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8=3 Magister Templi

Postby Jim Eshelman » Fri Apr 21, 2006 11:11 am

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

I've had several inquiries lately wondering if I would add a chapter on the 8=3 Grade to future editions of The Mystical & Magical System of the A.'.A.'..

The answer is no - that books stands as it does, climaxing with 7=4 and the promise of something beyond it - and I gave the reasons for ending it there in the book.

But I understand the interest, and thought I'd post the raw source material that would be the skeleton of that chapter if it were written - the same kind of notes I had accumulated for years that were the basis for writing the existing chapters, and the same sort of thing that is the basis of the summaries on http://ordoaa.org for the grades through 5=6.

I'll add this material to a further post on this thread.
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Magister Templi (8=3)

Postby Jim Eshelman » Fri Apr 21, 2006 11:16 am

DESCRIPTION

"The essential Attainment is the perfect annihilation of that personality which limits and oppresses his true self.
"The Magister Templi is pre-eminently the Master of Mysticism, that is, His Understanding is entirely free from internal contradiction or external obscurity… He is the Master of the Law of Sorrow (Dukkha)." [OSIS]

"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!'." [OSIS]

"The Order of the Star called S.S. is, in respect of its existence upon the Earth, an organized body of men and women distinguished among their fellows by the qualities here enumerated. They exist in their own Truth, which is both universal and unique. They move in accordance with their own Wills, which are each unique, yet coherent with the universal will.
"They perceive (that is, understand, know, and feel) in love, which is both unique and universal." [OSIS]

"The Order of the S.S. is composed of those who have crossed the Abyss; the implications of this expression may be studied in Liber 418, the 14th, 13th, 12th, 11th, 10th and 9th Aethyrs in particular.
"All members of the Order are in full possession of the Formulae of Attainment, both mystical or inwardly-directed and Magical or outwardly-directed. They have full experience of attainment in both these path.” [OSIS]

"Any neophyte of the Order (or, as some say, any person soever) possesses the right to claim the Grade of Master of the Temple by taking the Oath of the Grade. It is hardly necessary to observe that to do so is the most sublime and awful responsibility which it is possible to assume, and an unworthy person who does so incurs the most terrific penalties by the presumption." [OSIS]


TASK

"His principle business is to tend his 'garden' of disciples, and to obtain a perfect understanding of the Universe. He is a Master of Samadhi." [OSIS] "His word is to comprehend the existing Universe in accordance with His own Mind." [OSIS]

"The function of the Magister Templi is to cause the desert to blossom by transmitting the Logos of the Æon to those that are below the Abyss." [Commentary to Liber LXV, IV:61-63]

"They are all… 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." [OSIS]


THE PATHS: Vav, Heh, Daleth

"TO ATTAIN THE GRADE OF MAGUS he must accomplish Three Tasks; the renunciation of His enjoyment of the Infinite so that he may formulate Himself as the Finite [Heh]; the acquisition of the practical secrets alike of initiating and governing His proposed new Universe [Vav] and the identification of himself with the impersonal idea of Love [Daleth]." [OSIS]

Liber Viarum Viæ assigns to the Path of Vav, "The Forthcoming of the Hierophant," Liber VIII, and to the Path of Daleth, "The Incarnation of the Inmost Light," Liber DLV (Liber Had). To the Path of Heh, it assigns "The Formulation of the Flaming Star," Liber V; most likely this should now be adjusted to read, "The Adoration under the Starry Heaven," Liber XI (Liber Nu).

"…to him who would be a Master of the Temple, the reverse applies. He wishes to remain perpetually in Samadhi, and it is therefore his renunciation to descend further and further into matter. He has volatilized the fixed; now he must fix the volatile. He has ascended from his particular body to the Universal Soul. That Universal Soul must now incarnate itself ever more completely in that body, and in the bodies and minds of all men. He has made his darkness light; that light must illuminate the darkness of all…. The Great Work is accomplished. The new Great Work is proclaimed. He has finished with Solve. He must begin Coagula." [The Temple of Solomon the King]


VISION OF WONDER

"Only one other [grade besides 5=6] is equally cardinal: the grade of Master of the Temple, which is the Threshold of the Order of the A.'.A.'.. I have called the vision corresponding to this the 'Vision of Wonder' which permeates one's daily life in a similar way. The difference [between this and the 'Beatific Vision' of the 5=6] is that penetrating beyond sensory perceptions, one is aware of the mechanism of events, of the subtle chain of causes which connect them. One perceives in detail how each impression necessarily succeeds its forerunner. The effect is that one is lost in wonder at the ingenuity of the universe, to use a very inadequate word, as being the only one available. One feels the intense awed admiration which the greatest masterpieces of Kant, Beethoven, Shakespeare, Rembrandt, Riemann, Kelvin, and such as they inspired, with this difference: that all impressions are equally puissant to produce it." [Confessions, Cap. 78]


NATURAL GRADE

"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." [OSIS]

"Every person, whatever his grade in the Order, has also a 'natural' grade appropriate to his intrinsic virtue. He may expect to be 'cast out into that grade when he becomes 8=3. Thus one may, throughout his career, may be essentially of the type of Netzach; another, of Hod. In the same way Rembrandt and Raphael retained their respective points of view in all stages of their art." [MT&P, Cap. VII, Sec. 5.]


MISC.

Magisteri shall be addressed as S.'.H.'. (Supremely Honored) Frater/Soror. (NOTE: This was a later development. The original designation was G.'.R.'. (Greatly Revered) Frater/Soror.)

"10 reflects 3" [NW Ms.]. That is, the Neophyte Grade (1=10) is a reflection, on a lower level, of the Magister Templi Grade (8=3).

"All members of the Order are in possession of the Word of the existing Aeon, and govern themselves thereby." [OSIS]

"They are entitled to communicate directly with any and every member of the Order, as they may deem fitting." [OSIS]

"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." [OSIS]


THE OATH

(Oath taken by Him that was to become To Mega Therion on His initiation to the grade of Master of the Temple.)

I. I, ___________, a member of the Body of God, hereby bind myself on behalf of the Whole Universe, even as we are now physically bound unto the cross of suffering:
II. that I will lead a pure life, as a devoted servant of the Order:
III. that I will understand all things:
IV. that I will love all things:
V. that I will perform all things and endure all things:
VI. that I will continue in the Knowledge and Conversation of my Holy Guardian Angel
VII. that I will work without attachment
VIII. that I will work in truth:
IX. that I will rely only upon myself:
X. that I will interpret every phenomenon as a particular dealing of God with my soul.
And if I fail herein, may my pyramid be profaned, and the Eye closed to me.


REMARKS

"And by the power of this transcendent faculty [Sammasati, "constant recollection and keeping in mind of holy things" – grade of Adeptus Exemptus], rising through the Eight High Trances to the very threshold of Nirvana, he at last, in the Trance called Nirodha Samapatti, attains, even in this life, to the Deathless Shore of Nirvana, by the power of Sammasamadhi, Right Concentration. Such a one has finished the path – he has destroyed the cause of all his chain of lives, and has become Arahan, a Saint, a Buddha himself." (Science & Buddhism)

"…it's true that as 8=3 one gets a sort of look round at the Supernal Triad, but it can only be a glimpse." [Crowley letter to C.S. Jones, 1916]

[Following a commentary on "The Ordeal of Ida Pendragon":] This story marks a stage in my own understanding of the formula of initiation. I began to see that one might become a Master of the Temple without necessarily knowing any technical Magick or mysticism at all. It is merely a matter of convenience to be able to represent any expression as x + y = 0. The equation may be solved without words. Many people may go through the ordeals and attain the degrees of the A.'.A.'. without ever hearing that such an Order exists. The universe is, in fact, busy with nothing else, for the relation of the Order to it is that of the man of science to his subject. He writes CaCl2 + H2SO4 = CaSO4 + 2HCl for his own convenience and that of others, but the operation was always in progress independently." [Confessions, p. 68]

“In The Vision and the Voice, the attainment of the grade of Master of the Temple was symbolized by the adept pouring every drop of his blood, that is his whole individual life, into the Cup of the Scarlet Woman, who represents Universal Impersonal Life. There remains therefore (to pursue the imagery) of the adept 'nothing but a little pile of dust'. In a subsequent vision the Grade of Magus is foreshadowed; and the figure is that this dust is burnt into 'a white ash', which ash is preserved in an Urn. It is difficult to convey the appropriateness of this symbolism, but the general idea is that the earthly or receptive part of the Master is destroyed. That which remains has passed through fire; and is therefore, in a sense, of the nature of fire. The Urn is engraved with a word or symbol expressive of the nature of the being whose ash is therein. The Magus is thus, of course, not a person in any ordinary sense; he represents a certain nature of idea. To put it otherwise, we may say, the Magus is a word. He is the Logos of the Aeon which he brings to pass." [Confessions, Cap. 81]

From "The Temple of Solomon the King," EQUINOX I:10:

"…There had been a bar to the progress of Frater Perdurabo, a dualism in his conception of the Cosmos. He had not fully understood that the Universe was One, that one might in very truth eat and drink to the glory of God. He knew that by eating and drinking one did not necessarily detract from the glory of God, but had not fully understood the sacramentalism of the simplest actions…. He had still the old illusion that to succeed on one plane you must fail on another; still thought the mind more than the body, the soul more than the mind; did not see that these three must be one in exactly the same sense as the Christian Trinity (as understood by the truest Christians) is One. It was in the course of this illumination that the Truth was ceremonially conveyed to him on the Magical plane, although it was not for three years later that it fully illuminated his mind.

"This illusion, of which it is here spoken, is a most necessary step for the beginner, because to the beginner his ordinary life is not a sacrament. To him things are really common and unclean. He must, therefore, cut them out of his life, and hence to him the name of the Path of Renunciation. But to him who would be a Master of the Temple, the reverse applies. He wishes to remain perpetually in Samadhi, and it is therefore his renunciation to descend further and further into matter. He has volatilized the fixed; now he must fix the volatile. He has ascended from his particular body to the Universal Soul. That Universal Soul must now incarnate itself ever more completely in that body, and in the bodies and minds of all men. He has made his darkness light; that light must illuminate the darkness of all…."

"…it is necessary to emphasize the very peculiar nature of the attainment of this grade. In all previous grades the nature of the Initiation has been light through darkness. In this it is darkness through light. The word of the Adept was L V X, Light. The word of the Master of the Temple is N O X, Night. This is the Night of Pan. The direction of the Path is definitely changed. The Master of the Temple cannot go to the Magus unless bringing the Neophyte himself in his hand, and in this task there is no consolation, as there has always been before. The visions are no more. Silence and stillness and darkness rule the grade. The Adept has throughout his progress been unifying himself. As it is written in Liber CCCXXXIII, Chapter III, the Brothers of A.'.A.'. are women; the Aspirants to A.'.A.'. are men. The Master of the Temple has given birth to a child, which child appears as an Adept among men. But that which was the Adept is but a little pile of dust. Samadhi has been attained once and for all. The process is complete and permanent. The Great Work is accomplished. The new Great Work is proclaimed. He has finished with Solve. He must begin Coagula…."

"…The Master of the Temple is not only the dust in the Pyramid, and the Blood in the Cup, but he is also that which was cast down through the Abyss into the Heaven of Jupiter. The brain reels before such a conception. And the human brain of the Master of the Temple is but little more fitted to understand this in his life as a man than if he had never entered the Path at all. For the Ego has been totally destroyed, and he has nothing wherewith to bind together these things. He is not any of these things, for there is no He. Those things are. And of the results of this, and of how it may bear upon the question of his advancement to the Grade of Magus, who can say? It is not the Master of the Temple even who could answer such a question. For, in relation to his advancement, he is but that little pile of dust which is to burn up, and from which shall be prepared a white ash by Hermes the Invisible. And in relation to his true life, it is mixed with the blood of all his fellows in the Cup of BABALON. And in relation to his body and mind he is but a vehicle of the forces that are beyond the Abyss. He will therefore speak, but as a man among men, of that which he has seen and heard. But he will claim no authority. He will not proclaim dogma. For all that in him from which such things proceed is no more. He will remain in the darkness of the City of Pyramids under the Night of Pan, sitting silent through 106 seasons, the name of every one of which is Death, ever seeking to make his understanding perfect, until the time comes for him to seek that yet more fearful ordeal which must evidently be involved in the attainment of the Grade of Magus…."


THE EIGHT HIGH TRANCES
(NOTE FWIW: The current Praemonstrator of the A.'.A.'., signing himself in his 7=4 identity, wrote that the formal work of the 8=3 includes working the Eight High Trances. - JAE)


FURTHER REMARKS

"Service Without Ego." This phrase summarizes, in practice, every listed detail of the Grade. - Where Bhakti Yoga (7=4) & Karma Yoga (6=5) meet. - JAE
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Re: 8=3 Magister Templi

Postby wanderer-exile » Thu Nov 10, 2016 9:40 pm

I would like to ask, if by using the phrase "Eight High Trances", was Aleister Crowley referring to the Jhanas?

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Re: 8=3 Magister Templi

Postby Jim Eshelman » Thu Nov 10, 2016 11:54 pm

wanderer-exile wrote:I would like to ask, if by using the phrase "Eight High Trances", was Aleister Crowley referring to the Jhanas?

That wasn't Crowley, that was me and, yes, that's another name for them.
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Re: 8=3 Magister Templi

Postby gerry456 » Fri Nov 11, 2016 8:01 am

Following a commentary on "The Ordeal of Ida Pendragon":] This story marks a stage in my own understanding of the formula of initiation. I began to see that one might become a Master of the Temple without necessarily knowing any technical Magick or mysticism at all. It is merely a matter of convenience to be able to represent any expression as x + y = 0. The equation may be solved without words. Many people may go through the ordeals and attain the degrees of the A.'.A.'. without ever hearing that such an Order exists. The universe is, in fact, busy with nothing else, for the relation of the Order to it is that of the man of science to his subject. He writes CaCl2 + H2SO4 = CaSO4 + 2HCl for his own convenience and that of others, but the operation was always in progress independently." [Confessions, p. 68]

I'm pretty amazed by this. What sort of people do it this way?
2.19 They shall rejoice, our chosen: who sorroweth is not of us.

2.21 We have nothing with the outcast and the unfit: let them die in their misery. For they feel not. Compassion is the vice of kings: stamp down the wretched & the weak: this is the law of the strong: this is our law and the joy of the world.
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Re: 8=3 Magister Templi

Postby seekinghga » Fri Nov 11, 2016 2:09 pm

gerry456 wrote:What sort of people do it this way?

Almost certainly those who are unaware of it.
"And they that read the book and debated thereon passed into the desolate land of Barren Words. And they that sealed up the book into their blood were the chosen of Adonai, and the Thought of Adonai was a Word and a Deed; and they abode in the Land that the far-off travellers call Naught."
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Re: 8=3 Magister Templi

Postby gerry456 » Sat Nov 12, 2016 3:17 am

seekinghga wrote:
gerry456 wrote:What sort of people do it this way?

Almost certainly those who are unaware of it.


That goes without saying and I was hoping for a bit more. I mean anyone who wasn't even a tad bit scholarly or wasn't involved in any creative pursuits, I strongly doubt that these are the types AC is alluding to. I could be wrong. What do y'all think?

For example some of the "great" "Zen masters" didn't know how to read or write.
2.19 They shall rejoice, our chosen: who sorroweth is not of us.

2.21 We have nothing with the outcast and the unfit: let them die in their misery. For they feel not. Compassion is the vice of kings: stamp down the wretched & the weak: this is the law of the strong: this is our law and the joy of the world.
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Re: 8=3 Magister Templi

Postby seekinghga » Sat Nov 12, 2016 4:39 am

gerry456 wrote:That goes without saying and I was hoping for a bit more.

What more were you hoping for? Talkie talk?

I mean anyone who wasn't even a tad bit scholarly or wasn't involved in any creative pursuits, I strongly doubt that these are the types AC is alluding to. I could be wrong. What do y'all think?

For example some of the "great" "Zen masters" didn't know how to read or write.

Not knowing how to read or write bespeaks of a strong urge to not think. One's opinion of oneself, what one is, is a milestone of thought. Thought. Thought.
"And they that read the book and debated thereon passed into the desolate land of Barren Words. And they that sealed up the book into their blood were the chosen of Adonai, and the Thought of Adonai was a Word and a Deed; and they abode in the Land that the far-off travellers call Naught."
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Re: 8=3 Magister Templi

Postby wanderer-exile » Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:14 am

I tried to draw a picture of the Magister Templi robe as described in Book 4, Part 2, but trying to draw a pattern that consisted of stars, roses, lilies, etc. made it look too much like some Grandma's drapes. Are there examples online? I looked but couldn't find any. Does anyone have a suggestion on how not to make the robe look like the aforementioned drapes.

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Re: 8=3 Magister Templi

Postby Jim Eshelman » Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:21 am

I doubt one was ever physically made. It's a description of a state of consciousness with which the MT is robed.
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Re: 8=3 Magister Templi

Postby Shadow Self » Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:26 pm

Lol @ the robe
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Re: 8=3 Magister Templi

Postby Phanes93-418 » Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:56 am

I have a question regarding Mater Triumphans gesture as the sign of 8=3

To be more precise, I'm curious about the "identity" of the child Ma(s)ter is holding. By identity I mean symbolic meaning of this child.
I have few soultions of my own and would like to hear your comments about it.

1. The child is Yechidah- Keter.
Explanation: One of possible translations of Yechidah is "only child" (Judges 11:34). From mythological standpoint child is obviously Harpocrates as Mater is Asi and Harpocrates can correspond to Keter. "...the pure Being invented as an aspect of pure Nothing." (Book of Thoth)
Besides this, child as "Crowned and Conquering Child" corresponds to Keter as well.

2. The child is Ruach- Any possible aspect-sephira of Ruach but Tiphereth in general
Explanation: After the crossing of the Abyss the formula of attainment shifts from "male" to "female". Magister Templi becomes unified with the Mother and begets a child. But this child must finally separate from the Mother. Dissolution of the ego of Adept into the Cup is considered Solve part of the formula while separation of the child from the Mother, Coagula. (Book of Lies, 3)
This Coagula process could be the same proccess described as:
""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. " (OSIS)
"But to him who would be a Master of the Temple, the reverse applies. He wishes to remain perpetually in Samadhi, and it is therefore his renunciation to descend further and further into matter. He has volatilized the fixed; now he must fix the volatile. He has ascended from his particular body to the Universal Soul. That Universal Soul must now incarnate itself ever more completely in that body, and in the bodies and minds of all men.....The Master of the Temple has given birth to a child, which child appears as an Adept among men. But that which was the Adept is but a little pile of dust...He has finished with Solve. He must begin Coagula….And in relation to his body and mind he is but a vehicle of the forces that are beyond the Abyss. He will therefore speak, but as a man among men, of that which he has seen and heard." (TSK)

Also in "The Wake world" under Binah we read: "By and by you see a tremendous blaze of a new sun in the Sixth House, and you are as glad as glad as glad; and there are millions of trumpets blown, and voices crying: 'Hail to the Fairy Prince!' meaning the new one that you have had for your baby" The Latin word Puerperium on the side denotes "giving birth" and Partus, aforementioned separation process.

What this could mean in very practical terms is, in order to fully function in the outer world, M.T. has to "resurrect" his previously destroyed Ego-Ruach which is not anymore the boss but consecrated vehicle of the Neschamah and the channel for manifestation of the Supernals on the lower plane.
The gesture of suckling points to unbreakable connection of this restructured Ruach-baby to mother-Neschamah.
In this context, Harpocrates as child corespond to magical image of Tiphereth.

What are your thoughts on this?
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Re: 8=3 Magister Templi

Postby Jim Eshelman » Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:59 am

I take it to be the magician - At this point we could say rhe Babe of the abyss - From which the master has been liberated.
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Re: 8=3 Magister Templi

Postby Phanes93-418 » Wed Apr 12, 2017 6:47 am

Thank you for answering!

Ok, I get what you mean. Your explanation probably goes more in the line of: "being received and reconstructed in the Third Order, as a Babe in the womb of our Lady BABALON, under the Night of Pan, to grow up to be Himself wholly and truly as He was not previously"(OSIS). Would you agree?

But, I'm still curious. If you would have to define this child in terms of Kabbalah/Tree of Life, how would you do it? Does it then "belong" to Binah or somewhere else?
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Re: 8=3 Magister Templi

Postby Jim Eshelman » Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:33 am

If I say I agree, then I'm only confirming whatever those words already mean inside your thought matrix, and I have no idea whether I agree with that or not.

I suppose I'd say its the sum of all the faculties below N'shamah. You have to understand, though, that it's an artificial construct - an artifice - that never existed as a being, just as the inference of one.

BTW there is also important sense in which the infant is the whole world; and another in which it is the Magister's specific work.
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Re: 8=3 Magister Templi

Postby Phanes93-418 » Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:18 am

Nice point!

I'm just trying to understand M.T. sign as good as I can since I lack the actual experience this sign represents.
Reading Crowley and comparing his writings helps to certain degree but It can also be confusing or I'm simply not ready/able to understand.

Thank you for sharing your opinion with me!
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