The Grade of Zelator
Having passed through the grade of Neophyte, the initiate then moves on to the grade of Zelator. This advancement continues on from where the Neophyte ceremony leaves off. It begins at the Gateway of the Courtyard of the Tabernacle and from this point on, the initiate is now fully invested on the Tree of Life, starting with the grade of Zelator which is associated with the last of the Sephiroth- Malkuth and the element of Earth. This grade is the foundation upon which all future works will be based. Great care has to be taken at this point to thoroughly lay this groundwork, as it states in the Zelator advancement- “Unless Adonai build the house, the house will crumble, it will fall.” As this grade is associated with the element of Earth- which is a synthesis of all the other elements, The beginnings of elemental magics are taught here such as the Lesser Invoking Pentagram Rituals and communing with the Archangels as well as the building of the elemental tools. Much of the fundamental ritual work that will continue throughout the career of the magician is begun here.