Australia’s Grand Lodge of Ordo Templi Orientis recently published the second part of Australian Grand Master Shiva X°’s series “Australia: the land of sun worshippers.”
In Part One I pointed out that there were a few variations to the performance of Liber Resh. For example, Crowley annotated his own manuscript and published copies of it with alternative Egyptian solar deities, and he wrote in Magick Without Tears that “there is another version of these Adorations, somewhat fuller.” I mentioned that the rite itself indicates that aspirants to the A∴A∴ are given private teachings about the adorations that no one else would be privy to, while Crowley also taught how to adapt Liber Resh for use in OTO. The fact there were even instructions for its performance if you had no grade at all, suggests that Liber Resh is for all aspirants and a way the newcomer might experience and be drawn into the solar-magical current of Thelema.
Another variation occurs with certain Signs used in the ritual. Liber Resh says “and after each of these invocations thou shalt give the sign of silence.” The aspirant gives the Sign and then goes on to perform the adoration. The Sign of Silence is one of the most important signs in the system of the A∴A∴. It is used in core practices ranging from the vibration of divine names, to magical protection and astral projection. It is also referred to as the Sign of Harpocrates, and is attributed to the Probationer grade in that Order. You can study up on the Signs of the Grades and other technical information of the A∴A∴ in Book Four. (I recommend the official edition, edited by Hymenaeus Beta, the Frater Superior of OTO.)
Read the entire instruction: