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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent start in a difficult subject.
I have been trying to both re-construct the original Golden Dawn curriculum and enhance that reconstruction with modern developments for many years and it was with great joy that I read the Cicero's latest offering. They have seen the profusion of information surrounding the Golden Dawn, in particular Regardie's monumental tome, and tried to organise that information and...
Published on 14 May 2002 by Mr G L Colcombe

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11 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Critical Question
Self-initiation unto the Golden Dawn is an interesting concept. It is a concept that
goes contrary to all of the teachings of the East and West, including those of
Israel Regardie. Israel Regardie had shared similar opinions with Chic in that
it is possible for someone to workout the energies of the elemental grades but
is essential for them to...
Published on 27 Sep 1995


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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent start in a difficult subject., 14 May 2002
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Mr G L Colcombe (Eastbourne, East Sussex United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Self-initiation into the Golden Dawn Tradition: A Complete Curriculum of Study for Both the Solitary Magician and the Working Magical Group (Llewellyn's Golden Dawn) (Paperback)
I have been trying to both re-construct the original Golden Dawn curriculum and enhance that reconstruction with modern developments for many years and it was with great joy that I read the Cicero's latest offering. They have seen the profusion of information surrounding the Golden Dawn, in particular Regardie's monumental tome, and tried to organise that information and present it in an ordered, workable fashion. How successful have they been? Well, I think that probably depends on exactly what you are looking for from the Golden Dawn system of Spiritual Development.
Personally, I have not been able to find a working GD Temple in my neck of the woods that I could ask Initiation from and have studied long over the years, applying discipline to those aspects of the Work that appealed rather than allowing each stage to grow and mature naturally in a natural sequence as I feel it should for maximum benefit. Realising that a proper course of study and a disciplined approach to training and practice was the only truly productive way, I began my reconstruction task. I held out a lot of hope for this book therefore and I was not disappointed. It not only lays out the prescribed path of study and collects Knowledge Lectures and Meditations into the correct place but provides the kind of personal advice and guidance that only comes when studying under a teacher.
Regrettably, it does not go far enough. There are many practical considerations to engaging on an intiatory course of this complexity and advice on how to deal with these would be greatly appreciated. The psychological impact of each of the Elemental Grades is mentioned but not really explored. In the position of Self-Initiator, these considerations should be paramount. The Cicero's are in accord with Regardie when they suggest a course of therapy be undergone in conjunction with the training, but in acknolwedging the difficulty in finding a sensitive therapist only point the Neophyte in the direction of Psychotherapy texts. Perhaps this book is not the right place to deal with these subjects, but the practical and psychological impact of the Golden Dawn system becomes very much a part of the future success or failure of the Path. No initiate, of course, should be in the position of relying solely on his/her teacher for complete guidance and instruction - the Path of the Sheep is not what Knowledge and Conversation is all about. A finger pointing in the right direction is, however, much needed.
Wisely, they have opted to stop the Self-Initiation guidance at the Portal. From this point on, the work becomes a very different affair.
It should be pointed out that their sister book, "Secrets of a Golden Dawn Temple" is also a necessity for guidance on the construction of the Implements necessary to carry out many of the rituals within this book. A brief personal and cultural note is probably appropriate here. The overall style of the presentation is very American, i.e. open, frank and in-your-face. However, this is also presented in a very sincere and sensitive fashion and although the British student might well feel inclined to tone some of the new rituals down, I would still unhesitatingly recommend the book.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book fills in many gaps in Regardie's GD, 15 Jun 1998
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This review is from: Self-initiation into the Golden Dawn Tradition: A Complete Curriculum of Study for Both the Solitary Magician and the Working Magical Group (Llewellyn's Golden Dawn) (Paperback)
This book is not meant to eliminate the work of a group or an Initiating Adept, if they are available, but to fill in the gaps of Regardie's original book. In the introduction to that book he says such a work should be done. Those brief outlines are lacking, especially to those serious about the Golden Dawn, but far removed from a good working group. This book adds structure to what has been in existence before. For the solitary seeker, this book will make sense of what has been cryptic and vague. It makes the system workable. And to those who do not believe in self-initiation, that's fine, but it must start somewhere. It's better to work at Initiation without an Initiator, than to give up and do nothing.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Golden Dawn book of quality!, 23 Jun 1998
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This review is from: Self-initiation into the Golden Dawn Tradition: A Complete Curriculum of Study for Both the Solitary Magician and the Working Magical Group (Llewellyn's Golden Dawn) (Paperback)
This book is excellent despite the fact that some G.D. groups have had a definite agenda to malign it at every opprotunity. Regardless, the material speaks for itself and I believe that the Cicero's have combined their vast experience with solid G.D. theory.
Make no bones about it; this book is crucial for both the solitary magician and G.D. group. This book is not a "correspondence course" and it stresses that the aspirant actively participate in his/her own initiation ritual(s).
I'm not affiliated with any particualr G.D. faction, however, I can stand up for quality and sincere effort when I see it.
Kudos for the Cicero's!!!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Encyclopedic in size and scope, 3 Jun 1999
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This review is from: Self-initiation into the Golden Dawn Tradition: A Complete Curriculum of Study for Both the Solitary Magician and the Working Magical Group (Llewellyn's Golden Dawn) (Paperback)
A comprehensive, practical and intelligently laid-out manual to Golden Dawn Initiation and Ritual Magic designed so that anyone with perseverance and self-discipline can work the Golden Dawn system without having to run the risk of contacting questionable groups or teachers. It covers all the fundamentals of Hermetic Magic, including Cabala, Astrology, Alchemy, Tarot, Geomancy, Banishings, Meditation, Vibration, Godform Visualization, Invocation, Daily Rituals, and much more. And it does so with self-paced instructions and written examinations that allow the student to be her or his own teacher. The authors' experience as caring and knowledgeable teachers comes across loud and clear. Outstanding!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not enough, 28 April 2002
This review is from: Self-initiation into the Golden Dawn Tradition: A Complete Curriculum of Study for Both the Solitary Magician and the Working Magical Group (Llewellyn's Golden Dawn) (Paperback)
The book is a good source for information about initiation and basic curriculum of the Golden Dawn. However i would suggest the serious student to seek out a more experienced magician, to discuss and recieve insights into the material presented in the book. Also the book is only usefull for the really dedicated students, since most exercises in the book take several months to complete.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a Book for those who missed joining the Golden Dawn by a hundred years!, 16 May 2013
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This review is from: Self-initiation into the Golden Dawn Tradition: A Complete Curriculum of Study for Both the Solitary Magician and the Working Magical Group (Llewellyn's Golden Dawn) (Paperback)
This book shows you how to get from Malkuth to Kether using the rites and ceremonies that were performed by Macgregor Mathers, Israel Regardie and Chic Cicero to gently take you through the degrees that came before Real Masonry in a Living Order that wielded True Magic and knew what the Rites and Ceremonies truly mean.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Awesome Masterpiece in Magic", 27 Mar 2011
This review is from: Self-initiation into the Golden Dawn Tradition: A Complete Curriculum of Study for Both the Solitary Magician and the Working Magical Group (Llewellyn's Golden Dawn) (Paperback)
I have gone through the pages of the book and could not say much but my advice is: "Go get it" if you are a serious occult student particularly interested in the Golden Dawn type of magic and occultism. You might also want to complement this book with Israel Regardie's "The Golden Dawn" for Inner order materials which you will need later on. The book is splendid, awesome and worths your money. The Ciceiro's are great in bringing magic to live!

The rituals, lectures and knowledge lectures take you step by step, in your own pace, from Neophyte up to the Portal grade. Some people may argue that self-initiation is not valid, but this is unfounded. One of the great French mystics, Jean Dubius of the defunct Philosophers of Nature even postulated self-initiation and it works. Israel regardie also believed that the repeated performance of the Opening by Watch Tower ceremony can result in astral initiation into becoming an adept of the second order.

This book is a tool for you! How long you dwell in darkness? Quit the Night and Seek the Day!!!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HELIONS Recommendation, 24 Dec 1998
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This review is from: Self-initiation into the Golden Dawn Tradition: A Complete Curriculum of Study for Both the Solitary Magician and the Working Magical Group (Llewellyn's Golden Dawn) (Paperback)
HELIONS - this is one of our standard texts and we would highly reccommend this book to any serious student of High Magic and / or the Golden Dawn system.
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11 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Critical Question, 27 Sep 1995
By A Customer
This review is from: Self-initiation into the Golden Dawn Tradition: A Complete Curriculum of Study for Both the Solitary Magician and the Working Magical Group (Llewellyn's Golden Dawn) (Paperback)
Self-initiation unto the Golden Dawn is an interesting concept. It is a concept that
goes contrary to all of the teachings of the East and West, including those of
Israel Regardie. Israel Regardie had shared similar opinions with Chic in that
it is possible for someone to workout the energies of the elemental grades but
is essential for them to first go through a valid initatiory rite for 0=0, and 5=6.
Regardie believed that to access the current of energies of the Golden Dawn,
you need to be initiated by a valid Hierophant.

Let's start from the cradle of civilization. The Sumerians believed that priests
were the Viceroys of the gods on Earth and that they served as initiators unto
their mysteries. This ancient concept of initiation declared itself again in
the priesthood of Egypt, the Hebrews and the Hierophants of Eluesis.
Therefore, so did the mystery schools of our modern era in all of their traditions
continue this process.

In 1995, Chic attempted to start a new tradition!
From a spiritual standpoint, it has been written and proven throughout history that you can't read a book on self-initiation to achieve Adepthood. Some of the modern examples of this fact would be
Moses, Mohammed and Buddha. None of them purchased a book or a tablet on the topic of self-initiation. For it was even recorded that Mohammed was
illiterate. They were all guided by their Higher Genius unto the correct teachers and Hierophants until the final initiation unto Adepthood in a Holy
Mountain or similar place by their Higher Genius. At times the Hierophant was none other than the Archangel Gabriel or the Holy Spirit.<br>

Granted, many of us modern seekers of Truth living in today's world may not expect similar events to occur in our lives. So, in turn, we seek different
paths unto this truth in the form of the Western Mystery Tradition. To the student attempting to find guidance, first in a companion and beginners guide,
it is like a kid who is dreaming to be a pilot who has purchased either a book or a computer simulation game to teach him how to fly. It would be
idiotic to think that the child could ever be a real pilot through those means alone. Initiation is done by the Higher Genius but is usually through the
proper means and tools which are rarely found in a book. The tools are living energies and go beyond words, pictures or diagrams. In the Golden Dawn
tradition, it is in the Hall of the Neophyte where the energies are potently expressed.<br>

Let's presume that person X has just read couple books about the history of the Golden Dawn. He finds the book on self-initiation, and realization hits
home - it is a lot of work! It is not easy reading material. Discouragement sets in. Now let's say he is one of those rare individuals who has a very
high mental aptitude and reads the book in two to three months. If he is able to use the material to its fullest extent and invoke the proper energies, he
might as well be an Adept. The perfect formulation of all the god forms in the Hall of the Neophyte in itself is taxing and requires great skill, training, and years
of practice. But then in the self-initiation book, maybe it's not important to have these energies accurately present which helps provide the potent energy force.
Look at this from both a practical and magical standpoint, self-initiation is far less valid than an astral one. Yes, you can read the material, and anyone can perform the basic rituals, but if that was all there is to the Mysteries, there would be many more Adepts than chiropractors.
Let's not fool ourselves or others who are sincere enough to seek guidance in books with false hopes. What happened to the Mystery in the words Mystery schools? What happened to the concept of hidden in the terms tradition and Occult? Who is responsible for this mass confusion? Who here is
trying to sell what has been treasured for thousands of years as a jewel of the
wise?

I am not attempting to say that the book could not serve as an aid to students during their growth. I am just saying that to think that
a book can do it all is a misconception and a dangerous one at that. According to the printed original material on the Golden Dawn, it takes three Chiefs, three
major officers and three minor ones at least to be able to properly set the current in motion for the initiate and to allow the gods to be invoked in the
Hall to aid in the process. However, now we are lead to believe that a book will do it all for you.
I, therefore, call upon the student to judge for him or herself and question with diligence any work that carries similar titles to "Quick 101 Lessons for Black Belt in Judo", "10 Minutes to Mastery Over Astrology",
"How to Do It Yourself Heart Surgery ", and "Self-Initiation unto the Golden Dawn." I am not just a skeptic, but I am also a realist. My recommendation
is to seek out a good group.

Frater K.A.
Vancouver, Canada
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