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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.

Carl Llewellyn Weschcke


ARTICLES

The History of the Golden Dawn
The story of the Golden Dawn, like that of any human organization, is replete with high points and low points—with human achievements and human failings. There is no need for us to try to whitewash or sugarcoat the faults of some of the individuals ...
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The Initiatory Tarot of the Golden Dawn Review
Summary: The Initiatory Tarot of the Golden Dawn is an evocative and provocative deck exploring a new vision of tarot that is fresh and exciting while remaining consistent with the Golden Dawn tradition. This deck would be suitable for someone with ...
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The Structure of the Golden Dawn
Any discussion of the Golden Dawn tradition must include a description of the various grades or levels of initiation. The Order is entirely based upon a hierarchical system in which certain information and knowledge is retained for students who have ...
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Golden Dawn Bibliography
Cicero, Chic and Cicero, Sandra Tabatha. Creating Magical Tools: The Magician’s Craft. St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 1999. ____________. Experiencing the Kabbalah: A Simple Guide to Spiritual Wholeness. St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn ...
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Golden Dawn Time Line
1887   Westcott decodes the Cipher Manuscript. He asks Mathers and Woodman to join him in setting up the new Order. March 1, 1888 Isis-Urania Temple #3 is chartered. Westcott, Woodman, and Mathers are the Three Chiefs. Mina Bergson (Moina Mathers) ...
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What is the 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. The history lecture of the Order states that, "The Order ...
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Review of the Golden Dawn Magical Tarot
Summary: A brilliant deck that is ideal for practitioners of ceremonial magick and for those following the system of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Will also interest those researching the link between earlier traditional Tarot decks and the ...
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The Golden Dawn Enochian Skrying Tarot Review
Summary: Although the book that comes with the deck clearly illustrates how to do divinations, this deck is clearly pretty distant from most Tarot decks. However, it will be of extreme interest to ceremonial magicians, especial aficionados of the ...
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Review of Initiatory Tarot of the Golden Dawn
Summary: Although it doesn’t live up to its name as the Initiatory Tarot of the Golden Dawn, the brilliance of the art and the deck’s adherence to the concepts of the Golden Dawn make this the ultimate deck for doing readings according to the ...
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Summary of the Golden Dawn Tradition
With most of the Golden Dawn's secret teachings readily available to the public, today's magical students do not have to rely upon initiation into a magical group to insure their spiritual evolution. Many of the Order's most prominent members ...
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