THE FOURTH or Practicus KNOWLEDGE LECTURE

To be studied in the Grade of Practicus (3=8). Aspirants will be tested on their knowledge of the following material, which must be committed to memory.

see also: the Curriculum for more information


Numbers and Lineal (2D Figures of the Planets

Planet Number Figure
Saturn 3 Triangle
Jupiter 4 Square
Mars 5 Pentagram
Sol 6 Hexagram
Venus 7 Heptagram
Mercury 8 Octagram
Moon 9 Enneagram

Draw the following figures on the tree of life

The Cup of the Stolistes The Symbol of Mercury

What is a Magical Square?

A two dimensional array of integers arranged so the sum of each row and column is equal to the same value.

Examples:

The Magical Square of Saturn The Magical Square of Jupiter
4 9 2
3 5 7
8 1 6
4 14 15 1
9 7 6 12
5 11 10 8
16 2 3 13
The Magical Square of Mars The Magical Square of the Sun
11 24 7 20 3
4 12 25 8 16
17 5 13 21 9
10 18 1 14 22
23 6 19 2 15
6 32 3 34 35 1
7 11 27 28 8 30
19 14 16 15 23 24
18 20 22 21 17 13
25 29 10 9 26 12
36 5 33 4 2 31
The Magical Square of Venus The Magical Square of Mercury
22 47 16 41 10 35 4
5 23 45 17 42 11 29
30 6 24 49 18 36 12
13 31 7 25 43 19 37
38 14 32 1 26 44 20
21 39 8 33 2 27 45
46 15 40 9 34 3 28
8 58 59 5 4 62 63 1
49 15 14 52 53 11 10 56
41 23 22 44 45 19 18 48
32 34 35 29 28 38 39 25
40 26 27 37 36 30 31 33
17 47 46 20 21 43 42 24
9 55 54 12 13 51 50 16
64 2 3 61 60 6 7 57
The Magical Square of the Moon
37 78 29 70 21 62 13 54 5
6 38 79 30 71 22 63 14 46
47 7 39 80 31 72 23 55 15
16 48 8 40 81 32 64 24 56
57 17 49 9 41 73 33 65 25
26 58 18 50 1 42 74 34 66
67 27 59 10 51 2 43 75 35
36 68 19 60 11 52 3 44 76
77 28 69 20 61 12 53 4 45

How are they related to the planets?

The dimensions of the matrix is defined by the numeric attribution of the planet (i.e. Saturn is 3 X 3, the Moon is 9 X 9, etc.

What are they used for?

Talismanic Magic and Sigil Creation.

What is the Pyramid of Fire?

A red tetrahedron with Hebrew words on the faces.

What is the “other” name for a Tetrahedron?

A solid Triangle.

What do each of the triangular faces represent?

Three kinds of fire and latent heat.

Name the kinds of fire:

Solar, Volcanic and Astral.

What are the Hebrew words on the faces?

  • (AUD) is active fire
  • (AUB) is passive fire
  • (AUR) equilibriated fire
  • (ASCH) is the Hebrew name of fire.

The Tetrahedron is the admission badge for what path?

The 31st path, the path of Shin ().

Describe the Sword on the Tree of Life.

It descends the Tree in numeric order of the Sepheroth.

Describe the Snake on the Tree of Life.

It climbs the Tree using the Paths in reverse numeric order.

Geomancy and Zodiacal Attributions

Geomantic Figure Name Zodiacal Attribution
Puer
Amissio
Albus
Populus
Via
Fortuna Major
Fortuna Minor
Conjunctio
Puella
Rubeus
Acquisitio
Carcer
Tristitia
Laetitia
Caput Draconis
Cauda Draconis

The Greek Cross of 13 Squares

To what three powers does it refer?

To the Sun in the 12 Signs of the Zodiac and also in the midst of the four elements.

It is the admission badge for what path?

The 30th Path, the Path of Resh ().

What is the Tetractys?

The tetractys is a symbol composed of ten objects in an upward-pointing triangular formation.

Who discovered it?

Pythagoras.

What is its relevance?

It shows the process of creation and is an image of the whole.

What are some of its Greek titles?

Ouranos/Heaven, Cosmos/Order or Universe, Pan/All

What glyph is it most like in Qabalah?

The Tree of Life

Attribution of the Tarot Trumps

Path Number Traditional Deck Thoth Deck Letter Yetzeratic Attribution
11 0 The Foolish Man The Fool
12 1 The Magician, The Juggler The Magus
13 2 The High Priestess, The Popess The High Priestess
14 3 The Empress The Empress
15 4 The Emperor The Emperor
16 5 The Hierophant, The Pope The Hierophant
17 6 The Lovers The Lovers
18 7 The Chariot The Chariot
19 8* Strength Lust
20 9 The Hermit The Hermit
21 10 The Wheel of Fortune Fortune
22 11* Justice Adjustment
23 12 The Hanged Man The Hanged Man
24 13 Death Death
25 14 Temperance Art
26 15 The Devil The Devil
27 16 Tower Struck By Lightning The Tower
28 17 The Star The Star
29 18 The Moon The Moon
30 19 The Sun The Sun
31 20 Last Judgment The Aeon
32 21 The World The Universe

*The Golden Dawn swapped Teth and Lamed and their attributes from a previous commonly known system of attribution.

Familiarize yourself with the numbering of the paths on this diagram.

Meditation

Please see the separate Grade Meditations Page.

To advance to the grade of Philosophus, the following are also required:

  • Arrange and Conclude a conversation with the Chief Adept. Be prepared to discuss in detail:
    • Your experience of the above meditation
    • Your experience of the Middle Pillar Ritual

Further Reading:

  • “Notes on the Tarot,” by Frater S.R.M.D. (see Regardie’s The Golden Dawn, Fourth Knowledge Lecture)

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