Study Guide for the 0º




Element: Earth.

Chakras: Ajna (“Command”) and Mulhadara (“Root-support”).

“1. The Ego is attracted to the Solar System.”- MWT

“The Minerval Degree represents the attraction of a wandering God, or ‘Ego’, within the Solar System.” – Preface to the Revised Rituals

“I begin by showing the object of the pure soul, `One, individual and eternal’, in determining to formulate itself consciously, or, as I may say, to understand itself” – The Confessions of Aleister Crowley

The basic knowledge required for learning the theory and practice of this degree:

– Introduction to the teaching of Yoga

– Introduction to the knowledge and systems of magic

– Introduction to the Masonic knowledge based on all available sources; ritual systems of T. Reuss, A. Crowley, A. Pike, Egyptian rituals of Memphis-Misraim

Recommended for Study:

– Liber AL vel Legis, sub figura CCXX

– The Equinox of the Gods (The Equinox, Vol. III no. III)

– The Master Therion’s published commentaries on The Book of the Law. Several editions have been published:

1) The Law is for All

2) Magical and Philosophical commentaries on the book of the Law

3) The Commentaries of AL

– The Holy Books of Thelema, in general

– Liber II: The Message of the Master Therion

– Liber Porta Lucis, sub figura X

– Liber DCCCXXXVII: The Law of Liberty

– “Duty,” by Aleister Crowley

– Transcendental Magic, by Eliphas Levi

– The Revival of Magick, by the Master Therion

– Liber XV: Ecclesiae Gnosticae Catholicae Canon Missae

– Liber LII: Manifesto of the O.T.O.

– Liber CI: An Open Letter to Those Who May Wish to Join the Order

– Liber CLXI: Concerning the Law of Thelema

– Franz Hartmann “Mysteria Mystica Maxima, Order of Oriental Templars, First Instruction”

– “An O.T.O. Prospectus,” by W. T. Smith

– “What is Freemasonry?,” by Aleister Crowley

– MTP, Introduction, Chapter 0 (The Magical Theory of the Universe)

– MWT, Introduction, Chapters 1, 2, 13, 18, 31, 81, 82, 83

– Liber E vel Exercitiorum, sub figura IX, especially sections I and VII

– Book 4, Part II, Chapter 13 (The Book)

– Liber O vel Manus et Sagittae, sub figura VI

– Liber Resh vel Helios, sub figura CC

– “The Five Adorations”

Recommended Practices:

– Meditate over the First Paradox of Philosophy. Evaluate the meaning of “Do what thou wilt” in terms of this principle

– Daily practice of Sun adoration (Liber Resh vel Helios)

– Meditation with visualizations: circle, vesica piscis, triangle, square, cross, pentagram

– Say “Will” before a meal on a regular basis

– Liber E, section I: The Magical Diary.

– Meditate on the Tarot Trumps, The Star, The Universe, The Priestess and The Fool, in terms of your initiation.


The candidate for I° must possess a black, Tau-shaped robe, preferably of wool, without a hood.


A magical dialogue to be performed before a meal by Aleister Crowley
A. (With a knife, knocks 3-5-3)
“Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.”
B. “What is thy will?”
A. “It is my will to eat and drink.”
B. “To what end?”
A. “That my body may be fortified thereby.”
B. “To what end?”
A. “That I may accomplish the Great Work.”
B. “Love is the law, love under will.”
A. “Fall to!” (knocks once)