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


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, ...

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780875426631
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Series: Golden Dawn Studies Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 844
  • Sales rank: 276,308
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.62 (d)

Meet 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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Table of Contents

Foreword and Appreciation ix
Introduction to Fifth Edition xvii
Indexing the Golden Dawn xxvii
Introduction to Second Edition 1
Introduction to First Edition 14
Volume I, Book 1 Basic Knowledge and Practice
First Knowledge Lecture 50
Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram 53
Second Knowledge Lecture 60
Third Knowledge Lecture 67
Fourth Knowledge Lecture 69
Fifth Knowledge Lecture 77
Miscellany Omitted from Lectures 82
The Portal Work 87
The Middle Pillar Exercise 90
Concerning the Tree of Life 95
The Adeptus Minor Task 106
Volume II, Book 2 Rituals of the Outer Order
Introduction to the Neophyte Ceremony 114
Neophyte Ritual 116
Introduction to the Elemental Grade Ceremonies 136
Zealator Ritual 141
Theoricus Ritual 154
Practicus Ritual 166
Philosophus Ritual 181
Book 3 Rituals of the Inner Order
Portal Ritual 198
Adeptus Minor Ritual 221
Equinox Ceremonies 248
Consecration and Corpus Christi Ceremony (with Opening by Watchtower) 258
Symbolism of the Seven Sides 266
On the Use of the Vault 272
Volume III, Book 4 Primary Techniques of Magical Practice, and the Magical Weapons
Ritual of the Pentagram 280
Supreme Invoking Ritual of the Pentagram 285
Ritual of the Hexagram 287
Lesser Ritual of the Hexagram 296
The Lotus Wand, and Consecration Ritual 302
Ritual of the Rose Cross 306
The Rose Cross Lamen, and Consecration Ritual 310
The Magic Sword, and Consecration Ritual 317
The Four Elemental Weapons, and Consecration Rituals 320
Book 5 Details of the Principles and Symbolism of Ritual Magic
Z.1 The Enterer of the Threshold 330
Z.3 Symbolism of the Admission 363
Z.2 Magical Formulae 376
Book 6 Ceremonial Magic in Practice
Evocation Ritual 402
Talisman Consecration Ritual 413
Ritual for Invisibility 423
Ritual for Self-Transformation 429
Ritual for Spiritual Development 435
The Bornless Ritual for the Invocation of the Higher Genius 442
Requiem Ceremony 447
Preparation for Divination 451
Volume IV, Book 7 Clairvoyance, Talismans, Sigils, Tattwas Clairvoyance and Rising on the Planes 455
Skrying, Tattwa Visions, and Astral Travel 467
Talismans, Talismanic Figures, Sigils and Flashing Tablets 479
Polygons and Polygrams 505
Tattwas of the Eastern School 514
Book 8 Divination
Geomancy 524
Book T--The Tarot, Description 540
Tarot Divination 566
The Tarot Trumps 588
The Tree of Life Projected in a Solid Sphere 594
Book 9 Enochian Magic
Introduction to the Enochian System 624
The Book of the Concourse of Forces 630
The Forty Eight Angelical Calls 671
Enochian Chess 683
Epilogue 697
Illustrations, Lists, and Tables
The Curriculum of the Order 43
Elements, Signs, Triplicities 50
The Old Planets 51
The Sephiroth, in English and Hebrew 51
The Hebrew Alphabet, its Powers and Meanings 52
Invoking and Banishing Pentagrams 53
Alchemical Symbols 60
The Serpent on the Tree of Life 62
The Four Worlds of the Qabalah 63
The Ten Houses of the Material World 63
Divine Names Attributed to the Sephiroth 64
Planetary Names: Angel, Intelligence, Spirit 65
Fylfot Cross and the Caduceus 68
The Figures of Geomancy and Zodiacal Attributions 69
Planetary Numbers and Figures 70
Figures on the Admission Badges 70
Attributions of the Tarot Trumps: Path, Letter, Symbol 71
Tetragrammaton on the Tree 78
Figures on the Philosophus Admission Badge 79
Attributions of the Four Elements, Hebrew and English 80
Alchemical Attributions to the Tree of Life 82
The Qlippoth on the Tree: Names and Meanings 82
The Seven Palaces attributed to the Ten Sephiroth 82
Alchemical Terms and Symbols 84
Divine and Angelic Names by Zodiacal Correspondence 86
The Middle Pillar and Ten Sephiroth on the Human Body 89
The Four Colour Scales 99
The Four Elements and Spirit on the Body 100
Planetary Attributions to the Seven Apertures of the Head 103
Paintings on the Lid of the Pastos 112
Temple Diagram for Neophyte Ritual 116
Color Plates
Banner of the East and West
The Garden of Eden Before the Fall
The Garden of Eden After the Fall
The Minutum Mundum
Temple Diagram for Neophyte Ritual--Second Part 122
Gestures and Signs 134
Temple Diagram for Zelator Ritual 141
Second Part 148
Temple Diagram for Theoricus Ritual 154
Second Part 161
Temple Diagram for Practicus Ritual 166
Path of Resh 173
In Sphere of Hod 176
Temple Diagram for Philosophus Ritual 181
Path of Tzaddi 186
Path of Peh 189
In Sphere of Netzach 192
Temple Diagram for Portal Ritual 198
Rite of the Pentagram and Five Paths 208
Temple Diagram for Adeptus Minor Ritual, First Part 222
Second Part 233
Third Part 238
Symbols in the Vault 243
Figures on Side of Pastos and Wall of the Vault 244
Signs and Symbols on the Pastos 245
Attributions of the Points of the Pentagram 281
Spirit Invoking and Banishing Pentagrams 281
Elemental Invoking and Banishing Pentagrams 282
Supreme Invoking Pentagrams 285
Invoking and Banishing Pentagrams 288
First and Second Forms of Hexagram: Fire and Earth 294
Third and Fourth Forms of Hexagram: Air and Water 295
Invoking and Banishing Hexagrams 296
The Lotus Wand 300
Petals of the Lotus 301
Invocations to the Forces of the Zodiac 305
Rose Cross Symbol 306
Rose Cross as Traced in Ritual 307
The Rose Cross Lamen 313
The Sword and the Four Elemental Weapons 321
Divine and Angelic Names upon the Weapons 324
Four Forms of the Cross 335
Magical Formula for Enterer Ceremony 379
Magical Formula for Evocation 380
Magaical Formula for Consecration of Talismans 384
Magical Formula for Invisibility 387
Magical Formula for Transformation 389
Magical Formula for Spiritual Development 391
Magical Formula for Divination 393
Magical Formula for Alchemical Operations 395
Altar Diagrams for Alchemical Operations 398
Tattwa Symbols 457
Complimentary Colors for Flashing Tablets 479
Sigils 483
Telesmatic Attributions of the Hebrew Letters 491
Cross of the Letters of the Divine Name 492
Geomantic Sigils 494
Attributions of the Enochian Letters 495
Geomantic Talisman 496
Qabalah of the Nine Chambers 497
Kameas (Magical Squares) and Sigils of the Planets 498
Names and Sigils of the Olympic Planetary Spirits 503
Polygons and Polygrams 505
The Swara in the Body 515
Descriptions of the Tattwas 518
Plan of Geomantic Divination 525
Geomantic Attributions 526
Signification of the 12 Houses of Heaven 530
Example of a Geomantic Map 531
Meanings of Geomantic Figures in the Houses 532
Tarot Attributions for the Significator 567
Method of Counting in Tarot Divination 568
First Tarot Cut (Tetragrammaton) 568
First Horse-shoe Layout 570
Second Tarot Cut (Twelve Houses) 571
Second Horse-shoe Layout 574
Third Horse-shoe Layout 575
Fourth Tarot Cut (Decanates) 577
Fourth Decanate Layout 577
Fifth Tarot Layout (Tree of Life) 580
Fifth Horse-shoe Layout 580
Rules for Tarot Divination 581
The Tree of Life Projection on the Planets' Sphere 595
Golden Dawn Symbol in the Decanates 602
S.A.'s Key Plan of Sephiroth 604
S.A.'s Key Plan of the Paths 605
S.A.'s Key Plan of the Tarot 606
The Course of the Aces 609
Table of Elements and Tarot Aces 610
Table Showing Elemental Qualities 612
Hourglass Symbol Connecting the Planes 614
The Convoluted Transmission of Forces 616
Direct, or Creeping Serpent, Formula 618
Looped, or Flying Serpent, Formula 619
Leaping Serpent Formula 620
Revolving, or Flowing Serpent, Formula 620
The Four Enochian Tablets 631
The Name of the King (Central Whorl) 636
The Six Seniors 636
Lesser Angle of Fire of Water Tablet 638
Method of Attributing Tetragrammaton 639
Decanate Attributions of Great Cross of the Air Tablet 645
Earth Angle of Water Tablet 645
The Tablet of Union 645
Tetragrammaton Attributions to Lesser Angles 646
Triangles of Enochian Squares 647
Triangles of Squares in Great Central Cross 648
Examples of Pyramids 649
Table of Attributions for Working out Squares 651
The Enochian Alphabet and English Equivalents 652
Direction of Forces in the Triangles 653
Sigils of the Angelic Tablets 657
Coptic Deities 663
The Egyptian Pyramid Gods Illustrated 664
Rules for the Practice of Enochian Magic 668
Index to Enochian Keys 672
Tablet of Union 674
Enochian Chess Board 689
Index 701
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2011

    Must Have!!

    Anyone who is working in the Golden Dawn tradition should have this book as a reference for their theoretical and their Magical work. This book will help you understand the beginning of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, at least from Israel Regardie's point. This book is a must have for any occult library.

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

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    Superb Must-Have Book For Serious Occultists

    Israel Regardie's outline of the technique's of The Golden Dawn society.

    Lots of material here for the budding spiritualist. It is dense and learning the techniques can be hard going. However, that's not so much reflective of the book as it is of the fact that the true path of spiritualism is hard work. This should be considered a book to refer to frequently, perhaps daily. Then the techniques practiced and perfected before referring to the next portion of the text once again.

    Most unfortunately the book is a paperback, but at 800 pages and with the type of use expected by a serious student it is clear the binding will not last. Llewellyn should consider either a multi-volume edition or a hard binding.

    Still, this is a must-have book for any serious student of the occult.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2011

    An awesome masterpiece of work, lovingly compiled and clearly shared

    It is apparent in reading this and many of the works of Israel Regardie, that he stayed true to his intent and commitment to share this great work in a way that anyone anywhere can use wisely!

    I highly recommend one follow his suggestions and cautions. This is truly powerful work!

    His directions are clear and thorough. What an exquisite, beautiful labor of love and commitment to Light Work!

    I highly recommend this and all his work for anyone interested in quality metaphysical studies. I also highly recommend the serious student follow Mr. Regardie's encouragement on doing some emotional healing first before performing the rituals. This work is powerful and can let in the dark energies as well as the light if the user is not clear headed.

    I am profoundly grateful for the time and attention Mr. Regardie took to make sure all the important details are written down, explained, and illustrated and that he followed his guidance in making sure this work would not be hidden or lost in 'secret societies' or groups, but would be readily available for the benefit of each and all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2011

    re golden dawn a university of magick

    wicca are you insane the golden dawn has absolutely no affiliation with wicca in fact they expelled gardner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2000

    The GOLDEN DAWN: A University of Magical Studies

    The 1800s saw a powerful spiritual reaction to 200 years of self-centered Humanistic Rationalism and 100 years of joyless Industrialism in a Great Occult Revival. This revival was centered in Socialist Revolutionary camps in France (Eliphaz Levi and the Symbolists) and in the Masonic Tradition in Germany and England. The Golden Dawn was no less than an attempt to make a University bringing together and synthesizing the long loast texts of Spiritualism, Gnosis and Magic unerthed by the great archological discoveries in Babylonia and Egypt with the Rosecrucian and Alchemical and Kabbalist Traditions coming out of the Renaissance in Europe. The Golden Dawn blazed for under fifty years before exploding into dozens of sub-currents of Modern Occultism, but nothing since, even in the heyday of the New Age revival of the 1980s and 90s, has had the coherance, scope and fire of these materials! Like Abraham standing at the Head of the great traditions of Israel, Christianity and Islam, The Golden Dawn Stands at the head of modern Magic, Wicca, Edge Science, and Secret Societies. This is the Book yo take to a Desert Island to rebuild Atlantis from scratch.

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