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T H E FELLOWSHIP

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THE

ROSY CROSS

ISSUED BY FRATEK SXCRAMENTUhl REGIS


MOST IIONOURED IMPERATOR
IN ORDINE ROSErE CRUCIS,

FOR T I I E DIRECTION O F CELEBRANTS ANT)

TIIE USE O F FRATKES ET SORORES UNDER


T H E OBEDIEKCE O F AUTIIORISED TEMPLES

AIL Rights strictly Rescmrd

including Tramlafiolz, Reprintitzg, Cilaf ion


and Drarlrafic Rights

THE THIRD ORDER OF THE


ROSY CROSS
WORLD O F CREATION

PART

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THE CEREMONY OF ADMISSION


TO T H E

GRADE 'OF ADEPTUS MAJOR,


6=5
BEING THE MOST HOLY GRADE OF GEBUKAH

I D EST
MYSTERIUM SHEKINAH

PRIVATELY PRINTED
MCMXVI.

THE PONTIFICAL OFFICEICS O F T H E


GRADIS.

THE USI-IEK F O

GICADE,id st, th? Keeper Of t/te ir/,;mhoZd, id est, Frater P&u~g~'inus VaCZis, 6 = 5. He
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has tLejkst cum of the Postulant.

T I AUXILIAI<Y FRATEII ADEPTUS, 5 = 6 , being thc Postulmzt on thc Thscshoid of 7ud'mvzt, is,i?z a certailt f se~tse, Ofice)* o the Grade, iiz u rank correspomii?zg an to that of h i Celebrur~t i?t the Grade of TIPHEX E T f I .
A s the clothi~tgof the Celebratzt-ill-Chief and the Seco?zd Cekbrant corresponds to their Grade of Adcptsh9 i n the f Creatiolz, it remaim the . same as in World o TIPHERE TH. The Post~dnnt wears*'the ziestuzents o f the A u x i h r y F r a t ~ rAdeptus. The Most Holy Priestess wtavs tltg white habit o thc T h i ~ d f Order and the Girde and Veil of BINAH. T e Usher of thc h Grade and the u~zoficialMembers are clothed i t z the white habit, with the Girdlr of GBB URA H and ttie Rose- Cross bcioltg ing- to that S E PHIR A. The Usher carries a Wa?zd,surtlrounted by a Dove of Peace, similar to that of an Ostiart'us iu the Worldr b e h

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TIPHERETH.

THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE

ROSY CROSS.
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T H E SOLEMN OFFICE O F OPENING T H E HOUSE AND SANCTUARY O F ADEPTS I N T H E GRADE O F GEBURAH.


The arral1ge1ne7zt of Holm a d Sanctuary foZZows the utzwritten precede~zts. Thc Door of the Sa?zctuary is opela to its fullest extent, a d the Sanctua~yits# is draped accordzkg to the scale of cuhurs co~)lplewu?ttary to those of T I P H E RE TH : that is to say, i?z the Scah of the Great Mother. The fu~terad Zittry and catafnlque filG the centre, havilzg red draperies and haugings. The Candles of the Dead are placed about the litter. There is a veil draw~z before the symbol of the settilzg sutz o?z tjre outer side of the Door, a d this vciZ is red. The Cross of Obligation in TIPHERE TH is erectd at t h Westerw epzd of the TenrpZe, facing the Door of the Samtuary, and is covered by a red curtaia. Thc Altar of the Grade is /+ad itt the ilrriddle way of the leviyde, a~zd drajed iu YE^. It is in thefonzz of a double ccube. is Thc Sacred Pictorial SyntboZs of K A PH alzd MEM arc tur~tedWestward ott the Altar a d lie on eithcr si&

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passes lichi~tctthe Saizctr~nryi?~to pZncc that

o f comcaG

The Second CeZebrant, the HonournbZe Frater P ~ r c g r i ~ ~ u s a Valdis and the uno$ciaZ Mcmbeys bei7zg ckssel7~b/cd d clothed i 7 ~the Vestibule, thcy pass i ~ pror~ssio~t the c to Tenzph and take their phccs i7c siZc~zce. T/MUsher of f the Grade is seated by the Door a d has charge o t/u Pot of I7zccnse. The Seco7rd CeCebm~~t proceeds to tht wester?^ e ~ t do f the Cutafalque and t h r c /aces Westwith a Battery wnl-d. He opeus the Sacred Cerc~nony of one knock- arzd puocceds as foLlows : -

Adeptus Major.-Fratres et Sorores, having come so far in our journey from t h c circumference to thc Centre, let us abide here for a period, since the day is far spent.

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Adeptus Majov.-Faithful Companions of our common exile, I pray you, rcmcnzber the Centre. There is here the pause o a mommt. f Acl'e~tus Mujoov.-It is known that this is also the height, whereunto many voices sunlmon us. There is here the pause o a n~onteut. f Adtptus Major.-It is well that those who are called should g o before their election ; it is well that those who come after should firld the path more smooth, since others have gone up first. There is hcvc t/tepausc o a ~~tomezt. f Adeptus Major.--I testify thcrcfore that, seeking the Height or the Centre, we d o not stand alone.
f There is hcre the pause o a m o ~ ~ t e ~ t t .

Adeptus Mqb?~.--R memorial is always with us, behind the Door of this Sanctuary. We have found herein a House of Rest upon the way ; and the solemn task devolves upon us to open its secret place unto other travellers whose knocking is heard without. There is heye the pause o a moment. f A d ~ p t u sMajor.--Fratres place is this !
e t Sorores, what manner of

There is here the pause o a ~uoment. f


Adcptus Mnjor.-It is the House of Love, of the Soul going t o its Bridal ; but it is also a House of Judgment.
f There is here the pause o a vroment.

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Adeptus Majot-.-The Sign of the House is that of the Mystical Rose, which is thc Sign of Mercy and Judgment on the right and left of the Tree, the Sign of Union with Christ in the Central Pillar of Benignity, the Sign of Messias in the work of rcdceming souls and the Symbol of the Great Mother.

Adeptus Mqbr.-Let us lcnecl thcrcfore, 0 Fratres et Sorores, for here is thc Holy Place.

THE PRAYER AT OPENING.


Adeptus Ma3r.-We, who are the Stewards of the Mysteries i n this little Kingdom of Thy Love, do beseech Thee, in the Bond of our Union, that the saving grace of

Thy guidance may be with us now and to the end. By the great names of Thy Love, even by TAUOONAH and MATRONA, Holy Sister, Holy Spouse, Virgin and Mother in Transcendence, encompass us on every side. Thou hast suffered with the elect in all ages. Thou dost lead us on the path of our return. We have seen the beauty of Thy face, 0 Angel of Liberation. Thou hast drawn us into Sacred Halls in the realm of Mystical Death, 0 Indwelling Glory. Thou hast visited us in the IGngdoms which are below. Thou dost remember us in the Palace which is above. Keep us under the shadow of Thy wings. Give unto us the nourisllnient of the clect-red wine of Thy rapture in GEBURAH, white milk of Thy mercy in CHESED. Bring us-in the Temple of Holy Espousals

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-into the joy of T h y nuptial union, 0 Sacrifice of the I-Ioly One, 0 endless Love of the Ilighcst. W e have dwelt, our Lady and Mother, under many dispensations, in worlds of derived light, of sorrow which does not lead and joy which divcrts from the way. But the call came by which we were brought to Thy Knowledge, enkindled with the fire from Thee : and seeing that it has been given us in fine to lead otlm-s on the road which Thou hast opencd before us, we ask Thee in Thy great justice for the light to guide thcm well. It is written that Thy House is a House of Prayer. MATRONA, S H E K I N A H , first of all that is, Mcra Benignitas, Beneplacitum tertnino carens : give unto them as to us that they shall see T h y glory in the death which is life from Thee. . There is hcr-e amther pause. The Celebrant tit Chief opem the Sccrct Door a d issuesfrom behind the Samt u y , bearixg alL his iusignia. The Door cZoses behimi him. fIc raises both arws, hodding his Walzd o O l c e f in the right harzd. Adeptus Exeutpt?~s.-Salvete, Fratres e t Sorores : health and resurrection in the Lord, union declared in triplicity, the body of redemption for those who are redeemed in the spirit, and the wealth of the Knowledge of GOD.

H e lowers his artlzs a n d Wand. He is sta?tding behiltd the Zigh led c a d h , faci7zg Westward. The S e c o d f Cebbrant is still ktzedilzg at the Western end o the ~atafal&&,bokizg toward the CeZebra~zt Chief: in
Adejtus Major.-And hail unto thee, 0 Prince of CHESED, Merciful and Exempt Adept, who comest in the name of our salvation, bearing the Signs thereof, and clothed with holy sacraments.

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Adeptus Erenq?tus. -1'eacc be with you, 0 Mighty Adeptus Major, Lord of the Halls of Judgment. And from the House of Rcsurrcction to you, 0 Fratres ct peace Sorores, dwelling i n the Gradc of GEBUIIAZ-I, a t the heart of thc Mystical Rose. Adeptus Major.-By the Mystery of the Secret Mountain, in a middle place of the earth ; by its inwardness of all the hiddenness ; by the S u n which shines therein ; by the setting of that S u n in splendour : by the great and holy darkness ; by the figurative death therein, which is the passage to life for ever ; by the conformity and fellowship with Christ, in Whom is the hope of our resurrection :' bring us into the light of CHESED. Adeptus Exemptz~s.-I am he who bears witness to the light and the riscn life in Christ. For this I have entered GEBURAH, the House of the Holy Rose. For this I descend into T I P H E I I E T H , as a beautiful House of Life. For this I open the Portal which leads to the S E P H I R O T H below ; and I call the children of men to the royal heritage and sonship of those who are born in

GOD.
The CeZebrant i n Chie passes with the S w to the Western f em? of the Catafalque. The Secotzd Celebrant rises. The Usher o f thc Grade szjpzfies to the Fratres et a staltdin.. The Celchants Sopores, who Y ~ S E d ~-cmai?z Leave the Sa~zrtziary togcther and take up their places at o r ?tear the t/tre.shold. Whetz this has been doue : Ad@tus E X E I ~ ~ ~ ~ N-Fratres S.ct Sorores, Adepti Majores, I invite you to join your intention with mine in the solemn act of opening this Holy House of the Spirit in the Grade of GEBURAH, wherein is the Mystery of Death.

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Adtjtus Major.-The Sacred Name is TAUOONAH, on the left hand side of the Tree, and it signifies an influx iron1 BINAH, the Desire of the Eternal Days. W e invokc under this title the Great Mother in GOD, Who is love and benignity in thc Great Father of all. Adcptrds Exeulptus.--But on the right hand side of thc Trce, which is t l k male sidc, the Sacred Name is YAH, and this signifies an influx from CHOICMAH, which is i n union with BINAH for ever, both cleaving unto KETI-IER, where JENOVAEI is united to ELOHIhI, tllc purpose and love of GOD which flow over the whole creation. In virtue of this union we return whence we came. Adejtus Major.-I testify therefore that YAH is the name of Mcrcy, and thence is derived the Mystical Number of this Grade, which is 1 5 ; but the synthesis of thc same is 6, being the time of life in TIPI-IERETH, while the analogy is 33, being that of Divine life. Adejtus Exenptus.-The mystery of redemption is comprehended by these numbers, and the over-ruling of evil things, for the number 15 is that also of the evil governors. Adejtus Major.-They are numbers of Mercy and Judgment, the n~eetingof which opens a Path to the Crown, and this path is called Magnanimity. A d q t u s Exeszptus.-If the Pillar of Mercy were separated from that of Judgment the Vault of thc Templc would fall.
Adcjtus Major.-I have entered the Halls of Judgment ; 1 have found a place of peace ; I have heard the Voice of the Stillness.

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A dcptz~s Exct~zptz~s.-I have t ravcrsed the Path of


TETII ; I have dwelt in thc I'alacc of Mcrcy ; I have heard the Risen Voice.
Adcptzrs Jl'n@r.-GEUURAH is a Rite of Nuptials, the marriage night of the soul, thc Secret of Death therein, and Resurrection in the Rose. Adcptzrs E ~ ~ ? ) z p t z ~ ~ .isI ta n union in still consciousness, and the epoch is thrce days. Adeptus M'njar.-Give unto us, 0 Master of All, the espoused life thereafter, and the risen glory therein. Adeptus E;cen~tus.-In the spirit hereof, I call upon you to declare that this Holy Housc is open for the work which we are deputed to perform, by the power to us commissioned. Adeptus Majo~.-O House of many graces: I open the House of the Spirit in the Gradc of GEUUICAH, where death is by the mouth of the Lord and not by the *a a serpcnt- am.

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THE FIRST POINT,


BEING T H E RITUAL O F OBLIGATION.
The Cclcbra?zts repair to their phces. The Ushey o t h f Grnde closes the D o o r o the Samtuary alzd sees that the f curtain is drawn to corneal t/u symboG fit clzief a d inscr$tions. The Celebrants a n d ICfe~/zbers seated. are A short pause foZows.
Adcptus Exevlptus.-It is written - i n faithful words that those who are guides of the perplexed are true leaders of men. A t the beginning of this high celebration I testify that we are wardens of death and that in virtue of such office we are deputed to bring many out of great tribulation into cool and sacred chambers. Adeptus Major.-So high a duty now devolves upon us. Therefore, in your perfect compassion, I beseech you to have mercy on the soul of our faithful associate, the Auxiliary Frater Adeptus, Frater Adveniat Kegnum (vel nomen aliud), on whom the necessity of this time exhorts us to confer the benefit of holy sepulture. Adcptus Exemptus.-Do you certify, Mighty Adeptus Major, that now is the accepted time ? Ad~ptusMajor.--It is known that the spirit is willing and that those who oppose are weak. Adeftus Exet@tus.-Fratres et Sorores, I call upon you therefore to assist me with loving hearts, here seeking the higher direction.

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Adeptus Nnjor.-I t is ~vcll, Brother.

Amen.

A d q t u s Exe~t@trls.-I-Ion~urableFrater PercgrinusVallis, you have my command to ascertain the dispositions of the Postulant, t o see that hc is prepared properly and to prescnt llim in due form. anns. The Usher o the Gmde riscs with c r o s s ~ d f Fratev P e v ~ g r i ~ z uYallis.-Merciful s obey your behests. E x e m p t Adept, I

He Leaves the Tcnrple a d goes to prepare the Postdant,


who is alom i ~ o m o the vestibules, isolatedfrom all t f znferr@tzorr. He is K~zeeCing a Pric-Dien i ~ sr@cient on z Light to read the scvolZ which has bcett placed in his hands. I t co~~tatizs versicles OIL mysticaL death a n d the urtion o the Lover a n d Beloved. H e is g r e e t ~ d t/u f by f Usher o the Gradc, sayilzg ; F r a t ~ ~ Pel.egri7ws VaZlis.-Salve, Frater. Sub umbra alarum tuarum, Y E H E S H U A , Domine noster, protege et custodi nos.

pray that the shadow of Frater P ~ r q - r i r t z c s VaZZis.--I death be turned for thee into morning, and that the light within be greater than light without. But without and within I wish thee all white brightness, when-after Calvary and sepulture-there comcth thine Easter-tidc. Behold, the purificd soul gocth tl~roughthe gates of death, as a virgin goeth to her bridal ; and having great hope i n t h y death, I clothe thee not for the grave, but for the day of 'thy marriage, with vcstures of gold, cven with a golden girdle, and I give unto thee a wand of powcr.

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His pvejaratiun being fin isl~cd, h ~ t Post~clantis Zcd, by tile Usher o the Grade, fi~om the Vestibule to the Duor o f f
f the Tmuple. Meatzwhih the Watchwords o the time have been e;r-c/la~zged foZZuws therein. as Aa'eptz~s Exemptus.-Fratres et Sorores, we are in fine called back to the House of the Father. Let us fear not therefore those waters which intervene, though they are cold to the simple senses. A d ~ p t u sMajor.-If it were not for cool, rcstfd and wholesome death, we should never have part in the resurrection. Adeptus Exe~~@tz~s.-Itis the call of every man ultimately to stand alone-that is to say, independently of the rest of his kind. Adeptus Major.-But when a man is alone so far as the world is concerned, he is the nearer t o the Presence of

GOD.
AdLtptus Extwtptus.-Herein is the Divine Help which remains always with us ; and the soul in the realisation of that Presence enters Eternal Life. Adeptus Major.-Fratres et Sorores, we also have slept in the deep enchantment of the senses. We have paid the price of our exile.
be those whose sleep is Au'eptzds 2-xenzptru.-Blessed taken away, who awaken and behold His glory.
f Thereafter is silence, tilL the Usher o the Grade sounds -wilhuut. his Batte~y-The answer withirt I/@ Tenz$le is the sofelm stri.hi?z~ a gong six times. T h o f Usher o the Grude cnQn slow& with tire Postufunt, f a n d the Door is iyC~di?mrcdiatc&. The etttraue is so ordered that t h followi~zg coLhpuy is heard by t/re ~ Postulant.

THE: CEREMONY O F ADMISSION T O Adtpttcs Exe?~zptns.-Mighty Adeptus Major, what is that ?


A@tm Mdjor.-Merciful of sunset.

Exempt Adcpt, it is the hour say that it is the hour of the

Adcptzcs Exe?azftzrs.-I Ritc.

Adqt~s Mnjov.--The night cometh and the darkness. The day is worn to evening. The season of stars is a t hand.
AcZEptus Exe7frptus.-Till He giveth His beloved sleep, it is meet and just that we should zealously redeem the timc.

Adept~~ E;t'~~t2ptzcs.-Welcon1e,Brother, in the names of those who are with us, a Great Company, keeping the place of our Mystery.

The Usher o t h Grade aatd the PostuZa?ztface East. f


Adeptus Exenzptus. - Honourable Frater Vallis, who is he that has followed you ?

Peregrinus

F~ater Peregri~zus VaZZis.-Ne is the Auxiliary Frater Adeptus, Frater Adveniat Regnum (veZ lrortren alzkd), who -bcing well known anlong us-has come in the fulness of timc seeking the benefit of sanctuary. Adcptus E x c u ~ t u ~ . - W h ; i t is the age of our Beloved Brother ?

FraW P e r ~ g r i n z ~ s VaLLis.-I

t is thirty-three years.

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Adeplus Ex~~tz/;tus.-Do you testify, Frater Peregrinus Vallis, that he has fulfilled the covenants of T I P H E R E T H and has been heard in the Holy Assemblies, bearing witness o n his own part to the great day of the Lord and the glory of His corning. Fvntev Peregrirrus Val&.-He has led the Hidden Life in the House.of the Holy Spirit, and on the threshold of its Mystical Sanctuary. H e has fulfilled his time of ministry as Auxiliary Frater Adeptus in the Rite of the Grade of TIPI-IERETH, and 11c has borne faithful witness concerning the Life of life and the Advent of Mcssias the King. Adeptzds Exeutptus.-Auxiliary your own testimony ? Frater Adeptus, what is

The Usher o t/ie Grade falls a little behiad the Postulant f and dir~cts him iu an undertone. Auxiliary F r a t w Adeptus.-I look within this Temple for the coming of the Peacemaker.

He has lzj%d

his W a d solevrnly a n d now lowers it.

Adeptus Exeuzptzts.-Give

me the Signs of the Temple.

The Auxiliary Frater Adeptus, still in.structed by th Usher o the Grade, gives the Opening and C a i g f lsn Sig~zs the 5 = 6 Grade a~rd : o f says -

Auxiliary Frater Adept~~.-The Kingdom of God is within. Adeptus ~ x m z p t i r s . - ~ o you firmly and fully believe that beyond your present Grade and the experience obtained therein ate further Sacramental Mysteries delineating deeper states, and that the closed Veil is not an unknown darkness?

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A uxiliary Frater Adeptus (as i m t ~ u c t e dby the Usher o f t h Grade).--It is written that in a day to come the Lord will takc away the veils.
Adcjtzcs Alrrjou.-Merciful Exempt Adept, I proclaim that Frater Advcniat Rcgnum (vd 7rourcn alild) has heard the voice of our Loving Father, and that he looks in due time to pass through dcath to life. Adeptus E;t-enrptils.-Spirit of the Most High GOD. of the Lord, attest it : Spirit

Adeptus Ailn,;or.-Soul of the Man, receive i t ; Soul of the Man, attain : all ye who have becn faithful unto death. Adeptzds E;t'em~/tz~s.-Auxiliary Fratcr Adeptus, as the gifts a n d graces of the Spirit, a t each stage of their descent, involve higher obligations, I ask now whcther you will assume these with a real sense of their importance, and with a firm purpose to sustain them even t o the end.

Exempt Adept, I have becn taught that the Sons of the True Legitimacy d o ever remember the yoke of their high calling.

AzmZ'ary Fratcv Aa'@tus.-Merciful

Adeptus Exemptus.-So stand therefore, m y Brother, with your arms extended in the Sacred Cruciform Sign, and say in your heart of hearts that which you utter with your lips-

THE SACIZAMENT O F A HOLY PLEDGE.

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I, Frater Adveniat R e g n u m (gel ?ZOIIJE?J alil~d), Auxiliary


Frater Adeptus in the Glorious Grade of T I P I - I E R E T H , and 13rother of the Rosy Cross, do here, in this Spiritual I-Iouse of the Third Order, most solemnly confess and realise that t h e Mysteries of the Greater Initiation are protected by invincible seals from all knowledge of the profane, and sthat, albeit the outward signs may be manifested in the exterior world, the essential secrets are never openly formulated. I testify also that their communication is in the silence of the soul, even from the light which is beyond to the innermost depths of the understanding. In the faith hereof my arms are thus extended in the Eternal Sign of the Cross. I t is for this reason that, standing on the threshold of experience in a world as yet unknown, the only pledges which the Sovereign Headship of our Order can here and now exact, I here and now offer ; and in place of a covenant t o keep secret those things which exceed revelation, I promise that, in all good faith and zeal, I will maintain the Mysteries of the Sanctuary by a zealous preservation of the seals and veils thereof. In testimony hercto, I complete the Sacred Sign.

Adeptus Exm/ltus.--We Know, Beloved Brother, that something-qt its allotted time-must open the Doors of Eternity ; and the Mystical Paths and Gates of this August Grade are i n your respect sct open already in our hearts by tilt: plcdge which you have now taken . . . . . Mighty Adeptus Major, what are the present dispositions of o u r faithful conlpanion ?

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A ~ ~ Nnjo~.-Me has heard the call of the union, the ~ I I s

still small voice spcaliing in the heart of longing ; and he knows in his inward being that thc Ccntrc draws him back.
is symboliscd by tllc Sacred Rose ccntrcd in thc Cross of o u r Mystery at the mccti~lg-point of the arms. H c who has been manifcstcd on the Cross must be cnfoldcd and withdrawn therein. S o only docs he enter in his own being into the life of the Iiosc.

Adcpfus Exem$tu.--It

Adtptzrs Major.-He has stilled the life of the senses ; he has sought detachment in the heart from the accidcnts
of things without, that he may bc established in the permanence of those things that are within. bid him renleniber the still state which is that of the spirit in GOD. E x e m p t Adcpt, I testify that h e desires to ascend, a t what cost soever-even from the Holy Mountain into Eternal Life.

Adcptus Exe3~ptus.-I

Adeptus Major.-Merciful

Adeptus E X C ? I ~ ~ ~ I L ~ . -save D Fratres et Sorores. G O us,


B y the task that we have undertaken, it is imposed on us to aid our Beloved Brother in the need which has thus arisen. L e t him kncel in his place between the I'illars, while wc, on our part, turn for light and assistance t o the Source of strength and light.

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THE PltAYElt O F T H E CELEBRANT-IN-CHIEF.

0 Merciful and Divine Mistress of the life which is


comnlunicated within, Thou hast called this Man and our Brother, who in the secret places of his heart has heard the Word of T h y summons. We bescech Thee to grant him the gift of perseverance, tliat lie may not fail in the trial of his fortitude but may keep his soul in the contemplation of concentred love, till the great light shines through the hush and the darkness. May T h y Word again go forth, full of power and salvation. May lie rise in his renewal by a resurrection in the spirit. May he know that within the veils of Judgment there is the High Palace of T h y Clemency, even t h e Palace of the King, fixed a t the Centre for ever. May he hail Thee in tliat day by T h y true Name, receiving light from the Crown. W e pray Thee also t o have mercy on us, even as upqn him whom we have chosen under T h y guidance, our beloved Frater Adveniat Regnum ( v d n o ? m ~ alitld), that having assumed to ourselves the care z of his decreed passage through the Halls of T h y loving chastening, we may raise him gloriously a t the end, to the honour of T h y Holy Name and his everlasting Exaltation in Thee. Praise unto the Spouse and the Spirit, through the years and the ages, even unto the Union which is in GOD. Annen.

Adeptus LlJujo~.--I testify concerning the still rest which is that of the spirit in GOD.

AiZej~~s Exe~~r~tus.--Iutter the watchwords of the Risen Life in Christ.

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Adeptus Ji(njoot,.--I shcw that the wholc process is one of the joy in dying for life's most true sake, that it is therefore a work of glory, and that this d e a t h is rapture.

AdQtus E~-c~rzptus-Tlle state of being hidden with Christ in GOD is the statc of union with TSUIIE, the
Prototype of our nature, the Supernal Part, which docs not leave the Supernals, a n d this is the end of being.

Adeptus Major.-The Divine Union is the unfolding of our consciousness in GOD.

Hc~e ends the First P i t on.

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THE SECOND P O I N T
B E I N G T H E S'iCRED P A T H S O F

GEUURAH.

Adeptus Exempt~~s.--I bid you observe that the Altar i n this Grade is cubical, like that on which you were pledged at the beginning of your initiated life. I t is now-as it was then-the Altar of your life, presented before you i n a syn~bol. I t was unfolded as a Cross in TIPWERETI-I, but in GEBURAM, whicll you are about to enter, the Cross shall fold up its arms and again become the cube. You who have been manifested in the Holy Assembly, leading a life of regeneration, which is called the life of the Cross, are about to be withdrawn for a period into the state of hiddenness. I t is a state of inward being illustrated by the veilcd lights upon the Pillars between which you stand.

expounded Mystery of the two Paths which open toivard GEUURAI-I from below may be found in the Great Symbols of the Paths, which are shewn hcrc on the Altar. Uetween thern lies a human

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skull, facing toward the Door of the Sanctuary. I t is in a sense their synthesis or summary. Because of their meaning, and that which is intitnated by the link or bond between tllcm, I bid you remember the light wllich shines amidst darkness, leading to the ~nystic cnd and tllc Life of life. Mernc~nbcr also the Gatc of that Death by which tile living man passcs into the realisations of the spirit.

A d c p t u J/n/br.-All true paths are paths, my Brother, of the unity ; and those who have been received into the Mystcries k n o w that man rcturns by many ways whence he came. The channels of con~munication from S E P H I R A to S E P H I R A in the scheme of the Tree of Life are the allottcd Paths of Ascent in the Order of the Rosy Cross. Those which comm unicatc with GEEUIIAI-I on the Way of Ascent in the Trce are the Paths of KA1'II and M E M . They are termed in our Secret Tradition the Intelligence of Desire-or the Rewarding Intclligcnce of those who seek i n thcir zeal after things Divine-and the Stable Intclligencc, which testifies to pct-rnanencc of being. GEBURAI-I itself is called the Iiadical Intelligence, by allusion to that state in which thcre is kinship with the Supreme Unity. T h e letter M EX1 is referred to the cosmical element of Water, and the Great Symbol of the Path of M E M represents a Crowned blaster, submerged beneath the Waters of Creation, as if reposing therein. T h e face is turned to the beholder, but the eyes are closed in sleep. T h e figurcas a whole-recalls in broad outline the symbol of a Swastika Cross, and thus suggests that the Crowned Master, though to all outward appearance he is dead and indeed buricd, is the fountain of life in the universe. His

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Divine Nature is indicated by the golden nimbus which encircles the head and by the rainbow which extends above the entire figure. I t is in analogy with that other rainbow, in sight like unto an emerald, which was about the Throne of GOD in the vision of Patmos. T h e Crowned Master signifies tile Divine immanent i n creation, and you who behold this. Great Symbol for tlie first time should rcmember how our elder Brethren discovered i n the House of the Holy Spirit the body of their Founder, our Loving Father Christian Rosy Cross. T h e inward sense of that finding, within the measures of the I2licrocosm, was unfolded in the Grade of TIPHERETI-I. Here now is its macrocosmic meaning. T h e Sanctuary of the House was draped in rainbow colours, and our Master reposed in tlie centre, represented by the Celebrant-in-Chief. I t was shewn t o you then that, being dead, he yet speakethfrom that place of which he says in his legend : I have made this Inner Sanctuary of the Most Hidden GOD a Sepulchre for myself. The GOD Who is concealed in creation, hidden within the Sanctuary of His own building, testifies also from within it to those who have awakened in the spirit. But the history of man, my Brother, is that of the greater universe. In him the Divine Spark is immersed within the waters of his own material existence, T h e Crowned Master is within us, and so also is the Founder of the Rosy Cross. These things are true in the microcosm, as they are true in the world without, and the symbol with which we are dealing has the same Rosicrucian analogies in both cases. I say unto you that-within arid withoutthe Crowned Master and all that which is syrnbolised by Christian Rosy Crospin the Sepulchre of his own making are not dead but sleeping, and they awaken in you. Observe in this Synlbol how the ocean of phenotnenal life supports on its surface the nlystical Ark of Noah, which-

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the Vcsscl of Corsespondenccs, whcrein the types of all things were collccted from the wreckagc of the old initiations for trnnsmission through a new era. As such, it belongs to the symbolism of Instituted lk1j~stcries; but it has anotlier a n d deeper sense. I t is the ship of hun~anity, poised on the waters of the world. I t is man, collective and individual, man in possession of his scnscs and also limited by tllesc. There is that within him n-hich is not put to slecl) less uttcsly than is the Great S y n l b o l i ~ A'Iaster. There is that which ~~l is hidden in the body, as G O D i n His on-n creation, that which is Divine within you, a s the Divine abides in the universe. You know these things intellectually through the Sacred Rites of our Fellowsl~ip. A s an old Son of its Mysteries, you should know them also cre now by the realisation of living experience, a n d you will thus understand inwardly that thcre is yet another aspect under which we may rcgard the A r k , for by many issues the great emblenls open upon the infinite which they shew forth, though it is after the manner of a reversed glass through which they are seen as if from very far away. From this point of view, the Ark rc-presents the House Mystical of all the Holy Proccsses which the Masters of Experience have built about us who are following the Quest of GOD. But it is above all the House of Contemplation, understood i n the sense of the Mastcrs and suulmariscd in the Rosy Cross. An exit is found therefrom, or even from thought itself, into the n~orld of direct experience. The Grade of GE13UICAI-I represents this flight of the soul, and 1 bid you therefore re~ncmberthat in the Ark of old tllcl-c was a window, through which the in frustrcitcd Mystical Dove passcd and rc-passed-now flight, because wings mLiybeat vainly a t the Golden Gate -now bearing an olive-branch of peace, as the promisc of

in one of its aspects-signifies

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a new world and another life therein. But, in fine, there came a day when the Dove returned no more, because the aspiration and outreaching of the soul do a t length attain their term. iThc Secotzd Celebratct vesumes his seat. The CcZebratzt-inChic ri.w a n dfaces ilt ward toward t/u A ltuv. f

A d ~ ~ t Exemptus.-Auxiliary Frater Adeptus, you have us looked upon the Path of M E M , by which the Divine Influences flow down from GEI3UlIAN to HOD. You have dwelt a t its threshold in contemplation. But there is also the Path of K A P H , and it is by this that you will entcr from T I P H E K E T H the House of Justice in GEBURAH and the Sanctuary of the Holy S H E K I N A H . rest From BINAH, which is the Great .Sabbath-the whereof we desire-there is an influx to the Path of KA1'I-I. I t is part of the Mystery of Union and the Ineffable Mystery of the Presence. Now it is said that GEBUlZAH can be withstood only by those who have restrained their concupiscence, and the reason is that it is a Supernal 'Tribunal, wherein the love which overcomes death is prepared by death for the Bridal. GEBURAH is a House of Death, and the Path by which it is entered is one of the Paths of S H E K I N A H . T h e Mystery of the Spirit is behind it, and there is no other means given unto man by which he shall pass into his rest, shall hear the Voice of the Symbol, and after the cloud and the darkness, i n a secret light of all, shall behold his way of resurrection into the life of union. T h e deep things of spiritual life are in correspondence with life manifested in the material world. Similar bonds of comparison subsist between physical and mystical d e a h Both are a veil, and tlie curtaills in both cases are parted from within, to shew that there is life behind. T h e Great Symbol of the Path of

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KAPH is a Symbol of Mystical Death and the price of


immortality attained in conscious being. The Pentagram which enshrines the human figure represents the state of GEBUliAIl and its Holy Sanctuary. Frater Adveniat Rcgnum (veL no7mrt a h t d ) , I say unto you that t h e old Adam-which dies on the Cross of TIPI-IERETI-I at a certain hour of sunset-is buried for ever in GEUURAH, b u t the new Adam comes forth alive. Remember the dispassionate equilibrium which is poised between life and death. This is the state of the entranced figure before you, folded in the sleep of ecstasy, but drawing thcrcin from the fountain of life in the universe. On the threshold of adeptship you were born again in the syrnbolism of the Rosy Cross. You have led in TIPHERETH the mystical life of regeneration, and in GEBURAH you are taught how to die.

Here e d s t h Second Point.

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THE T H I R D POINT.

T H E R I T U A L OF T H E HOLY CROSS.
A s the spmh of the Celebrant-in-Chief draws to its close, the Usher of the Grade has k t his place quid&, and f eottcurrrntZy with the lart wordr'he entittguiskes all fights in the Temple save ifrose of the vriitd carrdies on the Piihrs. He withdraws the curtain from the Cros~ of T I P H E RE T H , which is exposed fir the lfrsf time. He comes round with t h Sun, and f c n t h Positclattt aig puts hint back from between the Piflars to ih Western m d of the Ten@, where Re faus the Celebrants, hvirrg his back to the Cross. He is lcft leaning on his Wand and the Usher of the Grade ret~rrnsto his our# plau. The Crlcbrant-itr-Chic hus resumed his scat. f Adiptus Major.-The glorious Sun of TI P H ERETH has set upon the life o f man.

f Adeptus Exettrptus.-Spirit o our Master Christ, Spirit of the Great Master, I have entered the Path o f Ecstacy.
Adtptrrs Major.-I have known the sanctity o f death in the Halls o f Silence. Adeptus Exemptus.-The Christ-Spirit is within me. I have risen with the Great Master, and behold I am alive for evermore. Adeptus Major.-The path o f death is also the path of Glory. TAwe is lure a pause of some moments.

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Ad@tzts Ex~7~rptzrs.-Bellold, I have gone before j70u i n the way, 0 Brother of the Rosy Cross. I bcar witness to the resurrection of the Adept, the body of redemption, t h e Christ-Lifc i n thc spirit and the Law of h?ercjr in CI-IESED. On thc Cross of Holy Obligation, wliicli is the Cross of Life in T I P I - I E R E T H , you have attaincd the crucifixion of the Adept in conformity of will, tllc consecration of desire, dedication of mind, and the purification of your earthly part. The six years of TIPI-IERETM are the working days of your creation, and thereafter cometh a Sabbath. f ts. There is here a pause o some ?ILUIIWL Adeptzts Exc?ttptrcs.-Honourable Frater Peregrinus Vallis, Keeper of the Precincts appertaining to the Valley of Silence, bind our Beloved Postulant to that Cross which symbolises his inward spiritual life and the time of his passion.
f s The PostuZa7zt's Wand o a 7 2 Auxiliary Frater A d ~ t u is taken f7om him atzd laid at his fett. H e is p u t 24pon the Cross wearing his v c s t ~ ~ t e a n d si,zsiguia. ~~i He recaZZs thus the oLdfictzwes o Christ in the revcmuce o f f priesi& gavments, as on a Cross o Glory. The Usher f o the Grade returns with the Sm to his p l n c ~ . f

Adeptrrs Major.--Fratrcs et Sororcs, abiding in the Halls of GEUUIZAH, amidst the Mysteries of Sacred Darkness, behold him who is uplifted. Let us pray that he may draw after him all things which are capable within of eternal life. Adeptus Exe~~zjtus.-0 Secret Doctrine of the Union. I testify that we come forth from the Centre and that the Centre draws us back.

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Ad~ptus Major.-0 life which is beyond Nature, lift up and assume unto thyself the life which is in the midst of death belonging to our natural humanity.

A d ~ t u EXCIIQ~ICS.-TO Fratcr Adveniat Regnum you, (VEC z o ~ t z e ~ t aliud), I unveil the mystical story of your inward progress through all Grades of our Order. At a certain epoch of your manifest life there began to be formulated within you a desire for Divine Things, for the spiritual life as a path that leads thereto, for depths of the riches of union, for living knowledge-beyond all knowledge and union attained in the ways of earth. I t was a first intimation within you of an eternal desire ill the Christ-Spirit, Who is the Spouse and Lover of souls, to enter into bonds of Divine Marriage with your conscious being, that it might attain itself in Him. The desire on your own part signified a loving stirring and kindling, awakened- by the unfolding of the Christ-Spirit-from a state of immanence to a state of manifestation within you. I t opened, as if in summary, all modes and measures of the prospects which stretch through eternal being. You saw in a glass and darkly the beginning and end of union. The correspondence in Ritual and Symbolism was your experience in the First Portal Grade of the Rosy Cross. The loving secrets of the path were unfolded subsequently by successive stages, corresponding to the later Grades. The stable of your earthly personality was made ready in the Rite of Zelator for the Mystery to come, by purification of the bodily part. As .a Frater Theoreticus, your mind was prepared, consecrated and filled with the thought thereof. Afterwards, i n the Grade40f Practicus, the heart was restored in purity and consumed with hunger and thirst for the desired end. The will, in fine, was consecrated by the Philosophical Grade and the purpose turned thereto.

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The will and its purposc were held in a sacred suspension, awaiting the declaration therein of the Divine Intention and Will. With a sense of the Mystery on the tl~rcshold, you stood then as one who knows that his Redeemer liveth, that the Temple of his natural personality must be rebuilt in God, that the Christ-Spirit shall rcign within it, even as a King in Israel. But this Spirit was working already within, and that toward wllich i t was working was the making of a new crcaturc and a rebirth in God. I t comes about for this rcason, that the Second Portal of the Rosy Cross is a Grade of Regeneration, a Grade of the Second Birtl~. The Uelovcd Soul is transformed by the Lover of the Soul and rc-made in His likeness. For the fulfilment of this hlystery you re-entered YESOD, because it is a Mystery of sex spiritualised, wherein is the fount of grace, regeneration and life to come. In the Grade of T I P H E R E T H you were set to grow in the likeness of the Soul's Lover, and for this reason all its symbols and ceremonies, with all its epochs, are depicted as a figurative Mystcry of the Christ-Life enacted in your own life and your proper personality. T h e same imagery obtains throughout the Grades of the Third Order, and they are all intimations of union between Christ Mystical and the Soul. The experience of the Second Birth corresponds to the Soul's vision of the Lover and Betrothed therein. T h a t life which follows the birth is a preparation of bridal garments. Thereafter conleth a marriage, and this-my Brothcr in the Spirit-is the day of your Bridal, the end to a life of separation and the death of all that hinders the joy of ineffable union. 0 Soul, chosen out of thousands, pass on tlu-ough death to life, knowing that this death is a secret of the union, and that the life to come is a glorious life of resurrection. No more through mysteries of symbol, Rites and the pageants of these, pass thou henceforth

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through niysteries of real experience, and find therein that wllatsoever is enacted hcre in this Holy Temple sets forth --in living words and moving pictures-the successive states and stages of the soul which goes to GOD.

Aa'eptzrs k-xc~@zcs.-It is I, 0 Beloved Brother, who ordained in days long ago that you should take u p your Cross and carry it. I, being an Unknown Master, and a symbol of the Christ-state, have come out of the far distance to be present a t that mystical death which closes the life of TII'I-IERETI-I . . . . . Fratres et Sorores, that which was Lcgun upon the Cross, on the Cross also is finished. The1.e is a a o t h e ~ pause: The Usher of the Grade strikes the Nid'z Hour z$on the gong. He therc m n ~ e s with the Sun to a poiat beside the Crass o f TIPHERE T H .
spirit of the world dies and Ad~ptusExeulptus.-The gives place to the Spirit of Christ. Herein is the folly of the Cross, which is a scandal to the wise of earth. Our Beloved Brother dies in the mystical sense on the Cross of T I P H E R E T H , when the purpose of the crucified life has been fulfilled within him, when he has become himself the Cross, arid has itnmolated thereon whatsoever in his natural personality has no place or state in eternity. There is a moment when his perishable state cries out i n the last throes of its ordeal : Why hast Thou forsaken me ? There is a moment when the immortal part commends its being into the hands of GOD, * w h o is its source. There is a time when the higher and lower unite in saying: I t is finished.

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There is a hushed ~ U Y I ' I I I ~t/~~ollghoz~t Temple, t h C~ the Fratres ef Sorot.cs mjmztiq : I t is finished : Consumnlatum est : Into thy hands. Iu this 7iznmcr them is produced a certai?~co~tfusion o s o u d s , albeit in alz f 1 ndertow. Uft dev specid cim~~~rstrtlz 4 ces, the words o the f Second Celebrant ?rzay bc also foZ'aued i~ltmcdiateCyby the springing of a muflcd ~altZe. PVhe?t t / ~ e ~ eagai?c is sileme, the CeZcbrant-in-Cf poiuts to the Postulant ott the Cyoss. Adeptus Exmzptus.--Blessed is the death which is suffered in respect of impurity and attachment to things that are transitory. Grant unto the sclf-knowing part, 0 Ineffable Master of all, the realisation of the Divine within it, of the eternal end which is in Thee. There is complete silencef o r a short space. Adepns Major.-Angel of Liberation, S H E K I N A N , Mother in transcendence, grant that in his death he may behold T h y Holy Face, that he may know the life which is Thou. Adeptus Exentptus.-Honourable Frater Peregrinus Vallis, let the Postulant be taken from the Cross. the Gtrade stands at Wheu this has been done, the Usher t/u right o the Postulalrt, both fitciltg toward the East. f

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AcZcptus Exc7)rpt1ts.-Iiratres ct Sorores, our Brother has put away that which hindered, and the path is free before him. Thc death on the Cross is literal, in the sense that the old life has ended ; but the death is also mystical, because it is not a dissolution of the physical part. I t is all a work of the will in the personality itself, by the re-ordination of desire and thought, with the consequent suspension of attraction toward the lower order of things, and thereafter by attachment to those things that are above. In virtue of all the holy hypotheses and all the witness of experience, there is a co-operation from the Divine Side in the work of grace, and it is known that this is fuller as the channels open within us, in the process of separation. There may come. even that stage when the work is done for us and in us. . . . Frater Adveniat aliz~d), you who have been manifested Regnum (PEL I Z O I I Z ~ ? ~ on the Cross of TIIPHERETH and have become the Cross therein are now to be withdrawn into the sacred silence of the Rose, that you may in turn become the Rose. You are in the care of him who is an Abider in the Valley of Judgment. Thither, where you are now called he has passed before you. As you follow his faithful leading, I direct you to set aside all external images and to realise that in so far as you are moving, it is in the thought-body alone. Your progress is a progress through the shadows. Here emis the Third Point.

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THE FOURTH POINT.


T H E GATT O F THE SANCTUARY.
The Postzdant is drawrt rather tha72 moves on his ow?z part, and i s placed between the Pillars. The Usher o f the Grade ret~mzs his scat. to
divested of that which Adeftus Excmpt~s.-Being seems, we desire-God willing-to set aside all veils and go forth unclothed, as wc came.

Ah~tus Major.-We came forth naked into manifestation. We go out naked a t our call, having put away the things that were before. We enter into a new sphere of being, and therein we are clothed upon. There is the pazcse of a fkw ?~~oments, the Usher of and the Grade still mzitttairts the i7zcerzse, so that its fz~mes fill the Tempk, roZZing abozdt t h Pillars. The veiled candZes are cioudcd yet no re deep&.
Brother, it is through Adeptus Exenzptus.-Beloved many types that we pass ultimately behind the veils. I have something to say to you concerning Philosophical Mercury, the symbol of which you bear upon your left side, a s an Auxiliary Frater Adeptus. T h e Keepers of the Secrct Tradition tell us in their parables that it is coagup l a t e d by its own Sulphur, which is the conjunction of their Sun and Moon, or the hlarriage of Adam and Eve. No\\; this is to be understood mystically, for they say also

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that it is an union of heaven and earth. The explanation of such hidden language is to be found in the Tree of Life, as this is understood by the Order of the Rosy Cross. The natural principles of our humanity, symbolised in their correspondences with Fire, Water, Air and Earth, are collected in MALKUTI-I, which is the World of Action, and are centred .therein upon things manifested. The thoughts, desires and will of man are contained within earth and his senses. I n other words, the native Mercury, Sulphur and Salt have not been made subject to the operations of Divine Wisdom. They begin to be purified and prepared in the World of Formation, containing three SEPHIIIOTH, allocated respectively to Mind, Desire and Wiil, and corresponding to three spiritualised planets, the Moon, Mercury and Venus. These S E P H I R O T H constitute the Second Reflected Triad in the Tree of Life. The WorId of Creation, or Third Order of the Rosy Cross, is the First Reflected Triad, and it answers to the same principles of our nature, when they have been changed by the work of Wisdom. That which corresponded in YESOD to the reflected light of the Moon has become Philosophical Mercury in the Grade of T I P I I E R E T H , or the Mind permeated and transmuted by the Sun of Righteousness. You will understand therefore that in the Higher Grades of the Third Order, analagous transmutations of Dcsire and Will are symbolised, so that i n the language of the Secret Tradition they become Philosophical Sulphur and Salt. The transmutation of Desire fixes Mind, and hence Mercury is said to be coagulated by Sulphur, while transmuted Will and its Purpose direct all thc inward principles of,lovc and understanding to that Divine World which is first in the Tree of Life. The triad becomes an unity, which is the state of the Mystical Stone, at once tinctured and tingeing. But in the World

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Divinity the Three Principles are symboliscd as KETHER, the Divine hlind, CHOICMAH, the Eternal MJisdom, the goodwill and good plcasure of GOD'S purpose, and BINAN, the Eternal Love. They subsist i n an ineffable unity. S o arc thc worlds complctcd, intcrlinlied a t every point, and man attains GOD by an union of principles which correspond and are one a t the root. As regards Mercury, it is affirmed that we know it now as it exists irnprisoncd in a body, but a day will come when it shall be liberated from present limitations and manifested as a pure, fixed, intelligible, constant fire. I t is a fluidic and volatile substance, to fix which is the work of Wisdom. I say unto you that our hlercury is Mind, and that i n fixity, rest and sin~plicity can attain a Divine Mode. Thought it is reduced therein to the point a t which it vanishes for a period, and the Mind of GOD testifies to Mind in thc silence.
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A d q t u s Mqh.-The natural reason of man is earthly above all things, but the ascent of the Tree of Life carries us far from earth, far from the ways and forms of material thought. The imprisoned and liberated Mercury are contrasted states of Mind ; one of them errant in the world of sense and confined therein, the other emancipated ; one volatile, the other fixed by Wisdom. Unto this shall be given in the stillness that Word which has becn sought in all initiations, which is reversed and transliterated is substituted after every manner, and is recovercd only by tfic soul in a state of union a t thc Centre. This is the Word of Life. The Absolute exceeds thought, but in a certain suspension it enters to fill the heart, and so is GOD realised within us.

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f The Celebraats rise. The Usher o the Grade rises and passes quiet& to the Door o the Sa?rc&ary,from which f he draws back the Veil, exposing the sytzbol o the f Settilzg .Sun, which is thus dis@yed sudden& to the Postulant. H e then retair?zs to his place.

Adcptz~s Exeptptus.-Fratres et Sorores, Adepti Majores, behold, I have found in the symbolism of m y high Office and testify from its seat of experience that the Kingdom of God is within. The Celebrants approach the Postulalzt a d fuce him as he stands between the PiZla7.s. Adeptzds Maior.-Looking toward that Centre which is beyond all thought and form, which: comniunicates to the purified soul amidst a stillness of ineffable love, we draw you forth in sanctity, 0 seeker of Eternal Life.

They have Brorght h& frotrt 6etwem the PiZZars a d h v c faced with hiuz t o the East, the CcCEbra~rt-in -Chiefbeiug at his right on the Southern side a d the Sccu~ra? Cede brant on his left. They uzove m y slow& throl~ght t , Northern part o the Temple. f
Ad~ptus Excntptzcs.-In the Grade of TIPHERETI-I you entered the Sanctuary of Life b y the Gate of Venus. You approach now the Gate of the Setting Sun, by which you will enter the Sanctuary of Mystical Death. Christ Mystical Who is manifested in TIYHERETH as Divir~e Life enters the Hiddenness of Divine ~ e a t h the Sacred Halls of GEGURAH. L e t in us traverse the Path of Mystical Death. A d q t u s Exemftus.-The passage of this Path is a journey through great darkness. Thought is stilled , in fixation. Desire is sharpened to a needle's point. Ad@tus Major.-The

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A d q t u s Major.-The Journey to the Centre lies through the Gate of thc Tomb-as understood in the sense of our Order : that Gate is the Death of the Kiss. Adeptus Exe1~~tz~s.-H0~1ourable Frater Pcregrinus Vallis, I call upon you to open the Gate, and may GOD lead our Brother into the Risen Life beyond. Adeftus Majar.--Amen, Brother. May GOD be now with him and His peace with T h y spirit. The Door o the S a ~ c t u a r y set wide ofeu. Tjtc Usher f is returns to his place. T h e Celebrants a d Postzdant reach the Threshold. They pause thereat a n d there is sileuce f o r a VEYY hief sface, dz~ri~g which the Postulant sees the Fzcneval Littev, the Catafalque a d the Calzd2e.s o the Dead. f Adcptus Exemptus.-The correspondence to your present situation, my Brother, in Christian symbolism, is the bearing of the dead Christ to that rock-hewn sepulcllre wherein no one had lain previously. Adcptus Major.-Having put away the earthly substance of the mind, may that which is imperishable within you be joined to that which does not pass in the universe.

et Sorores, pray for the Adeptus Exemptus.-Fratrcs great peace of the perfect stillness, and for the sudden light therein. He SZLYIZS agaiu Eastward. T h y enter the Sanctuary. The Postulant is Zed to the Nortlrern side o the Litter f ~ r n dis there left. The Celeb?-alzt-ilt-Chie'f takes up his position at 1/16 due East,/aciug Wesf. The Seco7zd GleBra~itpasses t/le South, ru/zere he faces the Postulaut. to

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Adeptus MaJbu.-Let us enter into the Mystery of Death.

Ad~ptus Exeu@tz~s.-It is the body of our infirmity which dies upon the Cross of TIPHERETH, that in the Sacred Tomb of the Adepts the Soul may know G O D a t its own centre. Adeptus. Major.-The analogy of this inward event is the Descent of the Lord Christ into the prison of the Fathers. Adeptus k-z-e?tzptzcs.--Such a descent takes place between mystical death and resurrection. I t is the state in which the Seeker for Eternal Life goes to the uttermost end of his being, as on a journey into the underworld, the abyss within self-knowledge. Adeftus iVnjor.-When union of being in GOD. the last veil is parted there is

Adeptzrs Exe7)zptus.-Ashes to ashes, and dust to dust, in the death of the natural body. Spirit to Soul in GOD, life to life, conlniunion of ineffable being. Aa'eptzrs Major.--Hereof is the death of the mystic, and hereof the death which is in Christ, our Leader into the life of glory. Adeptus Exen@tus.-I testify that such death is the Marriage of the Adept, and that here is his Bridal Night. Celebrant Leans across the Litter arzd u i t h The S E C U ~ ? both hands assists the PostuLa7zt to assume a reczmzbent his pastz~~:e thereu7r. His arms are crossed z ~ o n breast a n d a red pall is Laid over him, but leaziilzg the head zr ncoueved. Th<CeZcbrant-in-Chief closes the eyes o the f Postuhzt, saying : Adcptur Exevz$tzrs.-It is I who p u t to rest in GEUURAH. I t is I who give back to the Father.

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T / r e ~ e a ?rrouzcnt's siie~tce, d whea this is bcgimchg is a to he f c k the Cclebt-a~zt-i~z-Chi z his arms alzd hyts g says ;

Adeptus Exenz@us.-There are many witnesses, and above them are the High and Holy \Vardens. Their unfailing care shall watch over you i n the grace of the solemn vigil. By the will and testament of the Mysteries, I bequeath you to the sacred slladows. May you be brought in a final passage from the things which perish into those that remain for ever. The CtZebrants pvoceed with the Szuz to the Westem erzd W they pause, faci7zg the Litter. of the Sa~tctuary, ~ Y C Adeptus Exemptus.-By the power to me committed, I pray:and beseech the Father of Grace and the Auxiliaries of the Divine Will to pour down upon you, our Brother, the living Power of the Word and the Love in light thereof.

They turn Westward and the Sccortd Celehuant says, with outstretched alrtzs :
Ad@tus Major.-Blessed death of His holy ones.

in the sight of the Lord is the

The Usher of the Gt-ade has drawn the curtain over the Ho Zy C ~ o s sof TIP HERE TH. He has reversed the seats of the Celchratzts, so that they ore nozw tzrvncd to the East. The Ct-ieb~rartts leave the Snncttiaty and take thciv pLaces on either side of the Altar. The Door of the Sauctuary reuzaim ojen to its fidLest extent. The Usher of the Grade Toes before i t and srys : Fratel- Percgri~rzis Vuiiis.-Ilic Reg num (vel ?zotuen aliud). He returns to iris place. Herc m d s tlzc Fourth Point.

j acct F r a ter Adveniat

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T H E OFFICE O F T H E HOLY WATCH.


There is a period of couzplete sihtce. The Usher of t h Grade conti~zz~es ;rlzairttain the j r e iit the Pot of to 11~cense, aud the fumes o f it fill the Tcntpl'e. The Door behim? the Sa~zct uary opem s u d d ~ ~ zand silently. T/u (y Priestess o f the Kite comes.forth, weari~zgthe violet vestures a7zd ueil of BINA H. The veiZ covcrs her fro712 head to foot, a d is e?rzbroidered with the Symbols of SHE X I N A H. She bears zn her ha~zd Sacred Rose of the G E B U R AH. ha he stamfs at the head of the Cata falyue and is seetz thrmgh it, leani~zgovev the Bier, The Usher of the Grade rises i n his place and-without movi~tg therefrom-says sZowly a d clear& : Frater Perepinus Valiis.-Blessed be the Glory of the Lord in the place of his S H E K I N A H . He uesuttzes his seat. Thcre is the pause of a f c z motm~rts, a d thereafter : The Priestess.--I have opened a door in the darkness, and the Light of the Supernals is in my heart. I a m the SHEKIN A H in transcendence, the Great Mother in BINAH, appearing as Virgin-Wisdom and testifying to Eternal Life in the, Kingdom. 1 am the token of the Divine Presence issuing from the Mercy-Seat and reflected from the ovcrshadowing Cherubim. I am the Guiding Spirit of all the Holy Assemblies ; I am the Bride in the

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Christ-State ; and I a m Divine Understanding, disposing all things sweetly to the great true ends of all. A s the S H E K I N A H in the Temples below, I have been the guide of all your paths. With you I have been in exile, 0 Brother, and with you I enter into liberation. I bring the grace of Mystical Death to those who practise the Law of Holiness. I am the well of prudence for the elect. I lift up 111y holy symbol of life in the .indrawn state, the Red Rose of G E E U R A H , which is unanifested also in HOD, wherein is the beginning of continence for the part of desire in man. I n the grace of Mystical Death, the elect shall behold my glory. On the threshold of the inward journey, pass in m y peace, 0 Brother, receiving the Kiss of the S H E K I N AH. The P r i e s t ~ s sp~,esses the Rose 072 the 711outh o the f Postulant. Thatpuesszrre continues f o ~ fh ; ~ m ~ m n t s a f on&, andyct so long that thcre shald be no doubt o the expe~*ience its renlisatiou by the Postzr Za~rt. Ilc sees and the arm o the Priestess a n d her )&re f be?zdi?zg ouer t Y f him, b ~ he docs uot behold ~ C face, by mason o the veil which COVCI=Cit.

The Priestess.-Enter into Mystical Death. Pass into its deep degrees. Thou hast receivcd the visit of MATRONA. Go forth to the Palace of the King, wllich is a Palace a t thine own centre.

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T H E F I R S T WATCHWORD.
This Vault is the tent of the S H E K I N A H . is the Bed of Solonlon. The place is peace. This Bier

T H E SECOND WATCHWORD.
Forget the body of thy mortality and the crucified desires of flesh. Sacrifice the Bull of Earth. T H E T H I R D WATCHWORD. Still also the mind within thee, all the makers of images. Sacrifice the Man of thought. T H E FOULITH WATCHWORD. Winds upon thc Waters of the Soul. Say unto them: Peace, be still. Pcacc upon the turbid waters. Still the soul in death. Sacrifice the Winged Eagle.

THE FIFTH WATCH WORD.


Tllc will is strong within thcct.'; the will is keen. Into the hands of GOD : into His holy charge. Offer up the Great Lion. These things, my friend, are dead. They have dicd in Him.

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SIXTH WATCHWORD.
His image only is within thee-last thought, last symbol, last desire of all. I say unto thee : Quench this also. Love unto love, m y Brother, frotn Thee and Me apart. And GOD uplighting thy consciousrlcss shall fill that which is emptied. T H E S E V E N T H WATCHWORD. Thou enterest on the Great Journey. Be of a steadfast heart. Thou passest, seeking the Presence. Darkness of death is round thee. Enter into the Great Darkness.

THE E I G H T H WATCHWORD.
The darkens deepens in thee. is alone with self. The void is there.

Self

T H E NINTH WATCHWORD. All has passed from thee. Thou alone rernainest. Self upon self, reflect no more an image. Spirit of the man unclothed, Spirit of the man within, Thou wast, thou art, and art to come. Unto everlasting, Spirit. Know thyself in GOD. T H E T E N T H WATCHWORD. The sleep o this ~ y s t i c a lDeath is shadow of an f Eternal Sabbath. T H E ELEVENTH WATCHWORD. Spirit in the height and deep, realise the GOD within.

T H E T W E L F T H WATCHWORD.
Spirit of the All and One, Spirit of the Eternal GOD, know this Man in Thee.

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The Voice o f the P~icstcss ceases at this poi~zt. She risw, a d uzoui7tg vcry soft& with the Suu, pusses from the Sa?zc~ziary ilzto the ;rE7@1e. The Usltcr of the Grade is stafzdizzg ulready by the Door, am' he goes b~yarethe f Priestess, carvyi~igthe Wand o Peace. Hc cscorts / z r to a scat which he h s Placed $revious& b~twceuthe Pillars. She sits thcre, loo&g Eastward, bzct the veil still covers her. The K ase o GEB URA H is now seen f u p z /rev breast. A space follows d u h g which tjlcr~is contplete silence in the Tevtple a d Holy Samtzary. T/u U S ~ Gof the Grade co?zti~mes burn imense, alzd t/w T to $Lace i s clouded.
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T H E SIXTH POINT.
T H E INWARD R E S U I I K E C T I O N .

A ~ ~ ~ Exe~nptus.-It is defined by the Wise Masters L I L S that il.lercury kills and makes alivc. Adcpt1c.s Jlnjo9p.-Under the operation of its own Sulphur there is destroyed one mode of its being, but thereafter it arises to the life of another form. Hereof are Death and Rcsurrcction in the Mysteries of the Rosy Cross. Adcptus Exemptus.-It is a work of the Spiritual S u n in TIPHISRETI-I, and when it is in fine completed the Postulant enters the state of GEBURAI-I through the Door of the Sun. That S u n represents the perfect union of the Three Philosophical Principles and of the Second Reflected Triad in the Tree of Life. This is why the Gradc of TIPHERETH is a summary of the Third Order. But, in the succession of Grades, the Mind is transmuted in T I P I I E K E T H , the Desire part in GEBURAH, and the Will in CI-IESED, the Three Principles working thereto in each as one Principle only ; and this is the ChristSpirit. Adqtzcs Majar.-In virtue of that working, the life of regeneration enters into mystical death by a n union at the Ccntrc, as 3 marriage with the Life of life, and in the Glorious Mysteries of Resurrection from death, it enters into the life of union, which is wedded life i n Christ.

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Adeptrrs Emnlptus.--Fratres ct Sorores, Adepti Majores, our Bclovcd Brother has gone out through that Door which opens on the inward world. H e has made unto himself a sepulchre. All symbols of the external world have dissolved. Its essence remains in the heart. He has passed into the cloud of darkness : unto him be the light beyond. May' thc Christ-Spirit in the darkness be unto his Soul a light. May there be a meeting of the Spirit and the Bride. S o in his inward being shall he find that GOD is within, that the Soul has ever its Christ in the hidden centre, and that man, or woman in the flesh, the woman and the man are we. T h e Great Work is for the Soul to find the Spouse, to know and to be known with Him. Adeptus Major.-In witness also to the other side of symbolism, I pray that having been crucified with Christ, having died and beeq intombed with Him, having gone down into the underworld, the Postulant may rise up with Christ and so come into the Kingdom. to The Celebrants leave their seats a n d proce~d tile Door o f the Sanctuary. The Celebrant-iu - Chief ticr:rs Westw a r d with uplzj7ed arms. Adeptus Exentptus.-Fratres et Sorores, it is I who bring back to life, that the work of holy manifestation may be carried to its completion. The Celebrauts eetrter the Sanctuary a n d take up t h i r a f places E~qtn d North o the Bier. There i silencefor s some ~~tomeuts, d thertafter : an -

Aricptus hkenrptus.--The watches of this sleep are holy. . . . . The watches of sleep are long. Adeptus Major.-It
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A&jtus EXEII~IZCS.--I-IC followed thc Great Quest. has H e has finished the journey therein. He has reached the term of search in the hiddenness of his own centre. He knows that it is the centre of all. has Adcptu ~llqb~.--I-Ie passed behind that veil which earthly hands have sought in vain to draw. T h e light which is above reason dissolves its folds. Adeptus E,z-cnzpft~s.-In the shadow of death lie has found the Path of Life. H e shall not see death for ever. Adeptus Mnjar.-He has lifted up his eyes to the star that shines a t morning, knowing that his Redeemer liveth. Adcptus Exc~~zptus.-I say unto you that there is light in this Sepulcllre and that the Bier is a bed of peace. The Soul of the Man herein has found the Spirit which is Christ, the immanent and hidden GOD. Adeptus Major.-There has been silence in the inward heaven for the space of half an hour. Adeptus Exem$tus.-The Word of the Lord recalls him. T h e power of the Lord gives back.

The Cedehvant-in-C h f hyts z r p his anns. i


Adeptus Exemptus.-He that was dead shall rise

....

Again he Zowcrs his arws a u d exteads both hands over the Bier.

AJ e p t ~ ~ s EA-e?rz)tus.-Thou who hast beheld the light, which is all light, in the darkness, I call thee back.
Soul out of space and time, I draw thee to time and space. After the rest in GOD there is an awakening .in Him.

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H c passes to the Sozcthey~ side o the Bier. f

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A ~ @ I ZLxeuzptus.-I LS forth.

say unto thee : Arise and come

Adeptus Exe71rjtrcs.-I raise thee by the Kiss o f Peace. May the consciousness of t h y true Self abide within thee, henceforth and for ever. The A d q t u s MajOr comcs round with the Sun to tire South, arzd the Postularrt is led to the Door o the S a m f tuavy, whcre he stmzds bet wee?^ the Cekbrunts. In t h Tenzpfe without the Usher of the Grade raises the v e i M Lights. Adeptus Exe71zptus.-Blessed is he who has entered into the place of darkness and out of the shadow of death comes forth alive.
Adeptus Mqbr.-It is written that the Eternal Fount of Love is found in G E B U I I A H , though this is also the place o f judgment.

The CeZebrar2t.s h a d the Postulant front the Sanctuary and through the Sozcthe~?~ part of the Temph. Ttb-yreach the Western side of the Altar a d s t a d , faci~zgtowards the P i b u s .

He beholds in this wanner the Most H o b Priestess o the f Kitcs who has risen atzd sta~zds veiled from h a d to foot between t h Piihvs, With arms outstretchd, her outlirres form a Petztagravz, a d she wears a great Pentag ram as a lumina ort her breast. T h Red Rose of C E B URAH is i z t the cerztrc thereoJ

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~ z E U ~ ) ~ Z ~ ~ . - ~ O U have

passed, O Frater Adveniat Kegnum ("JEZ ?ZOI/LCII d z z ( t i ) , fson~ the Sanctuary of Mystical Death, having been raised in that light which has dawncd i n j70ur o w n bcing, and i n its hidden ccntse. By the symbolisnl, hoivcvcr, you are still i n the hidden world, amidst the aftermath of your cxpcricncc within. I t is a light of Incniory and a rapture of contemplation thereon. I t corrcspotlds to darkness without, because the world does not share therein. I t corresponds also t o the halflight which fills this sacred Temple, whcre those who havc dwelt in the centre are Brethren of a New Spirit, and this Spirit-outside all forms of words-bears witness to its presence i n the world, and draws those who are prepared. Alorcovc~-, thc Holy Assclnbly of those who in know with j70u the watch~vords and the counsels of experience can pass freely. lTou can tcstify concerning yourself, and your co-heirs lvill tcstify to you. Hereof is the life in GEBUKAH and hereof the raising therein. It is a retreat of three mystical days, dusing which there is Speech in thc Rose, and the mind prepares its symbols, so that in the life of Rcsurrcction it may have power from the inward heaven t o esprcss o n earth in efficacious sacraments the Word of thc Soul to man.

Adcptus

Adcjtus Exen@tus.--By the power in mc vested and in virtue of my I-Iigll Office, as not indeed I but the ChristSpirit speaking within me, I give you Spcccli in the Rose. You who have been bound in TIPI-IEICETI-I are unlooscd in GLlIURAM. Henccforcvard let the scrvant usurp no longer the place of MATlIONA.

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Still holdz';rtg his CVaud, he y a i s ~ t i the head o f the P~sruluttt.
ill

both /..amis ozer

Adeptr~s Extw~t~ds.--He preached unto the spirits in prison. Testify to the light of the Spirit in the Midden Ccntrc. The glory shall be revealed in us, the manifestation of the Sons of GOD. The Celehazt-izz-Chie Zcads the Postulunt t o the Pillars, f where the c~ilt?d figure of the Priestess contir~z~esform to the Pen tagra~tz izz broad ontZilres. He imiica ~ E S its several poi~ztsiu the lmtzina on her breast. Aa'eptzu Exemptus.-Bear Brother, and say after me :(I)

witness in the Rose, m y

I dedicate my feet to the Paths of Light.

(The

Celebr~zlrt-iftChief poimzts to tjze Left basal angle o f the Pcrrtagranz.) -(2) I dedicate m y mind to the Great Quest. (He poilttsto the right basal ax&.) (3) 1 dedicate my heart to the Divine Rapture. ( H e points to the left z@er alrgfe.) (4) I dedicate my will to the Supernal Mother of souls. ( H e foiirts to thc r&/rt upper arzgle.) (5) I dedicate my entire self to the union of true being in the Christ Who is GOD within me (Hepoiuts to the aqLe at the apex),awaiting the perfect Resurrection, which is the union of Three in
One.

The Priestess reszczms her seat. The Secozzd Ccl~brant colrzes rou~rd the Soufhand takes charge of the Postsrby Zaut. The Celebrant-irt-Chief returns to his owlt seat. The Pattrlmzt is pluccd agaitz with his back to flu North, and the Seco~zd Celebraut faces him. They occupy pomts wh&c/~are para llel to the two Pillurs. A d q t z ~ s~Moju~.-The Sign of the 6 = 5 Grade is give11 by raising the hands to the face, with the palms turned

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inward and the little fingers joined at tile tips. I t scfcrs to thc indrawn state of G E B U R A H , encornpasscd by thc Trcc of Life. The Grip or Token is giver1 by the left hand clasping the riglit thus, or altcrnativcly by the right lland clasping thc Icft. I n cithcr case i t forrns the I'cntagram, which is the lineal figure of the Grade. T h c Symbel is I-IIDDEKEL, which is the third river of Eden. There arc tivo Grand Words or Sacrcd Namcs, referable rcspcctivelj~ the left and right hand Pillars of thc Tree to of Life. T h e first is T A l 3 0 0 N A I 4 , or U i ~ d c r s t a n d i na , ~ title of 731SAI-1 and of MATRONA, thc Grcat Mother. You should know that the desire of the Grcat Mothcr must fill the heart of the Postulant in his passage through the Ineffable Degrees, for our attainuient is-in and through her-in the Great Sea of I3INAI-I. Thercin is the Mystery of the Bride, who is united with the Spouse in C H O K M A H . T h e second Sacred Name is YAIH, bcing YOD, HE, signifying the union of J E H O V A H and ELOI-IIM, or G O D and his SI-IEKINAH in ICETITER. From this Name is derived the Mystical Number of the Grade, which is 15, the synthesis of which is 6, alluding to the years of your regenerate life in 'TIPI-IERETI-I, whilc the correspondence is 33 or 3 + 3 =6, being those of the Christ-Life in Palestine. The ~ ~ s t i cTitle, which I give al you hereby and herein, is I'eregrinus Vallis, a traveller in the Valley of Death. In G E U U I i A H there is above all things a Grade of Union, but a Grade also of Separation, in fine completed. I t s symbolism is therefore not only one of espousals but of severity and judgment. Before the union can take place, everything that belongs to separation must go absolutely-without dispensation, without remission, without mercy. T h e position of Master and Servant falls undcr this sentence. I t is service henceforth in unity ; and the soul shall say no longer : Behold the handmaid of

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the Lord ; but rather : My Beloved is mine. The Judgment is i n order that SI-IEKINAH m a y manifest i n the Temple of the soul, between the Clierubirn on the MercySeat. T h e bond of union is she, and the Spirit is the light within her. Look to it therefore, m y Brother. hlay your Cherubini fold their wings over the Throne of the Presence. May you dwell henceforth in the condition of eye to eye.

The Priestess.-Keep in your heart the precious Knowledge of the Spirit and the memory of where you have been. S o shall you fulfil your ~nission,which is to raise the worlds that-are below the Throne to the height of those which arc above. Urother, abide i n peace. Restore your world to the union, to that supernal state wherein there is no distinction between S H E K I N A H and the HOLY

ONE. A C/lnlice co~ztaini~zg wilze has ~ E I I)/aced ou the red f Western side o the A fttrr by the U S ~ CoY the Grtzdc. f
lXe C e l e b r a n t - i ? raises it a d , accompaizi~d the by Second Celebrmzt, $ro~eeLLSto the Pillars. H c h a d s the ChaZice to the P~icstcss. lliie Postzclairt is directed to k c . The CeZebswrts s t m d on either side o the Pustuf lmzt. The u?tn_0ciczl members, I L by the Usher o the ~ f Grade, form a semi-ciycle behiud C~PIIL. l l these h e e l A down. The Priestess fzxts I@ the Chulice, hoZdilzg it iir both hmzds. T/ze P~.iestess.-Blessed be the Dew which waters the Garden o f Apples. Blessed be the Wine xshich maintains the soul rather than the body of man. I t is the Wine of

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Liberation, which raises the world below to the height of that which is above. Lct u s drink of the Wine reserved for the elect from the beginning of time.
The Priestess ~rtnkcs the Sigz of the Peutayaut over tke C h a l k , and dz'nks. Shc adr~zi~zisters Chulice to the the Postulu~zt, who driuks a d bows his head. The Priestess ham's the Chalice t o the Celchant-in- Chick from whom it passes to the Second Cc~cb)'am', A the Majores i?t succession, a d Last& to the Usher of the Grade, by who?t-zit is refZaced zrpou the Altar. AZZ return to the+ seats. The Usher of the Grade leads the Postulant to his own seat, and removw the vestments artd ilcsig~zia o an Auxiliary Fratrr Ad~ptus. He is clothed i7z the f white habit, with the Girdle o f GEB U R A N and the Rose-Cross beZo~zgiilgto that of S E P H I R A . This is dotse in silence, a7zd the Postulant takes the place of the Usher. Here ends the Sixth Point.

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T H E SOLEMN OFFICE

O F CLOSING T H E HOUSE A N D SANCTUAKY

O F ADEPTS I N TE-IE GRADE O F GEBURAH.


The Celcbrazts a!-e scated facilig West by the Altar, and the P%stess is s e a t ~ d between the Pillars, jact'lzg East.
Adcjtus Exen@tus.-Fratres et Sorores, Adepti Majores, I testify that the Mystery which we have finished is in communion with all the Mysteries, that things which are abovc being analogous to things that are below, the Ineffable Grades of Advancement beyond this present Grade are identical as to the root therewith, and so also are those which arc below, because one Experiment is concerned througllout therein. Mighty Adeptus Major, do do you ratify on your own part ! A~ZejLusMaj'or.-I am least among the Faithful Witnesses, but I have seen the end of the Quest. I also have come from afar. The experience of the worlds within and without is laid u p in my heart. A J e p u s Exeulptus.-What world without ? do you testify concerning the

Adepiz~s'Majov.-I speak in the sense of the Mysteries and proclaim that it was even as the pilgrimage of natural life, from birth to death. But the birth was according to the spirit ; there was life under the Spiritual Sun ; and t h e Soul of the man was cornmended a t the close of all to the care of the Spirit of GOD.

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AJE)~us Exc~~~ptu.r.--Afterwhat manner did you enter the world within ?


Adeptus Mnjbr.-Through the Gate of the Setting Sun. But I spcak in thc scnsc of thc Mystcrics and proclaim that the life of thc Mystic is a loving preoccupation with one Divine Image shining in the heart. The hour comes when he is drawn into the deeps of that image by a mystical death, and so passes through it, leaving the world of images-to abide in Divine Darkness.

Adpptus Exevrptus.-What

is this place of darkness ?

Adeptus Major.-It is the world within stilled in the Waters of Contemplation, and these are Waters of Love. Adeptns Exem~tz~s.-Who testifies therein ? Ad~ptusMajor.-Soul unto soul in the darkness, love unto very love, desire in the heights above to desire in the deeps within. Then it is silence of silence. The soul, for a brief space, becomes that which it contemplates, for the centre opens within, and light shines in the unity. Adeptas Exe~lzpt~s.-Mighty Adeptus Major, I beseech you in your charity to shew forth some part or shadow of that most sacred state: and 1 testify that all the Holy Assemblies shall hearken while you announce the tidings. Adeptus Af~jor.-Merciful Exempt Adept, I am he who has risen in the twilight, and m y speech is an echo in the heart. But at that centre I knew the Inmost and Divine Self about which the universe revolves. Behold, I a m that which I sought, and the end of my desire is with me. I have fouud the light of the Presence and mine is the love of my heart.

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A L present rise up. The Priestess extends hey arms, L standilzg between t h Pillars.

The Pvirstess.-The Waters of Life are Love. Whosoever wills, let him drink of the Waters of Life freely. I testify that the Rose of Sharon is also that of SHEKINAH, for the Spirit and the Bride are One, and this is the Life of the Rose.
Adeptas Exenlptus.-Mighty Adeptus Major, in the Grace of this Sacred Mystery, I depute you to close the House of the Spirit in the Grade of GEBURAH. Adcptus Mqbu.-0 House of Divine Death. House of Eternal Love. By that which overcomes death, I close the Housc of the Spirit in this Grade of UnionA&ptus Exeu@tzcs.- m a a

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