Brief A.'. A.'. question.

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Postby Edward Mason » Sat Jan 16, 2010 3:57 pm

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From The Task of a Probationer:

He shall everywhere proclaim openly his connection to the A.A. and speak of It and Its principles (even so little as he understandeth) for that mystery is the enemy of Truth.

This is repeated in the Task of a Neophyte, of a Zelator, etc.

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Postby Edward Mason » Sun Jan 17, 2010 8:32 am

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During the Adoration in Resh, I've always used the Sign of Osiris Risen - arms crossed over the chest, right over left, fingers touching the shoulders.

In the opening "Hail unto thee ...X ...", use whatever sign you were taught as a Probationer. The Sign of the Enterer is certainly usable here. If you like, there's a well established tradition of using the published grade signs - Zelator for Air/East, Philosophus for Fire/South, Practicus for Water/West, Neophyte for Earth/North.

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Re: Brief A.'. A.'. question.

Postby Jim Eshelman » Mon Mar 08, 2010 7:43 pm

Blythe A. Blanche wrote:A fellow Thelemite told me that a member of the A.'. A.'. is not to inform anyone of their Grade therein. But elsewhere it instructs the Adept to declare his membership openly to all.

Is one to say "I'm a Brother of the A.'. A.'." without mentioning their Grade, or is it reserved only for the knowledge of those within the Order, or what?

There's no actual rule. But prudence often suggests that one not mention a grade unless there's an actual reason for it. For one thing, one circumvents some ego-inflation issues that way. There's also a certain sensibility that one tends to develop as one moves through the grades, and that sensibility causes one usually to refrain from mentioning a grade unless there's a compelling reason.
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Re: Brief A.'. A.'. question.

Postby frateruranus » Mon Mar 29, 2010 9:49 pm

All you need to know about someone's A.'.A.'. grade is if they are a Neophyte and then if they are a Zelator etc. ad nauseam until you get to a certain point and from there you're usually on your own.
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