If asked to choose one book as the most influential volume of the modern occult revival, many experts would select The Golden Dawn by Israel Regardie. Virtually every occult writer and system has been influenced directly or indirectly by this book and the Order from which it came.
The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn was born in the late 1800s. Members included some of the most important occultists and writers of that time, including Aleister Crowley, William Butler Yeats, Dion Fortune, Algernon Blackwood, Arthur Machen, S.L. MacGregor Mathers, A.E. Waite and, some have claimed, Bram Stoker.
Torn by schisms and the potential loss of the Order's wisdom, one member, Israel Regardie, published the rituals, rites, knowledge, and methods of that society. The current sixth edition includes corrections for long-standing errors, a retypesetting of the entire book in modern fonts, the addition of valuable notes by current members, and an introduction by the only student accepted by Regardie for personal training. And finally, this edition includes an index so you can quickly find the material you want.
This 800-page-plus book provides the most complete system of magic and attainment ever published:
- Seven initiation rituals
- The complete system of Tarot
- A ritual for invisibility
- Secrets of invocation and evocation
- The mysteries of the kabalah revealed
- The original instructions for Pentagram, Hexagram, and Rose Cross rituals
- Meditation techniques
- Enochian magic
- Astral Projection
- Magical tools
The above list only covers a few of the amazing secrets revealed in this important book. In fact, if you want to start your own magical order, this book contains virtually everything you need to know. You could either follow along in the Golden Dawn tradition or use this as a basis to design your own rituals.
This book is not just a guide and manual for occult Orders. The Golden Dawn is designed as a study and practice curriculum suited to private practice. You do need to do the work found in the Knowledge Lectures. But then meditation upon the Initiation Ceremonies in this text is all you need for a fully experiential ceremony ó without the need of participation in a group or lodge, or the use of ritual paraphernalia. In short, whether you choose to be a part of one of the independent magical lodges in the Golden Dawn tradition or to practice in solitude, you can link into, and be part of, the Golden Dawn current of magic.
Most people do not read this book straight through. Instead, they take the sections that are needed to help in their spiritual advancement. One day you might study the correspondences of the Hebrew alphabet. Another day you might practice the complex Golden Dawn Tarot divination system. Still another day you might visualize and experience one of the initiation rituals.
The Golden Dawn is a book that you can study for a lifetime. It will constantly give you new wisdom and take you to new levels of spirituality and magick. If you don't have your copy yet, get one now.