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The Golden Dawn: The Original Account of the Teachings, Rites & Ceremonies of the Hermetic Order (Llewellyn's Golden Dawn) [Kindle Edition]

Israel Regardie
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The Golden Dawn by Israel Regardie is considered by many to be the book that started the modern occult movement. The original Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, which started in the late 1800s, borrowed from a wide variety of occult traditions ó Kabalah, Tarot, Geomancy, Enochian Magic, Theosophy, Freemasonry, Paganism, Astrology, and many more ó and created a unique and viable system of magic that is still being practiced today. Almost every contemporary occult writer and modern group has been influenced, directly or indirectly, by the Order or its members, making The Golden Dawn one of the most influential occult books of the past 100 years.

The book is divided into several basic sections. First are the knowledge lectures, where you will learn the basics of the Kabalah, symbolism, meditation, geomancy and more. This is followed by the rituals of the Outer Order, consisting of five initiation rituals into the degrees of the Golden Dawn.

The next section covers the rituals of the Inner Order including two initiation rituals, equinox ceremonies, and more. Then you will learn the basic rituals of magic and the construction, consecration, and means of using the magical tools. Once you have these you can go on to evocation rituals, talismans, and invocations.

The book gives explanations for how to design talismans, do skrying and travel on the astral plane. You will also learn geomancy, the Tarot, and Enochian magic.

Filled with numerous illustrations, lists, and tables, The Golden Dawn provides guidance for a lifetime of magic and life-changing transformation. Get your copy today.

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From the Publisher

When Llewellyn first published The Golden Dawn by Israel Regardie thirty years ago, about all we did was take the original four-volume set and repackage it into two volumes. I thought it was an important book then, and believe it is even more valuable now.

Today, we are proud to present the sixth edition. It has now been retypeset so it is easier to read and we have corrected errors that existed since the first edition. We have added new material by Israel Regardie and others who are practicing the Golden Dawn tradition, including notes that help to clarify some of the ideas in the book. And to make the book even easier to use, a complete index has been added.

This book is truly the fountainhead of occult wisdom in this age. Are you interested in the Tarot? Many of the major expounders of the cards, including A.E. Waite and Paul Foster Case were members of the Golden Dawn. Are you interested in Aleister Crowley? He received his basic training in the Golden Dawn. Do you like the mystic poetry of W.B. Yeats? He was a member for many years, and much of the symbolism in his poetry is explained here. The teachings of many modern Kabalists are unified in this book.

Get to know the source! Learn the original instructions for the pentagram and hexagram rituals. Discover the secrets of charging tools, their complex Tarot system, and Enochian magic. You'll learn to do the magic that others just talk about when you study The Golden Dawn.

About the Author

Francis I. Regardie, born in London, England, November 17, 1907; died in Sedona, Arizona, March 10, 1985.  Came to the United States in August 1921, educated in Washington D.C. and studied art in school in Washington and Philadelphia.  Returned to Europe in 1928 at the invitation of Aleister Crowley to work as his secretary and study with him.  Returned to London as secretary to Thomas Burke 1932-34, and during that time wrote A Garden of Pomegranates and The Tree of Life.

In 1934 he was invited to join the Order of the Golden Dawn, Stella Matutina Temple, during which time he wrote The Middle Pillar and The Art of True Healing, and did the basic work for The Philosopher's Stone.

Returning to the United States in 1937 he entered Chiropractic College in New York, Graduating in 1941, and published The Golden Dawn.  Served in the U.S. Army 1942-1945, and then moved to Los Angeles where he opened a chiropractic practice and taught psychiatry.  Upon retirement in 1981, he moved to Sedona.

During his lifetime, he studied psychoanalysis with Dr. E. Clegg and Dr. J. L. Bendit, and later studied psychotherapy under Dr. Nandor Fodor.  His training encompassed Freudian, Jungian and Reichian methods.

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  • File Size: 12956 KB
  • Print Length: 844 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; 6 edition (September 1, 2002)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031QSRBY
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72 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The deepest secrets at a glance. September 8, 2001
In the days when education was valued, magic(k)al knowledge was a closely guarded secret. Today, on the other hand (and unfortunately), if you want to keep something a secret, then you must hide it between two covers.

This is the ultimate reference for any sudent of the occult, regardless of school. In it one finds the mindset of every original GD member (before they all became profiteering, drug abusing, egomaniacs) who started the Western occult revival. Absolutely anything you could ever think of concerning occult matters is here, presented and indexed in a manner that makes it easy to use. It should be noted that while this book reveals the ENTIRE Golden Dawn, any flaws in its philosophy are inherent to the book. No two systems, for instance, can ever agree on the crafting of tools and elemental weapons, or on their proper use. If one's own system is unclear on a certain point, however, this book can clarify it and/or supplement it easily.
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62 of 67 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An incredible compendium of the Original Golden Dawn October 25, 2000
This book in an incredible compendium of the original papers of the Golden Dawn. Isreal Regarde, when he broke ranks and published these papers, laid the foundation for the modern occult movement.
This book contains everything the aspiring adept ever wanted to know about the rituals and teaching of the Golden Dawn (the only more complete work is "The Complete Golden Dawn" published by New Falcon).
A warning though, the reading is dense and betrays the ethics, morality, and biases of the late Victorian era. Much of the ritual offers little in terms of practical magic to the modern magician (unless you are working on mastering the Golden Dawn system).
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent reference, not for beginners October 13, 2005
Step by step instruction is lacking and certain fundamental ideas are assumed to be known and understood by the reader... a complete beginner would be lost with this book alone. It is an invaluable reference for someone who has a certain level of practical experience, but a book like Don Kraig's Modern Magick would be preferable to start with.

That being said, it is a virtual "must have" in the library of any serious magician, be they traditional GD, thelemite, aurum solis, or of any other western tradition.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Founation of the Western Esoteric Tradition February 3, 2008
The book, "The Golden Dawn," is not a graded course although it contains enough material to keep one studying for years. Multitudes of subjects one can take lifetimes to master, Astrology, Tarot, Numerology, Geomancy, Meditation, Alchemy, Enochian system, QBL, ect., can be found here in great detail.

By going through a graded course such as the Cicero's, "Self Initiation," or "Modern Magick," by Donald Michael Kraig and using this book as supplementary material one could make much progress upon the esoteric path by this Golden Dawn tradition.

Re: Initiation. Temple initiation is by far the ideal route for those to whom this tradition resonates. (This book contains invaluable material to study side by side with ones own temple material.) That being said, it would be redundant of me to point out that this book contains nearly every imaginable "spoiler," for those who will seek that path. So there are several choices. To leave the initiations alone until one has the privilege of experiencing them, or to carefully dissect and understand them one at a time, until at great length they are built into ones aura, whether working with a temple or not.

It is to those seeking the latter that I dedicate the following.

Spend at least several months on the study of the Neophyte initiation. The Ciceros recommend building a temple and give a well thought out course for self initiation. I would recommend building a small scale model of the temple, or even organizing it like a paper chess board. Break down the entire classical ritual and understand each of its parts. One will also see what is omitted from the Ciceros version and get a better glimpse of the entire ritual. This is nice to do in combination with the "Z" docs. Spend much time with Z.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Indispensible Reference February 22, 2002
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I purchased this book a few years ago and found it to be terribly cumbersome. Don't get me wrong, this is a must own for any Kabbalist or one interested in High Magick. I consider it to be the best reference for the historical Golden Dawn, and I am generally pleased with it today.
However, for the solitary practitioner with no ties to an Hermetic Temple of any kind, Regardie's book is too much, too soon. I would reccomend before purchasing this book, you read the Tree of Life, A Garden of Pomegranates, and even the Cicero's Self-Initiation into the Golden Dawn Tradition. The first two books give an excellent background on ceremonial magic and the Kabbalah, and the third is a more easily workable exposition of the Golden Dawn. After going through these works, one can understand the much of the content of The Golden Dawn as never before.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Isreal lives October 18, 2005
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What can I say..awsome book by one of the Great Magi of our times!Gives you the complete system from top to bottom as far as the Golden Dawn goes.Beginers could use this book...but Id suggest Donald Michael Criegs "Modern magick" first if your realy new to the system!But just to help give you some foundation before you dive into this complete Tome.Suppliment it with some od Isreal's teachings on CD and youll go!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Ambivalent
This is admittedly a decent presentation of the teachings of the Golden Dawn. It is those teachings in and of themselves that I am ambivalent about. Read more
Published 2 months ago by James S
1.0 out of 5 stars Misinformation for the profane, not to be trusted...
The number one rule for the actual GD initiates is to never tell the secrets to outsiders, therefore this is nothing but a misdirection for profit. Read more
Published 3 months ago by AeroEngineer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great encyclopedia
If you want the encyclopedia of the Golden Dawn, this is going to do it. There's a few things you won't find: not much on astrology, not much on day to day lifestyle application,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ken
5.0 out of 5 stars great reference!
I purchased this book on amazon quite some time ago, it is a great addition to my vast alchemical library, the images on the cover convey deep knowledge into the lost and ancient... Read more
Published 7 months ago by steve school
5.0 out of 5 stars Golden Dawn
This is a great system of Magick and much is covered in this classic of occult literature in the 20th century
Published 9 months ago by Daniel Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Becoming Magi
Before Buckland. before Gardner. Before Crowley, before sciencetolagy and chaos magick. There was only one. There was "The Golden Dawn. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Tommy Knite
4.0 out of 5 stars Very informative
This book has a great writing style and is organized very well! If there's any book worth having in a magic collection it's this one!
Published 11 months ago by Jesse Sailor
5.0 out of 5 stars kick ass
crazy book if you got time in your life read this but please be very smart about reading this book the golden dawn
Published 12 months ago by alex
5.0 out of 5 stars Very worth it
This is one if not the greatest book on the Golden Dawn traditions. It is very big so the beginner might feel overwhelmed by all the material but if one goes through it little by... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Israel Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masive 'volume of Occult Material
The KIndle versionis quite readable and manageable although one does sacrifice the browsing ease of a physical text,. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mark J. Notzon
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Israel Regardie (1907-1985) was an Adept of the Golden Dawn and he was one of the greatest exponents of the Western Esoteric Tradition of the 20th century. He was also an initiate of Aleister Crowley's Order of the A.·. A.·., and he was a IXth degree initiate of Crowley's O.T.O. It was his aim to preserve the teachings and work of the Golden Dawn and Aleister Crowley. His success in this task has profoundly influenced occult thought. From the age of 21, Regardie worked as Crowley's personal secretary. During this period, until their bitter parting, Regardie was one of the few who knew Crowley well. He was one of the few who were qualified to provide first-hand, personal insight into the character and personality of one of the major figures in Western Magick. In addition to his extensive writings, Regardie practiced as a chiropractor and as a neo-Reichian therapist. He taught Psychiatry at the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic and contributed articles to many Psychology magazines.

Regardie's most profound work, The Complete Golden Dawn System of Magic, is a 1200 page book published by New Falcon Publications; a company he founded with his student Dr. Christopher Hyatt. The book is currently available in three different editions: a) 1200 page hard bound with index; b) eBook with the same material; and c) a new portable edition as a soft cover. Today Regardie's work is being preserved and perpetuated by New Falcon Publications ( and the Israel Regardie Foundation (

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