The Grade of Neophyte
The first grade of the Golden Dawn. The grade of Neophyte, was sometimes called in tradition the probationers grade. The initiate is introduced to the Golden Dawn “current” while being given certain fundamental information to study and basic key rituals such as the “Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram” to practice. The teachings of this grade, while considered simple by some, lay the groundwork for all further practices. In the Neophyte initiation, the initiate is brought out of the darkness of a dying world and takes their first step onto the path of Light. As this is considered an “introductory” grade, the grade of Neophyte is not associated with any Sephirah- existing below the Tree of Life. The initiate is however brought to the Gateway of the Path of Light at the very base of the Tree.