THE PYRAMID OF INITIATION1
What rejected stone shall crown it?
But beyond these benevolent considerations, there is a further need that this thesis be written now, a need deeply rooted in the Adept’s natural development in the path of initiation. The 7°=4□ has attained to the highest sephirah attributed to the Ruach (the distinctly human part of the psyche, including the reasoning mind). This is that “certain exalted grade whereby a man becomes master of knowledge and intelligence, and no more their slave” (Liber 61, v. 18). The Exempt Adept is preparing to cross a threshold into the Third Order — the Ordeal of the Abyss — to which only the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel is of comparable significance. Crossing this Abyss requires full ripening of all that has gone before, a drawing to a head of everything constituting the Adept, of all that makes her what she distinctly is. Here, once more, is the symbol of the Pyramid of Initiation that the aspirant has been carefully building, now reaching completion, converging on the final point at its apex. Only thus may the Adeptus Exemptus be prepared for the great step ahead — of which more anon.2