The order consists of eleven grades or degrees, and is numbered as follows: these compose three groups, the Orders of the S.S., of the R.C., and of the G.D., respectively.
The Order of the S.S.
The Order of the R.C.
The Order of the G.D.
(These figures have special meanings to the initiated and are commonly employed to designate the grades.)
The general characteristics and attributions of these Grades are indicated by their correspondences on the Tree of Life, as may be studied in detail in the Book 777.
Student. His business is to acquire a general intellectual knowledge of all systems of attainment, as declared in the prescribed books.
Probationer. His principal business is to begin such practices as he may prefer, and to write a careful record of the same for one year.
Neophyte. Has to acquire perfect control of the Astral Plane.
Zelator. His main work is to achieve complete success in Asana and Pranayama. He also begins to study the formula of the Rosy Cross.
Practicus. Is expected to complete his intellectual training, and in particular to study the Qabalah.
Philosophus. Is expected to complete his moral training. He is tested in Devotion to the Order.
Dominus Liminis. Is expected to show mastery of Pratyahara and Dharana.
Adeptus (without). Is expected to perform the Great Work and to attain the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel.
Adeptus (within). Is admitted to the practice of the formula of the Rosy Cross on entering the College of the Holy Ghost.
Adeptus (Major). Obtains a general mastery of practical Magick, though without comprehension.
Adeptus (Exemptus). Completes in perfection all these matters. He then either (a) becomes a Brother of the Left Hand Path or, (b) is stripped of all his attainments and of himself as well, even of his Holy Guardian Angel, and becomes a Babe of the Abyss, who, having transcended the Reason, does nothing but grow in the womb of its mother. It then finds itself a …
Magister Templi. (Master of the Temple): whose functions are fully described in Liber 418, as is this whole initiation from Adeptus Exemptus. See also Aha! His principal business is to tend his "garden" of disciples, and to obtain a perfect understanding of the Universe. He is a Master of Samadhi.
Magus. Attains to wisdom, declares his law (See Liber I vel Magi) and is a Master of all Magick in its greatest and highest sense.
Ipsissimus. Is beyond all this and beyond all comprehension of those of lower grades.
But of these last three Grades see some further account in The Temple of Solomon the King, The Equinox I to X and elsewhere.
It should be stated that these Grades are not necessarily attained fully, and in strict consecution, or manifested wholly on all planes. The subject is very difficult, and entirely beyond the limits of this small treatise.
We append a more detailed account.