In-Exilus,Encyclical 2013. Revised and represented.
Liber Pactionis, the original founding document of the Pact lies in the public domain as does its successor document 'The Book'. Thus We place this document in the public domain also, even though by doing so We effectively excommunicate ourselfs from our old order. Discuss it amongst yourselves, for reform seems long overdue.
Pact Structural Reform.
Rationale. ‘Liber Pactionis’, the founding document of The Magical Pact of the Illuminates of Thanateros contained some necessary compromises to allow an order to spring half formed across several continents from little more than a small temple in Britain and a couple of seminar meetings in Germany. The minor adjustments to structure introduced in ‘The Book’ do not seem sufficient to support a mature, vibrant, and expanding international order.
In particular, the initial compromise that ‘Grades’ would imply both organisational responsibility AND magical progress now requires amendment, for it remains a serious structural weakness.
Grades have come to mean positions in organisational hierarchies, whilst personal magical development has become a secondary consideration. An Order which could by now have produced many magicians of the grade of Magus has produced very few. It contains some members who do not deserve their grades on the basis of their magic, and some members denied an appropriate magical grade by organisational considerations.
The Pact now needs to clearly define what its Magical Grades mean; so that members can progress though them and value them. To do this the Pact needs to separate the Magical Grades from the Administrative Grades which should remain open to election. This would give all members a chance to work towards all of the Magical Grades.
The Proposed Grade and Membership Reforms fit on a single page and consist of proposals for the separation of Administrative Grades (mandated by Election) and Magical Grades (recognised by Peer Review).
Draft of revisions for a new ‘Liber Pactionis 2’ document.
The Administrative Grades– all to remain subject to Election by electoral colleges of active members (of initiate or higher grade) at appropriate local or national or international level. Members may hold more than one position.
1) Grandmaster.International coordination and administration. Chairperson of Council of International Section Heads.
2) General Secretaries to the Grandmaster.International communications and publications and administration.
(2b) Past Grandmaster(s).Offer consultancy and continue to promote the order in their works.
3) National Section Heads.Supervise national sections.
4) Magister Templiof local temples. Run local temples.
5) Insubordinates to Magister Templi.Secretaries and critics to MTs.
Magical Grades,to become subject to admission by Peer Review by committees of those holding that grade or a higher grade. We would welcome comments on exactly what work should constitute the work of the Magical Grades, if anything a toughening of the minimum specifications below seems desirable.
Establish the principle that: - A Magical Grade means Personal Work in Progress.
(Novice), cancel this grade as a superfluous obstruction.
4.Neophyte.MMM under a Mentor. Admission to temples and meetings lies at the discretion of Mentor and Magister Templi.
3.Initiate.Participation at Temple. Learn some set rituals, including The Mass of Chaos B, and lead them. Work through Liber KKK, or similar.
2.Adept. Further temple work. Work with all 8 planetary Magics, either privately or in temple and show records of it. Work on an agreed project which could include Priest/Priestess of Chaos or similar. Write up an original ritual and a piece on some aspect of magic and publish it somewhere, if only to colleagues. Mentor a Neophyte.
1.Magus. Work on Projects and Quests and activities which the Magus should periodically discuss with other Magi. This could include work with the Epoch Necronomicon. The Order expects its Magi to Teach, to do Research, and to promote the Great Work of Magic.
(0.Ipsissimus.Normally left vacant as an aspiration, possibly awarded posthumously.)
(Elder), cancel this grade as superfluous. If members want to partially retire they can do so. If organisers of events want to invite them to events they can do so.
It obviously remains generally desirable that higher administrative positions go to members with good magical grades. The best shot in the regiment doesn’t get made Colonel for that reason alone, but a Colonel should know how to handle a weapon.
We would recommend that members holding magical grades that do not come up to the requirements that may become agreed, hold on to those grades for a period of one year to give them time to rectify the deficiency, or else consider dropping a degree or more.
We may re-consider taking up invitations to attend Pact events if, and only if, suitable reforms become implemented.
Our Pestilence, Pope Pete 1st, Stokastikos 127, (Past-Grandmaster, Retired).