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Adeptus Major - obtains a general mastery of practical Magick, though without comprehension.

        The Grade of Adeptus Major confers Magical Powers (strictly so-called) of the second rank.

        His work is to use these to support the authority of the Exempt Adept his superior. (This is not to be understood as an obligation of personal subservience or even loyalty; but as a necessary part of his duty to assist his inferiors. For the authority of the Teaching and Governing Adept is the basis of all orderly work.)

        To attain the Grade of Adeptus Exemptus, he must accomplish Three Tasks; the acquisition of absolute Self-Reliance, working in complete isolation, yet transmitting the Word of his superior clearly, forcibly and subtly; and the comprehension and use of the Revolution of the Wheel of Force, under its three successive forms of Radiation, Conduction and Convection (Mercury, Sulphur, Salt; or sattva, rajas, tamas), with their corresponding natures on other planes. Thirdly, he must exert his whole power and authority to govern the Members of lower Grades with balanced vigour and initiative in such a way as to allow no dispute or complaint; he must employ to this end the formula called “The Beast conjoined with the Woman” which establishes a new incarnation of deity; as in the legends of Leda, Semelé, Miriam, Pasiphaë, and others. He must set up this ideal for the Orders which he rules, so that they may possess a not too abstract rallying point suited to their undeveloped states. (from "One Star in Sight")


Adeptus Major Curriculum

Additional publications will be referred, as they are issued, to the proper course.

        The Exempt Adept will possess a thorough knowledge of all these courses, and present a thesis of his own, as a general Epitome of his own Attainment as reflected in the sphere of the Mind.


Adeptus Exemptus