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The Golden Dawn: The Original Account of the Teachings, Rites, and Ceremonies of the Hermetic Order

First published in 1937, Israel Regardie’s The Golden Dawn has become the most influential modern handbook of magical theory and practice. In this new, definitive edition, noted scholar John Michael Greer has taken this essential resource back to its original, authentic form. With added illustrations, a twenty-page color insert, additional original material, and refreshed design and typography, this powerful work returns to its true stature as a modern masterpiece.

An essential textbook for students of the occult, The Golden Dawn includes occult symbolism and Qabalistic philosophy, training methods for developing magical and clairvoyant powers, rituals that summon and banish spiritual potencies, secrets of making and consecrating magical tools, and much more.

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2 comments on “The Golden Dawn: The Original Account of the Teachings, Rites, and Ceremonies of the Hermetic Order

  1. Essential addition to the bookshelf, even with questionable Temple diagrams. I was overjoyed to receive my 7th Edition, and it has been an utter joy to look through. I have to say that I am impressed with the work, and I truly feel like this is a vast improvement over the 6th Edition — the only exception being the Temple diagram errors, as noted below.* Disclaimer: this review contains spoilers in the form of grade ritual information. If you are a member of a Temple and have not made your way through the Outer Order, you may want to skip to the conclusion, lest you be made aware of aspects of a ceremony that are better left a mystery. The intuition and the psyche receive poignant gifts through the surprise of unknown rituals.= General Thoughts =I cannot begin to convey how many errors within the text of the 6th Edition were corrected for this 7th Edition. There were tons of misspellings, incorrect hebrew, bad stage directions, erroneous ritual scripts, etc. My 6th edition was riddled with red scratches and notations so as to make it usable during ceremonies. Lucky for us that John Michael Greer and the Golden Dawn community flushed these out for this new release, and I am grateful for the immense amount of work that must have been involved.The book is beautifully bound and well made, making it a gorgeous addition to my overflowing bookshelf. The organization and readability has improved by leaps and bounds. In particular, Z1 and Z3 are a pleasure to read, with the entire section having proper headings and spacing. And there are actual images for the Godforms! The Editorial note by JMG on page 444 on the Coptic language is a very pleasant surprise, and clarifies some confusion I had in regard to pronunciations.The color inserts are vibrant, and contain some useful additions as compared to the color inserts in the 6th Edition. I do wish that instead of putting in one image for “Wall of Vault” they had included a detail of all seven walls.As a whole, the diagrams within the text show great improvements in clarity, even though they are replications. In a Golden Dawn Facebook group, Tony Fuller already noted an error with the Serpent on the Tree of Life erroneously coiling around Kether, and I suspect there may be a few other occult details that have been missed in some of the other diagrams. That being said, things like the Pyramid of the Four Elements, the Calvary Cross of the Ten Squares, and the diagrams in the Opening of the Key are actually readable this time around.= The Bad: Temple Diagrams =From what I can deduce, almost every single temple diagram is incorrect, or, at the very least, highly suspect. As an example, in the Zelator Advancement – Second Part, the 7th edition has the Stolistes and Dadouchos sitting in the West. This is an error. They actually start in the North and South. Once the Second Part begins, they move toward the West, do their thing, then return to the North and South.Also, the two tables (Shewbread and Seven-Branched Candlestick) are incorrectly placed in the center of the hall instead of against the north and south walls.Example from the 7th Edition, with erroneous placement of the Stolistes, the Dadouchos, and the tables:- http://www.great-work.org/resources/zel2.jpgExample of correct Stolistes and Dadouchos placement as shown in this image taken from the amazing Open Source Order of the Golden Dawn, as well as correct placement of the Shewbread and Seven-branched Candlestick tables (labeled “Shells” and “Lamps,” respectively):- http://www.great-work.org/resources/oszel2.jpgThe last diagram error I will mention is one of the worst offenses. In the Neophyte Ceremony in the 7th edition, the Stolistes, Dadouchos, and the Altar are on the same horizontal line. This is a huge error, as the space that the Altar occupies shown in the 7th Edition diagram is actually where Yesod, home of the Evil Triad, is supposed to be. During the Mystic Repast, this space is where the Officers stand and stomp in response when the given Sign of the Enterer, thereby putting the Evil Triad in check. Placing the Altar in line with the Stolistes and Dadouchos like this is a common error that I have seen propagated through the works in the GD community, and I was surprised to see it in this book. The Altar should actually be a bit further West, allowing for a fairly consistent line of sight during the ceremony between the Stolistes and Dadouchos, the Wings of Ma’at.Example of correct placement, taken from Yeats’ diagram of the Neophyte Hall (image taken from Nick Farrell’s blog):- http://www.great-work.org/resources/grade00layoutyeats.jpgAlso, what is up with the door being in the southwest in all of the 7th edition Temple diagrams? The door of Golden Dawn Temples are traditionally in the West. In the Neophyte this is particularly important, as the West…

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