The A∴A∴ Register

by Alan Willms

A small piece from a Probationer Oath

If you would like to contribute with data, please send copies of Oaths to alanwillms@gmail.com. We are more concerned about members from the early times. Our policy is not to share the names of people who are alive, unless they want so.

You will note a Probationer (Frater Per Ardua) receiving other Probationers, something that goes against the rules of the Order. He was an honorary 5=6 and had a special dispensation to enroll other Probationers, until he left the Order on October 1910.

In one of the source materials, it is written:

Members 1 to 13 recruited in An IV (1909) including A.C. as No. 1
14 to 25 in 1910
26 to 48 in 1911
49 to 51 in 1912
Number 88 recorded in 1913.

However the source document ends at number 56. Most (but not all) of the annotations between quotes have been written in 1912 (☉ in ♑ An. VIII).

Few people have been admitted as Probationers, and even fewer reached the Grade of Neophyte. As Crowley states in his Confessions, chapter 62 (emphasis added):

[...] the oath of a probationer apparently involves no difficulties of any sort; no penalties are stated or implied; the aspirant merely pledges himself “to perform the Great Work, which is to obtain the knowledge of the nature and powers of my own being”. He is not required to reach any particular stage of knowledge by the end of his probation; he is free to choose such practices as appeal to him; and, provided that his record shows that he has devoted a reasonable proportion of his spare time to the Work, he is unhesitatingly passed to the degree of neophyte. It sounds as if it were impossible for anyone to fail. Yet, actually only 8% manage to get through the year of probation. The reason is that no sooner does a man make up his mind to enter the Path of the Wise than he rouses automatically the supreme hostility of every force, internal or external, in his sphere.

Membership

There is no entry for the co-founder George Cecil Jones in the numbered register, nor could any oath be found.

Aleister Crowley, № 1, 0=0 on 21 Mar 1904 in the presence of 𓊹𓊹𓊹 signing as Perdurabo. “Passed to Neophyte”
1=10 on 21 Mar 1905 signing as òὐ μή.
2=9 on 22 Nov 1905.
3=8 on 23 Nov 1905.
4=7 on 24 Nov 1905.
Dominus Liminis on 25 Nov 1905.
5=6 on 11 Feb 1906.

John Frederick Charles Fuller, № 2, 0=0 in the presence of Perdurabo signing as Per Ardua. “Deluded by harlot and retired. Cancelled. Retired from Probationership 27th October 1910”

Victor B. Neuburg, № 3, 0=0 on 05 Apr 1909 in the presence of Perdurabo signing as Omnia Vincam. “Passed to Neophyte.”
1=10 signing as Lampada Tradam.
2=9.

K. M. Dalal, № 4, 0=0 on 01 May 1909 in the presence of Perdurabo signing as D∴O∴M∴. “Went to India. Only a Simon Magus.”

Kenneth M. Ward, № 5, 0=0 on 25 May 1909 in the presence of Perdurabo signing as Laiada i Maelperegi. “Underwent Vision of the Demon Crowley at moment of passing to Neophyte. Should return from Burma next year and sign on.”

Richard Noel Warren, № 6, 0=0 on 17 Jun 1909 in the presence of Per Ardua. “Dead. Cancelled. Retired from Probationership 14th October 1910.”

Austin Osman Spare, № 7, 0=0 on 10 Jul 1909 in the presence of Perdurabo signing as YIHOVAEUM. “An artist, can't understand organization, or would have passed.”

H. Sheridan-Bickers, № 8, 0=0 on 23 Jul 1909 in the presence of Perdurabo signing as Superabo. “Sex-maniac. Went to British Columbia. Corresponds. ocasionaly. Still working 1919.”

Reginald Berti Haselden, № 9, 0=0 on 04 Aug 1909 in the presence of Perdurabo signing as Animo non Astutia. “Passed to Neophyte”
1=10 on 11 Oct 1912 signing as βαΓιλικον.

George Raffalovich, № 10, 0=0 on 11 Aug 1909 in the presence of Perdurabo signing as Audeo et Gaudeo. “Lunatic & sore vexed.”

Everard Feilding, № 11, 0=0 on 21 Aug 1909 in the presence of Perdurabo signing as Ut Deum Inveniam. “Friendly, but can't work. Never could.”

Vincent Pantin, № 12, 0=0 on 24 Sep 1909 in the presence of Perdurabo signing as Sapere Aude et Tace. “VIII ♑ An incurable fool and chatterer”

Lilith Lourey, № 13, 0=0 on 29 Sep 1909 in the presence of Perdurabo signing as Corona Summa. “Died”

William John Adamson, № 14, 0=0 on 21 Oct 1909 in the presence of Perdurabo signing as Patientia et Perseverantia. “Communicates little, but is presumably on the Path.”

William Wilson, № 15, 0=0 on 21 Oct 1909 in the presence of Perdurabo signing as Tibi Do. “Doubtful”

Herbert E. Inman, № 16, 0=0 on 22 Oct 1909 in the presence of Perdurabo signing as Amor Clavis Vitae. “Passed to Neophyte”
1=10 on 24 Sep 1910 signing as Μ∴Δ∴Α∴.

Alfred Branson, № 17, 0=0 on 22 Oct 1909 in the presence of Perdurabo signing as Centrum in Centro Trigoni. “Went to Canada. Only object in joining apply to cure incontinence of Urine.”

Arthur de Sá Pereira, № 18, 0=0 on 04 Dec 1909 in the presence of Per Ardua signing as Audiatur et Altera Pars. “Doubtful. I never saw him.”

Charles Stansfeld Jones, № 19, 0=0 on 24 Dec 1909 in the presence of Per Ardua signing as Unus in Omnibus Omnia in Uno. “Probably all right. Went to Brit. Columbia.”
1=10 signing as Achad (later retook oath as Unus in Omnibus).
2=9 signing as V.I.O..

Samuel Herbert Perry, № 20, 0=0 on 01 Jan 1910 in the presence of Perdurabo signing as Petrae Prominentis Umbra. “Passed to Neophyte. Easter 1910. Justus Moriar. Zelator - Adeptus Minor. ♋ 1911.”
1=10 on 27 Mar 1910 signing as Justus Moriar.
2=9.
3=8.
4=7.
Dominus Liminis.
5=6.

Charles Hugh Davies, № 21, 0=0 on 11 Jan 1910 in the presence of Per Ardua signing as (no motto). “Probably all right. Went to Burma.”

J. M. Marston, № 22, 0=0 on 22 Feb 1910 in the presence of Perdurabo signing as All for Knowledge. “Disappointed because he couldn't get results without effort. May return.”

Henry John van Ginkel, № 23, 0=0 on 26 Feb 1910 in the presence of Per Ardua signing as Knowledge is Power. “VIII ♑ Doubtful (Theosofist and Publisher)”

Leonard Sisman, № 24, 0=0 on 28 Feb 1910 in the presence of Perdurabo signing as Praevalebo. “Passed to Neophyte.”
1=10 on 29 Nov 1910.

Frank Bennett, № 25, 0=0 on 12 Mar 1910 in the presence of Perdurabo signing as Sapientia Amor Potentia. “Preferred to stick to T.S. May return; they threatened him with expulsion. Migrated to Australia. Lead of O.T.O. branch there. Went to Cefalu.”
1=10 on 25 Feb 1920 in the presence of Achad (in Hebrew) signing as Progradior.
2=9 on 22 Jul 1921 in the presence of To Mega Therion 666.
3=8 on 09 Oct 1921 signing as 176.
4=7 on 13 Oct 1921.
Dominus Liminis on 15 Oct 1921.
5=6 on 23 Oct 1921 signing as AHH (in Hebrew). “The Cancellarius observes that Fra∴ Progradior being out of immediate touch with his Superior through his residence in Australia and the incidents of the World War fulfilled many of the conditions of the grades 2=9 to 5=6 before being formally admitted beyond 1=10. He was thus able to take unusually full advantage of his visit to the Abbey of Thelema in Cefaloedium [...] inclusive to justify the rapid advancement here recorded.”
6=5.

James Gilbert Bayley, № 26, 0=0 on 22 Mar 1910 in the presence of Perdurabo signing as Perfectio et Ministerium. “Position doubtful. Was under H. E. Inman. Remained faithful until death.”

Walter Ker Sanderson, № 27, 0=0 on 23 Mar 1910 in the presence of Per Ardua signing as Pro Patria. “A casual person. All right if one could get him.”

Leila Waddell Bathurst, № 28, 0=0 on 04 Apr 1910 in the presence of Perdurabo signing as Ἀγαθα. “Passed to Neophyte. Known as Mother of Heaven.”
1=10.

Harold J. Lloyd, № 29, 0=0 on 15 Apr 1910 in the presence of Per Ardua. “All right probably but has not written for some time”

Charles McDougall, № 30, 0=0 on 07 May 1910 in the presence of Perdurabo signing as Diligere Magistrum. “Doubtful”

Samuel S. Grange, № 31, 0=0 on 06 Jun 1910 in the presence of Perdurabo signing as E Labore Dulcedo. “Doubtful”

Herbert Close, № 32, 0=0 on 06 Jun 1910 in the presence of Per Ardua signing as Superna Sequor. “Went out of his mind and never came back. NS91: Meredith Starr.”

Lily Henry, № 33, 0=0 on 01 Jul 1910 in the presence of Perdurabo signing as Semper Altior. “On the Path”

J. D. Reelfs, № 34, 0=0 on 05 Jul 1910 in the presence of Perdurabo signing as Cthamsa. “On the Path”

Grace Ellen Berkeley, № 35, 0=0 on 15 Jul 1910 in the presence of Perdurabo signing as Lux Veritatis. “Sordid [indecipherable], but may return”

James Thomas Windram, № 36, 0=0 on 07 Aug 1910 signing as Servabo Fidem. “Passed to Neophyte Went to South Africa. Ran O.T.O. there. Faithful until death.”
1=10.

Lindsey Flavel Mines, № 37, 0=0 on 11 Aug 1910 in the presence of Perdurabo signing as Spiritus Astra Petis. “Under V. Cremers. Presumably all well”

Francis V. S. Bartlett, № 38, 0=0 on 11 Sep 1910 in the presence of Perdurabo signing as Veritatem Quaero. “Born slave”

Thomas Horatius Jackson, № 39, 0=0 on 22 Sep 1910 in the presence of Perdurabo signing as Vita Est Aeterna. “Working, presumably”

L. New, № 40, 0=0 on 29 Sep 1910 in the presence of Ἀγαθα signing as Carpe Diem. “Little better than a suburban Juno. But might have been good if she had stayed through Eleusis”

Grace Forster, № 41, 0=0 on 29 Sep 1910 signing as Stand Firm. “Mere whore out for excitement. Disappointed.”

G. G. Rae Fraser, № 42, 0=0 on 01 Oct 1910 in the presence of Perdurabo signing as Je Suis Prest. “On the Path, and helping. Difficult to catch. 1914 Assistant (unreadable). VMS Gaychi Neophute in 1914.”
1=10.

Ernest Miller Fittock, № 43, 0=0 on 06 Oct 1910 in the presence of Perdurabo signing as (Something in Greek) Being Becomes. “Passed to Neophyte. Neophyte: Dec 14, 1911. Motto: Nothingness is Blessedness”
1=10 on 14 Dec 1911 signing as Nothingness is Blessedness.

Hector Crosley, № 44, 0=0 on 10 Oct 1910 in the presence of Perdurabo signing as Ultima Praeter Visum. “Afraid of the Jews”

Arthur Richmond, № 45, 0=0 on 08 Oct 1910 in the presence of Perdurabo signing as Qui Regit Animam. “Doubtful”

Harry Wilson Bell, № 46, 0=0 on 15 Oct 1910 in the presence of Perdurabo signing as Da Sapientiam Mihi. “VIII ♑ All right if he can stop whisky. ?In Egypt”

Maye Bassett, № 47, 0=0 on 20 Oct 1910 in the presence of Perdurabo signing as For Friendship. “A mere whore out for excitement. Disappointed.”

John Henry Bennett, № 48, 0=0 on 11 Feb 1911 in the presence of M∴Δ∴A∴ signing as Da Mihi Veritatem. “Under Inman. ☉ ♑ VIII Lost sight of”

Thomas Lawrence Walter, № 49, 0=0 on 23 Apr 1911 in the presence of Perdurabo signing as Excelsior. “Under J. T. Windram. Who says he is in danger. (Spiritualism).”

George M. Cowie, № 50, 0=0 on 01 Nov 1911 in the presence of Perdurabo signing as Quaerena Serenitatem. “Passed to Neophyte. Neophyte: November 1, 1912 Motto: Fiat Pax”
1=10 on 01 Nov 1912 signing as Fiat Pax.

Mary d'Este Sturges, № 51, 0=0 on 03 Dec 1911 signing as Virakam. “Work apparently finished. Only a messenger of A∴A∴. Not serious.”

Vittoria Cremers, № 52, 0=0 on 30 Aug 1912 signing as Peto Lux. “All well”
1=10 signing as Lux Peto.

Leon Engers Kennedy, № 53, 0=0 on 23 Sep 1912 in the presence of Perdurabo signing as Το Καλεγ Τ'αζγθγ Τ'εν. “All well”

Olivia Haddon, № 54, 0=0 on 24 Sep 1912 in the presence of Lampada Tradam signing as Nihil Obstat. “All well”

Raphael Greiff, № 55, 0=0 on 01 Jan 1913 in the presence of Lux Peto signing as Altior in Silentio.

Robert John Adams, № 56, 0=0 on 14 Mar 1913 in the presence of Perdurabo signing as Fiat Lux.

Louis Charles Le Monnier, 0=0 on 20 Mar 1913 in the presence of Perdurabo signing as Servabo Fidem. “Neophyte: Jan 23, 1912 [sic]. Motto: Semper Paratus.”
1=10 on 23 Jan 1914 signing as Semper Paratus.

Mary Butts, 0=0 on 14 Sep 1921 in the presence of To Mega Therion 666 signing as Ροδον.

Charles Edward Nelson, 0=0 in the presence of Semper Paratus signing as Dum Vivo Servo. “Nelson under Windram in South Africa.”

Henry Q. Yonkers, 0=0 in the presence of Ἀγαθα signing as Do Dollares. “Presumably a joke.”

Lewis Bertram Yardley, 0=0 on 04 Sep 1913 in the presence of Perdurabo signing as Sperabo. “With Windram in 1914”

Herman Wijers, 0=0 on 06 Apr 1914 signing as Bergoplovacus (Climbing of the Mountain).

Wilfred Talbot Smith, 0=0 on 13 Mar 1916 in the presence of Unus in Omnibus signing as Nubem Eripiam.
1=10 on 04 Oct 1917 signing as Voluntas Perfecta Omnia Vincam.
2=9.
8=3 signing as Velle Omnia Velle Nihil.

Norman Mudd, 0=0 in the presence of Achad signing as Omnia Pro Veritate.

Cecil Maitland, 0=0 on 14 Sep 1921 in the presence of To Mega Therion 666 signing as אהיה.

Jane Wolfe, 0=0 on 11 Jun 1921 in the presence of To Mega Therion 666 signing as Εσται. “Modified by the special regulations, applicable to Residents of an Abbey of Thelema”

Frederick Charles Loveday, 0=0 on 22 Dec 1922 in the presence of To Mega Therion 666.

Gerald Joseph Yorke, 0=0 signing as Volo Intellegere.
1=10.

Jonas Conrad Erickson, 0=0 on 31 Dec 1928 in the presence of V.P.O.V. signing as Sagire ab Lux.

Israel Regardie, 0=0 on 28 Oct 1930 in the presence of Perdurabo.

Regina Kahl, 0=0 on 23 Jan 1931 in the presence of V.P.O.V..

Michael Stronghilos, 0=0 on 29 Mar 1932 in the presence of Perdurabo signing as Ιθυς.

Roy Edward Leffingwell, 0=0 on 23 Sep 1938 in the presence of V.P.O.V..

Raymond W. Reid, 0=0 on 15 Oct 1939 in the presence of V.P.O.V..

Phyllis E. Seckler, 0=0 on 03 Jun 1940 in the presence of Εσται signing as Tena x Propositi.

John Whiteside Parsons, 0=0 on 22 Mar 1941 in the presence of V.P.O.V. signing as Thelema Obtentum Procedero Amoris Nuptiae.

Sources

  • Yorke Collection, Film 1, NS91, Warburg Institute
  • Mortlake Collection
  • RICHMOND, Keith. The Magical Record of Frater Progradior
  • RICHMOND, Keith. Progradior and the Beast
  • STARR, Martin P. The Unknown God

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