Initiation is a very personal choice that will affect you for the rest of your life. This illustrated manual condenses into a single volume everything you need to know in order to give informed consent to Hermetic ritual initiations. Written with the modern eclectic Practitioner in mind, this book will be of help to any student or educator in the Western Esoteric tradition.
Initiation forms the basis of group identity in Hermetic Spiritual Communities (including covens, lodges, etc.). Throughout the development of the modern magical community a wide variety of training methods and systems have been employed - with varying degrees of success. The first section considers Hermetic theory in the context of historical development and explores key concepts that are integral to further inquiry. It also discusses what healthy social dynamics in such a group look like.
The second section provides a step-by-step curriculum for obtaining the practical skills required for any full ritual working. Assuming the student has no prior experience, the exercises are structured to build from the most basic component techniques up to fully-fledged magical workings. Throughout, well-known potential hazards are clearly noted; along with strategies for avoiding or resolving problems that may arise.
The final section explains ritual construction itself. Taking a practical approach, the text shows in detail how to go from need; to symbol selection; to ritual structure; to the day of the working. This process is demonstrated with an outlining method that yields a meaningful and workable ritual script - every time. A reversal of this process may be used to analyze any ritual.
With all of this knowledge in hand, the Practitioner can decide whether or not any given Initiation is the right choice for him or her. The ritual “Initiation of the First Coil” is included for study, inspiration, and/or use.