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Term: Golden Dawn

DEFINITIONS

Golden Dawn: The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn is an initiatory magical group that was founded in London in 1888. It is a society that is dedicated to philosophical, spiritual, and psychic evolution.
source: The Truth About the Golden Dawn, Chic and Sandra Tabatha Cicero

Golden Dawn:

Founded in England in 1888, this magical order provided the impetus and source for magical study and practice within the Western Esoteric Tradition. 

Israel Regardie’s The Golden Dawn is an encyclopedic resource for the rituals and knowledge  lectures of the GD, while his The Tree of Life, The Middle Pillar and A Garden of Pomegranates provide in-depth exposition of the GD’s magical system.

See also:

Christopher: Kabbalah, Magic, and the Great Work of Self-Transformation—based on the Order of the Golden Dawn, a step-by-step program towards spiritual attainment.

Cicero: The Essential Golden Dawn: an Introduction to High Magic—explores the origins of Hermeticism and the Western Esoteric Tradition, the Laws of magic and magical philosophy, and different areas of magical knowledge.

Cicero: Self-Initiation into the Golden Dawn Tradition—Become a practicing magician in the Golden Dawn tradition with essential knowledge of Qabalah, Astrology, Tarot, Geomancy, and Spiritual Alchemy.

Denning & Phillips: The Sword & the Serpent: the Two-fold Qabalistic Universe—the philosophy of ceremonial magic and its relationship to the Qabalah.

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