Customer Review

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Victorian High Magic, 26 Jan. 2010
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!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 

Comments

Tracked by 1 customer

Sort: Oldest first | Newest first
Showing 1-1 of 1 posts in this discussion
Initial post: 10 Dec 2013 14:48:19 GMT
margomakeup says:
Thank you, very helpful review of the book. I will now buy it.
‹ Previous 1 Next ›

Review Details

Item

Reviewer

Greywolf
(TOP 1000 REVIEWER)   

Location: Wiltshire, UK

Top Reviewer Ranking: 802