ritual ordeals which test the faith of someone being initiated into an ascetic spiritual discipline.
Georges Bataille, Story of the Eye [Amazon, Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library]
The Position and Possibilities of the Masonic Order from The Meaning of Masonry by Walter Leslie Wilmshurst.
“The full Master-Mason—the just man made perfect who has actually and not merely ceremonially travelled the entire path, endured all its tests and ordeals, and become raised into conscious union with the Author and Masonic Giver of Life and able to mediate and impart that Order life to others is at all times hard to find.” [via]
I Make Myself Invisible in Articles by Aleister Crowley.
“Steiner broke away from the Order, because he was terrified at one of the ordeals he had to go through. He was thus cut off from the true magic, but he became secret advisor to Von Moltke.” [via, also]