Monday, March 26, 2012

Carnegie-Dickson's Introductory Notes on the GD's 6=5 Ritual

Ritual of the 6=5 Grade of Geburah being the Book of the Conference of Signs in the Grade of Adeptus Major

Notes by F.F.J. I have typed this “Book of the Signs” from two copies made by the late G.H. Frater Sub Spe, the one typed, and the other in his own hand-writing. They give the details of the Signs of the 22nd and 23rd Paths and of the Grade of Adeptus Major as used by himself and Frater D.D.C.F. in the early days of the Orders of the G.D. and R.R. et A.C., and are of importance to those of our Fratres and Sorores who value our “Apostolic Succession” from and through these sources.

An interesting point which calls for comment is that most of these Titles and phrases connected with the Paths and Grades are composed of one Greek and one Latin word, just as,in the original G.D. Rituals, “Hodos Chameleonis” was used, though later altered to “`odoj camaileontoj”, Hodos Chamaeleontos or Chamaileontos.

The strict conditions upon which I myself received these GD Grades when I was appointed G.H. Frater Sub Spe's successor as "Chief Adept in Charge of the Adept College of the Two Sister Rosicrucian Orders in Britannia" was that I should personally pass them on to any Fratres or Sorores deemed fit by the Adept College to receive them, and that all pledges in these Grades should be made to me as Chief Adept in Charge for the time being of the College.

Of the Senate of that College, then appointed in 1923, just before the death of Frater Sub Spe on Saturday 8th December 1923, the GH Soror Dominus Illuminatio Mea and I (Fortes Fortuna Juvat) are now the only surviving members (the others then appointed having been Frater Sub Spe (Chief Adept in Charge), Soror Sub Hoc and Signe Vinces (Deputy Chief Adept); and in order of seniority, Frater Fortes Fortuna Juvat (Warden), Soror Dominus Illuminatio Mea; Frater Per Laborem Aspiro (the late James Barclay); Soror Via Crucis Via Lucis (the late Mary Barclay); and Frater Ecce Venio (the late Very Reverend R.O.P. Taylor), Chaplain of the College.

We, Frater Fortes Fortuna Juvat and Soror Dominus Illuminatio Mea, as the only two surviving members of the Senate of the College of Adepts, hereby declare our intention of coopting as Members of the Senatus, our Soror Spiritus in Rebus, already eligible by the rules of the College; and, when they have attained to the required Grades in both Sister Orders, the following in order of seniority: namely Soror Spes of Hermes Temple: Frater Vive ut Vivas*: Soror Sic Itur ad Astra, Soror Vincit Qui Se Vincit *: (*now deceased) and Frater Spiritus Intus Alit. Should she ever wish to resume her place in both Orders, Soror Lumen Meum Deus Est* (Mrs. Birch)(*now deceased) would come immediately after Soror D.I.M. in seniority. I have not included our Frater Puritas et Veritas and Soror Lux Tua Me Dirigit (Mr. and Mrs. Stewart) in this list, as it is unlikely that they would be able to accept office; but, should they see their way to accepting, we would welcome them as members, already entitled, as they are, to hold office.

Fortes Fortuna Juvat
Dominus Illuminatio Mea
All Souls’ Day, 2nd November 1945.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Book Reviews

Book Reviews are in for The Book of the Concourse of the Watchtowers. There is an excellent review at Dean Wilson's blog Mishkan ha-Echad, and another at Olen Rush's Light of a Golden Day blog.

For those who purchase the book through Hermetic Virtues: Don't forget to download the PDF file of Westcott's Enochian Tablets (three versions: full, minus tree of life, and chess boards).