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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Victorian High Magic
The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, founded in 1887, was the foremost magical school of the Victorian era and remains influential in occult circles to this day. Its members included the poet W. B. Yeats, self-styled Great Beast, Aleister Crowley and the founder of the first Western Buddhist Order, Allan Bennett. In the 1930s, Israel Regardie worked for a while as...
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Heavy stuff......
....both the book itself and the contents.

It's incredibly wordy and much of it has (as reviewer Steven Allen points out) been rejected by modern magicians. If you ever manage to read it all you're either very dedicated, or you have too much time on your hands. If you actually use it all.....well, get a life!

The mystically and magically inclined...
Published on 28 Jan 2009 by Tempestas


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Victorian High Magic, 26 Jan 2010
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This review is from: The Golden Dawn: An Account of the Teachings, Rites and Ceremonies of the Order of the Golden Dawn (Llewellyn's Golden Dawn series) (Paperback)
The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, founded in 1887, was the foremost magical school of the Victorian era and remains influential in occult circles to this day. Its members included the poet W. B. Yeats, self-styled Great Beast, Aleister Crowley and the founder of the first Western Buddhist Order, Allan Bennett. In the 1930s, Israel Regardie worked for a while as Crowley's secretary, during which time he joined one of the magical groups that had hived off from the original Golden Dawn. Having collected together all the Golden Dawn literature he could find, he decided to publish it. Some vilified him for breaking his vow to secrecy, others praised him for putting this material into the public domain. From an historical standpoint, this book is fascinating, revealing the full rituals, regalia and training of this most famous of all magical Orders. It was a fearfully complex system, the sources of which range from ancient Egypt, through Greek Gnosticism and the Hebrew Kabalah to late medieval magical Grimoires. The genius of the GD's founders was to synthesise this material into a workable initiatory magical system. Just how workable depends on how you're blessed with time and resources. Do you have a spare room you could convert into a Vault of the Adepti? How are your skills in wand-making (you'll need several)? Robe-making (you'll need a few of those too). But seriously, if you want to know where a lot of modern ritual magic originated, this is a good place to look. More an historical treasure-trove than an easy read or a straight-forward how-to manual though. You have been warned!
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential, 20 Jun 2000
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This review is from: The Golden Dawn: An Account of the Teachings, Rites and Ceremonies of the Order of the Golden Dawn (Llewellyn's Golden Dawn series) (Paperback)
Essential reading reference for the serious/adept magician. For those seeking self-initiation and/or a study book to help with the vast and often complex material, then treat yourself to "Self-Initiation into the Golden Dawn Tradition", by Chic Cicero. Using these two volumes together produces the ideal training system for those who are serious about the Work.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable Reference!, 15 Dec 1998
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This review is from: The Golden Dawn: An Account of the Teachings, Rites and Ceremonies of the Order of the Golden Dawn (Llewellyn's Golden Dawn series) (Paperback)
This book is simply a must have for any Ceremonial Magician! While it is true that there are other paths in the world that practice High Ceremonial Magick, essentially all of them have borrowed in greater or lesser degrees from the Golden Dawn. This book includes all the initiations as practiced in the Temple of Stella Matutina, plus all of the original Knowledge Lectures that were given to the members in the Outer Order of the Golden Dawn. While most of this material has been published elsewhere, no where else has it been kept in as close to its original form as Regardie has preserved it, complete with lectures from W. Wynn Westcott and S.L. "MacGregor" Mathers. In other words, why have you been reading this essay rather then clicking on the "Add To My Shopping Cart" button?
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book - Dry Read, 8 April 2000
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This review is from: The Golden Dawn: An Account of the Teachings, Rites and Ceremonies of the Order of the Golden Dawn (Llewellyn's Golden Dawn series) (Paperback)
A wealth of information. It assumes a degree of background understanding but, if you can persevere, contains all the information one could conceivably require to enter fully up to the middle levels of Ceremonial Magic. Dense. My only criticism would be that it will remain opaque for many. Yet that would be acceptable to many of those for whom its meaning unfolds. Thus though he reveals many mysteries and rents many veils for those with the eyes to see he also protects the same mysteries from those who would profane them. Love & Light & Lemniscates
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great magickal text, 10 Feb 1998
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This review is from: The Golden Dawn: An Account of the Teachings, Rites and Ceremonies of the Order of the Golden Dawn (Llewellyn's Golden Dawn series) (Paperback)
I read this book and am very impressed with the contents. It has everything that a magician could want. It makes somewhat difficult reading at times but it can be gotten through. It offers a complete system of magick;enochian tablets and chess, how to consecrate ritual tools, scrying. It's all here. What made an impression on me, is Regardies claim that magicians try to attain Godhead as the buddhists do. Magicians do it through ritual, buddhists do it through meditation. This book is definetly required reading for the magician.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Julian, 26 Dec 2012
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Excellent book but not a lone worker book. You need to be very experienced to work the "exercises" to the best advantage. Not recommended for the novice unless under tuition. Recommended to those seeking in-depth knowledge in an experienced group and in a structured and considered way.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Heavy stuff......, 28 Jan 2009
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This review is from: The Golden Dawn: An Account of the Teachings, Rites and Ceremonies of the Order of the Golden Dawn (Llewellyn's Golden Dawn series) (Paperback)
....both the book itself and the contents.

It's incredibly wordy and much of it has (as reviewer Steven Allen points out) been rejected by modern magicians. If you ever manage to read it all you're either very dedicated, or you have too much time on your hands. If you actually use it all.....well, get a life!

The mystically and magically inclined Victorians didn't have our numerous resources. For them the Golden Dawn must have seemed like a mysterious and exciting portal, beckoning them into a secret world. Learning the Hebrew alphabet probably sounded like the first step into the Great Unknown.

But now we have the Net. We have a vast selection of (not always good) books. We have (hopefully) discovered more effective ways of spending our magical time than indulging in the GD's antiquated and verbose rituals.

If you really feel attracted to this system, try Liam Christopher or John Michael Greer. They have streamlined it for modern usage. Christopher uses Regardie as a text book, but you don't have to. You can easily dispense with Regardie's padding.

Two stars for historical interest, but if you really want to step into the 21st century, try Jason Augustus Newcombe or Philip H Farber.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Reference Book For Anyone Who Seeks The Light, 15 Mar 1999
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This review is from: The Golden Dawn: An Account of the Teachings, Rites and Ceremonies of the Order of the Golden Dawn (Llewellyn's Golden Dawn series) (Paperback)
This is the book to have! It is an outstanding work by one ot the most infuential Adepts of our time. Any student of the mysteries would be well advised to invest in this, Regardie's groundbreaking work. It is an endless source of information. This book is filled with the history, rituals, and lectures of one of the great magickal groups of recent times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE authoritative starting point for GD Sturdy, 21 Mar 2014
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This review is from: The Golden Dawn: An Account of the Teachings, Rites and Ceremonies of the Order of the Golden Dawn (Llewellyn's Golden Dawn series) (Paperback)
There are plenty of reasons why Israel Regardie goes a bit over the top and his version of the 'Z' documents are incomplete, but he is still the best source of outer order rituals. The HOGD still uses them! The eBook is handier than carting around the paperback and I have seen several besides mine at meetings of the London Temple!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just a brilliant read!, 11 Dec 2012
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If you need knowledge on the Golden Dawn system of magick, then this book will give you a great amount of insight. It's also brilliant if you want to know what some of the worlds best witches and magickians learnt, including W.B. Yeats, Mathers, Crowley et al. You see in detail what helped Crowley inspire Gerald Gardner to create British Wicca. Deep and spiritual.
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