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The Ceremony of Entombment

by Frater Pyramidatus
The ceremony is performed at dusk. The sigils of the Elements are painted inside the pyramid on the sloping faces; Fire O in the east, Earth L in the south, Air M in the west and Water N in the north. This is the macrocosmic ordering of the Elements. (These can be either triangular symbols or Tattwa.)

There are four steps on the eastern side of the pyramid leading to the open top. (These steps are temporary and must be removed afterwards.) The four Officers: Eastern quarter Officer is clothed, or robed, in scarlet, and bears the wand; astrally assuming the god form of Ra. Northern quarter Officer is clothed, or robed, in blue, and bears the cup; astrally assuming the god form of Kheph Ra. Western quarter Officer is clothed, or robed, in yellow, and bears the dagger; astrally assuming the god form of Tum. Southern quarter Officer is clothed, or robed, in black or dark green, and bears the disk; astrally assuming the god form of Ahathoor. All Officers face away from the pyramid, extending a protective influence against the four quarters, throughout. The purpose of the Ordeal of the Pyramid is for the Candidate to continually 'rise on the planes'. The purpose of the four Officers is to banish any interference from the horizontal plane, and the forces that exist on the surface of our planet. All reciting is done anticlockwise, again in an effort to banish and cleanse. The Candidate wears only a single robe, of bright blue lined with scarlet, a golden girdle and provided with a hood. He has fasted, and remained chaste for a suitable period. The Candidate ascends the first step. The Plane of Disks and the four silences:

Ra: Gives the Sign of Philosophus. Behold thou the mystic flame, The one immortal token, Shimmering its silent name, And force ever unspoken. Traces Banishing Pentagram of Fire with the wand. Gives the Sign of the Enterer, visualises the pentagram in blue fire, and vibrates 'HADIT'. Gives the Sign of Silence. Kheph Ra: Gives the Sign of Practicus. The stillness of the water's face, Reflects thine pure devotion, No feeling leaves its coloured trace, Or tainting of emotion. Traces Banishing Pentagram of Water with the cup. Gives the Sign of the Enterer, visualises the pentagram in blue flame, and vibrates 'THERION'. Gives the Sign of Silence. Tum: Gives the Sign of Zelator. The night is one, the air is still, No rustling leaves below, The silent sky no clouds do fill, With all the stars on show. Traces Banishing Pentagram of Air with the dagger. Gives the Sign of the Enterer, visualises the pentagram in blue flame, vibrates 'NUIT'. Gives the Sign of Silence. Ahathoor: Gives the Sign of Neophyte. The globe it turns, this world it spins, Our orbit goes around, The axis of a million things, Without the slightest sound. Traces Banishing Pentagram of Earth with the disk. Gives the Sign of the Enterer, visualises the pentagram in blue flame, vibrates 'BABALON'. Gives the Sign of Silence. All Officers: AUMGN. AUMGN. AUMGN. AUMGN.

The Candidate ascends the second step. The Plane of Swords, and the addresses to the four Demonic Princes. Ra: Gives the Sign of Vir. O thou Satan come not hence, Thine legions are no more, The wand it brings divine defence, From Elohim Gibor! Gives the Sign of Silence Kheph Ra: Gives the Sign of Mulier. Leviathan! Bid thy legions, Lay locked in depths of hell, Come not to this sacred region, In the holy Name of El! Gives the Sign of Silence. Tum: Gives the Sign of Puer. Lucifer! Command thy servants, That from this place they fly, Let there be no sly transference, In the Name Shaddai El Chai! Gives the Sign of Silence. Ahathoor: Gives the Sign of Puella. Away from here, thou proud Belial! All thine armies must divest, Their demon swords, and not defile, In Adonai Ha Aretz! Gives the Sign of Silence. All Officers give the Sign of Isis Rejoicing. All Officers: AUMGN. AUMGN. AUMGN.

The Candidate ascends the third step. The Plane of Cups, and the four virtues. Ra: In the attitude of Ptah. We pray by this sacred pyre, The fire that can't be lost, To help our dead man thus aspire, To the holy flame Qadosh. Kheph Ra: In the attitude of Ptah. We pray that the heavens high, Give one drop from above, A man thus dead, he cannot die, The quintessence known as love. Tum: In the attitude of Ptah. We pray that on the Plane of Swords, His mind be true and ready, Even a dead man needs his thoughts, To be single, clear and steady. Ahathoor: In the attitude of Ptah. We pray for strength of mortal frame, And body free from ill, Help this dead man strongly aim, His instrument of will. All Officers: AUMGN. AUMGN. The Candidate takes the fourth and final step. The Plane of Wands, and the four adorations of Nuit. All Officers give the Sign of Apophis and Typhon and stare upwards. Ra: The one Hadit, the core of fire, Pushing forward to break the bar, To the space depths we thus aspire, Thou distant diamond and lonely star.

Kheph Ra: We swim through the vast expanse, Our souls they ever yearn, The planets spin, and moons they dance, The constellations turn. Tum: Thou art the one true Queen of Space, Thy song runs ever through it, The chorus of love does ever race, Through the firmament of Nuit! Ahathoor: We praise the labyrinth so vast, The infinite adytum, And legacy of distant past, Thine pinnacles still heighten. All Officers: AUMGN. The Candidate lowers himself into the pyramid. All Officers simply stand, abandoning all gestures. All Officers: But to love me is better than all things: if under the night stars in the desert thou presently burnest mine incense before me, invoking me with a pure heart, and the Serpent flame therein, thou shalt come a little to lie in my bosom. For one kiss wilt thou then be willing to give all; but whoso gives one particle of dust shall lose all in that hour. Ye shall gather goods and store of women and spices; ye shall wear rich jewels; ye shall exceed the nations of the earth in spendour & pride; but always in the love of me, and so shall ye come to my joy. I charge you earnestly to come before me in a single robe, and covered with a rich headdress. I love you! I yearn to you! Pale or purple, veiled or voluptuous, I who am all pleasure and purple, and drunkenness of the innermost sense, desire you. Put on the wings, and arouse the coiled splendour within you: come unto me! All Officers give the Sign of Silence. The steps are removed from the pyramid, and the Officers depart. The Ordeal of the Pyramid has begun. Note Bene As no 'comment' can be made about Liber AL, this verse ends the Ceremony of the Entombment. It is the 61st Verse of that Book, 61 being the value of AIN, that is the 'void' to which the Candidate will eventually face after defeating Choronzon.