Sacred texts  Thelema 

                          A SYLLABUS OF THE OFFICIAL

                           INSTRUCTIONS OF A.'. A.'.

                              HITHERTO PUBLISHED


                          A SYLLABUS OF THE OFFICIAL

                           INSTRUCTIONS OF A.'. A.'.

                              HITHERTO PUBLISHED

   THE publications of the A.'. A.'. divide themselves into four classes.

   Class "A" consists of books of which may be changed not so much as the style of a letter: that is, they represent the utterance of an Adept entirely beyond the criticism of even the Visible Head of the Organization.

   Class "B" consists of books or essays which are the result of ordinary scholarship, enlightened and earnest.

   Class "C" consists of matter which is to be regarded rather as suggestive than anything else.

   Class "D" consists of the Official Rituals and Instructions.

   Some publications are composite, and pertain to more than one class.

                            CLASS "A" PUBLICATIONS

   LIBER I. --- "Liber V Vel Magi."

   This is an account of the Grade of Magus, the highest grade which it is ever possible to manifest in any way whatever upon this plane.  Or so it is said by the Masters of the Temple. {43}

   LIBER VII. --- "Liber Liberi Vel Lapidis Lazvli, Advmbratio Kabbalae AEgyptiorvm Svb Figvra VII," being the Voluntary Emancipation of a certain Exempt Adept from his Adeptship.  These are the Birth Words of a Master of the Temple.

   The nature of this book is sufficiently explained by its title.  Its seven chapters are referred to the seven planets in the following order: Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, Sol, Mercury, Luna, Venus.

   LIBER X. "Liber Porta Lucis."

   This book is an account of the sending forth of the Master by the A.'. A.'. and an explanation of his mission.

   LIBER XXVII. --- "Liber Trigrammaton," being a book of Trigrams of the Mutations of the TAO with the YIN and the YANG.

   An account of the cosmic process: corresponding to the stanzas of Dzyan in another system.

   LIBER LXV. --- "Liber Cordis cincti serpente."

   An account of the relations of the Aspirant with his Holy Guardian Angel. This book is given to Probationers, as the attainment of the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel is the Crown of the Outer College. Similarly Liber VII is given to Neophytes, as the grade of Master of the Temple is the next resting-place, and Liber CCXX to Zelator, since that carries him to the highest of all possible grades.  Liber XXVII is given to the Practicus, as in this book is the ultimate foundation of the highest theoretical Qabalah, and Liber DCCCXIII to the Philosophus, as it is the foundation of the highest practical Qabalah.

   LIBER LXVI. --- "Liber Stellae Rubeae."  A secret ritual, the Heart of IAO- OAI, delivered unto V.V.V.V.V. for his use {44} in a certain matter of "Liber Legis," and written down under the figure LXVI.

   This book is sufficiently described by the title.

   LIBER XC. --- "Liber TZADDI Vel Hamus Hermeticus Sub Figura XC."

   An account of Initiation, and an indication as to those who are suitable for the same.

   LIBER CLVI. --- "Liber Cheth Vel Vallum Abiegni Sub Figura CLVI."

   This book is a perfect account of the task of the Exempt Adept, considered under the symbols of a particular plane, not the intellectual.

   LIBER CCXX. --- "Liber L. Vel Legis Sub Figura CCXX as delivered by LXXVIII unto DCLXVI."

   This book is the foundation of the New AEon, and thus of the whole of our Work.

   LIBER CCXXXI. --- "Liber Arcanorum  GR:tau-omega-nu ATV  tau-omicron-upsilon TAHVTI QUAS VIDIT ASAR IN AMENNTI Sub Figura CCXXXI Liber Carcerorum  tau-omega-nu QLIPHOTH cum suis Geniis.  Adduntur Sigilla et Nomina Eorum."

   This is an account of the cosmic process so far as it is indicated by the Tarot Trumps.

   LIBER CCCLXX. --- "Liber A'ASH Vel Capricorni Pneumatici Sub Figura CCCLXX."

   Contains the true secret of all practical magick.

   LIBER CD. --- "Liber TAV Vel Kabbalae Trium Literarum Sub Figura CD."

   A graphic interpretation of the Tarot on the plane of initiation.  {45}

   LIBER DCCCXIII. --- "Vel Ararita Sub Figura DLXX."

   This book is an account of the Hexagram and the method of reducing it to the Unity, and Beyond.

                                 CLASS "A-B"

   "Liber CCCCXVIII. --- Liber XXX AERVM Vel Saeculi."  Being of the Angels of the thirty AETHYRS, the Vision and the Voice.

   Besides being the classical account of the thirty AEthyrs and a model of all visions, the cries of the Angels should be regarded as accurate, and the doctrine of the function of the Great White Brotherhood understood as the foundation of the Aspiration of the Adept.  The account of the Master of the Temple should in particular be taken as authentic.

   The instruction in the 8th AEthyr pertains to Class D, "i.e." it is an Official Ritual, and the same remarks apply to the account of the proper method of invoking AEthyrs given in the 18th AEthyr.

                             CLASSES "A" and "B"

   LIBER DCCCCLXIII. ---  GR:Theta-Eta-Sigma-Alpha-Upsilon-Rho-Omicron-Upsilon Epsilon-Iota-Delta-Omega-Lambda-Omega-Nu.

   Only the short note pertains to Class A.

                                  CLASS "B"

   LIBER VI. --- "Liber O Vel Manus et Sagittae."

   The instructions given in this book are too loose to find place in the Class D publications.

   Instructions given for elementary study of the Qabalah, Assumption of God forms, Vibration of Divine Names, the {46} Rituals of Pentagram and Hexagram, and their uses in production and invocation, a method of attaining astral visions so-called, and an instruction in the practice called Rising on the Planes.

   LIBER IX. --- "Liber E Vel Exercitiorum."

   This book instructs the aspirant in the necessity of keeping a record. Suggests methods of testing physical clairvoyance.  Gives instruction in Asana, Pranayama and Dharana, and advises the application of tests to the physical body, in order that the student may thoroughly understand his own limitations.

   LIBER XXX. --- "Liber Librae."

   An elementary course of morality suitable for the average man.


   This is an article on the Qabalah in the Temple of Solomon the King, "Equinox V."

   LIBER LXI. ---"Liber Causae."  The Preliminary Lection, including the History Lection.

   Explains the actual history of the origin of the present movement.  Its statements are accurate in the ordinary sense of the world.  The object of the book is to discount Mythopoeia.

   LIBER LXIV. --- "Liber Israfel," formerly called "Anubis."

   An instruction in a suitable method of preaching.


   A description of the Cards of the Tarot with their attributions, including a method of divination by their use. {47}


   A brief abstraction of the Symbolic representation of the Universe derived by Dr. John Dee through the Scrying of Sir Edward Kelly.  Its publication is at present incomplete.

   LIBER XCVI. --- "Liber Gaias."

   A Handbook of Geomancy.  Gives a simple and fairly satisfactory system of Geomancy.

   LIBER D. --- "Liber Sepher Sephiroth."

   A dictionary of Hebrew words arranged according to their numerical value.

   LIBER DXXXVI. ---  GR:Beta-Alpha-Tau-Rho-Alpha-Chi-Omicron-Phi-Rho-Epsilon-Nu-Omicron-Beta-Omicron-Omicron-Kappa-Omicron-Sigma-Mu-Omicron-Mu-Alpha-Chi-Iota-Alpha.

   An instruction in expansion of the field of the mind.

   LIBER DCCLXXVII. --- "Vel Prolegomena Symbolica Ad Systemam Sceptico-Mysticae Viae Explicandae, Fundamentum Hieroglyphicum Sanctissimorum Scientae Summae."

   A tentative table of correspondences between various religious symbols.

   LIBER DCCCLXVIII. --- "Liber Viarum Viae."

   A graphic account of magical powers classified under the Tarot trumps.

   LIBER CMXIII. --- "Liber Viae Memoriae." HB:Taw-Yod-Shin-Aleph-Resh-Bet


   Gives methods of attaining the magical memory or memory of past lives, and an insight into the function of the aspirant in this present life.

                                  CLASS "C"


   An account of A.'. A.'. first written in the language of his period by the Councillor Von Eckartshausen, and now revised and rewritten in the Universal Cipher. {48}

   An elementary suggestive account of the work of the Order in its relation to the average man.  The preliminary paper of M.'. M.'. M.'. may be classed with this.

   LIBER XLI. --- "Thien TAO" (in Konx Om Pax).

   An advanced study of Attainment by the method of equilibrium on the ethical plane.

   LIBER LV. --- "The Chymical Jousting of Brother Perardua."

   An account of the Magical and Mystic Path in the language of Alchemy.

   LIBER LIX. --- "Across the Gulf."

   A fantastic account of a previous incarnation.  Its principal interest is that its story of the overthrowing of Isis by Osiris may help the reader to understand the meaning of the overthrowing of Osiris by Horus in the present AEon.

   LIBER LXVII. --- "The Sword of Song."

   A critical study of various philosophies.  An account of Buddhism.

   LIBER XCV. --- "The Wake World" (in Konx Om Pax).

   A poetical allegory of the relations of the soul and the Holy Guardian Angel.

   LIBER CXLVIII. --- "The Soldier and the Hunchback."

   An essay on the method of equilibrium on the intellectual plane.

   LIBER CXCVII. --- "The High History of Good Sir Palamedes the Saracen Knight and of his following of the Questing Beast."  A poetic account of the Great Work, and enumeration of many obstacles.


   An exposition in poetic language of several of the ways of attainment and the results obtained. {49}

   LIBER CCCXXXIII. --- "The Book of Lies falsely so-called."

   This book deals with many matters on all planes of the very highest importance.  It is an official publication for Babes of the Abyss, but is recommended even to beginners as highly suggestive.  Its Chapters XXV, XXXVI and XLIV are in Class D.

   LIBER CCCXXXV. --- "Adonis."

   This gives an account in poetic language of the struggle of the human and divine elements in the consciousness of man, giving their harmony following upon the victory of the latter.

   LIBER CDLXXIV. --- "Liber Os Abysmi Vel DAATH."

   An instruction in a purely intellectual method of entering the Abyss.

   LIBER DCCCLX. --- "John St. John."

   A model of what a magical record should be, so far as accurate analysis and fullness of description are concerned.

   LIBER MMCMXI. --- "A Note on Genesis."

   A model of Qabalistic ratiocination.

                                  CLASS "D"

   LIBER III. --- "Liber Jugorum."

   An instruction for the control of speech, action and thought.


   LIBER XI. --- "Liber N V."

   An instruction for attaining Nuit.

   LIBER XIII. --- "Graduum Montis Abiegni."

   An account of the task of the Aspirant from Probationer to Adept. {50}

   LIBER XVI. --- "Liber Turris Vel Domus Dei."

   An instruction for attainment by the direct destruction of thoughts as they arise in the mind.

   LIBER XVII. --- "Liber I A O."

   Gives three methods of attainment through a willed series of thoughts.

   This book has not been published.  It is the active form of Liber H H H. The article "Energized Enthusiasm" is an adumbration of this book.


   This is the chapter called the "Star Rubby" in the "Book of Lies."  It is an improved form of the "lesser" ritual of the Pentagram.

   LIBER XXVIII. --- "Liber Septem Regum Sanctorum."

   Has not been published.  It is a ritual of Initiation bestowed on certain selected Probationers.

   LIBER XXXVI. --- "The Star Sapphire."

   Is Chapter XXXVI of the "Book of Lies," giving an improved ritual of the Hexagram.

   LIBER XLIV. -- "The Mass of the Phoenix."

   This is Chapter XLIV of the "Book of Lies."  An instruction in a simple and exoteric form of Eucharist.

   LIBER C. --- "Liber" Koph-Pehfinal 

   Has not been, and at present will not be, published.

   LIBER CXX. --- "Liber Cadaveris."

   The Ritual of Initiation of a Zelator.

   LIBER CLXXV. --- "Astarte Vel Liber Berylli."

   An instruction in attainment by the method of devotion. {51}

   LIBER CLXXXV. --- "Liber Collegii Sancti."

   Being the tasks of the Grades and their Oaths proper to Liber XIII.  This is the official Paper of the various grades.  It includes the Task and Oath of a Probationer.

   LIBER CC. --- "Resh Vel Helios."

   An instruction for adorations of the Sun four times daily, with the object of composing the mind to meditation and of regularizing the practices.

   LIBER CCVI. --- "Liber R V Vel Spiritus."

   Full instruction in Pranayama.

   LIBER CCCLXI. --- "Liber H H H."

   Gives three methods of attainment through a willed series of thoughts.

   LIBER CCCCXII. --- "A Vel Armorum."

   An instruction for the preparation of the Elemental Instruments.

   LIBER CDLI. --- "Liber Siloam."

   Not yet published.  A direct method of inducing trance.

   LIBER DLV. --- "Liber H A D."

   An instruction for attaining Hadit.

   LIBER DCLXXI. --- "Liber Pyramidos."

   The ritual of the initiation of a Neophyte.  It includes sub-rituals numbered from 672 to 676.

   LIBER DCCCXXXI. --- "Liber I O D," formerly called "VESTA."

   An instruction giving three methods of reducing the manifold consciousness to the Unity.

   LIBER     . --- "Liber Collegii Interni."

   Not yet published. {52}


                         HAS BEEN GIVEN TO EACH BOOK


     I.  I is the number of the Magus in the Tarot.

   III.  Refers to the threefold method given, and to the Triangle as a

           binding force.

   VII.  Refers to the 7 chapters, and to the fact that the number 7 is

           peculiarly suitable to the subject of the Book.

  VIII.  The Tarot card numbered 8, the Charioteer, the bearer of the Holy

           Graal, represents the Holy Guardian Angel.

    IX.  Refers to Yesod.  The foundation, because the elementary practices

           recommended in the book are the foundation of all the work.

     X.  Porta Lucis, the Gate of Light, is one of the titles of Malkuth,

           whose number is X.

    XI.  A concentration of the title N V, whose value is 56, and 6 and 5 are

           11.  (See CCXX. I, i. and II, i.)

  XIII.  The number of Achad = Unity, and the title is perhaps intended to

           show that all paths of attainment are essential.

   XVI.  The key of the Tarot numbered XVI is the Lightning Struck Tower.

  XVII.  I A O adds up to 17.

   XXV.  The square of 5, this being a ritual of the Pentagram.

 XXVII.  The number of permutations of 3 things taken 3 at a time, and (of

           course) the cube of 3. {53}


     XXX.  30 is the letter Lamed, which is Justice in the Tarot, referred to


  XXXIII.  This number was given on Masonic grounds.

   XXXVI.  The square of 6, this book being the ritual of the Hexagram.

    XLIV.  From Dalet-Memfinal blood, because blood is sacrificed, also

             because the God Adored is Horus, who gave 44 as his special

             number.  See "Equinox VII," 376.

      LV.  The mystic number of Malkuth and of Nun-Heh ornament; a number

             generally suitable to the subject of the book.

   LVIII.  Chet-Nunfinal Grace, a secret title of the Qabalah.  See Sepher



     LXI.  See Sepher Sephiroth.  The allusion is to the fact that this book

             forms an introduction to the series.

    LXIV.  A number of Mercury.

     LXV.  The number of Adonai.

    LXVI.  The sum of the first 11 numbers.  This book relates to Magic, whose

             Key is 11.

   LXVII.  The number of Zain-Yod-Nunfinal a sword.

 LXXVIII.  The number of cards in the Tarot pack

  LXXXIV.  Enumeration of the name Enoch.

      XC.  Tzaddi means a fish-hook.  "I will make you fishers of men."

     XCV.  The number of Mem-Lamed-Koph-Heh "queen," attributed to Malkuth.



     XCVI.  The total number of points in the 16 figures.

        C.  Enumeration of the letter Kappa spelt in full.   GR:Kappa and

              GR:Phi are the initials of magical instruments referred to in

              the text.

      CXX.  See Rosicrucian Symbolism.

  CXLVIII.  Mem-Aleph-Zain-Nun-Yod-Mem-final  The Balances.

     CLVI.  Babalon, to whom the book refers.  See Sepher Sephiroth.

    CLXXV.  The number of Venus or Astarte.


   CXCVII.  Number of Z O O N, "Beast."

       CC.  The number of HB:Resh <> the Sun.

     CCVI.  The number of R V, referred to in the text.

     CCXX.  The number of the Verses in the three chapters of the Book.  It

              has, however, an enormous amount of symbolism; in particular it

              combines the 10 Sephiroths and 22 Paths; 78 is

              Aleph-Yod-Vau-Aleph-Samekh .  For 666 vide Sepher Sephiroth.

   CCXXXI.  Sum of the numbers [0 + 1 + ..... + 20 + 21] printed on the Tarot


   CCXLII.  "Aha!" spelt in full.

CCCXXXIII.  The number of Choronzon.

  CCCXXXV.  The Numeration of Adonis in Greek.

   CCCXLI.  The Sum of the 3 Mothers of the Alphabet.

   CCCLXX.  Ayin-Shin  Creation.

       CD.  From the large Tau HB:Taw in the diagram.

    CDXII.  Numeration of Bet-Yod-Taw  Beth, the letter of the Magus of the

              Tarot, whose weapons are here described. {55}


   CDXVIII.  Vide Sepher Sephiroth.  Used for this book because the final

               revelation is the Lord of the AEon.

      CDLI.  The number of Shin-Yod-Lamed-Ayin-Aleph-Memfinal Siloam.

   CDLXXIV.  The number of Daath.

         D.  The number of  omicron  alpha-rho-iota-theta-mu-omicron-sigma

               the Greek word for Number.

    DXXXVI.  The number of the Mem-Samekh-Lamed-Vau-Taw the sphere of the

               Fixed Stars.

       DLV.  H a d fully expanded; thus Heh-Heh , Aleph-Lamed-Pehfinal,

               Dalet-Lamed-Taw; compare 11 where N u is fully contracted.


    DCLXXI.  From Taw-Resh-Ayin-Aleph, the Gate, and the spelling in full of

               the name Adonai.

 DCCLXXVII.  See Sepher Sephiroth.

  DCCCVIII.  The number of the name Nun-Chet-Shin-Taw-Nunfinal.

    DCCCXI.  The number of I A O in Greek.

  DCCCXIII.  See Sepher Sephiroth.

  DCCCXXXI.   GR:Phi-alpha-lambda-lambda-omicron-sigma.

    DCCCLX.  The number of 'GR:Iota-omega-nu "John."

DCCCLXVIII.  Nun-Taw-Yod-Bet-Vau-Taw Paths.

    CMXIII.  Berashith, the Beginning, spelt backwards in the title to

               illustrate the development of the magical memory.

   CMLXIII.  Achad spelt fully; see Sepher Sephiroth.

   MMDCDXI.  Berashith spelt with Capital B as in Genesis i. 1.