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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)
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
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.
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Initial post: 15 Oct 2010 22:03:05 BDT
Brian Udoh says:
I think you are right...
Posted on 21 Nov 2010 20:34:01 GMT
Mr. C. J. Allen says:
It's opinions like these that cripple self-development.
I think your opinions are utter nonsense.
Posted on 24 Feb 2011 14:06:57 GMT
Last edited by the author on 24 Feb 2011 14:13:47 GMT
Mr. C. J. Watson says:
The help of an experienced group, and guide would be most helpful. But lets remember the chances of finding a group that teaches authentic GD rituals, and initiation is going to be almost impossible to find, for most people. If you ever do find a GD group, how do you know that what they teach is the real thing. The answer to this is you don't, unless you are familiar with GD material. There are so many magickal groups based off GD teachings, that separating the real from the false is an impossible task. Lets not forget, the teachings of the Golden Dawn are a life time of study, and studied properly there are no easy short cuts. Initiation is a very personal part of magickal development, which can be played out in the imagination. I am not going to say this is an easy task, it requires patience, dedication, and very hard work but it is not impossible. In some regards this will be much more rewarding than initiation via a group, and the feeling of self achievement will be huge. Self initiation is not impossible, but it is not easy. Books have become essential to learning authentic Golden Dawn material, and it is the only way unfortunately to truly have any chance of learning the authentic teachings, rites, and ceremonies of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn ....
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Feb 2012 08:58:24 GMT
not to mention how many orders are outright scams, i've heard so much bad stuff about GD orders and the whole concept that i wonder even with "authentic" orders how much is seperate them from the common cult, except the truckload of information, which was of course "channeled"
Posted on 31 Dec 2013 11:21:50 GMT
Luke B says:
If the groups were that easy to find and that responsive to people's interest, books like this wouldn't be necessary. But they aren't. In fact, there's almost nothing at all in the UK; and in the US they don't seem interested in anyone expressing interest. At least, that is my experience. And the Buddha, Mohammed and the like were in fact working within the religious traditions of their time, even though they subsequently created new and substantial changes to them, and hence were influenced by the books and oral teachings of their respective cultures. You don't have to be literate enough to actually read a book if its essential concepts are circulating actively within your cultural milieu. Additionally, are you equating adepts with Christ and the Buddha? Well they'd better start getting out there in the big wide world then and actually showing and doing something a bit more worthwhile to people. For example, you could actually contact me and others bothering to register an interest in this book and your post and tell us exactly where all these highly exalted groups are that will initiate us, so we don't need this book!
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