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The Golden Dawn: The Original Account of the Teachings, Rites & Ceremonies of the Hermetic Order (Llewellyn's Golden Dawn Series) Paperback – September 8, 2002

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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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Product Details

  • Series: Llewellyn's Golden Dawn Series
  • Paperback: 844 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; 6 edition (September 8, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875426638
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875426631
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Brian D. Baird on September 8, 2001
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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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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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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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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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By A Customer on 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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I would add, however, that some of the 'body awareness' and 'visualising the body as full of holes,' which regardie features in some of his books and CDs/ tapes, may be bad, and even dangerous for some people, if only in the long run. ( see 'Healing Energy Prayer and Relaxation' book, and 'One Year Manual.') Still, Regardie has much of value to contribute. (see my review for the largely useful 'One Year Manual.'

I am suspicious of the consecutive editions of this work since Regardie's death. Llewellyn, occasionally useful publisher of worthy 'occult' volumes, seems to have let Chris Monnastre, or whoever, stick their fingers into this volume, and muddy up some of Regardie's original edition, with dubious revisions of the original material.

Quite frankly, any reprinting of the Golden Dawn material should be left alone, if only for historical reasons. All over the internet, are versions' of the original Golden Dawn material, recklessly modified this way and that, leaving the sincere student to muddle with poorly documented material, free of Regardie's explanations, as well as free of access to the Golden Dawn material as Regardie knew it. To put it bluntly, I want the Golden Dawn material as Regardie originally knew, compiled, and explained it!

I read on the 'net that the New Falcon Press 'Complete Golden Dawn System' volume, although twice the price, or more, of this Llewellyn 'modified' reprint, is still available. Yet I read that it has been modified, in its subsequent editions, even worse than the Llewellyn edition has been.
Much useful material, exclusive to the Falcon edition, is added. Yet, it is said that Regardie's work has been tampered with in the editions since his death. I don't know what to think.
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