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object:3.06 - The Formula of The Neophyte
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CHAPTER VI

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The Formula of the Neophyte1
This formula has for its first matter the ordinary man entirely
ignorant of everything and incapable of anything. He is therefore
represented as blindfolded and bound. His only aid is his aspiration, represented by the officer who is to lead him into the Temple.
Before entering, he must be purified and consecrated. Once within
the Temple, he is required to bind himself by an Oath. His aspiration is now formulated as Will. He makes the mystic circumambulation of the Temple for the reasons to be described in the Chapter
on Gesture.2 After further purification and consecration, he is
allowed for one moment to see the Lord of the West and gains
courage3 to persist. For the third time he is purified and consecrated,
and he sees the Lord of the East, who holds the balance, keeping
him in a straight line. In the West he gains energy. In the East he is
prevented from dissipating the same. So fortified, he may be
received into the order as a neophyte by the tree principal officers,
thus uniting the Cross with the Triangle. He may then be placed
between the pillars of the Temple, to receive the fourth and final
consecration. In this position the secrets of the grade are communicated to him, and the last of his fetters is removed. All this is sealed
by the sacrament of the Four Elements.
It will be seen that the effect of this whole ceremony is to
endow a thing inert and impotent with balanced motion in a
given direction. Numerous examples of this formula are given in [40]
Equinox I, (2) and (3). It is the formula of the Neophyte Ceremony of
G.D. It should be employed in the consecration of the actual
weapons used by the magician, and may also be used as the first
formula of initiation.


1. See the Neophyte Ceremony, Equinox I (2). [Also in F. I. Regardie (ed.), The
Golden Dawn and The Complete Golden Dawn System of Magic. See also Liber 671 vel
Pyramidos, which is based on this formula.]
2. [Cap. X, infra.]
3. Fear is the source of all false perception. Even Freud had a glimpse of this fact.

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MAGICK IN THEORY AND PRACTICE

In the book called Z21 (Equinox I (3))2 are given full details of this
formula, which cannot be too carefully studied and practised. It is,
unfortunately, the most complex of all of them. But this is the fault
of the first matter of the work, which is so muddled that many
operations are required to unify it.



1. Those sections dealing with divination and alchemy are the most grotesque
rubbish in the latter case, and in the former obscure and impractical.
2. [The Equinox publication of Z2 was made less useful by the omission of the
key explaining what the lettered sections referred to. It may be found in Regardie,
op. cit.]

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