May 14, 2004
The Golden Dawn: The Original Account of the Teachings, Rites & Ceremonies of the Hermetic Order
By Israel Regardie
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (Sixth edition, March, 2003)
Pages: 807 - Price: $29.95
Review by Lee Prosser - firstname.lastname@example.org
Readers will find this a most unusual reading experience as it is the original account of the teachings, rites, and ceremonies of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, revealed in detail by one of its foremost members.
A comprehensive index has been provided by the internationally-respected occultist, David Godwin. This book contains material used by the actual membership. Some of the members of this order included W. B. Yeats, Israel Regardie, Arthur Edward Waite, Dion Fortune, Aleister Crowley, Algernon Blackwood, Arthur Machen, Lady Frieda Harris, Brodie Innes, S. L. MacGregor Mathers, W. Wynn Westcott, and Evelyn Underhill. The information found in this book is fundamental to many, many aspects of Western Esotericism.
The system of Qabalistic Correspondences is included, a system that will find many readers who are interested in its lore and approaches. If one wishes to follow these practices of the Golden Dawn, it can be done as a private study without the necessity of belonging to a particular group, order, or lodge.
The Golden Dawn is a magickal and spiritual system for discovering the divine force within each human being and uniting it with the universe itself to achieve wholeness, and perfection. Material regarding the Enochian Tables is detailed, and cross-references for in-depth analysis are included for the reader. This collection is four volumes within one book.
A sampling of the material covered reveals the detailed nature of this book: Basic knowledge and practice, rituals of the outer order, rituals of the inner order, primary techniques of magical practices and the magical weapons, clairvoyance, divination, Enochian magic, among other topics.
The illustrations, list, and tables are covered in-depth, completely and accurately. Much material on the Tree of Life and the Rose Cross is detailed.
This magnificent collection is part of the ongoing Golden Dawn series published by Llewellyn, and it is well worth your time. Those interested in the Golden Dawn will find this a memorable reading experience. Those interested in pursing studies in the Golden Dawn have an excellent text to examine, and learn from. Highly recommended.
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