Saturday, June 21, 2014

Awaken the Magick Within!

Are you drawn to Magick?

The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn® (EU reg. 000063925) has been making Magicians since 1888. With our help, thousands of people have unveiled their Magickal potential - and we can help unchain the Magick in YOU.

Awaken the magick within. Access the tools of:
  • empowerment
  • manifestation 
  • expansion of consciousness
  • discovery and mastery of Self.

Here is what new Magicians say about our Order of the Alpha Omega curriculum:
"Since beginning of the new Order of the Alpha Omega curriculum, I've noticed a marked difference in my approach to common problems, increased patience, and a serious boost to my intuitive abilities." 
- Soror Liberte, Arkansas

"You get to the practice of magick within the very first few weeks, and following it to the letter you will start achieving results almost instantly." 
- Frater Skabowta, Malta

"Since I'm not close to a temple my tutor has been just as important as the new lessons." 
- Frater TGISSEPR, Texas 
"Even though reviewing a ritual I have used for years, I am with the lessons reexamining my approach and going over things i never payed attention to. This course is as useful for a new magician or someone who was self taught."
- Frater Reflect, Florida 
The Order of the Alpha Omega was founded in 1906 by the great mages, Moina and S.L. MacGregor Mathers, as legitimate heirs of the original European Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (1888). Led today by Leslie and David McQuade Griffin, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn has grown into a world class academy of Magick and international Golden Dawn fraternity.

The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, with our Order of the Alpha Omega curriculum, brings you today the best of ancient Magick with 21st Century training methods.

Carried to Europe with the Greek and Roman empires, Hermetic Magick arose in Egypt and comes to YOU across Centuries - passed down for Millennia from Hermetic Master to Disciple in an unbroken chain of Adepts.

Our Alpha Omega curriculum gives you all the skills you need to awaken the Magick slumbering within YOU!

You will master energy work, Magickal weapons and psychic defense, astrology, tarot, talismans, geomancy, ancient alphabets, alchemy and the Philosopher's Stone.

Our AΩ curriculum offers bite-sized lessons that ensure you grasp the concepts before moving on by: 
  1. Requiring descriptive summaries of your work, 
  2. Having to request each new lesson only when you feel you are ready to move on, and
  3. Discussions with your tutor validating you have actually learned the material before receiving the next lesson.
The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn also provides traditional, physical initiation in our international network of fully licensed and chartered Temples.

We are still beta testing our new Order of the Alpha Omega curriculum, but we currently have a few openings for the right applicants.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

UNEARTHED IN PARIS: The Tomb of Golden Dawn Founder S.L. MacGregor Mathers

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by Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn®
Imperator David Griffin

The Great Mage S.L. MacGregor Mathers founded the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn's Rosicrucian Inner Order, the Rosae Rubeae et Aurea Crucis in 1892. According to Mathers, he founded the R.R. et A.C. using materials from the mysterious "Secret Chiefs of the Third Order," whom Mathers claimed to have met in person during his sojourn in Paris in 1891. 

The central symbol of the Golden Dawn's Rosicrucian Inner Order is the Vault of the Adepti, based on the legend of the tomb of the founder of the Rosicrucian movement, Christian Rosenkreutz (Frater CRC). The founding document of the historical Rosicrucian movement, the Fama Fraternitatis, speaks of the discovery of the tomb of the Rosicrucian founder as follows:

"While repairing a part of the building of the College of the Holy Spirit, he endeavored to remove a brass memorial tablet which bore the names of certain brethren, and some other things. In this tablet was the head of a strong nail or bolt, so that when the tablet was forcibly wrenched away it pulled with it a large stone which thus partially uncovered a secret door, upon which was inscribed in large letters Post CXX Annos Patebo -- After an hundred and twenty years I shall open ... 
... Now as yet we had not seen the dead body of our careful and wise father, we therefore removed the Altar aside, there we lifted up a strong plate of brass, and found a fair and worthy body, whole and unconsumed, as the same is here lively counterfeited, with all the Ornaments and Attires; in his hand he held a parchment book, called T."
GH Praemonstrator Jean Pascal Ruggiu of Ahathoor Temple No. 7
and Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn® Imperator David Griffin 
inside the Vault of the Adepti of Ahathoor Temple No. 7 in Paris

The Golden Dawn community received wonderful news last month when Jean-Pascal Ruggiu, former Imperator of the Ahathoor Temple No. 7 in Paris, reentered the Golden Dawn, exercising the power in him vested by his traditional Golden Dawn warrant, assuming the mantel of Praemonstrator of Ahathoor Temple No. 7 in Paris, the office once held by Marquis Nicholas Tereshenko and earlier by S.L. MacGregor Mathers.

Last week, the Ahathoor Temple No 7 in Paris rocked the Magickal community with yet again with another bomb shell:

"GH Praemonstrator Jean-Pascal Ruggiu of Ahathoor Temple No. 7 announced his discovery in Paris the hidden tomb of Golden Dawn founder, S.L. MacGregor Mathers!"

Rosicrucian Golden Dawn Founder
S.L. MacGregor Mathers

Considering the importance of the Vault of the Adepti to the Golden Dawn and of the Tomb of the Founder, Christian Rosenkreutz, to the entire Rosicrucian movement, the discovery of the tomb of the Golden Dawn's Rosicrucian founder, S.L. MacGregor Mathers (nearly 120 years after his death), is an event of unparalleled Rosicrucian and magickal importance.

Tomb of the Golden Dawn's Rosicrucian Founder, 
S.L. MacGregor Mathers (1854-1918)
For this article I interviewed GH Praemonstrator Ruggiu (7=4) regarding his discovery of Mathers' tomb. Here is what he had to say:
"Together with Nicolas Tereschenko we conducted a great deal of research into public records and cemeteries in Paris, but without success in finding Mathers' tomb. I continued my research for many years. Most recently, I sought and obtained permission to visit various private cemeteries in Paris. 
It was in once such private cemetery that I finally discovered our Mathers' tomb. When I finally stood in front of the tomb of the founder of our order, it was amazing! The only feeling like this I have ever had was the first time I entered the Vault of the Adepti, like standing before the tomb of Christian Rosenkreutz. 
I could not believe that I finally found it ! And the grave was so beautiful, filled with Golden Dawn symbols - The sun rising over the ocean made in mosaic - and even the Celtic cross above. There is also a mysterious inscription that I still can not decipher. It might even be in the Celtic language. I will publish my findings once I finally succeed to identify the script and translate the inscription. For the moment, I am keeping the location of the tomb secret, as there are so many quarrels on the Internet and people are acting so crazy in the Golden Dawn community."
When I met Jean-Pascal Ruggiu in 1995, he served as Imperator of Ahathoor Temple No. 7 in Paris, while Marquis Nicholas Terescheko served as Praemonstrator. This historic meeting signaled the beginning not only of an abiding friendship, but also of an important initiatic relationship, as GH Frater Ruggiu initiated me into the higher grades of the R.R. et A.C. When in 1997, GH Frater Ruggiu initiated me into the Adeptus Exemptus (7=4) grade, he invested me not only with various Golden Dawn and Rosicrucian lineages held by the Ahathoor Temple, but also a vast array of Gnostic lineages while consecrating me to the episcopate. Thanks to Jean-Pascal Ruggiu and Dr. Robert Word, today I one of but a handful of Pagan Gnostic Bishops. For all of this, I shall remain forever grateful.

The Athathoor Temple No. 7 of Paris today operates as an independent and autonomous, traditional Golden Dawn order under the authority of GH Praemonstrator Jean-Pascal Ruggiu (7=4), in formal amity with our order, the European headquartered Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn®.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Personal Temple of Frater Conatus from Sao Paolo, Brazil

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Imperator David Griffin

For a year and a half now, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn®, under the guidance of S.L. MacGregor Mathers' Rosicrucian Order of Alpha Omega, has been doing our best to inspire Magicians across the globe to create their own personal temples. As more Magicians around the world share their Personal Temples and Altars with others, the HOGD has now helped put 398 Personal Temples on the map (see the bottom of the blog for the map).

A word of thanks goes out to those who have put their Temples and Altars on the map, and especially to those who keep sharing photographs of their work with our readers as well. May 1,000 Points of Light burn ever brighter, as the Magic of Light illuminates more and more people around the globe!

Help us light Temple Fires ...
... of the Magic of Light ...
... all across the globe!

All across the world new temple fires are being lit every day. Today we share with you photos from a a personal temple from Sao Paolo, Brazil sent to us by Frater Conatus. I hope you find these photos as inspiring as I do.

Personal Temple of Frater Conatus
Sao Paolo, Brazil
Personal Temple Fires Are Lighting ...
... All Across the World!

The Personal Temples initiative is just one small way the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and our parent order, the Rosicrucian Order of Alpha Omega, are striving to serve the needs of the greater Magickal community. If you can think of others ways to help, please do let us know! Even the idea for the marvelous Personal Temples initiative came from one of our readers.

We are here to help meet the needs of your magical practice. If you would like to put your personal temple on the map or publish photos of your personal temple here on the Golden Dawn blog, please contact us HERE.

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

EXPOSED: Why do Psychiatric Patients Found Golden Dawn Orders or Become Therapists?

by Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn®
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Imperator David Griffin

The Mysticism vs. Magick debate in the Golden Dawn community took an unexpected turn this week, as it raised important questions about why individuals who are chronically clinically depressed become Psychotherapists or Golden Dawn leaders. The discussion this week highlights not only the danger posed to spiritual aspirants by those who become therapists or spiritual leaders to compensate for ongoing mental problems like chronic clinical depression, but also the unnecessary suffering caused to aspiring Magicians by confusion about the aims and practices of traditional Mysticism vs. those of traditional Magick.

I was recently approached on Facebook by a man named Brad, who has been practicing Golden Dawn Magick for many years, but was dismayed because he still was unable to "overcome his ego" and therefore had failed to "merge with God."  I am heartbroken when I hear such stories because such individuals are suffering completely without reason other than that they have hopelessly confused the aims and methods of Magick with those of Christian mysticism.

There are too many Golden Dawn authors and "leaders" who use the terms Mysticism and Magick as though they were interchangeable. There are others who are deliberately dishonest about it, misrepresenting the spiritual methods of traditional Christian Mysticism as the Magickal methods of the traditional Golden Dawn. They are not the same. Not at all.

I have already addressed these issues over and over, including in previous articles on the Golden Dawn blog here, here, and here. I am glad to see that this important issue is finally being discussed more in detail on the Blogosphere. This weeks discussion began with a fine article by Alexandrian Wiccan elder, Frater Barrabbas, that you can read here. This was followed by significant Facebook debate and a second great article by Frater Barrabbas here.

During the Facebook debate, I was disappointed to witness the level of confusion exemplified even by one of my former students, who wrote the following:
 "I regard the experience of the Dark Night to be a integrated and necessary part of intitiation, and the outcome of the disintegration of the component parts of the initiate or solve phase of initiation; the alchemical nigredo."
What disappoints me most about the above statement is the way it attempts to fancifully redefine traditional Golden Dawn initiation as well as the Nigredo in traditional Hermetic alchemy. The Dark Night of the Soul of St. John of the Cross refers not to Magick, but to Christian Mysticism, which itself is a fine, very specific and well defined spiritual system and with its own unique methodology (one that in is many ways diametrically opposed to the methods and aims of the classical Hermetic tradition). Despite the erroneous claim made by my former student in the above statement, St. John of the Cross's "Dark Night of the Soul" in reality has nothing at all to do with the Nigredo in traditional Hermetic alchemy either.

Why Clear Definitions Are Important

Many readers have noticed I have been donating a lot of philanthropic time to our Facebook Page (here) and Group (here), teaching "Critical Thinking for Magicians" and the "Philosophy of Magick." I have been providing this educational service without charge to the Golden Dawn community, because I know the flame wars that have nearly destroyed the Golden Dawn can only continue while readers remain uneducated how to critically examine the arguments and talking points of flamers.

Think about it. All it really will take to end the 20 year old Golden Dawn flame war once and for all is to train the Golden Dawn community in critical thinking. Once the method of critically evaluating the arguments of flamers is correctly understood and employed, flamers lose all credibility, for their arguments do not stand up to the light of reason.

There are three "acts" of the mind according to philosophers. These are:
  1. UNDERSTANDING the meaning or what something is.
  2. JUDGMENT of what is true.
  3. REASONING to find out why something is.
Terms (words) we use must be defined and agreed upon. A term can be clear or unclear (ambiguous). Terms can never be true or false, valid or invalid. The first act of the mind is to understand the term.

Propositions can ONLY be true of false. They are never valid or invalid. They are never clear or unclear (only terms are clear or unclear). Propositions have two parts: subject and predicate terms. The second act of the mind is to judge if a proposition is true or untrue.

Finally, we examine WHY one idea is true and another false. This is the third act of the mind (reasoning). An argument has two parts: the premises and the conclusion. Arguments are either valid or invalid. They are never clear or unclear (only terms are). Arguments are never true or false (only propositions are).

To validly disagree with any conclusion, one must show that there is either:
  1. An ambiguous term, or
  2. A false premise, or
  3. A logical fallacy in the argument such that the conclusion does not necessarily follow from the premises.
Clear definitions are important for any communication at all to have meaning. All science grows in three main phases. These are (1) a common vocabulary, (2) correlation, and (3) effect-cause-effect. This means that every known science began by first establishing a common vocabulary that permitted its proponents to communicate. Without a clear definition of each term, conversations end up turning into arguments even when both sides are actually proclaiming the same truths.

Aristotle was quite adamant that we must always begin by clarifying our terms. Unfortunately, when important terms and concepts, such as “Magick” and “Mysticism” are used with imprecision, we end up fighting about something that isn’t really important. I won’t bother with the last two phases as they are not relevant to this discussion.

One of the greatest failures of the modern Golden Dawn has arisen due to the fast and loose tendency for GD "leaders" to willy-nilly redefine traditional terms according to personal whim. In this way, even traditional Hermetic alchemy has been stripped of its traditional meaning in the Hermetic tradition and misused even as a mere synonym for "personal growth."

What is most surprising about the above cited statement from my former student, is that it comes from someone who not only presents himself online as a Golden Dawn "traditionalist" - but even as a crusader against what he calls "post-modernist" tendencies in today's Golden Dawn community. I am therefore surprised that, despite such posturing and bluster, his above cited statement fully embodies the "post-modernist" tendency to fancifully redefine traditional terms according to personal whim and caprice.

Let us set the record straight again. The sublime Mysticism of St. John of the Cross and its methodology are not synonymous with "clinical depression" - and any "traditionalist" Golden Dawn leader ought to know better than to play fast and loose with definitions of traditional concepts like "post-modernists" do. 

There is already too much confusion between the methods of traditional Mysticism and traditional Magick and this confusion is already causing great and needless suffering in individuals like Brad who approached me through Facebook.

Just because an aspiring Magician is Roman Catholic (as is my former student) this does not automatically transform the classical Golden Dawn into a school of Christian Mysticism. Even if one founds a "Golden Dawn" order according to his personal vision of a hodgepodge of Christian Mysticism jumbled with Freudian psychology and Golden Dawn teachings ...

... the classical Golden Dawn remains a Hermetic tradition of Magick and Alchemy ...

... and not just another psycho-mystico-magickal "salad of the day" dreamed up by yet another in a long line of would be Chefs.

The Hermetic tradition does not need to import luminaries and methods from traditions other than our own. We have our own methods and luminaries, including Giordano Bruno, Marcilio Ficino, Cornelius Agrippa, Gerolamo Cardano, Pietro D'Abano, Theophrastus Paracelsus, and Eliphas Levi (not to mention the entirety of Egyptian, Chaldeaen, and Sumerian Magick).

Moreover, just because an aspiring Magician has been struggling against chronic clinical depression for decades, this does not make one's depression somehow identical with St. John of the Cross's "Dark Night of the Soul" either! 

If someone has failed for decades to overcome clinical depression, will becoming a psychotherapist somehow magically banish the depression? No - but the personal failure of the therapist to do so may well make him a danger to his patients!

If someone who has played at Magick for decades while at the same time failing to overcome chronic, clinical depression, eventually founds their own Golden Dawn order and presents themselves as a spiritual leader, will this suddenly banish chronic, recurrent depression? No, but the personal failure to do so may well make them a danger to their Golden Dawn students!

Physician - Heal THYSELF!

I have great compassion for anyone who suffers from chronic and recurrent clinical depression. I have neither compassion nor tolerance, however, for anyone who, rather than dealing with their own personal issues like overcoming chronic depression, instead make themselves a danger to others by setting themselves up either as psychotherapists or as spiritual leaders rather than fundamentally come to terms with their personal inadequacies first.

It turns my stomach when I meet people who are suffering needlessly because they think that a Magican is supposed to negate their ego in order to merge with God as is the case with traditional Mysticism. And those who peddle Mysticism for Magick and deliberately cause confusion about the very real differences between the two traditions are personally responsible for such needless suffering.

I am certainly not saying that there is anything wrong with Mysticism as a traditional spiritual path. Mysticism is a great path and even the right or the only path for some people. It is however, diametrically opposed to the traditional Magical spiritual path in both its goals and its methods. What I emphatically do object to is the dishonesty of misrepresenting Mystical spiritual methods as Magick. Just look at the way poor Brad from Facebook is suffering as a consequence!

Immediately following the 1903 schism, William Butler Yeats wrote an article entitled "Is the Golden Dawn to remain a Magical order?" Ever since, a chasm has emerged between those in the Golden Dawn community who gravitate more towards Mysticism and those who gravitate more towards Magick. This has created fundamental differences between one Golden Dawn order and the other, which endure in our Golden Dawn community even until today.

This is natural, since Mysticism and Magick are two quite distinct spiritual paths. The primary difference between Magick and Mysticism lies codified in the actual methods of practice, together with the Mystical or Magical inclinations of the practitioner.

The Mystical path refers to the capacity and will of the practitioner to place oneself in a passive position in relationship to eternal Being and the forces of nature, which the Practitioner begins to invoke and pray to, so they may manifest and enlighten one, thus spiritually uplifting and exalting the practitioner. 

The Magical practitioner, on the other hand, does not place him or herself in a passive state towards natural and Divine forces, but rather in a positive state. Recognizing the Divine Spark inside oneself, the practitioner actively collaborates with Eternal Being rather than waiting for its manifestations.

In Mysticism, the practitioner expects Divinity to manifest itself, and to ascend the staircase that leads from below to on high aided by the Divine hand that takes us and leads us ever upwards.

Magic does not expect this, instead conquering the Inner Planes through one's own effort rather than through Divine aid. Thus, whereas the Mystical approach is one of submission, the Magician instead is a conqueror.

A perfect example of the Magical path may be found in the Mithraic Ritual deposited in Paris, which shows one such practice of divine Ascension of the Magical initiate. While rising towards Divinity to be received like a prodigal Son or Daughter, the practitioner greets the Gods as equals that gradually appear, not fearing them or subjugating oneself before them, but admonishing them and blandishing them with Magical words that open the gates of heaven.

Whereas Magick is based on knowledge, Mysticism is based on on ignorance in the literal sense of "ignoring" or "unknowing." In fact, one of the most important mystical texts in all of Christianity, The Cloud of Unknowing, speaks of making oneself obscure, humble and ignorant before the unmanifest - to remain there, in silence, gradually emptying oneself, while waiting for something or someone (God) to come and fill the void thus created.

Thus two completely different modalities become evident. Whereas the Mystic reflects the Divine light that is poured out upon him, the Magician generates this light, becoming an emitter himself. 

A.E. Waite
The foremost exponent of the Mystical path in the Golden Dawn was Arthur Edward Waite, who completely suppressed Magick in favor of Christian Mysticism in his Fellowship of the Rosy Cross and its Inner Order, the Rosae Rubeae et Aureae Crucis (Rectified Rite). Waite's Fellowship of the Rosy Cross, reconstructed in recent years and open only to Christians, today remains the most Mystical order in the Golden Dawn community.

The foremost exponent of the Magical path in the Golden Dawn was the great Mage, S.L. MacGregor Mathers. Mathers understood that the Golden Dawn primarily as a Magical rather than a Mystical tradition. Over time the Magical spiritual path has become more and more pronounced in Mathers' Alpha Omega. The A.O. today remains the most Magical order in the Golden Dawn community. Our mission is to make Magicians, and unlike all other Golden Dawn orders that make you wait for years, we teach Magick from day one!

In between the Alpha Omega and the Fellowship of the Rosy Cross, which most clearly exemplify the diametrically opposed Magical and Mystical Golden Dawn paths, there today exist a host of Golden Dawn orders that lie somewhere in between. Most Golden Dawn orders still teach Magick in their Second Orders, but there nonetheless remain vast differences in their approaches and goals.

There are numerous Golden Dawn orders that have not gone so far as to suppress Magick outright as did the Waite order, yet nonetheless remain quite Mystical in their approach to the Golden Dawn. Such Mystical Golden Dawn orders do not teach Magick at all in their outer order, and provide no guidance or support to their Outer Order initiates who are practicing published Golden Dawn Magick on their own. Mystical Golden Dawn orders view their Outer Order instead as serving primarily to "purge" the personality self, in preparation to receive Mystical illumination from outside the practitioner in their Second Order.

Mystical Golden Dawn orders teach that it is necessary to "loosen the ego" in preparation for Mystical illumination and that the practice of Magick in the Outer Order will stunt what they hold as the necessary purging of the personality and ego. Such methods are identical to the methods of Christian Mystics such as St. John of the Cross and Mother Theresa and other Christian mystics and have been proven effective for centuries for those seeking Mystical illumination. Clearly, aspiring Mystics are best suited for one of the numerous mystically oriented Golden Dawn orders.

That most Mystical Golden Dawn orders have not completely suppressed Magick has led to a very curious situation in the contemporary Golden Dawn community where, even though they use many of the same basic practices, two distinct types of Magick have firmly established themselves.

One type of Magick is rooted in Mysticism, holds the philosophical position that we are all born as sinners, and uses methods like those set forth in "The Cloud of Unknowing" (purgations, humility, "loosening the ego" and waiting for illumination to come from outside).

The other type of Magick is that of the purely Magical spiritual path, as taught and practiced in the Alpha Omega, which proceeds instead through spiritual exaltation, and holds rather a Hermetic philosophical position that we are all children of the Divine; holographic manifestations of the One, which is the entire Universe.

Whereas the Magick of most Golden Dawn orders today is Mystically oriented, passive, and negative (full of purgation, etc.), the Magick of the Alpha Omega is positive, active, and life affirming. Recognizing the Divine Spark inside oneself, the Magical spiritual path actively collaborates with Eternal Being, rather than waiting for its manifestations.

Whereas Mysticism is passive and seeks illumination bestowed through grace from from an outside Divinity, Magick is live-giving and self-illuminating, kindling the Divine spark present inside every Magician to burn brightly, shining like the Sun and Stars.

The wonderful thing about today's Golden Dawn community is that our diversity gives spiritual aspirants a plethora of choices. Aspiring Mystics will find their spiritual quest greatly facilitated in one of the Mystical Golden Dawn orders, where they will find all of the purgation and ego loosening they need to eventually attain Mystical illumination.

Aspiring Magicians, on the other hand, will find all of the training, support, and guidance in all aspects of the Magical spiritual path, immediately upon entering the Alpha Omega's outer order, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, which is a Magical order and not a Mystical one.

Again, I am not saying the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn within the Alpha Omega is the "best" Golden Dawn order, only that we do things differently. it goes without saying that, unlike many Golden Dawn orders - in the Alpha Omega - we do NOT make Mystics.

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