Maxomenos reviews The Golden Dawn: The Original Account of the Teachings, Rites & Ceremonies of the Hermetic Order by Israel Regardie in the Bkwyrm archive.
Every time I read this book I’m amazed by how much stuff is actually in here. Essentially it’s everything you need to know go get started on the path towards Adeptus Minor. (In layman’s terms, being an Adeptus Minor means you know everything you need to know if you want to get onto alt.magick and not get flamed to hell and back by Joshua Geller.) The first part contains several chapters called The Knowledge Lectures. These lectures contain a lot of bare bones basic material that a beginning magician needs to know. In particular, it includes the Lesser Rituals of the Pentagram and the Middle Pillar Ritual. These rituals, in my experience, are incredibly useful for all occasions, including ridding your mind of obsessive thoughts and dealing with unpleasant people. If you’re just getting started, you should practise these rituals daily. In addition, beginner would do well to practise the rituals in Volume III, Book Four, and should master all of the rituals in Volume III before attempting the Solomonic magick. In Volume IV, there is a comprehensive introduction to various Magickal tools, including talismans, scrying procedures and a comprehensive introduction to Enochian magick. The sheer wealth of information in this volume is incomprehensible. This comes as no surprise, considering that the Golden Dawn believed in synthesizing a very large number of magickal traditions into one huge mass. The Golden Dawn was heavily Christianized and this may make some pagan readers uncomfortable; nonetheless, at $30US, this book gives you a lot of bang for your buck.