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Magicians of the Golden Dawn: A Documentary History of a Magical Order, 1887-1923 [Hardcover]

Ellic Howe


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  • Hardcover: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge & Kegan Paul Books; First Edition edition (14 Sep 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0710073399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0710073396
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,060,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In this book I offer a study, mainly based upon unpublished documents. My aim has been to investigate the origins, organisation and, above all, the internal history of a representive modern Magical society". From the contents: Suspect Documents; The Rosicrucian Society of England; The Second Order Diaries 1892-3; Magical Operations; The Magical Progress of Frederick Leigh Gardner; The Battle of Blythe Road; The Stella Matutina; The Practicus Adeptus Minor Curriculum; Mathers`s Ahathoor Temple at Paris.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic 11 May 2013
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If you are interested in the origins, foirmation, activities and general history of the Golden Dawn then you will love this book. I cannot praise it enough. Unique and definitive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read, an eye-opener about the modern occult 29 Mar 1999
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....While affording the subject all the dignity it's due, Howe's thorough treatment of the Golden Dawn's history reveals a trulyh ilarious tale of deception, cross-deception, power struggles and self-delusion which is part of modern occult history. It is fascinating to watch the fabrications of the Order take on a life of their own, until even the protests of the myth's creators cannot stop the process....This is a lesson to all would-be Rosicrucians, about how easy it is to fall prey to our need to believe in things that are both powerful, and tantalizingly forbidden. This is an example of the drama that sweeps the susceptible into mind-bending fits of fanaticism.....Hopefully we can learn from the example of the G.D.. It serves to illustrate the importance of restraining our desire to believe when it threatens the pursuit of authentic information....Even if every other aspect of the book is ignored, Howe's thorough tracing of the G.D.'s known documents and mythos provides a guide for tracing many hoaxes and commonly traded "occult" beliefs back to their sources, as well as identifying those real legends upon which they based their fabrications. Definitely a must-read for anyone considering Masonic or other occult pursuits.
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