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.