Philosophus - is expected to complete his moral training. He is tested in Devotion to the Order. (from "One Star in Sight")
The Syllabus of a Philosophus
His duties are laid down in Paper E, Class D [The Task of the Philosophus].
He practices Devotion to the Order.
Instruction and Examination in Methods of Meditation by Devotion (bhaktiyoga).
Instruction and Examination in Construction and Consecration of Talismans, and in Evocation. Theoretical and Practical.
Examination in Rising on the Planes (Liber O, Chapters V, VI). Practical.
He is given a meditation-practice on the Senses, and the Sheaths of the Self, and the Practice called mahāsatipatthāna.
Instruction and Examination in Control of Action.
Further, he cuts the Magic Wand.
Finally, the Title of Dominus Liminis is conferred upon him.
The Task of a Philosophus
0. Let any Practicus be appointed by authority to proceed to the grade of Philosophus.
Let him then read through this note of his office, and sign it.
Let him cause the necessary addition to be made to his Practicus’ robe.
Let him make an appointment with his Philosophus at the pleasure of the latter for the conferring of advancement.
1. The Philosophus shall proceed to the grade of Dominus Liminis at any time that authority confers it.
2. He shall pass examinations in "Liber CLXXV [Liber Astarté vel Liber Berylli]" and in Construction and Consecration of Talismans and in Evocation. Yet in this matter he shall be his own judge.
He shall moreover attain complete success in Liber III, Cap. II.
Further, he shall apply himself to study and practice the meditations given in "Liber V". [This particular "Liber V" has been superseded by other documents.]
3. He shall further show some acquaintance with and experience of "Liber O", Caps. V, VI. Whereof his Record shall be his witness.
4. He shall commit to memory a chapter of "Liber DCCCXIII [vel Ararita]".
5. Besides all this, he shall make constant and profound reflections upon the Path.
Let him remember that the word Philosophus is no idle term, but that Philosophy is the Equilibrium of him that is in the house of Venus that is the Lady of Love.
6. When the title of Dominus Liminis is conferred upon him, let him rejoice exceedingly therein; but beware, for that it is but the false veil of the moon that hangs beneath the Sun.
7. Let him not venture while a member of the grade of Philosophus to attempt to withdraw from his association with the [Order].
8. He shall everywhere proclaim openly his connection with the [Order] and speak of It and Its principles (even so little as he understandeth) for that mystery is the enemy of Truth.
Furthermore, he shall construct the magic Wand, according to the instruction in "Liber A".
One month after his admission to the Grade he shall go to his Philosophus, pass the necessary tests, and repeat to him his chosen chapter of Liber DCCCXIII.
9. He shall in every way establish perfect control of his devotion according to the advice of his Dominus Liminis, for that the ordeal of advancement is no light one.
10. Thus and not otherwise may he obtain the great reward: YEA, MAY HE OBTAIN THE GREAT REWARD!
The Philosophus will be examined in the following:
"Liber AL vel Legis", "The Book of the Law".
"Across the Gulf".
"The High History of Good Sir Palamedes".
"The Chymical Jousting of Brother Perardua".
"Liber Turris vel Domus Dei".
"Astarté vel Liber Berylli".
The Key of the Mysteries.
This course is specially adapted to the task of this Grade, the Attainment of bhaktiyoga.
The Robe of a Philosophus
When this Grade is confirmed by Authority, the Philosophus shall add a Sash of Green to the left sleeve of the Practicus Robe.
The Oath of a Philosophus
I, ______________________ (motto), being of sound mind and body, and prepared, on this ___ day of ___________ (An ______ SUN in __° of __) do hereby resolve: in the Presence of ______________________ a Dominus Liminis of the A.'.A.'.: To prosecute the Great Work: which is, to obtain control of the attractions and repulsions of my own being.
Further, I promise to observe zeal in service to the Practici under me, and to deny myself utterly on their behalf.
May the A.'.A.'. crown the work, lend me of Its wisdom in the work, enable me to understand the work!
Reverence, duty, sympathy do I bring to the A.'.A.'. and right soon may I be admitted to the knowledge and conversation of the A.'.A.'.!