Levels of the GD per wiki
The Order of the G∴D∴ (Golden Dawn)
(1°=10□): The title of this grade is derived from the Greek neophytos, meaning newly planted. The Neophyte grade is the first grade in which true initiation takes place, and the candidate is set in fertile spiritual soil in which to grow. The Neophyte is charged with the task of attaining "control of the nature and powers of [his] own being." This is prosecuted through the acquisition and use of the technique of Rising on the Planes, i.e. by acquiring perfect control of the Astral Plane. Initiation into the grade of Zelator is conferred after a minimum of eight months, through the ritual, titled The Passing through the Tuat. This grade corresponds to Malkuth on the Tree of Life.
(2°=9□): The Zelator's main work is to achieve complete success in Asana and Pranayama. He also begins to study the formula of the Rosy Cross. The word "Zelator" probably stems from the Greek zealos, zeal. This is in reference to the energy-building asanas and pranayamas that characterise the main work of the grade. The Oath of the grade states the Zelator is to "obtain control of the foundations of [his] own being", a reference to the Sephirah Yesod, to which the grade is attributed. Advancement to Practicus is administrative only, requiring no initiatory ritual as such, and may be conferred at any time. This grade corresponds to Yesod on the Tree of Life.
(3°=8□): A Practicus is expected to complete his intellectual training, and in particular to study the Qabalah. The grade title suggests the "practical" use of the skills acquired through the previous grades. The Practicus is prosecuted to "obtain control of the vacillations of [his] own being", which is to say that he must learn to control his own mind, and become one-pointed in thought, and so in word and action. Advancement to Philosophus, like the advancement to Practicus, is also a purely administrative process, and again may be conferred at any time. This grade corresponds to Hod on the Tree of Life.
(4°=7□): The Philosophus is expected to complete his moral training. He is tested in Devotion to the Order. In particular, this grade stresses the application of adorations to various deities, such as are outlined in Liber Astarte. The oath of the grade characterises this; the Philosophus resolves to "obtain control of the attractions and repulsions of my own being." This effort is primarily directed toward transcending one's likes and dislikes, deliberately defying one's morality, and so on. The aim is to break out of one's predefined idea of self, and reach a perfectly equanimous perspective. Advancement to Dominus Liminis is made at the perfection of this process, and may take place at any time, with no prescribed ritual. This grade corresponds to Netzach on the Tree of Life.
See also: Klesha and Sama
(the link): The grade of Dominus Liminis is a "bridge" that connects the outer Order of the G∴D∴, centred in Yesod, with the Order of the R∴C∴, centred in Tiphareth. The work of the Dominus Liminis extends and refines the work of the previous grades, synthesising it into a coherent whole. The self-control of the Neophyte, the energy of the Zelator, the one-pointedness of the Practicus and the indifference of the Philosophus are fused together, and turned to the work of strengthening and refining the faculty of aspiration. Indeed, the oath of this grade is precisely this, to "obtain control of the aspirations of [one's] own being". The title "Dominus Liminis" means "Lord of the Threshold,"["Dominus" = Latin nominative case = "Lord;" "Liminis" = Latin genitive case = "of the Threshold"] a substitution for Mathers's Golden Dawn Grade "Lord of the Portal," the Portal or Threshold in question being a reference to the fact that the initiate is now passing from the Lesser Mysteries of the Outer Order of the GD to the Greater Mysteries of the Inner Order of the RC & AA.
There are 5 true grades, although masons have 12 official we have heard of higher degrees.
Or say the AA has 11/12. These are the ones I'm familiar with and applied to the chess peices or actually elements: earth, air fire water..and spirit, YHVH. YHSVH. However the zodiac or qaballah 11/12 is also used in some traditions as well/instead.
Dominus Liminis Grade
5=6: Adeptus Minor
These grades have hand gestures that are used during ceremonial magic.
The Enterer or Sign of Horus(0=0):
Stand with arms at sides Heels together, with feet at 45 degree angle Raise open hands to either side of the head at the level of the eyes Take a step forward with the left foot At the same time, extend arms as far forward as possible, still level with the eyes.Silence or Sign of Harpocrates(0=0):
Heels together, with feet at 90 degree angle Left foot points forward Left arm hangs at side Right index finger or thumb is held to lips
Earth or Set Fighting (1=10):
Heels together, with feet at 45 degree angle Advance the right foot, pointing forward Right arm up and forward at 45 degree angle Left arm back and down at 45 degree angleAir or Shu Supporting the Sky(2=9): Heels together, with feet at 45 degree angle Arms raised, elbows bent 90 degrees, forearms vertical Wrists bent as though holding up the sky
Water or Auramoth (3=8):
Heels together, with feet at 45 degree angle Place hands on lower torso, palms inward Index fingers and thumbs touch, forming a downward triangleFire or Thoum-aesh-neith(4=7):
Heels together, with feet at 45 degree angle Place hands at forehead, palms outward Index fingers and thumbs touch, forming an upward triangle
=drawing down the moon and triangle of manifestation.