Grade Ritual – Grand Master/Grand Mistress
The Master of Temple/Mistress of Earth needs to fulfill several conditions before the ritual proper:
1) To have fully fulfilled the pledge of a Master/Mistress regarding transmission of the Way by
i) having trained at least one suitable individual up to and including Internal Adept, and revealed to them all esoteric teachings
ii) explicated that Way using appropriate means enabling understanding by others as/when their Wyrd inclines (these means including writings; images; music, etc.)
2) Having fully mastered all the techniques of Aeonic Magick and achieved by some of these new temporal forms.
3) Significantly extended the boundaries of knowledge, understanding, and existence by creative endeavor explicated causally and acausally – some magickal, others outwardly not magickal.
4) Have begun the process of directing acausal energies via a new or presently or past existing nexion according to the Wyrd of that Master/Mistress with the intention of a new aeonic manifestation or re-creating a previous form or forms.
These conditions have been fulfilled (or nearly so) the candidate sets in order his/her temporal affairs – discarding all that is unnecessary. This includes all properties, all of significant monetary value, all accumulated possessions, and all obligations of a personal kind (familial etc.; profession/employment) The candidate is to have no financial or other resources other than that required for necessary survival (and then on a weekly basis) save for a small amount sufficient only for the performance of the ritual.
All this preparation is necessary and should be strictly adhered to – this attainment of ‘temporal freedom’ being necessary for reasons which a Master/Mistress will understand. (To those lacking this understanding and post-Adept insight all that will be said that such freedom enables the candidate to become for a short period an actual ‘nexion’ between’ the causal and acausal, all attention, energies (psychic and otherwise) being then capable of focusing upon the task.).
The ritual proper involves the candidate achieving a difficult feat of mental and physical endurance – usually this involves walking, in difficult, isolated terrain, a distance of 300 miles in 15 days carrying appropriate equipment and occasionally buying food en route using the small monetary savings mentioned above. (Experienced long-distance walkers are advised to increase the distance.) This feat is planned to end at or near the site chosen by the candidate for the physical nexion.
The candidate is then to reside at or near this site for a period from Equinox to Solstice or Solstice to Equinox (or, for some nexions, for an alchemical season) during which time and using aeonic techniques, acausal energies are brought forth and directed to an individual(s)/organization/order/archetypical form(s) and so on, via the chant/name(s)/images and so on chosen by the candidate. In addition, the candidate usually creates a new technique, to enhance the working (eg. similar to the ‘Star Game’). During this period the temporal changes caused by the magick should be discernable. (Further enhancemants/workings may be required after this initial period.)
These changes signify the success of the Grade Ritual.