The Order of the S.S. [Silver Star] - but of these last three Grades see some further account in “The Temple of Solomon the King,” Equinox I(10), and elsewhere.
The Order of the S.S. is composed of those who have crossed the Abyss; the implications of this expression may be studied in [The Vision and the Voice], the 14th, 13th, 12th, 11th, 10th, and 9th Æthyrs in particular.
All members of the Order are in full possession of the Formulæ of Attainment, both Mystical or inwardly-directed and Magical or outwardly-directed. They have full experience of Attainment in both these Paths.
They are all, however, bound by the original and fundamental Oath of the Order, to devote their energy to assisting the Progress of their Inferiors in the Order. Those who accept the rewards of their emancipation for themselves are no longer within the Order.
Members of the Order are each entitled to found Orders dependent on themselves on the lines of the R.C. and G.D. orders, to cover types of emancipation and illumination not contemplated by the original (or main) system.
All such Orders must, however, be constituted in harmony with the A.'.A.'. as regards the essential principles.
All members of the Order are in possession of the Word of the existing Æon, and govern themselves thereby. They are entitled to communicate directly with any and every member of the Order, as they may deem fitting.
Every active Member of the Order has destroyed all that He is and all that He has on crossing the Abyss; but a star is cast forth in the Heavens to enlighten the Earth, so that He may possess a vehicle wherein He may communicate with mankind. The quality and position of this star, and its functions, are determined by the nature of the incarnations transcended by Him. (from "One Star in Sight")