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THE CONSECRATION CEREMONY OF THE VAULT OF THE ADEPTI

To be used for a new Vault or on each Corpus Christi Day

Members assemble and wear Regalia. Three Chiefs robed and seated as in opening of 5-6. Door of Vault closed; Pastos remains inside Vault, but Circular Altar is placed in the Outer Chamber, in the centre. Upon the Altar are the Cross, Cup, Dagger, and Chain as usual; also the crossed Scourge and Crook. Incense is also placed over letter Shin. Water is placed in the Cup.

Chief:

Associate Adeptus Minor, see that the Portal of the Vault is closed and guarded. (Done. Chief advances to Altar, lifts his Wand on high, and says:)

Chief:

HEKAS HEKAS ESTE BEBELOI! (This is followed by the Watchtower Ceremony.)

(After the Watchtower ceremony, the Chief Adept changes place with Third Adept. As the Hierophant Inductor, Third Adept performs the ceremony of the opening of Portal. Any other Adept may take the place of the Associate Officer in West.)

Third:

(Knocks 4, 1)

Very Honoured Fratres and Sorores, assist me to open the Portal of the Vault of the Adepti. Give the Signs of a Neophyte, Zelator, Theoricus, Practicus, Philosophus. Very Honoured Associate Adept, what is the additional Mystic Title bestowed on a Philosophus as a link with the Second Order?

Assoc:

Phrath.

Third:

To what does it allude.

Hodos:

To the fourth river of Eden.

Third:

What is the Sign?

Hodos:

The Sign of the Rending Asunder of the Veil.

Third:

What is the Word?

Hodos:

Peh.

Third:

Resh.

Assoc:

Kaph.

Third:

Tau.

Hodos:

The whole word is Paroketh, meaning the veil of the Tabernacle.

Third:

In and by that word, I declare the Portal of this Vault of the Adepts duly open. (Makes Qabalistic Cross. All make the same Sign and say same words. Replace Altar within Vault, leave Cross, Cup and Dagger in place outside for use in Obligation. Close door of Vault. Three Adepts take places and open in the 5-6 Grade. The Vault door is thus open and so remains until close of Consecration.)

Second:

Third:

Chief:

Second:

(All successively knock once.)

Chief:

Ave Fratres et Sorores.

Second:

Roseae Rubeae.

Third:

Et Aureae Crucis.

Chief:

Very Honoured Fratres et Sorores, assist me to open the Vault of the Adepts. (Knocks). Very Honoured Hodos Chamelionis, see that the Portal is closed and guarded.

Hodos:

(Does so, and salutes.) Merciful Exempt Adept, the Portal of the Vault is closed and guarded.

Chief:

Mighty Adeptus Minor, by what Sign hast thou entered the Portal?

Third:

By the Sign of the Closing of the Veil. (Gives it.)

Chief:

Associate Adeptus Minor, by what Sign hast thou closed the Portal?

Third:

By the Sign of the Closing of the Veil. (gives it.)

Second:

PEH.

Third:

RESH.

Second:

CAPH.

Third:

TAU.

Second:

PAROKETH.

Third:

Which is the Veil of the Sanctum Sanctorum.

Chief:

Mighty Adeptus Major, what is the Mystic Number of this Grade?

Second:

Twenty one.

Chief:

What is the Password formed therefrom?

Third:

ALEPH.

Chief:

HEM.

Third:

YOD.

Chief:

HEM.

Third:

EHEIEH.

Chief:

Mighty Adeptus Major, what is the Vault of the Adepts?

Second:

The symbolic burying place of our Founder Christian Rosenkreutz, which he made to represent the Universe.

Chief:

Associate Adeptus Minor, in what part of it is he buried?

Third:

In the centre of the heptagonal sides and beneath the Altar, his head being towards the East.

Chief:

Mighty Adeptus Minor, why in the centre?

Second:

Because that is the point of perfect equilibrium.

Chief:

Associate Adeptus Minor, what does the Mystic Name of our Founder signify?

Third:

The Rose and Cross of Christ; the fadeless Rose of Creation - the immortal Cross of Light.

Chief:

Mighty Adeptus Major, what was the Vault entitled by our more ancient Fratres and Sorores?

Second:

The Tomb of Osiris Onnophris, the Justified One.

Chief:

Associate Adeptus Minor, of what shape was the Vault?

Third:

It was that of an equilateral Heptagon or figure of Seven Sides.

Chief:

Mighty Adeptus Major, unto what do these seven sides allude?

Second:

Seven are the lower Sephiroth, seven are the Palaces, seven are the days of the Creation; Seven in the Height above, Seven in the Depth below.

Chief:

Associate Adeptus Minor, where is this Vault symbolically situated?

Third:

In the centre of the Earth, in the Mountain of Caverns, the Mystic Mountain of Abiegnus.

Chief:

Mighty Adeptus Minor, what is the meaning of this title Abiegnus?

Third:

It is Abi-Agnus, Lamb of the Father. It is by metathesis Abi-Genos, born of the Father. Bia-Genos, Strength of our Race, and the Four Words make the sentence, Mountain of the Lamb of the Father, and the Strength of our Race. IAO. YEHESHUAH. Such are the words! (All salute with 5-6 Signs.)

Chief:

Mighty Adeptus Major, what is the key to this Vault?

Second:

The Rose and Cross which resume the Life of Nature and the Powers hidden in the word

I.N.R.I.

Chief:

Associate Adeptus Minor, what is the Emblem which we bear in our left hands?

Third:

It is a form of the Rose and Cross, the ancient Crux Ansata or Egyptian symbol of life.

Chief:

Mighty Adeptus Major, what is its meaning?

Second:

It represents the force of the Ten Sephiroth in Nature, divided into a Hexad and a Tetrad. The Oval embraces the first six Sephiroth and the Tau Cross the lower Four, answering to the four Elements.

Chief:

Associate Adeptus Minor, what is the Emblem which I bear upon my breast?

Third:

The complete symbol of the Rose and Cross.

Chief:

Mighty Adeptus Major, what is its meaning?

Second:

it is the Key of Sigils and of Rituals, and represents the force of the twenty two Letters in Nature, as divided into a Three, a Seven, and a Twelve. Many and great are its mysteries.

Chief:

Associate Adeptus Minor, what is the Wand which thou bearest?

Third:

A simple Wand having the colours of the twelve Signs of the Zodiac and surmounted by the Lotus Flower of isis. It symbolizes the development of Creation.

Chief:

Mighty Adeptus Major, thy Wand and its meaning?

Second:

A Wand terminating in the symbol of the Binary and surmounted by the Tau Cross of Life, or the Head of the Phoenix, sacred to Osiris. The seven colours between Light and Darkness are attributed to the Planets. It symbolizes rebirth and resurrection from death.

Chief:

My Wand is surmounted by the Winged Globe, around which the twin serpents of Egypt

twine. It symbolizes the equilibriated Force of the Spirit and the Four Elements beneath the everlasting Wings of the Holy One. Associate Adeptus Minor, what are the words inscribed upon the door of the Vault, and how is it guarded?

Third:

Post Centum Viginti Annos Patebo. After one hundred and twenty years I shall open, and the door is guarded by the Elemental Tablets and by the Kerubic Emblems.

Chief:

The 120 years refer symbolically to the 5 Grades of the First Order and to the revolution of the Power of the Pentagram; also to the five preparatory examinations for this Grade. It is written His days shall be 120 years. 120 divided by 5 yields 24, the number of hours in a day and of the Thrones of the Elders in the Apocalypse. Further 120 equals the number of the Ten Sephiroth multiplied by that of the Zodiac, whose Key is the working of the Spirit and the Elements typified in the Wand which I bear.

(Chief knocks. All face the East. Chief Adept opens the Vault wide, enters, passes to the Eastern end, where is the head of the Pastos of C. R. C., and then faces West. Second enters and passes to the South. Third to the North. Other members remain standing as before. The three Officers, each with a special Wand in his right hand and Crux Ansata in left, then stretch out their Wands to form a pyramid above the Altar and also the Cruces below.)

Chief:

Let us analyze the Keyword. I.

Second:

N.

Third:

R.

All:

I.

Chief:

YOD.

Second:

NUN.

Third:

RESH.

All:

YOD.

Chief:

Virgo, Isis, Mighty Mother.

Second:

Scorpio, Apophis, Destroyer.

Third:

Sol, Osiris, slain and risen.

All:

Isis, Apophis, Osiris. TAO.

(All then simultaneously separate Wands and Cruces and say:)

All:

The Sign of Osiris Slain. (Give it.)

Chief:

(Giving L Sign with bowed head). L. The sign of the Mourning of isis.

Second:

(Giving V Sign with head erect.) V. The Sign of Apophis and Typhon.

Third:

(With bowed head gives X Sign). X. The Sign of Osiris Risen.

All:

(Make the Saluting Sign with bowed head.)

All:

L.V.X.

LUX the Light of the Cross. (All quit the Vault and return to previous places.)

Chief:

In the Grand Word YEHESHUAH, by the Keyword I.N.R.I. and through the concealed Word LVX I have opened the Vault of the Adepts. (All give the LVX Signs).

Second:

Let the Cross of Obligation be set in its place.

Chief:

Upon this Cross of Obligation I, freely and unasked, on behalf of the Second Order, do hereby pledge myself for the due performance and fulfilment of the respective clauses of the Oath taken by each member on the Cross of Suffering at his admission to the Grade of Adeptus Minor

Second:

It is written: Whosoever shall be great among you shall be your minister, and whosoever of you will be the chiefest shall be the servant of all. I, therefore, on behalf of the Second Order, do require of you to divest yourself of your robes and insignia as a Chief Adept, to clothe yourself with the black robe of mourning, and to put the chain of humility about your neck. (Chief disrobes, puts on chain and is fastened to the Cross. Second recites the Obligation adding after do this day spiritually bind myself the words on behalf of the whole Second Order.)

Chief:

(While still bound). I invoke Thee, the Great Avenging Angel HUA to confirm and strengthen all the Members of this Order during the ensuing Revolution of the Sun, to keep them steadfast in the path of rectitude and self-sacrifice and to confer upon them the power of discernment, that they may choose between the evil and the good, and try all things of doubtful or fictitious seeming with sure knowledge and sound judgment.

Second:

Let the Chief Adept descend from the Cross of Suffering. (He is released and the cross removed.)

Second:

Merciful Exempt Adept, I, on behalf of the Second Order, request you to re-invest yourself with the insignia of your high office, which alone has entitled you to offer yourself unto the Higher Powers as surety for the Order. (Chief Adept reclothes. Three Adepts enter the Vault, roll Altar aside, open lid of Pastos, put Book T upon the table. Chief steps into the Pastos, and stands facing the door. The three Adepts join Wands and Cruces.)

Chief:

I invoke Thee HRU, the Great Angel who art set over the operations of this Secret Wisdom, to strengthen and establish this Order in its search for the Mysteries of the Divine Light. Increase the Spiritual perception of the Members and enable them to rise beyond that lower selfhood which is nothing unto that Highest Selfhood which is in God the Vast One. (The three Adepts disjoin Wands and lower them into the Pastos, joining them together at the black ends, directing them towards the centre of the floor. They hold Cruces as before.)

Chief:

And now, in the tremendous name of Strength through sacrifice, YEHESHUAH

YEHOVASHAH. I authorize and charge ye, ye Forces of Evil tkat be beneath the Universe, that should a member of this Order, through will, forgetfulness, or weakness. act contrary to the Obligation which he hath voluntarily taken upon him at his admission, that ye manifest yourselves as his accusers to restrain and to warn, so that ye, even ye, may perform your part in the operations of this Great Work through the Order. Thus therefore do I charge and authorise ye through YEHESHUAH YEHOVASHAH the name of Sacrifice. (The three Adepts disjoin Wands and Cruces. Chief steps out of Pastos.) Let the Pastos be placed without the Vault as in the third point of the Ceremony of Adeptus Minor. (Pastos is carried out into the outer chamber. Lid is removed and placed beside it. Chief stands between Pastos and Lid facing door of Vault, his arms crossed. Second stands at head of Pastos and Third at foot. Other Adepts form a circle round, join Wands over head of Chief, then separate Wands from head and give signs of 5-6 Grade.)

Chief:

(Slowly and loudly.) I am the Resurrection and the Life. He that believeth on Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. And whosoever liveth and believeth on me shall never die. I am the First and I am the Last. I am He that liveth but was dead, and behold I am alive for evermore, and hold the Keys of Hell and of Death. (Chief quits circle, Second follows, then the other Members with Third last. All enter the Vault and proceed round the Altar with the Sun. Chief reads the sentences following and all halt in former positions, Chief in centre, others round.)

Chief:

For I know that my Redeemer liveth and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the Earth. I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No man cometh unto the Father but by Me. I am the Purified. I have passed through the Gates of Darkness unto Light. I have fought upon Earth for good. I have finished my work. I have entered into the Invisible. I am the Sun in his rising. I have passed through the hour of Cloud and of Night. I am Amoun the Concealed One, the Opener of the Day. lam OSIRIS ONNOPHRIS, The Justified One. I am the Lord of Life, triumphant over death. There is no part of me which is not of the Gods. I am the Preparer of the Pathway, the Rescuer unto the Light. Out of the Darkness, let the Light arise. (At this point, the Chief Adept reaches the centre point between Pastos and Lid. He faces towards Vault, other Adepts around him. They join Wands over his head. He raises his face and hands, and continues:)

Chief:

I am the Reconciler with the Ineffable. I am the Dweller of the Invisible. Let the white Brilliance of the Divine Spirit descend. (Chief lowers face and hands. Other Adepts withdraw their Wands.)

Chief:

(Raising his hand). In the Name and Power of the Divine Spirit I invoke ye, ye Angels of the Watchtowers of the Universe. Guard this Vault during this Revolution of the Solar Course. Keep far from it the evil and the uninitiated that they penetrate not into the abode of our mysteries, and inspire and sanctify all who enter this Temple with the Illimitable Wisdom of the Light Divine. (Chief Adept gives Sign of 5-6. All others copy them and take their places as in the Opening of the Vault. Business may be conducted.)

CLOSING

(Pastos is replaced in Vault. Circular Altar is put over it. Door open.)

Chief:

Second:

Chief:

Second:

Third:

(All successively knock once.)

Chief:

Ave Fratres.

Second:

Roseae Rubeae.

Third:

Et Aureae Crucis.

Chief:

Very Honoured Fratres and Sorores, assist me to close the Vault of the Adepts. Associate Adeptus Minor, how many Princes did Darius set over his Kingdom?

Third:

It is written in the Book of Daniel that they were 120.

Chief:

Mighty Adeptus Major, how is that number found?

Second:

By the continual multiplication together of the first five numbers of the decimal scale.

Chief:

Post Centum Viginti Annos Patebo. Thus have I closed the Vault of the Adepts in the Mystic Mountain of Abiegnus.

Third:

Ex Deo Nascimur.

Second:

In Yeheshuah Morimur.

Chief:

Per Sanctum Spiritum Reviviscimus. (All present give LVX signs in silence.)