I° - The Latin word Incipio means
Begin.” This is the entry level into the D.o.S. .
It is the gateway to he Temple. It encompasses the work of the Body,
its Senses and Self-control. Without the capacity to control the self
one will not have the power to progress proficiently in the Great Work
ahead. Incipio is the stage where the initiate will study the concepts
and teachings of others that have walked the path before them while
exploring a personal understanding of what it means to be a Satanist.
Mentorship at this point will be informal and enacted collectively
through the appropriate venues. Membership in this grade is open to any
who have enough Desire, Determination and Strength of Will to
to perform it sincerely. Initiates are encouraged to write articles on
their experience with the Rite and on their interpretation of the
various symbols encountered in the Rite and to share these articles.
II° - The Adepti are those
individuals who have a sense of what their ultimate goals are and how
to go about obtaining the skills and opportunities to get them there.
They are actively working on achieving these goals. The Adeptus degree
represents the second level of Self-Knowledge. Dealing with the
Emotional Being through the implements of the Body and Mind, one works
with various energies embodied in the self. Such capacity ensures the
ability to Manifest, using the energy of emotions without being
overwhelmed or obsessed by them. The Magi and above will take a more
personal role in the mentorship of the Adepti.
III° - The Magus is someone
who has displayed a clear understanding of their own path and has
achieved a high level of self-determination in their life. The third
degree work is at the level of Self-Mastery and familiarity with the
mechanisms of the Mind. With the previous levels accomplished the Magus
works to further manifest their Will and reach ever higher states of
internal harmony and coherence. Further development is partially
obtained through providing guidance to other members. Mentorship from
higher level members is to be considered a luxury for the Magi as they
are expected to be fully capable of directing their own path from this
IV° - The fourth level is the
degree of the Mind and the Soul. It is marked by the proﬁcient capacity
of Self-Manifestation. Members of the Primus grade are self-aware,
conscious entities actively engaging and affecting the world and
reaching beyond the world of the senses into higher spectrums of being.
In practice, this degree is awarded in recognition of a Magus who has
produced a body of artefacts that will help perpetuate the Satanic
philosophy in some manner into the future. Ideally, these artefacts
will continue to exist and influence other individuals even beyond the
physical death of the Magus who created them.
V° - The ﬁfth level is the
degree of Self-Sovereignty. It represents the level of a Primus who, in
addition to the aforementioned artefacts, has created and is teaching a
unique and effective system of occultism. These new systems will
usually exist within the D.o.S.
at their inception but may develop into completely independent schools.
“The realm of the Conscious Light of Self-Attainment made
manifest by an Illuminated
Being.” This represents the stage of Apotheosis for those
on the Left Hand Path
and complete Unity with the Cosmos
for those on the Right
Hand Path. Each individual will have their own conception
of what this stage means to them. An Illuminatus will be accomplished
in all of the previous grades and have overcome the major dualisms of
their own existence. It will not be a degree used to describe anyone
younger than say 100
years old, except in some cases where the individual has already passed
particular policy was created with the intention to keep the individual
reaching ever forward and to inspire members to value a long and
healthy physical existence.
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