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The Golden Dawn - A Key to Ritual Magic

The Golden Dawn - A Key to Ritual Magic [Kindle Edition]

Gordon Strong
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The Esoteric Order of The Golden Dawn was a school of magic, founded during the late nineteenth century, one vowing to reveal all manner of occult knowledge to its members. Celebrated among these were Florence Farr, W.B Yeats, Charles Williams, A.E. Waite and Pamela Colman-Smith. Its figurehead, the autocratic Samuel MacGregor Mathers, inaugurated ceremonies that melded Christian Mysticism, the Qabalah and Hermeticism. Such a potent brew would eventually ensure that the Golden Dawn would burst asunder in an esoteric apocalypse.

About the Author

Gordon Strong specialises in the esoteric, philosphical, literary and humorous aspects of the world and the otherworlds. He lives in Bristol, UK.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1435 KB
  • Print Length: 153 pages
  • Publisher: Axis Mundi Books (25 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Gordon Strong is a writer, speaker and workshop host. He is well-known in the U.K. and the West Coast of America. He has published several books on myths, magic and sacred monuments. Music, laughter with friends, and walking are his other pursuits.

He lives in Somerset.

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I enjoyed Gordon Strong's rather slender volume on the Golden Dawn - it was indeed, as one reviewer puts it, 'a bloody good read', and the author writes in an engaging manner. In a remarkably short book the author has succinctly covered most of the dramatic incidents and personalities which make up the short and crowded history of the original Order. Inevitably, however, given its brevity, a number of historical errors appear and the author seems unaware of several important historical documents that would have clarified his speculations. A substantial portion of the records of Mathers' Paris Temple have survived, for example, which show clearly that Mathers was fully engaged in the Order work right up to his death - indeed the members met almost every week. Similarly, Florence Farr actually constructed her own Egyptian Order (it seems that A.E. Waite and Dr R.W. Felkin joined) and the various rituals for this Order have survived. Again, there is direct evidence that Mathers and wife joined the Cromlech Temple (also known as the Holy Order of the Sun) which was run in parallel with Mathers' successor group to the Golden Dawn. It is true that Dion Fortune was expelled from this latter group but she then joined the Hermes Temple in Bristol (part of Felkin's Stella Matutina) and actually joined the 'inner' or 'Second Order' under its auspices (her papers have survived, proving this). Fortune both facilitated, and was present at, Israel Regardie's initiation into Hermes. Despite these points, and a few historical errors, the book is a welcome addition to the rapidly growing literature on this important and influential Order.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 21 Aug 2014
An extremely interesting journey through the life of the Golden Dawn focusing on the various characters that were involved in leading and shaping this prominent institution including an a very good account of the inception and design of the Rider Waite tarot deck. My attention was totally captivated by this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Modern Look at The Golden Dawn 17 Aug 2014
By Max - Published on
It is always easy to criticize those who have passed on and cannot defend themselves nor explain why they did the things they did. The Golden Dawn in my opinion was a bright star in the world at a time when there were few others. I have just finished this book and feel it does have lots of merit history wise. Books critical of Mathers miss the pure genius he and the others manifested. The author tries to balance this with lots of positive information but at the same time it left me suspect of the whole current which isn't what I was looking for. Interesting and a valuable addition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars From Melusine Draco: Coven of the Scales 8 July 2014
By suzanne ruthven - Published on
I have always enjoyed Gordon Strong’s writing since he always manages to add a soupcon of controversy at the start of his work to set the tone for the rest of his narrative. Take, for example, his introduction, which opens with the words:

“The ‘Order of The Golden Dawn’ could be regarded as the magical experiment that went terribly wrong. If we are to be charitable, we may speak of it as ‘a noble failure’; if realistic, it was a dream that was always going to become a nightmare. Magic has a volatile energy and it attracts those whose character contains that element. Magic is also, to paraphrase the Ten Commandments, ‘a jealous god’. Divine power is the source of all magic and those who attempt to monopolise this universal force, setting themselves up as a rival to God, do not meet with a kind reception.

“The triumph of the Golden Dawn was marred by the very elements that also made it successful. It is apparent that the personalities who held a rank within the organisation, and thus were in a position to shape its progress, had an idiosyncratic vision of how the Order should be. Internal politics eventually destroyed the Order proving, if it really needed to be, that the magical world is never able to completely transcend the material plane.”

There are those who believe the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn to be the last word in ritual magic and no doubt these words will smack of heresy and lèse-majesté - although those who have followed the ritual magic path accept that their heroes were flawed and yet still retain a healthy respect for the dangerous work they attempted to accomplish, often at personal cost.
Of ‘The Golden Dawn – A Key to Ritual Magic’ the author says: “The book will be accepted by the occultist as it offers a new esoteric viewpoint. It will also not be intimidating to the general reader, or the novice of the unexplained.” It is also an important work since it also highlights the ‘significance of women members to the success of the original Golden Dawn’.
Gordon Strong has published numerous books on ‘ancient myths, magic and mind expansion’ and I have just finished re-reading his essay, ‘Emperor and the Magus: Magic and Politics in Romanov Russia’ which he sent me many years ago. Along with his old chum Alan Richardson, Gordon Strong is one of the most under-estimated occult writers of the modern age.
Melusine Draco: Coven of the Scales
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Writing on the Golden Dawn 1 Aug 2014
By Steven Ashe - Published on
As ever, Gordon Strong never disappoints. As the author of an evolved GD teaching book I can thoroughly recommend this work for those seeking enlightenment via the traditional Golden Dawn path. Gordon has a keen working insight upon the wide spectrum of practices which make up the Western Hermetic tradition. His recent work on Blavatsky is without equal and this is a magnificent follow up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful and inviting read for any and all levels of ... 27 July 2014
By kathay dounday - Published on
Gordon Strong has done it again ~ another dazzling work ~ enticing and enriching this world with luminous light!
A wonderful and inviting read for any and all levels of participation ~ a magical wondrous journey! Brilliant!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A spellbinding romp... 1 Aug 2014
By Alrah - Published on
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'The Golden Dawn' is a spellbinding romp; a bohemian tale of the most famous esoteric Magical Order in the Western Esoteric Tradition; and a bloody good read.
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