o f t h e R o s i c r u c i a n s . These two manifestoes were addressed t o t h e " e r u d i t e o f They mere aimed a t a p a r t i c u l a r c l a s s o f r e a d e r s . These were Europe." ten of e d u c a t i o n , men o f u n d e r s t a n d i n g , men o f h i g h s p i r i t u a l a s p i r a t i o n , c a r e f u l l y d i t t i r ~ u i s h c di n t h e t e x t s themselves f r o a t h e "vulgar, and i n o o s t e r s , and o l l t h o s e who s e e k o t h e r t h i n g s t h a n wisdom." Such r e a d e r s nould (and we have r e a s o n t o b e l i e v e t h e y d i d ) g r a s p t h e t r u e p u r p o r t o f t h e s e c u r i o u s documents. Throughout Europe, in 1614, t h e r e was no e r u d i t e man who l a c k e d t h e knowledge n e c e s s a r y t o s o l v e t h e e n i g n a s o f t h e 9 and t h e C o n f e ~ s i o . Evsry well-reed man i n t h a t d a y had s o r e a c q u a i n t a n c e o f t h e p h i l o s o p h i o a l system which provides t h e t r u e key t o t h e s s manifestoes. k n y t h e n l i v i n g were profoundly verred i n t h e ngrstories of t h s t philosophy, vrhich had e x e r t e d a g r e a t i n f l u e n c e on e European t h o u g l , t f o r p o r e t h a n two c e n t u r i e s . W r e f e r t o t h e Qabalah, o r S e c r e t T i i ~ d o ao f I s r b e l . Among n o t a b l e s t u d e n t s of t h i s Hebrew e s o t e r i c d o c t r i n e were Raynond L u l l y ( d i e t 1315), John R e u c h l i n ( 1 4 ~ 5 - 1 5 2 2 ) , John P i c u s de Mirandola (1463-1494). Henry C o r n e l i u s A g r i p p a . ( l l ~ 6 - 1 5 3 5 ) ~Theophrastus Parac e l s u s (1493-1541). T!illiam P o s t e l (1510-1581), Heinrich W u n r a t h (1560-1601), Robert Fludd (1574-1637), A t h a n a s i u s Kircher (1601-1680), Jacob Boehm (1575-1624), and Thomas Vaughan (1~21-1665). Ginsburg, in h i s e s s a y on t h o Qabalah says:

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"A system of r e l i g i o u s philosophy, o r more p r o m r l y o f theocophy, which h a s n o t o n l y e x e r c i s e d f o r hundreds of y e a r s a n e x t r a o r d i n a r y i n f l u e n c e upon t h e mental development of s o shrewd a people a s t h e Jws, b u t h a s c a p t i v a t e d t b e minds of soae of t h e g r e a t s s t t h i n k e r a o f Chrirtenaom in t h e s i x t e e n t h and s e v e n t e e n t h c e ~ t u r i a s ,c l a i m s t h e g r e e t e s t a t t e n t i o n . These nen, a f t e r r e s t l e s s l y searchi1.g f o r a s c i e n t i f i c system ~ h i z hshould d i s c l o s e t o t h e n t h e ' d e e p e s t d e p t h s 1 of t h e Civine n a t u r e , and show them t h e r e 3 1 t i e which b i n d s e l l t h i n q s t o g e t h e r , found t h e c r a v i n g s of t h e i r micds s e t i s f i e d by t h i s theosophy." !!ox, t h e % speaks of t h e i n s t r : ~ c t i o n r e c e i v e d by Brother C.R. a t F c r a s i n c l u d i r 4 Gabalah, and i n t i n a t e s t k a t he h i m e l f was s u f f i c i e n t l y versed i: t h e Hebre:: iiisdcm t o be a b l s t o d e t e c t c e r t e i n e r r o r s in t h e : >Iohazmedan Cabalah, w h i c M e r i v e s from:the Hebrew o r i ~ i n a l . To make a s surance doubly s u r e , b o t h t h e an2 C o n f e s s i o d e s c r i b e t h e R o s i c r w i a n philoscp'ry ir p r e c i s e l y t h o t e r z s used by Q a b a l i s t s t o d e s c r i b e t h e i r o m e s o t e r i c t e a c h i n g . Conpare wkst t h e h a s t o s a y on pages 8 and 9, and what t b e C o ~ f r s s i od e c l a r e s on pGge 10, w i t h t h e following: 'The Qabalah was f i r s t t a u g h t by God Hinself t o a : e l e c t c o q a n y of angels. k f t e r t h e f a l l , t h e angels cocarnicated t h e heavenly d o c t r i n e t o t h e d i s o b e d i e n t c h i l d of e a r t h , t o f u r n i s h t h e p r o t o p l e r t s n i t h t h e mean& of r e t u r n i n g t o t h e i r p r i s t i n e n o b i l i t y acd f e l i c i t y . F r o n adam it passed over t o Noah, and t h e n t o bbrchan, r h o e n i g r o t e d w i t h it t o Egypt, where he a l l m ~ e da p o r t i o n of it t o ooze o u t . Thus t h e E g y p t i a n s o b t a i n e d sons k n m l e d g c of it, and o t h e r E a s t e r n n a t i o c s could i n t r o d u c e it i n t o t h e i r p h i l o s o p h i c a l s y s t o n s . Koses was f i r s t i n i t i t i t e d i n t o t h e Q a b a l a h i n Egypt, L u t became most p r o f i c i e n t i n it d u r i r g h i s wanderings i n t h e w i l d e r n e r s , ahen he devoted t o it t h e l e i s u r e hours of t h e whole f o r t y y e a r s . Ee c o v e r t l y l a i d d m t h e p r i ~ c i p i s sof t h i s s e c r e t d o c t r i n e i n t h e f i r s t f c u r bocks of t h e P e n t a t e u c h , b u t a i t f i j l e l d tkem frolc Deuteronorq. Moses i o i t i a t e d t h e soventy e l d e r s , and t h e y t r a n s m i t t e d t h e d o c t r i n e from hand t o hend. Of e l l who forned t h e unbroken l i n e o f t r a d i t i o n , David and Solonon n e r o t h e n o s t d e e p l y i n i t i n t e d i n t o t h e Qabalah." D Ginsburg, Essay on t h c ~ s ~ h a l a h . ) . F u r t h e r c o r e , b o t h t.e Fa?a ar.d tho, C o c f e s s i o a s s ~ r t h a t t!lejr a r e That i s t o say, w r i t t e n e n i g n c t i c a l l y , "so a s n o t t o move gross wits." t h e y i r t i r a t e t h s t t h e r e i s a hidden meaning behind t h e i r l e t t e r . The Confessio warns a g a i n s t h a s t y a c c e p t a n c e of t h e s u p e r f i c i a l r e a n i n g of It t h e 3. a l s o s p s a k s of a tirne t o cone when "our Trumpet s h a l l r e sound w i t h f u l l v o i c e and w i t h no p r e v e r i c a t i o n s of meantng, when, n a q l y , t h o s e t h i n g s of which a fe-u now w h i s o e r , and darken v i t h enigmes, s h a l l opsnly f i l l t h e earth." Considering, t h e n , t h a t t h e s e m a n i f e s t o 2 s were a d d r e s s e d t o a c l a s r of s t u d e n t s f a m i l i a r n i t h t h e Robrew e s o t e r i c philosophy, i s it n o t r e a s o n a b l e t o assume t h a t t k e v e i l o f a l l e g o r y which h i d e s t h e i r t r u e wanirg my t e p e n e t r a t e d by a n a l y z i n g t h e t e x t a c c o r d i q t o t h e well-known r u l e s of Q a b a l i s t i c i n t e r p r e t a t i o n ? The f o l l m i n g pages c o n t a i n such a n a n a l y s i s , It i s b y no means complete, f o r t h e r e re-ain n o t a few " g r o s s w i t s " t o whom I have no wish t o c o n f i d e so?& p a r t s of t h e i l o s i c r v c i a n d o c t r i n e . hn e x h a u s t i v s a n a l y s i r , howover, i s not r e q u i r e d i n o r d e r t o S r i w o u t t h e r a i n p o i n t I seek t o e s t a b l i s h i n t h i s book. 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The f i r s t p o i n t t o be n o t i c e d i s t h a t n w h e r e i n t h e Fama o r Conf n r s i c a r e t h e Founder and h i s a s s o c i a t e s .rentior'.ed by nbne. 1 n i t i a T a r e ~ l v e n ,and e v e r y s e t of i n i t i a l s has c s p e c i f i c C ; a b a l i s t i c r e a . ~ L - y , r a s -xi11 soon b e evider.t. h e n t h e b i r t h - d a t e of t,hn Founder i s b o o r t e n t . A t y r o i n Qabalah would be s t r u c k by t h i s n w b e r 1SS8. The f i r s t d i z i t r e ~ r e s o r . t sUnity, u n i c h Q a b a l i s t s c a l l t h e Crown, c r P r i i i a l Yiill (1). The second ( 3 ) t h e y nar.ed Understandice. The t h i r d ( 7 ) t h e y t e r m d V i c t o r y , and it s t a n d s a l s o f o r t k e s e z t e r ~ a r yof c r e a t i r s pawerz c a l l e d tk-e Leven S p i r i t s o f God, o r tk,e Elohim. The l e s t i s t h e nurber c f t h a t a s p e c t of R e a l i t y n h i c h t h e y t mncd Splendor, and t h i s d i ~ i ( 8 ) i s a l s o a a s o c i a t c d w i t h Hermee and Christ. Tlie f i r s t t r o d i ~ i t x t h r b i r t h d a t e na!e 1 3 , t h s Q a b a l i s t i c nwber of rCFr"~e?ltirIg U n i t y and Love. This r.uaber, moreover, i s a f a c t o r in t \ e v a l u e s of t h e g r e a t e r n u r b c r of Hebre-7 d i v i c e naTes, aud i s a l s o p a r t of a s e r i e s of n ~ v b e r s h i c h a c t u c l l y Corern t q e s t r u c t u r e of c r y s t a l s , p l a n t s , and v a ~ i n a l s . The lrst two d i ~ i t s ma!-e 78, t h e nuxber of Xezla, I n f l u e n c e , of ChNK, Chnnuk, t o i n i t i a t e , of LChE, Leshon, S r ~ e d ,a ~ cf U H , Y . ~ l a k h , d S h l t . Every one c f t b e s - :I-ards be^ c r e s t iwportence i n Zebrew ii'isdcm. The f i r a t t h r e e d i c i t s nake 127, t h e nunbsr of t h e word QBLH, Qabala h , ~ h i c h ,conbined w i t h '.ht l a s t d i g i t , 8, t h e number of Hernos, rrould c e r t a i n l y s u ~ g e s t o an e r u d i t c European of t k s t d e y t l a t Rosicrucianism i s a c o z b i r c t i o n o f t h e Cabalah r i t b C h r i s t i a n i i e r m t i c i s l a . Tke l a s t t h r e e d i g i t s nake t h e number 375, :?hicb i s t h e v a l u e of I!ebr+w ~ o r d s ncaning " i n pcace," an2 "anber*. The l a t t e r h a s a n alchemic a l s i g n i f i c a n c e which r o u l d hhve been f h a i l i a r t o many s o v m t e c n t h cc.ptury r c c d e r n . F u r t h e r n o r e , t h c nuabcr 376 i s t h o sun of t h e nu:-bers f r c ~ t o 2 7 , o r t h c t h e o s o o h i c e x t n n s i o n of 27, and t h e s t o r y of C.R. 1 i n d i c e t e e t h s t he est&O!ished t : ?r~a t o r n i t y nhen he w s 57 y e a r s old. r The f i r s t d i g i t , r e p r e s e n t i r c u n i t y , t h e n e x t two, making 37, a key-nurber i n olcheyv and C h r i r t i a n e s o t e r i c i . ~ , and t h e l a s t a s t h e n m b c r of' Aeryes, i s a n o t h e r s i z n i f i c a n t combination. It s u ~ g e s t s h n t t h e t cri,;in of t h e R o s i c r u c i a n t e a c h i r ~i s t h o G n o s t i c r i s d o r . v e i l e d i n a l c h e w . hgain, t h c t o t a l o f t h e d i g i t s i n 1378 i s 19, and t h i s i s t h e num5 e r of t h e r o r d ChVi, Chavnh, s i e n i f y i n g p r i m a r i l y , " t o a c l z i f e s t , t o show I t i s a l s o t h e p r o r e r nmcJ "Eva," which h a s a v e r y s p e c i a l sigforth." n i f ioanoe in Qabalah. F i n a l l y , 1379 i s I:! x 106, o r t h e e x p r e s s i o n of U n i t y and Love ( 1 3 ) t h r ~ u g ht h e c y c l e o f 108, which t h e m n i f s s t o c s t h e z s e l v e s g i v e a n t h e n u ~ b e ro f ynara i n t!:e l i f e of C.B.C. T h i s number 106 h a s a l s o ot!mr i a p o r t a n t r o e n i n ~ s h i c h x i 1 1 be develovod i n due course. v This t r e a t - c n t of numbers w i l l d o u b t l c s s s e e n s t r a n g e t o l g n y who r e a d t h e s e p a s t s . . It rr2s, howevsr, p e r f e c t l y f a m i l i a r t o Q a b a l i c t s a t ti-e t i ~ ch e n s n i f e s t c 3 s a p f e a r e d . hnd t o t h e ? it would have g i v e n many t i!:dicatiori$ t h n t t h e R o s i c r u c i e n d o c t r i n e wss f u n d a n e n t a l l y t h e same s e c r e t w i s c W n t h r y lied found E O s a t i s f y l n b . The n e x t r o i n t t o be considered i s t h e a i g n i f i c a ~ o o f t h e terns o a p p l i e d t o t h e Founder of t h e Order t h r o q h o u t t h e t e x t = . Be i s c a l l e d F a t t ? ~ r ,B r o t h s r , P r e c o p t o r , and Friend, and by v a r i o u s L a p l i c a t i o n s of t':e c t o r y i s understood t o be a Fi-ysicio-n. A l l t h e c e i r e mystery terms,

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a p p l i e d throughout t h e l i t e r a t u r e of Ageless Xisdom t o t h e C h r i s t o s , o r t r u e s p i r i t u a l S e l f of man. Ev3n t h e e x o t e r i c Gospels mnke J e s u s c a l l h i m s e l f B r o t h e r of a l l who do t ' r . ~w i l l of God. The same Gospels -.ake him s a y , "I and t h e F a t h e r Note t h a t t h i s i s e q u i v a l e n t t o saying, "I and t h e F a t h e r a r e a r e one." Unity," and s i n c e Q a b a l i s t i c a l l y b o t h Unity and Low a r e i d e n t i c a l , t h i s d e c l e r a t i o n h a s a bearing on t h e a f f i r m a t i o n of S t . John's Gospelt "God i s lore.' T r a d i t i o n a l l y t h e name of t h e Founder of t h e Order i s understood C t o "ve b ~ e n h r i z t i a n Rosencreutr. R e w d r , horrever, t h a t nouhere in e i t h e r t h e 3 o r Confessio does t h i s nave appsar. I t i s e v i d e n t l y a m d e - u p nans, but it i s important because it b r i n g s t h e "chief and o r i g i n n l " of t h e R o s i c r u c i a n s i n t o a c i r c l e of n y s t i c p e r s o n a l i t i e s r h o s s n,ama8 have a l l beon a s s o c i a t e d w i t h Ageless lisc?om. The names of t h o s e p e r s o n a l i t i e s have a s t r i k i n g p e c u l i a r i t y . They a l l b e g i n w i t h t h e sound wkich i s g e n e r a l l y r e p r e s e r t e d i n our a l p h a b e t by "Kn, a r d t h e y a l l i n c l u d ~ h e l e t t e r "R.' t These name6 a r e Krishna, Eorus, H i r a ? , b b i f f , C h r i s t , and Ck.ristian Rosencreutr. Erishnn, i n t h e Bhagavad-Gita, says: "I an t h e S e l f , dwelling inwardly i n a l l b e i n g s ; I a m t b e b e g i m i n g , and t h e n i d d l e , and t h e end a l s o , of t e i r y s . Of t h e sons of t h e Xother, I am Vishnu, t h e R e s e r v e r ; I am t h e word o f t h o s e t h c t s p a k . I am t h e f a t h e r o f t h i s world, t h e mother, t h e guardian. I am t h e way, t h e c u p p o r t e r , t h e l o r d , t h e w i t n e s s , t h e home, t h e r e f u g e , t h e beloved." He a l s o d e c l a r e s h i m s e l f t o be t h e one t e a c h e r , and a s a u t h o r of a l l t h e Vedas, t h e source o f a l l knowledge, and t h i s i n c l u d e s t h e kncwledge of h e a l i n g . Note t h a t t h e first trO l e t t e r s cf h i s naDe a r e KR, and t h a t among k i s a v a t a r s o r i n c a r n a t i o n s one i s t h e ap*urance a s a f i s h . Note, t o o , t h a t t h e n m h r 8 i s a s s o c i a t e d w i t h him, inasauch a s he i s s a i d t o have becn t h e e i g h t h son of Varudeoa and Devaki. Horus, t h e son of Isis and asiris, i z t h e god c e l e b r a t e d i n t h e Choldean O r a c l e s when t h e y say: "The god i s he having t h e head o f a hawk, he e n e r ~ i z e za s p i r a l force." I n t h e g e o a e t r i c a l synbolism of t h e rigi-tangled t r i a n g l e havitig s i d e s of 3, '1, and 5, t h e s i d e o f S r e p r e s e n t s O s i r i s , t h e base of 4 s t a n d s f o r I s i s , and t h e ascending hypotenuse o f 5 i s a s s i e n e d t o Horus. The E w p t i m name o f t h i s god was Khoor, and t k e E g y p t i a n h i e r o g l y p h i c s f o r h i & ncncs a r e (~h) and (R). They were o f t e n conbined i n a monogram, a s s h a m i n t h e nargin. Some t h i n k t h a t it was from t h i s monogram t h a t t h e f a m i l i a r Eye of Eorus, preserved a s t h e synbol of t h e 4-11-seeing Eye, f a m i l i a r t o Masons and r e p r e s e n t e d on t h e r e v e r s e of t h e S e a l of t h e United S t a t e s , was o r i g i n a l l y d c r i r e d . A6 t h e son of I s i s , Rams is t h e Widow's Son," and he i s a l s o t h e Son of t h e V i r g i n , because he was s a i d t o have been conceived through t h e agency of t t e s p i r i t of h i s f a t h e r , Osiris, t i f t e r t h e l a t t e r ' s death. Horus i s a s o l h r d e i t y , and t h e s t o r y o f h i s w a r f a r e w i t h S e t t y p i f i e s t h e overccming of t h e darkness of ignorance by t h e l i g h t of t r u t h . Hiram Abiff ( i n Hebrew C h W ABIV, Khuran k b i v , ) i s d e s c r i b e d Fn t h e E i b l e a s t h e son of a widow wonan of t h e t r i b e of N a p h t a l i , and a s being (pie s h a l l s e e what t h i s p o i n t e s p e c i a l l y s k i l l e d i n working b r a s s . According t o e s o t e r i c t r a d i abcut brase s i g n i f i e s a l i t t l e later.) t i o n , t h e t r i b c of Nophtali corresponds t o t h e z o d i a c a l s i g n V i r ~ o ,t h e V i r g i n , symbolized by a v i r g i n holding a sheaf of wheat. Thus t h e r e is a s s o c i a t e d w i t h t h e narnc Hiran, o r Khuram, t h e e s s e n t i a l idea t h a t i r e x p r e s ~ e dby t h e word Shibboleth, s i g n i f i c a n t t o a11 F r e e ldasonr, which

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means bcth "an e a r of wheat," and. "a f l m i r y etrem.." Furthermore, as a w i d m l s E of t h e t r i b e of y a p h t a l i , 2irm i s c c m n c t e d r i t h t h e i d e a s n t h a t UJ have seen a s s o c i s t e d r i t h Isis a s t h e mother of Sorus, na-ly v i r g i n i t y ard widowhood. The m r a l v a l u e of t h e na-e C h M ABIV i s 273, o r 3 x 7 x 1 3 , and it i s noteworthy t h a t on t h e S e a l of t h e United S t a t e s t h e r e are v a r i o u s e x a ~ p l e sof x m l t i p l e s of t h e nmber 13 whosn t o t a l i s a l s o 273. T h i s i s t h e n u ~ b e r ,t o o , of t h e f o l l c r i y Hebrew words: AEN U V HaYhrIM, Ehbon m s u S ha-banin, Zqe Stone which t h e S u i l d e r s r e j e c t e d ; AVil-5GliVZ, Aur p n o z , The or( Treasured) Light; M90, Four; GOR, Gaaar, Chided, rebuked; ar,d GRO, Genrah, Renovea, took away. w Readers f a ~ i l i a r i t h t h e Xasonic legend of Hiran rill r e c a l l t h a t he rras k i l l e d b t h r e e o f t h e b u i l d e r s of Solonon's t e n p l e . On a c c o u n t of j r h i s d e s t h he took away a s i g c i f i c a n t word, which i r , t h e hidden o r t r e a s u r e d l i g h t of !Lasollry. m e n t h i s r o r d was demnded of h h by t h e t h r e e b u i l d e r s who k i l l e d him, he rebuked t h e i r presumption. Four persons were concerned i n t h i s t r a n s a c t i o n , t h e t h r o e r u f f i a n s and Hbm. Furthermore, t h e nunrber f c u r i s o c c u l t l y connccted w i t h t h e c o r p l e t i c ? n of t h e sanctuc. s a n c t o rm of t h e Tcyple, x h i c h i s supposed t o have been u n f i n i s h e d a t t h e tims of t h e t r a ~ e d y conrxenorated in Kasonic r i t u a l s . This Boly o f H o l i e s is, i n r a n , t h e organ of a h i e h e r o r d e r of consciousness. That o r g a n i s r u d i mentnry i n t h e g r e a t e r nunber of h ~ m n e i n g s , b u t when it i s completed b hy t h e Great ilork, it m k c s u s partakmrs in what h a s been termed .fourthd i z e n s i o c a l consciousness." I t i s a l s o i n t p r e s t i r ~ o n o t e t h a t t h e sace words which a p p l y t o t t h e nunber 273 have a b e a r i r ~on t h e h i s t o r y of t h e United S t a t e s . The fundarzental t e n e t o f t h e k c l e r a t i o n of Independence i s t h e s t o n e which t h e b u i l d e r s of a l l previous forms of government hsd r e j e c t e d , namely, t h e brotherhood of Ran, &?d t h e e s s e n t i s l freedom and h e r e q u a l i t y o f a l l nenkind. The D e c l a r a t i o n rebuked t h e t y r a n n i c a l a c t i o n o f t h e King of England, took e r a y t h e t h i r t e e n c o l o n i e s f r o 3 t h e n o t h e r c o u n t r y , made a b e c h i % t o r a r d s t h e z a n i f e z t a t i o n o f t h e Hidden L i g h t of t r u e L i b e r t y , K I accomplished a l l t h s s e t h i . 3 ~on t h e f o u r t h day o f t h e month, when t!!e sun u a s in t h i r t e e n d e g r e e s and t h i r t e e n m i n u t e s o f t h e f o u r t h s i r 3 of t h e zodiac. The 2anc C h r i s t o s i s a Grerk term e q u i v a l e n t t o t h e Hebrew Uessiah, s i g n i f y i n g "the royal"or"anointed one." It b e g i n s w i t h t h e Greek l e t t e r s Chi and W.0, o r Ch and R . It h a s a f a r dneper maning t h a n i t s o r d i n a q t.'?eological i n t e r p r o t a t i o n . There i t a c l o s e p a r a l l e l between t h e s t o r y of C!uistls b i r t h and t h a t of Krishna. C h r i s t i s a l s o o a l l e d "The S t o n e . He i s a l s o t e r s e d F a t h e r , Brother, Teacher, which t h e E u i l d e r s rejected." Friond, and Phyeioian. I n C h r i s t i a n symbolism he i s o f t e n r e p r e s e n t e d by a f i s h , and h i s monogran, s h a m i n t h e margin, har t h e v a l u e o f 700, according t o t h e n u n e r a t i o n of Greek l e t t e r s . But 700 i s a l s o t h e value of t h e Hebrew l e t t e r Hun, o r "N", when it c o r e s a t t h e end of a word. And r e s h a l l s e e t h e t t h i s l e t t e r , which means " f i s h " i s a l s o d e f i n i t e l y a s s o c i a t e d w i t h t h e Rosicrucian symbolism. Cor~in; now t o our F a t h e r and Brother, C.R., we f i n d t h e s a w i n i t i c l s , Ch and R, i n h i s t r a d i t i o n a l cornomen, C h r i s t i a n Rosencrevtz. In the and Cocfessio, however, t h i s name never appear.. The Founder of t h e Order i t d e s i e n a t o d e i t h e r a s C.R.C., a8 C.R.. or as R.C. These conbications of l e t t e r s h a r e s p e o i f i o moaning in Qabalah, as f ollowr :

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C.R.C. I n o l d German "C" was used t o r e p r e s e n t t h e sound n o r ina r e e q u i v a l e n t t o Hebrew K.R.K., d i c a t e d F ~ . " Thus t h e i n i t i a l s C.R.C. o r Knph-Resh-Keph. S i n i l 2 r l y , C.R. i s e q u i v a l e n t t o Kaph-Resh, an6 R.C. t o Sesh-Kaph laph-Rerh-Kaph i s a r e a r r a n g e - e n t of t h e l e t t e r s Kaph-Kaph-Besh (FXR), Kikker, t h e Hebrew f o r " c i r c l e . " The c i r c l e i s t h e -ymbol of t h e One R e a l i t y , which i s No-Thir.g t h ~ c a n be na-ed, o r TRAT which was, i s , and t s h a l l be. This X e a l i t y , t h e source of a l l r m n i f e s t a t i o n , wns termed . ? a t h e r by J e s u s , and i s recognized i n h g e l e s s Viisdon a s t h e e v e r - l i v i n g S e l f of a l l b e i n g s , t h e supreme "I AM." Kaph-Resh ( K R ) i s t h e Hsbrerr "Lanb: T h i s i s a f a - i l i a r mya- ' t i c a l nane f o r "Our Brother," t h e C h r i r t o s . It i s u s e d t h r o u g h o u t t h e hook of F.ev21ntion, and Fn t h e l i t u r g y of t h e Christian Church. It war a l s o h o r n t o t h e s s g e s of e n c i a n t I n d i a , n-ho r e p r e s e r t e d t h e i r s u p r e n o Deity, k n i , " t h e god o f consuzing f i r e , " a s a young lcmb, c a r r y a nctc'ncd b n q e r , OF. which was i n s c r i b e d a smastika. T h i s synbol i s a l m o s t e x a c t l y i d e n t i c 2 1 w i t h t h e Lacb of cod, o r &nus hi, r e p r e s e n t e d t o d a y . on wax msdals used by t h e Rormn Church. The o n l y a p p r e c i a b l e d i f f e r e n c e i s t h a t t b s C h r i s t i n n nede-1 s h m s a c r o s s h a v i x e q u a l arTs, i n s t e a d of t h e 6westfht. Resh-Kaph (RE) i s t h e Hebrew "tenderness," a s o f a young p l a n t , o r g r e e n shoot. Thin i s p r e c i s e l y t h e q u a l i t y , implying a l s o s u e a t n e a r and compassion, which i s symbolized by t k s lamb. I n t h i s c o n n e c t i o n n m y s l s o r e n c m b e r ' t h a t F r e e Yasor.6 T e a r a l a z b s k i n a p r o n a s t h e i r d i n t i q u i s b i n f badge o f p u r i t y and innocence. C.R.C., o r Kaph-Resh-Kaph i s t h e number 240, e q u i v a l e n t t o Hebrer :QzPUC, Citserrirn, " F i r s t Seeds," and RM. f i e "High, l o f t y . " ( ~ o t ehat t F J ~ , E , i s a l s o t h e l a s t s y l l a b l e i n t h e n e w C h W , Ehuram, o r Hiram.) 50th C.R. and R.C. a r e e q u i v a l e n t t o t h e a m b e r 220, which i s t h e v a l u e of t h e words BChIR, Bawkir, "The e l e c t , " and TLfVR, Tahocr, "Puregor'Clear.' The a p p l i c a t i o n o f t h e s e two words t o a l l t h e mystery p e r s o n a l i t i e s whose nc-ss r e have bc2n c o r s i d e r i r s i s p e r f e c t l y e r i d e n t . Furthermore, t h e nucber 220 i s a l s o s i g n i f i c a n t i n Qabalah, becauce it r e p r e s e n t s t h e mlt i p l i c a t i o n of t h e 22 f o r c e s symbolized by t h e 22 Hebrew l e t t e r s b y meanr of t h e p m e r s c f t h e t e n a s p e c t s of t h e L i f e - p r i n c i p l e , which a s p e c t s a r e c r ~ l l e dLephiroth, o r Nu-erationa. I These may s e 5 r s t r a q e t h i z ~ s o d ~ y ; but t h e y were n o t s t r a n g e t o t t 6 e e r u d i t e o f Europe a h e n t h e R o s i c r u c i a n n a s i f e s t o e s were p u b l i s h e d . S u p 5 r f i c l a l r e a d e r s i n t h a t d s y e i t h e r r e j e c t e d t h e t e x t s a s 4 hoax, o r e l e e a e r e led e s t r a y by t h e i r l e t t e r . Those who a c c e p t e d t h e s t o r y a t f a c e m l u e r!~shed i n t o p r i n t w i t h l e t t e r 8 ~ n d s s a y s i n t e n d e d t o convinco e t h e hidden B r e t h r e n of t h e Order t h a t t h e r r i t e r s were s u i t a b l e c a n d i d a t e s f o r i n i t i a t i o n . Wiser r e a d e r s , we may Fuppose, p e n e t r a t e d t h e v e i l of e n i g m t i c language, fcund t h e C j a b a l i r t i c c l u e s t h e t we have s e t . f o r t h , and perceived t h a t o u r F a t h e r and Brother C.R. i s b u t a n o t h e r p e r s o n i f i c a t i o n of t k ? t r u e S e l f of man. There i s , indeed, abundant e v i d e n c e t h a t no s n o l l nu-ber of t h e b e s t minds i n Europe d i d read t h e R o s i c r u c i a n r i d d l e s a r i g k t , and d i d s s t n b l i s h c o n t a c t w i t h t h e I m e r School whieh anr,ounced i t s e x i s t e n c e t o t h e world i n such c u r i o u s t e r m s . The nay they found i s s t i l l open, and t h e School t o which it l e a d a t h e e a r n e s t i n q u i r e r i s s t i l l i n a c t i v e o w r a t i o n . To d o somcwhat t o clear t h e p s t h t o it i s o?e o f t h e o b j e c t s of t h i s book. Brother C.R.'s age, a t t h s time of h i s d e a t h , i s g i v e n a a 106 years. S h i s n w b u r would hold t h e a t t e n t i o n of any Q a b a l i s t , f o r it i s

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t h e w l u e o f t h e l n t t e r - n a v e IAN, 2. As a noun, ' t -eans "fish." The p y s t i c e l f i s h i s t h e C ' v i s t o s , an5 t : . s i n i t i a l s o f L Greek s e n t e n c e which r , a be t r a n s l a t e d , " J e s u s C h r i s t , Son of Gcd, b a v i o r , " s p e l l t h e word ~ c k t h u s ,"fich." L~ t h e Qabalah. t h e l e t t e r Mun i s connected w i t h t h e z o d i a c a l S f ~ n S c o r p i o , t y p i f y i n g a f o r c e which i s a l s o s F b o l i r e d a s a s e r p e n t and anea,-le. O c c u l t i s t s h a r e alvmys known, and ncw a n a l f i i c a l psychology h a s d c r o n s t r a t e d . t k t t h i s f o r c e . t h e s c r p n n t pee-er, r h i c h i s t h e s c c r p i o n of der.t:r. r.ien misused, i s t'ct i n Tan which m y b 3 s o d i r e c t e d t h a t it w i l l l i f t hi- t o t h e h i ~ t e s t degrees of conscious a - r s ~ e s s . This force is t i e "eagle" aentione:! i n t:le Cor.fesrio, i n t h e passaze: "!?herefore now r.o f o r g e r a r e Ire beheld by h u m r e y e s , u n l e s s t h c y h a r e r e c e i v e d s t r s z g t h borrowed from t h e earla." The nu-ber 106 i s a l s o r e - a r k a t l e because it c o x e a l s a g e m t r i c a l f o r ~ u l aof rea at L:portar,ce i n the wstery-teaching. 106 i s t w i c e 53, end 5 3 i s t h e nurbnr of c'egrees f o r ~ d t h e j u ~ c t i o nof tb-o l i n e s of 3 u n i t s by 5. I l a t h e m t i c a l l y , an2 C u n i t s i n t h e FJthagorean t r i a c - l e o f 3 9 t t e r t . f o r e , 106 r e p r o s ~ r t st h e n u y h r of d e c r e e s a t t h e r e r t i c a l a n g l e of a t r i a n s l e f c r c r d %y c o x b i n i r g t u o F'ythagmean triangles s o as t o form t?.e follor;.Lrg f i g u r e :

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This t r i a n g l e , it w i l l be seem, c z p h a s i ~ e sth2 nu?.bors 5 and 8, s i n c t ' t s base i s 8 u n i t s long, and each of t h f - o t h e r t x o s i d e s a r e 5. Thus t h e t h r p e si.?es of t h i s t r i a n f l e ;ive a t c t a l cf 18 u n i t s , and 18 i s t h o n u ~ b e rof t h e Hebrew noun ChI, Chat, " l i f e . " The nuzber 106, i ~ d i c a t i t q h s d e g r e e s a t t h e a p x o f t h i s trlt a n ~ l e ,i s t h e number of t 5 e words DE2, 3awbat, " a t t a i n s d , " and PVK, PooL, " n ~ t i n o n y . " The f i r s t of t k e s s i n d i c a t e s srrccess i n t h e G r e a t Yort. The ar?cond r o o l d b i d i c e t o t o a C a b a l i s t one o f t h e nnnns f o r t h e mysteriou: F i r s t 2 a t t e r of ti:=. a l c h e ~ i s t c . The p h i l o s o p h i c a l a n t i n c n y i s t h e saTe ~s t h e " p e r m n e n t m t e r n cf t h e Herue+.ic p l ~ i l o s o p h o r s , t h a t i s , r i t h a c- - o s o ~ h i c a l ~ c * J ~ Y . I t was t o t h i s t h a t S a s i l F a l e n t i n e r e f e r r e d xhsn il & r he e n t i t l e d one o f h i s books The T r i m o h a n t C h a r i o t o f k n t i r o n y . Kate. t o o . t h a t t h e d i m r s i c n s e:q~!?ssized 3y t h i s t r i a n r l e a r e t h o s e 3 n t i o n e d i n t h e V d e s c r i p t i o nof t h o ~ o s i c r u c i e n i l t . " ~ v e r ~ l s i d(was) m e f i v e f e e t broad, and tk.8 k e i ~ h tof s i g h t f e e t . " These p r o p o r t i o n s a r e a l s o t h o s e e q l o y e d i n t h e c o n s t r ~ w t i o nof t h e G r c a t Pyramid.
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" I n t h e f i f t h y e a r of h i s a c e hs was nlncod i n a c l o i s t e r . " This connocts r i t h t k e o t h e r s t a t e r e n t s o f t h e m a n i f ? s t o e r t o t k s eff e c t t h a t C.R. was 8 rembcr of a G m m n n o b l e f a n i l y . ;:'hen t h e s e ~ a m p h l e t s e r e p u c l i s h e d , t h e Life-power had b r o u ~ t - % n t o ~ a n i f e s t a t i o n r i f i v e r e c e s of men. The Indo-Gerranic peoples b e l o q t o t h i s F i f t h

The True and I n v i s i b l e R o s i c r u c i a n Order. The c l o i s t e r , a s t k e d e r i v a t i o n of t h e word from t h e L a t i n c l a u s t m , b a r , b o l t , bounds, i n d i c a t e s p l a i n l y enoueh, i s t h e s t a t e of r e l a t i v e bondage whict precedes t h e work of l i b e r a t i o n . I t s y n b o l i z e s t h e f a c t t:;at t h e Life-power, f r e o i n i t s e l f . a s s u n e s t h e burdens of l h i t a t i o n i s of t h e sane fundai r p o s o d by e x i s t e n c e . ? h i s passage i n t h e " The WORD r e n t a l p u r p o r t n s t h e d e c l a r a t i o n of S t . J o h n ' s Gospel: bscame f l e s h , and dwelt among us."
"Eo l e ~ r n e di n 3 i f f e r e n t l j r t h e Greek 2nd L a t i n tongues." I explained t h i s i n c o r r e c t l y i n t h e t w f o r n e r e d i t i o n s o f t h i s book, because I f o r g o t t h a t i n 17th c c n t u r y E n g l i s h t h e word " f n d i f f e r e n t l y " = a n t . " x i t h o u t d i s t i n c t i o n . " m a t i s n e a n t i s t h a t CR .. l e a r n t t h e language of philosopny (Greek) a3d t h e l c n y a g e of s c i e n c e ( L a t i n ) e q u a l l r well. I n t h e c l o i s t e r of t h e s s n s o - l i f e we n u s t g h i n preliminary knowledge of s c i e n c e tr.d philosophy i n o r d e r t o p u t o u r s e l v e s i n a p o s i t i o n t o r e c e i v e t!-.e s e c r e t s of o c c u l t knowledge, w h i c t a r e i n p a r t e d Fr. "Arabic", t h e language o C i n i t i a t i o n . Occult t r u t h o f t h e h i g h e r s o r t cannot be g r a s p s d by p e r s o n s ~ ? l o l l yd e f i c i e n t i n t k i s p r e l h i n a r y t r a i n f n g .

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The beginnings of t h a t s e a r c h f o r t r u t h b y means of h i o h t h e 7f03U) hidden i n t h e hunan h e a r t becones m i f e s t e d a r e indicated by t h e n e x t p"SSa~e ir. t h e .f * It t e l l s u s t h a t it was t h e " e a r n e s t d e s i r e and ' r e q u e s t " of C .h. t h a t l e d t o h i s b e i n g a s s o c i a t e d rvith Brother P.A.L. Bote t h a t t h i s happened w h i l e h e nrcr " i n h i s growing years," t h a t i s , a t about t h e e c e of f i f t e e n . It i s a t t h i s p e r i o d t h a t t h e s u b t l e f o r c e symbolised a s t h e s e r p e n t , t 5 e s c o r p i o n , acd t h e e a g l e b e g i n s t o b r i n g about t h e p 3 y s i c a l changer and ~ c n t a l r r i n s f o n a t i o n s c h a r a c t e r i s t i c of puberty. T h i s i s ti-.e t L . e vhen boys t a r d g i r l s begin t o t h i n k long t h o u g h t s , r h e n t h e y a r e s t i r r e d by a d e s i r e f o r new e x p e r i e n c e s , shen t h e i r l o a g i r ~f o r wider h o r i z o n s n a n i f e s t s i t s e l f . These i n n e r s t i r r i n g s a r e c l o s e l y r e l a t e d t o o c c u l t and ~ y s t i c a lexperience, a s nodern p s j ~ c h o l o wbegins t o understand. Those p s y c h o l o g i s t s , however, a r e t!lenselves b e l i e v e t h a t m y s t i c i s n and o c c u l t i s n , i n e r r o r who t r y t o ~ a k e t h e ?*lest f o r r e a l i t y beyond mere s z n s a t i o n , t h e s e a r c h f o r t r u t h t r h n r cending o r d i n a r y r e a s o n i n g , Ere n o t k i n e b u t obscure a c t i v i t i e s of tb sexl h f e . The s e r p e n t f o r c e v:!lich i s a t v:ork i n t h e s e beginnings of i n i t i a t i o n t i s no doubt t t e poner m ~ u e l y e r n e d l i b i d o by t h e a n a l y t i c a l p s y c h o l o g i s t r , but h p u l s e s nnd e n o t i o n s connected ait!~ e p e r p e t u a t i o n of t h e r a c e by th reproduction c o n s t i t u t e a p a r t only of i t s potencies. "Brother P.A.L." i s a s i n p l e Q e b a l i s t t o puzzle. The t h r e e l e t t e r r a r e t h e Zobrew l e t t e r s Peh, Aleph, nnd Lamed. T h e i r t o t a l v a l u e i s 1 1 1. This i s t h e number of t h e a d j e c t i v e P U S Pohleh, "marvelous," a p p l i e d by C a b a l i s t s t o t h e number ORE, which t h e y c a l l "The Crownw, hnd a l s o "The Prim1 Tiill." This a s p e c t of t h e Life-pourer i s r e p r e s e n t e d by t h e c i r c l e c t t h e t o p of t h e d i a g r a a of t h e T r e e of L i f e . I t corresponds t o t h e h i g h e s t G r a l e of t h e True and I n v i s i b l e Order. Thus t o b e a s s o c i a t e d w i t h E r o t h a r P.A.L. means t o be l i n k e d o r j o i n e d t o t h e R e a l S e l f , t h e t r u e I AE, beoause Q a b a l i s t r d e s i g n a t e t h a t Self b y t h e t e r m IChIDE, Jeohidah, w.d t h e y a l s o a t t r i b u t e t h i r t e r m t o t h e number ONE, and a s s o c i a t e it w i t h t h e uppernost c i r c l e on t h e Tree of Life. The number 111 i s a l s o t h e v a l u e o f t h e letter-nnme ALP, Aleph, "Ox", which d e s i g n a t e s t h e f i r s t of t h e Hebrew l e t t e r r . I n t h e T a r o t , Aleph i r

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A f t e r Erother F.X.L.'s deatr, r o t h e r C.K. c o n t i r u e s toward qlerusalem. T h i s means t h a t a l t h o u g h t b e f i r s t i z p u l s e hns been modified, f o r a ti- t h e d e s i r e f o r peace p e r s i s t s a s a do-inant motive. Thus t h e jo1:rney c o n t . i n t ~ s su ~ t i Danascus i s reached. Hers E r o t h e r C.R. i s h a l t e d l f o r a t h e , "by reason of t h e f ' s - b l s n e s s of h i s tedy.. The p l a c e - n a ~ e " D m ~ a s c - ~ s-"e m s "nrork." Evzry k c i n n e r i n o c c u l t p r a c t i c e l e a r n s t t n t he h a s nclny p'lysical r e a ? j u s t . u , n t s t o m k e . "Sound z i n d i n a sound body" a p p l i e s w i t h s p e c i a l f o r c e t o e s o t e r i c t r a i n i n g , which r e q u i r e s a stronE; and pure physic61 v e h i c l e . To r a k e a sound body t n k e s a x k , t h e t i s t o s a y , 8 s o j o u r n i n Damscua. m i l e t h i s work g o e s on, E r o t h e r C.R. " ~ a i f i sf a v c r w i t h t h e Turks Ta'wen l i t e r a l l y , t h i s i s p r e ~ a s t . e r o u s . by r e e s o n of h i s s k i l l i n physic." A t t h a t t i n e , a c c o r d i r g t o t h e s t o r y , he wns o n l y f i f t e e n , and a C h r i s t i a n . F u r t ! ! e r r o r e , he had n o t otu6ied medicine, which h e l e a r n e d a f t e r he had l q f t Damascus. To imagine t ? h t a German l a d , h m r s r precocious, could ,-sin f a v o r a b l e n o t i c e from f d o k a m d a n s who h e l d a l l C h r i s t i a n s i n c o n t e o p t , by t h e p r a c t i c e of r,n a r t c o n c e r n i q +.i:h he ha:! l e a r n e d nothing, i s a f e a t t h e t we m y l e a v o t o t h o s e r h o a r e c a m b l e of a s i n c e r e b e l i e f t h a t t k e coon i s m d e of g r e e n cheese. :.%at i s meant i s t h e t a s t h e r e s u l t of t h e work o f p h y s i c a l recons t r u c t i o n , which t a k e s t i n e and ? ? f o r t , he who i s prerm-L?g h i r s e l f f o r i n i t i a t i m p i n s unusual s i r i l l i n c o n t r o l l i n : t b s f u n c t i o n s of b i s body. T h i s p r a c t i c e i s nnnloyous t o what Eindus t e r a 3atk.a Ycca. I t i n c l u d e s t h e e s t a L 1 i s h m r . t o f c o r r e c t h e b i t c of d i e t , t h e usn 31' a s t e r , rhythmic breathinf-, and such c o ? t r o l of t h c n u s c l e s n s w i l l e n a b l e t h e s t u d e n t t o n a i n t a i n &I e r e c t s i t t i n g p o s t u r e , - - i t h o u t m o r i ~ g , f o r a t l e r s t a n hour. o ConI n 1614 t h n t group of o c c u l t i s t s ~ h p u k l i s % c ? t h e = a n d f e z s i o u n d e r s t o s d t h e occu!t laws gsoe-ning t'e e v o l u t i e r ! of t h e h u m n r a c e . They knew thctt Turks are t i o ~ ~ o l i a n s ,r Fourth Race men. Thlhtt o t h c y s e i d of t h e f r i e n d l i n e a s of t h s Turks t o Brother C.2. i s an a l l ~ 1 s i o n tro t h e f a c t t h n t t h e p r e l i ? i n a r y p r a c t i c e s menticnecl aSore d o a-rakon p h y s i c a l and n e n t a l pu.vrs which -::-TO h i g h l y developed i n t h o e 7 o l u t i o n of t h e F o u r t h Race. These p m e r z have been t c r o o r a r i l y s u h r ? c d i n subconsciousness d u r i n g t h r e r o l v t i r n of t h e F i f t h Race (Aryan, o r IndoS c r m n i c . ) Note w e l l t h e t t h e purpose o f t h e r r e l i ? i r a r y p r a c t i c e x h i c h i s r e p r e s c n t o d bay t". soJourn of Brother C.R. i n D ~ n a s c u si s n o t t h e a r r a k e n i n ~ of t h e s e pow9rs. Such t n a ~ : s n i o g co-es a s a m t f e r of c o u r s e , b u t must not be made t h e ob.ject of t.he work. C h a s t i t y i n t h o n e h t , n o r d , knd a c t i s in@er*tive d u r i n g %is work. It r e l e a s e s p o t e n t p h y s i o a l T h i s , i s r h y Hatha Yo,;a c a n b e s o den&:rcus. and p s y c h i c a l f o r c e s . Unless theel: a r e c o n t r o l l e d , t \ e y g e t o?lt of hand, s o m t i - e s cawsine d r e a d f u l s - . x - p e r r e r s i o n s , i n s a n i t y , and v a r i o u s k i n d s of d i s e a s e c . iiegce we a r e t o l d a t t h i s p o i n t i n t h o n a r r a t i v e t h a t C.R. ;.xifie r b a r f a i n s i t h t h e Arabians t o c a r r y h i n f o r a c e r t a i n sum o f noney T h i s r e f e r s t o t!.e vow o f c h s s t i t y , which t o t h e Tenple o f t h e ':ise !!en. i s i n d i c c t e d by t t e ~ e a n i n ~ t \ e ~ o r 6 of "Arabia," si~nify5.r.p " s t e r i l i t y . " Thus t h e Temple of i n i t i a t i o n is a l s o i n Ara$i;r, and i n Arabia t B r o t h e r C . R . meets t h e ; i i s e !fan. Rote, however, t h ~ hn makes a b a r g a i n r ; i t h t h o A-abians f o r a c e r t n i n sm of m n c y , and t h a t t h s period of h i 8 s o j o u r n i n t h e Tenple o f t h e Z i s e !'en h a s a f i x e d l i m i t . The c e l i b a o y t which i s n e c e s s a r y i n o r d ~ r h a t one nay p a s s t h r o u ~ ht h e i n i t i s t o r y t r i a l s - . i t 5 s s f e t y i s n o t i r ~ o s e df o r l i f e . I t i s i n d i c ~ n r a b l er r c l i m i n a r y t.rainine i n self-oontrol. I t a l s o e s t a b l i s h e s h treaenZous r e s e r v e o f t h e on r i t a l i t y nade by t h e l i f e - f o r c ? , adequkte f o r t h e e x t r h o r 6 i n e r y de-nds i n i t i a t o r y p r o c e s s . A f t e r i n i t i o t i e n , hcnover, c e l i b n a ~ i s n o t r e q u i r e d . nence t h e Confessio d e c l a r e s o x p l i c i t y t h a t s u m o f t h e f r a t e r n i t y have farilier.

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One The l o c a t i o n of t i e T e r p l e of t h 9 R i s e iJen i s g i v e n a s Dam-car. c o r e i r y e n i o u s t h a n c r i t i c a l w r i t e r on t h i ? r s R o s i c r u c i a n h a s suggested t h a t t h i s m a n s %~asc*1s-Cairo. The o b j e c t i o n t o t h i s i n t e r p r e t a t i o n i s t h a t Da-mscus i s i n S y r i a , an6 C a i r o i n Egypt, which l a t t e r c o u n t r y , t h e s t o r y s a y s , was n c t v i s i t e d by Brother C.R. u n t i l a f t e r he had l e f t DamCar. F u r t h e m o r e , Dan-Car i s s a i 6 t o be i n Arabia. T h i s a l l e g o r i c a l place-aazm is one t h a t would have been s i g n i f i c a n t t o m y C a b a l i s t o f t h e e a r l y s e v e n t e e n t h c e n t u r y . I t c o ~ b i r , e st'le -0 BeThus it is R "lamb." brew nouns, DE, &, "Slocd," t n d K ( i . e . c.B.), t h y Eebrew f o r 'Blood of t h e L a ~ b , " a p h r a s e f a ~ i l i a r o a l l C h r i s t i a n s . t a s re h s r e c l r e a d y seen, i s a f a r d l i a r symbol f o r t h e C h r i s t o s , The La:b, I n i t i a t i o n begir?s t h e p r o c e s s cot-zon t o a i z d u and C h r i s t i a n typology. nhoreby t k e p - r s o f tie C t r i s t o s a r e l i b e r a t e d a-d brought i n t o e x p r e s sion. T h i s procesz r e c u l t s a t l a s t in t h e p e r f e c t i o n o f a p e r s o n a l v e \ i c l e f o r t h a t r a r s 3 i s s i o r . of t h e s e powers from t h s i n n e r c a u s a l plane o u t i n t o t h e p h y s i c e l wcrld. The practices of h i t i a t i o n modify t h e c h e n i s t r y o f t h e i 9 i t i a t e e 8 o m blood. The T e r p l c af Dan-Car, o r Tenple o f t h e Blood o f t h e Lamb, is t h e i n i t i a t e ' s mn body. Thus it i s 1Fks 5 o l o w n v s Tenple i n !'nsonry. :;e a r e t o l d t h ~ C.R. t learned h i s n e d i c i n e and r ~ t h e m a t i c sa t Dam-Car, of because t h e p h y s i c a l r c r ~ i n i t i a t i o n i s bassd u?n o c c u l t nathematics, t h a t is t o say, upon t h e e c t u a l g e o m t r i c a l p r o p o r t i a n s o f a l l f o r m in nature. It i s a l s o a work of o c c u l t medicine because it ha8 t o do r i t h t h e c o r . t r o 1 of f o r c t s r - o s e f i r s t awakening i s r s c r e s e n t i d by t h e pass a p i n tho concerning t h c f r i e f i d l i n e s s of t h e Turks a t Damascus. The a c t i o i t i c s of t h e s e f o r c e s d e t e r - i n e t h e s t a t e of t h e body c'lemistry anfi a l s o b u i l d c e l l s i n t o b o m s and t i s s u e s . Tha p r a c t i c a l work of ini t i a t i o n , in o t t e r words, is t h e p e r f e c t i o n of a p h y s i c a l body by mean8 of t'.o w n t a l d i r e c t i o n of s p i r i t u a l f o r c e s . Ghsn t h e b o d i l y r e h i c l e is p e r f ~ c t e d , t h e s r i r i t u s l F m e r s f i n d f r e e and harnoniotls e x r r e e s i o n , hare on t \ e p h g s i c l l plan^. T!-,is i s t h e r e a l r e a s o n why t h e r e a r e n o t s o aany ; a s t e r s . .<ost persons a r e t o o l a z y t o d o t h e work, t o o d e t i r o u s of d i s c o r e r i n g so- "easy ray."

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B r o t h e r C.2. ca% t o Dkz-Car a t t h s age of s i x t e e n . At t h i s a g e t h e p h y s i c s 1 t r a n s f o r n a t i o n s of p u b e r t y a r e c m p l e t e d , an4 t h u s it i s c a f e t o o n t e r i c t o tk.e work of t r a n s f o r n i n g t h e h d y f o r o c c u l t work. k t t h i s n o i a t i n t h c s t o r y t h e r e i s an i n t e r e s t i n g p a s a g e . I t s a y r r "The f . i s e '!en r e c e i v e d him n o t a s a s t r a r i e r , but a s one whom t h e y ?lad 10-4 expected; t h e y c a l l e d h b by h i s n a x , and shared him o t h e r s e c r e t s of '?is c l a i s t e r , whereat he c o u l d n o t b u t m i g h t i l y wonder." h soon a s t h e work o f h i t i a t i o n r c a l l y b e ~ i c s , one d i s c o o e r r i t h a t he i~ by no r e e n s a l o c c i n h i s s e a r c h f o r t r u t h . Contact i s e r t a h l i s h e d r i t h t h e ;!asters o f t h e I n n e r School, and one f h d s t h a t one i s a l r e a d y k n o w n t o then. The t e x t a l s o d e c l a r e s t h r - t B r o t b ~ rC.R. m u This m a n s t h a t i n i t i a t i o n bring8 ~i:s e c r e t s - o u t of h i s c l o i s t e r . " to l i s h t t h a i n n e r meaning o f p h y s i c a l e x p e r i e n c e . C o n p a r a t i r e l y e a r l y i n t h c p r o c e s s it b r i r g s t o t h s s u r f a c e o f conaciousnesc n h o s t of lmp r e s s i o n s ~ h i c h s r e been s t o r e d in t h e subconscious mind, 6rd one s e e s h t'ne s i g n i f i c a n s e o f m n y e v c n t s i n o n e ' s l i f e , wllich, a t t h e ti.% t h e y occurred, nay hcve s e e m d t o be. of no p w t i c u l a r i n o o r t a n c a . Th.is proc e s s of r e t r o s p e c t i o n i s a most v a l u a b l e part o f o c c u l t t r c i n i n g . The ;':ise 2Ln a r e a c t u a l h w a n beiregs. They a r e t h e Masterr who be10% t o t h e Third Order o f t h e Invisible R o s i c r u c i a n F r a t e r n i t y . They

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become r i s i b l . : t o h u n a ~e y e s when t h o s e e y e s have "borrowed s t r e n g t h from t h e eaqle." The " e a r l e n i s t h e nerve-force which f i n d s o u t l e t o r d i n a r i l y i n t h e r e p r o d u c t i v e f u n c t i o n s -oyerned t h e zodiacal s i g n Scorpio. T h i s f o r c e h a s t o be s u b l i a a t e d ar.d t r a n s ~ u t e db e f o r e it cen f u r c t i o n i n oent e r s of t h e body o t h e r t h a n t h o s e whoso o f f i c e i s t h e p e r p e t u a t i o n of t h e rnce. Any a t t e n p t t o b r i n g akout t h i s s u b l i m t i o n b e f o r e t h e body h a s been h e must t u i l d a c l e a n body ( p r i n c i brought under c o - t r o l i s den-erous. m l l y by neans of r i g h t d i e t ) , y u s t p u r i f y t h e micd, and n u s t have t h e b l o o d - s t r ~ a m charred 7 i t . h r u : ~ t l ef o r c e s from r l a n d u l a r s e c r e t i o n s c o n t r o l led by th.e subconscious p m - s r s of 2 k e Turks." ? h e n a11 t h i s o c c u r s , t h e blood c h e m i s t r y ucdergoes a s e r i e s of cksn&es, and t 5 e s t r u c t u r e o f c e r t a i n a r e a s of t h e b r a i n i s modified. T!-ten co-er t h e h i g h e r v i s i o n ot c l a i m o y m c e i n v h i c h one a c t u ~ l l y e e s t h e n i s e Lkn. s Today t h i s e x p e r i e l ~ c ei s p c s s i b 7 e f c r a g r s a t e r nuxber o f w r s o n s t t s n e v e r befor?. The d e t a i l s o f t h e p r a c t i c a l wtbtods n h i c h b r i n g it a b u t n a y n o t be p u b l i c l y e x c l e i n e d beyond a c e r t a i r r p o i n t . R e v e r t h e l e s s , any r e a d e r of t ? c s e pages nay unaertekr: tt:e p r e l i n i 5 a r y u o r k of p u r i f y i n g he h i s mird a r d body. Yhen he i s rerriy, ~ . + e r has given t h e r i g h t knock, a!;en he ha8 asked a t t h e r i g \ + d o o r , when he h a s rrt t h e t e s t s n-hich chow t h a t he i s d u l y and t r u l y c r e p e r e d , hc w i l l make c a r t a c t w i t h mote adNot sooner--and t h e t e s t s a r e s t r i c t and a t t h e r a n 8 vanced t,rachi.;g. tira s u b t l e . B r o t h e r C.R. t e e i n s h i s work a t Dam-Car by p e r f e c t i r g h i r s e l f i n Thic r e f e r s t o t53 unusual i n s i g h t i n t o t h e s e c r e t s t h e AreSi?n tongue. of n a t u r e ~ h i c hi s m d e p o s s i b l e by t 5 e e x e r c i s e of t h e s u b t l e r s n n s e s Then c o w s t h e t r a n s l a t i o n o f t h i s d i r e c t rea3ir.g of t h e 300k of !:ature i n t o t h e o r d e r l y , s c i e n t i f i c a r e s l n t a t i o n t y p i f i e d by tt,e L a t i n of t h e Fook U ( ~ i b e r! < u e , o r Fcok of t h e ':crld.) Alony w i t h f h i s zork i s t h e study of o c c u l t m d i c~re end r . c t k e m t i c s . A l l t h i s tai:cs t h r e e y e a r s , en3 b r i n q s S r o t h c r C.R. t o t h e n e g i c a l ace of 10, a t v;.hirh tire hc completes t h e i n t i a t o r y prOCeS6. I t r i l l bo seen t h a t a l l t h c s e i n i t i a t o r y p r a c t i c e s a t Dam-Car hnd t o d o w i t h t h e p e r f e c t i c n of Erothor C.R.'s body, i n o r d e r t o naka it a n instrument f o - h e t t c r ~ m d c r s t a n d i n go f n a t u r e . The f i r s t t o r k i s t h i s work of c o r r e c t i n t e r p r e t a t i o n of t h a t rrt.ich I n d i a n philosophy c a l l s P r a k r i t i . T h i s E o t h c r E a t u r o i s t h e I s i r of t h e E m p t i a r w , and i n Q a b a l i s n i s p e r s o r i f i n d by Zvc, t h e nothec of a l l l i v i n g . The l i t e r a l T?us 1 n i t . i a t i o n b e g i n s ;rnning o f "Evan i s " t o m a n i f e s t , t o c5m7 fo-th." w i t h t h e s t u d y of t h e n n c i f e s t , w i t h i r v e s t i t a t i o n s i n t o t h e meaning of t h e power which t h e 6haga-d-Cita d e s c r i b e s e s " d i f f i c u l t t o c r o s s over," boe who h a s a c snd as " t h e n m b whonca i s t h o b i r t h of a l l crsatvres." c c r ~ l i s h e dt h i s work i s r a i d t o have a r r i v e d st t ? e m y s t i c a l age o f 1 9 , because t + i s i s t b e n u ~ b e rof t h r proper n m ChVH, Chavah, t r a n s l a t e d "Eve" i n E n g l i s h Bibles.
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Brother C.R.'s t w e n t i e t h y e a r i s d e s c r i b e d a s huvinc been occupied with a i o u r n s j from Dan)-Car t o Egypt, a s h o r t sojourn i n t h i s c o u n t r y , and a n o t t a r journey t o t h o p l n c e where he c o ~ r l e t e dh i 8 work. O f t h e j o ~ r n e yt o Egypt we lerrrn t h a t it rtas a c r o s s Sinus h r a b i c v s , t h o Arabian S u l t . Hero i s a s u b t l e i n t i m ~ t i o n f t h e t e r r i r i a t i o n of t h e p e r i o d o ' o f c~libaoy rnprocentod by Arabia.

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Egypt, l e n d of d n r k a s s s ar.d c s p t i v i t y , i s t h e e u t o m t i : r e g i o n of s j b c o n r c i o u s n ~ s s . C.R. c o e s t y e r e , a s Bid J e s u s , Q-thagoras, Joseph, and r a n y another. His work i n Zgypt r e p r e s e n t s t h e i n i t i a t e ' s 6 t u d y c f t h e r o d e s of c o n s c i o u s e x p s r i c q c e developed by t h e L i f e - w i f e r d u r i n g i t s e v o l u t i o n through t h c p l a n t and a n i ~ a kincdons. l An i n i t i p t e i t a b l e t o r e v i r ? conscious a w e r e r e s s of t h i s e x o a r i e n c e , and t o u t i l i z e powers -:-hich a r e highly erofved a a o r g e n i m l s . P s t e n j a l i , tL,e ;reat Hindu t e a c h e r o f t h e s c i e n c e of l g n t e l c c n t r o l , s p c ~ l r sof t h i s v.tnn-hc s a y s t h a t one a a y s o n e d i t e t e a s t o g a i n h o r r l o d g c c f t h e meaning of a l l a n i n e l sounds, a9d u n d s r s t m d i n = of t h c p r o c e r t i e s o f a l l p l m t s . Obtrrve, horrevcr, t h a t such e x p l o r L t i o n of subconsciousness i s e x t r o m l y of daq-rrcus u n t i l one h a s dcne t h e m e l i n i n a r y 1.10rl- p u r i f i c a t i o n and Thus t h e Chaldeen t r a i n i r p r e p r e s e - t e d by t h e t h r e e y e a r s a t Dsn-Car. C r ~ z l e satmonish t k o s c who a r e t e ~ u t e dt o p r e r g t u r e investigation o f thCs r e e i u n of svbhuian a c t i v i t y : "Stocp n o t dovm u n t o t h e h r k l y - S p l e n d i d T o r l d ; whhereil c o ? t i n u e l l y l i e t h a f a i t h l e s s Cepth, and HHIeer w n p w d i n c l o u d s , d e l i ~ M i n gi n u n i r , t e l l i g i b l e i z a g e s , p r e c i p i t o u s , w i n i i q , e b l a c k e v w - r o l l i n g Abyss: e v e r e s ~ o u sc ~ i body unfwzinovs, fom.less, and ~ o i d . "Stoop n o t t o m , f o r r r r e c i p i s e l i e t t : b e n e a t h the e c r t h , rcach?d Sy a descending l a d d e r rrhich hath s e v e n s t e p s , and t h e r e i n i t ncta5lis?.%d tt.e t h r o n e c f on e v i l rrnd f a t a l f o r c e . "Stay n o t on t h e p r e c i p i c e s i t h t h e d r o s s of .latter, f o r t h e r e i s a place f o r thy I m g o i n a r e a l n I v e r splendid." The p r y c h i c powers of Tgypt, of t t e r e g i o n h i c h i s under t h e surface of t h e a e r t h , of t h e olbne of Lifo-msnipestntion b e l a t'.e human l e v e l cf s u j c o n a c i o r ~ sa m r e n e s s , a r e undovbtedly m w e l o u s . T h y o u ~ h t o te z t u d i e d , t o o , ht n o t ovrrlor.5. Thus t h e s t o r y t c l l s u s t eL, C.R. d i d cct sacsd e lo-.; t i n e t h e r e . T r u l y n r e t h e puffers of t h i s r s g i o n c a l l e d "Carkly splendid." A s t r u l y i s it s a i d t i s t I?. t'-em d w e l l s ar! e v i l and fat61 f o r c e . For tt..ase pcwers o f t t a ~ e s e v o l u t i o n belw t h e t o f Fan of a r 3 e r i l i n t h c sonae t h a t it i e ?lways e v i l t o r o back t o a lo:-or l e v e l c.f Gevelopment* They a r e p m e r s , zoreover, w o r k i z t ty t h e Lwr of Average8 fro- ::hich Ten c s c a p e z b : ~ t h e e x e r c i s e of t h e power o f c o n s c i o v r s e l f d i r e c t i o n . They o r e t h o p n o r s c f what Jacob Boeh?m c a l l s tho " a s t r a l vrisdoz r e l e e s e s us. sphere," f r o n which tbse h i ~ h e r T:.e g r e a t e r nvnbsr of' " o c c u l t f ~ i l u r e s "a r o p e r s o n s who hove cone du,m i n t o E g p t and s t a y e d t k c r c . Thoy h r e t h e o r e s whose e x s r c i s e o f uaue~:al psycbic f o r c e s w t i c h r e a l l y belong t o t h ? s u b h ~ r a nplane8 o f r o n i f e s t a t i o n a t t r a c t s t h e a t t e n t i o n of t ' ! ~ u l g a r hnd t h e i d l y c u r i o u s . v In:ychism of t h i c k i n d i s t h e g r e a t e s t d a n r e r on t h e o c c u l t path. A l l a e p i r a n t s r u s t n e q t cnd pacs t h i s dancer. It cannot be avoided by conardl y r e f u r e l t o makc o m s e l f s c q u n i n t e d w i t h t h e s u h h m s n fo?ces. They r u s t be known i n o r d e r t o be c o f i t r o l l c d . But s o d a t z l i n g , i s t h e i r d a r k cplendor t h a t nany a r e v i c t i m s of i t s glamour.

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The T N ~and I n v i s i b l e R o s i c r u c i s n Order. a l s o r e p r e s e n t e d by t h c 22 r a J o r trumps o f Tarot. :;hat i m e d i a t e l y f o l l o w s i n t h e s t o r y i s always t r u e . yihen o n e ' s occult t r a i n i w i s cozplqted, t h e f i r s t e f f e c t i s a d e s i r e t o share t h e k?orledge w i t h o t h e r r ; kt, as t h e s t o r y ehmrs, one must be c a r e f u l i n t s e l e c t i n g t h o s e t o rhom he a t t e ~ p t s o c o m n i c a t e t h e h i g h e r wisdom. Thorefore s e c r e c y has c v e r v e i l e d t h e d a z z l i n g 1ipJ1t of arcane t e a o h b g . The p r o w r m y t o c o ~ u n i c s L ~ m l e d s cof t h e s u b t l e r s o r t i s not by i n t ~ d i s c r i d n a t e open i n s t r u c t i o n . T h i s i n v a r i a b l y h a s no o t h e r r e s u l t t h a n t o e x c i t e r i d i c u l e and antagonisn. The c a u s e s of t h e t antegonism a r e t L e sane today a s wken t h e -:as w i t t o n . It 3 t t e r s n o t h w w i 1 l i r . g t h e p r a c t i c e 1 o c c u l t i s t y l y b Such t E i n g s , being o u t t c shox "new grortiis, new f r u i t s , and beasts." s i t e t h e rc.nce of o r d i s e r y e x p e r i e n c e , a r e a laughing n s t t e r t o d n d s accusto-ed t o t h c carrow l i n i t s of scsdernic f i e l d s of i n v e s t i g a t i o n . It i s 0.n t k i s accovzt t h a t even s o e x t r a o r d i n a r y a person a s H. P. Blavatsky Could, t o h e r sorrow, t h a t p h c n o ~ e n a , however n o n d e r h r l , would n o t conv i n c e tho69 7 5 0 were d e t e r ~ i n e dn o t t o c'lange tlie v i e n s which t h e y had :c long h e l d . It i s t h e cxceptionrrl person who i s w i l l i n g t o acknowledge an e r r o r t o v k i c h he h a s Er0.n a c c u s t o m d , c ~ p e c i h l l yI f it h a s been t h e i-eans of b r i n f i q h i a fa-e and money. Xere wi1li::;ness t o i n p s r t t r u t h i s n o t enough. Those who a r e t o r e c 2 i v e it ru.d have ~ d e q u a t ec a p a c i t y . I n t h e O r i e n t t h i s i s w e l l und c r s t o o d , and rtarry t e s t s of ch.: r o r ~ l d - b e p u p i l ' s co-petence a r e mcde before he i s ~ i v m any of t h e d c e p l r i n s t - u c t i o n . '!%at t h e caIX8 "t?,s trrte and i n f 6 l l i b : e h x i o r : t a n h r e u t t e r nonsenss t o a person i n capabl? o f graapir.6 t h e i r purport. Note, i n t h i s conqection, t h s t t h e s e hxio-ata d i r e c t us t o " t h e o n l y n i d d l e p o i n t an?' c ~ n t p r . " Occult wisdom i r . v a r i a b l y l e a d s f r o r t h o m n y - l e s s of t h c o u t e r w o r l l t o t h e u r ~ i t ya t thc? e a r t cf k i n g . b T h i s i s a n o t h e r r e a s o n why it i s n o t e a s y f o r t h e ayerage s c i e n ' i s t t o g r a s p c s o t c r i c t e b c h i n g , f o r t h e f i e l d s of e x o t e r i c s c i c n c a s r e d i r i s i c n s of h m n n onviron-fint. It is t h e exceptional s c i e q t i s t ;;ho r e s l i z e s t h a t h i s work i s r e a l l y a study of t k e powers of h ~ own n e t u r e . s At t h i s paint i n t h e n t r r a t i v e t h e r e i s a s h o r t d i g r e s s i o n conc c r n i n ? t h e work of t h e I n n e r School. T h i s i s d e s c r i b e d a s a s o c i e t y p ~ s s c s s c dof n s t e r i a l r e u l t h a s w e l l a s s p i r i t u a l krimledge. At t h e ti.rn9 t h e s e m a ~ i f e s t o c s e r o p u b l i s h e d t h i s passage uhdoubtedly a t r t r a c t e d t h e a t t e n t i o n of rnchy r e r d e r s r h o had no o t h e r i q t e r e s t t h a n t h o a c q u i s i t i o n of n a t e r i a l wealth. The s a w motive a n i n a t e s -any seekers f o r o c c u l t I-nuwledge to+cry. Yet both Fans and Confessio cont c i r . s p c c i f i c warnings t h a t none who e n t e r t a b such u m o r t h y n o t i v e s - < r i l l be a b l e t o cake c o n t a c t w i t h t h e Order. 'Ay, t h e n , n c n t i a n t h e n n t t e r a t a l l ? I n t h e f i r s t p l a c e , a s S o r p t i = s t h e e x i s t e n c e o f such motives i s w z o c o ~ n i z e d by 3 tost. osrs0r.s who a r e , n e v e r t h e l e s s , s u b c o n s c i o u s l y influenced by them. TO srrch r e a d e r s of t h e ncinifestoos t h e mere mention o f g r e a t w e a l t h would Se s u f f i c i c n t t o s e t up subconscious r e s p o n s e s n h i o h would b e t r a y thems e l r e s i n t h e l e t t e r s rrhlch t h e p u S l i o wore i n v i t e d t o a d d r e s s t o t h e F r a t e r n i t y i n response t o t h o s e m a n i f e s t o e s . Secondly, hecause unusual c o n t r o l of t h e m a n s of materl.al s u p p l y i s a o t u a l l y 0x3 of t h e r e s u l t 8 of r i g h t hriwledee, find t h o s e who do nuke c o n t a c t x i t h t h e Truo and I n v i s i b l e Order do :hare t h e b e n e f i t s of such c o n t r o l , p a r a d o x i c a l l y because t h e y a r e not p r i m a r i l y i n t e r e c t o d i n such b e n e f i t s .

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o r a c l e , " *ich i s a l s o c l e a r l y a p - l i c a b l e t o such a n undertal:ing. Again, it i s t h e number o f 91M, Baskah, ~ h i c h~ e a n t r i g i n n l l y " t o f l a , " and o s u r g c s t s t h e o u t p o u r i x g of' c n e r g p ;:hi-h t h n work of founding t h e F r a t e r n i t y i n v o l n s . F u r t h e m o r e , b i Z means a l s o " t o veep," and h i n t s a t what i s t h - r e a l s c t i v a o f a l l ? : a s t e r s of t h e I n n e r School. They a r e noved t o ccnpassion by t h e s u f f e r i n g a7d e r r a r s of t h e unenlightened. T h e r e f o r e do t h e y work w i t h o u t c e a s i x f o r t h e p u r i f i c a t i o n and r e g e n e r a t i o n o f t'.e hunan r a c e . The t h r e e co-founders o f t h e Order a r e s a i d t o have been c a l l e d by Brother C. 2. o u t of h i s f i r s t c l o i s t e r . Fiere i s a n c t h e r cxao.ple o f m r e ncnsPcse, i f t h e s t o r y i s t o be taken l i t e r a l l y . For i f t k e s e were nen bound by ? o n a s t i c POITS, B r o t h e r C.2. r o u l d have had no a u t h o - i t y o v e r them, nor c o u l d t h e y have r e s p n d e d t o h i s c a l l . But i f re understand t h e n t o be t y p e s of powers which a r e pres.;nt even i n u n i g i t i a t c d hucanity, which ca? o n l y be c a l l e d f o r t h t o good work when t h e c e n t r a l S e l f he6 t o r o w degree achieved l i t e r e t ' i o n , t h e ~ e a n i n gi s c l e a t . I t i s s t i l l f u r t h e r e l u c i C a t e d by t h e Q a b a l i ~ t i c i p l i f i c a n c e of s t k e i r f n i t i e l s , xhich are a s follors: GV, .. Hebren GIT, " ~ i d d l e , " o r "center.. I.A., a t r a n s p o s i t i c n o f Eebrer AI, Ahyee, a r h e r e ? her?" I.O., a d d i n g t o 80, t h ? n-mber of t h e l e t t e r Peh, "muth," and of I S M , Ycsod, "Foundation o r Basis." The b a s i s o f p r a c t i c a l o c c u l t i s m (1.0.) i s s e l f - e x o r e s s i o n , o r s o l f - u t t e r a n c e (sugqested by t h o f a c t t h a t t h o Hebrew l e t t e r Peh s t a ~ x i s f o r t h e m u t h o f Pan a s t h e crgm of tp-ech). Adequate s e l f - e x p r e s s i m r e q u i r e s s e l f - i n t e r r o g a t i o n ( 1 . h . or A1 .. "nhere? how?") a n i n a t e d by ~ p ~ c i f purpose. This work af s e l f - e x p r e s s i o n i s t o be r e a l i z e d through ic c o n c e n t r a t i c n , which l e a d s t o t h e s t a b l i s h n e n t of e q u i l i b r i u m t h r o u g h ~ f i n d i n e o n e ' s t r u e c o n t c r (G.V., k, n i d d l e , center.") " The v a l u e s of a l l t h s e i n i t i a l s t o t a l 100, which i s t h e number of i:LIlf, t:a1cen, " v a s e s , " and o f : 2 :?:adam, " e f f o r t , extension." l?, 100 i s a i s o t h e v a l u e o f t h e l e t t e r Qoph, a n i c h r e p r e s e n t s Corporeal I n t e l l i g e n c e , a:d i s s j ~ b o l i t e dby t h e 1 8 t h Key of T a r o t . The t h r e e co-founders r e r e t h e v a s e s o r v e s s e l s i n t o n L i c h C.R. poured h i s wisdoa end p m e r , and :';rouch t h e i r e f f o r t s t h e work wns extended. A most i n p o r t a n t a s p o t of t?.et work i s t y p i f i e d by t h e 18th Tarot Ksy. I t has t o do w i t h p h y s i c a l r s c o n s t r u c t i o n . Therefore, i n t h e s t a t e m e n t of R o s i c r u c i a n o b j e o t s , t h e f i r s t i s t h a t t h e y profcssod n o t h b g b u t t o h e a l t h e s i c k . I f we t a k e t h e i n i t i a l s of t h e Founder a s b e i n g C.X. o r R.C., then t h e i r v a l u e i s 220. This, added t o t h e nunber r s p r e c e n t i n g t h e combined i n i t i a l s of t h e co-founders, nskec. 320, t h e num?mr o f t h e Bebrer noun R O E , Rayin, " f r i g n d s , b r o t h e r s , a s s o c i a t e s , " s h i c h i s c e r t a i n l y approp r i a t e . hgain, i f wc t a k e C.R.C. a s tk.e Founder'r i n i t i a l s , t h e y add t o 240, and t k i s n h k e s t h e t o t a l of t h e i n i t i a l s of t h o s e who began t h e work "The N M I , " and o f SPR, add up t o 340, which is t h e v a l u e of ShM, h y a s s o c i a t i o n of f o u r persons would have suggested t h e Seoter "took." ' greet !:XT, IHVH, Jehovah, t o a C a b a l i s t . The c o n n e c t i o n w i t h SrZR, Sapher, "a i s hir.tod a t it t h e t e x t , where we a r e t o l d t h r t t h e f i r s t work of t h e Bret'lren was t h e n n k i - c of t h e magical langunge and w r i t i n g , and t h e c o m p i l a t i o n of t h e f i r s t p a r t of t h e Book A!. Concernir! t h e m ~ . i c a l l a n ~ u a p o t h i n g nore need be s a i d k c r e than t b 8 t it s u r v f r e s t o t h i r day, n and t h a t one p a r t of t h e d i c t i o n a r y nentioned i n t h e % i 6 t h e Tarot.

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On tb.? docr m s w?it+er. t h e L a t i 3 sentsnc.! ??ST CXY. AWIOS PhTEb5, w?.ich m y b t r e r l ~ l a t ~ d":h f t e r 170 708rS 1 & h a l l oper." The nur.35r o f y e a r s h e r e = ? . t i m e d represents t ? e p p r f e c t e d c o n s c i o u s n e s s o f a n i l l u a i n a t e d nan. Ynuc t i e Bible s a y s : "Bis d a y s hall be a hvndred end twenty yecrc.' (Gcn. 6) :. : This -.uzFer i s c o n t r a s t e d w i t h th.c seventy y e a r s of t h o o r d i n a r y span of l i f e . 1;ctice t k r t 12C i ? tb.e a d d i t i o n of s(? t o 10. 5 0 i s t h e nu-kr of t h e l e t t e r Nun. a s r o c i c t e d x i t h t ' ? e c i g n Scorpio. I t i s by t h e s u b l i n a t i o n of t h e !.hrs-force a c t i v e i n t h a t z i ~ n h a t our e y e s my r e c e i v e t h a t t s t r e n g t h whish t h e ~ s n i f e s t o c sspeak of a s 3eir.g "borrowed from t h e eagle.* Iim, h t: e ucbrev: alpr,a?.et t h c number 70 i s r s p r e z e n t e d by t h e l e t $97 OIG, nnd h y i n z e a n s "eye." It i s t h 9 l e t t e r ~ h i c h a b a l i s t i c a l l y Q exDrcsses t r c a p p e c r a t x e z o f t h e pkcno-cn21 r o r l d , and t h e x n t s l s t a t e of perconc wCo s c c e c t such r . ~ n e s r u n c o ?a t f f - c o vnlus. Luch a r e t h e o n e s of : d shon it i r m i t t e n : "Th9 6 - y s Of 0 . x yocrrs a r s t h e e - s c o r e y e a r s a ~ ten.' but when t + p D ~ O C Q R E of i n i t i a t i o n h a s added t o t + e i r Dowers t h e b o r r m e d r t r o n g t h of t t c s c c r e t f o r c e of t h e e a g l c , 5 0 i s ed3ed t o 70, a ~ t h e y e a r s d of t - e perfected pan a r e t h ~ n reckonsd a6 120. Thus x o rcad: "had Eases n s a hundred an3 twenty y e s r s o l d when >e d i e d : h i s eye was n o t di*?, n o r h i s r.oturl?l f o r c e abated." f o t i c e here t h c t t h o "eye," o r t k c p o r a r s r e p r e s e n t e d by t h e l e t t e r Lyin ( 7 0 ) , and t h e p a t u r e l f o r c e , o r p c n e r s c o r r e s p o n d i n g t o t h e : e t + e r Hun ('O), a r e g i v e n p a r t i c u l a r c-pnacis. LgeL?, 170 i s t h e nu-ber of t \ c l n t t e r - n e s e Sm, Ss?lekh, *op o r -.:hich i s repres-nteci i n T s r o t by Key Sunport. :+is i r ' h e Iiebre-: 1 ~ t t . e r 14, rampercnce. T h i s Ley r c p r c e o n t : v h a t , i n r a g i c a l p a r l n n c s , i s t e r n e d "3,Kr.0-;icd;e nrd C o n ~ c r ~ a t i o n t h e 8 0 l y Gunrdihn Angel." of I t stnnds !'or t L a t f a i i l i a r c c n ~ n i o nb e b e e n t h e p e r s o n a l cnd u n i v e r s a l a s p c t s of t h s One I d e n t i t y x h i c h r e s u l t s ir, t h 9 t e t p e r i r q , ~ o d i f i c a t i o n , and perf q c t i o n of t h * p e r r o m l v s h i c l c . Thvs we r e a d u l s o oP 1.lcser: " t a d t h e r e aroce n o t a p r o p \ e t i~ I s r r e l l i k e u n t o 1.Io~e6,whom Jehovah knew f a c e t o !'ace." Fi~rt.'-or-orp, on t ! T r e e of L i f s , t h o path o f Za?.al.SI s t a n d s betrreen ~ t h r : p n t h s o f Nun and A y h , a,. i f it were t h e e q u i l i b r a t i n e i n f l u e n c e boI t i r t h e n6t.h whit? l e a d s u w ~ a r df r o 3 ISVD, Yeroc' Foundation, % e m the-. -n I n t h e systeo. of h o s i c r u c i h' u r n d e s , t o be t o Thr'hhf!?, Tie!-creth, Becu+y. conridered h e r e i n a f t e r , it u n i t e s t h e Grade devoted t o t k e e x p l a n a t i o n of hor.icrilcion t + ? o r y t o t h a t i n -hich t h o symbolism o f t h e v a u l t i s t h s chiof concern. 51~t+,he -bin p o i n t t o be rcnenhercd nu;{ i s t h ~ tamekh s t a n d e t f o r t h e a c t i v i t i e s whic'l e q u i l i b r h t s th.e f o r c e & of Kun cnd Ayin, even an T e n ~ ~ r ~ n tc e , 1 4 t h key of T t r o t , r e p r e s s n t s t h a m e d i a t i n g a r ~ db a l a n c i n g he e c t i v i t y ketneer t i e f o r c e 6 c y ~ b o l i z e dby t h e 13th and 1 5 t h Keyr. !!athe-.aticnlly, 19C i r t h o run of t 5 e nurcbers from o t o 15. Thus i t r e p r e s e n t s , in c o n n e c t i o n w i t h T a r o t , t h e f u l l and oxtbnder) e x p r n s s i o n

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of t h e powers of t 5 e k s t r n l L i g h t , v e i l e d uzder t h e s t r a n g e symbolism of t h e 1 5 t h Key. !'oreover, 1 x 2 x 3 x 4 x 5 = 120, s o t h a t 120 nay be t c k e n t o r ~ p r a s e n tt h ~n t e r l c t i o n upon ebch o t h e r of t h e f i v e o r i n a r y phases of i - t m i f e s t a t i o c : E t h e r ( l ) , F i r e ( 2 ) . 'Jhter ( 3 ) . A i r ( 4 ) , and E a r t h (5). ? ' ~ o s pe r e t h e su-e a s ttc T e t t v e s , o r z u b t l e p r i z c i p l e s of s s n s a t i o n , ment i c n e d i n Yoga philosophy. The i d e a h e r e , a s elsewhere i n c o n n e c t i m w i t h t h ~ u - b e r 120, i c t h a t of c o n p l e t e rr.enifestation. T h u ~ h e m t + o on t.he n t door i n t i n o t e s t h a t a c c e s s t o t h e hideen l i g h t of o c c u l t knm-ledge i s t h e conaequsnce of t h e f u l l n a n i f e s t a t i o n of tb.e p m e r s o f p e r f e c t e d human consciouscess. Ye nho c e n open t h i s doer h a s e t t a i n e d t h e f u l l n e a s u r e of a -an, and h a s bec0.m c o n r c i c u s l y ons w i t ? t h e F a t h e r . L!ter tp:e d o c r r w s f a l l y expcsed, b u t b e f o r e it was o r e ~ e d , s a p s tte , t h e S r e t ? r e n r e s t c d , 6nd c n e s u l t e d t h o i r Rota. T h i ~ s a n a l i l u s i o n t o t h 5 T e r o t , which m s i n r ~ n t a dty aombers o f t k e True and I n v i s i t l e Order some f o u r c e n t r : r i e s beforo t h e p u b l i c a t i o n of t5ci R c s i c r v c i a n - s n i f e s t o e s . Occult t r a d i t i o n s a y s t h e Tarot was i n r e n t e d a t Fez, and thuz c i v e s a s i a e l i ~ h ton t h e s t o r y of t h e T h i s ROTA ?!UNDI, o r ' , : ~ ~h i TIKLD, i s d e s c r i b e d as b 0 i . v t h a t one of t h s R o s i c r u c i a n OF T i books dicplcyir.6 t h o g r e a t e s t a r t i f i c e . It i s t r u l y whet E l i p h a r ~ v i s s i d of it: "The T e r o t i s a v e r i t 3 b l s o r a c l e , and a n n r e r s a l l p o z s i b l c q u e s t i o n s a i t h clearness and a c c u r a c y ; s o t h a t a p r i s o n e r d e r o i d of bookf, had ho o n l y s T a r o t o f h i e h h e knew haw t o make u s e , could, i n a few y e a r s , a c q u i r e a o n i v e r s c l s c i e n c e , and converre l i t > a n unequalled d o c t r i n e ar.d i n e x h a u s t i b l e eloqsence. hi^ v h e o l , Ln f a c t , i s t k e k e y of t h e o r a t o r i c a l a r t , an3 of t h e g r e a t a r t o f Raymond L u l l y ; it i t t h e t r u e s e c r e t of t h e t r a n s m u t a t i o n o f dnrkn e e s i n t o l i c h t ; it i r t h e f i r s t and most i n w r t a n t o f a l l t h e c r c a n a o f t h e macnun oous. By w e n s o f t h i s u n i v e r s a l key of sjmbolism 011 t h e a i l e g o r i e s of I n d i a , E m t , and Judes a r e =Oe i n t e l l i ~ i b l e ; t h e Apocalypse of St. J o h n i 8 a K a b b a l i s t i c book, t h e snns.? of which i s e x a c t l y i n d i c a t e d by t h e f i g u r e s and numbers of t h e Urin, T h m n i a , Teraphirn, and E ~ h o d , e l l s u m a r i r e d and completed by t h e Tnrot; t h e s a n c t u a r i e s of e l d are no longer f u l l of r l y s t e r i o s , and t h e s i g n i f i c a t i o n of t h e o b j e c t s of t h e Hebrew c u l t u s Tay f o r t h e f i r s t tine be understood.'

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The o t h e r i n s c r i p t i o n s w i t h i n t h e v s u l t were engreved on a p l c t e of '-,ras:, c i r c u l e r i n chspe. The f i r & one nay be t r a n ~ l s t e d r "I heve mnda This i s a n accurate t h i s s e p u l c h r e e sin&le conpcndium of t : 7 ~universe." statement of t h c s i g n i f i c a n c e of t h e -hole v s u l t design. F o r t h e m u l t 208s indeed convey by i t s s y n k o l i c m a s u r e m e n t s a l l t h a t i s e r s o n t i a l t o adequste u n d c r ~ t e n d i n gof t k e fundat?ental nur.bcrs a5d p r o p o r t i o n 6 of t h e
The i n s c r i p t i o n J e s u s mihi o a i a v a n s " J e s u r i s a l l t h i n e s t o me." ~t h a s 6 orofounder cor.tent t h a n a c a ~ u a l e a d e r n i ~ h t r sucpeot. The name "Jesus" meens l i t e r h l l y , " S e l f - e x i s t e n c e l i b e r a t e s . " Thus it d e c l a r e r t h a t t h e n a t u r e of t h i x s i s t o s e t f r e e , r o t h c r t h a n t o bind. It i s t h e a f f i r m t i o r : of t h e i n h e r e n t tendency t o l i b e r t y a t t h e h e a r t of t h e ooemio o r d e r . I t waE becauae of t h i s , wo nay b e l i e v e , t h a t J e s u r p r o n i r e d s o muoh t o t h o s e who would p r a y i n h i s name. For r h o s o e v s r t r u l y o r a y r i n t h a t name preys i n t h e r e c o g n i t i o n of t h e i d e a t h . t t h e name r c o r e s e n t s , and 5e prays e f f e c t i v e l y who i s 5horoughly ixbued w i t h t h e thourrht t h a t t h e n a t u r e of t h i n g s i s l i b o r a t i v e r p t ? e r t h a n r e s t r i c t i v e .

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Tho f o u r o t h o r i n s c r i p t i o n s on t h o clt* sum u p t h o e s s e n c e o f Rorlc r u o i n n d o c t r i n e . Boqunqucm vccuum, " h r h c r c c vacuum," war w r i t t o n r d n c i r c l o c o n t c i n i n g t h c F i c t u r c o l i o n . nis r e p r c s o n t s t h e eloment of F i r e , nnd t h c i n s c r i p t i o n ?kerns t h c t 8pLCO i s f i l l c d 7 i t h t b c u n i r e r r a l Jugurn, "Thc yoko of t h o Leu," wzr I n s c r i b e d i n a c i r f i e r y ossence. L o ~ i s c l c c o n t ~ i n i n ga p i c t u r e o f nn ox. This r c p r c a o n t s t h p e l m n t o f E y t h , cnd t h e i n s c r i p t i o n r c f o r s t o th: r c c o s s i t y i ~ ~ p O s cupon u s c l 1 by t h c d dr.mcntc1 c o n d i t i o n s of mnnifcstr.ticn i n form. Th-t n e c e s s i t y i s c l l u d o d t o i n t h c E h e r r l d T c b l o t o f H c r v s , which snyr: " I t r power i s intograt-, i f it bo t u r n e d i n t o onrth." L i k r t r s h . n e c l i i . "Ths liberty o f t h o Garp e l , " ms w r i t t e n round a c i r c l c contr.ining t h c p i c t u r o o f cn o c g l e . 'f'hlr r c p r c s o n t s t h - olcmcnt of -r.tcr, cqd t h c i n s c r i p t i o n r c f c r s t o r.n o o c u l t s c c r c t of r c g o n o r a t i o n , a s c c r o t which i s wiled by t h c l r ~ t t o ro f t h o Christ i ~ n Gospnls, which r.ro r o c l l y Gnostic mystcry t c x t r . Do1 Gloric. I n t c c t c , "The untouch?.ble g l o r y of God," rr.6 w r i t t e n on t h e c i r c l e c o n t a i n i n g a p i c t u r e of a m. This r e p r e c e c t r t h e element of ~ . l r ,and t h e i n s c r i p t i o n r e f e r s t o t h e o o c u l t conception of t h e r e a l i n n e r LLLN a s b e i n s i d e n t i c a l w i t h , and i n s e p c r a b l e f r a , t h e pure, untouchable e s s e n c e of t h e Life--re which ccnnot be s o i l e d o r smirched by r n y i m w r f e o t i o n whntsoever. The. f o u r symbolio c.nirnr.18 cocnected w i t h t h e s e i n s c r i p t i o n s a r e , o f c o u r s e , t h e mystic Four which appear i n t h e v i s i o n s o f E z e k i e l and St. J o h , -.nd t h e y a r e t h e f o u r emblems i n t h e c o r n e r r of t h e 1 0 t h and 2 1 s t Tarot b y r . They r r e c l s o r e p r e s e n t e d on t h e c r r ~ f t h e Mqsonio F r a t e r n i t y . B e r i d e r o r e p r e s e n t i n g t h e e l e m e n t r , t h e y a l s o r e p r e s e n t t h e f o u r f i x e d r i p 8 of t h e rodicc: Lao, Taurus, Scorpio, and lqur-rius. These c r e t h e 5 t h , 2116, 8 t h , rind 1 1 t h s i g n s , 2nd s i n c e t h e i r numberr cdd t o 26, t h i s group o f l ~ s t i c a l Crecltures i s a-.other of m n y glyph8 f o r t h e lma I m , J e h m h . The r e s t of t h e Farm speck8 p l c i n l y enough f o r i t s e l f . Such p o r s c g e r a s d g h t be of d o u b t f u l s i g n i f i c m o e w i t h o u t t h e P a c t s in t h r f o r e g o i n g 0rcent-ry w i l l be ensy t o i n t e r p r e t f n t h e l i g h t o f what h n r a l r e a d y been ex! e plained. V mcy prooeed, t h e n , t o e. b r i e f c o n r i d e r a t i o n of some p o i n t 8 t i n t h e C o n f e s s i c , Our onc.1ysir w i l l n o t be s o e l n b o r c t e G I t h ~ O f t h e Famc, f o r t h e Confessio i r more e x p l i o i t thr-n t h e mirrt mnniferto. y e t t h e r e a r e a few t h i n g s whioh m y be t h 6 olec-rer f o r a l i t t l e O O m n f .

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The seventh paragraph c o r . t r r , s t t t h e methods o f e x o t e r i c and e s o t e r i o r e s e a r c h . Exoteric s t u d y i s cozpared t o a s l m , d e v i o u s journey through 8 l a b y r i n t h . The c a t u r e of e ~ o t e r i cs t u d y i s r e r r e s e c t e d by t h e f i g u r e o f t h e S i x t h C m d e l a b r m . Tb.is i s t h e s i x t h s e n s e , or h i ~ h e ro r d e r o f knwring, which o c c u l t p r s c t i c e seeks t o = f o l d . But n o t e t h a t so-ething h e r e i s l e f t t o God's pleasure. The t r u e o c c u l t i s t s e e s t h s t it i s n o t s o much hims e l f t h a t b r i c t s ebout t h e r e s u l t s a s t h e power of t h e One I d e n t i t y . Thur "3f myself I can d o nothing; t h e Flither in Jesus is r e p o r t e e t o have said: 7e d o e t h t h e works.' The spve2th paragraph c o r ? t i ~ u e s i t h a s e r i e s of q u e s t i o n s , which w 'hink t h a t t h i s paragraph promiser a r e s u b t l y phrased. Hasty r e a d e r s ~ i g k t h e 3 l t h , r i c h e s , krd 1o.q l i f e ; t k a t it o f f e r s an e n d l e s s e x i s t e n c e ; t h a t it h o l d s o u t t h e e x p e c t a t i o n of a p e r which would e n a b l e one t o r e e what i s going on a t a d i s t a n c e , arid behind c l o s e d d o o r s ; t h a t it c l a i n s p o s s e s ~ i o n of a book which contl;ins a cor.wcdium of a l l t h a t h a s e v e r been w r i t t e n , o r ever s h a l l be; ~ s d ,f i n a l l y , t h a t it a s s e r t s t h o a b i l i t y t o t e a c h a s u p e r i o r kind of e n c h a n t x n t . Consider w e l l *.at i s r e a l l y safd. I n t h e f i r s t q u e s t i o n i t i s i n t i m a t e d t h a t ',he R o s i c r u c i a c t e a c h i n g c a s t s o u t f e a r of hucger, poverty, d i s e a e e a , end afe. The second q u e s t i o n h a s t o do w i t h a r e n t a l a t t i t u d e - - o n e i s t o l i v e a s i f h i s e s s e n t i n l i n d i v i d u a l i t y were e t e r n a l , and t h i s mst be begun b e f o r e t h e r e i s any d i r e c t i n t i m t i o n t h a t he r e a l l y i s what he assunes. 3 . 0 r e f e r e n c e t o t h e people o f t h e Ganger and t h o s e t h a t l i v c i n Peru h a s t o do r i t h a f a c t more o r l e s s w e l l known 20 day, v i z . t h a t I n d i a and Ferr, were once, and i n a sense s t i l l a r e , g r e a t c e n t e r s o f o c c u l t i z s t r u c t i o n . h e s e c r e t s o f t h i s i n s t r u c t i o n a r e shared by a t r u e Rosicrucian, and he n e e d n o t t r a v e l p h y s i c a l l y i n o r d e r t o g a i n a c c e s s t o t h o s s s h o car. teach h i s t h e s e s e c r e t s . 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The n i n t h pcrcgraph co".tsins f i r e t of a l l a d e c l a r n t i o n t h c t t 5 e Fam i s n o t t o be t?l-en n t f z c s T O ~ U ~ . It Toee on t o Eay t?.r.t t h e u n f o l d w n t of tt:- i n r e r t e e c h i n r i: eccc-di:.g t o a s t r i c t r u l e , arid i r t i ~ a t e s h ~ what t t 1 s L ~ o nn t h e d r i a n t na " t h e conpeterice o f t h e p u p i l " i s i n c l u d e d i n t h a t i r*Jle. 'ihc p t r a t - a c h C ~ O ? ~w i t h 8 ~ t s t e 3 " n t*hiCh d i s o o s e s once an:' f o r E a l l a f t h e c l o i c s m d e by i o s i c r u c i a n p r e t c n d e r s . The n e ~ b e r so f t h e h e hnd I n c i s i k l e Order c c m t t.e Eoen by 0 r r d i r . a ~hu%n cyes. I n t h e t ~ n t h u r ~ g r a p h i s i n d i c a t e d t h e f a c t t h ~ when t h e n a n i f e s p t t o e s v e r c v r r i t t e n it xrrs n e c e s s Q r y t o p r s c t i c e concealment on a c c o u n t of a p o r u l o r p r ~ ( u d i c e . The i?.tforr=s+ion had done l i t t l e t o b r ~ n g b o u t a n y c r c e t e r n r t s u r e o f t o l - ? r o ~ c c . Church p o l i t i c s had undcrgsne a chcnge, hrt t h e independent t h i n k e r WSE by no m r n s f r c r t o c x p r e s r h i 8 v i e w s , a s m e rr;y see f r o n a o o n a i d e r h t i o l o f t h c pcr:ecutions ~ u f f e r e dby J a c o b Boehme, r h o w s b a n i s l . e d f r m C e e r l i t z i n 1512 a t t h e i n s t e n c e o f a n i g n o r a n t aad k,igoted Luthcrr-n priest, b - c a u s e t h e oninior.s e r o r o s s o d i n h i s Aurora ran c c c n t e r t o t h e n z r r o v otthcdo-sy of h i s t i = . Y e t t h e a u t ' r o r r o f t h e u n d ~ r s t q n d i r sfrom t h e i r l - ~ m l f ; ? g eof c o e l i o c y c l e s what a-d Conf'escio, prnat c!.sn.;ur r u s t r f 3 ~ ' ~ l t 7 :!he c o l o n i z e t i i n of t h e N e w T o r l d and t h e fro d c r e l o p z e n t o f a n e n r ? c e t h ? r b , looked forward t o t h i s v e r y 4-quarisn 4.ge in which r e l i r e , 3 b e i r g c ti- in which t h e S e c r e t 7;isdoa might hs p o r e : Already t t e accuracy of t k i r f o r a s i s k t has been j u s t i opeqly proclni-cd. f i c d ty t h 5~ r c a ta m k e n i ~ rvhich h a € haen c h n n ~ i r gt h 6 t h o u ~ h to f t h e world r i n c c 1875. 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P . e r i s c l s o a c l c s e c s n n e c t i r n b e t r n e n t h e r p b o l i s m of t h e S w a end :?ct cf t k e P e l i c e n , f m i l i a r t o n l c h e n i r t s , a r 3 ! . ~ r r e t u : t c d i n t h e kore Croix decree of S c o t t i r h R i t e F r e e Kasmry. I n cor,r.ection a i t t . our p ! , r t i c u ? t r s t r ~ d y , n o r e o v e r , n o t e t.'..rt C e r ~ e n t a r i u s i s c c o n s t e l i e t i o n a s ~ o c i n t e dr i t h S c o r o i o , h m c e ?:ithtthe l e t t e r Yun, o r n.1-bc-r 50; w h i l e Cygnus, a s con.rccted w i t h Capricorn, h a s cn ooc u l t carresponder.ce t o t h c l e t t e r hyin, or ns7b.r 70. C o n m r e t h i s s r i t h i,kct hcc beon s c i d h e r e t o f o r e c o n c e r c i r ~ gt h e s . y r y r ~ o 1 iof~ t h e nu2her 120. s I t i s r l s c i ~ t e r e s t i n gt o n o t e t b ? t E e r p e n t n r i u s and C y p u s a r e conr.ectc.d ni:.h t h e Leginnings o f tfie United L t ~ t e S . A t t h t~ n e of t h e i adoption o f t h e D e c l ~ r o t i o no f Indepezdsnce, a c c o r d h p : t o o f f i c i 9 l governyent r q c o r d r , Ecorpio wos t k c r i s i n g sir,n, ( t h s t i n e t m s 2:42 P . ! : , July 4, 177.5), hn3 t h e f i r e t dccancte of Scoroio, c o r - e c t e d w i t h Serper.tarius, i s t h e r e f o r e in t h e 1.1st d e g r e e s OT t h e t w e l f t h houss o f t h o t horoscope, t h e Souse of o c c u l t f o r c e s . L..tor ir. t h p sn-e cftert;ocn (about 5 o ' c l o c k ) s c o r n i t t o e 'Iendad by 3enjcnin Frenl:lin m r np::ointed t o drsw up 5 d e v i c e f o r a S c c l of t h e United S t c t c s . Thus t h e " n n t n l horoscope* of t h e S e a l about 9 d e g r e e s o f thn s i p E a g i t t c r i n s f o r i t s e s c e n d a n t , which bring8 t k e f i r s t d e c o n l t c of Capricorn, r e l 3 t c d t o C y p u s , a160 w i t h i n t h e a s cendcnt of t h i s secocd horoscope. 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The p o s ~ i b i l i t yof p h y s i c a l s l c h e n y i s a d m i t t e d , b u t t h e i the n ph;rsical work i s r e l e g a t e d t o i t s proper place. I f we s a y t h a t modern k n m l c d g e o f chemistry i s t h e outgrowth of p h y s i c a l alchemy, we s h a l l s e e how t r u e i t i s t h c t t h i s "so g r e a t g i f t of God b r i n g e t h n o t a l u a y s w i t h it t L , e h c w l e d z e o f Weture, w h i l e t h i s k n m l e d g e b r i x g e t h f o r t h both t h a t and an i n f i n i t e number of o t h e r n i r a c l e s . " Our p r e s 9 n t n a t e r i a l c i v i l i z a t i o n i s r i t n o s s t o t h e t r u t h o f t h i s . Ye have achieved a wonderful t e c h n i c a l develoornent, b u t t h e i n n e r l i f e of humanity i s s u f f e r e d t o w a s t e away from s p i r i t u a l m c l n u t r i t i o n . K i t h e v e r y p h y s i c a l neane a t our d i s p o s e l , r e a r e , a s e r t c e , l i t t l e b e t t e r o f f t b h n our p r i a i t i v c a a c e s t o r s . How t r u e it i s t h a t we " b u i l d , make m i r e , and do-ineer. because vie have o f gold s u f f i c i e n t , and of s i l v e r en i n e x h a u s t i b l e fountein.' And y e t , having a t our d i z p o r a l r a t e r i e l r e s o u r o e s such t s were never d r e r m d of even a c e n t u r y ago, rre a r e €0 l i t t l e v c r s c d i n t h e kno:rladge of Fiatore t h c t where t \ ? e r e should be p l e n t y t t , c r e i s war.t, r h e r e t h e r e should be h e a l t h t h r r e i s d i s e i s e , h e r e t h e r e s b o u l d ?-e j o y t h e r e i s c i s e r y , xfiere t h e r e should be freedom t h e r e i 8 slavery. T r u l y "Cot judgeth f a r o t h e m i s c ; , " and t h e day i s a t hand w h e r e i n t h e j v d g s e n t r k i c h w i l l d r i v e t h e bebt!srs cf z a t e r i ~ l i s - . i n t o t h e n i l d e r n e c s rrill b e g i r e n . The Confessio c l o s e s w i t h a c c l l t o s e r v i c e . The I n v i s i b l e Order h a s a l m y s need o f devoted Fen erid xonen, r e a d y t o W c o - o p e r o t e i n t h e work of God." Not a s a rerpard, ht a s a n e t r l r e l conseqvence, it f o l l o w s t h a t t \ o s e who s h t r e Ln t h e work s h a r e a l s c i! i t s p r o f i t s . T're c u r i o u s phrarr i n e hero i s r o r t h y of cox-ent. " A l l those ~ o o d s which Nature h a t h d i s p e r s e d i n e r e r y pclrt of t h e o n r t h s k a l l n t one t i n o czd e l t o c c t * e r be g i r e n t o you, a s i f i n t h o c s n t e r of t h e Lun and Koon." T h i s uchoes t h e words of J e s u r , " A l l t h a t t h e Fathor h c t h i a nine." *-hot i s i ~ d i c a t e di s e new k h d o f cons c i o u s n e s s , end t h i s r i v e s , t o him who h a s i t , s b s o l u t e o e r t a i n t y t h a t a l l t h i r s s ~ v h a t s o e v r rrfhich r c y be n e e d f u l t o c a r r y on nny u n d c r t s k i x a r e a t Xort r u s t need8 h i s d i s p o s n l . For he who c o n s c i o u s l y c a r r i o s on t h e D i ~ i ~ r e bo c o ~ f i d t n tof adoqucte supply. H6 r h o work€ i n t h p t r u o C h r i s t s p i r i t - "F.2 a t h e r rrorketh h i t k c r t o , and I work1'--kna7s t h a t he i s b u t t h e p s r s o n a l F i n s t r m n t f o r b r i r ~ i n gi n t o e x p r e s r i o n 0 given phase of t h e cos-ic ~ n n i f e s t a t i o n . lie k n m s t h ~ h i 8 work is n o t h i s m, h u t God's, and b o n i n g t h i n * t h m s t o o t h . . t nothin; ?rhet+ver c a n P r e v t n t t k e p s r f e c t f u l f i l . m n t of t h a t v,ork. Thus it i s c p p r o p r f a t e f o r t h 9 ~ c r e g r e - h upon which I a c m n t i n g ? t o c l o s e -;;it.h t h e r c r d s : Then s h e l l you kc a b l e t o e x p e l f r o n t h c world a l l t h o s 2 t h i n g s which d l r k e n 5uc.an knowledge m d ~ c t i o n . " F o r t h o s e t h i n g 6 a r e doubt, g r e g d , m b i t i o n ( i n t h s s e n s e of p l c c e - s o c k i n g ) , rrnd a l l t h e o t h e r e r r c r r h ~ v i n gt h e i r o r i r i n i n t h e one g r e a t e r r o r t h z t x a n c a n do anything of himself. m e n r e s e e t h t it i s n o t we who work, b u t t h s u n i o s r s a l Lifecower o t r:ork t h r o u r h u s , t h e n c 1 1 t h e f e a r s rind d o u b t s w5ich d s r k s n our )cnorladec e r d ncke u n c e r t c i n our .tction a r c .-xpollod b'j t h e l i g h t of t r u t h . ';he Confesaio t h s n c l o s n r v i t h a ~ o l e n r .warning a g o i n s t mr3 c u r i o s i t y , I t ha8 knwlcrdge and ~ g n i n s ta v n r i c c . The I n v i s i b l e Order seekc co-aorkers. that c o n f e r s t h o a b i l i t y t o u t i l i z e tremendous powerr, b u t t h i s L ~ m l e d g e i s n o t t o be uscd f o r t h e ogqrrndirement of any o e r r o n s l i t y . Thcy who have it c r e h e c l t h y end wise, and h r v e a o c o r s t o a l i n i t l e s s s t o r e o f q e a l t h from t h e y 3ay draw f r e e l y r l l t h c t t h e y nccd f o r t h e oxeoution o f t b e i r s h a r e i n t h ? Groot Ucdertnking. 6 u t o v e r e l l i s t k e s u w r r i s i o n of t h e V n i v e r s a l Kind, t h e s e a r c h e r of h e a r t s , impossible t o d e c e i v e by any p r e t e n s e o r hypocrisy. 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The True nnd I n v i s i b l e R o s i c r u c i m Order THE GFLDES O THE ROSICRUCIX: ORDER. F The Ccnfcssio F r a t c r n i t n t i s sops: "It n u s t not be expected t h a t new coners s!:all a t t a i n a t once a l l our weighty secrets. They muct proceod s t o p b s t e p f r m t h e s ~ a l l e r o t h o g r e a t e r , and n u s t n o t be rej r t t v d o d by difficulties...This F r a t o r n i t y i r divided i n t o dogroes." Thc degrees, o r Grados, a r e t e n i n nunber. Every Grade corresponds t o ons of t h e Scphiroth, o r nuneral enanations, r e p r e s e n t e d by t h c c i r c l c ~ t h e Trce of Life. Tho Gredes ascend t h e Tree f'ron t h o on t c n t h c i r c l c t o t h e f i r s t . Henco progress i n t h e I n v i s i b l e Order i s approach t o Unity, and t h i s i s a l s o approach t o t r u e self-howledge, since t h c hic?.cst Grade oarresponds t o t h e f i r ~ c i r c l e , and t h i s , in t tzm.6 of humx concciousnesr i s IChIDS, Jcchidnh (pronolmced y-aw-kee4ah), t h c r e a l S c l f . It i s t h e s m e a s t h e Zindu or S p i r i t , and i r probably c l o s e l y r e l s t c d t o t h e anoiclzt Egyptian o r s p i r i t u z l soul. This i s t h e e s s e n t i a l G4 whose t r u e noblenoas and worth it i s t h e obJ j e c t of Etosicruaianisrr. to r e v e a l .

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H m , cvcrything t h a t we a r c aware of LI p h y s i c a l l i f e is, so f a r a s our borr1cd;e i s ooncarned, b a s i c a l l y a senso-oxpcrienco. Even our O T bodics a r e k n m t o uc only a s 3 e r t o l h p r c s s i o n s of sensations. WI Thus whstevcr n e mny know of t h e lnws of l i f c , q u a i n t l y desoribed Fn tho words of t h e Confcssio a s being w r i t t e n i n "thoso g e n t c h a r a c t e r r which t h e Lord God h a t h ixscribed upon t h e world's rnechnnlw, and which he ropaats through tho mutations of expires," 'wo n u s t l e a r n through senso-experienoe a t firstm a t t h e Zelator l e a r n s p r h a r i l y ' i s t h a t t h e realm he c o n t a c t r through t h e v a r i o u s channels of scnsotion i s a roalm of order, a realm of cause and o f f c o t . Tho d o c t r i n e of t h e r e i g n of law i s prfmory in Rosicruoian teaohingo Tho "great characters" a r o c e r t a i n fundamontal signntn which may be rcad by any humin mind u-hich h a s been t r a i n o d in tho a r t of acourato obscrvotion* h e y a r c rcpoated through t h e mtat i o n s of m.pirea, becausc t h o sane aigns whioh can be. road i n t h o mincral kinglorn can bo road in tho kingdon of p l a n t l i f e , i n t h e kiqdom of onbun1 l i f o , i n t h e kingdom of human nnturc. Tho number of

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t h e s e c h a r a c t e r s i s not so vory l a r g e , but t h e i r conbinations a r e infinite. One cnd a l l , they dcclare p l a i n l y t h a t everything roported t o u s by t h e scnses i s p a r t of rtn order, t h e expression of o r a t i o n a l and r.nthcratica1 s e r i e s , t h e m i f a s t a t i o n of d i s o e r n i b l e and dependable soquenceE of cause and e f f e c t . Thus t h e Grade of Zolator i s assigned t o t h c Sophirah n x ~ e d "The Xirqdom," o r L?lkuth, s p e l t U V T h in Hobrcw, and rcprcsented by t h e Tarot sequence: (L!)Yan5ed bhn:(L)Justicot ( k ) a h e e l of Fortunet (v)Dierophnnt; (Th) Tho Torld. This scquencc of T w o t Keys g i v e s a broad h i n t c s t o t h e teacning of t h e f i r s t Rosicrucian Grade. P i r s t comes t h e Ecmged E m , intimating t h a t i n i t i a t i o n i s a r e v e r s a l of ordinary conceptions of t h e neon* of sense-experience, a r e v e r d which i n c l u d e s t h e r e c o g n i t i o ~of n a n t c utter dependence upon t h e o p c r c t i o n s of fixed nnd unchw-giq lnws. Then cones J u s t i c o , intirat i n g t h a t g r e a t la= of o q u i l i b r s t i o n which has exoited t h o admiration of s a g c ~i n every c l i n e * J u s t i c e i s followed by t h e p i c t t u o of a turni n g whoal, onc. of the most anciect r e p r e s e n t a t i o n s of t h e moohanism of n a t u r e , an6 i n t i n a t i o n of t h a t ~ r c a d o c t r i n e of c y c l c s which i s t one of t h e f u n d a ~ e c t a l sof p r a c t i c a l occultism. a f t e r t h e a e e l of Fortune, the Fiierophant ir.tLmtes t h a t although t h e r e i g n of law p r e s e n t s i t s e l f t o U S i n n o c h m i s t i c t e r n s , t h e s s e n o e of t h a t IW i s i d e n t i c a l with tho esscncc of ourselves, e?d has w i t h i n it a l m y r a tsndorcy tm-ard the r e v e l a t i o n of hidden t h i w s , tha unraveling of rtysteries, t h e production of l i g h t . hnd f i n a l l y , alt'lough few t h e r e bo who see it, Rosicrucian presontation of t h e r e i g n of lcr d e c l a r e r t h a t form follows f o r a i a rhythmic sequence, t h a t l i f o understood i s s t:;iq of joy, t h e t t h e universe i s t r u l y a dnnoe of l i f e , and not a dcncc of dcath. &one of theeo d o c t r i n e s t h a t aro fundamertal in Rosicrucian t o a c h i n r i s ono t h a t r e q u i r e s u s t o possess knowledge bcyond t h c r o p o r t s of our sensor*
iLny roasonclble person who r c a d s thoso pages may sce f o r h L w e U t b c s e things: 1. That vhatever he does, whether t h o outcoae accord with h i e i d e a s of succoss or not, i s conditioned, o r deternincd, by mental and ~ h y s i c n llaw6 which he d i d not make, and r h i c h he murt perforco 0 b ~ m The b e t t e r ho obeys, t h e b e t t o r he succeeds. A l l applled soience i s w i t n e s s t o t h i s , and the wocders of our inventive ago a r e so n m y damats t r a t i o n s t h c t our success i n aq, f i e l d of endonvor dopends upon t h e accuracy wit:: which we ncasuro tho f o r c e s o p c r a t i r y i n t h a t fioldm 2. That a c t i o n and roaotion a r q oqual, t h n t throughout n a t u r e t h e r e i s conponsation. 3. That t h e r o i s , in evory f i e l d of phenonona, a lsw of c y c l c s which mnkes possible t h c a c c u r a t e and s p e c i f i o prediot i o n of f u t u r o e v e n t s * 4. That whatever cay be t h e u l t i n a t e explvlation of t h e mystery c a l l u d "Life," it i s indubitably a something which works e t e r n a l l y t o make i t s o l f known t o man, nnd ' s u c c ~ e d s messurably i n d o i w so, through t h e huoan scnncs and hunnn n e n t a l rosponse t o sonso OX. porionco. 6 That n l t b u g h thero s e s t o be nmny broaks i n t h a t of t h o coanic rhythrns which manifests t h r w s h t h e conplex l i f e of t h o progrors of s c i c n t i f i o r e s e u o h , s t e p by stop, i s disoovering

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t h a t no hunaz ill i s uncaused, none t h e r e s u l t of the c a p r i c i o u s illw i l l of e i t h e r Deity or dezon. nnd when t h e causes of those i l l s w e found, i t follmrs, i n e v i t a b l y , t h s t r e m d i e s a r c discovered or invcntcd. I n no period of human h i s t o r y has i t bcen e a s i e r t o perceive t h i s t r u t h than it i s today, %;hen p e s t i l e n c e s which i n f o r n e r times were v a i n l y c m b c t t e d by i n e f f e c t u a l prayers t o a God who was supposed t o be innediately responsible f o r them, a r e well-nigh banished from t h e e a r t h , and i n no other manner t h a n by m n ' s obedience t o t h e r e s u l t s of . exact measurement and accurate observation. Four c o l o r s correspond t o t h i s Grade i n t h e science of t h e c o r r e l n t i o n of c o l o r ~ n d sound. 'Ihey a r e i r d i c a t e d i n diagrsns of t h e Tree of Lifc by d i v i d b g thc t e n t h c i r c l o i n t o four s e g m c t s , a s s h o m i n t h o mcrgin. Tho lower ccgnent i s a decp blue-violet, so dark t h a t in c o l o r - p r i n t i q it i s p r n c t i o n l l y equivalent t o black. It i s produced by t h e n i x t u r o of t h e t h r e e prinery pigments, red, yellow, an2 blue. I n sound t h i s i s t h e chord C-E-G#. The right-han4 segncnt i s s l a t e , produced by t h e n i x t u r e of green and v i o l e t . I n sound it i s t h e chord The left-hand s e p e n t i s r u s s e t , produood by t h e mixturo of orange a d v i o l e t . yne upper scgment i s o i t r i n o , the mixturo of orange I t s chord i s i,$-D. and grecn. I t s chord i s D 4 .

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I n Rosicrucitm t r a d i t i o n t h e s e four scgmcnts a r e a t t r i b u t e d t o t h e four elonents of anoicnt physics. The blue-violet i s tho segnent of e a r t h , the r u s s e t of f i r e , t h e s l a t e of water, end tho c i t r i n e of a i r . I n t h e mnrgin you w i l l f i n d t h e s e elcmonts lndioatod by t h e i r r e s p e c t i v e a l c h e n i c a l synbolr. Their symbolic manin, i s a s ,llms, 1. t h e blue-violet segment of o h , represents t h e darkness of ignorance, atid i s represented i ooremonial work by t h e hoodwink o r b l i n d f o l d placed n over tho eyes of tho candidate. Humble confession of ignorsnco i r t h e f i r s t s t e p towards t:?e discovery of t r u t h . As B i l l Dye s a i d , "the tro-~ble with nost paoplo i s t h a t t h e y know so many t h i n g s t h a t a i n ' t so.' He who would be F n i t i a t e d i n t o t h e inner s e c r e t s of the I n v i s i b l e Rosicrucian Order m s t begin by r o a l i r i n g t h a t he i s more or l e s s i n tho dark a s t o t h e r e a l nenaing of h i s sense-experience. By adopting *is a t t i tude, he i n t e n s i f i e s h i s zoo1 f o r r i g h t knowledge, and becorner adequotelp receptive. 2. The s l a t e segnent of water t y p i f i e s p u r i f i c a i i o n . Thir should be understood i n t h e s t r i o t scnro of t h e word "pure, rrfiich meanr f r e o d m f r c a ~ i x t u r o . Pure sonse-oxperienoe, unmixed w i t h emotional coloring, o r with prejudice, i s what i s t o bo sought. Nost people never r e a l l y soo. h o y look a t t h i n g s , but what t h e y thcy see i s modif i e d bywhat they thfnk they know, and b what they suppose they m t . y Tho p r a c t i c a l o c c u l t i s t t r a i n s himself t o ace h a t a c t u a l l y i s , whethct or not it agrees with h i s suppositions o r h i s desires. He l c a r n s t o welcono exceptions t o previous oxpariencc, beoauso he knows t h a t when cvcr h i s sonsas roport a s e o m i q c o n t r a d i c t i o n t o t h e cosnic order t h e y a r e r o a l l y bringing t o h i s a t t o n t i o n a f r o s h i n r t a n c e of t h a t very ordot.

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5. h e f i r e segment t y p i f i e s consecration. This m a n s whole-hearted devotion t o t h e discovery and p r a c t i c e of t r u t h . I n ceremonials r h i c h exen?plify t h e s e ideas, f i r e o r incense i s used in consecration, and t h e obligation t a k e n by t h e candidate compLetes hi6 d e d i c a t i o n of h i 8 l i f e t o tha p u r s u i t and p r a c t i c e of a knowledge of t h e cosmic order. 4. The c i t r i n e a i r segaent r e p r e s e n t s t h e i l l m i n a t i o n which f o l l o r n t h e three preceding steps. He who a d a i t s ignormce, works f a i t h f u l l y t o purify h i s s e n s a t i o n s , and devotes himself e a r n e s t l y t o t h e d i e covery of t r u t h has united himself t o an inherent tendency of THAT 7 M C 3 n s , i s , and w i l l be. I n ceremonial e x e n p l i f i c a t i o n of t h i s s t a r e of i n i t i a t i o n , t h e hoodwink i s removed, and t h e candidate i s brought t o l i g h t . Then various d e t a i l s of t h e meaning of t h e work a r e e x p l a i n 4 t o him*

These d e t a i l s a r e indicated by t h e nwin o f ' t h e type of i n t e l l i ,t;ence or consciouaness a t t r i b u t e d t o t h e t e n t h Sephirah. h i s i s termed "Resplendent Intelligence,' and t h e Hebrew f o r ' ~ e s ~ l e n d e nit s ~ Y 4h H V Tz 0 . The numbers of these Hebrew l e t t e r s add to 6 6 5 . Thus the word shows numerically t h e c h a r a c t e r i s t i c f i g u r e r of i n i t i a t i o n . A s shown i n t h e margin, represented geometrically, 656 shows t h e pentagram, s ~ b 0 1 Lfan, between t w o hexagrams, of sjmbols of t h e forces of t h e universe. 'Thus 651 repres e n t s t h e idea t h a t nan i s t h o mediator and adapter, s e t between t h e i n f i n i t e and e t e r n a l cosmic F a s t , and the i n f i n i t e and e t e r n a l cosmic Future. 656, zoreorer, i s t h e number of t h e Bebrew word T)IINR, thanoor, "furnace," whence cum8 t h e a l c h e n i c a l term Athanor, defined as "a s e l f - f e e d i n g , d i g s s t i n g furnace, wherein t h e f i r e burns a t an even heat." ' h i s furnace i s the human body. Its f i r e i s the f i r e of l i f e , and t h i s i s t h e f i r e which t h e Z e l a t o r , o r alchelrdstls a s s i s t a n t , keeps burning.

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1. (M) Banced Pan. The t r u t h t h a t FVEBY ENhWl PERSOOhLITY I S AKSOLUTELY ii;D U:~CIUILIFIEDLY DEPENDENT U W I T I E mIJTRSAL EXISTMCE, represented by t h e t r e e from which t h e Hanged 2en i s suspended. That t r e e i s i n t h e f o m of a l e t t e r 'T" i n Mr. :iaitels version of Tarot, and i n other pocks it i s represented a s a Hebrew l e t t e r Tau. I n t h e s e days t h i s doctrine of dependence i s more generally recognized, e s p e c i a l l y i n t h e various f i e l d s of science. But when t h e Tarot war invented, and when t h e Rosicruciah manifestoes were issued, t h i s was a revolutionary idea. It i s a r s v e r s a l of comon o ~ i n i o n, oven now, f o r although s c i e n t i a t r h a m demonstrated tho o o r r e l a t i o n of 611 physical forces, t h e r e s t i l l cont i n u c r a popular b e l i e f t h a t t h e mental l i f e of human p e r s o n a l i t y i s "on i t s a . m " This idea has never been accepted by r e a l o o a u l t i r t r , who have understood always t h a t the whole personality, mental a s w e l l a s physical, doer nothing of i t s o l f , end oxprerser t h e sequsnoea of ua-

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changing law in e v e r y s i n g l e a c t i v i t y .
[ ~ h The Korld. The t r u t h t h a t T Z 'VNIVF,RSS I S d 0ORIjERI.X; ) J 2. E K T I X C LJ;I.~Z~STI.TIO~I LIFE, DETEPJ3IXD BY FDXD LZS. These f i x e d CF laws a r e r e p r e s e n t e d ir, t!:s X X s t Key by t h e forar symbols in t h e c o r n e r s of t h e c e r d , which correspond t o t h s f i x e d s i g n s of t h e z o d i c c , and t o t h e l e t t e r s of t h c Hebrew d i v i n e naze, I M T , "Jthovah." a a s i w e of t h e zodiac, t b r y s ~ g p s t and convey t h e i d e a t h a t t h e i s t h e f i x e d Th6 w r e a t h s u r r o u n d i n g t h e c o n d i t i o n nccorpanying a l l n"-nifestation. c e n t r a l f i g u r e i n t h e Bey i s zade of l e a v e s , b u t s u g g e s t s a hu-..urn prod u c t i o n , s i n c e it h a s been r o r o 3 by hUnan har?ds- & r e i s t h e i d e a o f t h e human a d e p t a t i o a of t h o l a r s end f o r c e s of n a t u r e a h i c h c a n e i n t o manin f e s t a t i o n before n n a ~ p a r e d *R e d a n c i x f i q u r e i t h s center is a type of t r u t h , and of t h e powers of subconsciousness. These p a r e r s a r e conccnled t y a s p i r a l v s i l , o o l o r e t b l u e - v i o l e t , t h e c o l o r o f t h e p l a n e t S s t u r n . The f o r n o f t h e v e i l s u g g e s t s t h e n o r d s of t h e Chaldebn O r a c l e s r I t a l s o i n t i z m t e s a f a c t lcnuan t o "The god e n e r g i z e s a s p i r a l force.' o c c u l t i s t s alc.ags,, and l a t e l y brought t o l i e h t by s c i e n c e , vit., t h a t t h e f o r n - b u i l d i n 5 f o r c e s of t h a t ur.iverse ( r h i c h a r e t h e S a t u r n f o r c e s , s i n c e S a t u r n t y p i f i e s a l l t h a t rnakss t h i n g s s o l i d , d e f i n i t e , c o n c r e t e ) a r e e c t u a l l y working i n s p i r a l s . 611 fcrms whatever a r e a e n i f e s t a t i o n s of t h i s s p i r a l a c t i v i t y , and s i n c e forms c o n c e a l t h e s e c r e t p o t e n c i e s of l i f e , t h i s v e i l aovers t h e r6productive o r g m s of t h e dancing figure.

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(s) Deeth. The t r u t h t h a t T Z DISS0Lt'TIO:i OF P5YSICLL BODIES S. I S A l;SCESL;BV '2% BEiEFISEiT !2J:IFESTATIOX OF L I Z , FIT I S KOT TIE CESShPIOC OF SSLF-CCNZCIOUS EXISTEIXE. This i s t h e t r ~ t h h a t d e a t h of t h e t p h y s i c a l body i s n o t r e a l l y m e v i l . "Death i s t h e l a s t e a e r y t o be overcone," u r d e r s t o d from t h e a o s i c r u f i a n point-of-view nem.8, "Death i r m i s understood by t h e u n e n l i g h t e n e d , who regard it a s an c n e q . This m i s t a k e n conception i s t h e l h s t t o be overcono, and when it i s conquered by t h e t r u e co3ception. t h e p r o c e s s e s which l e a d t o p h y s i c a i d e a t h w i l l be understood a r i q h t . h i g h t l y understood, t h e y c a n be a d a p t e d , cnd by m a s o f t h i s a d a p t a t i o n t h e rtry f o r c e s t h a t r a ~ u s d i e w i l l b r i n g u r i n t o e t e r n a l e lift." . Of t h i s more ail1 be s a i d a t a x o t h e r p o i n t in o u r d i s c u s s i o n o f t h e Grades.
The t r u t h t h a t T E SELF OP N! I S k LXFB h! PE?SOE.LL IINTELLECTUAL LFVEL; - . GL'ID,.?;CE FP.03: TSIS %IGc! 2T LEVEL O CONSCIOUSIZSS I S TEZ BLFTIRXGHT OP F SEILG. When t h i s superconscious l i f e i s e x p r e s s e d i n personal e x p e r i e n c e , m y s t e r i e s a r c r e v e a l e d , i ~ t u i t i o n so f r e a l i t y a r e added t o t h e lower f o r n r of p e r s o n a l oonsciousness. The p r e s e n c e o f t h e Superconscious L i f e a s a n i n t e g r a l component of hunan p e r s o n a l i t y i s a c a r d i n a l t e n e t of Rosicrucianism, and t h a t presence i s h a l d t o b e t h e f a c t which d i r e c t o o g ~ i t i o nof what i s c a l l e d by Jacob B e o b malees p o s s i b l e f o r man It i s t o t h i s t h a t t h e C o n f c s s i o F r a t o r n i t s t i s the "aupersensual l i f e . Soera r e f e r s when it spoakr of t h e l i g h t i n g of t h e " s i x t h candclabrum."
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have t h i s s i x t h sense, and Rosiorucianism has a nethod by which we m y a l l develop it.
(TZ) The S t a r . The t r u t h t h a t 1?1~TL%3 UNVEILS FiERSELF T LUB O 5. TEEH hL!i PF;:CTICZS i i I G 3 T !EDIT;-TION. She u n v e i l € h e r s e l f . Re do n o t u n v e i l her. I t i c not so much t h a t we l e a r n t o meditate a s t h a t we arrive a t a degree of ripeness i n vhich m d i t e t i o n becotes possible. Thus Eckhsrtshausen, who ?;as a t r u e Rosicrucian, described t h a I n v i s i b l e Order a s "The I n t e r i o r Church," and s a y r t

"Torldly i n t e l l i g e n c e seeks t h i s h n c t u a r y in vain; i n v a i n a180 do t h e e f f o r t s of malice s t r i v e t o p e n e t r a t e t h e s e g r e a t mysteries$ a l l i s undecipherable t o hir, who i s n o t prepared) he cen see nothing, r e d n o t h i r ~ :i n t h e i n t e r i o r . Ee who i s r i p e i s joined t o t h e chain, perhapr o f t e n +.ere he thought l e a s t l i k e l y , and e t a point of which he knew n o t h i c g himself. Seeking t o ktcome r i p e should be t h e e f f o r t of hinuho l o v e s rrisbm. "But t h e r e a r e methods by which r i p e n e s s i s a t t a i n e d , f o r i n thir holy comunion i s t h e p r i ~ i t i v estorehouse of t h e most anoient and o r i g i n a l science of t h e h u m race, with t h o p r i m i t i v e w s t e r i e s a l s o of a l l science. I t i s t h e unique and r o a l l y i l l u n i n a t e d cornunity which i s in possession of t h e key t o a l l q s t e r y , which k n m s t h e oentre and source of n ~ t u r eand c r e a t i o n . It i s a s o c i e t y -..rhich u n i t e s auperior power t o i t s own, and i n c l u d e s n e ~ b e r sf r o n mare t h a n one world. I t i s t h e 80c i o t y whose members forr, a t h e o c r a t i c r e p u b l i c , which one day rill be t h e Regent Llother of t h e whole world."
6 . ( 0 ) The Devil. The t r u t h t h a t EVIL IS TRE APFCiGJICE PRESEKTED T US BY NLTLT-L ?XOCESbES %??ICH DO h'OT U:t?)EhST&D. O VIE I T I S THE VEIL OF TfiiiiOR rfIDING T I C BLUTIF~LCOU?TTE!IANCE OF TFiUTa. That t h e hwmn d e f i n i t i o n s of 'good" and " e v i l a r e f o r t h e mast p b r t extremsly f a u l t y . Thur t h c o c c u l t c o m e n t on t h e p i c t u r e i l l u s t r a t i g t h i s t r u t h i s , "The d e v i l Conpare t h i s with t h e i s God,.as Be i s misunderstood by t h e wicked. words of Boehcwr
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"Shrill e v i l b e f a l l a c i t y , and t h e Lord h a t h n o t done i t ? " (hmos S)
Seers a r e always courageous. That i s one of t h e r e a s o n s why t h e y observe t h e r u l e of s i l e n c e . Seeing t h i n g s as they r e a l l y a r e , and knowing how c5staken a r e p o p l a r n o t i o n s , they wisely v t i l t h e i r Isnorledge i n glyph m d synbol- Occasionally, l i k e Boehne, I s a i a h , and &nos, t h e y o speak s t r ~ i g h t u t , and boldly d e c l a r e t h a t n o t only t h e p h y s i c a l and n a t u r a l e v i l s , l i k e p e s t i l e n c e , famine, o r earthquakes, b u t a l s o t h e various e v i l s t h a t we c a l l "wickedness," a r e o r d e r l y phases of t h e c o m i c c a n i f e s t a t i o n of t h e One L i f e , o r h r d . ' h a t L i f e , being t h e source of a l l a c t i v i t y , i s n e c e s s a r i l y t h e source of t h o s e a c t i v i t i e r which we d i s l i k e , which i n s p i r e us w i t h t e r r o r , which we misunderstand. But s t e p tj. s t e p nan's understanding r i p e n s , and a c t i v i t i e s which r e r r in f o m r t b . e s supposed t o be t h e r e s u l t of a n a l i c i o u s adversary of m a n k i d , personified a s "The Devil: a r e now undefstood t o be t h e worki n g s of a n a t u r a l law purely beneficent. Of t h i s , perhaps, t h e most conspicuous e x m p l e i s l i g h t n i n g . For milleniuna it was t h e sbmbol of d i v i n e m a t h , or e l s e regarded a s t h e weapon of t h e Bow we understand it b e t t e r , and it serves u s i n o o u n t l a s s ways. Even so, i~times t o c o r e , w i l l t h c s u b t l e cauces even of what we c a l l "moral e v i l n be b e t t e r understood, and w i t h t h a t understanding w i l l cams the a b i l i t y t o t r a s s m t e f o r c e s which now produce nothing but suffer* i n t o forms of bcouty and j o y * b u t t h e process of transmutation begwith t h e courageous acceptance of t h e i d e a t h a t s i n c e t k e r e i s only One Power, t h e s o l e cause of a l l a c t i v i t i e s , even those e v e n t s which we c l a s s i f y a s e v i l s must proceed from it. Seeing t h i r , one s h i f t s t h e burden fror, t h e plnce where it does n o t belong t o t h e plece where it -does. Ee sees t h a t what seems i n i m i c a l t o h i s welfare has t h a t appearanco because of h i s om ignorance and lack of understanding. The t r o u b l e i s not i n t h e soheme o f t h i n e s , b u t i himself. irnd t h e n c m o f it i r n IGliORSCE Such a r e t h e s i x t e a c h i n g s o f t h e Grade of Zelator. From t h i s Grade t h r e e paths lead,-- t h e 32nd path of t h e l e t t e r Tau, t h e 3 1 s t path of t h e l e t t e r Shin, and t h e 29th path of t h e l e t t e r Goph. Only t h e 32nd path i s open a t t h i s p o i n t of i n i t i a t i o n . It lends to t h e second Grade*

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"The thirfy-second path i s c a l l e d t h e Administrative, o r Assisting I n t e l l i g e n c e , because it d i r e c t s a l l t h e o p e r a t i o n s of t h e seven p l a n e t s , r i t h t h e i r d i v i s i o n s , and ooncurr thereinan--Book of Formntioa. The H~bremf o r " ~ d m i n i s t r a t i v e ) :o r ' k s s i s t i n g n i s IVOBD, and t h e corresponding T a r o t sequence i s ; (if) X I I I , Death; (0)XV, The Devil; ( 0 ) I , t h e J l g i c i a n ; (D) 111, The Empress. Ce a r e faced w i t h t h e f a o t of death, and rrith a multitude of f a c t s t h a t we o l a s s i f y a s e v i l r . Yet

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we a r e taught, a s Zelators, t h a t t h e f a c t of death has a u s e f u l purpose i n t h e cosmio order, and t h a t the v w i o u s e v i l & appear e s ruch because , they a r e misunderstood. Yfhat w' we do t o v e r i f y t h i s teaching? Bor may r e f o r ourse1ves gather evidence of i t s v a l i d i t y ? For Rosicruciani s n bids u s t o t a k e nothing on authority, t o t e s t everything in t h e l i g h t of ex7erieme k?d reason. l e t t e r s of B S D pose our problem. The l a s t ' h e f i r s t t h i n g t o do i s t o m t c h . r e a r e ignorant because, haveyes, r e see n o t , and e a r s , rs hear not. Our notions of our e r v i r o m e a t , and of ourselves, for the nost p a r t s u p e r f i c i a l , because it i s e a s i e r f o r us t o a c c e p t a readynade opinion than t o g e t accurate i d o r n a t i o n f o r ourselves. %us w find a l l g r e a t t e a c h e r s sayr i t h Jesus, ?latch,!" The o r i g i n a l Greek mans, V e e p awakel Be v i g i l m t l 36e your e y e s t .See what i s r e a l l y g o i q onl Pay c l o s e a t t e n t i o n t o your surrour.ding81n I n a m r d , "Conn centrate;" kad t h i s i s exaotly what t h e Miigician i Tarot g m b o l i t e r . In t h e l a s t two hundred y e s r s t5e world has made tremendous progress i n t h e c o n t r o l of huzan enolrornent &rid i t s forces, and every b i t of . this c o n t r o l had i t s b e g i n n i q is s m e person's unusual mrtchfulnesr. There i s t h a t i n u s which celr see through s u r f a c e s t o t h e 1-8 w i t h i n , i f o r l y we focus it by t h e a c t of a t t e n t i o n . The world i s t r a n s p a r e n t t o the c t t e n t i v e watcher. And not 10% doas any one devotEhiPSe3.5 t o arch vigorous r a k e f u l n e s s before he perceives c l e a r l y t h t e r e r y s l i g h t e s t h w thought, word, snd action i s p a r t of t h e a t k ~ i n i s t r a t i o n coda of law. There a r e no unieportant thoughts, no unimportaat f e e l i n g s , no tminportant words, EO u ~ i m p o T t e t deeds o r events. m a t e v e r occurs i a s p e c i f i c manifestation, i n t i n e and space, of t h e l i n i t l e s s f o r c e s and the changeless laws of t h e Ole L i f e * & r e watchfulness w i l l soon convince you of t h i s , f o r rratcbf'uhess r a k e s you see t h e Law a t r o r k , and the place i n W.ioh it i s e e a i e s t t o see i s i n your own i m e d i a t e experin u s t!!e
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I n c o n s e q u e ~ c eo f m t c h f n 6 , t y p i f i e d by t h e h g i c i a n , t h e r e crombr e b ~ at s u b c o n s e i o u ~developsezt t y p i f i e d by t h e E ~ p r e s r . In t h i s Key you see . a l l t h e q 3 b o l s of r i c h g r d h . h pregnant wonan in t h e n i d r t of a garden r i p e t o harvest. m a t could be more E e f i n i t e ? But conaide? Again the t i t l e . L i t e r a l l y , " ~ z q r e s s "means, "She who s e t s i n order.' the i n t i z a t i o n of law. Ons of t h e function8 of mrbconsciousne8r i s t o reproduce and develop whatever i s planted i n it by a o t 8 o f a t t e n t i o n . I f t h e a c t s of a t t e n t i o n be s u p e r f i c i a l , t h e r e p o r t s of t h e sense8 a r e not c l e a r . F a l s e r o t i o n s nre thus b p l n n t e d i n subconsciousness, and t h e seeds of e r r o r multiply r i t h a d e c e p t i r e o r d e r l i n e s s t h a t mnker mnrq take them f o r t r v t h . For subconsciousness works wholly by deduction, and i f you give it a premibe, can work out s o orderly a sequence of consequences from t h e i t f t i a l f a l s e state.nent, t h a t lrany may be deceived thereby. On t h e o t h e r hand, subcowciousness i s J u s t a s o r d e r l y Fn i t s developnent of seeds of r i g h t knorledge. Thus invention follows c l o s e on the heels o f observation. So sooner do r e perceive, f o r exanple, t h a t o w . s t i o n ; , ::.ords, *nd thougbts 3rc. e s r t of E cosnic process, than subconsoiousness begins to elaborate t h e consequencer of t h i r p ~ r c e p t i o n .

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She does t h i s i n trro ways: 1.. % developing a philosophy of l i f e ; 2. Ey helping u s t o invent man6 f o r b e t t e r expression of our r e l a t i o n t o t h e wholo. The meecs ixclude methods and Fnstrumcnts f o r dealing with t h e f o r c e s of our inner l i f e , a s w e l l a s t h e f o r c e s 5.n our environment.
It i s with t h e former t h a t t h e o c c u l t i s t i s most conoerned. He nay s a f e l y delegate t h e invention of machinery f o r manipuleting envtro r n e n t a l f o r c e s t o t h e s p e c i a l i s t s whon L i f e has c a l l e d t o t h i s kind of work. But h e n it comes t o dealing w i t h t h e f o r c e s of h i s own 5nner l i f e , he m a t vbrk out h i s own methods, and b u i l d h i s own f n s t r u w n t s . This i s t h e r e a l s e c r e t of t h e d e s c r i p t i o n of t h e 32nd path which heads t h i s seotian.

"The operations of t h e seven planets" . a r e t h e operations of the seven ' i n t e r i o r s t e r s , " rrhich a r e c e n t e r s i n t h e human body. h e y p r o ' naned a f t e r t h e seven heavenly bodies used i n a n o i e n t astrology, and they have physical l o c a t i o n s a s f o l l a r s r
1 Saturn. Sacral plexus, a t base o f spine. . W s . A synpethetic ganglion behind the navel. J u p i t e r . The s o l a r plexus. 4. Sun. The cardiao plexus. 6 . Fenus. h nerve c e n t e r e t t h e w e l l of t h e throat. 6. !.loon. The p i t u i t a r y body, i n t h e b r a i n behind t h e r o o t of t h e nose. 7. Xercory. The cerebrun, organ of thought, and p a r t i c u l a r l y t h e rudimentary organ c a l l e d t h o p i n e a l gland.
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By wxtchfulness and subcmsciuus response t h e r e t o , then, we f i n d t h a t our l i v e s a r e a c t u a l l y aosistinp, i n t h e e v o l u t i o n of t h e Great Plan, t h a t we have a c t u a l l y sone share i n t h e a d m i n i s t r a t i o n of t h e Great nork. When we f i d t h i s out, end begin t o s e e i n t o t h i n g s a s w e l l a s t o look a t them, our bodies begin eubtly t o be changed. The seven c e n t e r s j u s t enumzrated begin t o be brought i n t o b e t t e r adjustment with each other. AnC since t t e s e c e n t e r s a r e a l s o t h e a l o h e n i c a l metals, ( s a t u r n , Leads % r s , Iron; J u p i t e r , Tin; Sun, Gold; Venus, Copper; Xoon, Silver: Xcrcury, b i c k s i l r e r ) , t h e passage of t h e path of Tau i s a l s o t h e beginning of t h e alchemical process of s u b l i ~ a t i o n and t r n n s m t a t i o n .
this h y The Tarot a t t r i b u t i o n t o t h i s p a t h i s t h e XXIst Koy, a l s o r e p r e s c n t s t h e p a i r of o p p ~ s i t e ~ , ~ D o n ~ i o n and Slavery." m e n wo a r e a s s i s t t z g i n t h e cosmic adolinistration w i t h ' o u r eyes open, and lami n g r:hat i s going on, xe aro sharing i n t h e Lifc-power's dominion w e r a l l t h i t q s - f i h i l e w6 a r e s t i l l b l i n d , s t i l l a s l e e p , s t i l l p a r t of t h e are s t i l l i n a herd of men-animals who herdly hwr t h e y ' r e a l i v e , s t a t e of aarvitudo. I n t h a t s t a t e ne a r e still a s s i s t i n g i n t h e cosmio administration, b u t we hava no v i e i o n of tho Great Business. Ne a r e l i k e t h e man who sorews on t h e six hundrod end forty-seventh nut i n an nut=-

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F i n a l l y , t o t h i s path t h e p l a n e t Saturn i s attributed. AstroloO c c u l t i s t s knm t h a t Saturn and Satan a r e c l o s e l y g e r s c a l l it "nalefic." connected Fn t h e t y p o l o w of Ageless Yiisdom. Perhaps tho n o s t i l l u m i n a t ing s e ~ t e n c e st h a t can be o f f e r e d on t h i s p o h t a r e from nppendix XV t o Kingsford MC E a i t l a n d l s The P e r f e c t Xsyr

"rind on t t e severkh day t h e r e went f o r t h from t h e presence of God a t l i ~ i l t ybagel, 9~11 m a t h and oonsuzing f i r e , nnd of gave s n t o hFm t h e dominion of t h e outerrr.ost sphere. E t e r n i t y brought f o r t h time; t h e Boundloss gave b i r t h t o L i n i t ; Being descended i n t o Generation. ha l i g h t c i n g I b e h e l l Satan f a l l f r o n heaven, fplendid i n s t r e n g t h and fury. ;Inone t h e Gods i s none l i k e unto him, i n t o h o s e hand a r e committed t h c kingdoms, t h e p a l e r and t h c g l o r y of t h e worlds.

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ABOVE irln T3.T W I C H IS BELUVl. Thct t h e r n r i o u s d i r t i n c t i o n s between "causal," " m e ~ t a l , " " a s t r a l , " and "physical" a r e purely f o r t h e rakm o f oonvenience i n o l n r s i f i c c t i o n . That, above a11 e l s e , it i s wholly f a l s e t o spook of n n t e r i c l f o r c e r a r being oppored t o s p i r i t u a l onms. That on t h e eontrcry, a s modern rcienae ha8 abundantly proved, t h e r e i r no arch e n t i t y a s *mnttern a t a l l . This doctrine of t h e e s s e n t i a l a p i r i t u a l i t y of a l l a o t i v i t l e r r h a t r o e v e r 10 fundamental i n R o r i o r w i a n philoro-

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phy, e s it i s f u n d a ~ e n t a li n b b s l a h . It i s t h e logice.1 consequence of t h e d o c t r i n e o f S c r e e s t h z t " A l l t h i n g s a r e from One." This is t h e "arcar.un of ~ e n e s " e n t i o 2 e d i n t h e q u o t e t i o n on page 25. I t i s often c o b j e c t e d t h ~ tt h i s d o c t r i n e m i i t e r i a l i t e s s p i r i t u a l t h i n g s . On the oont r t r y it s p i r i t u a l i z e s ~ l t h i n g s . SO long a s we c 0 r t i n u . r t o t h i n k of l " c s t t e r n a s & i n 2 r e t l , a s having an independent e x i s t e n c e aqd f o r c e s of i t s o m , s o lonp a r e we i n dsnger of t h e l i m i t i r ~ ;cocscquences of t h a t e r r o r . But t h e t r u t h which opposes t h e e r r o r d o e s n o t c o n s i s t i n scying t h a t p h y s i c a l f o r n s a r ~ df o r c e s have n o a c t u a l e x i s t e n c e . The l i b s r e t i n g t r u t h i s t h a t p!y,.sical f c r c e s , &?d a l l o t h e r f o r c e s , a r e e s s e ~ t i c l l ys p i r i t u ~ l ,t h n t t h e i r r o o t i s in t h e d i v i c e L i f e behind a l l t h i q c s . Cu bodies and our hot'sec a r e s p i r i t u a l f a c t s . The s o l i d e s r t h h i s a n o t h e r s p i r i t u a l f a c t . So n r e tho sun, moon, and stars. The momcut t h i s i s undcrstood we have r e ~ o v e dt h e g r e a t e s t b a r r i e r t o waccess Fn oooultism. 20 10% a s r e suppose s p i r i t u s 1 f o r c e s t o be m t a g o n i z o d ty " m t e r i a l " f o r c e s , we never car, be , w e o f myth-. F o r it i s p e r f e c t l y e ~ i d e n tt k e t n e do n o t ~ n d e r s t a g dtP.e f u l l e x t e n t o f t h e p h y s i o h l w r l d and i t s l a m and f o x e s . I f v n suspose t h i n t o b e o u r a d v e r s a r y , r e a r e d e f e c t e d b e f o r e we b e g i n t o f i g h t , beceuse ?re c a r n o t p o s s i b l y e x p e a t t o overco-e a n a d v e r s a r y x h i c h i s Lmeasurably < r e s t e r i n r e s o u r c e s t h s n t o u r s e l v e s . But i f we r o e t h ~ whet seems t o be o u r a d v e r s a r y i s r e a l l y a n a z i f e s t a t i o n of t h e very s s e o r d e r wtiqh i s t h e b r s i s o f our om e x i s t e n c e , i f we g r a s p t h e t r u t h t h a t t h e law o f o u r o m l i v e s i s t h e ~ E W of t h o u n i v e r s o , i f we see t h c t a l l f o r c e s a r e c p i r i t u a l , i n s k o r t , we p u r c e i v e t!iat t h e o n l y a d v e r s a r y i s our own m to f knorlcdge, t h e n ? .rs CL- b e ~ i r .cu- work a i t i r. r e l a c n r b l e p r c s p e c t o f s v c c e s s , because wa appronoh it in t h e r i g h t mood. 9ut tho e oric s than t a for -a r e essentiallyd sopc it rr ii nue e tla. u gIhtt tsha y s h ei??h u sr ys mytso l>orelanguagehoft tahlel VIIXc e r t , t e lc T~rot Key, t t b t c l l t h o f o r c e s of t!?e cosmos a r e w d e r t h e c o n t r o l o f t h e s t t c a t i v e , w a t c h f u l , v i g i l o n t s e l f - c o n s c i o u s zinc?. I t shows t h e human m1bconsciousne6s a s ist tress of t h e k i r g of b e a s t s , t h u s implying t h e i d c s t h s t m d i f i c a t i o a s of t h e hul-m l e v e l s o f s u b c o n s c i o u m e s s a r e t r a n s f e r a b l e t o t h e a r i n a l kingdom. I t f u r t h e r i n t i n s t e r t h a t t h e r e i g n ' . of s u t c o n s c i o u s n e s s e x t e n d s i t s e l f t o t h e v e g e t a b l e kingdon, by s h o r i n g verdure and t r e e s which a r e e v i d e n t l y t h e r e s u l t s Of c u l t i T ~ t i o n . h d T h i s i s a r e c u r r e n t 6ynb01, i n the.background it si..o;us a mountain-peak. p a r t i c * ~ l o r l y n h o s i c r u c i s n f m , end it r e p r e s e n t s t h e c o m p l e t i o n of t h e i G r e a t '7;ork. T h a t I o r k i s f i ~ i s h e d when man m a s t e r s t h e forms a3d f o r c e r of t h e m i n s r a l kingdom a s c o c p l e t e l y a s he m a s t e r s t h e f o r m ~ q f o r c e r d of t h e a n i n a l and r e g e t a b l e king&~!~s. l o t h i n e l e s s t h a n complete dominion i s t h e o b j e c t i v e . and t h a t o b j e c t i v e y a y be r e a c h e d because what we now c a l l s ~ ~ b c o n s c i o u s n e s s a c t u a l l y t h e s u b s t a n c e o f e v e r y f m n i n 811 is t h e kingComs below man. The L i f e - p e r , working a t v a r i o u s l e v e l s , or i n v a r i o u s o c t a v e s , of subconsciourness, i s a l l t h c r e i s t o a n y t h i w t h a t l i e s w i t h i n t h e Tense of human exyerience. Every s i n g l e t h i n g i n t h e u n i v c r s e my be c o r r e c t l y described a s a n assemblage of f o r c e s , temporsrthemselveb ac an o b j e c t , by r s e r o n o f t h e o p e r a t i o n of ily laws of t h e Lifo-power workinr a t subconscious l e v e l s . T h e o r e t i c a l l y , t h e n , it i s p e r f o a t l y r e a s o n a t l e t o s a g t h a t aayone who c a n modify t h e o p e r e t i o n of suboonsciousness c t t h e p o i n t where h e maker c o n t a c t w i t h it i n h i s m p e r r o n a l i t y , may t o some d e g r e e modify t h e form8 t h a t rema

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operation t a k e s in places not E O i n t i m a t e l y connected w i t h h i s personal l i f e . P r a c t i c a l occultism r e s t s upon t h i s theory, hn? v e r i f i e s it r c c t i c e . I n b r i e f , because you can c o n t r o l r u b c o n s c i o u s ~ ~ s s s u z e s by Bio-.. :e e x t e n t of t h a t c o n t r o l CM bo i n c r e a s r d i n d o f i d t e l y . The h work of t h e p r a c t i c a l o c c u l t i s t i s d i r e c t e d t o t h i s end-

( H ) Tho E p e r o r . T I E X-,I\=SE I S R.TIO!?AL. 2. I T IS COIPOSED iLCCOLD1:;S TO P;.TTZiGb II'TLLLICIBLE TO T E XI!;D O 913. TE.T P.,TTFU L Y F B SEE?, XICTIDED 7 2 TIi'.Ili OESELVSE TO LOOK FO? IT. ITS C&R.CmS E rZ3 CiEITTEIi U O TIIE ?IECEMISL; O I T P , PH F -U3 Y &-Y E L 3 TREIL. E Fran t t i s i t f o l l o r s t h a t nothing i n h e r e n t l y unreasonable c a n possibly be an i n t c g r a l p c r t of t h c cosnic orc?zr. Yhat scens a g a i n s t reason i s e i t h e r f c l s o , o r e l s e ~ i s u n d e r s t o o d . ~ ~ k appear6 t o c o n t r a d i c t reason c a l l s , t h e r e nt f o r e , f o r c l o s e exaninttion. It n u ~ never bo h a s t i l y r e j e c t e d , since t h e t nppcaranco of un-reason i s frequently c p p a r a n c c only, = i s i n g f r a n superf i c i n l observation. 3ut on vAttever a u t h o r i t y any s t c t e a e n t purportt o be t r u t h r e s t s i t s olaims, i f it r u n s counter t o e s t s b l i s h e d p r i n c i plea t h n t have t h e support of reason, we aught t o r e j e c t it, o r a t l e a s t refuse t o l e t our a c t i o n s be governed by it, u n t i l evidesce i s forthcumi n g which does a m y with t h 3 a p p e a r a c e of unreason. This i s a c a r d i n a l t e n e t of Rosiorucianism.
5. (v) The E i e r o ~ h a n t . THEXE ARE MENS OF COGNITIOU BEYOND CFdlI?L~YF BS OI O! E>25;;.\IEi:CE. T!E LIFE-W,\ZR D X J E N T I N EVEBY mri3 PS;~SGXALITY CAI, LSD DOES, GIVE TLT ~ S O N I . L I T YDIFECT mCEPTIOI!S OF ?Sa.SITf TTC..liSCE:;ljI!iG SENSE rXFEilIEh'CE. THESE PmCEFTIONS GO B Y I D RE.'.SO!;IXG, Y OF BUT T i i 3 .RE HFGR C N R X T3 P&SON. OTAY T m PROVIDE US :'lfTF1 COXQECT SOLUTIO?!S T PIRTICL'M WOELFXS, 9tiT t3EfiY S U O O T I O N I S I L S O T E FBTL;,PICN OF r.N ETP.KL P!?IKCIPLE. Thir Key has been X usod bofore t o i l l u s t r a t e one of t h e six t r u t h s taught t o Zelators, b u t now another aspoct of i t 8 nmning i s emphasized. I t e t i l l c s s u r e s u s t h n t t h e r e a r e mesns of cognition beyond t h e ordinary forms of expertenom. .It t e l l s us t h s t t h t Life-pmer inmanent f.n each human p e r s o n s l i t y i s a b l e t o give t h e t personality d i r e c t p e r c e p t i o n s of r e a l i t y transoending t h e experiences of sensation. And it i s used i n t h e Grade of Theoricus to prevent t h o advcncing p u p i l from s ~ p p o s i n gt h n t reasoning i s t h e only possible source of illumination- Lhe Hierophant i s r e a l l y i d e n t i c a l w i t h t h e Enperor, but he i s a symbol of t h e C o m i c Reasoning, bayond t h e l e v e l s a t p r e s e n t attninod by mn. The C i r e c t c o g n i t i o n he symbolize8 i a c a l l e d Triumphant and E t e r n a l I n t e l l i g e n c e . Triur? hant, because he.represent6 a nodo of consciousness which g i v e s us & solution" t o t h e winning t h e s p e c i f i c problems of our l i v e s . E t e r n a l , because although t h e solut i o n s a r e p a r t i c u l e r end adspted t o our s p e c i f i c needs, t h e y a r e i n v a r i ably brought t o us i n t h e form of perception6 o f u n i v e r s a l p r i n c i p l e s . The perceptton of these e t e r n a l p r i n c i p l e s i a beyond Lie scope of our present reasoning pcwer The pr in0 i p l e s , themselves, however, a r e a l ways consonant with, and never c o n t r s d i c t o r y t o , ?,%atever we have been oble t o o s t n b l i e h upon a s o l i d foundation of roaron- They supplement and conplcte t h e undorotanding we g a i n by reasoning.

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4. (R) The S-LL.. The l e t t e r Reeh (R) i n Qabelah I s c a l l e d the sign of the nCollective I n t e l l i g e n ~ e ,and i t i s from this t h a t the ~ fourth doctrine inparted to the 3 e o r i c u s 1 6 derived, u follows: .. IS TIE m m r OF -ELCUSJC STIVITIZS. Irss muii XXTELPG X C 3 -s TO$?EEIl 2J.L z53 V-'IoL2S zmZ,DS OP TE3 m3-mm18 Z ~ O NB ~ I , ' DA ~ ~ E I N G SZLF-, :I mXTI ON, . ? m C . ~ ES TELT LUJI I AS T & IL~GZTC3. TLU C Z t b CO23 IKTO XISmCE JPJRT W d ; 'AND hThis Coctrine i e i d e n t i c a l with ZudZe Trowsrdls doctrine of the Personal ?actor. I t means t h a t men ha6 come i n t o e d s t e a c e f o r a psrt i c u l a r purpose. TSat purpose 1 8 to c a n y the G r e a t l o r 4 t o completion. ;Laat s f i r s t share i n the Great Vork has to do with the regene r a t i c n of h i e OM personality. Eence i n the Tarot Key AXJ t h s tno children a r e &own a s equal In etabare, and s t m d l ~ l g upon t h e eena l e v e l . I n the natural man tho subconsciouanass, t y p i f i e d M feminine, i e subordinate. I n tho s p i r i t u a l man t h i s 18 n6t so. Subconsclouanose i s released from the bondage of erronco'a suggestion. h u t h e r , four of the f i v e elm-florers bchind the w a l l turn, not to t h e mi, but towards the children, a e i f i t were fmm them they &cv llgbt and v i t a l i t y . For i t I s t h r o e t h o worke o f msn t h a t nature d l 1 roech higher l m c l s of beauty and ur;cf;ilnoes.

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2. (S) W . Q DAILY PRBCTICS OP TE3 TEDUOaT a TKI: ~ O : : A LL I IS DIRZCTLY GUIDED BY A M ~ C I ~ I G X TDAILY BZISU~ ~ , BR.UIC3 OF TH3 TRUTH TRSI' iJOXlDY CAN 2 P 3 DO XETEII?G 0 3 BILCSXLF, DAILY SAIDL'LVOB APpZio?B llLL CIRCLXSIP1LUCSS 4WD ACSCTIVITT3 EBO'i THIS E I TO Om O? T I 3 IS A BUMl-CIS3 Ii? G U 3 O mI O F B s C .

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OF TE ~ f i o DOCTXIN'LS V : ~ C H~ L VnLREr;Dy E E C ~ ~ T C T E D~ T THIS LETTER. E O R TH? SUBTLCST Z!C mST IXP0.9TWZT hTO!7LClXE O TEE .CUNDMEXTU TaEORY I S F NCT GLI:ED BY REl&E:O, O FiZO?! LIETEHI.;Q TO a I f ' R N.M mC%. IT I S G h m 9Y LIZT3IRC ':,ITiI PROFOU?:D iiPTENTION FOE THE IGSTRUCTIO!i OF T E I h T m H ' & F VOICE. T I n C LISTEKIXG I S i hCTIVE STATE O CONSCIOUSI'ZSS, ir TBROPII N G Oi: TEE -i.'BOLE PEdSONAL CONSCIOUSNESS IT ! O T9E FOFX OF E X F E C T d n RECEPTIVITY.
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T h i s i a t h e path of t h e "holy l e t t e r , " Shin, c e l l e d "holyn boc a u s e i t s nuaber, 300, i s t h 3 t of t h e words RVCh LLHILI, Ruach Elohin, "The Life-brecth of t h e C r e a t i v e Powers." a n t Lifo-breeth i s what t h e Hindus t e r n Rsns, t h e b a s i c enargy of t h e cosmos. I t i r f i e r y end o l e c t r i c in i t s n a t u r e , and t h e r e f o r e t h i s p a t h i s w s o c i a t e d l a B e Qobalah k i t h t h e element of F i t o r Tho Book of F o r n a t i o n s a y s t ' causcd t h e l e t t e r S h i n t o r e i g n i n Fire." This e l e c t r i c a c o n s c i o u s enurgy. t i o n of a p a r t i c u l e r t o i t s latent state, o r e t e r n a l * This i s gence. f i r e i s t h e sourco o f a l l a c t i v i t i e s , nnd it l a I t s a c t i v i t y subsides, r e a r e t o l d , e t t h e o e r s a c o m i o c p l c , but although it p s r s e s from i t s a c t i v o it does n o t c e a s e t o be. Thus it i s p s r p e t u . 3 ' t h e reason f o r t h e designation, "Perpetual I n t e l l l -

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an E t e r n a l NOW. This f o u r t h dinension of t h e Life-power, R o s i c r u c i ~ Philosophy tenches, now IS. f i e r e f o r e t h e P e r p e t u e l I n t e l l i e e n c e i r even a t t h , i r roment a i n t e c r a l p o r t of every hunnn b e t y . W a r e n o t ? e aware of it, but it i s t h e r e , j r l s t t h o scme. And even a s mathemtic i a n s a r e being impressed n i t h t h e necessitjr of t a k i w i t i n t o considera t i o n , so must t h e a s p i r a n t t o advancement i~ t h e Way of Return, do a l l r t h n t h e can t o build up h i s conceptior! of t h i s a s p e c t of h i s o n ~ a t u r e which has, a s y e t , nade almost no impressiw. upon h i s personal consciousness. The n t h Tarot Key urns designed t o h e l p t h e a s p i r a n t b u i l d up t h i s perception. In accordonce with t h e b i o l o g i c a l law t h a t subconsciourness b u i l d s orgnnisr?! ir. response t o d e s i r e ezd d e ~ a n d ,t h e d a i l y use of t h i s picture w i l l gradually build i z t o the aspirant's brain the o e l l r which r u s t be organized before t h e experience i t - s y m b o l i z e s i s a v i v i d p a r t of t h e seeker's personal consciousnessThe s t a t e r e n t t 5 a t t h i s path r u l e s t h e novenent of t h e Sun and &on i s t r u e i n two ways. It i s t r u e in t h hl[lcrocorn, because t h e ~ c u r r e n t s of u n i v e r s a l ener,-y a r e t h e d e t a r c i r ! i r y elements i n a l l motion# of t h e heavenly bodies. h r t h e r r o r e , us s t u d e n t s ecquaintcd with Yoga philosophy w i l l know, t h e c u r r e n t s of h a n a t h s n s e l v e s a r e d i s t i n g u i s h e d t E a s t e r n snges a s bein.5 Lunar ar.d Solar. But t h e r e i s a second manner y i n which we nay read t h i s passage. =he hun, i n t h e nicrooosm, i s t h e c n r d i a c ploxus. The Lloon i s thr. p i t u i t a r y body. A c u r r e n t of t h e Lifeb r e a t h flows between t h e s e two c e n t e r s , nnd r e g u l a t e s theLr a c t i v i t y . , O c c u l t p r a c t i c e h a s much t o do w i t h t h e c o n t r o l of t h i s ourrent. So f a r as r e a d e r s of t h i s work a r e concerned, t h e only s a f e p r n c t i c e i~ t h a t which has t o do n i t h t h o b . p r e s s i o n upon subconsciourncss of t h e p a t t e r n d e c i ~ e di n t h e U t h Key. I n a d d i t i o n t o t h i s , one should o f t e n b r i n g t o rr.ind t h e i d e a t h a t fourth-dimenrional e x i s t e n c e i s even naw p a r t of one's r e a l mske-up. Perhaps t h e s i m p l e s t way t o do t h i s i s t o t h i n k of yourself a s having e t e r n a l l i f e , h e r e and now. The consequences of t h c r c p o t i t i o n of t h i s a p p a r e n t l y simple idea, u n t i l subconsciousness t a k e s hold of it and e l a b o r a t o r it, a r o extraordinary. I t i r t h e seed-idea whose f r u i t i s r e l e a s e -

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r~croscosrn. = h i s i s by no means t h e i d e a t h a t t h e universe was made f o r I t i s t h e idea t h a t nan cane i n t o e x i s t ~ n c ef o r t h e completion of t h e Great Work i n which t h e One L i f e i s engaged.

By r i c h t jud,ment of t h e novement of t h e s t a r s , c e r t a i n b a s i c r p a t t e r n s a r c revealed. The o r b i t s of t h e p l a n e t s h ~ v e e l a t i o n s t o each o t h e r which a r e a l s o t h e r e l a t i o n s of n u s i c a l tones, t h e r e l a t i o n s f o u d i n t h e c r y s t a l l i z a t i o n of minerals, t h e r o l a t i o s s developed i n t h e production of a l l forms. ka i s t h e only bein5 on e n r t h who can recoenize !n t h e s e p a t t e r n s and apply t h e n consciously. h s t r o l o ~ ~ s s e n t i a l l y a e, n a t h e n a t i c a l and g e o n e t r i c a l science, i s brought t o p e r f e c t i o n when t h e s e key p a t t e r n s a r e perceived. This s c i e n c e , by no neans p e r f e c t a s nor p r a c t i c e d , hes w i t h i n it t h e g e m of a g r e a t developrent. And t h e key t o t h a t dcvelopnent i s t h e f a c t t h a t . h u o a n l i f e i s t h e expression d of t h e sane f o r o e s ar.d laws t h a t a r e expressed i t h e v i s i b l e changer of p o s i t i o n azd r e l a t i o n s h i p s w r i t t e n i n t h e language of t h e s t a r s . Until a man perceives t h e s e p a t t e r n s and appli;s thorn, he i s t h e hen he knows alld u s e s then, he shares consciously s l a v e of t h e s t a r s . i n t h e Reign of Cosmic Law, Apart from t h i s kaarrledge, t h e s c i e n c e of a s t r o l o g y leeds t o an a r i d , s t e r i l e f a t a l f a . Perfected by t h i n knowledge, the sane soience adds i n c a l c u l a b l y t o t h e r i c h n e s s and r e sources of every huxan p e r s o n a l i t y . This nay benone of t h e reason6 nhy t h e phir of opposites, " F e r t i l i t y and S t e r i l i t y , i s a t t r i b u t e d t o t h e l e t t e r Rerh l t h e Qaba1.h. n These two paths lead f r o = t h e ;;r;des of 201-tor *TIC Thooricus t o begins i n t h e Grade of Z a l a t o r , beoause t h e next Crsde. The 3 1 s t ~ s t h it i s a n e l a b o r a t i o n of t h e s i x t r u t h s t a u g h t i n t h a t Grade, and becauae a l s o it donaqds t h e refinement of physioal sensation nhich i s t h e main The 30th path b e g b s i n t h e Grade of o b j e c t of t h e work of Zelator. Theoricua, because i n t r a v e r s i n g it one has c o n t i n u a l l y t o r e c u r t o t h e underlying elements of t h e t h e o r y t a u g h t i n t h e seoond Grade. For the i d e a t h a t humen l i f e i s a s y n t h e s i s of t h e whole ran50 of cosmio powers i s p r t a a r i l y a theory f o r persons below t h e h i g h e s t grades of t h e I n v i s i b l e Order, and i n t r a v e r s i n g t h e 30th path one does l i t t l e more than e l a b o r a t e and round o u t t h e theory. TKE G A E OF PRACTICUS, 3 RD
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This Grade oorresponds t o t h e 8 t h c i r c l e of t h e Tree of L i f e L. namehXL'D, Hod, Splendor. Hod i s t h e sphere of Msrcury, hence t h e a o t i v i t i e s of t h i s Grade a r e dominated by t h e mode of consoiousness represented i n Tarot by Key 1, t h e tltgicinn. I t i s t h e h a d e of t h o s e who have passed f r o n study of theory t o t h e e ~ p e r i m e n t a work which l e s t a b l i s h e s t h e c o r r e c t n e s s of t h a t theory. Fhis work i s almost wholly along t h e l i n e 6 of i n t e l l e c t u a l t r a i n i n g . It i s p r a c t i c e i n t h e arf

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of inductive reasoning, i n t h e d r a ~ i n gof l c g i c a l i n f e r e n c e s f'rm &perience, in t h e developnent by inductior. of t h e general t r u t h s t o h found i n a s e r i e s of p a r t i c u l a r instances.
2 . This experimental work i s i3dicatcd by t h e 8 t h statement I n the P e t t e r n on t h Trestleboard: I LOOK FCT.'hh-9 ZITH COATIDENCB TO TEE ~ FZIFECT REALIZATION OF TIE E'l-aW SPLEhDOR O TEE LUITLESS LIGHT. As F Key 1 r h w s , t h e 1Sagician o r Mercury i s expecting t h e p e r f e c t i o n of Pattern held i n h i s mind.

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The P r a c t i c u s works with t h e t o o l s on t h e & g i c i a n t s t a b l e , t h e of m n t a l imagery, t h e Sxord of a c t i o n , and t h e Pentaole of a c t u a l physical c o n d i t i o ~ .

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The type of consciousness corresponding t o t h i s Grade i r o a l l e d Perfect o r kbsolute I n t e l l i q e n c e . The Hebrew i s S h U , Shalam, and it a l s o rehnr, "well, peaceful, happy.' The t h r e e d o c t r i n e s of mi8 Grade -correspond t o t h e l e t t e r s of t h i s - w o r d , and t o t h e Tarot sequenoe representing those l e t t e r * , which i s : (Sh) XX, Judgment; (L)XI, J u s t i c e ) (E)MI, The Haryed ?Can. Two of t h e s e Keys hare been considered before, but a s we now approach then f r o a another point-of-vier, t h e y w i l l h a t e m r e t o t e l l us.

1. ( ~ h Judgment. W LIFE; FIm XOW, EXTENDS BEYOND THE ) LmITS OF TE P,uYSICiiL HORLD. h e n n o r we l i v e i n t h e f o u r t h dimension, I although we have but t h e s l i g h t e s t i n t e l l e c t u a l r e a l i z a t i o n of t h i s fact. Even now r e a r e i m o r t 8 l s , though our nisunderstanding of t h e meaning of death, and our imperfect brain-organization, prevents u s from knowing t h a t we never were born and w i l l never die.
H (L) J u s t i c e . ALL TfIE ACTIVITIES OF T E UNIVERSE ARE BU) IB 2. EQUILIBRIUM* This i s one of t h e m s t d i f f i c u l t t h i n g s t o peroeivs. Ine q u a l i t y and i n j u s t i c e a r e avpsrent everynfiere, b u t t h e e s o t e r i c d o c t r i n r s t a t e s f l a t l y t h a t t h i s appearance i s n o t true. I t does n o t say t h a t j u s t i c e w i l l be achieved i n some d i s t a n t future. I t d e c l a r e r enphatic a l l y t h a t p e r f e a t balance i s naintained continually. That f o r every a c t i o n t h e r e i s an int6ediste r e a c t i o n . =hat t h e Low of Compensation i r always i n operation. That if we could see t h e whole p e r t , r e should find not one l e a s t d e v i a t i o n from s t r i o t J u r t i c e i n a l l t h e e v e n t r which have culminated in t h e p r e s e n t moment* T E PERSONAL 4 N I S NEVER TIlE WINKER, THE !% . 5. (u) Hhnged &n. SPEAKEX, OR TEE h C T O 2 . TWT A:rY TEOUGHT, Af'Y VOiiD, ANY DEED I S TIIE OPERATION O T E SUM-TOTAL OF COSUIC FORCES IL\i LAWS, TAKING PARTICDUB F H F0P.U I N TI'XE AIiD SPACE, TLl?.OUGA T E INSTRVTlTALITY OF A HUMAN BEING I (or o t h e r vehicle o f t h e c o a o l i f e . ) Thir t r u t h , u n t i l i t s r e a l im-

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p o r t i s grasped, seems l i k e fstaliam. It appears t o &e man a mere puppet. Yet it i s a t r u t h r e i t e r a t e d by a l l wise pen, end a l l of them agree t h a t it i s not f a t a l i s t i c i n t h e l e a s t . They t e l l u s t h a t t h e reason it seerrs t o be so i s t h a t Ifunan b e i q s do r o t r e a l l y know what they mean wber. they say "I". Whe2 t h i s ignorance i s corrected by r i g h t kr,mledge, t h e center of consciousness i s no longer located in t h e p e r s o n a l i t y * I t i s s h i f t e d t o tho Real S e l f , h=d t h a t S e l f i s perceived a s being i d e n t i c a l with t h e Originating P r i n c i p l e of t h e L i f e i n found. universe. The personal l i f e i s l o r k , but t h e CO&C A i l l u s i o n i s exchanged f o r a r e a l i t y . A c o u n t e r f e i t freedas f r T given up, i n order t h a t r e a l freedom nay be eujoyed. The mental a t t i t u d e expressed i n t h e s e t h r e e t r u t h s i s what t h e R a c t i c u s endeavors t o perfect. To achieve t h i l r - r e s u l t he r u s t be cont i n u a l l y on t h e watch. Hence t h i s Grade i s a t t r i b u t e d t o t h e sphere of Mercury. The R a c t i c u s w r k s with t h e t o o l 8 which ara on t h e U g i c i a n 1 8 t a b l e . Every operation of tt.is *ado is c l r r i e d out by t h e i n t e l l e c t u a l , reasoning, self-oonsciousness. The f o m t i o n of new habits of thought i s what is aimed a t here. Nobody t r u l y r e a l i z e s t h a t he i s a vehicle f o r u n i r e r s a l l i f e except by a f f i r n i n g and reaffirming t h e idea, and by e x a r c i s i r g a l l t h e i n g e m i w he can muster t o f i n d new m y s i n which t o remind h i n s e l f t h a t it i s true. Actual dependence upon cosmic law, and p e r f e c t self-surrender to i t s operation, require a s m c h practice a s one needs i n order t o l e a r n to sing, or w r i t e , o r dnnce. J u s t snb-ing, "I surrender,. now and then, w i l l r o t produce t h e desired r e s u l t . k r y e e n t l e , suave r e p e t i t i o n s of t h e suggestion a r e required before we succeed i n 'separating t h e e a r t h from t h e f i r e , t h o s u b t l e f r o = t h e gross,. f e , e f o r e we ~ a k e oons.. t a c i o u s d i s t i n c t i o n between t h e physical vehicle of l i f e and U f e i t s e l f .

. Poise, t o o , i s one of t h e rneaniws of J u s t i c e i n Tarot, and poise must be won by practice. A f e r perfunctory r e l a x a t i o n e x e r c i s e r dl1 never build a poised personality. Ke mst r e l s x a t regular periods, ta be sure; but what hrings t h e beat r e s u l t s is t h e h a b i t of perpetual of watchfulness which makes us aware of t h e s u b t l e t e ~ i n 7 i r x s tension8 of Ageless Wisdcna and a n x i e t i e s . Repeaeed r e f l e c t i o n on t h e teacht h a t a l l events a r e ordered according t o a law of undeviating j u s t i c e 1 8 an i n p o r t a n t f e a t u r e of t h e practice which leads t o personal poise. Beginr.ers o f t e n have g r e a t d i f f i c u l t y with t h i s teaching, b u t none I 8 more emphatically i n s i s t e d upon by t h e Teachers. R e f l e c t i o n upon it, Mb constant endoavor t o see t h c law of e q u i l i b r i u s a t work i n every experience i s one g r e a t t e s t f o r t h e Raotioua.
The Praotious a l s o devoter himself t o becaning f a m i l i a r with tho i d e a t h a t even now p a r t of h i s consciousness is having what we c a l l

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Fihen r e u n d e r s t a n d t h a t e v e r y hu.lan "f o u r t h - d i n e n s i o n a l experience." b e i z e t a s bodies of f i n e r t e x b r e t h e n t h e p h y e i c a l , t h i s i s e a s i e r The p h y s i c a l i s t h e o u t e r n o s t of t h e v e h i c l e s of t h e I All, t o Er'sp. cor.posed of energy v i b r a t i o a s which a r e s l m e r end g r o s s e r t h a n t h o s e of h i g h e r v e h i c l e s . It i s , noreover, c o r r u p t e d by e r r o r a o r race-thought, a r d i s far frarr. being p e r f e c t l y adapted t o t h e t r s n s n i s s i o n o f t h e f i n e r nodes of t h e Life-power's a c t i v i t y . The p h y s i o a l body needs t u n i n g ) a d t!e R o s i c r u c i a n a o r k i s a nethod of a t t u n e r e n t , which p u t s u s , a s it were, i a proper p o s i t i o n t o r e c e i v e t h e f i n e r , h i g h e r v i b r a t i o n s o f our n s u b t l e bodies, v h i c h a l r e a d y e x p e r i e n c e t h e phenomena o f h i g h e r p l a n e s of e x i r t e r ? c e . b e r y hui?en b e i ? ~ ,even t h e l o w e s t savage, bar f o u r t h d h r . s i o n e 1 consciousr,ess; b u t a m r e n e s s of t h a t c o n s c i o u s n e s s on the p b y s i c e l p l m e r e q u i r e s a s p e c i a l k i n d o f p h y s i o l o g i c a l dcvelopnent. As C-irted i n t b e F m - s r e t e r c i t a t i s , t h i s d e v e l o p e n t r e s u l t s f r m c h e r i c e l changes i n t h e blood-stream* Perhaps a simple conparisor. w i l l nake t h i s c l e a r e r . I n t h e room *ere you a r e r e n d i n s , a g r e e t rmy d i f f e r e n t e t h e r i o v i b r a t i o n s a r e d o u b t l e s s being s e t up, a t t h i s a o n e n t , by v a r i o u s b r o a d o s s t i ~ gs t a t i o n s . Ur?lo~s you hive a r a d i o s e t , p r o p e r l y b u i l t , and c o r r e c t l y t u c e d , you a r e m a w e of t h o s e r i b r a t i o n s . Yet t h e y a r c t h e r e a l l t h e t i m e , snd you h e a r t 3 e n t h e nonent y m t u n e in. Your body i s a much f i n e r r e c e i v i n g s e t t h s n azy b u i l t by Ran. %t a t p r e s e n t , s o J e of t h e p a r t s e s s e n t i a l t o r e z e p t i o r . o r e n o t , i n r a d i o p a r l a n c e , "hooked zp". These p a r t s m y "hen t h i s is ncconplished you be c o r r e c t l y coxbincd by o c c u l t p r a c t i c e . rill t a b l c t o t u n s in t o r a t e s of v i b r a t i o n which now seam t o be nonc existent.
i l l t h i e t h a t I e v e r ~ t l i n e di s p a r t o f t h s " v i r i o n o f p o s s i b i l i t y m whick t h e P r n c t i c u s works t o y f e c t . ";Yhero t h e r e i s no v i s i o n , " s a y s v i s i o n c a n be strengthened. J u s t a s t h e S i b l e , " t h e pcople p e r i s h . p l u ; t s & r e c u l t i v a t e d by a gardener, s o m y t h e f u n c t i o r s of f o r e s i g h t a d coaf i d t r t e x p e c t a t i o n be developed by i n t e l l i g e n t p r a c t i c e d i r e c t e d t o t h a t end. The g r o s s e s t o f o r r o r s i s t o b e l i e v e t h a t . t h e g i f t of ' r f r i o 2 \ i s a a r e a c c i d e n t o f b i r t h . Every human b e i n g h a s t h e s e e d s o f genuine. s e e r s h i p . Ne a r e a l l p o t e n t i a l prophetr.

I n no essential p a r t i c u l a r does t h e development of t h o s e f u n c t i o n s d i f f e r f r o 2 t h e developnent of such f u n c t i o n s a6 walking o r cpeaking. F i r z t c o r n s t h e a t t e r p t t o p t r f o r n t h e r a q u i r e d action--an a t t e r . p t t h a t f a i l s a g a i n and a g a i n a t f i r s t , b u t e v e r y t r i a l b r i n e s one n e a r e r t o s u c c e s s . EUII o f t e n , do you suppose, d i d you f a l l x h i l o you were l e a n l i=g t o walk? If you E W ~ ,h m many e b o r t i v e e f f o r t s preceded t h e f i r s t rmccessfil s t r o k e ? gc a l l h m t h a t c o u n t l e s s a p p a r e n t f a i l u r e s preoeda e v e r - successful e t t e n p t t o p i n € k i l l i n t h e most o r d i n a r y p h y s i c a l a c t i z i t i e s . I w r i t e a page 1i':e t h i s i n l t s s t h a n a half-hour. When, a s a boy, I began t o p r a c t i c e t y p e w r i t i n g by t h e " ~ h r n t System," it t o o k n c t r l y a s long t o w r i t e a few i n p e r f e c t l i n e s . Yet n o t a few people who p r c f c s s i c t c r c s t i n o c c u l t t r z ~ i n i r ~ roedy t o g i r e u p t h o work, and nru t o c o n d o m e s o t o r i o t e a c h i n g a s n o n s e n s i c a l , s i n p l y because t h e i r f i r & t e n o r twenty a t t e m p t s a t c o n c e n t r a t i o n d o n o t produce inrtclntaneour results.

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I s a t f o r nore t h a n t e n months, i n periods of a half-hour twice d a i l y , working a t concentration, bofore perceiving t h e s l i g h t e s t lndioat i o n of a r e s u l t . bong my brethren i n t h e True and I n v i s i b l e Order a r e some who have devoted l i f e t i m e s t o developing t h e s k i l l t h e y now possess. Sore of t h e b e s t work I ever did was accomplished in t h e midat of a hard-workirg s t r u g g l e f o r a livelihood, t h a t gave m p r a c t i c a l l y no e r e a l leisure. Eence t h e exouse, "I haven't t i n e f o r study o r p r a c t i c e , " sinply f s i l s t o c o w i ? c e me. xe a l l have plenty of t i n e . 9 u t t h e l a z y h a b i t s of t h e race-clind lead u s a s t r a y . I f we don't p r a c t i c e , it i s n o t because ne a r e too busy. I t is because we'd r h t h e r do something e l s e . The only f a i l w e i s f a i l u r e t o try--and t r y again an& again. Our attempts, however, a r e nore l i k e l y t o succeed i f we have a c l e a r n o t i o n of lmht we a r e a i v k g t o acconplish, and sone knowledge of t h e law8 and forces we a r e seeking t o u t i l i z e . n i s is why practice cozies t h i r d in t h e Greder of the a o s i c r u c i a n Order, following a Grade devoted t o theory.
I n a l l t h i s mental p r s c t i c e , it i s we11 t o rctember t h a t you are deal& with an a c t u a l f o r c e which Eliphaa Led o a l l e d " ~ s t r a lLight,' a d of which he n o t e : "There e x i a t s a f o r c e i n nature which i s f a r nore powerful t h a n stoam, by m a n s of which a s i n g l e man, aho can master it, and knows h w t o d i r e c t i t , might throw t h e world i n t o confusion a?d transform i t 8 face. I t is diffused throughout i n f i n i t y ; it i s t h e substance of heaven .and ecrth. Pihen it produces radiance it i s c a l l e d l i g h t . I t i r substance scd notion a t one and t h e same time; it i s a f l u i d and a perpetual vibration. I n i n f i n i t e spaoe, it i s e t h e r , o r e t h e r i z e d l i g h t 8 it bocozss e s t r e l l i g h t i n t h e s t s r s vhioh it nagnetizes, ; m i l e i n org n ~ i z e dk i n g s it becones magnetic l i g h t o r f l u i d . The w i l l of i n t e l l i gent beings a c t s d i r e c t l y on t h i u l i g h t , and by meana thereof, upon a l l nature, ahich I s nada s u b j e c t t o t h e modifications of i n t e l l i g e n o e r W The sane n i t e r g i v e r a valuable ruggestion i n r e l a t i o n t o t h o work undertaken i n t h e Grade of R a c t i c u r when he says:

"Bsry i n d i v i d u a l i t y i s i n d e f i n i t e l y p e r f e c t i b l e , since t h e moral order i s analogous t o t h e physical, and i n t h e physical order we owmot comeive a point which i s unable t o d i l a t e o r enlarge i t s e l f , and r a d i a t e a ~ h i l o s o p h i c a l l y i n f i n i t e c i r c l e . h h a t can be s a i d of t h e e n t i r e soul must a l s o be predicated of each f a c u l t y thereof. h e understanding d the w i l l of pan a r e i n s t r u n e n t s which are incalculable in t h e i r power and onpacity
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Tho same thought i s contained in a passage i n t h e Book o f Formation hio oh speaks of r e s t o r i n g t h e Crbator t o h i s throne. Ifurnan understanding, human e x m i n a t ion and r e s e a r c h , human knarrl6dge nnd c a l o u l a t i o n and

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w r i t i n g - - t h e s e a r e means whereby t h e C r e a t o r nay b e r e a t o r e d t o h i 8 throne. Eas He e v e r been dethroned? x o t r e n l l y ; b u t h u m n e r r o r ha8 p l a c e d H i m upon a z y t h i c a l s e a t i n t h e sQ, i n s t e a d of upon t h e t r u e t h r o n e a t t h e c e n t e r of humn e x i s t e n c e . Study o f t h e t e n a s p e c t s of t h e One L i f e , which we a r e t a k i n g up in t h i s s t u d y of t h e Grndes, corr e c t s t h i s e r r o r . I t r e s t o r e s t o ran h i s knowledge t h a t t h e c r e a t i v e , c o n t r o l l i x p m e r of t h e u n i v e r s e i s a r e a l p r e s e n c e w i t h i n t h e h e a r t o f aan. Because o f t h a t r e a l presence, bcc9use " a l l t h e power t h a t e v e r was, o r w i l l be, i s h e r e n o w , " t h e v e h i c l e s through which t h a t p m e r m i f e s t s i t s onnipotence mst be i n d e f i n i t e l y p r r f e c t i b l o . Theae words f a l l under y o u r oyes because t h e t i x e h a s a r r i v e d i n t h e c o u r s e of y o u r d e v e l o p mcnt when you a r e r e a d y t o be awakesed t o t h e t r u t h t h e y s e t b e f o r e . y m . Nobody who i s n o t r e a d y rill ever r e e d t h e s e l i n e r .

I d o n o t mean by t h i s t h a t e v e r y rendor w i l l F n s t m t l y a c c e p t the i d e a s i n t h i s bcok. % t h c cor.trary, I )cnW t h a t sane rill s c o f f a t it, and r e j e c t it u t t o r l y . N e v e r t h e l e s s , even t h e s c o f f e r w i l l n o t r e a d unf ' t i l he i s ready. The m e n t a l a t t i t u d e o s e l f - c o n s c i o u s n e s s i s n o t t h e f i n a l a r b i t e r . You, whoever you zay be, who r e a d t h e s e r o r d r , know t h i r , Henceforth you rill never be q u i t e t h e s a w . You have touched s o n n t h i n g z o r e p o t e n t , n o r e l a s t i n g , more f a r - r e a c h i n g t h a n you dream. It stirs i n you an e . c t i t i t y which rill e v e n t u a l l y r i p e n i n t o r e a l i z a t i o n . If n w you s o o f f , we g r i e v e f o r you, becnuse we bow l i f e has in s t o r e f o r you b i t t e r l e s s o n s o f p a i n , v h i c h m i l l break t h e s h e l l o f s e l f i s h u n b e l i e f t h a t now l i n i t s t h e e x p r e s s i o n of your k i g h e r powers. A t i f no*, a h a you read t h e s e words, a n echo see-s t o s t i r in you, a s of t b l n g s long f o r g o t t e n r e v i v i n g i n t h e d c p t h r of your s o u l , we r e j o i c e w i t b you, h a w i n g t h a t f o r you t h e happiness of r e l e a s e is n e a r a t hand.

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Three p a t h s l e a d from t h e %ads of R a c t i c u s t o h i g h e r Grader, b u t none i s open, a l t h o u c h t h e 2 7 t h p a t h of t h e l e t t e r Peh must be t r a v e r s e d bef o r e t h e P r a c t i c u s h a s completed h i 8 advancement t o t h e Grade o f Philosophus. But b e f o r e t h i s may b e done, t h e 2*h and 2 @ t h p a t h r must be traversed. The 2 6 t h p a t h r e n a i n s c l o s e d u n t i l t h e admnceVnent t o t h e Grade of Philosophur i s completed. The 23rd p a t h i s n o t open u n t i l t h e Grade o f Lesser n d e p t h t s been a t t a i n e d . Yet b o t h t h e r e p a t h r b e g i n i t h e Grade o f n Pt c t i c u s , because t h e s k i l l a c q u i r e d i n t h a t Grade is what e n a b l e r t h e a s p i r a n t t o p a s s t h r o u g h them. = h a t s k i l l , remember, i s developed by c o n t i n u a l l y p r a c t i c i n g t h e i n t e l l e c t u a l p e r c e p t i o n of -.)..?tmay be c o n f i d e n t l y expected a s t h e wtcome of t h e oosmic p r o c e s s . And what i s t h a t ? The P a t t e r n on t h e T r e s t l e b o a r d g i v e 8 t h e answers "I l o o k forward ~ i i t h o n f i d e n t e x p e c t a t i o n t o t h e p e r f e c t r e a l i r a t i o n o f t h e c E t e r n a l Splendor of t h e L L ~ i t l e s rLight."

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Three p a t h s l e a d t o t h i s Grade. The 2 9 t h p a t h o f t h e l t t t e r Qoph, beginning i n t h e Grade of Z e l a t o r , i s t h e first. The second i r t h e 2 8 t h path o f t h e l e t t e r Ttaddi, which c o m e n c e s i n t h e Grade of Theoricus. The t h i r d i s t h e 2 7 t h p a t h of t h e l e t t e r Peh, beginning in t h e Grade of P r a c t i c u s . b r e i s a p l a i n i z t i m a t i o n t h a t t o be a b l e to g r a s p t h e R o s i c r u c i a n philosophy one must have p r e v i o u s l y developed d e f i n i t e p e r c e p t i o n t h a t he l i v e s i n a c o m i c o r d e r , must have been w e l l grounded i n t h e p r i n c i p l e s of R o s i c r u c i a n t h e o r y , end leust h a m worked a t t r a i n i n g h h s e l f i n c o n f i d e n t e x p e c t a t i o n of a b e a u t i f u l outcone f o r t h e G r e a t Work. TX3 2 9 t h PATH OF QOPH.. "The twenty-ninth 02th is c a l l e d t h e C o r p o r e a l I n t e l l i g e n o e . :t ir.forns e v e r y body which i s i n c o r p o r a t e d under a l l o r b s , and it i r t h e grorth thereof." --6ook of' Formstion* T h i s i s t h e p a t h of body c o n s c i o u s n e s s , t h a t p a t h o f t h e ooo r d i = a t e d working t o g e t h e r o f t h e t h i r t y t r i l l i o n c e l l s o f t h e phyric a l organism. h u t S t e m i n & 6@yS t h a t i n b l a c k n s g i c t h i s path e n a b l e r t h e o p e r e t o r t o becomo en r c p ~ o r t i t h h i s v i c t i n . Pay no a t t e n t i o n to w t h i s o c c u l t bugaboo. For though it i s p e r f e c t l y t r u e t h a t black msgio depen6s upon some s o r t of p h y s i o a l con?eotion b e t a e e n t h e o p e r a t o r and the v i c t i m , it i s e q u a l l y t r u e t h a t t h e s a n s law works t h e o t h e r nay* I n r h i t e magic t h i s same p a t h i s t h e one which e n a b l e s t h e o p e r a t o r t o e s t a b l i s h t h e c o m e o t i o n wherety he h e s l s and h e l p s a s u f f e r e r . For it i s by tk.e v i b r a t i o n s of p k f s i a a l c e l l s i n a e h y r i c a l body t h a t . scy magician, w h i t e o r black, i s a b l e t o " s t e p d m t h e s u b t l e o u r r e n t r of e z e r g y o p e r a t i n g on h i g h e r l e v e l r , and make t h e n a v a i l a b l e l o r t h e p h y s i c a l plane. . m e n t h e J o o k of F o r n a t i o n s a y s t h i s p a t h " i n f o r m " b o d i e s , it u s e s t h e v e r b i n a s e n s e rum g r a c t i c c r l l y o b s o l e t e , neaning, " t o g i v e . C o r p o r e a l I n t e l l i g e n c e t h e r e f o r e nreana form t o ; t o mold; t o arrange. It i s a s s o c i a t e d t k o u g h t h e " t h e c o n s c i o u s n e s s t h a t shapes bodier.' l e t t e r Qoph w i t h t h e beck of t h e head, because i n t h e back of t h e head i s l o c a t e d t h e s p e c i f i c organ of t h e body-building i n t e l l i g e n c e . Thia orgall i s t h s medulla oblonqata, find it i r what responds t o our a t t e m p t 8 t o telre c o n t r o l of our bodies, t o ohange t h e i r c h e m i s t r y , t o rearrang. t h u i r structure. Ythen ae apply t h e law of s u g g o s t i o n t o t h e o o n t r o l of subconsciotun e a s , f o r c e s a r e s e t i n n o t i o n r h f c h e v e n t u a l l y r e s u l t in a c t u a l o e l l a d a p t a t i o n . \ye oannot do t h i s u n t i l we a r e informed of t h e t h e o r y devolopcd i n t h e seoond ~ o s i c r u c i a nGrade. Bor s h a l l we roccoed u a l e r r rs have s p e n t some time i n t h e kinds of p r a o t i o e which a r e associated w i t h

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t h e t h i r d Gr.-de. I t i s on t h i s eccount t h a t t h e 29th path oannot be traversed ur,til t h e a s p i r a n t has becone a Practicus. As a Zelator he l e a r n s t h a t h i s tody i s a v e h i c l e of t h e cosmic l i f e . A s a Theoricur he l e a r n s t b c t every function of t h a t body i s under t h e m e d i a t e cont r o l of subconsciourness. But it i s only when he has learned t o make t c l e a r , s p e c i f i c p a t t e r n s of what he nay expect i z ~ h e f u t u r e t h a t he can begin t o nodify h i s body, so t h a t i t s c h e n i s t r y and o r g a n i z a t i o n w e suc!~t h a t he cen r e a l l y g r a s p t h e Rosicrucian philosophy. For it i s not enouch t o be w i l l i n g t o learn. h e must have t h e r i g h t kind of b r a i n The orGinary modes of l i f e c e l l s , m d t h e r i g h t k i d of body-chenistry. do not build t h e b r a i n - o e l l s , tnd they poison t h e body. As w e l l expect a drunkard t o grasp t h e f i n e r s i g n i f i c a n c e s of experience a s t o expeot u d f o r p r e c i s e l y t h e sane reason. t h e cverage hu..m- being t o do s o A poisoned body c m o t g a s p a t r u e philosophy.

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TIIE 28th PATR O TZADDI. F 'The twenty-eighth path i s c a l l e d t h e l b t u r a l I n t e l l i g e n c e , whereby t h e n a t u r e of e v e r y t h i r g found i n t h e orb of t h e sun i s 00pleted and p e r f e c t e d . " - - B ~ ~ k of Fotmation.
t h e of t h e e a r l y lcssons of R o s i c r u c i n ~philosophy i s t h a t every~ t h i n g i s n a t u r a l , t h a t t h e r e i s nothing supernatural. Superhuman, perhaps, but a l m y s w i t h i n t h e bounds of n a t u r a l lm.

This poth, represented i n Torot by t h c XVIIth Key, i s t h e p a t h of m d i t a t i o n . The p i c t u r e shows Truth unveiled, cnd pouring water from two vases. Thus what i s s h m irr t h e p i c t u r e corresponds e x a c t l y t o t h e dof i n i t i o n of n c d i t n t i o n given by t h e Hindu p s y c h o l o ~ i s t , P a t a a j a l i , "Keditation i s an unbroken f l m of knowledge i n a p a r t i c u l a r object." The a s p i r a n t t o adcrencement in t h e Path of Return s e m r t o himself t o bo meditating. E s o t e r i c d o c t r i n e q u i t c d i s t i n c t l y t e l c h e s t h a t t h e a s p i r a n t i s nerely t h e agcnoy through which t h e n a t u r a l process of an unbroken flow of consciousness i n a p e r t i c u l o r ob$ect i s expressed. i i u m p e r s o c a l i t y , from t h i s point-of-view, i s an instrument which Nature h e r s e l f hns devised and perfected. A h m a n body ar.d humnn b r a i n a r e t h e means necessary t o t h e n a t u r a l process c e l l o d n o d i t a t i o n . By t h i s means t h e u n i v e r s a l consciousness i s enabled t o t a k e forms t h a t it could n o t t a k e without t h i s instrument. Taking such forms, t h e LifeFparer b r i n g s t h e n a t u r e of evcryt h i n g found i n t h c "orb of t h o sun t o conplateneas and perfection. "The orb of the sun" i s t h e sphere of influenco of s o l a r a c t i v i t y , h , t h e s o l a r syston. The c o m i c prooesr of Involution-Evolution works through a l l t h e kingdons of n a t u r e t o p e r f c c t t h e instrument named "man.' Vhen t h i s instrunont i r ripened t o a c e r t c i n point, t h e n a t u r a l procorm of meditation poker it a b l e t o exprcsr t h e L i f e - . m e r t s knowledge of i t s m nature, and of t h e p o s s i b i l i t i e s of t h a t nature. Thus human thought and a c t i o n beoone th6 means whereby t h e f o r c e r of t h e oocimorr t a k o formm which could n o t be brought i n t o monifertation otherwiae.

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The introduction of h u m p e r s o n a l i t y a s en i n t e g r a l p a r t of t h e c o ~ i c process i s w3at Judge Tromrd c a l l s t h e "personnl Factor.' whoa t h s t P e r s o ~ n lFzctor i s c o r r e o t l y understood a s tin agency of t h e One Life, n o t b i q but ~ o o d e s u l t s from i t s a c t i v i t y . ;Then i t i s e r r o n e o u s l y r supposed t o be nn independent existence, having power and rill of i t s "m",e l ? s o r t s of pain-bringing conditions a r i s e from what it t h i n k s , says, m d does. %ese p a i n - b r i r y i q c o r d i t i o n s are thought of by u r Occult t r a i n i n g , however, d e o l m e s t h a t because p a i n aE k i n g "evils." d r i v e s us t o ~ e e k e l i e f , ~ r t h e search leads u l t i m a t e l y t o discovery r ~ d of t m t h , e m n t h e seening e v i l s of hu5an l i f e a r e t h e raw = a t e r i a l f o r bceutiful r c m l t s .
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"The twenty-seventh path Is c a l l e d thc E x c i t i n g I n t e l l i g e n c e , f o r thezce i s c r c a t e d t h e s p i r i t of every o r e a t u r e of t h e suprene orb, end the a c t i v i t y , t h a t i s t o say, t h e motion, t o which t h e y a r e eubject." --Fook of Formstion. This pnth, t y p i f i e d i n T ~ r o t t h e XVIth b y , c o r r e ~ p o n d s ~ t h e by o Bebren l e t t e r rhose rime moans "the nouth a s t h e organ of speech. Ln the Tarot pioturo t h e f l a s h of l i g h t n i n g which d o s t r o y s t h e b u i l d i q i s a reference t o t h a t passage i n thc Book of Fornztion which s s y s r "Ton i n c f f e b l e Sephiroth: t h e i r e p p e a r a c e i s l i k e t h a t of a f l a s h of lightning, t h e i r goal i s i n f i n i t e . Bis word i s i n t h e n whon t h e y o~srstc and when t h ~ y e t u r n ; a t His bidding do they h a s t e l i k e a whirlr wind." hote w e l l t h e imagery. Instantcnoous and s k u l t n n e o u s manifestat i o n of the t e n f u n d m e n t a l a s p e c t s of tho Life-power i s suggested by the f l s s h of lightning. hs soon a s the Life-pmer ~ a n i f o s t si t s e l f a t sll, thc e m - t o t a l of I t s t e n a s p e c t s co7es a t once i n t o e x i s t e n c e . The idoa of speech i s bound up wit:? t h i s l i g h t n i n g - f l e s h symbol by t h e p h r ~ r e ,"His word i s i n them," cnd tho idoa t h a t t h e whole cosmic aot i v i t y i s a continuous exprsssion of t h a t word, f r o n boginning t o end, i a conveyed by t h e phrase, "when they emnnato and vhen t h e y return." Furthermore t h i s em-motion a d r c t u r n i s conpared t o a whirlwind, t h a t i s , t o a w h i r l i s r e e t h . This l a s t i s p a r t i o u l w l y i n t e r e s t i n g , s i n c e i t F.cs r e c e n t l y bee2 dcnonstrtted t h a t a l i g h t n i n g - f l a s h i s r e a l l y a w h i r l i q , s p i r a l ~ o t i o n . knd it w i l l y e t be s h o m t h a t t h i n w h i r l i n g notion i s double, consistof M oufgoing and a r e t u r n i n g c u r r e n t . m e n the Bible says, a g a i n and again, "The nouth of tho Lord has spoken it," or~dwhen i t t o l l s u s , i n Genesis, "The Elohim said,' t h i s sor~ea s r o o i a t l o n of t h o idea of force with speoch l a i ~ p l i e d .

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Thus t h e t h i r d p a t h lending t o t h e h a d e of P h i l o s o p h u r s u g g e s t s t o t h o o c c u l t i e t t h n t t h e r o i s n d c f i ~ i t cc o n n e c t i o n between consciousn c s s which f o r m i t s e l f i n t o Speech snd t h e e l e c t r i c a l energy which i s t h e b a s i s o f a l l a c t i v i t y . TO put it m o t h e r w-y, t h e o c c u l t i s t a c c e p t s a l l t h a t t h e p h y s i c i s t h a s learned a b o u t t h e c l e c t r i o e l c o n s t i t u t i o n of t h e u n i v e r s e , kt edds t h e t t i e r e e l n - t u r e o f t h a t v s t c r i o u s energy which t k e p h y s i c i s t l c b e l s "electro-m?gnetisnn i s c o n s c i o u s n e s s . ' h e o c c u l t p h i l o s o p h e r ~ a i n t a i n s h c t a l l motion, n l l ? . c t i v i t y , a l l e n e r g r 1s t b s s i c a l l y t h o n o t i o n , a o t i r i t y , and energy of consoiousness. He s e e r i n t h e u n i r e r s e n continuous u t t e r a n c e o f t h e Word o f Life. H i s i n t e r p r c t c t i o n of experience N n S c o u n t e r t o g e n e r a l l y EOc e p t c d o p i n i o n , hence i n t h e XYIth Key of T a r o t t h e l i g h t n i a g - f l n s h i s s h m d e s t r q i n ; n t u u e r which m i f i e s f a l s e s c b n c e . Thc b a s i s o i t h i s f a l s c s c i e ~ c oi s a n o t i o n t h n t forms ;re b u i l t from a s u b c t c n c e c a l l e d " a - t t e r n s which i s rnovtd by " f o r c e , and p e r c e i v e d by "mind.' Ozcult s c i e ~ c es a y s t h a t t h c x t t e r n o r s u b s t s 2 c e o f a l l t h i n g s I S t h c r o t i o n of a n c n c r p r which i s e s s c n t i c l l y m c n t c l , o r consolour. " b k t t e r , " 'force," tnd "mindsn w e t h r e e a s p e c t s o f One R e a l i t y . This One b z l i t y i s t h e e x c i t i n g couse o f n l l n s n i f e s t n t i o n througho u t t h e u n i v e r s e . Fron it i s formed t h e s p i r i t , o r i r n e r e s s e n c e , of c r s r y c r s n t u r o . F r o s it proceeds t h e n o t i o n , o r c c t i v i t y , t o which t h e y a r e s u b j e c t . Rere i s n d e f i n i t e s t s t c m n t t h a t nowhere i n t h e u n i v e r s e i s t h e r e cny f o m of' o x i s t e n c e , o r c r c e t u r e , which i s n o t dependent upon t h n a c t i v i t j j of t h c Originotir.5 P r i n c i p l e . Tho s p i r i t of e v e r y c r e a t u r e i s a p a r t i c u l ~ rexi:rossion of t h i s One A c t i v i t y . The existclnce of every c r e a t u r e i s d e p e n d c ~ tupon t h a t One Existence. ' h e r l c t i v i t y o f every c r c r t u r e I?cpccds s b ~ o l u t e l y upon t h c h e h b t i o n a h i c h r u n r and r c t u r n s , l i k e a w h i r l i n g b r c c t h , through t h e whole coamor. The Doctrin-cs o f t h o Grsde o f P h i ~ o s ~ p h u s .4 r 7. Thore a r e six i n number. The f i r s t i s connected w i t h t h e L t f t t e r Kun, and Key XIII. which l c t t s r tnd Kcy re t h e f i r s t i n t h c words ~ ~ r ~ h , ~ ? i c t r"~ ~ h ; ~ o r ~ , ci c and RSThR, liesether, "Occult." Tho t h r e e 1 r ; t t c r s o f t h t f i r s t word correspond t o t h t~ r o o Grent Truths of o c c u l t philosophy, cnd t h e word h i t s e l f c l e a r l y i n d i c a t e s t h a t t h i s i s a s u c c e s s philoooohy, nu i n t e r p r e t n t i o n of e x p e r i e n c e having f o r i t s fundamonto1 p o s t u l a t e t h e i d e c t h a t t h o cosmio u n d e r t a k i n g i s a sucoerr. Observe t h n t I have used t h e p r e d e n t t e n s e . Occult philosophy h o l d s t h a t n t e v e r y stugc, o f t h e G r e e t Vdork t h a t Work i s f r e e from any t r a c e of f f i i l u r e . I t i s , a t t h i s monont, a s c e r t a i n l y a s u c c e s s e s it w i l l o v e r , b e . Tho nppaarences of f a i l u r e a r c due t o o u r % i s t a k e n i n t o r p r c t a t i o n of t h 6 f % c t t h n t t h e cosmic u n d e r t c k i n g i s n o t y o t comp l e t e d . fie a r e i n t h e m i d s t o f a n o p c r e t f o n t h a t f u g o i n g on. The final r o a u l t h a s n o t y u t beon brought about.

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But the p : e s e n t stage of t h e work proceeds i n p e r f e c t , o r d e r l y sequance f r o n e l l preceding s t e g c s , nnd prepares t h e m y f o r a l l t h a t i s yet t o cozie. The Grand a r t i f i c e r of t h e Univerao i s h i p o t e n c e i t s e l f , a d tho idea th?.t h i p o t e n c e c a n p o s s i b l y f a i l , a t any point, or i n t h e l e a s t dcgree, i s an i d e s t h a t c o n t r a d i c t s t h e very noaning of (hnipotence. Lacking howledge of t h e design, nisundorstending t h e processes ahcreby t h n t design i s brougkt t o c o n p l e t i o n , t h e undeveloped hu-an >And i n t e r p r e t s t h e s e processes i n c o r r e o t l y ar?d bewails t h e "failure' of v h c t b e t t e r v i s i o n perceives cs 6 U O C e S 8 .
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ALL TiiINCS CHANGE. h U C0:iDITIONS FIXED. EXISTZIICE I S A STRSLbl, h SEXES OF %,.V"oS, AT ETC.UJ., KJtT!Z?!T. Hence he who r o u l d know t h c Rosicrucian Z philosophy cC3st r i d himself of ths i r r a t i o n c l d c a i r e f o r f i x c t i o n , must e l i n i n a t e t h e r i s h f o r crystallization. Fe a r e i n t h e midst of a flow! ing universe, a d i n order t o bring t o completion t h e Great 'iiork t o afiioh no a r e c a l l o d , we must grasp t h e t r u t h expressed i n t h e alchemical iauimr Dissolution i s t h e s e c r e t of t h e h e a t Work.
The f a c t of physioal deeth i s t h e c o n d i t i o n of oxistence h i o h g i v e r r i s e t o t h e g r e a t e s t amount of z t i s i n t e r p r o t a t i o n . The docay of physical powers rrith admnoing years, and tho d e a t h of t h e body, o f t e n a t a t i n e when it seeas t h a t onc ha8 n o s t t o expect from l i f e , appear t o be u d t i g c t e d o r i l s . Thc d c s i r e f o r l i f e i s s t r o n g i n us. The i n s t i n c t f o r sclf-preservation i s fundonontal. Small nonder, then, that dcath i s cornonly regsrded t s man's oneny. % a l l wonder t h = t death s e e m t o give the l i e t o a l l t h e p r o ~ i s e sof l i f e . h a l l wonder t h a t a f t e r thidking of death, so mazy pooplo w e ready t o cgroe with t h e w r i t e r of E c c l s s i e s t e s t h a t " A l l i s v a n i t j and v e x a t i o n of s p i r i t . ' The g r e e t e r numbcr of pooplo i n t h i s world d o t h e i r b e s t t o ignor0 death. They put t h e thought o f d e a t h o u t of t h e i r mindr. n e y refuse . t o think of it. ht e l l t h e whila t h e shadow of approaohing d i s s o l u t i o n i s upon them, Lnfluenoing t h e i r subconsoious l i f e i n x a y r lnmunerable. Others, more courageous, faco t h e f a o t . Thoy perceive t h e oornmon l o t , t r a i n themselves t o t h o thought t h a t i t w i l l sooner or l a t e r be t h e i r t u r n t o go through t h e dark p o r t a l . I n t h e s e days, f e n emong t h e so-called "educnted" c l a s s have any confidant e x p e c t a t i o n of l i f e beyond physical existence. I t i s no use b l i n k i n g t h i s f a c t , o r t r y i n g t o deny it. ilhat passes f o r oducation i n our t i n o s h a s a v e r y d c f i n i t e tcndonoy t o giving a n n c g a t i r o answor t o t h e quostton, " I f a man d i e , s h a l l he Ono cannot but admire t h e f i n o courage with which so mtury l i v e egain? of our b e s t nen and women faco e x t i n c t i o n . To l i v e and work, a s t h e s e do, f o r no other reason t h n t t h a t t h e c o n d i t i o n s of l i f e i n f u t u r e gonerat i o n s nay be w r e t o l o r c b l o , i s one of t h o most i n s p i r i n g e v i d o n c e ~

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of t h c c s s e 3 t i a l w o r t h of t h e human s p i r i t . ir s p i r i t l i k e t h i s d o s e r v e s , I t h i n k , sonething b e t t o r than hopel o s s n e s s . Yet, p a r a d o x i c a l l y , it i s n o t hopc t h s t i s o f f e r e d in t h e Rosic r u c i a n philosophy. One o f t h e Hindu Upanishads d e o l n r e s r "The g r e a t e s t n i s e r y i s i n hope, i n h o p e l e s s n e s s i s t h e h i g h e s t bliss.' F o r hope !IPS i n it r~c l c n e n t o f doubt, and e l c m n t of u n c e r t 2 i n t y . U l l i o n s of men end rvorienhapc f c r s u r v i v a l . They r e c o i r e r e l i g i o u s t r a i n i n g rfiich b o l t l y a f f i r m s a s t a t e of c x i s t e n c e a f t e r deeth. They a r e t o l d t h a t l i f e t c y o d t h e prcve i s i n s p r e s s i b l y b c t t c r t h s n t h i s l i f e . But t h e i r hope does not provent t h c n from d o i n g e v e r y t h i n g t h e y c a n t o s t a y r i g h t h e r e . Ror d o e r t h e t e a c h i n g t h e t d e n t h i s a door i n t o e t e r n a l b l i s s cake t h e b y s t a n d e r s a t o. death-bed sing p r a i s e s , o r turn f u n e r a l s i n t o f e s t i = l a of r e j o i o i n g . No, t h e i i o s i c r u c i a n philosophy does n o t o f f e r hope. It b r i n g s about t h e s t a t e of n i n d t h z t t h c Hindu m i t e r s u b t l y t e r n s 'hopelersThat i s c s t a t e i n which t \ c r c i s no hope, because hope h a s nets." given plcce t o c c r t c i n t y . The h o s i c t u c i m t o a c h i n g s p e c i f i c s l l y d o c l a r e s t h n t r c m y have d e f i c i t o , f i r s t - h s n d k n m l c d g c t h a t our c o n s c i o u s e x i r t e n c e i s n o t l h i t e d t o t h o p b s i c c l body. It door n o t b i d u s hope. It t e l l s us t o lcarn.

It b i d 8 u s l e a r n , f i r s t of a l l , t h a t t h c n c t u r a l p r o o e s s e s which r e m l t i~ d e a t h a r e n o t i n i n i c n l t o m n . It s s y s t o u s , " L o r n t o t h i n k of p h y s i c a l d i s s o l u t i o n n s bcing s p r o c e s s which he8 p o s i t i v e cdv-ntnges f o r the rGce end f a r t h e i n d i v i d u a l . You a r e n i s t s k e n when you t h i n k d c s t h i s ycur ene7y. h ~ r what d o s t h r e a l l y is. cnd you w i l l f i n d t h a t n it i s your k s t friend."
This*dcpc-rturc f r o n cornon wcys of thought i s s o r a d i c a l t h a t many people Lrr.cdintely r e j e c t it. I n t k c i r opinion such d o c t r i n e i s t o o absurd f o r a m n a n t ' s c o n s i d e r c t i o n . Xothing con be done w i t h s u c h d e t e r nincd prejudice. For minds n o r e open, however, h o s i o r u o i e n t a n c h i n g cont i n u e r a s follarrrz V e say t h a t t h e f a c t of p h y s i c a l doath i s advantageous t o men. Desth, i3deed, i s what makes room f o r h u m l i f e on ocrth." Unchecked by d e a t h , t h e o f f s p r i w o f a s i n g l o p a i r of c o d f i s h would soon ohoke t h e seas. At on3 ' m c r i c a a u n i r o r s i t y t h e r e is c c u l t u r e of a lor form o f l i f e , t h e firemccium, which grows s o r n p i d l y t h a t i f d e l t h d i d n o t b n l c c x e t h e r c p r o d u c t i r e p o r e r of t h i s l i t t l e nnimal, it would f i l l e l l t h e space between t h o c e r t h 2nd t h o o r b i t of Iicptune i n l e s s t h a n t w e n t y - f i v e y e e r r . Tho doath of countless organisms i s r o q u i r ~ dt o support a s i n g l e h u m l i f o . Furthcrnore, our ovm o r p n i c procossos a r e dcnth-processes, f o r we can do nothing whatevur which d o o r n o t c a u r c t h e d i s s o l u t i o n o f our body-00118.

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The docth of h u n m beings, too, has p o s i t i v e advnntnges t o t h e o The h e a l t h of rnco. The e e r t h cannot support t o o 1 ~ g a population. t h e r5co depends upon tho e l i m i n a t i o n of weaklings. !den cnd women who a r e t o o o l d t o chcngc t h e i r i d o a s and h a b i t s hinder t h e progress of n m ideas. But Rosicrucian philosophy goes f a r t h e r t h a n t h i s . I t s a y s t h a t t h e very f o r o e s n h i c h bring about physical death a r e f o r c e s nhioh, r h e n they e r e understood and r i g h t l y d i r e c t e d , can produce t w o i"lportant results:

1 A change i n t h e human body which enables t h e person who ha8 . e f f e c t e d it t o know t h a t h i s physical body i s only one among s e r e r a l v e h i c l e s , o r i n s t r u n e 3 t s , of h i s self-conscious existence. nis change c o n s i s t s i n t h e developnent of c e r t a i ? b r a i n - c e l l s , n o t f u n c t i o n i n g i n t > e average hurnan being. The work of t h e t e c e l l s is t o g i v e t h e person a menory r e c o r d of h i s personal experiences while "out of t h e body.* Fros t h e r e experiences the person pix first-hand knowledge of t h e f a c t t h a t he i s n o t dependent upon physical l i f e f o r self-conscious existence. Thus he l e a r n s t h a t he does n o t d i e , .d?atever happen6 t o h i r body.
2. A ~ r a d u a l l yincreasing com.and of the s u b t l e f o r c e s of t h e enables t h e adept t o e s t a b l i s h a p e r f e c t s t a t e physical plane, ~ h i c h of balance between t h o s e a c t i v i t i e s r h i c h t e a r d m t h e body and t h o s e which b u i l d it up. Ey t h i s noans physical existence nay be p r o l o q e d f a r beyond t h e a v e r r g e period of hrz-nn l i f e . I t i s f a i r l y w e l l known t o o c c u l t i s t s t h a t both i n t h e Orient and t h e Occident t h e r e are men and wonen n o r l i v i n g rfio were a l i v e a t t h e t i n e t h e f i r s t Rosicrucian n d f e s t o e s were published. Exoteric science knows nothing of them o r t h e i r methods of p r o l o q i n g t h e e x i s t e n c e of t h e physical body. A m i l e of d e r i s i o n i s t h e u s u a l response t o any suggestion t h a t such people a r e l i v i n g today. But t h e w r i t e r of t h i s book must add t o t h e witnear of o t h e r s t h a t he knows t h i s t o be t r u e .

Indeed, one of t h e f i r s t f r u i t s of Rosicrucian p r a c t i c e i s t h a t the a s p i r a n t g a i n s f i r s t - h a n d knuwled~et h a t he does n o t , and cannot, die. The e b i l i t y t o remenber what happens t o p e r s o n a l i t y while one i s "out of t h e bodyn i s by no means a nark of adeptship, by no neans evidence of mastery. It i s f a i r l y e a r l y i n tho course of r i g h t l y d i r e c t e d p r a o t i c e t h a t one b u i l d s t h e b r a i n - c e l l s which record t h i s type of experience. For such people t h e s t i n g of death i s renoved, i n s s m c h a s they knw t h a t death i o nothing but t h e removal of t h e outermost v e s t u r e of pers o n a l i t y . Their "out of t 5 e bodyn experiences enabl6 t h e n t o ansaer t o thenselves t h e q u e s t i o n , " m a t happens when we die?" For them, thencef o r t h , n o t only t h e f e a r of dying, but t h e thought of doath a s an enolpy, comes t o a n en&.

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2. ( T Z ) The S t c r . T;Z COS:IC PiiOCrSS I S A LSDITATIOI. T E LIF5-FO.'aE1 I S C0:iSCiSLS E!rhCY, F J. L:: IG T'ZtdIJCli k SL'CCESSIO!I OF FOBS, ?LL.ITED TO A ?iC?TICT& OBZECT. EACH C Y C U OF TEE LIFE-Wt'ZX'S S E U O LZFIXITE OSJZCTIE, LIT FRO:! T i 1 SEGIIC.I!\:G O TIE F uJ:I:'.ESIO:I FAS S : CYCL. T ITS CU.PETIO?i, TI'XUE I C :;O ET0:ZI:T If! 'oXICH THAT 03JECTnZ O I S FCF.~iOTPEl:. Tie do n o t s h a r e t h e Life-power's p e r c e p t i o n of t h i s obj c c t i v e u n t i l we h s r e s o i d e n t i f i e d o u r s e l v e s n i t 5 t h e unceasing f l o w of t h e s t r e m . of c o n s c i o u s energy t h a t r e b e g i n t o f e e l i t s d i r e c t i o n . L a t e r , s e e r s and s a g e s t e l l u e , we o b t n i n t h e b e a t i f i c v i s i o n of t h e "far-off d i v i n e e t e n t , ' l and t h i s conos through m e d i t a t i o n .

The Ono L i f e r a i ~ t c i n san "unbroken f l a w o f knowledgee i n t h e " p a r t i c u l e r 0 5 j e c t n + . i c r e c s i l t h o u n i v e r s e . From t h e i r ? i t i a t i o n of t h e c y c l e of s e l f - e x p r c s s i o s t o i t s c o a p l e t i c p , t h e r e i s not a Thus v a r i o u s S c r i p t u r e s r n . e n t of a b s t r a c t i o n o r f o r g e t f u l n e s s . t c l : U G t h a t God n e r e r s l e o p s . It i s ~ r o c i s c l ybecause m e d i t a t i o n i s t h e s,~py?ortin&, r n s i . t a i n i r . g , cor,dition of a l l e x i s t e n c e t h a t t h e o p r a c t i c c of m d i t n t i o n by t b . ~e s p i r a q t l e a d s t o such a o n d e ~ f u lr e s u l t s VThcr. one r e a l l y n b d i t a t e s (an?: t h e r e a r e n o t s o csny r;fio r e a l l y d o ) h e &.ares i n t h c a c t i v i t y by which t h e c o t z o s i s kopt goin&. 1,ad i n r i g h t n e d i t a t i o n hc p e r c o i r e s t h a t t h e G r e a t ;lark i s ala-eys a s u c c e s s , i n i t s l c o s t d e t a i l s . Hence he h m s , a s a c o r o l l a r y , t h a t no c a t t e r huw a p p e a r a n c e s m y be, t h e e x a c t s i t u a t i o n i n an1 nomcnt i s p r e c i s o l y t h e r i g h t m d n e c e s s a r y one.
3. (Ch) Thc Chariot. THS LIFE-33;= EPZFZECTLY SUCCESSFUL E\Ti,Y LTASE OF i Z E COZ:.'IC P9iC3SS. ALL Z P W I C Z E OF FL.IL;.XE M E ILLL,tIVZ. Tne OiiS IrJE:iTITY, a s t h c aook of Tokens t c l l s u s , i s t h e The r o a l I i i s s in a v i c t o r b e f o r e cvcr;the b a t t l e i s j o i n t d . s t s t c of p e r f c c t r e s t , of u t t o r peace. The cosmic p r o c c s s i s a succ c s r e r o c c s s . I t i s our want of p e r c e p t i o n o f t h e r e l a t i o n of t h e c o n t i t i o n s of t h e nonont t o t h o s e of t h e p a s t ond f u t u r e which l e a d s u s t o pcssinistic intcrpretations*

"l'hcrefore, t h e t h i r d o l e n c n t i n h o s i c r u c i n n philosophy i n t h o l o g i c a l consequcnco of t h e f i r s t two t r u t h s o f t h i s Grade. For t h e Philosophus, t h e r e i s no b a t t l c t o bo won, no v i c t o r y t o b e achieved. He knows t h e Solf a s v i c t o r a l r e s d y . He L;nu.vs t h a t a l l appearcnces o f f a i l u r c a r c i l l u s i r o . Hc I n u u s t h a t t h e r e a l I 2 4i s . i n a s t a t e of p c r f s c t r e s t , of u t t s r peaco, i n which t h a t I /rK i s t h e Enjoyer and Obs c r r c r o f t h e o o s n i c prooess. 4. (S) Tc:aeorance. E W H W ! ! BEIN3 I S WIDER TY' DIRECT X I GUILd'CE C i T O:T, 1LB:ITITY. T h i s guidance m y becomo a n a t t e r o f ! ? p o r s o z a l experience. I t trust n o t be acccptcd o s a a c r e a r t i c l e of f a i t h . Y z v s t d o l i b o r e t o l y p r a c t i c o r e c e p t i v i t y . A g t i n and a g a i n wo murt o ; adopt and ondoavor t o m a i n t a i n t h e a t t i t u d o o f r e s p o n s e t o t h i e guidanoo.

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(Th) The Korld. A s a r e s u l t of t h a t experience, we s h a l l 5. s e e t h a t i7Z L?E, 1 MZS mCTH, XL!I~!ISTRATOFfS OF T-SE W:7S Or" TXE L I F C : ; x I V ? E R . Through u s t h o s e laws ray l a p p l i e d i n s a y s impossible f o r q i n s t r u ~ c z t a l i t yb u t h u m p e r s o n z l i t y . The Dance of L i f e i s incouiplete x i t h o u t OUT p a r t i c i p a t i o n X LX PSP,SO:iALITY I S I SYNTHESW OF LLL COSYXC E! i 5 . ( 3 ) The Sun. P;IOCSSSSS. !bn s m . a r i r e s a l l t h a t preceded him, and i s t h e point of d e p a r t u r e f o r a new c r e e t u r e . F.e n a t u r a l man i5 t h e seed of t h e s p i r i t u a l ran. Khen he u n d e r s t e c d r t h e processes t h a t have brought him a s f c r a s t . e n a t u r a l m n , he cay u t i l i z e t h o s e p r o c e s s e s o o n s c i o u s l y and i n t e n t i o n a l l y i n o r d e r t o take hh f a r t h e r . Thus t h o s e w r h o have grasped t h i s t r u t h a r e c n l l e d "twice-born" o r "regenerated. T h i s rez e n e r ~ t i o ni s t h e n e x t s t e p toward t h e G e e t O b j e c t i v e *

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R m t h e s e s t a t e n c r t s it r u s t n o t be concludod t h a t t h e P h i l o s o p t u s has a r r i v e d a t a p o i n t i n +ich he abeadols a l l p e r s o n a l e f f o r t . K c i t h e r he€ he gained r e l e a s e f r m . t h o i l l u s i o n of s e p a r a t e e x i s t e n c e . Re s t i l l f i n d s p l e n t y of work t o do. He s t i l l a e e s evidences o f apparc c t f a i l u r e . Ile s t i l l f e e l s t h e u r g e o f d e s i r e . i-11 t h a t h a s been a t t a i n e d h t t h i s p o i n t i s an i n t e l l e c t u a l Frasp sooewhet beyond t h e a r e r e g e . Tho Fhilosophus h a s a c l e a r e r v i s i o n , a b e t t e r understanding, of t h e mcar.iry; of human e x i s t e n c e - But he x i g h t be o m p a r e d t o a n a n r h o h a s learned t o r e a d n b l u a - p r i n t , o r an a r c h i t e c t ' s plans. The house is y e t to build.
This Grade of Philosophus, f i n a l l y i s a s s o c i a t e d r i t h t h e d e s i r e n a t u r e of >an, The i n p l i c a t i o n i s t h a t a l l philosophy s p r i q s f r o r . d r s i r e . I n t h e l a s t a n a l y s i s , we i n t e r p r e t l i f e i n nccordance w i t h n h a t rre want. Our philosophy i s what pr, want it t o be. T h i s i t a t t r u e o f Sosicruoicu! philosophy a s o f cny o t h e r . I t f o m u l a t e s t h e h e a r t ' s d e r i r e of evory .ne=ber of t h e True and M i s i b l e OrderI n o t h e r words, R o s i c r u c i a n s have grasped t h o Philosophic t r u t h t h a t rnl e x p l a i n s l i f e o l r a y s i n accordnnce r i t h what he t o be t r u e . Rence t h e h o s i o r u c i a n s r a y , "If n n u n ' s d e s i r e s a r e a c t u a l l y i n harmoxr~a i t h t h o r e u l t e n d e n c i e s of t h o c o s n i c proThis c c s s , ntat he wantr t o be t r u e .;rill b e truo." i s t h e cecrct of' t h e s p b o l of t h e Rocy Cross, ~ h m in t h e nergin. The o r b s s i t s e l f i s o f s i x squoros, i n t h e p a t t e r n of n cubo. Thulr the c r o a s r e p r e s e n t s t h e p a t t c r a of o x i s t c n c o , becauso f r o n t h c vory c a r l i 4 S t times u n t i l now, t h e cub0 has boon a symbol of

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T?LT which a c t u e l l y e x i s t s . The d o t t e d l i n e around t h e c r o s s i n d i c a t e s t h e r e c t a n e l a frorr which t h e p r o p o r t i o n s of t h o c r o e s a r e d e r i v e d . Obs e r r a t i o z =ill show you t h n t t h e space ir, t h i s r e c t a n g l e occupied by t h e c r o s s i s e x a c t l y e q u a l t o t h e space n o t s o occupied. To p u t it snother way, t h e c r e e of a c r o s s of six e q u a l s q u a r e s i s half t h e a r e a of 3 x 4 r e c t m g l e . T h i s being t r u e , t h e a r e a o f such a c r o s s must a l s o be e x a c t l y e q u e l t o t h e a r e a enclosed by a 3 4 5 r i g h t t r i a n g l e , or P,.thagorean t r i a n g l e . Thus it w i l l be o v i d e n t L?at i n g e o m e t r i c a l s - b o l i m n t h s o r o s s o f six s q u a r e s and t h e Pythagorean t r i a q l e a r e d e f i n f i t e l y rclstct? t o each o t h e r , m d t o t!!e ~ ~ b o l i so m t h e oube. They e x p l h i n eech o t h e r . They a r e a l l of t!!err c l u e s b t h e p a t t e r n o f o x i n t e w e , t o t h e s e c r e t of m n i f e s t a t i o n o f form by Life.

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I n t h e Rosy Cross, a r o s e of f i v e p e t a l s is u s u a l l y s h o r n i n t h e c e n t r a l squnre. T h i s flower i s t y p i c a l of d e s i r e , f o r it i s t h e f l o n e r of Vems, whoso s p h e r e on t h e Tree of L i f c i s a s s i g n e d t o t h e Grade o f Pkdlosophus. The f i v e - p e t a l l e d r o s e , r o r e w e r , i s t h e ayr.bol o f t h e ?ontagrain, o r f i v e - p o b t e d ~ t w r e c o p i r e d by o o z u l t i s t t everywhere , as t h e anbleri of m, and of P-L~I'E clcstined dominion o v e r a l l thing80 m e n h w a n d e s i r e s , l i k e t h e r o s e , c r c f i x e d upon t h o c e n t r a l p o i n t o f t h e p a t t e r n of e x i s t e n c e , hurrnn d e s i r e s a r e oompletely u n i f i e d w i t h t h e a c t u a l ~ C R Sand t e n d e n o i o ~of t h e cosnos. I n simple la%-uage, a t r u e Rosicrucian m t s - h a t t h e L i f e - p m a r wants. He h a s n o o t h e r d e s i r e s t h a n those which c r e behind t h e whole code c s n i f e s t i t i o n . 1 philosophy ; s p r i r q i w f'ron such d o s i r e s i s a oclrrect e x p l a n a t i o n o f e x p e r i e n c e . Two ~ a t h s o a d upward from t h e Grade o f Philosophus t o h i g h e r Grades l ht onl:,. o5c i s open, t h n t OF t h c l e t t t r Xun, a3d it m y n o t bi~t r a v e r s e d un. ti1 t h e Philosophus h a s p c s r r d throuch t h e p h t h s b - c d i a t y p r c o e d i q it. h e s c a r e t h c p a t h s o f Ayin nnd S a x k h . The f i r z t l e a d s upward f r o 3 t h e The second l a n d s u p m r d from t h c Grade o f Theoricur. Grad0 of ? r o o t i c u s . F r o n n b s t h a s j u s t been m i t t e n , it rill be o v i d e n t t h a t t h e foun-lation o f t h e Rosicrucisll philosophy i s t h e d o c t r i n e t h a t a l l t h i q s a r e i n a s t a t e o f f l u x . Nothinr! C M bo understood t n t h i s univurso u n l e s s we f i r s t ucdsrstnnd t h n t e r e r y t h i n r i s i n t h e p r o c e s r bow t o of t r c 3 s f o r r 2 t i o n . This i s of p r i n s r y ircportsnce i n l e n r n i r ~ f n m l s t c d o s i r c s . ;;hen we s a t our herart on t h i ~ w3 6 r e towing seed8 s of misery. h i s was t h e n i s t a k c of t h o b u i l d c r s o f t h e Tower of Bnbel, a s it. has Leon t h o n i ~ t a k c zany u o t h e r s i n c e t h c t day. F c r ~ a n a n c o of i n for71 i s a n b . ~ ) o s s i b i l i t yi t h i s universo, h e m e a l l d e s i r o f o r t h a t n kicd of p e r m o n c e i e v n 3 i t y of v a n i t i e s . Thnt i s p o s s i b l o f o r u s i s identification w i t h t h o s t r c n n of t h o Life-pmicr ss it flows from one f o r n t o a o t h o r . x e m y s h k r e i n the e PJrcst K4'-difction t h a t c r e r t s s and s u s t n i a s t h o u n i v c r s c . W nay bbncone conscioue v o h i c l c s o f t h e One k'iill nhioh moves i r r e s i s t i b l y t m r d i t s u d c t o m i n o d o b j a o t i r e . O r l i v e s are not only under e u i d a n c e , b u t r e

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may be keenly aware of t h a t guidance. Thus our d a i l y a c t f v i t i e s may bec m e f o r u s experiences of joyaus p w t i c i p n t i o n i n t h e a d n i n i s t r a t i o n of cosnic law. The neaning of l i f e , f o r Rosicrucians, i s t h a t man i s a s y n t h e s i s of a l l t h e powers of t h e L i m i t l e s s Light, and d e s t i n e d t o advance i n consoiousness, and a l s o i n orgsnisn, beyond t h e l e v e l of t h e ~ t u r a man t o t h a t of t h e s p i r i t u a l nan who, though he seys: "Of ~ s e M l I can do nothing," says c l s o : " A l l power i s given t o me8 a l l t h a t npr F a t h e r hnth i s mine."
This ffrade of Philosophus completes t h e G a d e s of t h e F i r s t , o r h t e r Order, of t h e Rosicrucian F r a t e r n i t y . I t i s followed by t h e t h r e e Grades of t h e Second, o r I n n e r , Order which a r e t h e t h r e e Crades of . Adeptship: 1 Lesser .9dept, 5 8 6; 2. Greater Adept, 6 = 5; 3. Exempt M0.Pt D 7 4. . .---..- ,...-----. .. .--..--. .. ---... -.--: .....-.-----... ..--.-. ._-. ...---... " ..----- - ..---.-. . .. .--.. . ----... -.

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I t s Eiebrew n a m i s Th P h R Th, whose l e t t e r s correspond t o t h e Tarot sequencer X X I , XVI, 0 , X U , XX1. To understand t h e neaning of t h i s Grade, prepare y o u r s e l f by r e v i e r i n g t h e v a r i o u s neanings of t h e number 6 which a r e givon i n t h e Analysis of t h e Tarot. " I n t e l l i g e n c e of b d i a t i n g Influencen i s one of t h e names of t h e s i x t h Sephirah. By "mediating" you should u n d e r s t a s d suoh i d e a s a 8 a d a ~ t i n g ,b a l a n c i r ~ ,e q u i l i b r a t i n s , and 60 on. Thi: node of consciwrmeer i s what t h e Lesser Xdept soeks t o p e r f e c t . I n *e Qabalnh it i s associat e d with BN, Ben, t h e Son. That Son i s t h e husband o f t h e Bride, and t h e Bride i s tho Kingdon, o r t e n t h Sophirah. He i e t h e c h i l d of t h e Mother, A I U , hima, who i s represented on t h e Tree of L i f e by Understanding, i t h e second Sophirah. His Father ( i n Hebrew AB, ~ b ) s Wisdom, t h e second . Sephirah. I n number o c c u l t i w , t h e r e f o r e , 6 i s t h e Son of 2 and S and t h e Husband o r Bridegroom of 1 . 0 I n oeromonial v o r s i o n s of Rosicrucian i n i t i a t i o n , t h i r Grade f r tho one i n which t h e a l l e g o r y of Brother C.R. i s rehearsed and explained. I n it ono e n t e r s ceremonially t h e Vault of t h e Adepts. I n it t h e advancing a s p i r a n t i s i d e n t i f i e d with t h e Brother C.R., and a l s o w i t h t h e Egyptian O s i r i e , " s l a i n and risen.'

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You w i l l b e t t e r u n d e r s t m d t h e manin&of t h i s Grade, i f you recenber t h a t r e a l beauty i s always r o l a t e d t o f i t n e s s and strength. Whatever i s t r u l y adapted t o i t s u s e s i s always b e a u t i f u l t o people who can perceive i t s f i t n e s s . Beauty i s n o t nere p r e t t i n e s s . Often t h e untrained eye or e a r r e j e c t s x h a t i s profoundly adnired by t h o s e who have had r i g h t i n s t r u c t i o n . Even nacninery, when it i s w e l l designed, has forms r h i c h d e l i g h t t h o eye of a t r u e artist. I n Central L e r i c a , some y e e r s ago, an aqueduct was b u i l t i n t h e jungle. The engineer took an a r t i s t f r i e n d t o see t h e long, white a t r u c t w e , e x t e n d i n j f o r n i l o s through t h e rank growth of t h e t r o p i c a l f o r e s t . - f i a t caught t h 6 cye of t h c a r t i s t v a t t h e b e a u t i f u l symmtry of t h e a r c h e s s u p p r t i a g t h e s t r u c t u r e . % a t a pity,m exolained, " t o m e t e such p e r f e o t i o n i n er p l a o e he where nobody rill s s e it! Emever d i d you corn t o choose such b e a u t i f u l archcstm "Beautiful, a r e they?" responded t h e engineor. '%'ell, we oever thoueht of t h a t . ye used tho t y p e of w c h which our c a l c u l a t i o n s donons t r a t e d t o be t h c s t r o n g e s t , and b o s t adapted t o t h i s p a r t i c u l a r work." Coaparo a racing yacht w i t h a dugout, a modern locomotive with t h e oniiincs of le60, t h c modorn "act-back" b u i l d i n g s with t h e e a r l y swscrapers, t h e a t h l c t c ' s body with t h a t of tho average nan. Beauty i s alwuys t h e r e s u l t of iscrcasod o f f i c i c n c y - "Tho nore c o r r o c t t h e moasuron c n t r , " said I ~ l b r c c t tDuror, "the b e t t e r t h ? composition." And S l i p h a s h v i t e l l s u s , "D.c k o a u t i f u l l i v e s a r e t h e a c c u r a t e onos, and t h e rmgnificcncos of N h t ~ r euro an algcbra of gracoa and splendors.' Bere i s no nanby-pmby e s t h c t i c i a n , such a s G i l b e r t and S u l l i v n n l o v e d ' t o burlesque. The boauty which t h s Lesser Adept l e a r n s t o s e e LB rootcd i n etrcngth a ~ . dbalanco. Hcnco t h e d i a g r m of t h e Trce of Lifo chows +.he s i x t h bcphirah ae t h s c e n t r a l point of eqlzilibriur.. F r m Tiph a r c t h , too, t h e c i d d l o p i l l a r of t h e Trce t a k e & i t s n a m e It i s t h e P i l l c r of L!ildness o r Bcuuty, some f a i n t rccollc.ction of +.ich i s proscrvcd i n t h e r i t e s of Free k t o n r y - Obsorve t h a t t h e nmbers of t h e c i r c l e s on t h i s p i l l a r (1, 6, 9, and 1 0 ) add t o 26, t h e munber of I H V H . Three pat)-s lead t o t h e Grade of Lesscr M o p t . They a r e t h e 26th, 25th, and 24th. The 26th bogins i n Hod, t h e Grado of R a c t i c u s . The 25th bcgins i n Yesod, t h e Grado of Thooricus. The 24th begin8 i n Betzaoh, t h e Grado of Philosophur-

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The XVth Tarot Key i s a p i c t u r e of *at oocult m i t e r s c a l l "The h l l e r on t h c Threshold." ' h e contrtll fi,p-e symbolizes t h e r i d i c u l o u ~c o ~ b i n a t i o cof f e l s e interpretations of n a t u r e h i c h make =-Ibelieve t h a t a l l s o r t s of povrerc a r e arrayed a g e i n s t h k in h i s progress t m d t h o Light* For p r i m i t i v e ten, everything unknom i s an sdvcrsary. lie l i v e s ?.>rroun?od by dcvils--der?.ons i n t r e e s , i n s t o n e s , i n r i v e r s , Ln the clouds* h c r y t h i x f r i g h t e n s hip. b s r y t h i r g s e e m t o t h m r t hh. L i t t l e ky l i t t l e he cozes t o l c a r n t h h t t h e forces of n a t u r e w i l l work with h i n t o t h e dccrce t h e t hs l e a r n s t o understmd then, and t o t h e degrcc t?.at he obeys t h c i r laws. ' h e c o n f l i c t between h i s imsr f c c l i m t h a t he i s born t o c m . a n d , and t h e outer appearance t h a t a l l s o r t s of f o r c e s a r c w o r k i ? ~a ~ h i n c t h , t h i s i s what goads him on, h toward tho discovery of t h e hiddon lews thereby he may t u r n h i s natrrral r d v o r ~ a r i e si n t o f r i e n d s .

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There i s no M r o r s a r y cxcopt hman ~ i s o o n c e p t i o nof t h e v a r i o u s m y 8 i which t h e Life-pmor p r e s e n t s i t s e l f t o us though t h e = d i m n of sonsation. Yihon ne tn::e our sensations a t t h c i r surfaco-value, we think we a r e coxpetirg with our f e l l u r n e n . "hen r o p e r r i t ourselv06 t o bo duccivcd b appearances, r e s ~ ~ p p o s e n t our neighbor's r e a l j r th i n t e r ~ s olash ~ i t h t~ ours. .;hen r e look o n l j a t t h e o u t s i d e c f t h i n g s , we bolicve t h a t Te a r e sophratod fron: othor people, p h y s i c a l l y and p ~ c h i c o l l y ;we e n t o r t s i n t h e n o t i o n t h a t t h e universo holds two a c t s of a n t a ~ o n i s t i ocnuscs; we t h i n k t h e r e i s a c o n f l i c t betwcen S p i r i t and Zatter* This d u a l i s c i s what t h e a s p i r a n t t o t h e Grade of Lesser M e p t o m s t overcome. H begins t o do so by t a k i n g up t h e work of t h e Grade of Practicus. Yihen ono has loarnsd by e x p c r k c n t t h a t confidont exp o t a t i o n r e a l l y fom,s p a t t e r n s which a r e a c t u a l l y r c a l i z c d i n p h y s i c a l forms, he how8 ho i c a c t bound by e x t e r n a l conditions. He s e e s t h e n t h a t ho i s c a s t e r of physical form t o t h e degrro t h a t ho i s s k i l f u l i n coking accurate mental p a t t e r n s . n l u s he letwnn t h a t nothing f i g h t s a g a i n s t h i n b u t h i s olwn ignoranoe and olumsiwrr.

It r e q u i r e s very l i t t l o p r a c t i c e t o gain t h i s knowledge. A young woman i n Toronto heard mo, i n a public looturo, spoak of f o r n i n g t h e mental irs(l;e of a t h i w d c s i r e d "Don't attempt e l a b o r a t e t h i n g s a t f i r s t , " I s a i d , "Because small 00mccosses w i l l build up your confidcnou f o r g r e a t e r undertakingr. g i n with s o n e t n i x easy, Say a hat. Pick out J u s t t h e kind of a h a t

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idrid shc did. She found t h o t h a t i n a l i t t l e , out-of-the-my shop. Ronc of t 5 c r - i l l i n o r t she u s u a l l y ?atronized had a n y t b i ~ li!:e it. But shc kept on v i s u a l i z h g , u d one d l y obeyed an unaccountnble inpulse to turn into a s t r c e t thnt S ~ C pnsscd cn her m y h o 3 . P r e s e n t l y sho faund h c r c c l f boforo a shabty l i t t l e n i l l i m r y hop. KO such h a t a s sho wanted u n s i n thc w i r d m . Kone r.et her q-e a s shc ontorcd t h c s t o r o . But when sha ?.skit i f t h c y had cuch a h a t , t h c c l e r k opcncd a drsrrcr and produced t h e o n c t d u p l i c a t e of h c r m n t s l incge.

It had t w n conplctoci t h e dny bcforo. N such h a t m s i n Toronto o when s h ~ o p n t o v':suclize. b ' b c illi in or's subcor.sciousness caught tho p c t t c r n t o l c p n t h f c s l l y , cnd t h e r , i l l i n o r l s hands d i d t h e c u t t i n g a d sorf ing. But TJ p u p i l r e a l l y neZo that. !~--t.i e i d e a i n h e r b r h i n ans ext ecuted t b o u ~ h h e z c t i v i t y of th: r i l l i n c r ' s body. h'obody r a m coerced. :!y pupil wanted t h c h:t. Thc n i l 1 i z . x fad s e l f - e x p r c s s i o r end s a t i s f a c t i o n i n nsking it. h e shopkccpcr g o t a f a i r p r o f i t . Everybody rar satisfied.
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P e r s o z l t h e y a r e , of c o u r s e , i t h e s e n s e t h a t t h e c o m i c l i f e n s p e c i a l i z e s i t s e l f i n t h e s e naslcs of nane and f o r n c a l l e d h u m beings. But t h e y e r e u n i v e r s ~ l , t o o , s i n c e a l l t h e s e p a r t i c u l c r a c t i o n s a r e part of cn unbroken and unbreakable s e r i e s o f c c t i v i t i e s proceeding d i r e c t from t h e One Life-source. E t c r n n l Being n a n i f e s t s i t s e l f i n t h e s p e o i a l - f u n c t i o c s o f ternporn1 e x i s t e n c e . T h i s i s t h e l e s s o n o f t h e 2 5 t h path 02 t h e Treo of Life.

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The l e s s o n of t h e 2 5 t h p t h p r e p a r e s t h e a s p i r a n t f o r t h e l a a t o f t h e t h r e e p a t h s l e a d i n e t o t h e Grade o f b s s e r M e p t * The p r a c t i o a l exp e r i e n c e of t h e 26th p z t h b e g i n s t h e p r e p a r a t i o n by shming u s t h a t t h e t o l i d &d s u b t l e t h i n g s o f our environment a r e no o b s t a o l e r t o t h e worki q of t h e Life-power which r a d i a t e s o u t f r a us. Tho t h e o r e t i c a l foundat i o n developed i n t h e t e s t s an$ t r i a l s o f t h e 2 5 t h p a t h e n a b l e s u s t o i d e n t i f y what s e e r 6 t o be "our l i f e - f o r c e w i t h t h e u n i v e r s a l Concrcious E n e r a . Thus ae a r e l e d t o t h e i n e v i t a b l e c o n c l u s i o n t h a t a p m e r whioh i s s u p e r i o r t o a l l t h e boxds o f r a t e r i a l e x i s t e n c e , and which i s no o t h e r t h a n t h c O r i , c h t i n g P r i n c i p l e o f t h e u n i v e r s e , cannot p o s s i b l y d i e . Yet so r i g i d i s t + e law of " t e s t and t r i a l a t h h t we have t o p a s s through d e a t h Ln o r d e r t o r e c c h t h e G r d o o f Lossor hdept. Uonce i a l l ceremonial representations o f t h e s e qyprsterier, t h e n c o n d i d n t e i s o b l i g e d t o undergo a c i n u l a t e d death. He must be k i l l e d snd t h e n r a i s e d . n h e t h e r it be Osiricr, s l a i n ar.d r i r e n , o r Hiram, murdered nnd r a i n e d from t h e g r a v e , o r B r o t h e r CR, .. r e o e i v i n g LnLtia-

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t i o n a f t e r t h e d e a t h of P.A.L.,

t h e s u g g e s t i o n i s e v e r t h e same.

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a c c i d e n t , a d o t h e r c a u s e s o f p h y s i c a l decay. l e i t h e r do r e t h i n k of t k e s o t h i n g s a s being punishments f o r g u i l t . Fie r e g a r d t h e n a s necossa r y p a r t s of t h e Life-process, and r e s t s e c u r e i n t h e c o n v i c t i o n t h a t t h i s p r o c e s s i s t h e e x p r e s s i o n o f a Rill-to-good. Therefore do we say t h a t d e a t h , d i s e a s e , and a l l o t h e r t e r r o r s , e x p r e s s p m r s an6 laws which nay b e t u r n e d t o c o n s t r u c t i v e r e s u l t s If we c s n l e a r n t o understand them- he c a n n o t u ~ d e r s t a n d what we h a t a znd I f we e r e t o overcome t h e l a s t enemy, v:e mst c e a s e t o t h i n k of fear. it a s a n enesy.
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He a r r i v e s a t t h i s c o n s c i o u s n e s s by l e a r n i n g t o c o n t r o l t h e s u b t l e f o r n s of t h e naroe-currents which a r e r e p r e s e n t e d by t h e l e t t e r Nun and t h e 24th p a t h t h r m q h t h e correspondence of t h i s p a t h w i t h t h e z o d i a c a l s i g n Scorpio. This i s t h e e i g h t h s i g n , which a s t r o l o g e r s c a l l t h e 'norm a l r u l o r n of t h e house of death. One o f i t s isyr.bola i s t h e e a g l e , and it i s t o t h i s t h a t t h e R o s i c r u c i a n books r e f e r when they s a y t h a t unl e s s hmar? e y e s "have borrowed s t r e n g t h f r o n t h e e a g l e n , t h e y cannot bshold t h o a d e p t s of t h e I n v i s i b l e Order.

I n b r i e f , then, t o a t t a i n t o t h e Grade o f Lessor Adept t h e a s p i r a n t mst f i r s t overcome what t h e D e v i l syicbolires. One o f t h e c h i e f means t o t h i s end i s l n u g h t e r * Yhon we l e a r n t o laugh a t o b s t a c l e s , t h e y d i s a p p c a t . Say "cock-a-doodle-doo" t o f e a r s , and t h e y vanish. T h i s i s Laughtor, conf idencc , boldness-n o t a l l " i n n p i n a t i o n , " by m y moans. t h e s e a r c s t a t o s of body a s w e l l a s s t a t e s of mind. N i r t h h a s a s u b t l e

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e f f e c t upon t h o sccretior.s of t h e endocrine glands. It changes t h e The B i b l e s t a t e s a f a c t when it says, "A merry h e a r t body-chczistry. d o e t h good l i k e a medicine." Seco-dly, t h e a s p i r a n t t o ~ d v e n c e z o z ti n t o t h e Secocd Order mst r i d b i ~ s e l fof t h e n o t i o n t h a t h i 6 t h o u r h t s , words, and a c t s a r e merely personal. Ye n u s t p r a c t i c e z e a l o u s l y t o t h i s end. I say z e a l o u s l y , because " r e a l " i s one c f t h e n e s n i c g s of t h e Hebrew word RVGZ, x h i c h i s s t t r i b u t c d t,o t h e l e t t e r Smekh. (See mjP a r i e f ha1::sis of t h e Tnrot, t2;et r i s h t p. 71). The G a b e l i s t i c correspondcncee t o 8 V G Z i n t i ~ s t e r e a l o u s n c s s i s w a t c h f u l n e s s i n c o n t r o l l i c ~t h e v i b r e t i o n a o f t h e s o l a r Knen re r e r a z b e r t h a t f o r c e t y p i f i e d by t h e l i o n shown i n Ley ';iI;. our ~ e r s o c a ln c t i v i t i c p we r e e l l y s p e c i a l e x z r e s s i o n s o f s o l a r f o r c e , arc! b e a r i n r i n d t h e f a c t t t n t t h e y a r e a c t u a l l y , and a t a l l t k e r , cont r o l l e d ty t h o Bigher S e l f ( t h c a n g e l of t k e X m t h Key), re a r e e n t h e r i g h t t r c c k . The a o r k o f t h e 2 5 t h p a t h i s n c a n t t o e s t a b l i s h t h e h a b i t of perpetual r e c o l l e c t i o n t h a t t h i s i s t h e r e a l s t a t e o f a f f a i r s i n a 1 1 t h a t we t h i n k , say, and do. n - i r d i p , we n u s t f a c e d e s t h r i t h equaninity. R e a l l y f a c e it, and stuCy it, nnd 6oe what purposes it h a s in t h e schone of t h e Lifep m e r ' s self-expression. Ce mst go t h r o z g h d e a t h , m e n t a l l y and symb o l i c a l l y . Perhcps so3e of' u s nay e n j o y t 3 e d i r e c t p e r c e p t i o n t h a t t h e p h y s i c a l b o Q i s only one of t h e v e h i c l e s of t h e I 2 4 ; but even b e f o r e t h i s r e nay r c l e n s e o u r s o l v e s f r o 3 t h e f e a r and h a t r e d of d e e t h which p r e v e n t s u s f r c n u n d o r s + a n d ' i n ~and overconing it. C'ith such p r c p a r n t i o n we cnn go on. The L e s s e r M e p t m s t be f r e e f r o n ~ 1 b e l i e f i n chanzo, l u c k , o r l i s i t a t i o n s t i p o s e d by e n r i r o n 1 ncnt. 20 n u s t know by o x p e r i n e a t t h e t t h e k c a t Ilagictil irgert i s indoed " t h e s t r o n g f o r c e of a l l f o r c e s , ovorcoring erory ~ u b t l e ,and p a n e t r a !lc r.ust bo f r e e f r o 3 e g o t i m , becauze s o r a of t i z g every s o l i d t h i w . " - h i s l a b o r s ail1 t e s t h i e r e l i n x e upon t h e All-power behind h i s poreonn l i t y . . Se n u e t be w i l l i n s t o f o l l o w h i s pnth, even t o d e a t h and beyond, bccause n o r s of t h e c r i n g i n g c o x p r o n i s e s of t h e coward who p r e s e r v e r p k ~ s i c a le x i s t e n c e a t a l l c o s t a a r e p o s s i b l e ln any d e g r e e o f adeptship

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Yet h i s i s t h e l e s s e r a d e p t s h i p , becauso .in t h i s h a d o he t r a i n s himself i n nothing e x c o p t what g i v e s him s k i l l i n c o n t r o l l i n g h i s m e n t a l i r i q c r y . Throughout. h i s riork h e knows t h a t p h y s i c a l l y and p s y c h i c c l l y he i s one w i t h t h e o t h o r n a n i f e s t a t i o n c of t h e One F o r c e whose p a r t i c u lar c e n t e r f o r e a r t h - d w e l l c r s i s t h c sun. The Lesscr d o p t l o o k s upon evorythtng i n h i s enviromnent a s b e i n g s o nuch s o l i d i f i e d s u n l i g h t . He so08 a l l t h i n e 6 end c r c k t u r e s a s bein.; s p o o i a l n a n i f e s t a t i o n s o f t h o d s y s t a r t s r a d i a n t energy. Iie p e r c o i v e s h i s own thoughts, words, and deodm a s bcing i n s e p a r o b l o f r o n t h a t one f o r o e * Thus ha u n d e r r t n n d s w e l l t h e admonition, "Let yorp l i e h t shine."

The True 2nd I n v i s i b l e Rosiorucicn Order

This L.y no !mans i a p l i e s t h a t he s e e s no f a r t h e r . k t t h i s p o i n t i n h i s develop.ent, hcwcver, he ptys p a r t i c u l a r a t t e n t i o n t o mental p r c c t i c e s ~ i h i c hs u b s t i t u t e f o r t h e conception of nanyncsa, held by most people, t h e f i x e d and permanent idea t h c t a l l t h i n g s and experiences a r e forms t n h n by t h o one r a d i a n t allergy of t h e sun. Tho work of t h e Lesser d c p t enables b i n t o r e e l i z s t h n t t h e Great Mork i s indeed t h e "Operation of t!:o Sun," a s t h e Emcreld Tablet d e c l a r e s it t o be. The Lesser i d e p t ' s p r a c t i c c r a s u l t s i n a n e n t a l a t t i t u d e which may be put thus8 "Cnc a a o l i t y , t h e sane yesterday, today, and f o r e v e r , c n t e r s ~ l y erperie3ce c s tho r a d i a n t energy of t h e sun. % i s i s tho r e ~ cubl stance o f rpr body, and of a l l other t h i n g s t h a t I know. I t i s t h e source of overy node of poxer, t!!e origirr of every f o r c e , known and unlnorm. It a l s o i s t h source of whstcver hes beer! known'in p a s t ages, of a l l ~ h o n l s d g e e x i s t i n g now, and of a l l knowledge which i s d e s t i n e d t o be broucht t o l i , - h t in t h e futuro. For it i s t h e somethins which t a k e s fonn e t e r n a l l y i n every n m i f e s t a t i o n of power and i n every expression of howlodge " Imagination i s t h e d i r e c t a p p l i c a t i o n of t h i s one power. I t i s the ~ e n t a a c t i v i t y whereby t h e rill of f n t e l l i g e r k b e i n g s a c t s d i r o c t l y l y upon t h c Great S q i c a l Agent. J u s t a s m p u p i l a c t u s l l y lnade a h a t by x n t c l fne&ery, svcn though her idoa expressed i t s c l f through t h e a c t i o n of another person, so tho Lossor Adept, rrorking i n c e s s a n t l y t o p e r f e c t h i s s k i l l , hzs experiencs a f t e r expcrionco which dononstratos t h a t h i s r;cntll p i c t u r c a a r e n o l d s or p a t t e r n s which d c t o r n i n e t h c p h y s i c a l forms which a r e trker? ty t h o One Force* The h s s e r Adept l e a r n s t k : t t h e e x t e r n a l world i c l i k e t h e screen in cinena t h e a t r e . Thn, l i g h t i s t h e u n i v e r s a l Conscious Energy. The projcctiori nnchino i s t h c self-consciour mind. The lons i s a t t e n t i o n . -Tho ~ i c t u r o s t h c f i l m c r e t h o ~ O r k t h e i d e p t ' s h a g i n a t i o n . ';hat on of ho seos w i t h h i s rnicd's eye becoms nctualized through t h e o p e r a t i o n of nnturo's b a s i c laws. I n h i s prcsecce marvels t a k e placa, e v e n t s happen which nre i n c x p l i c a t l o t o t h e ordinary human being; but t h e s e nro marvels of law, m i r a c l e s of r i g h t adaptation, mighty works of h i s c r e a t i v o w i n o tion*
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Thc I a e s c r ~ d c p t ,rcmembcr, cnploys no povrors which a r e n o t usod by a l l Ron. Every h u . n being p r o j e c t s mental images upon t h e soreen of environment, by j u s t t h e process herc outlinod. Wost people, horcver, mako d i s t o r t c d images. To begin with, tho g r e a t o r nunber huve n o t t h e l e a s t conoeption of t h e f a c t t h a t thoy have t h i s porer. Their l i g h t shines dim. The l e n s of a t t e n t i o n i s badly focussed. The p i c t u r e s are doformod and hideous. %us t h e i r oxporienoes oorreilpond t o t h e i r rant of s k i l l i n s o i o n t i f i o imagination.

The True a?d I n v i s i b l e Rosiorucian Order

LIcnce t h e work of t h e Lesser Adept i s s v n n e d up i n t h e statement: "In a l l t h i n g s , g r e a t ar.3 s m l l , I see t h e jeauty of t h e Divine Exprersion." To nake t h i s ner.ta1 p a t t e r n as a s u g e s t i o u t o subconsciousnerr i s t o s e t i n notion a whole t r a i n of s u b t l e a c t i ~ i t i e s which result a t l o s t in a c t u s l perception of t h e order and beauty behind t h e surfaoe appearances of t h i s world. &xi because beauty end balance, ~ y m t r y and e f f i c i e n o y , l o v e l i n e s s and s t r e n g t h , a r e r e a l l y inseparable, t h e c u l t i v a t i o n of nx eye f o r t r u e beau* i s t h e b e s t p o s s i b l e way t o mike your environneat -.+at you m n t i t t o be. Porhcps you lnck t e c h n i c a l t r a i n i q t o do t h o a c t u a l work s h i c h a-ill b e a u t i P j your world. But your r z n t a l pstterr?, held s t e a d i l y , w i l l c e r t a i n l y r e a l i z e i t s e l f t h r o w . sone'cody's a c t i o n s , i f not t5rough your m Build up a d e f i n i t e , c l e a r i s a q e of a b e a u t i f u l world, end t h o u s m d s of p a i r s of hand6 w i l l s e t t o work t o give it physical ahape and form.

The 6 t h Sephirah t o which t h i s Grade i s a t t r i b u t e d i s named T i ~ h a r e t h , and, c s €aid before, t h e Hebrew s p e l l i n g i s Th P A R Th. Ilote thst t h e b ~ g i n n i r gand end of t h i s word is t h e l e t t e r Tau, c o r m s ponding t o t h e XXIst Tarot key, a d t o A d n i n i s t r e t i v e I n t e l l i g e n c e . The Lesser Adept b e g i r s with t h e a s s u : c ~ t i o nt h a t ovary man i s a s p e c i a l n a n i f o s t s t i o n of t h e powors of t h l whole univerze--that a personal l i f e i s merely a p a r t i c u l a r expression of a l l t h e l i f e t h e r e i n . Thin i n w!:st i s r e a l l y ncant xhen man i s c e l l e d ~ i c r a c o m ,o r l i t t l e cosmos. Fron t h i s p o i n t of view, t h e l i f e of any npz, rihether he h m s it o r not, i s a c t u a l l y an a d m i n i s t r s t i o n of c o m i c law.
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?o cooner i s t h i s a s m p t i o n r a d e t h a n what i s mggested by the ! letter Peh, ar.d by the XlTth Tarot Bey, f o l l o l r s a6 a o o r o l l t r y . If eoery nan i s an a d n i c i s t r a t o r of cosrLc law, i f every vnn's action^ are cpocial expressions, i n a p a r t i c u l a r t h e and place, of t h e &ole i n t e r play of cosnic f o r c e s , then s w e l y no man stands alone. But t h e f a l s e philosophy of n o s t people, and t h e f a l s e scienco which s t i l l dominate8 .the r a c e consoiousnoss, a s s e r t t h a t he does stand alone. Henoe t h e Lesser Adept works assiduously t o break d m t h e d e l u s i o n of separateners.

He i d e n t i f i e s h i n s c l f w i t h t h e c o m i c v i s i o n Q p i f i e d by t h e Fool, and i n so i d e n t i f y i n g h h . s e l f accepts a l s o t h e burden i ~ p l i e d t h e f a c t by t h a t t h e 3001c o r r e ~ p o n d st o a l e t t e r whose aane i s Aleph, t h e Ox. The Lesser Pdcpt cones t o perceive t h a t thoae who r e a l l y know a r e a m u e t h a t they a r e c a r r y i n g t h e burden of manifcstcrtion, t h c t upon them i r l a i d True, t h e yoke i s easy, and t h e burden i s l i g h t , t h e yoke of t h e la-. but it i s a r e a l r e s p o n s i b i l i t y , nevertheless. %en you know t h a t t o you i s e n t r u s t e d a p a r t of t h e Great Undertakhg, l i f e w i l l have now meaning fo? you. Vhor. you know t h a t through t h e p e r s o n a l i t y labeled n i t h your n a m , t h e E t e r n a l P i l g r i n journcyr onward toward t h e Great Beyond, you w i l l f i n d i n tho l o a s t of your d a i l y oxporienaer a so.mthiry: unmrpeoted by n o s t c h i l d r e n of e a r t h *

The Truo and I f i v i s i b l e B o s i c r u c i n n Order T t l s knowlodge t h e Lesser xdopt h a s i porfeotion. n He k n m r himself c s t h e p c r s o n i f l o d Sun. That i s t o soy, he knows t h n t a l l h i s pcrson2l c c t i v i t i u s c r o re-..lly tr: n s f o r n n t i o n s ~ n dr c n s r j u t n t i o n s of t consciousness, c s vie11 c s of f o r c e . Thus he understands why i n t h e X Z t h Key, corresponding t o thc: l e t t e r Resh, t h e sun i n t h e s k y h n r n humon fcce. On t h e o t h c r hcnd, he k n o r s t h - t humcn p c r s o n n l i t y i r t h e f o m tr.rough r h i c h t h e Onc Forco t h c t m a n i f e s t s p h y s i c z l l y n r s o l a r energy i s d e s t i n e d t o p c r f e c t t h o G r c c t Sork. Thus ho soor why t h c open sd1oncrs behind t h e m l l t u r n t m m r d t h c two c h i l d r o n i ? a t c c d o f t o t h e sun s h e , f o r t h o y c r o n o t d i v o r s c cnd s e p n r r t e e n t i t i e s , b u t C i f f e r o n t c s p ~ c t s t h o Ono Thing. Pad t h c hunnn c s p c c t o f t h n t One Thing i s t h e mnrof t o r ar.d ndr.inistr::tor of t h e lcws cnd f o r c o s working t h r o u g h a l l t h o o t h o r ~ s p o c t s . 3~w.nc o n s o i o u s n c s s i s t r u l y t h c Collr c t i v o L n t e l l i g o n c o , t h o s ; n t h c s i s of r.11 t h c f o r n s o f consciousncsn. And s o ~ c t h i n q r o t n m m ' r n z a y n t h ~ s i s , f o r humrn l i f o i s t h - nspoot of t h o Onc Thing whereby n11 t h c wonacrful c d c p t c t i o n s c r e mr.do. "So t h o u - = t h e n g l o r y of tho n h o l c world, t k r c f o r o l e t r.11 o b s c u r i t y f l o o boforo t h e e , cr t h o Encrcld Tcblot s c p . Tho - - h a t ~ i n oof t h c GrGo of Lcsscr M e p t , E d .

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1 ( ~ h The F o r l d . 8 1 form i s l i r r d t t t i o n ~f t h o i n f i n i t o onergy ) Tho primcry c c u s e of l i m i t n t i o n i s t h r Fmcge-mkhg pm;r of t " Universc.1 Cind. h r y r c t of h a m a i n c g i n 9 t i o n i s r c n l l y a p c r t i c u l r r c x p r ~ s s i o nt b o u ~ h p c r s o n 2 l ccnq- r o f t h i s imr.go-mr.king n powor of t h i U n i v c r s a l Hind. Hcnco hunr.n h . g : L-tion i s , i n k i n d , though n r . world n o t i n dcgrc;, t h c srm, :.s t h u n i v o r s r l Fncge-mr.king p a r c r . ~ c r c h r.:n l i ~ i s n i s t h c worlh hc h c s f o m d by h i s r.cnt?l 1mr.gory. The i b c t t c r t h ; h - g e s , t h a b c t t c r t h s world. " 8 0 t t c r n i n t h i s i n s t a n c o morar, "'The norc t r u l y ngrcr.ing w i t h t h o f u n d m o n t n l Lnr.gorp of t h c Univorsnl ?.!ind." ,By schoolin;: h i - - s c l f i n t h c t r u t h t h n t r.11 h i s p c r s o n ~ ln o t i t i t i o s r.rc t.spccts of t h o o o s a i c p r o c o s r , t h c k s r c r M e p t o w r o o n o s t h o i l l u s i o n of ecpr.rr.tonos8 which i n t i r f o r o s w i t h h i s p c r s o n c l t r - n s m i s s i o n of t h o Ftlr.gcr o f t h o U n i v c r s a l IW. 1.

of t h c L i i c - p w o r .

2. ( P ) Thc Towor. Thus i n th:. Grrde of t h o Lossor I d o p t , t h c r o i r c o n s i d c r r b l c work i n t h o m y of w o r t h r o w i n g c r r o n c o u s conoeptionr. I n t h o bcglnning, pc.rticulr.rly, t h c b u l k of t h L e s s e r h d c p t ' s nentr.1 ~ c o t i r i t y i s zddrossod t o t h c correction of vnrious forms o f t h c e r r o r o of scp-.rctcncsa. H r o f u s u s t o t h i n k o f --ny c c t o f h i s a s b o i n g scpc-r-to By a s many ingenious dov1008 from t h o c c t i v i t y of t h c Onc Lifc-pwror. - s ho c-.n t h i n k o f , ho t r ? . i n r hfmsolf t o s c r thr.t r.11 r . o t i v i t y w i t h i n t h c rr.ngo of h i 8 p c r s o n c l cxporicnoo i r a t r ~ a s f o r m r . t i o no f c n o r w n t work throughout t h c univorso.

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(A) Thc Fool. A z t h e s i x t h c i r c l e i s a l s o r e l a t e d t o Ruach, 3. t!;e L i f e - a r e a t h , it i s n a t u r a l t h a t t h e l e t t e r i l e p h and Key 0 should bc. pronir.cnt i n t:.c nanc of t h i s c s p e c t of t h c L i f e - p m r . 'l?~s L s s s e r M e p t sccXs n l r a y s t o o l c r i f y his. v i s i o n of *;:hat l i e s beyond t h e h c i p h t 8 of p r e s o c t hunan e t t c i n - ~ e n t s . k a i - . a3d q p i n b e r e r e n b c r s t h a t P r h cipl.; i c n o t S o u d by precedent. Ee works w i t h t h e s p e c i f i c imagery i n r c l a t i o r . t o h i s p e r s o n n l s h a r e i n t h e c o n i c p r o c e s c . I n s o doing hc occupiez h i s i - a g i n c t i o n n k o s t e x c l u s i r e i y w i t h t h c work of p i c t u r i r y d e f i n i t e objectives, g i v i r q p r a c t i c a l l y no t h o u g h t , a t t h i s p o i n t , t o t h e co1:sideration o f ways and mems.
( B ) Tho Sun. I n t h e h d e of Lesser k d e p t , f u r t h e r m o r e , t h e 4. doctrine of r c g e ~ e r e t i o n i s onphasized. 'be k s s e r Adept t n k e s a TOW t o bccoac "more t h a n man." I i e a i r s t o b e c o . ~a n o r c r e a t u r e , l i t e r a l l y 2 Eon r p f c i a s of o r p n i a m on t h i s p l a a e t . 3e kr.cyt t h a t o t h e r s have

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t i i i a , a~ds c c k s t o d o it h k s e l f 912 r&cs h i n s o l f f a z l i l i a t w i t h a t t a i n m e n t s , ncd a s p i r c s t o l i k o chfsnl;ec io h i s o m organism. i n ccre?-anizls o f t h i s Grade, t h o r e is a l w a y s a d r a n n t i c r e p r e s e n t a of t h o N m B i r t h .

(Sh) ' h e J u d p c n t . The SLT a i r t h l e a d s i n t o a n m lifo5. experience. This i c d h l y approhezdcd i n t d s r r t o a c h i n g a a b o u t t h o
f o u r t h d i z c n s i o n , a s it i s more c l e a r l y i n d i c a t e d i n t h o O r i e n t a l tcnc!:ixs ckout t h e e n l i g h t e r ~ m n tt h a t f o l l o w s Yoga p r c c t i c o . Eobody can t ~ l c ~ , o t h e rh c t t h i s exporicnco i s , but t h o s e who hhovo e n j v j e d l it ,-cy Lydicatc t h ; T a c t t o ecich o t h e r b r c a n s o f vorio?rs symbols. y P 0 q ~ 3 ~ 0 w i l l bc nennini;lcss, h m o r e r , t o t h o s e nfio hcvc n o t had . lr t h o c x p c r i r n c o . T i ~ u si~ t,hc Grade of Losscr M c p t emphasis i s placed fr.ct t h c t only by f i r s t - h s n d cx;erioncc going beyond t h e l i n i t r upon t h ~ of huncr? nhilosophy r e s t i n c upon a s e m c basis, cay e n l i g h t o n ~ e c tbo goincd. Tliis c x p c r i c n c c i n c l u d c o consciour i m r t a l i t y .

(0) l'hc Devil. The Lesser M e p t i s a l s o t a u g h t t h a t e v e r y a r 8. ' p c c t of c r i l presontinr, i t s o l f t o hucnn cor.sOiousness i s the row n n t e r i a l f o r t r a r , s n u t a t i o n i l l t o n bcauti.%l r e s u l t . 6ehir.d a l l sppcarances, whatcvcr t'lcy n2y bc, t h e r e i s t h e o p e r c t i o n o f a T o r f o c t k a having Beauty f o r i t s f s u n i n t i o n . If xc s e e u c l i n e s s , it fs boccuso we do n o t s o e a r t h t . This does r.ot ccnn t h a t wo dcny t h e a c t u a l e x i s t e n c e o f r e l a t i v e o v i l r , 9ut t h o L e s s e r nor t h a t wc s!all n o t do a l l i n our power t o rcnedy then. M j n t , i n s t e a d oC b s i q f r i g h t e n e d nnd p a r n l y t o d by nppehrnncos o f e v i l , looks upon thcm ne a e c o c s a r y phnsos of t h e c o r z i c proccsa. Ao s e e s t h e n as r,s p r o c c s d i n ~from t h c Onc Sourco, J u s t a 8 ~ u c h t h e t h i n g s which oppcor t o bc ~ o o d , :'hot hc i s t a u g h t , and rrhat ho p r a c t i c e s c o n t i n u a l l y , i s t h o t r - c s f o r - x t i o n o f a p p a r e n t e v i l s i n t o e v i d e n t goods, by t h o operot i o n of t h c power of n o c t a l Lmryery*
7. (N) h a t h . Tho Lcsser M e p t , hnvin& pnased through t h e c h i s m y t o t h o s i x t h Grnde, knows vory w e l l path of t ! l~t t c r ? < n & t h a t tk.? f r c t o f phybioal d o a t h i s i n e v i t a b l e , necoasnry, 2nd bonoficent. He knows why p h y s i c a l b o d i o s dio. Hc & m a t h a t t h e d e a t h of' t h e p h y r i o a l

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body i s not. t?.c cnd of p s r s o 2 a l e x i s t e ~ c c . Ha knows t h s t t h e e x p e r i e n c e of p h y s i c a l d c a t h i s necessnry u n t i l ne l e c r n how t o b c i l d t t 3 kind of orgclnicr, f h n t v . i l l r c t z i n i t s for:! 02 thsc phJrsical plnne j u s t EO long - s yrc w i s h t o u s c it. Ec k n m s , t o o , t h r + t h i s a b i l i t y and knowledge c E r r y w i t h t h c 3 t h s knowledge sr-d a b i l i t y t o i ~ s t c i r - t l yd i s i n t e g r a t e t h e p h y s i c n l f o r n . 80 i s n c s t e r o f d e a t h .
(3) e i i This n a s t e r y i s i x e r c i s e C from t h e v a n t n g e ~ 8. ~ r o c n Eo f s e l f - c o r . s c i o u s z c s s , reprcseritod i n T o r o t b t h c X q i c i a n . j r The Lcsscr d c p t i s s c o n s c i o u s transformer o f h i s environner.t by means of r.c:tal ILs~PQ-. d e l i k r c t e l y p l c n s h i s c o n s t r u c t i o n s . Ee a r r a n g e s He t h e v n r i o u c c o n b i n a t i o r s of f o r c e s which r-el:c u p h i s surroundings. He does s o a s t h e i z s t r u n c n t o f n pcwcr h i g h e r t h i n h i n s c l f , f o r a t t h i s p o i q t he i s n o t y e t c o n p l e t e l y i d o n t i f i s C w i t h t h n t ? m e r e 9. (D) The Enyresz. I n Q o b c l i s t i c psycho lo^, t h e s i x t h c i r c l e on tt.5 Troc of L i f e i s t t y r i b u t c d t o ha,-i!lztion, hence we n r o n o t s u r p r i s e d t o fil?d t , h c t t b c l c t t ~ r a l e t h and hcy I11 a r e r e l b t e d t o t h e D d o c t r i z e s o f t h i s Grnde. The L o e s r r M e p t d c l i b e ~ c t c l yc a n i p u l a t o s h i 8 n e n t n l b-gery. 9y cp~l;.ir,r: t h c law t h l * s u ~ ~ o n s c i o u s r l o siss a l m . y s nncnnblc t o c u ~ g c ~ t i o n , fir-ds o u t f o r h i n t e l f t h s t no nan o r roman he need be d o c i n z t c d by subconscious imagery. Or, t h e contrw;, due &ill i n t h s ~ n n i p u l n t i o nof t h c L i f e - p a r e r a s it f l o w s thzou,-h u s e n a b l e r u 8 t o c o n t r o l , c o d i f y , nnJ a l t o ~ e t h e ra l t e r o u r n c n t n l i ~ s g e s . h i s i s z o t n r.ot'.cr f o r orguacxt. I t i s c xcttclr f o r c x p c r i r e n t . & s t people c r 3 tyc: v i c t i n s of t h e i r suSccnscious h o g i n o t i r c a c t i v i t i e s . The L e s s e r &opt l r e r n s t o be t h e n - s t o r o f t h e s e powers.

13. (L) Justice. " E o , ~ i l i b r i u n i s t h c basia o f t h e G r e a t ~ o r k . " X i i c 2r.cic:it o c c u l t d c c t r i ? ~i s p a r t i c u l a r l y e!:pha~irrd i n t h p Grnde of L s s e r iziept. I n l e a r n i x t o c o r i t r o l n a n t a l i n e g e r j , he c o r t i n u a l l y a p p l i e e thc r u l e t h a t arrj n o d i f i c n t i o n of t h e n i n d n a y be oyercone by a x e r c i r i ? ; r i t s oppoeite. ' h v s he ?ever c t t e x p t s t o s u p p r e s s a n e g a t i v e i& t ? : of rL3d. I ~ s t e a dof t h i s he u s e s i n t = l l i g e n c e t o d i s c o v e r i t 8 F o s i t i r e o p p o s i t e , an2 s a l t i r a t e s t h a t o p p o s i t o s t a t e . The whole t h i n g Thus t h e f i n a l i s curr..ed up i n t h e t a h c h i n z : "Overcome e r i l w i t h good.' p,-ork of t h c k e e e r h d e p t b a s t o do w i t h t h e e s t a b l i s b e n t o f p o i s e and balnxce i n h i s oon c o l ~ s c i o u s n e s s , and t h e nnr.ifesL,ntion c f h i s h i g h e s t c o ~ c e p t i o n sof j u s t i c e i n his oonduot. Begb--:inz w i t h t h e assumption t h a t h c i s an a d r . i n i s t r a t o r o f c o m f o t h L r s s e r Adept works a t f i r s t f o r sane t i ~ a t u r o o t i n g and ~ e d e s t r o y i w t h e v v r i o u s f0rr.s o f t!le a r r o r of. S a p a r a l e n + s s (Py. 3y t h e e x o r c i s e o f i r n g i n n t i o r . , he c u l t i v a t e s v i s i o n , nnd m c n t a l l y identifier himself :rith t h e h o Life-pm:cr ( A ) . n i s p r a c t i c e c l e a r s away -rariour r e n t s l , c-.otiol?el, and p h y s i c c l o b s t r u c t i o n s , r-nd produces i n h i n t h e ohange a h i c h i c t e c h n i c h l l y terr.od r c g o q e r n t i o n (3) h u r h e a r r i v o r a t l a s t a t a p o i n t where what mas a t S i t s t an assur.ption becomes ~ l c t u a lexperience. By r c p o h t e d oxparimunts ho t a r d e m o n t t r ~ t e dt o him-

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This G r d o corresponds t o thr f i f t h o i r c l o on t h c Trco of L i f e , rnd t h u s t o t h c occult noraings of t h c n u ~ b c r5 , nhich bccc.usc it is the rniddlc nlnbcr b c b o o n 1 cnd 9 , o r t h c begFnninq f a d c o m p l c t i m o f t h o numorcl s c r i c s of d i g i t s , SigIlific6 cdc.pt?tion, m d i n t i o n , mccmr, t h o in&rumontnlity which c:.rrics cnorgy i n t o n - n i f o s t c t i o n r.8 form, oto. As p r t p c x t t i o n f o r n h t t i s t o follow, oonsidor t h c nennings of t h o nuqbor 5. Hcrc i s t h c b r i o f s u ? - q givon i n my r m ? l y s i s of Tnrot: ?rndi?.tion (bsor.uro 5 i r thc middlo numbcr botwocn 1, Beginning, nnd 9, Comp~otioc), rd-.ptr.tion, mcnns, cgoncy, r . c t i v i t y , procons, r.nd t h o l i k o . 5 i s t h c d y n ~ m i cLrn, procooding from t h c n b s t r - c t Ordor t y p i f i e d by 4. 5 i s th;: numbcr of v o r s c t i l i t y , boor.use it shows t h o chr.nging aspocts of thc h c L . , i n s p i r i n g fcr.r i n t h c i g n o r r n t , psrC= ocivod by tho n n t c r i c l i s t ?.s being n c r c r o l o n t l o s s strength, but undorstood by t h e n i s o -.a undcvicting J u s t i c o . ! h i 8 b o b-a i s t h c r o o t of r.11 opcrctions of t h o Lifo-pavrcr, cnd i s t h c r c f o r e o ~ l l c d R-.dionl Int c l l i g a n c o . Tho root-consoiou~noss cxpresscd through h w a p c r s o n ~ . l i t y . i s t h i s One Ir.w of mcdiction o r r.daptction. "6.11 t h i n g s v o from 0x10 by t h c mdir.tion of Cno; r.11 t h i n g s hr.vo t h c i r b i r t h from t h i s Dno Thing by r.daptation." So- of -y render, I hope, w i l l by ncw hpve begun t o s e e whnt i s t h e rv.1 purpose of Rosicrucinn i n i t i q t i o n . Soms g l i m e r , zt 1 s - s t , of i t s t r u e r i g n i f i c n n c e , some r e - l i t c t i o n of i t s o b j e c t , w i l l by non have heen received. It ;rill nor begin t o be understood t h c t t h e object i n view i s n o t , by any menns, nor Ln rn;. sense, t o grin c e r t r . i n p u l e r s , but t o r e % l i i e t5m.t they nrr. p - r t of one's own t r u e being. and f u r t h e r , one o t h e r purpose of e s o t r r i o tecohing rxd p t c c t i o e i s t o b r i n g t h e r.spir-nt t o t h e point where he hw8. from having s e t h i s f e e t upon it, how rugged paad dcngerous i r t h e path t h c t n l l must trr.vel on t h e Wcy o f Return. Somether t h e o b j e c t i o n i s m d e t h c t o c o u l t scienoe hnr t o o l i t t l r . lorn i n i t - - t h a t it i r t o o i n t e l l e o t u ? l . I h o p I h-ve been c b l e t o keep t h e s e pcger f r e e from mr.wkirh s e n t h n t r l i t y . But s u r e l y love hnr not been l e f t O u t .

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'Ths s h a l t thou lcar-n t h a oecrot of t h e r e s t o r a t i c n of t h e Sing - m t o His throne.
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Yet we f e a r t o lose what i s r c c l l y nothing. b dolusion l i k e t h a t described i n nn Eastern t a l e r a k e s u s bcliove t h a t me a r e r i c h i n personal possessione, when t h e t r u t h i s t h a t t h e trensurc-chest contnins nothing but a halzdf'ul of dead leaves. But t h e r e cones a day when t h e t r u t h f l a s h e s l i k e l i g h t n i n g F3. t h e mind. 'hen it beconcs evident t h a t a l l t h i s t c l k of " s a c r i f i c e " i s s o m c h neaoingless noise. L i t e r a l l y and But n o s t e x p l i c i t l y , t h e a s p i r a n t is c a l l e d u p m t o give up nothi*. people hold f a r t t o t h i s n o n e ~ t i t ya s i f it were a p e a r l of g r e a t price. 17ho i s t h e King who mst be r e s t o r e d t o His throne? He i s t h e t r a e Sclf, standing; p a t i e n t l y m i t i n s a t t h e Coor, and knocking g e n t l y f o r adht t h e cl&?~or a r u l t i t u t e of a n a r c h i s t i c c e l l s , shouting of mission. ~ r a d l y , "The voice of t h e people i s t h e voice of Cod!" drowns t h e s t i l l m t l l Voice, an3 t h e S t r q e r - B i n g n u s t w a i t outside. He could f o r c e His way is. Be coulC s t i l l t h e mob. He could c m a n d t h e i r s i l e n c e a d even hush them forever, beonuse H i s i s t h e Life-power whereon t h q t depend f o r everything. h Ee s t a n d s and waits u n t i l they repsrnber, u n t i l t h e y , W e from t h e i r i r s a n e drean of separateness.

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ourselves a r e just. Yec, n o s t of u s a r e s u r e of that! But we doubt t h e j u s t i c e of our neighbors. One of t h e a s i n reasons why r e f i n d it so hard t o give up t h e i l l u s i o n of personal f r e e w i l l , so d i f f i c u l t t o .overcome t h e sense of separate p e r s o n a l i t y , i s t h a t we f e e l subconsciously t h a t t o do so i s t o r e n w e even t h e shadow of an excuse f o r holding other poople responsible f o r t h e seeming e v i l 8 which a r e done through them. &lch was i n t h e h s t e r Jesus, a s it hag Yet t h i s r a n t h e ~ i 3 d been in evcry other khster of wisdom. "Judge not" i s t h e a d z n i t i o n of them a l l . It ? p l i e s , "Do n o t presume t o f i x t h e measure of another's A l l t h e world's law, a l l t h e world's oustools, a l l responsibility. t h e h a b i t s of u m b e r e d l i f e t i m e s , p u l l a g a i n s t u s when we t r y t o *up judging ou- ncighborr. But Jesus, l i k e other g r e a t t e a c h e r s , oam w i t h t h e measage t h a t t h e human personality o r i r i n a t e s nothing, t h a t t h o Primal n i l 1 i s t h e only real. W i l l , t h a t m n nay becow, wide-open channel8 of t h a t W i l l , onoe o

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t h e y g e t t h e d e l u s i o n of p e r s o n a l Fndepende~ce o u t of t h e m y . The l l a s t e r s l i r e t o s h m u s what wc a r e a b l e t o do. The way t h e y t o o k i s open t o u s , as soon a s we hzva courage t o brave i t s t e r r o r s . This z e oannot do u n t i l we have becono a t l e a s t I e s s e r M e p t s . The peth of t h c Hangcd L'hn i s n o t f o r b e g i n n e r s on t h 3 F;ay of Return. F o r it i s t h e p a t h of what t h c Hindus c a l l S e m C h i , t h e path o f p e r f e c t conc e n t r a t i o n , lony continued, which b r i r ~ s 7 e i n t o conscious u n i o n w i t h t h e essence of t h e Len of L i f e , and mlyes h h s e e e r e r y r h e r e t h o exq u i s i t o ad!uctcent clrpressed by t h e f i f t h st3texen'. of t \ e P a t t e r n o n t h c Trect!o';.onrd: "I r e c o r n i r e t h e c a r 1 f e s t a t i o r : of t!!e u n d c v i a t i y j u s t i c e i n a l l t h e c i r c m t a a c e s o f ~y life.' Such a r&?, a v i z g bccn a k e s s r i&ep+, f a l t m l i n t h e l i s h t o r h t a s k s of t h e In?er School, now b c c m s a Grec-ter a d e p t , uho k n m h i n s e l f a s a c'n%r.qcl f o r t h e opcrcltlon o f t h e =f%ilFr?r, lax of t h e c o w s . iie ocascs t o regcrd h i = a c t i o n s i n a r q p e r s o n a l l i g h t . iie n o t o* See11 r . t h c One Lax workixq t.'lroul;h him, b u t he a l s o k n m s j u s t h m it u o r k s , i n every s p e c i f i c i n s t a n c e . H p c r c c i c o s b o t h t h e s e e d s k7d t h e f r u i t e of o l l t h a t i s dono t h r o u g h hin, w.d ho b r c o z c s a reader o f t h o h e a r t s of ncn.

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For Sezadhi i s r.ot n e r e l y g o i n z F*o a trnxcc. So flir a t t h e l m r n e r s o n o l i t y i s conccrncd, it 2 a tr-e, b * ~ t h e t r m c a o f Snmd:!i i a n o t t h o snna t h i r q 6 s t h e t r m c e of hypnokis, o r the t r c z c e of n e p t i v o *dimship. h e V i ~ e l m n a n d aw r i t e s : ? ; h c n e ~ n r r o hetir a nen say ' an i r s p i r o d , ' and t h o n t l the I ak i r r a t i o n c l nonsanse, kir,ply r e j e c t it. i a y ? Bscause t h e e c t h r e e s t a t e s of n i n d - - i n s t i n c t , reason, a r d superccnsciousness, o r t h e unconscious, conscious, nnd s u p c r c o n s c i m s ctatcs--belong t o one and t h e s a w mind. There a r e n o t t k c o z i n d s i n cne =an, but one d e v e l o p s int o t h o other. I ~ s t i n c tdevelops i n t o roason, and r e a s o s i n t o t h e t r n n s c c n d e n t a l consciousness; t k e r c f o r c one n e v s r c o n t r n d i o t s t h e o t h e r . So, wticnever you n c c t v i t h w i l d s t a t e y o n t s ; ~ h i c hc o n t r a d i c t bran r e a s o n and c o m o n ssnso, r e j e c t t h o n w i t h o u t few, b6cause t h o r c s l i n s p t t a t i o n w i l l n o r e r c o n t r a d i c t , but rill f u l f i l . J u s t s s you find t h e g r o a t prophets saying, 'I cone not t o d c s t r o y but t o f u l f i l , ' s o t h i s i n s p i r a t i o n always cc5os t o f u l f i l r e a s o n , and i s in d i r o o t harmony K i t h roason, and a h e n o ~ e rit o o n t r a d i c t s r e a s o n you EU6t h o w t h a t it i s n o t i n s p i r a tion."
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Noa, it ie j u s t becauae superconsciousnoss docs n o t c a n t r & i o t reason t h a t I bzote s a i d s o much a b o u t t r a i n i n g t h e i . . t c l l c c t , cnd a b o u t t h o t r u t h t h a t t h o o n l y rc.asoneble i n t o r p r c t a t i o n of nodern s c i o n t i f i o d i s c w c r i c s i n t h o f i o l d s of b i o l o g y rind p s j c h ~ l c g yi s t h e d o a t r i n e of d o t c r n i n i s a - - t h e d e n i a l of p c r s o n a l f r c o w i l l . The x o r l d ' s l o a d i n g

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t h i n k c r s accept t h i s d o c t r i n e . Superconsciousnoss completes it, and shovrs i t s -canin,; by g i v i n g u s d i r e c t cxpcrionce of t h e r c a l n a t u r e of t h e W i l l - p r i z c i p l a a t m r k through ma.

Tho Furposo of o c c u l t t r a i n i n g i s t o f r o c u s f r o n t h e bondage of a l i c , and t h e c s s e n c e of t h o l i c i c t h e i d e a t h a t we havo a p e r s o n a l w i l l whereby, s o ~ e h o w ,we n a y be a b l e t o c i r c w e n t t h o laws o f t h o
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Sc- chi i s a hard p c t h t o f o l l o w , b u t it f i n a l l y d o e s away -uith t h i s delusion. ?:~body c a n go t h i s vm:; who has n o t passed t h e t r i a l s of t h o 24th p a t h ( 3 e n t h ) . For SL-n?hi i s c o r e t h s n p h y s i c a l depth. It i s t h e o x t i n c t i o n of t h e i l l u s i o r : t h z t t h e r e t r o TjYO in t h e s p h e r e of b ~ i n g . It i s t h e e x t i n c t i o n of t h a cnr2Clc-light i n t h o b l a z e o f t h e y . I t Cocs n o t l a s t long--urutlly n o t n o r e thnn half-an-hour noondny , n ( f o r tho Epace o f a h a l f - h o u r t h c r o was a s i l e n c e i n Heaven, wo a r c t o l d i n 2cvclation). ht t h e n s n who comes o u t of Stmadhi i s changod f o r e v e r . ac h a s teccrte what T i l l Leviagton Corfort c a l l s , "one o f t h o s o ~ h know o tod cnnnot t e l l . "
Such a n onc i s a G r e a t e r M e p t . Thencofort5 ho p z r t i c i p a t c r consciously i n t h e c d ~ i n i s t r a t i o nof code law. i i a v i ~ ; givcrr u p t h o d c l u s i o n of s c p a r a t c personality, he h a s done whet Lao-Tzc a d v i s e d : ' 9 n r i q e n p t i c d yourself, r e n n i n whcro you nro." He i s an opon c h a n n e l f o r t h e O x L i f a , and becausu he t a k e s c a r c r,ot t o y i o l d t o t h s i l l u s i o n of s e p ~ r a t s n c s s , n o t t o b c l i e ~ oi n it, thouzh it s t i l l surround6 him, when - ~ l c hn r a n scys, "90 t h o u heeled," h e a l i q f o l l o w s , nnd mbcn hc says, of "Thy s i n s be f o r c i v c n t h c c , " he v o i c e s t h e I ~ ~ m l e d g e t h e Ono L i f e t?.nt t h e 0r.c t o v.*on he apcaks h a s recched a s t a g o o f s p i r i t u a l unfoldr.ent wberc hc i s r c l c n s o d f r o n t h s consequonces o f h i s f o m c r f a i l u r o s t o h i t t h o r s r k . Tho h e a t e r i d o p t seems t o perform m f r a c l e s , but hc docs t h c n a l l %yg e t t i n g h h a e l f o u t of t h o n-ay. a-nd t h o first p t h t o h i s Srndo b e g i n s i n t h e s p h e r e of b r c u r y , i n the f i e l d o f i n t o l l u c t , f o r u n t i l t h e l c s s c r d o l u s i o n s of f a u l t y l o e i c are overcome, tho t s p i r n n t i r n o t r e a d y f o r t h e G r e a t Surrender. Fron t h i s p o i n t on, a s t h e Tcrot p i o t u r e s show, t h e n a t u r e of ' t h e p a t h s changes. The t e r r o r s c r e pact. R e l e s t i l l u s l o n o f "no and ninon-- t h e t g r o a t h i n d r ~ n c e o love--is d i s s o l v o d i n t h e p a t h of t h o t h q c d k n . T h e r e a f t e r t h e i n i t i a t e i d e n t i f i e s h i m s e l f , ono by one, with t h e ascending s c a l o of a t t a i n n o n t s r e p r e s e n t e d by t h e r e m a i n i n g p a t h s and Tarot Keys.

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I have J u s t s a i d t h a t t h c E l d e r B r o t h c r s who have reachod t h o Grade of Grcotor M c p t a r c t h o s o who p a r t i c i p a t o o o n s c i o u s l y i n t h e a d n i n i a t r n t i o n of c o m i o law. I n t h i s p r e l i m i n a r y curvoy o f t h o 'Nay of Roturn we can o n l y dimly apprehend whnt t h i r attainrnont mcanr.

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Yet we should t r y , a s best wo can, t o d i s c e r n whct t h e adopt s e c s f u l l y whcn he goes through t h e 22nd path of h d , and t h o Key named Justice. h e n t h e Greater M e p t must t r a v e r s o t h i s p a t h before he may advance t o the n e x t Grade. It i s n o t enough t o be conscious of p a r t i o i p ~ t i o ni n t h e govern-nt of a l l things. One mst knm, but one mst nlso be c b l c t o i n s t r u c t . I t i s n o t er.o;gh t o be consciously h o r t a l , so ns t o say, 'Sofore Xbrahm was, 1 a . n h e mst r z c o g n i t e t h e t r u t h t h e t ho i s incarnate Lcw. This i s what T a r o t neans by t h e p i o t u r c of J u s t i c e , i n conneotion with t h e Way of Return. As always, t h o n e m i n g of t h e letter-name i s one clue. The Greater Adepts p e r f e c t t h e s s e l v e s by becoming t e s c h e r s , o t r a t h e r , by becoming nouthpieoes f o r t h e One Teacher. R k h t here, then, before we beoame a c t u c l l y e l i g i b l e f o r advoscenent t o t h e i n n e r Grade o f Greater M e p t , w e nny prepare ourselves t renomberi.n.g t h s t each o f u s stnnds befo;s y t h e world a s an Frmge of t h e One Teacher. Somebody, sonewhere, t a k e r every one of u s a s nn i n s t r u c t o r now, whether we know it o r not. Ist u s hope t h a t we a r e not taken a s t e c c h e r s of what n o t t o be1 By uatohing o u r s e l v e s c a r e f u l l y we may a c c o q l i s h a t l e s t one u s e f u l b i t of teaching. Our l i v e s m y s h m o t h e r s t h a t a person c a n be i n t e r e s t e d in o c c u l t i m r i t h o u t being a frenk, without n e g l e c t i n g t h e n i c e t i e s of appearance, without t r y i n c t o be " d i f f e r e n t " by doing and saying queer things, or by wearing outlandish apparel.
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Some y e a r s ago I not a nnn whom I b e l i e ~ e o be one of t h e Greater t Adepts. He m d e no such claim. Indeed, he m d e no claims a t a l l . Y e t b I hnve good reasons f o r LIIY e l i e f . Like another Teacher, t h i s man t o l d ne r.11 t h t h i n g s t h n t ever I did. Yet he was i n no senae a s t r i k i n g , ~ o r conspicuous person2lity. People never turned t o look a t him a s he pnssed them on t h e s t r e e t . He could s i t unnoticed i n any h o t e l lobbp. His d r e s s oonformed t o t h e anoient Rosicrucian r u l e , * i d o p t t h e c u s t o n r of t h e country where you dwell.'

I hcve grounds f o r b o l i d n g t h a t t h e nunber of such nen i s cons i d e r a b l y l a r g e r t h a n i s g e n e r a l l y supposed, even among s t u d e n t s o f , o c o u l t i m . They conceal thornselves i n o r d e r t o t e a o h r i t h o u t interference. \Yo ncy know them by t h i s : they fire f a i t h f u l i n a l l t h i n g s t o t h e i d e a l of beauty. This man's d r c s s was b e a u t i f u l , h i s v o i c e m s b e a u t i f u l , h i 8 choice of words m s b c a u t i h l , h i s outlook on l i f o was a perpetual reoogn i t i o n of tho b c ~ u t yi n everything, and t h e losson he taught ~ o - - a lesson I s h a l l ncver forget--was a lesson of beauty, too.
Consider t h e tcaohing of t h e Book of Tokens ooncerning t h e 22nd path.

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and now I say unto t h e e , 0 I s r a e l , t h s t F i n s t r u c t i o n i s l i k e unto J s go-d, r:hich y i 6 c t h t h e e through t h e long c i r o u i t of e x i s t e n c e , u n t i l thou r e t u r n e s t t o r y s e l f *

"I a- t h e r o o t of a l l a c t i o n . !70 work i s anywhere performed svt;erecf I er, not t h e Doer. 8y oy a c t i o n a l l t h i n g s a r e d e t e m l n e d , m.d every c c t i o n ;roceedeth f r o n izy g r a s p o f e v e r y c o n d i t i o n o f r ~ r a s c l f -cnnif c s t a t i o n . No m n c c m p l i s h e t h a n y t h i n g of h i n s e l f . They are deludod lrtro t h i n k otherwise.
"'Ecre I n o t f r e e x i l l ? ' s n i t h t h e f o o l s b u t t h e v i s e kncrreth khct i n a l l t h c ohnins of m r l d s t h e r e i s no o r e a h r e t h a t h a t h any w i l l n p c r t f r o z q 0x10 Tlill. L! R i l l i s f r e e indoed, and he h m t h it a s t h o n e l l s p r i q of h i s w i l l i n g remnineth f r e e from e r r o r . "Lot t t j n e d i t p . t i o n b r i n g t h e e t o r e s t i n t h a t Plill. Then in t h e a i d s t of c c t i o r s h a l t thou be a t peaoo,,nnd i n t h y b u s i e s t h o u r s s h a l t l 1 f i n d t n c P t ~ r x Lorker d s l n g a l l t h i n g s ~ 0 1 i n thee. Ia, I g u i d e t h e e a l l t h c m y . B e s t thou in me*"

The Greater d e p t d i r e c t s h i s e f f o r t s t o t h e attai.ru=ent o f t h l r p e r f e c t r o s t i n t h o One R i l l . H i s vrork e n a b l e s him t o u n d c r s t s n d t r u l y t h o n o t ~ r r uof wSet n o s t pcoplc i n c o r r e c t l y suppose t o bo " p c r s o n n l wlll.' To o b s e r v e r s unooqucintcd w i t h h i s s e c r e t , t h G r e a t e r Adept s o c z a t o ~ h c r e a p c r c n z l zill of t r c m n d o u s povcrr and intensity. Be knms b e t t e r .
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This Grade c o r r s s p o n d s t o t h e S e p h i r a h naned S t r e n g t h , o r Severity, and t h e , f i f t h c i r o l r on t h e T r e e o f Life. T h i s Sephirah i s t h e s e a t o f t h e a n d i c s l I n t e l l i g e n c e , c-?d t h o Hebrew s p o l l i n g f o r "Rsdicol" i s T h i s word 6ShRSh adds u p to 850, iJShRSh, i n Tarot: X I I I , XX, XIX, );X. which conliner; t h e numerol s i g n o f h b s o l u t a Unity, 0 , w i t h t h e d i g i t 8 5 nnd 8, sc t ? ~ p o r t k ? t i n R o s i c r u c i m symbolow.

The f i f t h o i r c l e on t h o Tree of L i f e h a s t h r e e n a m r t 1. PCM, h c h n d , "Penrn; 2. GSVilR, Geburah, " S t r e n g t h o r ScverityY 3. Dm, Deen, "Justice". be I haoc o x p l r i n c d olscuhctre, t h e s c t h r e o noncs r c p r e r e n t n t h e t h r o e m y s i which t!un&.n c o n s c i o u s n e s s i n t e r p r e t s t h o workings of t h o.:I {& Tho i g n o r a n t sco i t h c innunorable m ~ i f c a t a t i o n s f t h a t n o L191 t h e qpcrntion of f o r c o s g r c o t o r t h a n ncn, somo Pew of which h o l p him, while n o s t of t h e n s e e n t o be o c a i n s t hlm. Thosc f o r o e s t h o y p r o p i t l a t o by s a o r i f i c o , whonoo r e l i g i o n h a s i t s beginning, end t h e d o d n s n t emt i o n a l response t o t h e LhSY i s t h a t r e p r o s o n t e d by t h e word Paohad, Fear.

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b l i t t l e , but very l i t t l e , f u r t h e r on w e t h o s e who see in t h e Li,S? t h c oporntion of Inpersonal f o r c e s , u t t e r l y disregnrding man, who i s conceived a s being m r c l y a cog i n t h e cosnic mochanisx. This w s a t h e predominant a t t i t u d e of t h e "naturali6nn vrhich beg- Kfth t h e n ~ i t i n g s F r a n c i s Bacon. L c t t c r l y it has been sonewhot modified of by those d ~ deny t h a t t h e r e i s eny r e n l order i n t h e universe, and o a s c r i b e c l l e v e n t s t o mere accident. But e i t h e r of t h e s e i n t e r p r e t n t i o n s of t h e f o r c e s t h c t surround m n mnkes h5m o n l y a puppet, h e l p l e s s in t h e g r i p of r c l e n t l e s a f o r c e s which Ere adequately desoribed by t h e word Goburah, necning both Strength and Severity. The t h i r d i n t e r p r e t n t i o n of t h e LW i s t h a t which i s given u s a s t h e r e a u l t of t h e A experience of men and wonen who have a t t a i n e d t h e Rosiorucian o b j e c t i v e of bccomin~ "aore t h a n man." Unaninously thcce s e e r s r e p o r t t h a t t h e powers around us a r e working toward a b e a u t i f u l l y s p n e t r i c a l r e m l t , t h a t bilnnce i s mslntained i n both t h e moral m d t h o physical r o r l d r , t h a t t h e best expression of t h e LW i s t h e word h e n , "Justice.'

In our h t t c r n on t h c Trestle-board, we say: "1 reoognite the P - a i f o s t a t i o n of undcviclting J u s t i c e i n a l l t h e circumstancer of q p I t i n d i c a t e s o l e a r l y that l i f e . " Here t h e v e r b i s v e r y tzportcnt. what happen8 i n u s i s a re-oognitioo, a knowinf-again. Ageless W i n dom does n o t hope f o r t?ie s s t e b l i s h r e n t of j t ~ s t i c ea t sfitwe I t does n o t r s k e an i d e z l , o r a goal, of J u s t i o s . It d e c l a r e r date. unequivooally t h a t only our s u n e n d o r t o t h e i l l u s i o n s of appewanocs ozly our f z i l u r e t o estimnte t h i r q s e t t h e i r t r u e worth, only o u r murt of i n s i g h t , a a k e s u s b e l i e v o i n i n j u s t i c e . Agelaso iYisdm d c c l c r e n s p c c i f i c a l l y t h a t t h o self-manifestotion of the LSfe-power i s p e r f e c t l y j u s t , accurate, and properly balanced c t t h i s moment, thmt it has a1dmys bocn so, and t h % t it alnnys w i l l be. It c a l l s u s t o recognition, t o remenbrcnoo, t o vision. a d i n t h s Rosicrucian Grades, n G r e a t e r , d e p t i s one who has amkcnod fror. tho delusion of sepnratonesr and i n j u s t i c e i n t o t h e r e c o g n i t i o n t h a t i s described i n t h e P a t t e r n on t h e Tre s t l o b o d
Tho d o e t r i n e s imparted t o t h e advancing c a n d i d a t e i n t h i s Grade a r c associated w i t h t h e l e t t e r s of t h e t h r e e nanes of t h e Grade, Tir., p Ch D, G E V X H, D I 8 . They are t s follower

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the d i r e c t i v e principle i n a h u m being t h a t r e designate by t h e pronoun "I.'
5. (D) The Empress. Nature i s t h e manifesting power of t h a t One Identity, and in a l l nature t h e r e i s no force t h a t opposer i t s e l f t o t h a t One. ill t h e forces of nnture, wfthout eny exoeption, a r e the i n ~ t ~ e n fto s oxpressing t h e f r e e W i l l of t h a t One Identity. r Whatever appears t o the contrary i s i l l u s i o n , and t h e acceptanoo of t h a t i l l u s i o n f o r t r u t h i s t h e delusion t h a t bind6 us. 4. (G) The H i ~ h r i e s t e s s . The manifestP power of t h e One 1dentit;r i s grounded i n t h e Life-power's p e r f e c t renembrarree of a l l t h a t it has over done. i9d because t h a t Life-power i t t h e c e n t r a l r e a l i t y of every personal existence, every human being ha8 acoesr t o t h i s imperishable and p e r f e c t record of the pant. Thin p e r f e c t memory of t h e One I d e n t i t y is, cioreover, t h e l i n k t h a t u n i t e s a l l p e r s o ~ a l i t i e a , a8 the characters i n a n w o l a r e a l l linked together by t h e consoiousnerr of the mathor.

5. (8) m e Yagician. Hunmn eslf-oonsaiousnesr, rfiioh seemr t o be poised between an i n f i n i t y above and an i n f i n i t y below, i r r e a l l y an atpcct of the One Identity. I t sees through aur eyer, h e a r s through

our ears, speaks through our lips. The appeareqces of unequal developnent a r i s e from the law of progressive change o f fornr but sinoe the Life-power a t work i n , and through any given form, p e r f e c t l y b m r i t s e l f and i t s powers, it a l s o understands t h a t even an incomplete, or e unporfectcd form i s not r e a l l y a f a i l u r e . W judge by appewancer, and judge f a l s e l y because we judge only Fn p a r t . The One I d e n t i t y peroeiver tht. Truth beoauee it is, end therefor0 knows, the beginuing, middlo, and end of a l l creaturer.
6. (V) The Eierophant. F'urthermore, t h e Life-pouer doer not withhold t h i s higher knowledge from any person. Always it i s prerent a t t h e vcry ceztor of t h e teople of human personality. Always it i n roady,to spoak, nnd we have only t o l i s t o n i n order t o hear t h e mesrage.

7. (R) The Sun. That One I d e n t i t y i s t h e Sun of tho S p i r i t u a l S u n w h i c h our day-star i s t h e e x t e r n a l and synbol. He who would know w i l l reoognize sooner o r personality i s r e a l l y nothing in i t s e l f , t h a t it has no apart f r o m t h e shining of t h e S p i r i t u a l Sun.

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8. (R) The Emperor. The Highest manifestation of t h e r p i r i t u a l solar energy i s t h e Constituting I n t e l l i g e n c e h i o h maker, framor, and composes everything i n the universe. That I n t e l l i g e n o e i s an a o t u a l presenoe i n every h u m personality. Eaoh humon being i s a c e n t e r f o r the expression of t h a t Intelligence. Thir i s t h e r e a l t r u t h about man,

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cxd t h e Grester i d e p t i s one who h t l l y recognizes t h e t r u t h .
9. (D) The h ~ r e s s . H i s r e c o g n i t i o n n c t s b e d i a t e l y upon nature, so t h a t a l l t h e forms of cosmic energy by which he i s surrounded a r e modified i n accordance w i t h h i s t r u e percsption. Being f r e e d from delusion, he k n m s t h a t t h e Kingdm of aeaven i s rnanifeated here on ecirth, a s w e l l 6s cvorywhere ~ l s o n t h e universo. sigh* works which i rippeer t o be lrirocles a r e r m i f e s t e d i n h i s prosenco, beosuse t h o power of h i s c l e w v i s i o r i s h d i a t e l y r o f l e c t e d by t h e obediont responso of n a t u r a l f o r c e s *

10. (I) Tho E s r n i t . Thus t h e whole work of t h e G r e a t e r Adept is t o c o ~ s i s t n h i s conscious i d o n t i f i c a t i o n w i t h t h 6 One True W i l l , i p h i s r e c o g ~ i t i o nof t h e ' n o t h i n ~ n e s sof pcrsonali.ty, snd i n h i s c l e a t perception t h s t t h c True Self of man i s t h a t of which it h a s boen deolarod t h a t t h o r e i s nothing t h a t it needs t o do i n any of t h e t f v e e worlds. Decth. Such an one recognizes t h e n e o c s s i t y f o r t h e 1 . (N) 1 ~ c n t i n u s l r a n a t ' o r l ~ a t i o nof thc, o u t e r v e h i c l e s of t h e Lifo-power, and t understands t h e r e a l significs:ice of t h e appocwance which men c a l l Death. because he h a s bocore i d e l l t i f i e d with t h e power which produoas t h a t ippearance, he i s no longer t h e r i c t h of t h s appezr:nce, m d m i n t a i m self-conscious existoncc through c l l t r c n s f o m a t i o 3 8 .

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I give tho60 teachings o s I hnoe roceived thorn, without comaenX know t h n t comentruy would be f u t i l e . They d e s c r i b e p r i e f l y t h e b a s i s of t h e powers of t h e Greator Adept. Re i s d i s t i w i s h e d rron t h e Losser kdopt c h i e f l y because he no longer mnkes any conscious ;Wort t o Lmn~incd o s i r n b l e r e s u l t s . For he h a s corn t o t h e p o i n t d o r e f c s i r e i s trnnsnuted i n t o r c n l i z n t i o n . KnaRing himself t o ba i d e n t i o a l pith t h e One Z t c r n a l Reality, he p e r c o i r e s t h c t a l l p e r s o n a l e f f o r t i s a t 3n ond. He has passcd through t h e path of t h e l o t t o r Idea, of which t h o fook af Tokezc s3ys:
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Rc hns a l s o pncsad throuzh t h e path of Lnned, and h a s f u l f i l l e d q.Jotad: tho i n j u n o t i o n given i n t h e Book of Tokcns T ? ~ : T ? W J J ~ ~
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"Ey T i l l is f r o e indoed, and he who knowoth it a s t h o r o l l s p r i n g of h i s w i l l i n $ rcnoineth frcr, from orror. Lot t h y m c d i t l t i o n b r i n g t h o e
t o r e s t i n t h a t W i l l . The~uin t h c midot of a c t i o n chalk t h o u be a t pcaco, cnd in t h y b u s i o a t hours s h a l t f i n d t h e E t e r n a l Worker doing a l l things v o l l in thoo. h, I guido t h e e a l l t h e m y , Rest thou i n me."

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O ht the Greater Adept learns, by many axporiaents, i s t h a t a l l Vr h i s personal a c t i v i t y , which most men suppose begins in themssltes, i# r e a l l y t h e p a r t i c u l a r manifestation of an unbroken stream of oonsoiourness which links a l l persons together, and u n i t e 8 every person t o t h e One Originating Principle. I n other wordr, h i s f i r s t lesson i s t h a t h i s personal a c t i v i t y i s a t a l l times joined t o t h e Primal H i l l by the Uniting Intelligence (11). He learns, too, t h a t his uakbg, seV-. conscious mental a c t i v i t i e s a r e simply p a r t i c u l a r expressions o f t h a t R i n c i p l o . That h i s b r a i n i s an instrument rhioh, same Originatso t o say, "steps d m u currents of conscious energy above c.nd beyond h i s mental level, a s s h o m by t h e pioture of t h e Magician (1). D y a by day he surrenders h i s l i f e t o guidance from above. H i s organ of i n t e r i o r hearing i s highly developed. As he h e a r s he judges, and t h a t judgment i s just, because it o r i g i n a t e s in t h e Eternal f n t e l l i g e n o e t y p i f i e d by the Eierophant ( ) V. n u s he i s one gf t h a t company rrhioh i n Chinn a r e oalled "Boys,' or L i t t l e Children," a neum applied t o Taoist sages uho have discwored t h e s e o r e t of perpetual yoath (XU). H has found t h s t secrot, which i s a s e c r e t of solar vibration, and e having found it, he i s a vehicle of t h e nodo of f n t e l l i g e n o e c a l l e d "Constituting," which i n Tarot i s t y p i f i e d by t h e Emperor. For the " L i t t l e Boy," a f t e r a l l , i s "one with t h e Father,' and t h e &peror i s t h e Father. I n a word, t h e Greater M e p t i s the consoiaus adapter of t h e groat o o d o p m r s by which worlds a r e built. Ha works w i t h more potent forcer t h a n those which a r e under t h e conm~andof the Lerrer Adept, and he i s able t o do so beoause in passing through t h e path oorresponding t o the Hnnged kin' He ha8 overcorm the i l l u s i o n of s e p a r a t e pcrsonalityi and i parsing through t h e path oorrerpondiry to Justio* n he has learnod t h e s e o r e t of equilibrium.
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But t h e t o y t o t h e mcming of t h e whole Grade is t h e T n r o t picturo corresponding t o t h e l e t t e r Poh. This i s t h e Grade of t h e u t t e r dostruotion, a s by lightning, of t h e sense of soporatc personality. It i s t h e Grade in uhich t h e adept perceiver o l e a r l y t h a t h i s personali t y l i t e r a l l y i s nothing a p a r t from t h e One Life-power. This perceptioa 'is the Great i d o n i n g , cad when t h a t perception ir.complete, t h e adept parser on t o the noxt G r d o of Exempt Adept. The Grade of Exompt Adept:
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This Grade corresponds t o t h e 4 t h c i r o i e on tho Tree of Life. It i s t h e highest of tho t h r e c Orador of tho Seoond Ordor. The name of t h e 4th c i r c l e i s ChSD, Chased, a Hebrew noun v a r i o u s l y t r a n r l a t e d a s Meroy, Lovingkindness, nnd Benefioenoe. I t s l i t o r e l moanins i s "god-(;ivingne8sDn and t h i s aspeot of t h e L i f e - p m r 1 8 therefore arsociated with t h e p l a n e t Supitor, napes TzDK, Tsedek, l i t e r a l l y "righteournesr."
Exonpt from uhat? FrThe Rosiorucian t i t l e i s "Itxompt M e p t t h e delusion of persons1 p a r t i c i p a t i o n in anything, o r fn any aotionpotfoot froedom, without the l e a s t t i n g e of t h o e r r o r of separatoners.

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Eo who h s s reached t h i s grade i s eore than orr open channel f o r t h e Law which cannot bo broken, more t h a n - a teacher of that kin. Be i s a channel f o r t h e exhaustless Mercy of the L i f e - 7 .
There i s a higher msjesty i n Ueroy thcn in j u s t i c e . Ueroy i s more h p e r s o m l than Justice. J u s t i c e keeps a balance, and where accounts a r e kept, t h e r o i s t h e shadow of soparatenesn. But &ray gives without s t i n t , even though t h e Hebrew Wisdm h i n t s t h a t t h i s benefioenoe i s i n accordmce r i t h measured rhythns, since t h e Qabalab says t h a t Chesed, t h e fourth path, i s t h a t of hamring Intslligsnoe. The Exenpt l d e p t has no consoiaus~lessof s e p u a t i o n . He &O has r e a l l y a t t a i n e d t o t h i s Grado ha8 l o s t a l l sense of mqr-ness" i n the performince of action. Paths leadin!: t o t h e Grade of Exenpt M e p t .
The 21.d pcth of Kaph (1:Rhucl of Fortune). I n t h i s path t h e of "ry-ness" i s o v e r c o x b continual r e d i t a t i o 3 upon t h e One 3 Solf a s being, l i k e t h e sphinx ~t t h e top of t h o wheel, h r i e o t l y motionl e s s i n t h e 1r3dst of t h e f l u x and reflux of cosmio a o t i v i t i e s . By doing the wort of t k i s path t h e aspirnnt reach08 a n e n t a l s t a t e i n rfiioh ha never forzets, even f o r a moment, t h a t a l l bodily notions, a l l a c t i o n s of the nerve-currents, a l l s t a t e s of sensation, a l l thoughts, a r e r e a l l y p a r t of t h e flow of t h e c o m i c l i f e , and i n no sense limited t o porsonality.

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I have said t h a t t h e Exompt Mept never forgets. His Orada i s t h a t a t t r i b u t e d by Q a b a l i s t i o psyohology t o nomory. Unlike t h e Greatar Adept, who has c o n t i n u a l l y t o renind himself t h a t t h e appearance6 of 'separateness aro untrue, t h e Exezpt M e p t has f d t h e h a b i t of rmmbering t h i s . Be n w o r f o r an irrstant y i e l d s t o t h e i l l u s i o n . He i 8 liko t h a t one of whom t h e Bhoea~ad-Gita says: 'He nho knows t h e di-e t r u t h thinketh ' 615 doing nothing' i f seeizg, hearing, touching, smslliry, I eating, roving, breathing, sleepingj even *en s p e w n g , l e t t i q go or taking, opening or c l o r i n g h i 8 epes, ho s a i t h , 'the senses and organs move by natural impulse t o t h e i r appropriate ~ b j e c t a . ' ~
The 21rt path hos i t s beginning in t h e sphere of Vews, i n t h e Grade of Philosophus, which La t h e plnoe of d e s i r e on t h e Tree of Life. This shows t h a t t h e f i r c t path loading t o t h e Grade of Exempt M e p t takoa i t s d e p ~ r t u r efrom the lwo-emotion r e f e r r e d t o Venus. Ha a t t a i n t o union with t h e Divine Benefioenoe by nublimnting our derirer. In t h i s sublimation, a l l sense o f reparatoners Is b l o t t e d out. h i #

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at-s it i s a l s o nnmed "Intelligence of Desire,' t o show t h a t it i s r o d i n t h e seventh Sephirah, or has i t s o r i g i n there, on the W y of Ratpm. Desire i s t r u l y t h e m o t i v e - p m r which leads t o n our grasp of & ' e law of r o t a t i o n end c y c l i c i t y represented by the Wheel of Po . A 1 1 hmm grasp or conprehension of n a t u r a l law (asphe B e gresping hand) i s t h e r e s u l t of 8e-h impelled bp desire. iYrd t h i s coriprehension finds mental representation in t h e idea t h a t the various f o r n s tzl;en by t h e correlated f o r c e s pf t h e universe a r e t h e r e s u l t of t h e o i r c u l e t i o n of t h e Life-breath. Ety s e e r s l i k o Ezekiel t h i s o i r c u l e t i a n i s cctually seen, and it i s from Ezekiel's a s i o n of "wheelr r i t h h nheelr' t h n t Sliphas Levi derived the synbolies r h i o h Waite has u t i l i t e d i n h i s vorsion of t h e Pfheel of Fortune.
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T w rill f i n d t h e root-meanings of t h i s path i n my Analysisof the Tarot. Stcause it i s t h e pcth of t h e l a t t e r Tod, which is c a l l e d "the l e t t e r o i t h e Father," and i s a l s o p a r t i c u l a r l y a t t r i b u t e d t o t h e scoond Sephir-h, t h i r path must h l u d o i n i t s neanines t h e ideas of pcternnl love a d paternal wisdom. These a r e plainly ~cggestmdby t h e picturo of t h e H e m i t * H i a t h o Father wise and affectionate. Ha o holds h i s l c z t e r n . t o l i g h t t h e any f o r those r h o a r e c l h b i n g t h o e mountain-path below him. H Coes t h i r because he lover them, and would have thezl w i t h him on t h e heightre

B e Q a b a l i s t i o oomontary on t h e 20th path sayer "It prepares a l l created beings, oach individunlly, f o r t h e demonstration of the exintono. of t h e p r i a o r d i a l glory. Prepares them f o r dononstrotion, you w i l l observe. k d it prepares each of them individually. Here i s no deadly uniformiQ. E%ro i s nothing of t h e idea of being l o s t "in o w happy m a ~ r . ~ Not t h e l e a s t of t h o , g l o r i e s of t h e One Life i s t h a t it can f i n d an inf i n i t e 'mhr of nays i n which t o express i t s e l f , and an i n f i n i t e number of nays in which t o prepare i t 8 personal vehioles f o r t h e nnnifestation of i t r splendar.

D not rziaunderstwid t h e ocoult teaching about weroomiry t h e o senso of r e p a n t e n e s s . I t does not a t a l l imply t h e extinotion of indioiduality; or everi t h e e x t i n c t i o n of perronbiity. What, then, i r extinmished? a o e r r o r of belicvina t h a t d e f i n i t e form an& d i n t i n o t perso;lality a r e t h e sane ae sepnrato-form and s e l f - m o r i q personality. Thir i r a mbtle e r r o r , but it doer not b e r e t t h e Fkempt Adept* For

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i passins through t h e 2Cth path he perceives t h c t my form of t h e n Life-power's self-expression may preserve i t s i d e n t i Q t h r o r y h endl e s s ages, nnd y e t be freed f r o n t h e i l l u s i o n of f a l s e i s o l a t i o n whioh i s t h e r o o t of a l l selfishness.
The cure f o r the i l l u s i o n of f a l s e i s o l a t i o n i s b M l e d g e of t r u e isolation. Eence P a t o n j a l i says: "The s t a t e of isolated u n i t y (withdrcwn i 2 t o the t r u e ncture of t h e S e l f ) i r t h e remud of t h e m n who can d i s c r i n i n a t e betneen t h e mind stuff and t h e Self, o r s p i r i t u z l nan." ( ~ c o k IV. Sutra 25. h l i c e Bailey's translation.) .L-8.. Bciley r i g h t l y scys, by way of c o m e n t a r y ~"This s t a t e of i o s l l c t c d unity mst be regarded a s t h e r e s u l t of t h e a t t a i m n t of a p a r t i c u l a r s t a t e of r i n d , r a t h e r than a s a separative reaction. The m m knows t h e Self; he i d e n t i f i e s himself with t h e t r u e knower and t h u s sees things a s they are, d i s a s s o c i a t i n g himself e n t i r e v from the v o r l d of sensuous peroeption. He doer t h i r , h m w r , d i l a t functioning a s a humn being on earth. He p a r t i c i p a t e 8 in e a r t h experience; he involves h i n s e l f in hu~rrna c t i v i t i e s ; he n l k r mong mnr, e a t i n g m sleeping, working and living. Yet a l l t h e tiPr he i s d *in t h e world, y e t not of t h e

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The 19th path of Teth (~111:Strength). The Grade of Exempt Adept i s perfected nhen t h e power of t h e sphere of Atars, t h e 5 t h Sephirah, has passed along t h e l?th pth, back t o CheseO. I n t r a v e r s i n g t h e 19th path. t h e aspirant tranrmuter t h e a c t i v i t i e s of t h e s e r p e n t - p e r , o r foroe of Teth, t h e snake. h e u n i v e r s a l i t y of t h e make-symbol i s n u l l known. A v e s t q w r i t e r s hare peroeived t h a t it has a p h a l l i o significunce, t h a t it r e f e r s p a r t i c u l a r l y t o t h e forces of reproduction. But t h e deeper meaning of t h e symbol i s l o s t unless we r e m b e r t h a t h e r o o i l to s t r i k e , and t h a t they m e along t h e ground with a rig-zagging, ribrat o r y notion. Thus t h e serpent i s a uymbolbr t h e e l e c t r i o f i r e o f t h e universe. Its o o i l r e f c r s t o t h e s p i r a l motion of t h a t f i r e . Its undulating prog r e s s w e r t h e ground t y p i f i e s the basic q u a l i t y of t h e o m force, which i s vibration, or a s h a n u e l Svsdenborg c a l l e d it, "trenulntion." It i s t h i s force, which i n i t s p h y s i c a l manifestations i s coming t o be underrtood by zmdern s c i e n t i s t s , and t h e i r discoveries concerning tho n a W e of i t s physical properties a r e , ro t o say forcing t h e diaolosrum of some of t h e occult teachings about it. "Tho Chaldean Oraoles," so-anlled, although they a r e not r e a l 4 Choldean, but r a t h e r tho-Platonio, say; "The god i s he having t h e head of a hawk. He energizes a s p i r a l foroe." The hark-hoaded god i r H m a , the child of Osiris and I r i s . He i s a s o l a r d e i t y , and hi. r p i r a l forom i r t h e f o r c e t h a t i s arsociated with t h e 19th path. I n t h e tarot &q

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corresponding t o t h a t path, t h e solar and e l e o t r i o f i r e i e t y p i f i e d bp the lion. This 19th path i s said t o be t h a t of t h e I n t e l l i g e n c e of t h e Secret of .11 .Spiritual : a t i v i t i e s . m a t i s t h a t s e o r e t ? I canuot pretend t o t e l l you. To attempt t o do so would be t o a t b i t two f a l s e assumptionrx 1 That I have a t t a i n e d t o t h e Grade of EJtem~tAdept; 2. That you have . a l s o reached t h e same Grade. But I can point out a c l u e t o t h e w s t e r y two clues, in fact. m e f i r s t i s t h a t t h i s i s the r e c r e t of a l l r p i r i t t u a l a c t i v i t i e s . And i f you w i l l conoect t h i s up with t h e symbolism of t h e eighth Key of Tarot, you w i l l a t l e a s t come t o understand t h a t t h e s e c r e t may be thus declared: "The s e c r e t of a l l s p i r i t u a l a o t i r i t i e r i s t h a t t h e VIOFLM controls t h e Lion, and leadr him by means of 8 chain of rosesm" Can you i n t e r p r e t t h i s saying? Read over what I ha- w r i t t e n in h a l y s i s of Tarot. That w i l l help t o solve the problem, B u t t r y to g e t t h e d i s t i n o t i o n betreen an i n t e l l e c t u a l peroeption of t h e messa(5e conveyed by t h e picture and t h e actual, first-hand Icnorledge which f have j u s t said I cannot pretend t o reveal. I oan say: 'The Woman l r subconsoiourmers, t h e l i o n t h e cosmic e l e c t r i o f i r e , and t h e chain of roses represents an orderly, closely-woven s e r i e s of specif fo deairer.. That may help you t o understand t h a t t h e e e a t Secret ha8 t o do with the control exerted by cubconroiousness, t h e Roman, over a l l those farms of e l e o t r i o force which a r e below nankind. But the f i n a l s e c r e t of the Wonan cannot be expressed i n any r o r d r I have a t my cone mnd. b r e o v e r , I do not know it a s yet. Thus I say, with Eliphar be, 'The duad i s t h e number of the Cornan, t h e Greet Arcamam i r tha f i n a l s e c r e t of t h e duad, and t h a t seoret cannot be r e w a l e d e w But the Hebrew noun t r a n s l a t e d " ~ ~ i r i t u Aotivitier" giver 8 hint al . a s t o t h e n a t v e of t h e secret. I t i s H P 0 V L V T I f you w i l l consider it, l e t t e r by l e t t e r , you w i l l be able t o i n f e r with oonsiderable acouraoy what t h e r e o r e t 1s about, even i f you a r e not yet a b l e t o determine j u s t what t h e s e o r e t i r e The f i r s t t h r e e l e t t e r s , H P 0, a r e r e l a t e d t o t h e bhrs r i b r a t i o n . P (Tower) through i t 8 a t t r i b u t i o n t o Mars i t s e l f . 0 evil) through t h e sign Capricorn, in which Ilars i s exalted. The s e c r e t i s evidently primarily a s e c r e t of brain a c t i v i t y , of reason, of what Qabalists c a l l "Constituting Intelligenoe," since t h e f i r s t l e t t e r i s Y . I t ha8 a l s o t o do with t h e speoial funoti0nr d the Mars oenter i n tho body, t h e center behind t h o navel, correoponding t o P and the Tower- And again, it i s a seoret which has t o do with t h e d i r e c t i o n of t h e c u r r e n t s of t h e Astral Light, and t h i s magical agent, which i s the force enploycd i n a l l magical operations, i s what i r represented i n Tarot by t h e f i f t e e n t h Key, inamnuch a r Eliphar Leri t e l l r u8 t h a t t h e Astral Light "ir t h e d e v i l of exoterio dognutism.'

H (Enperor) through Aries, ruled by b b r s .

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The text, t h r e e l e t t e r s , V L V, are r e l a t e d t o t h e Venur vibration. Occultly, Venus i s the cocplement of b r s , a s green, i t s color, i s the complement t o red, color of Ears. V ( ~ i e r o ~ h a n rte p r e r e n t s ) hearing, complementary t o s i g h t , which is a t t r i b u t e d t o H and t h e h p e r o r . When we have learned t h e desper m a n i n g of v i r i o n (H), have rcastered the destruotive e l e c t r i c foroe (P), and have exalted t h a t force by learning how t o use t h e l i n i t i n g p m r of Saturn whiah a t f i r s t appear8 t o u s a s an adversary (0), we a r e ready f o r t h e deeper revelations of t h e m y ~ t e r i e anhich come t o us, through t h e chanzel of i n t e r i o r hearing, d i r e o t from t h e One Teacher synbolired by the iiierophant.

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L ( J u s t i c e ) , t h e l e t t e r oorresponding t o t h o s i g n Libra, r u l i n g the kidneys and the lumbar region of t! !e aspine, suggests t h a t t h e pws i o a l p a r t of t h e s e c r e t has something t o do with elimination, .rd with t h o f'unctionr of t h e mprarenal capsules. It i s fram t h e r e m b u t e duotlcss glands t h a t adrenalin i n poured into t h e blood, and we b o w t h a t e f f e c t i v e a c t i o n of t h e m s c u l h r system i s dependent upon the t o n i c r e s u l t of t h i s a d r e m l secretion. Therefore Q a b a l i a t r a r e perfectly correct when they a t t r i b u t e action t o the l c t t e r L. But hero i s a deeper meaning, a l s o , which may h z b r i e f l y s t a t e d a r being t h a t action, Ln the sense of t h e Sanskrit term h r n a , ha8 t o be understood by him fi.0 t r h v e r s e s t h e 19th path and c a s t e r s t h e Great Seoaet. It i s sb oomon t o f i n d p r e u d b o c c u l t i s t s speaking of b r m a a s samethlry; which continually modifier human l i f e f r m without, so t o ray, t h a t I f e e l keenly t h e need of emphasizing the f o o t t h a t rhen r4 understand the law of i t a m we a r e able consciourly t o determine what s o r t of lCarme we s h s l l neke a s we go along, and -hat e f f e c t p a s t hama w i l l b v e upon us now. Nothing i s more f a l s e than t h e supporition t h a t Karna i s s o n e t h h g we can't help--that it i r an inexorable Nemrir, ;-mich d l 1 exaot t h e l a s t i o t a of payment from US* And t h e Qabalah, by making t h e l e t t e r representing Fm o m hm which a l s o i s asrooiatod with t h e Venus vibration, i n t i s a t e s p l a i n l y fbt t h e nanipulation of h m a i s possible f o r q porson who har learned t o control h i s desires. This, you see, i r p r a o t i o a l l y what i r symbolized by the f a c t t h a t t h e wonan i n the VIIIth Xey of Tarot i s leading the l i o n by a chain of roses--the Slower8 of Vewr.

have been taught, b e a a u n The l e t t e r V i r ropeated 5 HPOVLVT, n the Inner Teacher makes two revelationr i inparting t h e Great Seoret. n The f i r s t r e v e l a t i o n has t o do with purification, and with t h e a t t a i n ment of balanoe. Thus it loads on, so t o say, to t h e a c t u a l r o r k vhioh i s represented by t h e l e t t e r L The second r e v e l a t i o n i r t h a t the . Teacher i s t h e r e a l S e l f , and it Inoluder the knowledge t h a t t h e Adversary has been t h e Father i n disguise. I n some i n i t i a t i o n r , I a m t o l d , C B o f f i c e r who represents t h e Hierophnnt sayr t o t h e candidate8 L "Child, long h a s t thou feared me, hnd t h a t Soar vrar t h e beginning of thy rrisdom, f o r it drove theo i n quest of refuge f r o n t h i n e adversary. Now, a t t h e end of thy long quest, thou h a r t no noed f o r Sear.

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For I was t h e adversary, f the opponent without whom t h e r e wwld h a m been no game t o play, no prize t o win. And t h i s , ahioh seemed a 5 of war, thou seest now a s but a play of love. Entar i n t o joy, f o r He r i t h whom thou hast wrestled i s none other than thy t r u e Self.. T (strength) i s the f i n a l l e t t e r of m T T . The meaning o' t h e f corresponding Tarot Eey has alrendy been touched upon. I need only add t h a t when ~ e l f - o o n r o i o u w e s s , by r i g h t i n t e l l e o t i o n , g a s p s t h e t r u t h t h a t a l l the power any mnn can exercise i s a transformation of t h e One Life-parer, t h a t a l l t h e v o l i t i o n s a man f o e l s a t work w i t h i n hip a r e expressions of the One B i l l , then t h i s r i g h t knowledge of t h e r e l a t i o n betseen personality and t h e One Life becomes t h e d w i n a n t suggestion t o euboonroiousness, t h e w of t h e VIIIth Bey. In response t o t h i n daminant suggestion e l l t h o body-building a o t i r i t i o r a r e directed t o t h e fashioning of a perfeot personal w h i o l e , which o f t e r s no obstruction t o t h e f r e e outflow of t h e Life-power i n t o the e x t e r n a l i t a t i o n s of t h e objeotiw, pl-e of sane and form. Thus, l i t t l e by l i t t l e , our bodies a r e trantforned, a r e c h q e d day by day i n t o a note truthf'ul likeness and inage of t h e Life h i o h i s a t onoe above and within. The campletion of t h i s process 1 8 t h e r a d i a n t , deathless, beautiful body of a LIaster of U f e . Suoh a r e h i o l e of t h e Life-Power i s what P a t a n j a l i desoribos i n t h e 46th Sutra of h i 8 t h i r d bookt *symnetry of f o m , beauty of color, s t r o n t h and tho oampaotnoss of the dianond, o o n s t i t u t e bodily perfection.' &ice Bailey's translation.) Thus t h e Great Secret appears a s one hadng t o do with t h e omt r o l of t h e Zfhrs v i b r a t i o n t h o u g h t h e agency of t h e Venus power of d up i n t h e s u b o n s o i o u ~c o n t r o l of' t h s desire. This control i s m It i s a l s o t h e s e o r e t of t h e *?iord made 'flebh* solar serpont-power. of t h e primal Thought, which, through r i b r a t i o n begun a r sound,.then raised t o t h e e l e o t r i o potency of Fohat (Teth), c l o t h e r i t s e l f i n garments of pulsing radiance, which our imparfeot senses only half-potoeive, which our deluded ninds b e l i t t l e end besmirch r i t h lying labela.
HW long w i l l it be before t h e world ooner t o understand t h e beautiful s b p l i o i € y of tho saying, "This i s my body, which is brokea f o r you?" Everything t h a t m, c a l l 'matter" i s t h e body of S p i r i t , apparently broken o r divided i n t o manyness, and s o conoealing t h o enseat i a l unity. The w a t e r y of t h e Thought made f l e s h i s t h e seoret of e a l l s p i r i t u a l a o t i v i t i o s . That Word o r Thought d m l l s among us. W share in i t s preresce on t h i s phyrioal plane. That wonder-working Word i s seated i n your heart and mine. m e n we have learned t o linten, when m, a r e t r u l y prepared, it w i l l make knowa t o u s a l l t h e ngrsteriem of tho Oreat &owns%

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has reaohed t h i s stage of ndvance through t h e Grader of t h e Order 1 8 freed from c e r t a i n n e c e s s i t i e s t h a t f a l l t o t h e l o t of those in lower Grades. E5 who has recchcd t h i s p o i n t f i o c c u l t development no longer has t o strugglo t o m i n t a i n h i s consciousnesr of h i s i d e n t i t y w i t h the One Reality. And he i s freed a l s o from t h e neod of performing o e r t a i n kinds of p r a c t i c e * ' I n o t h w m r d s , he i s exempt i r o n t h e delusion t h a t he doer mything of hinself, exenpt from t h e e r r o r t h a t he i s ever a c t i n g on h i s onn i n i t i a t i v e . ' h i s does not mean t h a t ho i s inaotive. Far *om e it. H coy be, and usually is, a very a c t i v e human being, e w g e d in great enterprises. ijut he i s freed from a l l personal concern a s t o t h e outcome of those e n t e r p r i s e s , because it has booone seooad nature f o r hin t o regard even those a c t i r i t i e s i n which t h e i ' u n c t i o ~ of h i s om personality aro involved a s being r e a l l y coamio a o t i r i t i e r , The doattines of t h e bade a l l ernphasire t h i s point. Even t h e f a c t t'nat the 4th c i r c l e on t h e Tree of Life i s c a l l e d t h e Sphere o f J u p i t e r door so, because Jupiter i n Torot i s associated with t h e n e e 1 of Fortune, t h a t synbol of the *eels within wheel8 o f i n t e r l o c k i n g a c t i v i t y nheaoe proceeds the ectuol motive power f o r a l l humm a c t i m * Tho doctrines of the Grade aro derived f r o n t h e l e t t e r s an? Tarot Keys spellixq t h e words ChSD, Chesed, and W O , a Hebrew a d j e c t i v e nhich i s variously translatod a s "measuring," .cohesive," o r " r e ~ e ~ t a c u l o r . ~ This adjective distinguishes the speoial mode of consciousness representod by the 4th c i r c l e of t h e Tree of Life. The seven doctrine8 m r
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1. (Ch) The Chariot* The I AN does nothing. For t h e I AH i n the OllE 1QI;PITY c a l l e d "God," by theologians, and God i s ohangelerr, That One Identity i s t h e w i t l e s s of a o t i v i t y , but i s not i t s e l f nodif i e d or a l t e r e d by t h e t r v l s f o r n n t i o n s t h a t go on around it. A l l change, a l l modification, i s i n t h e f i e l d (Cheth) of energy whioh, ro -to say, r o ~ o l v e saround tho I AM. The S e l f , whioh i r t h e r i d e r W t h e o h a r i o t , o f p?rsonality, i s p e r f e c t l y f r e e from a l l neoersity for aqt endeavor whatsoever. I t does nothing. I t E v e r har done a n y t h i w . It 1 3 simply the witness of t h e panorof transformations prooeodhg from i t s own q s t e r i o u s power. By perfeotly identifying himself w i t h the I U tho h e a p t M e p t sharer t h i r froedom f r m t h e n e c e s s i t y f o r . , aotion. 2. ( S ) ~ h ;Tonperance. On t h e personal side, t h e Exempt Mept fully r e a l i z e s t h e i d e s of guidance represented by t h e 14th Tarot Key. (I'iere it m y be well t o renlind you t h a t t h e l e t t e r Ch and b y 7 r y e oonnected with J u p i t e r , because the s i g n Canoer i n nhich Jupiter i n exalted i s assooicted with t h e t l e t t e r ' a n d Key, while samckh and b y 14 a r e a l s o associated with Jupiter, bcoause they ore connected w i t h Tho Exempt M e p t lookr upon the oign S a g i t t a r i u s , ruled by Jupiter.) a l l oircwnstanars i n which h i s personality i r involved a8 beixq g i e #

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n f r m t h e Alnighty. He regerds t h a t porsonality a s being t h e i e strumeqt of t h e One Self. H has a long experience of t h i s higher guidance, m d it never f o r a moment occurs t o him t h a t any part of h i s d a i l y oxistenco i s othcr than a good g i f t f r o m t h e One Souroe. What c h i e f l y d i s t i n g u i s h e s him from h i s brethren of lower Grades i s t h n t he never has t o do w h i n g t o make t h i s i n t e r p r e t a t i o n of oxporienco irlear a d vivid. ffe i s under no necessity f o r c o r r e o t h g appecranoo by reninding h b s e l f of the r e a l i t y . As I said before, he has practiced so long md f a i t h f u l l y , while passing through the l m e r Grades, t h a t he has nuw established a h a b i t of r i g h t i n t e r -

S. (D) h e Enprees. I n consequence of h i s p e r f e c t f r e e d m fiaa t h e erroneous i n t e r p r e t a t i o n s which give n o s t o f t h e wvrld s o muoh t r o u b l e , t h e Exempt Adept enjoys an extraordinary'degree of subconsciour c r e a t i v e power. 92s mind i s never beset by w e r o f t e r r o r , lack, hatred, sorrow, o r d i s t r u s t . Tihatever e a t e r n a l appearancer my be, he sees through them t o t h e b e a u t i f u l pocrsibility they present. H i s subconsciouwess presents hiE with nothing but constructive, coruagaour, h o p e h l , happy, and accurate imagery, f o r he now reaps t h e f r u i t . I n those &aden he planted of t h e work he has done k- r d s :Ga e. the seeds. N w he has t h e harvest. o
4. (Q) The Eoon- These powers of the Exempt Adept a r e t h e res u l t of d i f f e r e n c e s i n organism. liobody i s born an fiempt Adept. Nobody becomes one without going through profound changos of persona l i t y . For althcugh it i s p e r f e c t l y t r u e t h a t t h e I AM i s c h q a l e s s , it i s by no means t r u e , a s some would have u s believe, t h a t L the nere a f f i m t i o n of the changeless perfection of t h e I AE w i l l make n9nifest t h a t perfection on t h e physical plane. The Salf never c h a q e s . Personality undergoes oontinual transformations. And U I Exempt Adept i s a person, not an abstraction. He i s 8 person uhow body has reaohed t h e end of t h e path depicted i n Key 18. hnd oven a 8 one who has learned t o d m doer not have t o l e a r n a11 w e r a g d n each m c r , so t h a t such an one i s exempt f r o a taking d u n n i n g 10ssons, becausc h i s body has been ohanzed from t h a t of a non-Rinmer to t h a t of a cnrimer-, so t h o Exempt Adept i s f r e e f r o m t h e n e c e s s i t y for nany kinds of practice because h i s body has been so changed t h a t it can and does express t h e types of consoiousness we h a w been considering, togother with t h e kinds of personal p m r t h a t a r e t h e aooompaaiments of those types of consoiousness.

6. ( 8 ) The ihsician. These transformations of p e r s o n a l i t y habeen accomplished under the d i r e c t i o n of s e l f - c o n s c i o u s n e r ~ , a s ehom i n Key 1 They a r e t h e r e s u l t s of d e f i n i t e i n t e n t i o n , and long continued . practioe* They do not corm about a s the outcone of t h e general averages n of evolution. They a r e physiological modifioations, but they f a l l i the c l a s s of soquired c h a r a o t e r i s t i c s whioh a r e not t r a n s f e r a b l e by herodity. Thus we f i n d t h a t t h e Confessio F r a t e r n i t a t i a p u t s into t h o

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mouths of i t s authors the declaration t h a t , although s m e of them have children, they cannot pass tho Bidden Cisdom on t o them a s a hereditary right. O r , a s t h e New Testament puts it, "Flesh and blood cannot i n h e r i t t h e kingdom of ~od." A l l through t h e mystery teaching one f i n d s repeated again and again t h i s enphatio d e c l a r a t i o n t h a t each a s p i r m t m a t do h i s own work, m u s t bring about h i s own r e l e a s e f o rm t h e bonds of error.
8. (v) The Hierophant. Here t h e 5th &y of Tarot makes i t 8 appeara-,ce again, a s a corrective t o t h e idea e i c h w h t be d r a m from t h e p r e c o d i q Key t h a t t h e p r w e s s of r e l e a s e i s purely t h e work of self-oonrciousnes~. For although Ageless Eisdom insist8 t h a t releane i s inpossible n t h o u t *at seems, e s it i s proceeding, t o b . and undertaking which i s one of personnl e f f o r t , expressing personal intention; tho sane doctrine i s equally enphatic 'in i t s d e o l a r a t i o n t h a t poreoral work and e f f o r t w i l l not b r i r g about r e l e a s e u n l e r r they a r e conbined with tho i n s t r u c t i o n t h a t o m s through t h e Inner Voice. Fio r u s t put ourselves i n a positioz t o reoeiva the Inner Teaching. kt we =st l i s t e n t o t h a t instruotion, and obey it, o r wm renain t h e cautives of error. For though it i s t r u e t h a t we do ~10thof ourselrcs, it i s e q u a l l y t r u e t h a t ne c u r t ba aotive. The t b w o m r when the delusion t h a t we a r e 'going it alone" i s completely diepelled, never t o return8 but even then t h e r e i s no cessation of personal a o t i vity. 'Jhnt cones t o nn end i s our f c l s e notion of t h a t c o f i v i ~ . 7. (0) Tho -. 1 That perhaps c h i e f l y d i s t i n g u i s h e s an Exempt Mept from other men i s t h a t he never refuses t o examine appearances of evil. I f t o t h i s it bo objeotod t h a t we have high S c r i p t u r a l autho r i t y f o r occupying our minds with thoughts of thing6 pure, holy, and of good report, one -nay answer t h a t advico intended f o r beginnor8 i r not necessarily good adrice f o r expo-. Begimers a r e n o t strong enough t o look upon the face of evil. They nre frightened bp it. They a r e aroused t o antagonism by it. Thus they must needs oocupy thenselves with thoughts which w i l l bring out constructive reaotionr.

That i s just t h o point. The consideration of seeming e r i l r doer bring out constructive reaotions from t h e Exompt Adept's subconsofourness, i n accordance with what was s a i d i n r e l a t i o n t o t h e t h i r d point in t h i s o u t l i n e of t h e dootrines. The Exercpt M e p t i s e r o n g . He weloones t h e oonsideration of problems t h a t would t e r r i P y weaker and l e s s experienced mon. Indeed, he i s always on t h e look-out f o r then. !lo appearance of e v i l arouses i n hLm t h e l e a r t t r a c e of antagonism. You w i l l never find an Exenpt Adept playing t h e censor, or holding up h i 8 hands i n holy horror. This does not mean t h a t he passively aooepta e v i l conditions. It does mean t h a t h i s mind i s so habituated t o oms t r u c t i r e imagery t h a t he regards overy sexzblanoc of e v i l a8 a r e a l e opportunity f o r the d m o n r t r a t i o n of good. H does not make t h e take of denying the e v i l appearance. Be b a s perfeotly - 1 t h a t it 1 looks a s it does. But he a l s o k n w r t h a t it oan be ohangad, and rill be changed, i n t o a beautihrl remalt.

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W oone nor t o t h e three h a d e s conpcring what i s known a s t h e e Third, or innormost, Order of t h e Roeicrucian Fraternity. I f it ha8 been d i f f i c u l t t o write adequately concerning t h e Grader of t h e Second Order, how much more of a task t o e n t e r i n t o a discussion of t h e august q s t e r i e s of the Third1 Howbeit, h a t I m i t e i s not my om, but only what I have receives. A s I ham heard, so I t r a n s n i t t h e teaching to t h c e who ncy read t h e s e pager. The Grade of Magister Tenpli, 8

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This Grade correspond8 t o t h e meanings of t h e number 5, and to t h e various ideas associated i n t h e Qabalah with Binah, BIER, Understanding, t h e t h i r d c i r o l e of the Tree of Life. This c i r o l e i s t h e rphere of Scturn. Its color i s blaok, t h e absorption of a l l colors. In such case To sane it appears t o be indigo, o r deep blu5-violet. But I prefer t h e t r a d i t i o n t h a t a11 t h e sphere8 i t 8 note i s A-natural. of the Third Order a r e spheres of silenoe. This h a d o i s reachod by two pathr, t h e 18th, of t h e l e t t e r Cheth, The f i r s t leads from t h e 5 t h rphere, Geburah, and the seccqd begins i n t h e 6th sphere, Tiphareth. Thur t h e powers o f . t h e Greater Adept a r e those which a r e u t i l i z e d in t r a v e r s i n g the 18th path, and Fn passing through t h e 17th path one u s e r t h e power8 belonging t o the Lesaer Adept.
y d t h e 17th, of t h e l e t t e r ZaLn.

m e 18th path of Cheth (~11rThe ~ h a r i c t r . Thir path i r not open t o t h 9 aspirant u n t i l he ha8 become an Exempt irdept. He who goer thir m y , which leads t o Understanding, must have overcome a11 senre of The conoeption of unchanging ha, u n l e r r it i r tempered "q-nesr." by the r e a l i z a t i o n of Ieroy, rill not oarry him through t h e 18th path. Great a s a r e the p m r s of those r h o have a t t a i n e d t o t h e Grade oorresponding t o t h e 5 t h sphere, they a r e n o t qualified t o follow t h e course which nskes them Masters of t h e Temple u n t i l they h v e beoomm t r u l g exempt from the delusion of "personal" w i l l and "personal" aotion. The 18th path i s called 'Intolligenoe of t h e House of In!'luenoe,' beoause it i s the channel of the abundant overflow of t h e f i e r y a o t i v l t y of the Life-power, taking form a s objects. The Life-power t a k e r t h e r e forms through the operation of i t s q u a l i t y of s e l f - l i m i t a t i o n , d i r e o t e d by the r a t i o n a l self-consoiousness dbpioted i Turat a r t h e Magioian. n The "objeotr" i n t o which it entors a r e both "thingsn and "creaturerow

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To t r a v e l t h e 18th path on t h e Way of Return, therefore, i s to overcome t h e i l l u s i v e power of these l i m i t a t i o n s by learning how to use them. By the work of t h i s path t h e advanoing a s p i r a n t masters t h e destructive force of t h e hhrs vibration, awakens i n himself t h e regene* a t i v e potenoy of t h e flame of t h e cogDia Life-breath, and, a s t h e Book of Formation p a t s it, "restore8 t h e Creator t o H i s throne.*

In t h e VIIth Tarot Key, corresponding t o t h i s path, t h e Chnriot represents t h e l i v i n g temple of the Life-power* The d r i v e r i s t h e I hM, He i s n e s t c r of the positive and negative expressions of t h e Astral Light. The positive manifestation i s represented by t h e white sphinx, t h e negative manifestation by t h e block One.
The f i e l d of h i s mastery i s t h a t of speeoh, t h e power a t t r i h ted t o t h e l e t t e r Cheth and t h e 18th path. I n t h o o c c u l t sense thir noun speech s i g n i f i e s Thought a s well a s a r t i c u l a t e sound. The &at e r of' the T o q l e i s one who has learned t h e aeoretr of n a g i c a l speeoh. H builds by ideas. Furthennore, ho knuws t h e vibratory v a l u e r of cere t a i n sound ooxbinationr, and t h e idoas corresponding t o them. B him y ~ i p u l e t i o n t h e subtle f o r c e s of sound combined n i t h thought, he of builds himself a body rhioh r e s i s t s every h o ~ t i l e x t e r n a l ioroe. e l'he Master of t h e Temple r e a l i z e s t o t h o f u l l t h e meaning of t h e stateacnt, "Filled with understanding of i t s p c r f e o t &an, I am Eo f e e l s w i t h guided, monont. by moment, along tho path of liberation." i n him tho urge of t h a t r e s i s t l e s s V i l l which o t h e r s of l e a s understanding mistake f o r something of t h e i r om. H m k e r no plans, but a c a r e f u l l y follows t h e Great Plan, s t e p by step, a s it i s unfolded t o him. H i s c e r t a i n of suocess. H has n e i t h e r a n x i e t y nor c o r i o s i t p e e about t h e future. For he knows, from h i s e a r l i e r s t u d i e r i n t h e Orade of Philosophus, t h a t every s t e p i n t h e o o d c u n d o r t a k i q i s a &ep . towards t h e r e a l i z a t i o n of a perfect ruooess.

The 17th path of 2ain (VIS The h v e r s l . This path i s c a l l e d %r posing m i i o n o e , ' and by i t 8 aorrespondenoe t o t h e l e t t e r Zah, it i s oonneotsd n i t h t h e following passages oonoerning t h a t l e t t e r given in The Book of Tokens:

*I. I an t h e Sword, t h e sword lmioh i 8 Understandine, dividing betreen tho darkness and t h e l i e h t a t c r e a t i o n ' s dawn. 2. Not by addition does the m u l t i p l i c i t y of c r e a t u r e 8 came i n t o existonoe, f o r I , tho souroe of a l l , am one, one and alone, even a6 it i s written, 8Bosidor me there i s nothing.' S. Vorily, t h e beginning of a l l t h i r y r i s d i v l r i o n , a r More8 raifhb 'In the beginning the Elohim c u t a p a r t t h e heaven and t h e earth.'

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4. That, therefore, which t o purblind eyer scemeth t o be another than myself, t h a t which t o t h e deluded appeareth a s somewhat hand, i n t o which I onter not, t h e wise know a s a porfashioned by t i o n of my own being, s e t a p a r t f o r ny regard by q unfathomable porrer of self-reflection. 5. This power t h e s'ored Wisdom c e l l e t h t h e Mother. It i s t h e p m e r of Understanding, t h e power a l s o of t h e Elohia, f o r ln B I B i g a r e t h e ElohLn enthroned, and t h e i r Thrones a r e s e t i n Her. 6. KFne a r e t h e Thrones, nine t h e powers of t h e Elohim, and I , whon nen adoro a s Father, am known a l s o t o t h e wise a s t h e Great Mother Fa whoso rime aro hid t h e names of t h e Father and t h e Son. 7. This H e i s the sharp srrord whereby t h e h e t h a t I am dividoth i t s e l f i n t o t h e %mya 8. From BI?. t h i s sharp sword prooeedeth, and by i t s separr.tive force I olaavo asunder n ~ yown unity, dividing myself into hro, t h e Pathcr and t h e Pother. 9. This thou mayeut disoern i n whose beginning i s t h e sword of .separation, whose middle i s t h e patornal a d whose end r e f e r r e t h by numorntion t o t h e Gates of t h e Mother. 10. Horc, too, s h a l t thou porooive tho Elohim ( f o r they a r e swen), and t h o Lichts of Emmation ( f o r thoy a r e ten), and t h e Gates of Understanding (for thoy a r e f i f t y ) . 1 . Thus in Zain, the Sword, i s shown a f i g u r e of a l l thing8 t h a t 1 havo been, t h a t are, and t h a t s h a l l be i tine t o come. n 12. And t h e Sword f l a s h o t h f o r t h from t h e h o a r t of t h o b t h c r i n t o t h e hoart of t h e Son, and i t s oourse i s t h e path of t h e Disposhg Xntelligenco

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1 .The word which i s urnlorstanding.' . I n Hebrew, "mord" 1r I R, Zain, and 21s 67, which i s t h e value of BINE, Binah, Understanding)

5. The h g l i s h Bible says, "In tho beginning God oreated," but the l i t e r a l t r a n s l a t i o n of t h e Hebrew verb B A i s n o t 'to oroate,' but R "to out apart," o r " t o divifie.'

5. The Mothor i s AXMA, kima; a name applied t o BIRB, Binnh. lb t h i s Sephirah t h e Gabalah a s s i g n s tho divine name AUiIM, Elohim; and it i n said a l s o t o be t h e ccnt.of those coda panor8 whore tcohnical nwao i s hRhLIld ( r 282). a a l i m , Thronar.. Q a b a l i s t i c a l l y , t h e Thrones a r e 8 2 12. Theso cue a l m t h e Thrones of 12, beoauso ;JIXLIM 282 = 2 Breath of Lives, because 282, t h e number of kralim, i s a l s o t h e number of RVChChIIIC, Ruach Chaiim, 'breath of Liver." I t i s a l s o not-rthy

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t h a t 282 has 3, t h e number of Binah, f o r i t s l e a s t number.
6. "In whom a r e hid t h e names of t h e Father and t h e S n " o. Tim word BIhTi, ainah, contcins t h e l e t t e r s IH, Jah, forming t h e d i a n e nane of C h o ~ which Sephirah i s c a l l e d the Father. It a l s o oon~ , t n i n s the l e t t e r s EN, Ben, Son, a nane applied t o Tipharuth, t h e s i x t h Sephirah. "For t h e Kother concealeth t h e power of t h e Father, and m i f e s t e t h t h a t power i n t h e Sanen T h i ~ s t r u e on a l l planes. i
9. n'ilhorn beginning i s t h e sword (2) whose middle i s th. paternnl Yod (I), and whoae end r e f e r r e t h by mureration t o t h e Oates of e t h e Mother (50, t h e vnlue of B, and the number of m "Gates of Binah,' o r Gates of ~ n d e r s t a n d i n g * ) " This i s a r e f e r e m t o t h e meaning8 of t h e letter-name ZIb', Zain.

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10. A similar reference t o t h e letter-nane i s i n t h i s paragraph. "For they a r e seven,' (2 : 7 ) s "for they a r e ten" (I : lo), ref'erriag t o t h e t e n Sephiroth, or 'Lithta of emanationtm and t h e f i n a l l e t t e r , H, a s before, r e f e r s t o t h e Gntes of Understanding, which a r e SO, beoauee i t s nunber i s a l s o 50.
I hare inoluded t h i s oonnnsntary i n order t o give you s m e idea of tho Q a b a l i s t i o mcthod of oondensing many t h i n g s i n t o a spaoe so small a s t h a t occupied by a s i a g l e letter-name of t h e Hobror alphabet. You rill have no d i f f i c u l t y i n understanding t h e twelfth paragraph of t h e quotntion i f you w i l l r e f e r t o t h e placing of t h e 17th path in t h e d i a g m of t h e Tree of Life. I n traversing t h i n path on t h e Way of Return, t h e adrcnciry ndept coes f i r s t t h r o w h the t e s t s *ich prom conclusirely t h a t h s ' h a s overcome Dorth, and theso t e s t a correspond t o t h e l e t t e r I . H then demonstrates h i s nastery of tho powers which enable him t o e i d e n t i f y himself with t h e One R i l l reprecented in Tarot by the Herpit, ~d i n the Hebrew alphabet t h e l e t t e r Yod (I). Finally, he passes the t e s t s which prove t h a t he knows how t o wield the "sword of dimriminntian*' I n those t e s t s he i s able t o show t h a t i n h i s personality t h e oondit i o n e x i s t s nhich i s piotured i n t h e VIth Tnrot by. The perfectly hnrnoniaus r e l a t i o n s h i p botween t h e conscious, subaontciour, and mpero w s c i o u s aspects of the Life-powor symbolized by t h a t p i c t u r e i s an aotual s t a t e of being f o r tho adept who i s about t o complete h i r adwncenent tn t h e Grade of Xtigister T q l i . This i s neoossary, because t h e "mastery of t h e Temple' i s m o r e Y than control of the physical body* It i s o o n t r a l of every vehiclo o

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t h e Self, from the innermost t o t h e outermost. F r w t h e oauaal d m t o the conditions of what i s comaonly understood a s envirommnt, t h e &&er of t h e Temple i s a b l e t o deternlne every form h i a h i r taken by the LLie-pokeir.

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You a r e not t o understand from t h i s t h c t he i s a ?miracle-worker,' i n tho ctnmonly accepted sense. But he has oompletely identified h i r persons1 consciousness with t h c t a b s t r a c t ;slnd h i c h has i t s s e a t i n Binnh, a ~ which Oriental t e a c h e r s usually describe a s t h e Higher d &mas, while Cabalists c a l l it N W , Neshanah. By i d e n t i t y of nnmsration, t h i s word Neshamah corresponds t o HShMIY, Ha-Shamaim, "the ~eavenr,' e noun technically ropresenting t h e archetypal plane of causes. Tba Xnsistsr Templi has so complotcly identified his inner l i f e a i t h thi8 causal plane of oonsciousneae t h a t he knows himself t o ba a t a l l tinem tho channel of t h a t power which does a c t u r l l y control t h e f o r m of a l l things.
A l l t h e f o r c e s known t o s c i c m e are perceived by him a s flowing outward i n t o n-mifestation through h i s personolitp. A l l t h e laws u e perceived by s o i e n t i d s a r c recognized by hfm a s being in a c t u a l operat i o n throug'n h i s d a i l y l i f o . But ho goes f c r t h o r t h a n this. He lcnorr h h s c l f t o be the channel of forcos which no exoterio s c i e n t i c t h a s ever recognized, and t h e a h i n i s t r a t o r of laas r h i c h exoteric scienoe n i l 1 never discover. Please obaorve c a r e f u l l y what I ham j u d said. You and I m y beliove oursclvca t o bc tho vohiolos of such forcos and laws, and our b e l i e f i s oorreot. Tho Mcstur of the Temple knows t h a t ho is, and h i s knarlcdge i s bared upon experionoe.
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For he has learned t h e s e c r e t of directing t h e c r e a t i v e f o r c e r which a r c callod "Elohim" i n t h e Bible, tho seven phases of t h e One Life-treath which a r c represented by tho seven sides of tho Roricntc i a n Vault. H understands t h i s sevenfold pawor perfectly, and can o c o n t r o l it. Thus he i s i n t h e position doscribod by Sward Vivokananda, who uses the Iiindu terminology, and c a l l s t h e Life-breath Rana. Speaking of the adopt who can d i r e o t t h e Prann perfectly, he rays: %at puwer on o a r t h could t h e r e be t h a t would n o t be h i s ? B ' . would be able t o move t h o suns and s t a r e out of t h e i r placos, t o aont r o l everything i n t h e universe, from the atoms t o t h e biggest s u n 8 0 . e m e n t h o Yogi bocomos perfoot t h e r e all bo nothing i nature not under n h i s control. I f he ordors t h e gods t o cono, thoy w i l l o m a t h i s bidding; i f he asks tho departod t o oome, they rill cape a t h i s bidding. A l l the forcer of naturo w i l l oboy him a s h i s slavos, and when t h e e n o r a n t see theso powers of t h e Yogi they 0311 thorn miracles.' Suoh i s t h e power of t h o Mastor of tho Temple, and i t s r o o t s aro i n tho s t a t e r of consciousness reprosentod by t h o l e t t e r s of t h o word BIm. F i r s t of a l l , he i s an absolutely transparant medium f o r t h e

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outflow of t h e r e s i s t l c s s cnorgy of t h e Originating Principle. bll h i s magic i s i n h i s t o t a l obedionoo t o t h e One Law. Be i s l i k e t h e Idagioion i n Tarot, which corresponds ts tho l o t t e r B . Sooondly, he has arrived a t t h e s t a t e of consciousness t h n t h i s innermost "I AMv i s i d c n t i o a l with t h e Anoient of Days. Like Jesus, he can say, "Befo~ Abraham was, I am;" and h i s power over t h e forms of nature i s t h e d l r o c t oonsoquenoo of h i s innor i d e n t i f i c a t i o n with THAT whioh d e t e r minos t h o s e forms. T h i s i a rcpresentod by t h o socond l e t t e r of BINH, corresponding i n Tarot t o t h e Hormit. Thirdly, he has r e a l l y overoomc death, and parcoivos nothing i n t h e universe by which he i s surrounded b u t t h o porpetusl renewal of l i f o through i t s ohanging forms. nnd boost~soIw has i d e n t i f iced himself with tho Causo of ohange, h i s mental imngcry enables hjm t o determine t h o forms whioh s h a l l be taken by t h e f o r o e s which flow through him. This i s what i s meant by t h e l e t t e r II, and t h e Tarot Kay of Death. F i n a l l y , hy t h e mental s t a t e s a l r o t ~ d yindioated, he i s ublo t o i d e n t i f y h i s i n n s r l i f e with t h e C o n s t i t u t i n g Zntelligonoe represented by t h e l e t t e r Heh and tho Ehperor. He i s one w i t h t h a t power i n t h c univerea wllioh makes, frame composoe, rlnd d e f i n o s a l l forms.
A l l t h i s i s sumrnod up i n t h e a t t r i b u t i o n of t h i s Grade t o t h e ophuro of Saturn. I n anoient fiJrtholo&y, Saturn i a t h o f u t h a r of a l l t h o gods, and i n a s t r o l o g y t h u i n f l u e n c e of Soturn i s s a i d t o be binding, l i m i t i n g , and produotivu of form. Tho Mastery of t h e Temple i s t h e r o f o r c a t t r i b u t e d t o t h i s sphero, becauso t h e udept's o o n t r o l of tho c o n d i t i o n s of h i s own bodies, and h i o power over t h e forms o f h i s environment i s a l l t h e r e s u l t of p e r f e o t oonoentration. Conoentra t i o n i s e s s e n t i a l l y t h s l i m i t a t i o n of t h e flow of t h e o u r r e n t s of t h o L i f e - p m r , t h e oatablishmont o f s p o o i f i o boundaries, tho oarving out, o r soparation, of form from form.

The Dootrines of t h o Grado of Magiater ~ o m p l i , 8 . S_. The f o u r d o o t r i n e s of t h i s Grade are based on tho namo BINH, Binah, o r Undoratanding. They are as follows:

1. (B) The Ma ioian. Humnn p e r s o n a l i t y i s a medium f o r t h e transmission o t h e high p o t o h t i a l of t h o Life-power, working u t supera oonsoious l e v e l s , t o t h e lower p o t o n t i n l s of embodiment i n t h e f i e l d 01 e x i s t e n o e below t h e l e v e l of human self-oonsoiousnoss. A ldaator of thc Templo, like t h e Magioian i n Key 1, nover f o r a momont l o s e s h i s sonso of relationship with t h a t whioh i s above, nor h i s senso of i n n a t e pawel t o o o n t r o l t h a t which i s bolow. No appoaranae, howcrvor diemaying it may bo t o most people, over f r i g h t o n s him. No human being, no ooonomia oondition, no t h r e n t e n i n g danger w i t h i n t h e f i e l d of h i s

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of t h e mighty works of the OYE IDE!TITY, and a s he watches t h e phenomena of h i s world, he s e e s everything working out f o r tho ine v i t a b l e freedom t h a t i s the necessary conrequence of t h e Life-parer's self-oxpressi~.
2. ( I ) Thc Hcrnit. A s I have said before, t h e Master of t h e Terple has f i l l y identified h i s inner Self with t h e S i l e n t 17etcher e on t h e heights of being, pictured i n Hey 9. H perceives, w i t h t h a t Wato!~er, t h n t a l l ~ c t i v i t yi s c s e r i e s of transformctians ~ what t h e Hindus c a l l P r a k r i t i , or &yo, and r h c t wc hiow i n orn terminology a s t h e movertent of t h e subconsoiousness. The Self mover not, nor does it e n t e r i t s e l f i r t o any action. I t i s t h e Anoient of t h e h c i c o t Ones, t h e Eternal Witness of t h e a c t i v i t i e s of i t s om power, t y p i f i e d in t h e 9th Key by t h e lantern, and t h e l i g h t stream5n.g *om it.
5. (B) Deeth. B It?ster of t h e Temple a l s o perceiver tho beneficence and t h e necessity f o r t h c coatinual t r a n s f o r n o t i o n of plysic31 vehicles. He sees t h a t such t r c n s f o r n a t i o n s a r c inevitable, and t h a t t h i s p r i n c i p l e of endless ohaage i n t h e world of form i s what brings about thc appearance of doath. But ho does more t h a n see. H i s eyer have 'borrowed strength from t h e eagle," t h a t i s t o Ear, he h t s grasped t h e c f f i m t i s e f r c t o r i n t h e phrnoncnon men c a l l death, end has u t i l i z e d it, within t h e limits of h i s arm physiocl o r g a n i m t o e f f e c t s u b t l e t r a n a f o r m t i o n s t h c t s e t him f r e e from t h e bondsge of y the body. B using t h e nerve ourrcnts which, i n ordinary man, hnve no o u t l e t sato through the sex f'unction, he has aroused t h e a c t i v i t y of other organs i n h i s body. Hie &on conter ( p i t u i t a r y body) a d h r c u r y conter ( p i n ~ a l glnnd) h r e awako. Hc has t r u e s p i r i t u a l eonsciousnoso. Iie i s dclivcred from t h o body of t h i s death, and fhnctione consciously i n joyous frcedon f m the l i m i t a t i o n 8 o f t h r e e dimensional existenoe.
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4. (H) Tho Emperor. Finally, t h e h a t e r of t h e Temple, by becoming perfectly i d e n t i f i e d with the O!!E IDEYTI'R, shares with t h a t One i t 8 power a s t h e Constituting I n t e l l i c e n c e which makes, bamer, and oamposes t h e world. Thus, a l t h o u o a ?hater of t h e Temple i s not r e a l l y a miracle-worker, many events occur i n h i s v i o i n i t y which seem l i k e miracle^ t o other people. I n t r u t h he has bbf taken t h e f u l l meamre of h i s humanity, i n i t s r e l a t i o n t o t h e Life-power. He s e e s himself a s he r e a l l y i r , and soe8 t h e Self a s it r e a l l y is. I n t h a t uaaaveriw v i s i o n of Truth t h e r e i s no place f o r any f a u l t y adjustment, e i t h e r i n h i s personal v e h i c l e s , or i n t h a t l a r g e r v e h i c l e of Life, h i e environment *

l h u s t h i s bade is said a l s o t o oorrcspond t o t h e mode of' conTo eancti* i s t o make sciousness naned "Sanctifying Intelligence perfect, t o nako complete. A s a i n t i s merely a man who measurer up t o the God-idea of hunanity. 00d's imago of man i s f r e e from every flaw

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t h a t e x i s t s i n t h e opinions of man held by mortals. Thus t h e Eebrem word f o r "SanctiPyineR i s m S h , and i t 8 k r a l value, 450, i s t h e m l t i p l i c a t i o n of t h e nunber 45, t h e number of ADH, Adam, by 10. That i s t o say, the number of t h i r rrord represents t h e perfeation (10) of t h e ldan id-.

If you rill examine t h e word, l e t t e r by l e t t e r , with t h e a i d of t h e Tcrot b y s , you w i l l see t h a t t h e Sanotifying Xntelligenoe, which i s t h e same a s tho consciousness of a k s t e r of t h e Temple, is:
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2. (Q). The Noon. A conaaiou6nesr r e s u l t i n g from t h e perfoot organization ~ f ~ l - ~ r i t h e physical body$ n u ~ s o

3. (v). h e aicrophant. h oonsciousneds of perfeot commuPfon with t h e Inner Teacher, and of unquestioning obedienoe t o t h c d i r e o t i o n r of t h e Inner Voioe j
4. () The Empress. i o o n ~ i o u s n e s sf e r t i l e i~ imagery, and D. f i l l e d ~ i t clear, d e f i n i t e p i c t u r e s of b e a u t i f u l conscquenoes flowing h from t h e rooagnition of the t t u e nature of t h e Life-porere

6 (Sh) The ,Jud rncnt. P vivid consoiouaners of i m o r t a l l t y , and . o t t h e s t a t 0 of ing t h a t we vaguely designate a s t h e Fourth Dimension.

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It ahould be noted t h a t sinae BINB, t h e Hebrew nanm of' the 3rd o i r o l e , includes tho l o t t o r r of BE, Ben t h e Son, and IH, Jah, t h e Pather, t h i s intimates t h c t t h e Sanotifying I n t e l l i g e n c e i s one i n which t h e habitual oonsoiousness of thu a r t e r of t h e Temple inoluder the rooogait j o n t "I and t h e Fathor a r e 0ne.'
Authormore, t h e t h i r d o i r o l e i s callod ADIL, t h e )dother, aad sinoe t h e value of A h a , 52, i s i d e n t i o a l w i t h t h e value of M, Ben, t h o Son, here i s a h i n t t h a t t h e S a w t i f y i n g I n t e l l i g e n c e u n i t o s t h e Father, t h e Son, and tho b t h e r , i n one a l l enbraoing oonsciournerrs. Thur t h i r Grade i a t h e Crado of t h e mystioal Holy Family, of t h e perfeat union of O r i r i s , I s i r , and &ms. I t i s a l s o t h e Grade of t h e perfect union of Wisdom ( i d e n t i f i e d with IB, 'Jeh, t h e Father), Understanding ( i d e n t i f i e d with AIMlr, t h e Mother), and Beauty (identified with BN, Bon, t h e son). Wisdom i s t h e second c i r o l e on t h e Tree of Life2 Understanding i r t h e t h i r d o i r o l e ) and Boauty i s t h e sixth. %us t h e r e is o sense i n n h i a h we m y say t h a t t h e Grade of Lhgirter Templi i s one of the anelor of an e q u i l a t e r a l t r i a n g l e , whoso othor anglor aro rcpresentcd by Wisdom and Boauty. The l i n e r of t h i s t r i a n g l e a r e t h e path8 oorresponding t o t h e l e t t o r Zatn, and Iby 68 t o t h e l e t t e r Heh, and Key 41 m d t o t h e l e t t e r

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Daleth and Key S. (see t h e diagram of The Tree of Life..) A t present we s h a l l consider only tho path of t h e l e t t e r Zain, c o r r e ~ p o n d i n gt o t h e h e r r

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Ls t h e diagram 6how6, it l e a d s u ~ r from t h e sixth c i r c l e , and d the Grade of Lesser M e p t , t o t h e t h i r d c i r c l e and t h e Grade of Mngister Tespli. The meaning of t h e Tarot Key corresponding t o &in i s given' i n our Basic Tar,* Course, and i n my Analysis of Tarot. It r e p r e s e n t 8 discrimination, and t h e p e r f e c t balance and r e c i p r o c a l a c t i v i t y of the ~ personal conscious and s u b o o n ~ o i o umode8 of nFnd. The Grade of Magur.
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This grade corresponds t o t h e m e a n i q s of t h e number 2, art to t h e various ideas associated with C h o b h , ChKXH, Fisdom, t h e recond c i r c l e of t h e Tree of Life. This c i r c l e i s c a l l e d the sphere of the zodiac, o r t h e sphere of t h e "highrays of t h e stars." I t r c o l o r i r gray, t h e equal mixture of white, t h e c o l o r of Xether, and black, thm color of ainah. %is c o l o r a l s o r e s u l t s from t h e balanced mixture of any two complementary c o l o r s , such a s red and green, blue and or-, yellow and v i o l e t . You w i l l n o t i c e t h a t t h e s e p a i r s of o o l o r s j u s t rnentioncd a r e those which a r e a t t r i b u t e d t o Geburah and Netzach, Chered a d Hod, and Tiphareth and Yerod on t h c Tree of Life* The X a p s i s one who has succeeded i n overcozing t h e i n f l u e m e e of these, and a l l o t h e r , p a i r s of o p p o s i t o s ~ H has p e r f e o t l y e q u i l i brated hit t h e p e r 6 of thd .lower Grades, and i s h i n s e l f p e r f e c t l y e q u i l i b r s t e d between t h e f i r s t t n d t h i r d Grades. Re i s lllisdas inoarnate, and h i s oonssiousncss goer a stage beyond t h a t represented @ the h s t e r y of t h e Tenple.

Ia t h e Third %ode, t h e work of t h e adept has t o d o w i t h thm control of t h e power o a l l e d Prana by Hindus. I t 1s a c o n t r o l exerted on t h e form side of l i f e , even though i t s range extend8 t o t h e v e h i o l e r of t h e Life-powor which a r e i n v i s i b l e t o t h e physical eye, and LPperc e p t i b l e t o cny physical senae. But i n t h e Grade of LIagus t h e adoanoily e adept i s not any longer conoerned w i t h form. H has a r r i v e d a t t h e s t a g e of p w f o c t i d c n t i f i c a t i o n with t h e Life-foroe i t s e l f .
To describe such a degree of advancement i n words which a r e b u i l t up from physical experienoe is manifestly impossible. Even were I a c t u a l l y a !.heus, I could not make t h i s s t a t e i n t e l l i g i b l e t o any one but another h!agus. And since I am.not anywhere near t h a t degree o f advancement, I can only r c p o r t what 1 have been taught. Whct a Msgur recllly i s may be b e t t e r understood by r e f e r e n o e t o t h e worts of : ' l i ~ h k v i : 6

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'2'sgic i s t h e d i v i n i t y of man achieved in =ion w i t h f a i t h ) the t w e b g i a r e Men-Gods, i n v i r t u e of t h e i r i n t i m a t e union w i t h the d i v i n e principle. =hey a r e without f e a r s and without d e s i r e s , dominsted by no falsehooc!, sharing no e r r o r , l o v i n g w i t h o u t I l l u 6 i 0 n , s u f f e r i n e without impatience, reposing i n t h e quietude of e t e r n n l thought. a k y s cannot bc ignorcnt, f o r magic i n p l i e s s u p e r i o r i t y , mastership, riajority, arid majority s i g n i f i e s emancipation by knowledge. The ih-God has n e i t h e r r i ~ h t s nor d u t i e s , he ha8 soienoe, w i l l , and powor. He i s more thnn f r e e , he ts m s s t e r ~he doea n o t o w , he crcotes; he does not obey, because nobody c a n p o s r i b l y c o ~ ~ ~ a n d fibat o t h e r s t e r n duty, he nemes h i s good pleasure; hin. he does good b--0aus6 he wishes t o , and never r i l l s w h i n g e l s e 2 ho co-opcrates f r e e l y i n everything t h a t forwards t h e cause of j u r t i c e , and f o r h i n s a c r i f i c e i s t h e luxury o f t h e moral l i f e and t h e magnificence of t h e heart. He i s implacable toward e v i l beoaure he i s without a t r a c e of hatred f o r t h e wicked. Be r e g a r d s reprurt o r y chtstisement a s a b e n e f i t and does n o t cor~prohendt h e oeanlry of vengemce. That such a person i s t r u l y 'more t h a n inman,' a Rorit o use c r u c i a n phmso, mst ba conceded. k i d we mast aGmit t h a t none o f ur can fom-nore t h a n a vaguc conception of such a c h a r a c t e r . Yet n mltogether ~ i s tsh e point of t h e Kisdom Teaching u n l e s s we peroe)ro t h a t t h i s i s no i d e a l picturo of u h c t we may 6 a e day become. On t h e contrary, it i s t h e b a r e s t o u t l i n e of what t h e r e a l UiiE i n every hurmn being i s , now and always. Thr-t G V i r t h e t r u e h y s . 5 l i w r t h i s noment i n you Md To roach t h e Gtndo of k y s i n t h o True end I n v i ~ l b l ~ Order i a t o becone aware of Hir r e n l presence in our livo8. Paths l e a d i w t o t h e Grade of Magus. h e 16th ~ a t h Vau (v.Tho Biorophant) T h i s path begins in of t h e fourth sphere of t h o Treo of Life, i n t h e Grade of b e m p t Adept. f i e Exe~lptadept r h o has b o c m a &&or of t h e Tomple has b r f e o t e d t h o organizatior? of a l l t h e v e h i c l e s of conrcioumors. Thur nocbatruction whatever onn prorcnt h i s commnioation w i t h t h e One T9acher represented e i n Tarot by t h e Aierophcnt. H "reposes i n t h e q u i e t u d e of e t e r n a l thought,' bccauso fie: s h a r e s i n t h e Triumphant and S t e r n a l I n t e l l i g e n o e a t t r i b u t e d t o t h e l c t t s r Vnu and t h e 16th path. Eo repores, beoause a l l sense of personnl notion i s complotely e x t i q u i s h e d . His words and works a r e ~ a g i o a l bceauae thoy a r e t h e words a d r o r k r of t h e Lord o f t h e Univorre*

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The Hobrew f o r "Triunphant,' t h e Q a b a l i s t i c t i t l e of the 15th path, i s IiTzChI, and i t s nunbar, 158 (showing tho d i g i t f o r U n i t y combined with the Rosicrucian nuslbers, 5 and 8 ) i s c l s o t h e number of CflTrIl!, arrows, ChNQ, t o encompass, t o suffocate, and m, bclnnces. The errows a r e symbols of t h e d i r e c t , concentrated applic a t i o n of the Life-forco. The verb "to suffocate" r e f e r s t o the q s t i c a l "death" of personality. The word UdNIM i s a l s o t h e nema of the zodiacal sigrr Libra, corresponding t o Justice in t h e Tarot. Every arrow of t h e Mlgus h i t s t h e mark, because he has t o t a l l y overc m e mere personal i n t e r e s t i n h i s a d n i n i a t r a t i o n of oosmio law, and has thus attalnod t o t h e expression of p e r f e c t j u s t i c e i n a l l t h a t he thinks, says, and doer.
The 15th path of Beh (IV. The Emperor) This path begfnr i n t h e s i x t h sphere of the Tree of Lifo, i n t h e Grade of Lesser idept. Por t h e h p r must be pcrfeotcd i n imaglnction, muat be a b l e t o make d e f i n i t e mental patterns. Yet when he does do so, it i s not of himsolf, a s i n t h e case of the Lesser &epee The lfagur'r vision i s t h e creative s i g h t a t t r i h t r d t o Eeh a d tho Emperor. H r e e r e t h e world v i t h God's eyes, and sees it always, therefore, a s proceeding i n orderly aoquences from t h a t c e n t e r which i a within himself*

This path of t h e l e t t e r F h i s said by Q a b a l i s t r t o be t h a t of t h e Constituting I n t e l l i g e ~ c e , because it c o n r t i t u t e r oreation in t h e darkness of the world. Q a b a l i a t s a l s o say t h a t c r e a t i o n took plece withthe l o t t e r Heh, and on t h i s point some l i g h t m y be shed by the follorriog quotntion f r m t h e Book of Tokenrt

1 I n whatsoever ob3ect thou peroeivest, knou ma a r t h e Ersenoe, . a s t h e Idea, and a r the I n t e r i o r Nature. Beoause of t h i s the wise come e a s i l y t o , n e by nany paths, y e t in t r u t h tke6e d i f f e r e n t rosdr w e b u t a r i n g l e Way*
2. I f thou oanrt pcnetrate i n t o t h e naturo of t h e rimplest thing, thero s h a l t thou find me. This i s t h e key t o t h e w a t e r y of the seared l a t t e r r . Fix thy mind upon t h e objeot s e t before thee by any l e t t e r , and hold thy thought t o meditate thereon. Thun s h a l l t h e inner nature of t h i s means s h a l t thou draw t h a t objeot be made known t o thee, and nigh t o rone aspeot of m being. y

3. Conrider, than, t h e rooret meaning of t h e l e t t e r Beh. Pot even a r I a n t h e Essence, and Idea, and I n t o r i o r Nature of every Ox, cf every Houre, of every Camel, and of every Door, so a l r o am I tho Esrenoe, and Idoe, and I n t e r i o r Nature of every Window.

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4. I f thou s e t thy mind t o m e d i t ~ t eupon t h e I n t o t i o r Nature of a windw, thou sh91t r e c d i l y perceive t h c t w e r y window hath somewhat t h e nature of a door, inasmuch a s it i s an opening in t h e r i d e of house

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5. The House i s gether, and the Door i s Binah, end a s t h e thought of the door i s from t h e building of the house, so i s t h e thought o f t h e window fron t h e feshioning of tho door. Hence those i n s t r u c t e d i n t h e t Secret PS'isdom dcclaro t h ~ Chescd proceedoth from Binah, even a s t h e idoa of a uinduw procoodeth from t h e idea of a door. For I am m r o i f u l because q Understanding conpasseth t h e s e c r e t nature of a11 things, and rry Loving-kindness i s t h e f r u i t of qy discrimination.

a windw i r s e t in t h e rail of a house, e m n a8 the eye 6. +in, i s s e t i n the head, t h a t they who dwell within nay look abroad t o ree what pssseth without. aence it i s m i t t e n i n t h e Saak of Formation t h a t thm l e t t e r Beh corretpondeth unto t h c f c c u l t y of sight. This r e f e r r o t h t o rrry power of vision, which is not a s t h l n t , since nothing escapeth it, and a l l things appetr unto it i n thcrir t r u o aspcot. I t i r m i t t e n , "!he eyos of tho Lord a r c i n e r c r y place, beholding t h e e v i l and t h e good;" and because I, the Dacllcr i n t h e Houco of the Supernal W i l l , see a l l t h i n s 8 e s they r e a l l y & r e , ny v i s i o n has no t a i n t of f a l r e judgI ment. S n e i ~ , understand, and beonuse nothing i s h i d from mo, therefore am I mcrcihrl*
7 . Eut t h e path of my Grey i s a r a y concocled f r o n tho profane, becauso they hare not a t t c i n e d unto my p e r f e c t vision. E a r i e r t o follorr i s the f l i g h t of rn eegle, f o r cry :my soareth high ab&o t h o acnnprehenby sion of the mind of man* a s it i r w r i t t e n r "Lo, ho ~ 0 0 t h w , and 1 seo him not; he pcsseth on elso, and I p ~ r c o i v ehim nut.'. Yat i s t h e s c c r c t of t h c t way hidden i n t h y bosam, 0 I s n e l . 8. For my Gay i s the Wey of t h e Word, nnd the i7ord is hiddcn i n thy heart.' Por t h i s i s t h s Kord creative, M i c h c a l l e t h a11 t h f n g r i n t o being. Yere i s a qrystrry, f o r t h e l e t t e r Eclh conoealeth t h e Word, nnd the Xord i n c s t r u l y a v i s i o n a s it i s a voioo. Lhth m6 t h e r e i r no differcnco betvcen s p e c h and sight. I n very t r u t h , I u t t e r qself by reobg.

9. & t o t h e u n i n s t r ~ i c t c dt h e ooming f o r t h of t h e 1 s a s a m i s t cad a vapor. For oxistonce i s a s a v e i l of which htdeth my t r u e nature f r m . t h e i r oyer. aidden and being, which roger c a l l , "Concoaled i s thc Essgnce of oe(~bnenta.

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forefathers, naught but a p i l l c r of cloud, vague and uncertain, going before thee. 1 . But a t night, when thou has withdram thy sense i n t o them1 salvos, nnd thy mind i s no longer m e p t a m y by t h e m u l t i p l i c i t y of objects, thou s h a l t perceive ne nore c l e a r l y , a s a p i l l a r of l i v i n g f i r e . 12. Behold, it s h a l l be well with t h e e if thou c a n s t u n d e r a t a d t h i s saying, scd i f thou kncrrest whet i s Day, a d what i s l i g h t . 13. lone hath seen m f-ce t o fece, f o r I an t h e forerunner of a l l . Thus, 0 I s r a e l , cin I ever before t'nco on the'liay of Life* and t o a l l n e n k i d it i s said, even e s t o b e e r , 'Thou s h a l t see niy back parts, but my face s h a l l not be seen.. 14. Bo m t t e r how f c r thou gcost, I have already passed t h a t Thou s h a l t nover see m a s I cm, but thou anyest h u a w, i n what e y I hcve done. The wire d i s o w e r ne i n ~ l norkr.

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15. So nnn peraeiveth ne os Tather, u n t i l a s mother I have brought fo'rth creatures. Thc folloring of Heh a f t e r Deleth i n t h e alphabet i s a sign and synbol of t h i s t r u t h . Even a6 AItIh, Lima, t h e Xother, conc3aloth the Yod of a,2, the Fcthor, so doeth F t h o u e h the wise c a l l it "the Xothor, wherewith c r e a t i o n took place, conceal t h e rnxne paterilal Yod, since Heh i n i t s plenitude i s the number Ton. 16. Therefore t h e l u t t o r Heh belongeth t o my paternal k r c y , sinco i n t h e nuxbcr Four, which apycrtainath unto Chesod, i s m t h e number Ten conccalcd, even a s it i s hidden i n the word "windor. and i n t h a t exhaustless Ecrcy l i e hid t h e riches of thc Ungdom, f o r t h e Deosd i r the Kingdan, m d t h e Decad i r hiddon i n Chesed.
me, therefore, a s the p t e r n a l Yod nhich imparteth 17. i(egt~-d l i f e t o t h e whole creation. l!ot nade u i t h hcndr, but begotten, i s thir universe of which thou crt a t once a p a r t and t h e ahole.
own substance a r e a l l things nude, nnd I give nyself 18. Of f r e e l y t o every ono. ?hey kncm m t r u l y who see t h a t it i s my nature t o bring forth cnd t o originate. This whole universe i s an expression of my ?rimal W i l l t o y i e l d f r u i t *

19. Even a s i n Brracschith (Gonosis) thou aayost read t h c t Light it by m a the f i r s t creation, so h ~ t h been known since the b o g i n ~ i n g t h e

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r i s e . They worship ne with wisdom who t u r n t h e i r f a o e s toward t h e East, f o r t h e shining of t h e dawn is a type of a l l qy r o r k r .
20. This &ole c r e a t i o n i s t h e i r r a d i a t i o n of t h a t Litzitless Light which I am; but never s h a l l mere man a t t a i n t o t h e Source of t h a t d i r i n e illuninetion. None nay p a E p ne, m i d t o . t h o s e who seek t o capture m in t h e n e t of thought 1 an t h e Eternal Fugitive. Yet e though I elude pursuit, 1 an t h e source and t h e support, even of t h e pUISUer6.

21. I am, in t r u t h , t h e food of a l l beings. The bread thou e a t e r t i s ny body, the wine thou d r i n k e s t i s my blood; f o r beoaure c r e a t i o n took place with the l e t t e r Heh, t h s t l e t t e r is t h e ground of a l l created sxistence, t h e s t u f f f r o 3 which every f o r n i n b u i l t , t h e s u p p b f o r every need. 22. all t h i s I. Therefore, though none may c a p t u r e no in the n e t of thought, he s h a l l speak t r u l y r h o s h a l l say, laying h i 8 hand on a2ything soevor (whether I?~EE prize it. o r scorn it a s of no worth), " ~ o s t thou asl: EO t o show thee t h e Lord? Verily, i n thir s h a l t thou find Hb, i f thou hast eyes t o we.' The 14th path of b a l e t h (111. The E w r e s s l . I n t r a v e r s h g t h i s path.- which leads f r m . b i n a h t o Chokrah on the Tree of Life. the b p s completes h i s advancement. n t t h i s point i n h i s progress h i 8 body i s p e r f e c t l y orgnnized, and thus t h e e r e a t s t o r e of agcle88 Flisdo?n procervod i n the subconscious l e v e l of t h e Life-power's a c t i v i t y .ad t h e n v v e l o u s generative and r e g e n e r a t l a i s akmys a t h i s 0-nd. powers of subconsciousness, which extend, ronember, throog)lout t h e whole f i e l d of t h i s plano of phycical forms, a r e a l s o under hi8 cont r o l . With t h e b p r , the formation of mental p i a t u r e r i s followed i n s t a n t l y by t h e i r materialization. Re seas mter a8 wine, and r l n e it* is. Be sees a sick body whole, and o t e r y c o l l i a r e s t o r e d t o n o m l function. . Yet, because he a c t s = r e l y a s tho v e h i c l e of tine u n i v e r s a l L i h , he brings about no cataclysmic changes i n t h e operation of t h e cosmfc plan. ;!or w i l l he ever perform mighty works merely t o oonrinoe doubters.
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This Grade i s c t t r i b u t e d t o t h e second o i r c l a on the Tree o t Ute, corresponding t o t h e tontenco i n t h e Patterns "Through m e i t s &ailing lisdorr. taker f o r n i n thought ~ n d word." %e saoond c i r c l e i r naned "Naslofh" i n Hobrew, generally t r a n s l a t e d a s "The Sphere of t h e To t h i r Zodiac,' but maning l i t e r a l l y , "tho h i g h a y s of t h e stars.. o i r o l e tho color gray i 6 assigned. I t i s a l s o knom a s t h o Xllrnninat in^ Intollieonoe (Hebrew, ZiiIR)) and t o i t e i r likorriae a t t r i h t e d ChIR, Choiah, t h e Life-foroe* .

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XI an aspect of t h e Life-power t h i s c i r c l e i s named Choknah, s p e l t Ch K M H, Nisdom. and t h e l e t t e r s of t h i s word, represented by Keys 7, 10, 12, and 4, i n d i c a t e four d o c t r i n e s i n t h i s Grade, a r follow81

1. ( ~ h The Chariot. The Masic of Light is t h e p r a c t i c a l appli) lg s c a t i o n of the Science of Reality. k &a u i s not a mountebank, n o t producer of i l l u s i o n s , not a o a s t e r of glanour. i r one who ha8 mastered tho sphinxes of sensation by means of t h e i n ~ i 6 i b l e e i n 8 of r thc mind. iic has perfected h i n s e l f in t h s occult art of Speech, ro t h a t h i s personality f r e e l y t r a n s n i t s , f r o n higher planes t o lower, t h e Creative Uord of t h e ONE IDE?iTIIYPY. n a Xagus, i d e n t i f i c a t i o n with I the cosmic Life-force i s so p e r f e c t t h a t it m y b aaid t h a t h i a p a t h of l i f e i s one with t h e h i g h ~ e y sof t h e r t a r r . He who has a t t a i n e d t o t h i s Grade l i v e s i n perfeot harmony w i t h t h e 1-8 of Being. Hi8 thought and word a r e always embodiments of t h e Tmth of R e a l i w , a8 opposed t o the t r u t h of appearance60
2. (X) The 'Flheel of Fortune. Thus it i s t h a t a11 p e r f e c t hkgi say with Jemrs: "I a~ cone, n o t t o destroy, but t o f u l f i l t h e hw. Popular opinion conceives magic t o be aa art of circumventing t h e Iaw, of going against Nature, of bringing about c o n t r a d i c t i o n r o f unioers9l tendencies. The contrary i s t r u e . k n y of t h e works o f the l&sio of t i g h t a r e exceptions t o t h e 4.- of average8 which domina t e s t h e n a t u r a l man, and a l l t h e kingdoas of l i f e below him. Yet these worlrs a r e exceptions only i n t h e sense t h a t they go beyond the usual phenonenrr of c m o n experience. The Xalagus completes t h e a i r e c l e of Life-expression. H asoendr t o t h o position of t h e Sphinx in e tha 10th Bey. H has p ~ s s e dthrough t h e t sebment of t h e wheel bearing the l e t t e r Yod. H i s works a r e never corztradictionr of t h e Imr, nor do they ovor destroy it. hlways they a r e f u l f i b n t r . Thus t h e Bible story t h a t bkgi cene t o tlie Child of Bethlehem i a w i t n e r s t h a t , guided by t h e i r knowledge of timer and cycles, t h e r e adepts of t h e Ian were glad t o pay homage t o one whor t h e y reoognired a 8 a n Avatar, destined t o brine; t o f r u i t i o n c e r t a i n long-expected consummtionr of t h e i r anclont Gnoria.
3. (E) The Hanged *An. The h g i o of Darknear, o r Black Uagio, i s alwayr d i s t i n ~ u i ~ h a b from t h e Magic of Light. It i n v a r i a b l y le aims a t the e x a l t a t i o n of personality, a t t h e exeroise of personal power, a t the aggrandizement of one person a t t h e expense of other.. Behind a l l e v i l magic 3re two oomplexes--the W i l l t o P m e r and t h e I n f e r i o r i t y Complex. The b g i o of Light, on t h e contrary, i r motimted by a genuine Wl t o Serve. It doer not abase personality, beomusa il it r e c o g n i ~ e spersonality a6 a valuable instrument of t h o Life-ponere Say r a t h e r t h a t the h e i c of L i ~ h t o r r e c t l y estimnter t h e plaae of c personality, cnd i n so doing reverses t h e estimate of t h e mrrsr of humanity. The b g u s i r not driven by t h e f a l r e W i l l t o P m r , which i r r e a l l y a f e e l i n g of lack of power. He i s antneted by a l t l l t o Sert., based upon h i s c l e a r perception of t h e b m e d i a t e presence of A l l POWot.

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Thus t h e bhgio of Light i s a l s o a Magic of Strength, a Magic of Owlence, a h g i c of Health. A G g u s so completely understands t h e potency and t h e a v a i l a b i l i t y of t h e Life-power t h a t he never can experience any doubt a s t o supply. H i s one concern i s t h e wise d i r t r i b u t i o n of the l i m i t l e s s r i c h e s a t h i s disposal. To t h e world of ignorant men he seems t o be s a o r i f i c i n & himself, because he s t r i v e r f o r none of the baubles they hold dear. To himself nothing t h a t he does wehrs t h e aspeot of s a o r i f i c e , and a l l h i s &ots rue works of Joy4. (H) The .Emperor. The foregoing i d e a s a r e s m e d up by b y 4 and t h e l e t t e r 5eh. A nagus sees eye t o eye e t h t h e &ie& of hncient Ones. He has accomplished t h a t which is spoken of i n t h e Th& Book of Fornation: He has "restored t h e Creator t o His throne." W n e i s a t t h e h a r t o f ' humn personality, n o t where e r r o r put8 it, in some inaccessible rezotenesr of t h e skier. Thus, i n b r i e f , the b g i o of Light i s none other t h a n t h s exoroiwe of t h a t Constituting I n t e l l i g e n c e which frames and conposer t h e universe. Be who i s a transparent vehiole f o r t h e tranmiission of t h a t I n t e l l i g e n c e through thought m d word i n t o t h e world of hotion i s a t r u e Magus, azrd a l l h i s mighty works a r e r e a l l y deeds of p d e o t submission t o tho O m IDDPPITY.

Such a r e t h e f i r s t f o u r d o c t r i a e r of t h e Qrcde. There a r e a l s o four others, derived from t h e l e t t e r of tho word ZHIR, I l l u m i n a t i r y r
5. (2) The Lovers. I n t h e consciousness of a b p s , f r e e fram t h e influence of t h e sirs of opposites, ( a s t h e color gray assigned to t h i s Grade i n t i m t e s , J t h o r e i s p e r f e c t balance botween s e l f - c m u o i o u r neS6 and wbconsciousncssr and t h e s e tro aspects of hw.nn p e r s o n a l i t y a r e harmoniously r e l a t e d t o t h e suporconsoiousnosr which i s above then. ri Magus i s o. ninn od d i s o r l m i n a t i o n ~ Though he is f r e e from t h e influence of t h e p a i r s of opposites. he i s f r e e because he has r h a r p u distinguished batrreen a l l t h e s e p o s i t i v e r and negatiter. Rot by ignoring t h e p a i r s of opposites a r e we freed from them. Our lib-t i o n never corns through ignorance. On t h e contrary, it i s 'by keen d i s c r M n a t i o n botwcen t h e various p o l a r i t i e r of d i f f e r e n t i a t i o n t h a t a tlagus i s a b l e t o combine them, n e u t r a l i z e them, and transoend them. For example, t h e d i f f e r e n c e 8 between the functions of solf-consciousnesr and subconsciousness must be k n m , 60 t h a t t h e r o may be no confusion i n t h e i r propcr exercise. Not u n t i l t h e s e difforenoes are o l e a r l y percoivod may we a v a i l ourselvcs of t h e f u l l ptmer of e i t h e r l e v e l of human mentality. Not u n t i l t h i r dirorinrination i s made can mboonrci.o*~znesa beome t h e p s r f e o t mirror of supcrconsoiousnesrr pictured i n Koy 6. The illumination which o h a r a c t e r i z e r a Nagur t h u s bogfnr with aota of keen disorimination.

6. (8) The Emparor. In oonsequence of t h i r accurate dieorimination, wnTcFi i s lnrgoiy an oxeroiso of peroe t i v e power, o m e n the a b i l t t y t o measure a l l experienoe oorrectly. fhu s t h o Illuminating

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Intelligence i s primarily bbrcurial, or discriminative. One must wafah before he can reason. ih g u s takes corroct mctasures beoause he ha8 watched, and because he has watched, he has learned t o see.
7. (I) The Hemit. This illumination, of which t h e k g i o of Light i s the consequence and expression, c o m r about through s u b t l e chemioal and psychiccl trhnsfornstions. It i s t ! ! 6 completion of t h e clohcrnical operetion reprecented i n Tarot by Key I. Is Nagus doer nothing X of himself. HE i s merely an embodinent of t h e R i l l of God. l'hus nothing can nithstonr? hfm. 611 t h e forces of nature obcy him. In h i s own oonsoiousness he is one with thq ii'itners of a l l a c t i v i t y . I t i s n o t t h a t hc e x e r t s htneelf, with g r e a t e f f o r t , t o produce t h i s o r t h a t r e s u l t . Hb i s simply the calm, untroubled obsorrer of t h e play of events whioh a c r t toeether t o bring about t h e i n e v i t a b l e a c c e s s of t h e Operation of t h e Sun, or Xngmrm Opur.

8. ( A ) Ths Sun. Ptnally, t h e r e i s no self-inportanoe in 8 Kngur. iie i s thus described in t h e U p a n i l a d s r "A perfoot f o o l i n OM place, a l l royal splendour i n another; a t timer i n fond delusion, a t t i n e s c n t i r e poece ar.d q u i e t ; o f t e n i n t h e alothi'ul indifferorme of t h e boa; the s ~ b j e c tof t h c highest enconima i k one place, in another a l l c o n t s n ~ t ;i n a t h i r d o n t i r e l y cnnotiged;--thus coer about t h e wise -and of h i s attainment it knancr, ovcr happy i n t h e hichest b l i s s . i s written: "The knower of tho Self a t t a i n s t o t h e Suprenet hence it i s said : 'Tho Sclf i s Buing, Consoioasnesr, Lizitlessnesr.* He who r e a l i r e s t h i s , present in t h e intellect, e s s e l l u 6 in t h o highert akarha, ha8 acsecs t o t h s f r c i t i o n of a l l d o s i r e whatever, a t o m srccp, boing one with all-seeing h l f . " Yc has, i n b r i e f , becowr t h e L i t t l e Child, a t e r n ofttin uacd i n the Orient t o rcprcsent t h e h i ~ h o s ta t t a i m n t . Frco from care, froo f r o n t h e burdon of f a l s e r e s p o n s i b i l i t i e s , frem from the l i m i t a t i o n s of hunan conventions and opinions, he e x t r a o t s the nectar of risdon f r o n t h e experience of t h e Eternal lor.

It i s fiotcmrthy t h a t t h i s word 2HZR i s one of many ~ m r l t i p l e s of the nunbor 37 which we encounter t h r m c h w t t h e l i t e r a t u r e of %eless Wisdom. I t r n u m r a l value i s 222, o r 6 x 37. Since 6 i s t h e numbor of Beauty, and represents t l a o t h e purfection of t h e c o d o order, o whilo 37 i s t h e nunber of a word t h a t m a n s B r e ~ t h r S p i r i t s nnd i r also, i t h c m h a g o r a a n Triangle, tho value of t h e a n g k which exn presses the r o l a t i o n of t h e clsoonding hypotonuso t o tho base, r e roe t h a t ZHIB, or 6 x 37 i n t i m a t e r t h a t t h e I l l u n i n o t i n g I n t o l l i g e n c o i s the r c a u l t of t h e porfcct r e l a t i o n s h i p of tho personal o r g a n i ~ of t h l lidagus t o tho hmdanental laws of l i f e . is11 h i r thoughts a r e beautiful, a l l h i s nor61 a r e beautiful, and beoause a o t i o n and env i r o m c t ore r e f l e c t i o n s of thought and word, ho i r c o n t i n u a l l y mrroundcd by beauty, and t h a t hoauty i s oontagiour. This i r thm ruaccn why h g i aro a l m y t healor8 and toachers. They h e a l by t h e i r presenoe. They toaoh without speooh. I n t h o i r c i r o l e of i n f l u m ~ ~ ignoranoe i s dirpellod, a r d a r b s r f l i e s bsforctho mm, and with the cosration of ignorance t a n i s h a l s o a l l t h o m i l conrogumoer thereof.

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What I have said concerning t h i s Grhde must ~ u f f i c e o r t h i e f book, meagre a s i s the i n s t r u c t i o n I f e e l ablc t o give. L'eithor w r i t e r nor rccdcrs a r e ncar enough t o the Third Order t o make any other oourra anything but a r r a n t presumption. I have transmitted t o you what I hsve received* When your time f o r greater lolwledge c a m s , you w i l l f i n d it siting f o r you. The 6 a d e of Ipsissimus, 10

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W i l l , or C r m .

This Grade corresponds t o t h e f i r s t sphere, Kether, the Primal I t s color i s pure n h i t o b r i l l i a n c e , t h e synthesir of a l l colors. It has no m s i c a l tone. The divine naue a t t r i b u t e d t o it i s jKIH, pronounced .ay-hyay, with strong accent on t h e second syllable. This nma means ' b i s t e n o e

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Only one path leads t o t h i e Grade, t h a t of t h e l e t t e r G h l . The reason i s t h a t Kethar i s t h e Goal of the i n i t i a t o r y journey, and when t h a t goal har been renchcd, t)..:re i s nothing nore t o be done. Thus the 11th path of ~ ~ l e p h t h e Fool, which leads f r a n t h e f i r s t and sphere t o t h e second, always leads d m r d , and the same i r t r u e of t h e 12th path of beth and the k g i c i e n , which connects Iiether with t h e t h i r d sphere. "lpsissimrrrnn t h e t i t l e of t h e Grade, means, "He r h o i s m o d himself," and connects with t h e Q a b a l i s t i c a t t r i h r t i o n of 1Ch1m, Jechidah (pronounced ya;-kee-dah) t o the f i r s t Sephirah. Jechidnh ncms "the i n d i v i s i b l e , and i s t h e Hebrew technical term f o r elf", p r a c t i c a l l y equivalent t o t h e Sanskrit At=. It designates t h e cosmlo Self, t h e One I AX t h a t i s manifested through innumerable p e r r o n a l i t i e r , on t h i s e a r t h and elsewhere. The Grade of I p s i r s i n u s i s t h a t of t h e Head of t h e I n v i r i b l o Order. After our cursory review of the s t a e r of attainment, it should b@ apparent t h a t t h e self-appointed 'Readam of t h e v a r i a r 8 pseudo-Rosicrucian s o c i e t i e r t h a t angle f o r eaay believers thrcnrgh ndvertisensnts i n magazines and newsparrs are, t o say t h e l e a s t , absurd i n t h e i r pretensions. For t h e Supreme Headn of t h e Order i r none other than the Christor, t h e universal Logos. B e l w Him a r e t h e rolar Iagoi of the variour planetary systenr, and below t h e s e a r e t h e lagoi, or s p i r i t s of t h e se a r a t e planetr. h o n 6 incarnate being8 on any planet, t h e post of b a " i s oocupied by t h a t one among t h e ed Lkgi who har attained t o t h e n06t perfeot u n i f i c a t i o n with t h a Primal Will. 1 0 man i s appointed t o t h i s port, nor e l e c t e d t o it. The 1 degree of attainnent i r t h e only deoiding f a c t o r i n h i s releotion. h d t h i s degree i r judged by no man. It simply IS. Perhap8 an i l l u s t r a t i o n w l l l help. I n any o i r o l e of buman being#,
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t h e dominant center is t h a t person who ha8 t h e highost degree of selfr e a l i z a t i o n . Thlt person's thought dominates the mirds of t h e o t h e r members of t h e group, even though he mny never sey n word. Close observation w i l l show you how t r u e t h i s i s , even anong smll companies of people. Be who i s most t r u l y self-possessed, i. e., "possesssd by t h e s e l f , " i s t h e r u l e r of t h e r e s t . For i n h i s thought t h o r e i s a . strength, a positiveness, a c l a r i t y , which impose themselves by induction upon t h e minds of a l l t h e o t h e r s i n t h e Qompmy. The l z t h path of Ginel (11. The mqh: ~ r i e s t e s s . 1 The l e t t e r n m Gimol. O , i s t h e number 73. and t h i s i s t h e nuaeration of t h o X. h word chokmfSI, ~ h i 3 . Bt~ e name of t h e second Sephirnh, t o which i s a t t r i b u t e d t h a G r ~ d eof IS%@#. Thus t h e r e i s i n t i n o t e d an i d e n t i t p botwccn t h e Uniting I n t e l l i g e n c e of t h e 1 3 t h p a t h and t h e L i f e - p e r ' s pcrfoct self-knowledge, which is ChokaahI n Tarot, too, t h i s i s s u b t l y hinted a t , because t h e m.er of t h e High R i e s t e s s , ( I X , ) i s a l s o t h e nunber of Chohnch qn t h e Tree of Life. The Lesser k l y Asscnbly, one of thtr books of t h e Zohar, a l r o speaks of tho l e s s e r Chokmah, r h i c h it says i s feminine. I n t h e Proverbs of Solonon, too, Cholnnah ! frequently spoken of i n t h e s y feminine gender, a s i n f i w . 7:4,' Say unto wi sdm, Thou a r t m r i ~ t e r .. ~ To t h i s foninine aspect of wisdom, say8 t h o Lcssc-t Holy I s s e ~ b l y , t h a t r i d d l e a l l u d e s *ich i s given i n t h e Song of Solonon, 818, "Ye have a l i t t l e s i s t e r , and she hath no b r e n s t s r what s h a l l r e do f o r our s i s t e r i n t h e day when she s h a l l be spoken f o r t "
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Thus, a l t h o w h Chokciah i a u s u a l l y d e w r i b e d nr m s e u l i n e , and has attributed t o it t h e nano AB, Ab, t h e Father, it i s a l s o , when considcrod a s receptive t o t h e influence of Kethcr, described a s ieminino. l a d even whcn it i s c a l l c d h0, hb, t h e Fether, t h e numeration of t h t t word shows a oorrespondence t o t h c l e t t e r Ginol, because IJI is t h e number 3, nnd t h i s i s t h e number of Gimel, oonsidored a8 single l e t t e r The 13th path, morewer, conw:rs t o every Q a b a l i s t t h e copbincd i d e a s of Unity and h e ascoaiated w i t h t h e number 15, and a r a l l love i s Djpified by t h e Woman who i s t h o o b j e c t of love, t h e r e i s a profound connection between t h t 13th path 8nd t h e varioua feminina aspect8 of t h o Life-power*

Tho beginning of t h e 13th path i s Tiphnreth, and thu work whiah i s perfornod by t h e h e u s aa he advolcer through it i s symbolirod by t h o s c r o l l of the Bigh Priostosb. :i'e draw nigh to t h e Sclf by recolleot i o n , by u n r o l l i r ~t h e s c r o l l of ncmory. Thus wo rwfto oursolves with t h o Ono. I n chort, a s I have i n t i m t t s d throughout t h i s book, t h o "attainmontn of an adept La n o t the ~ a i n i n g something whioh hu doer nut of

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p086eSs. It i s t h e r e c o l l e o t i o n of what he r e a l l y i s , t h e perpetual remembrance t h a t "the Lord I S i n h i s holy templen The Doctrines of t h e Grade of I p s i ~ s k P U s , 1 1 1 0 . This Grade corresponds t o t h e uppermost c i r a l e o f t h e Tree of Life, nac.ed Kether (KThR) t h e Crown, o r ?rimal W i l l . I n Qabalirt i c ' psychology, Kether i s t h e s e a t of Jechidah (IC~IDH), t h e Self, i d e n t i c a l w i t h t h e Atman of Hindu philosophy. Eether i s a l s o c a l l e d the I d n i r a t l e , or Q s t i c a l , I n t e l l i g e a c e . h e Hebrew i s Psrrlar (PI,&), said t o be "the l i g h t uhich i n p a r t s understanding of t h e begiulinC; which i s without beginning." Observe t h a t IChIDH adds up t o 37, w h i l e P U i s a r e v e r s a l of ALP, Aleph, and add8 up t o 114, o r S x 57. The dootrines o f t h e Grade a r e derived from t h e l e t k r r of P ,a 8 f0llOWr~ u

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1. (K) The Judment. A l l a c t i v i t y i s s p i r i t u a l a c t i v i t y , and the center of a l l s p i r i t u a l a c t i v i t y i s t h e One Self. The Limitlesr Light, condensing i t s e l f i n a s i n g l e point, begins a whirling motion pictured Sy the wheel i n Key 10. Thus gether i s sametines c a l l e d Nequdah Rashunah (NQDH RAShVlTH) t h e Primordial Point, i n reference of t h e L i n i t l e s s Light; and I t i r t o t h i s condensation of t h e encr a l s o tornod &shith &-Galgalin f k h I l ' k BGGLI.), t h e 8eginning of the Khirlings, i n a l l u s i o n t o t h e movement s e t up by t h l r oondenratlon of energy
The S W L POINT i s WITHIN. It i s t h e POINT of SPIRITUAL REAKTT, the POINT OF COISCIOUSliESS, t h e center of expression f o r t h e ONE IDENTITI. It is t h e One S e l f , or Atman, which n a t u r a l Den suppose erroneously, t o - b e isolated within t h e i r personal organisins. HI r h o t r u l y know8 the Self knolrr t h a t a t t h i s SLlku POIIrf he I8 one with A l l - h r . Thir i m e r point of i d e n t i t y with t h e E t e r n a l i r our point of contaot with Absolute F i r s t Csure. This I n d i r i a i b l e One (which i r t h o l i t e r a l meaning of IC~IDR) deperida upon nothing roarer. It i r tho TAO of Lao-Tre, conoernine which he wrote: "The TAO t h a t i r t h e subjeot of d i r c u s r i o n i s n o t t h e t r u e Tao. The q u a l i t y whioh can bo named i r not i t s t r u e a t t r i b u t e . " l o oircumstances, p a s t , present, o r future, can e f f e o t t h e froe expression of t h i n Absolute F i r s t Cause. I t I t s e l f doer not net, b u t from it a l l a c t i o n proceeds, and t h e r e i s no l i m i t a t i o n whatever t o i t s pcrner t o i n i t i a t e perfootly new cyoles of oxpression. R e o e d e n t . has no r e s t r i c t i n g influence upon it. Condition8 do n o t a f f e o t it Contiagenoies do n o t modiQ It.

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!She Ipsissfmrts ("& who i s noat himselfw) i s t h a t person i n any c i r c l e of human society who beat r e a l i z e s t h e presence of t h i s OYE IDEhTlTY, a s Absolute F i r s t C~.use, a t the h e a r t of h i s personality. In any group of persons, t h e master mind i s he r h o b e s t u d e r s t a n d r t h e Self.
2. (Th) The World. The world, f o r any hunrr~being, i s r e a l l y a projection, upon the screen of space and time, of mental imsgerg. This projection i s frola within outward. The l e n s through which irbsolute Reality i s projected a s Relative Imagery, i s t h e l e m of self-conrciouaness. Pie do n o t e a s i l y perceive t h i s t r u t h , but t r u t h it is, nevertheless.

A s Van Kr heur rays, i n his ,aost 111~-fnt.tlng rorka b "When I take up a book and drop it on t h e ground only one event t a k e s place and t h a t is the event a s it i s i n t h e world of t h e Real- There i r nothing unreal about t h a t event, it i s e n t i r e l y , wholly and thoroughly r e a l . y But m awareness of t h e event, t h e nay i n which it p r e s e n t s i t s e l f ln my world-1-8, i s my i n t e r p r e t a t i o n of t h e r e a l event, and that i n t e r p r e t a t i o n i s only r e l a t i v e l y r e a l , r e a l f o r me, n o t r e a l in i t s e l f . m e n then, in rqr world-inage, I an aware of hand grasping t h e book and dropping it on the ground, what r e a l l y happens i s t h a t in the world of t h e Real an-' i n t e r a c t i o n taker place. What appoerr in q world-image i s r- e r s i o n of it, i n which version t h e ucity of the r event i s brolren up i n neasure of time and space and i a multitude of n a u a l i t i e s . Then I externalize N awareness of t h e event i t s e l f and t h a t externalized icaee becomes ?or m t h e event i t s e l f . ~ n r e a l i or~ e t i l l u s i o n never resides i n the ovent. or thinr: i n i t s e l f . nor even i n my i n t e r p r e t a t i o n of it, which i s t r u e enough f o r me, imt i n t h e f a c t exalting t h a t I teko mjr h t e r p r e t e t i o n t o be the thing =elf, it t o t h e stature of an absolute and independent reality." (!he Conquest of Illusioa, Page 31)

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Hence, i f m remeabet t h a t t h e l e t t e r Tau r e p r e s e n t s "A&al,ni.a t r a t i v e ~ n t e l l i g e n c e , "n s h a l l see t h a t happiness and freedom u r ours t o t h e extent t h a t our personal world, o r t h e p r o j e c t i o n o our f ' personal interpretation of experience, coincides with t h e r e a l world which i s the expression of t h e ONE IDENTITI. To t h e degree t h a t a l l our e f f o r t s u e d i r e o t e d t m r d naldq our personal t h o q h t , speech, and a c t i o n adequate and unobstructed channels f o r the Life and Hisdom of t h e ONE IDEYTITY, t o t h a t d e p w w i l l we share i n the government of t h e r o r l d .
S. (R) The sun. The foregoing consideration^ lead t o t h e oonelusion symbolized by Key ?JX, where the flawsrs behind t h e m11 t u r n td t h e ohildren, rho danoe i n a f a i r y ring r e p r e r e n t i r y tho oyoler

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of exprussion picturod by t h e wheel i n Key r;.. A human p e r s o n a l i w when the consaious and subconscious phases of mentality a r e regenerated or born anew, becmes a r a d i a n t center through which t h e Lifep m e r m i f e s t s i t s e l f . Only when we understand perronality i n thir way do we see ourselves i n our t r u e r e l a t i o n t o circunrtanoes. Appearances a r e against t h i s doctrine. The mas8 of human beings bcliere thomselvoe t o be t h e c r e a t u r e s of oircunatanoer. Thur ue have umng us a l l v a r i e t i e s of t h i s ignorant s u p e r s t i t i o n , from t h e b e l i e f 8 of sara,-es who suppose thenselves t o be a t t h e meroy of malignant s p i r i t 8 of the o l e m n t s , t o t h e equally s u p e r s t i t i o u s notion6 of t h e modern n a t e r f a l i s t s who t a l k learnedly about "heredity," ' " e n r i r ~ n n e n t , ~ "eoononic dctcnniniw," and t h e lilce* The f p s i s s i s u s t h a t aircrnsstm~cesa r e the projeotions of h i s i n t e r p r e t a t i o n s of r e a l i t y , and the r e s u l t s of h i s knowledge amaze h i s oontemporariee, r h o look upon him a s a airacle-norkar* Here It may be w e l l t o say t h a t t h e knowledge t h a t appewsnoer rue so largely i l l u s i v e doer nothin[; whatever t o r e y w e t h e i l l u s i o n i t s c l f . m a t i s now what c e a r e a f t e r . To &n astronomer the SUB seem8 t o r i s e i n the East, j u s t a s t o a person who boliever t h a t it a o t u a l l y does r i s e ; but t h e astronomer knows b e t t e r . To tha I p s i s s i n u r , humrn personality seems t o be conditioned by environnent, and s e o w t o be hedged about with various l i m i t a t i o n s ; but t h e Iprirsimus knows b e t t e r . Re has made t h i s knouledge dcep-rooted and p e m n e n t . Be thinlcr, rpeakr, and a c t s from it. Thsrefore h i s mode of l i f e i s inomprohenrible t o the merely n a t u r a l man. To t h e sage, however, t h e works which reon miraculous t o h i s cont.tnporarie8 a r e n e r e l y t h e n a t u r a l expression8 of what he k n w s himrelf t o be.

- 4. (P) The Tower. The extraordinary work8 of a "Itnorrer of &If9 fire l a r e c l y applicetions of the f o r c e nhich, i n t h e r e lessons, ha8 been called the Mars foroe* This i s a power which i s o r d i n a r i l y destructive, a p e r manifested i n t h e passional f o r c e of mboonsciourmerr whioh modern psychology terms libido, a p o m r nhioh b r i q s about t h e physiolog i c a l changes t h a t r e a r l t I n physiaal death*
A ganelian i n t h e u y q a t h e t i o nervous system, a t about t h e height i n the body represented hy t h e navel, i o t h e g r e a t oenter of t h i a powor. Dy tho variour p r a c t i c e r which have been derised n*, found i n Yoga teaohing and i n t h e vr.rio?rr ti?ec,such )r. thorc oereaonial magio of tho Western oocult rchool, t h i r h r r foroo i s brought under c o ~ t r o l . Essentially l i k e e l o o t r i o i t y , and eoverned by s i m i l a r laws, t h i s force i s inimioal t o man only so long a s he rnimanderrtaP48 and misuses it. Rightly understood, it breaks d m a l l struoturor of e r r o r and i t s aotion i n t h e brain awakens t h e C o n c t i t u t i r y I n t e l l i ~ [ o n o e topresented In Tarot by t h e Emperor.

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An fpsissimus has mastered the Mars foroe. He ha8 w e r t h r o r h the f a l s o kncrrrledge of separateness, rooted f e r r o r and i l l u s i o n . He n i s oonsoiously immortal, and has i d e n t i f i e d the "I" i n h i s own persona l i t y with tho Universal Self. H no longer not8 a s a separate being. e All t h a t he thinks, a l l t h a t he says, a l l t h a t he doer, i r underutood by him a r being t h e w t i v i t y of the Universal Self.

Thus an IpsissiBms i s n p e r f e o t l y poired 5. (L) .' Justice. d out anbition, but r o r k r a r t h o s e 60 e e .. personality. H h who a r e anbitious. Be has k i l l e d out d e s i r e of l i f e , b u t r e s p e c t s e l i f e as those do who d e s i r e it. H has k i l l e d out d e s i r e o f o m f o r t , but i t a s those a r e rrho l i v e f o r h a ~ D i n c 6 ~ .Thus he r e a l i r e r these ~ n j i i i t i o n s a i d d c m in Lirht on th; Path. He lead8 a l i f e of l perfect expression of t h a t Law*

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6. (A) The Fool. I n b r i e f , an Ipsissimur i s t h e v r t f o a l Fool of a11 scored allegories. Nothing bind8 him. H i r lmyond a l l tho e Eis mativtr and h i s a o t i o n r a r e i n l i m i t a t i o n s of " t h i s world." omprehonsible t o t h e most of merely natural men. SomatUmr they nwship him. Oftener they derido him. Always they f e a r him. I e m r do they understand h5n. Bin i n r t m c t i o n the7 may g a s p , so f u a s he w e n it comprehensible t o i n t e l l e o t . But t h o inner e s r m o e of t h e man eludes them.

Thus it i s t h a t they who have f i l l y attained t o t h e highant Grad0 of t h e Invicrible 6rdor have fen companionr i n t h e world. Th.fr l i g h t shines i n the darknesr of t h e f a l s e world, but t h a t darknerr cannot swallow it up. Yet the Ipsirsimi a r e never lonely. They l i r e i n s i l e n t , but T i t i d oomnuniontion with each other, and t h e y a l l share i n tho b l i s s of t h e Heavenly Virion.

A subject having 60 many ramifications a8 t h i r one could t m expanded i n t o a whole l i b r a r y of volumes t h e nice of t h i s , but I t r u s t I have done what I s e t out t o do, namely, t o demonstrate that the o r i g i n a l Rosicruoian documents a r e a l l e g o r i e s of t h e u n f o l ~ n t of t h e inner l i f e of mnn, based upon t h e Secret Wisdom of I m s e l , to rhioh c e r t a i n k m t i o elomants have been added.

It i s my hope t h a t t h i s book w i l l r e n e s t i l l another putpore. k i n g many years of oocult research, I hove often ms men and w m n who were f i l l y persuaded t h a t they belonged t o t h e 'only t r u e n Rorioruoisn Order. Again Md again I have seen them m f f 6 r b i t t e r d i r i l l u r i o n -

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men*, a s they oane t o l c a r n t h a t h a t had soemed t o them t o be t h e gold of pure t r u t h was, a t b e s t , only t h e "fool's gold" of well-meant ignorance, o r , a t ~ o r s t ,a gold brick of lying Fnposture.
I ham long since given up any attempt t o persuade such persans of t h e i r e r r o r s whilo y e t they renain believers. But I have hoper th.t t h i s book w i l l do somethin5 t o bring a i d m d canfort t o t h e d i s i l l u s i o n e d , so t h a t they nay l e a r n t h a t a f t e r a l l t h e r e i s a r e a l Rosicruoian Frat e r n i t y , although it has never been organized as, f o r instance, t h e Masons ruo.

I hare been c a r e f u l t o r e f r a i n from d i r e c t attaok on any rpeoif i c Rosicrucian inposture, although t h e r e are i n t h i s present day a m r ~ ber of g l a r i q instances which c e r t a i n l y tempt me. But I believe t h a t eve3 t h i s mere o u t l i n e of Rosicrucian totching, based upon indubitable sourccs, w i l l do more t o protect seokere f o r l i g h t against imposture than a whole s e r i e s of erporures. There i s a t r u e Rosicrucian Ordor. +d there a r e Rosicrucian s o c i e t i e s which a r e undoubtedly in touch with t h r t i n v i s i b l e Inner School. llone of those s o c i e t i e s , however, claims t o be t h e Order i t s e l f , and none nakes m y p c r t i c u l a r pretension t o antiquity, although saru have been rorlcing f o r a r e l a t i v e l y long period.
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Those orgenizationr of oocult students q u i e t l y c a r r y on t h e r o t k of i n i t i a t i o n and i n s t r u c t i o n in various p a r t s of the world. I f you u e duly and t r u l y prepared, you w i l l uxr~doubtodlpmake contact with such schools i n duo season. Such contact, however, i n i n v a r i b l y made throogh porsonal c h m ~ ~ e l s , not t h r m g h edvertising in t h e publio prints. If and you neet a member of such a body of studonts, he w i l l reoognize y o u r . readinass f o r f u r t h e r instruction, and rill make t e s t s of your bowledge and understanding

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Eut if smobody a l l dressed up i n gaudy regalia, publicly o r remipublioly announoing h h s o l f or t h e " ~ e a d "of the Rosioruoianr, makes a bid f o r your cillegiance o r f i n a n c i a l support, an your o m head be it i f you a f t e r n a r d s go through o period of c r u e l d i s i l l u s i o n , chould you accept him a s suoh.
I do not condom such pretenders. Thoy oondemn themselves.. Besides, I think I know why thoy a r e permitted t o carry on t h e i r knposturer. Above a l l , tho p r a c t i c a l o c c u l t i s t must develop t h e q u a l i t y of diroriminat i o n , and they who 1 a o k . i t have t o learn s o w b i t t e r lossonr. So a l s o do those who, t h e r ~ s e l v e rdisbelieving i n s p i r i t u a l v e r i t i e r , pretend

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to s ~ c hb-licf i n of t h e i r f e l l w men. a8 t h a t of those who l a t o r t h e freuds and your guard.

order t o gain control of t h e l i v e r and purser Thsir o m want of discrimiaation i s as. great a r e led a s t r a y by t h e i r oleptrop. Sooner o r t h e i r dupes w i l l learn better. Llsarmhile, be on

Seek only t h e highest. Remember t h e words of t h e o r i g i n a l t e x t r , quoted on page lLrnTo thu f a l s e and i r p o s t e r s , and thoae who reek o t h e r things t h a n wisdom, we cannot be betrayed t o our hurt." Here t h e word "wisdon' r e f e r s t o the Q c l n l i s t i c C m , Chokmch, t o which t h e Grade of !kps i s a t t r i b u t e d That aisdon recognizes hwran personality a8 €he v e h i c l e of tho roo1 S e l f , a recognitionrpbich f i n d s exprersion in t h e P o r t c s r e i h l d i r e c t i o n of thought nnd spccoh (Ch, t h e Chariot). It i r t h e grasp of t h e t r u t h t h a t a l l the d e t e i l s of persontl t c t i o n a r e r e a l l y mnif e s t a t i o n s of t h e "wheels within wheols" of t h e cosmio cycler (K, t h e Wheel of Fortune). It i s t h e r e v e r s a l of most peopletr a t t i t u d e tonvd l i f e , oxpressed i n G t o t c l self-surrender r e s u l t i n g i n t h e p e r f e c t ooncentrntion and meditation which Yindus term Ssmadhi (, t h e Hanged M n . k ! a)

Finally, it i s the c l o a r r i s i o n gained by union with t h e r e a l Self, who i s t h c r u l e r czd Lord of a l l things (H, t h e Emperor). I f t h i s be what you seek, and you keep the fl- of a s p i r a t i o n burning bright, d o i q a l l t h n t you h o w how t o perfect yoursolf i n concentration and w d i t a t i o n , t o a s end t h a t your personality n3y be unified with t h o cosmic l i f e , you w i l l progreaa steadily toward adoptship.
Of c l l description6 of the Inner h h o o l which i a t h e True und Invisible Rosicrucicn Order, none b e t t o r has been m i t t e n than t h a t containod in Karl von ~ c k h a r t s h c u s e n ' s9 0 u d Upon the Snnctuary, from whibh I have conden6ed t h e following paragraphs.

"Sons of t r u t h , there i s but o5e order, but one Brotherhood, but one association of men who a r e agreed in the r o l e object of acquiring ligf?t. From t h i s centur cisunderstanding haa brought f o r t h b m e r a b l e Ordors, but a l l w i l l return, f r o n t h e m l t i p l i c i t y of opinionr, t o t h e only t r u t h and t o the t r u e Order--the association of those who a r e a b l e t o receive the l i g h t , t h e Community of the Eleot.

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"This conmnity of l i c h t h r s e x i r t c d since the f i r r t day of the world's creation, find i t s duration w i l l be t o t h e end of time. I t i r tho sooioty of those e l e c t who know t h e Light i n t h e Dorknerr cnd reparato what i s puro therein. "Thir oonnunity posserses a Sohool, i n which a l l who t h i r d f o r

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knowledge a r e instructed by t h e S p i r i t of wisdom i t s e l f ; and a l l t h e mysteries of God and of n a t u r e a r e preserved t h o r e i n f o r t h e c h i l d r e n of light. P e r f e c t knowledge of God, of nature and of hunanity a r e t h e objects of i n s t r u c t i o n i n t h i s school. It i s thence t h a t d l t r u t h s p m e t r a t e i n t o t h e world; herein i s t h e School of t h e Prophets and of a l l who search f o r wisdom; it i s i n t h i s c o m n i t y alone t h a t t r u t h and t h e explanation of a l l mystery i s t o be found. I t i s t h e most hidden of commmities, y e t it posseeses members gathered from nany orders: of such i s t h i s School.

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"This Sanctuary, composed of s c a t t e r e d members, b u t k n i t by t h e bonds of p e r f e c t u n i t y and love (N.B. Eckhartahausen h e r e gives : P a b a l i s t i c clue, f o r "unityn and "love" a r e ACN) and LLHBH, and both a r e 13, o r 5 plus 81, has been occupied from t h e e a i l i o s t ages in building t h e grand Temple t o t h e regeneration of humanity, by which t h e r e i g n of God w i l l be manifest. This society is i n t h e conmanion of those who have t h e most c a p a c i t y f o r l i g h t , & t h e Elect. ,

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'It w a s formed h e d i a t e l y a f t e r t h e f a l l of man, and reoeired from God a t first-hand t h e r e v e l a t i o n of those ncans by which f a l l e n humrvlity could be again r a i s e d t o i t s r i g h t s and delivered f r o n i t s misery: ( ~ o ~ ~ t a irs ewith t h e t r a d i t i o n a l account of t h e o r i g i n of h t h e Qabalah, and renenber t h a t a t r u e 4 a b a l i s t i s one who i s r e c e p t i v e L t received t h e key of t r u e science, both d i v i n e t o Light; a d natural.

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*Eut, when men ~ m l t i p l i e d , t h e f r a i l t y of men and h i s weaknear necessitated an e x t e r i o r s o c i e t y which v e i l e d t h e i n t e r i o r one, and conoealed t h e s p i r i t and t h e t r u t t i n t h e l e t t e r . 'l'he people a t large were not capable of conprehending high i n t e r i o r t r u t h , and t h e dmgcr eauld have been too g r c e t i n confiding t h a t which waa of a l l holy t o incapable people. Therefore, innard t r u t h s were wrapped i n - e x t e r n a l and v i s i b l e ceremonies, so t h a t men, by t h e perception of' o t h e outer,.r?nich i s t h e ~ ~ b of tlh e i n t e r i o r , might by degrees be enabled safoly t o approach t h e i n t e r i o r s p i r i t u a l t r u t h r e "But t h e s e c r e t depositary has always been confided t o him who i n h i s day had t h e notit capacity f o r illumination, and he became t h e s o l c guardian of t h e o r i g i n a l Trust, a s nigh R i e r t of t h e Sanctuary

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"This i n t e r i o r community of l i g h t i s t h e reunion of a l l those capable of receiving l i g h t , and o l e c t t h e r e t o ; it i s known a6 t h e C o m n i o n of Saints. The p r i m i t i v e deposit of a l l power and t r u t h has beon confided t o it f r o n a l l t i n e - - i t alone, say6 st. Paul, i s thir posaossion of t h e science of t h e Saints. By it t h o agents of bod were fornod i n every age, passing from i n t e r i o r t o t h e e x t e r i o r , and o o m n i c a t i n g s p i r i t and l i f e t o t h e dead l e t t e r - - a s a l r e a d y s a i d *

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"This i l l M n e . t e d conmnrnity has been through time t h e t r u e school of God's s p i r i t , and considered a s school, it ha8 i t s Chair, i t s Doctor, it possesses a r u l e f o r studects, it has f o m and object8 f o r study, and, i n s h o r t , a method by which they study. It har, aIro, i t s degrees f o r suocessive developrcent t o higher a l t i t u d e s .

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"This school of wisdom ha8 been f o r ever most s e c r e t l y hidden from t h e world, because it i s i n r i s i b l e ard submissive eolely t o Divine Government.
"It has never been exposed t o t h e accidents of time and t o t h e weakness of m n , because only the n o s t capable were.chosen f o r it, aul the s p i r i t which selected could s u f f e r no deception.

'y t h i s school were developed t h e garmr of a l l t h e m~blime B sciences, which were neat received by extornal schoolr, r e r e then olothed i n other forms, and Frr f i n e sonotisme6 degenerated therein.
'This society of sagos conmunicated, according t o t i n e and c i r cmstancer, unto t h e e x t e r i o r s o c i e t i e s t h e i r symbolio hieroglyphr, i n order t o a t t r a c t e x t e r n a l lcnn t o t h e great t r u t h 8 of t h e i n t e r i o r . "But a l l e x t e r i o r ~ o c i e t i e s u b s i s t only in proportion a8 t h i r s sooiety c o m i c c t e s i t s s p i r i t thereto. a s soon a s e x t e r n a l s o c i a t i e r a i s 5 t o be independent of the i n t e r i o r one, and t o transform a t e n p l e of wisdom i n t o a p o l i t i c a l e d i f i c e , the i n t e r i o r socioty r e t i r e 8 and loaves only the l e t t e r without t h e s p i r i t . I t i r t h u s t h a t sooret ext c r n n l s o o i e t i c r of visdon wcro nothing but hieroglyphic rcroenr, the t r u t h remaining invar bly without t h e sanctuary s o t h a t it might nogrr be profaned.

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"1n t h i s i n t e r i o r society man f i n d s wisdom and therewith t h e A l l not the wisdon of t h i s world, which i s but s c i e n t i f i c knowledge, r h i c h revolvcs round t h e outside but never touchee t h e c e n t r e (wherein i s oontained a l l power), but t r u o wisdom and non obedient t h e r e t o *
" A l l disputes, a l l controversies, a11 t h e thing8 belonging t o t h e f a l s e prudenoe of t h i s world, f r u i t l e s s discussions, u s e l e s s gurmr of opinion which spread t h e weeds of disunion, a l l e r r o r , schism8 and syrterns a r e banished therefrom. Neithcr calumny nor scandal a r o known. Every nan i s honoured. S a t i r e , t h a t s p i r i t which seekr diversion t o the dioadvantoge of i t s neighbour, i r unknown. Love alone reigns. Never doer t h e monster of c a l m r e a r among t h e sons of wisdon i t s serpent headt

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estimation i n common p r e v a i l s , ar.d t h i s only; t h e f a u l t s of a f r i e d a r e passed ocor; t h e r e a r e no b i t t e r reproaohes heaped on b-perfection. Gcncrously and lovingly, the seeker i s placed upon t h e nay of truth. It i s c o u ~ h t o persuado and touoh t h e h e a r t s of t h o ~ e who e r r , leaving t h e punishment of s i n t o t h e I a r d e of Light* W a n t and foeblenets a r e protectad; r e j o i o i n g r a r e mide a t t h e e l e v a t i o n and d i g n i t y which man acquires. ?lo one i s r a i s e d above another by t h e f o r t u n e which i s t h e g i f t of cheaoe; he o r l y counts himself nost happy who has t h e opportunity t o b e n e f i t h i s brethren8 and a l l suoh ,-,en, united i n t h e s p i r i t of love and t r u t h , c o n s t i t u t e tho I n v i s i b l c Church, tho s o c i e t y of t h e Kingdom w i t h i n , under t h a t one Chief who i s God.
"Ilo rmst not, howovor, inagine t h a t t h i s r o o i e t y resembles m j s o o r e t o r d e r , meeting a t c e r t a i n t i n o s , choosicg i t s l e a d e r r and memb e r s , u n i t e d by s p e c i a l objects. A l l a s s o c i a t i o n s , be t h e s e what they may, c a n b u t corm a f t e r t h i s i n t e r i o r i l l u n i n a t e d c i r c l e , which s o c i e t p knows none of t h e f o r n s l i t i o s b c l o n g i ~ gt o t h e o u t e r r i n g s , t h e work of man. 1. t h i s k b g d o n of puwcr t h e outward f o r n s oeaw.. .

"God Hinself i s t h e P m e r alunys prese3t. The b e s t e m of hir ti.ms, t h e chiof himself, does n o t i n v a r i a b l y know a l l t h e c i b o r c , b u t the moneat =hen it i s t h e R i l l of God t h a t t h e y should be brought into coarmunic:tion he f i c d s thom u n f a i l i n g l y i n t h e world and rcady t o work f o r -the ord l vim* n
'This cormmrnity has no &side b a r r i e r s . He who rray be ahosm by God i s a s t h e f i r s t ; ho presunts himself a n t h e o t h e r s without mg p r e s u ~ p t i o n ,and he i s received by them without j e a l w r y * .If it be necessary t h a t t r u e embers should meet together, t h e y find and reoognite each othor w i t h p e r f a c t c e r t a i n t y . No d i s g u i s e can be used, n e i t h e r hypocrisy nor dissimulation, could hide t h e oharacteri s t i c q ~ a l i t i e s t h i s society, because they a r e t o o genuine. A l l of i l l u s i o n i s gone, arid t h i n g s a?pear i n t h e i r t r u e form. 'No one member can choose another, unaninour choice is-required* A l l men a r e o a l l e d , the c a l l e d may be chosen, i f thoy b e c m r i p e f o r entranoe.
"Arq one can look f o r e!~tranoe, and aiiy c a n nho i c within c u r t e a c h another t o seek f o r it; but only he who i s r i p e can a r r i v e i n r i d e * Unpreparad men occasion d i s o r d e r i n a oomunity, and d i s o r d e r i s not compatible with t h e Sanotuary. This t h r u s t s o u t a11 rrho a r e not honoeeneous. Iyorldly i n t e l l i g e n c e aeeks t h i s Sanotuary in vein; i n vain

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a l s o do t h e o f f o r t s of malice s t r i v e t o p e s e t r a t e t h e w g r e a t n y s t e r i e r ; a l l i s undecipherable t o hizl who i s not prepared; he o m see nothing, read nothing i n the i n t e r i o r . "iie rho i s r i p e i s joined t o the chain, perhapa o f t c n where he thought l e a s t l i k e l y , and a t a point of which he knsr nothing hlmrelf. Seeking t o bccme r i p e should be t h e e f f o r t of h i n who laves uisdaa. "But tkcre a r e m t h o d s by which ripeness i s attained, f o r i n thir holy comamion i s the primitive storehouse of the most ancient and o r i g i n a l science of the human race, with t h e primitive llysterier a160 which of a l l science. It i s the unique and r e a l l y illumianted cacr~unity i s i n possession of t h e key t o a l l mystery, which knows t h e c e n t r e a d source of nature and creation. I t i s a society rr)lich unites superior polrrer t o i t s m and include8 mcmbers f r o n more than o m w d It , l . i s t h e society rhore nenberr fonn a t h e o o r a t i c regublic, which one day rill be the Regent Mother of t h e whole V o l . itd

k y t h i s o u t l i n e of i t s c o n s t i t u t i o n and d e g e e r , a d t h i r explanation of the ilay of Hoturn which leads rt length t o illtmirration, bo t h e m a n s of encouraging yon t o persevere i n t k e Great Eork rhos. hvit i s t h e "ripenessn of which Eckhartrhausen rpeakr. Tkia book has cone t o yo*> because yau a r e already acong those r h o a r e called. My b e s t wish f o r you i s t h a t a s a r e m l t of reading it, you rr). oaar t o be nunborod a-on6 t h e chosen.

P P P E B D I X . I n t h e firat: e d i t i o n of t h i s book I gave s e v e r a l e x e r c i r d intended t o enable the studont t o reproduce i n h i c own perron, t o dogree, the' ~ t a t e s mind and body belonging t o t h e variou: s t a g c r of of Rosiorucian dcvoloprnent. That i n s t r u c t i o n has been n d r f s d l y oafttdd from the present edition, p r i n o i p a l l y beoause I f o e 1 t h a t it i s r e a l l y f s a f e r t o avoid ~ i v i n g o m l a s , and b e t t e r t o r e l y upon t h e explanation of prinoiplee. But t o stuOents of Tarot, and e s p e c i a l l y those h o ham c a m i n contact with our i n c t r u c t i o n s ooncerning color and so&, it rill be evident t h a t overy G a d e of the Order, and every s t a g e of a d v a n o c mont through t h o paths, has i t s correrpondenoes i n Tarot, i n color, ud In sound. For the benefit of those who have not had r a y i n s t r u c t i o a on t h e m points, 1 s h a l l now b r i e f l y r e m e sane of the fundamentals, although it

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I n v i s i b l e Rosicrucinn Order

should be understood t h a t t h e techniaue of using the f i n e r moder of v i b r a t i o n i s one t h a t requires more extended i n s t r u c t i o n than can be given i n t h e s e pager. Colors and Sounds of tho Ten Grader.
1 Iprissinur. .
2. iEagus.

Kether.

m i t e brilliance.

Bo t o n a l correspondence.

Chokmah.

Neutral Gray.

80 t o n a l oorrespondence.

S. Xagirter Tcmpli. Black and deep Blue-violet. The black h a r no t o n a l correspondence, but t h e blue-violet c o r r e s p ~ n d rt o A-natural.
4. Exempt Mept.

Blue.

The sphere of Jupiter.

C-rhup.

5. Greater Adept. Red.

The sphere of WE. C-natural. E-natural. P-sharp. D-natural. A-rhup.

6. Lesser Mept. Yellow. The sphere of t h e Sun.

7. Philosophua.
8. Practicur.

Green. Orange. Violot.

The sphere of Venur.

The rphere of Mercury.
The rphere of t h e Uoon.

9. Thooricur.

10. Zclator. Citrino, Russet, S l a t e , Black. The o i t r i n e $ 6 t h e mixture of Orango and Green, corresponding t o the chord D-F-rharpl the r u s s e t i s t h e mixture of Oror.ge and Violet, corresponding t o t h e chord A-sharp-D; t h e s l a t e i s t h e mixture of Violet and Green, correrpondinl; t o tho chord F-sharp-A-sharp; and the black i s r e a l l y t h e mixture of orange, green, and v i o l e t , corresponding t o t h e chord D-F-sharp-A-sharp. Colors and Sounds of t h e 22 l e t t e r 8 and Tarot Keyr.

1, Aleph.
2.

0.

The Pool.

Light yellow. Yellow.

. E-natural.

Beth.
Ginel. hleth. Eeh.

I.

The h g i c i a n .

E-natural. Blue. O-sharp.

S.
4. 5.

11. 111.

The High P r i e r t o a r . The Empress. Red.

Green.

P-sharp.

IV.

The Emperor. The Hierophant.

C-natural C.aharp.

6.

Vau. V.

Red-Orange.

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bin.
Cheth.

V1.
VII.

f i e Lovers.

Orange.

D-natural D-rharp.

The Chariot.

Orange-Yellow. E-natural.

Toth.
Yod. iiaph. Lemod.

V I I I . Strength.

Yellow.

IX. The Hernit.
X.

Yellow-Green.

P-natural A-rharp.

Tho ? h e e l of Fortune.
Justice. Green.

Violet.

XI.

F.-sharp C-sharp. G-natufal. 6-sharp. A-natural.

LIem. XI.

The Hanged &in. Death.

Blue,

Nun.

XIII.
XTV.
XV.

Blue-Green.

Smekh. 16. 17. 18. 19. Ayin. Peh.

Tenper~nco. Blue,

The Devil. The Tower.

Blue-Violet. aed.

XVI.

C-natural. A-shnrp. B-natural.

Tzaddi.

XVZI.

The Star.
The &on.

Violet.

Qoph. XVIII. Resh.
XU[.

Violet-Red. Orange. Bed.

.

20.
21.
22.

The Sun.

Lnatural. C-natural. k-natural*

Shin.
Tau.

XX.

The Judpont.

D . The Jiorld. J

Blue-Violet-

These twenty-4x0 l e t t e r s and h y s correspond t o t h e oonnscting paths on t h e Tree of Lifo. Three (Aleph, &m, an& Shin) correspond t o A i r , Water, and F i r e , respectively. They correspond a l s o t o t h e plnnots Uranus (A), Ncptune (I),and lTulcan ( ~ h ) . Vulcnn i e an o c o u l t planet, not y e t recognirod by s x o t e r i o astronomy. These t h r e e l e t t e r r ciao correspond t o th6 following c e n t e r s i n t h e body; Aleph t o t h e p i n e a l eland; Llem t o tho p i t u i t a r y body; Shin t o t h o p r o r t a t i o ganglion, or oenter bohind t h e navel. Seven of the l e t t e r s correspond t o seven c e n t e r s i n t h e body, a8 follonsc Beth, t o t h e cerebrum and pineal gland; O h e l , t o the p i t u i t a r y body1 Daleth, t o t h e center a t t h e w e l l of t h e t h r o a t s gaph, t o tho s o l a r plexuet Peh, t o t h e p r o s t a t i o o r navel c e n t r e 1 Rest.., t o t h e cardiac plexus, or hoart center8 Tau, t o t h e b a r i o o e n t m , t h e s a c r a l ploxur, a t t h e bare of tho spine. The other twelve l e t t e r s oorrespond t o t h o twelve a r e a s r u l e d

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by t h e twelve signs of t h e zodiac, a s f o l l o n r :
Heh, t o h r f e s , governing t h o head, and a l l that t h e r k u l l contains, with t h e exception of t h e nose, ears, and loner jer.

Van, t o Taurus, governing t h e e a r s , lower jaw, a t l a s and cerv i c a l vertebrae, neck and throat.

erms a &

Zain, t o Gemini, governing t h e shoulder-blader, collar-boner, hands, end lung8

Chet!!, t o Cancer, gwerning t h e bony s t r u c t u r e of t h e c h e r t , t h e mmary glands, and t h e stozmch. Teth, to Leo, governing t h e h e a r t , and t h e d o r s a l region o f the, spin8

Yod, t o Virgo, eoverning t h e i n t e s t i n e 8 and t h e abdominal region.
Iaoed, t o Libra, governing t h e kidneys, adrenalr, and lumbar region of the rpine.

Fun, t o Scorpio, governing t h e nasal passagen, t h e organr of rcproduction, and t h e reproduotive potencies of t h e whole organism.
Saackh, t o S a g i t t a r i u s , gowrning t h e h i p s and thighs.

&in,

t o Cnpricorn, governing the kneeam

Tzaddi, t o Aquarius, governing t h e o a l v e r and auklea. Goph, t o Pircer, governing t h e f e o t . From the foregoing a t t r i b u t i o n s it w i l l be apparent what c o l o r 6 and sounds are a t t r i b u t e d t o t h e contcrs and aroas. Detnilud instruot i o n on t h e use of those vibratory foroes f o r healing may be f & 5.n

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