"[These pages are reserved for Official Pronouncements by the Chancellor
       of the A ∴ A ∴]"

   Persons wishing for information, assistance, further interpretation, etc., are requested to communicate with

            THE CHANCELLOR OF THE A ∴ A ∴

                   c/o THE EQUINOX,
                         33 Avenue Studios,
                               76 Fulham Road,
                             South Kensington, S.W.

    Telephone: 2632 KENSINGTON,

or to call at that address by appointment.  A representative
will be there to meet them.


   THE Chancellor of the A ∴ A ∴ wishes to warn readers of THE EQUINOX against accepting instruction in his name from an ex-Probationer, Captain J. F. C. Fuller, whose motto was "Per Ardua."  This person never advanced beyond the Degree of Probationer, never sent in a record, and has presumably neither performed practices nor obtained results.  He has not, and never has had, authority to give instructions in the name of the A ∴ A ∴.


   THE Chancellor of the A ∴ A ∴ considers it desirable to make a brief statement of the financial position, as the time has now arrived to make an effort to spread the knowledge to the ends of the earth.  The expenses of the propaganda are roughly estimated as follows ---

          Maintenance of Temple, and service .   .    Pounds200 p.a.
          Publications    .    .    .    .   .   .    Pounds200 p.a.
          Advertising, electrical expenses, etc. .    Pounds200 p.a.
          Maintenance of an Hermitage where poor
            Brethren may make retirements    .   .    Pounds200 p.a.
                                                      Pounds800 p.a.

   As in the past, the persons responsible for the movement will give the whole of their time and energy, as well as their worldly wealth, to the service of the A ∴ A ∴
   Unfortunately, the sums at their disposal do not at present suffice for the contemplated advance, and the Chancellor consequently appeals for assistance to those who have found in the instructions of the A ∴ A ∴ a sure means to the end they sought.  All moneys received will be applied solely for the purpose of aiding those who have not yet entered the circle of the light.
  The Chancellor wishes to express his gratitude to those who have so generously come forward with assistance.  The full amount is, however, not yet guaranteed, and he hopes that those interested will make a special effort without delay.


   Owing to the unnecessary strain thrown upon Neophytes by unprepared persons totally ignorant of the groundwork taking the Oath of a Probationer, the Imperator of A ∴ A ∴, under the seal and by the authority of V.V.V.V.V., ordains that every person wishing to become a Probationer of A ∴ A ∴ must first pass three months as a Student of the Mysteries.
   He must possess the following books: ---

      1. THE EQUINOX, from No. 1 to the current number.
      2. "Raja Yoga," by Swami Vivekananda.
      3. "The Shiva Sanhita," or "The Hathayoga
      4. "Konx Om Pax."
      5. "The Spiritual Guide," by Miguel de Molinos.
      6. "777."
      7. "Rituel et Dogme de la haute Magie," par Eliphaz
            Levi, or its translation, by A. E. Waite.
      8. "The Goetia of the Lemegeton of Solomon the
            King." {iii}
      9. "Tannhauser," by A. Crowley.
     10. "The Sword of Song," by A. Crowley.
     11. "Time," by A. Crowley.
     12. "Eleusis," by A. Crowley.
             [These four last times are to be found in his
                 Collected Works.]
     13. "The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abra-melin
            the Mage."
     14. The Tao Teh King and the Writings of Kwang
            Tzu (Sacred Books of the East, Vols. XXXIX,

   An examination in these books will be made.  The Student is expected to show a thorough acquaintance with them, but not necessarily to understand them in any deeper sense.  On passing the examination he may be admitted to the grade of Probationer.


   With the publication of No. X of THE EQUINOX in September next the Official Pronouncements of the A ∴ A ∴ will cease, according to the Rule of the Order, which prescribes Five Years of Silence alternating with Five Years of Speech.  This Silence was maintained from the year 0 to the year IV of this era.  Speech followed, from the year V to the year IX.  Silence will, therefore, be maintained from the year X to the year XIV.  After this September, therefore, there will be no further open publications made by the Executive until March 1918 O.S.



                            BRITISH SECTION OF THE

                          ORDER OF ORIENTAL TEMPLARS


                                M ∴ M ∴ M ∴

   The Premonstrator of the A ∴ A ∴ permits it to be known that there is not at present any necessary incompatibility between the A ∴ A ∴ and the O. T. O. and M ∴ M ∴ M ∴, and allows membership of the same as a valuable preliminary training.]

   [This Order in no way conflicts with, or infringes the just privileges of, the United Grand Lodge of England.]


                          ORDER OF ORIENTAL TEMPLARS

                           MYSTERIA MYSTICA MAXIMA


   DURING  the last twenty-five years, constantly increasing numbers of earnest people and seekers after truth have been turning their attention to the study of the hidden laws of Nature.
   The growth of interest in these matters has been simply marvellous.  Numberless societies, associations, orders, groups, etc., etc., have been founded in all parts of the civilized world, all and each following some line of occult study.
   While all these newly organized associations do some good in preparing the minds of thoughtful people for their eventually becoming genuine disciples of the One Truth, yet there is but ONE ancient organization of Mystics which shows to the student a Royal Road to discover the One Truth.  This organization has permitted the formation of the body known as the "ANCIENT ORDER OF ORIENTAL TEMPLARS."  It is a modern School of Magi.  Like the ancient Schools of Magi it derived its knowledge from Egypt and Chaldea.  This knowledge is never revealed to {vii} the profane, for it gives immense power for either good or evil to its possessors.
   It is recorded in symbol, parable and allegory, requiring a Key for its interpretation.
   The symbols of Freemasonry were originally derived from the more ancient mysteries, as all who have travelled the burning sands know.  The ritual and ceremonies, signs and passwords have been preserved with great fidelity: but the Real Key has been long lost to the crowds who have been initiated, advanced and raised in Masonry.
   The KEY to this knowledge can, however, be placed within the reach of all those who unselfishly desire, study and work for its possession.
   The Symbols of Ancient Masonry, the Sacred Art of the Ancient Chemi (Egyptians), and Homer's Golden Chain are but different aspects of the One Great Mystery.  They represent but different degrees of initiation.  By the Right Use of the "Key" alone the "Master Word" can be found.
   In order to afford genuine seekers after Hermetic Truth some information of the aims of the Ancient Order of Oriental Templars, we now print the preliminary instruction issued by the Fratres of this Order.

                              FIRST INSTRUCTION

"To all whom it may concern ---"

   Let it be known that there exists, unknown to the great crowd, a very ancient order of sages, whose object is the amelioration and spiritual elevation of mankind, by means of {viii} conquering error, and aiding men and women in their efforts of attaining the power of recognizing the truth.  This order has existed already in the most remote and prehistoric times; and it has manifested its activity secretly and openly in the world under different names and in various forms; it has caused social and political revolutions, and proved to be the rock of salvation in times of danger and misfortune.  It has always upheld the banner of freedom against tyranny, in whatever shape this appeared, whether as clerical or political, or social despotism or oppression of any kind.  To this secret order every wise and spiritually enlightened person belongs by right of his or her nature; because they all, even if they are personally unknown to each other, are one in their purpose and object, and they all work under the guidance of the one light of truth.  Into this sacred society no one can be admitted by another, unless he has the power to enter it himself by virtue of his own interior illumination: neither can any one, after he has once entered, be expelled, unless he should expel himself by becoming unfaithful to his principles, and forget again the truths which he has learned by his own experience.
   All this is known to every enlightened person; but it is known only to few that there exists also an external, visible organization of such men and women who, having themselves found the path to real self-knowledge, are willing to give to others, desirous of entering that path, the benefit of their experience and to act as spiritual guides to those who are willing to be guided.  As a matter of course, those persons who are already sufficiently spiritually developed to enter into conscious communion with the great spiritual brotherhood {ix} will be taught directly by the spirit of wisdom; but those who still need external advice and support will find this in the external organization of that society.  In regard to the spiritual aspect of this secret order, one of the Brothers says ---

   "Our community has existed ever since the first day of creation when the gods spoke the divine command: 'Let there be light!' and it will continue to exist till the end of time.  It is the Society of the Children of Light, who live in the light and have attained immortality therein.  In our school we are instructed directly by Divine Wisdom, the Celestial Bride, whose will is free and who selects as her disciples those who are devoted to her.  The mysteries which we are taught embrace everything that can possibly be known in regard to God, Nature and Man.  Every sage that ever existed in the world has graduated at our school; for without wisdom no man can be wise.  We all study only one book, the Book of Nature, in which the keys to all secrets are contained, and we follow the only possible method in studying it, that of experience.  Our place of meeting is the Temple of the Holy Spirit pervading the universe; easily to be found by the elect, but for ever hidden from the eyes of the vulgar.  Our secrets cannot be sold for money, but we give them free to every one capable to receive them."

   As to the external organization of that society, it will be necessary to give a glance at its history, which has been one and the same in all.  Whenever that spiritual society manifested itself on the outward plane and appeared in the world, it consisted at its beginning of a few able and enlightened people, forming a nucleus around which others were {x} attracted.  But invariably, the more such a society grew in numbers, the more became attracted to its elements, such as were not able to understand or follow its principles; people who joined it for the purpose of gratifying their own ambition or for making the society serve their own ends obtained the majority over those that were pure.  Thereupon the healthy portion of it retired from the field and continued their benevolent work in secrecy, while the remaining portion became diseased and disrupted, and sooner or later died disgraced and profaned.  For the Spirit had departed from them.
   For this reason the external organization of which we speak has resolved not to reveal its name or place to the vulgar.  Furthermore, for the same reason, the name of the teachers and members of this society shall remain unknown, except to such as are intimately associated with them in their common work.  If it is said that in this way the society will gain only few members, it may be answered that our society has a spiritual head, and that those who are worthy of being admitted will be guided to it by means of their intuition; while those who have no intuition are not ripe for it and not needed.  It is better to have only a comparatively small number of capable members than a great many useless ones.
   From the above it will be clear that the first and most necessary acquirement of the new disciple is that he will keep silent in regard to all that concerns the society to which he is admitted.  Not that there is anything in that Society which needs to be afraid of being known to the virtuous and good; but it is not necessary that things which are elevated and {xi} sacred should be exposed to the gaze of the vulgar, and be bespattered by them with mud.  This would only impede the society in its work.
   Another necessary requirement is mutual confidence between the teacher and the disciple; because a disciple who has no faith in his master cannot be taught or guided by him.  There may be things which will appear strange, and for which no reasons can be given to the beginner; but when the disciple has attained to a certain state of development all will be clear to him or her.  The confidence which is required will also be of little service if it is only of a short duration.  The way of development of the soul, which leads to the awakening of the inner senses, is slow, and without patience and fortitude nothing will be accomplished.
   From all this it follows as a matter of course that the next requisite is obedience.  The purpose of the disciple is to obtain the mastery over his own lower self, and for this reason he must not submit himself to the will of his lower nature, but follow the will of that higher nature, which he does not yet know, but which he desires to find.  In obeying the will of the master, instead of following the one which he believes to be his own, but which is in reality only that of his lower nature, he obeys the will of his own higher nature with which his master is associated for the purpose of aiding the disciple in attaining the conquest over himself.  The conquest of the higher self over the lower self means the victory of the divine consciousness in man over that which in him is earthly and animal.  Its object is a realization of true manhood and womanhood, and the attainment of conscious immortality in the realization of the highest state of existence in perfection.  {xii}
   These few preliminary remarks may be sufficient for those who desire information concerning our order; to those who feel themselves capable to apply for admission, further instructions will be given.
   Address all communications to The Grand Secretary General, M ∴ M ∴ M ∴, c/o THE EQUINOX, 33 Avenue Studios, 76 Fulham Road, South Kensington, S.W.


                                THE FOLLOWING

                    "(Translated from the original French)"

           "Was lately pronounced at Brunswick (Lower Saxony) where
              PRINCE .......................... is GRAND MASTER
              of M., by COUNT T., at the Initiation of his Son."

   "I congratulate you on your admission into the most ancient, and perhaps the most respectable, society in the universe.  To you the mysteries of M. are about to be revealed, and so bright a sun never shed lustre on you eyes.  In this awful moment, when prostrate at this holy altar, do you not shudder at every crime, and have you not confidence in every virtue?  May this reflection inspire you with noble sentiments; may you be penetrated with a religious abhorrence of every vice that degrades human nature; and may you feel the elevation of soul which scorns a dishonourable action, and ever invites to the practice of piety and virtue.
   "These are the wishes of a father and a brother conjoined.  Of you the greatest hopes are raised; let not our {xiii} expectations be deceived.  You are the son of a M. who glories in the profession; and for your zeal and attachment, your silence and good conduct, your father has already pledged his honour.
   "You are now, as a member of this illustrious order, introduced a subject of a new country, whose extent is boundless.  Pictures are opened to your view, wherein true patriotism is exemplified in glowing colours, and a series of transactions recorded, which the rude hand of Time can never erase.  The obligations which influenced the first Brutus and Manilus to sacrifice their children to the love of their country are not more sacred than those which bind me to support the honour and reputation of this venerable order.
   "This moment, my son, you owe to me a second birth; should your conduct in life correspond with the principles of M., my remaining years will pass away with pleasure and satisfaction.  Observe the great example of our ancient masters, peruse our history and our constitutions.  The best, the most humane, the bravest, and most civilized of men have been our patrons.  Though the vulgar are strangers to our works, the greatest geniuses have sprung from our order.  The most illustrious characters on earth have laid the foundation of their most amiable qualities in M.  The wisest of princes, SOLOMON, planned our institution by raising a temple to the Eternal and Supreme Ruler of the Universe.
   "Swear, my son, that you will be a true and faithful M.  Know, from this moment, that I centre the affection of a parent in the name of a brother and a friend.  May your heart be susceptible of love and esteem, and may you burn with the same zeal your father possesses.  Convince the {xiv} world, by your new allegiance, you are deserving our favours, and never forget the ties which bind you to honour and to justice.
   "View not with indifference the extensive connections you have formed, but let universal benevolence regulate your conduct.  Exert your abilities in the service of your king and your country, and deem the knowledge you have this day attained the happiest acquisition of your life.
   "Recall to memory the ceremony of your initiation; learn to bridle your tongue and to govern your passions: and ere long you will have occasion to say: 'In becoming a M., I truly became the man; and while I breathe will never disgrace a jewel that kings may prize.'
   "If I live, my son, to reap the fruits of this day's labour, my happiness will be complete.  I will meet death without terror, close my eyes in peace, and expire without a groan, in the arms of a virtuous and worthy M."