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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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Initial post: 10 Dec 2013 14:48:19 GMT
Thank you, very helpful review of the book. I will now buy it.
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