Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn

related topics
{god, call, give}
{theory, work, human}
{work, book, publish}
{group, member, jewish}
{government, party, election}
{law, state, case}
{service, military, aircraft}
{school, student, university}
{church, century, christian}
{son, year, death}
{land, century, early}
{car, race, vehicle}

Hermeticism

Hermes Trismegistus

Hermetic Religion
Hermeticism

Mythology
Hermes Trismegistus · Thoth · Poimandres

Hermetica
Corpus Hermeticum · Kybalion

Three Parts of the Wisdom of the Whole Universe
Alchemy · Astrology · Theurgy

Influence and Influences

Hermetic Movements
Rosicrucianism

Orders
Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn · Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor · Hermetic Brotherhood of Light

Topics in Hermetism
Qabalah Occult and divinatory tarot Hermetists and Hermeticists
John Dee . Aleister Crowley · Israel Regardie
Thābit ibn Qurra · Paracelsus
Giordano Bruno · Samuel MacGregor Mathers · William Westcott
Franz Bardon

The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (or, more commonly, the Golden Dawn) was a magical order active in Great Britain during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, which practiced theurgy and spiritual development. It has been one of the largest single influences on 20th-century Western occultism.[1][2]

Concepts of magic and ritual at the center of contemporary traditions, such as Wicca[3][4] and Thelema, were inspired by the Golden Dawn.

The three founders, William Robert Woodman, William Wynn Westcott, and Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers were Freemasons and members of Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia (S.R.I.A.).[5] Westcott appears to have been the initial driving force behind the establishment of the Golden Dawn.

The Golden Dawn system was based on hierarchy and initiation like the Masonic Lodges, however women were admitted on an equal basis with men. The "Golden Dawn" was the first of three Orders, although all three are often collectively referred to as the "Golden Dawn". The First Order taught esoteric philosophy based on the Hermetic Qabalah and personal development through study and awareness of the four Classical Elements as well as the basics of astrology, tarot divination, and geomancy. The Second or "Inner" Order, the Rosae Rubeae et Aureae Crucis (the Ruby Rose and Cross of Gold), taught proper magic, including scrying, astral travel, and alchemy. The Third Order was that of the "Secret Chiefs", who were said to be highly skilled; they supposedly directed the activities of the lower two orders by spirit communication with the Chiefs of the Second Order.

Full article ▸

related documents
Epistle to the Hebrews
Mana
Gardnerian Wicca
Islamic eschatology
Glorantha
Paramahansa Yogananda
Incarnation
Ecclesiastes
Propitiation
Herodotus
Book of Habakkuk
Kami
Seid
Shamash
List of kennings
Þjazi
Ullr
Lapith
Anu
Epona
Keres (Greek mythology)
Ishtar
Ymir
Xibalba
Valaquenta
Marsyas
Book of Ezekiel
Minyans
Guaraní mythology
Underworld