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The Complete Magick Curriculum of the Secret Order G∴B∴G∴

The Complete Magick Curriculum of the Secret Order G∴B∴G∴: Being the Entire Study, Curriculum, Magick Rituals, and Initiatory Practices of the G∴B∴G∴ (The Great Brotherhood of God) by Louis T Culling; edited, revised, and expanded by Carl Llewellyn Weschke; from Llewellyn Publications, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

Louis T Culling Carl Llewellyn Weschcke The Complete Magick Curriculum of the Secret Order G∴B∴G∴ from Llewellyn Publications

“Founded upon the revolutionary premise that High Magick can be distilled to a few powerful and efficient steps, Louis T. Culling’s original edition of this classic magick book broke all the rules.

Llewellyn is proud to present an updated and expanded edition of this pioneering work.

The G∴B∴G∴, or “Great Brotherhood of God,” was a magickal order founded by acclaimed magician Frater Genesthai. Louis T. Culling, one of the initial members of the G∴B∴G∴ in California, was instructed by Genesthai to reveal the Order’s magickal curriculum when the time was right.

Carl Llewellyn Weschcke, publisher of Culling’s original edition of this book, offers illuminating commentary, definitions, and discussion points to render these profound magickal philosophies and practices even more accessible and relevant for contemporary magickal practice. This new edition is also an interesting philosophical commentary, answering a number of questions about historical occult orders and figures like Aleister Crowley. The techniques taught in this curriculum include:

Dream Recall and Interpretation · Functioning in the Borderland · Finding One’s True Magickal Identity · The Retirement Ritual · The Invocation of Thoth · Ritual Divination · Imprinting the I Ching on the Body · The Three Degrees of Sex Magick · Thelema and the Magickal Will · Invocation of Human Quality · The Rite of Transubstantiation · Conversations with a God · Magickal Offspring—the Familiar · The Great Lunar Trances” — back cover

The Wizard and the Witch

The Wizard and the Witch: Seven Decades of Counterculture, Magick & Paganism, an oral history with Oberon and Morning Glory Zell, by John C Sulak, with foreword by Carl Llewellyn Weschcke, from Llewellyn, may be of interest.

John C Sulak The Wizard and the Witch from Llewellyn Publications

“This is the stranger-than-fiction story of two soul mates who rejected the status quo and embraced higher ideals … and had a whole lot of fun while they were at it. Reclaiming Pagan as a spiritual identity—and living in an open marriage for over four decades—Oberon and Morning Glory Zell truly embody the freedom to think, to love, and to live.

Telling the stories of their singular lives in this unique oral history, Oberon and Morning Glory—together with a colorful tribe of friends, lovers, musicians, homesteaders, researchers, and ritualists—reveal how they established the Church of All Worlds, revitalized Goddess worship, discovered the Gaea Thesis, raised real Unicorns, connected a worldwide community through Green Egg magazine, searched for mermaids in the South Pacific, and founded the influential Grey School of Wizardry.

Join Morning Glory and Oberon as they share the highs and lows of their extraordinary lives, and explore the role they played in shaping the community of Witches and Pagans that thrives in the world today.”

Homemade Magick

Homemade Magick: The Musings & Mischief of a Do-It-Yourself Magus by Lon Milo DuQuette, from Llewellyn Publications, is due Aug 8th, 2014, and may be of interest.

Lon Milo DuQuette Homemade Magick from Llewellyn Publications

You’ve read about magickal rituals, and rites, but what is the life of a magician really like? Lon Milo DuQuette shares his forty years as a magician, it’s ups and downs, ins and outs, revealing the truth about magick from one of the world’s most respected mages, and how the foundation of his magick is his family and home.

Along the way you’ll discover how to choose your magickal motto, perform a self-initiation ritual, make a Pantacle and magickal sword, raise children in a magickal home, perform the Rite of Earth, and live life as a true mage. Written in Lon’s famous humorous style that makes learning and discovery joyous and fun, you’ll find yourself breaking into laughter between acknowledging new discoveries about magick and life. [via]

The Equinox & Solstice Ceremonies of the Golden Dawn

The Equinox & Solstice Ceremonies of the Golden Dawn by Pat Zalewski and Chris Zalewski, part of the Llewellyn Golden Dawn Series, the 1992 first edition softcover from Llewellyn Publications, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

Pat Zalewski Chris Zalewski The Equinox & Solstice Ceremonies of the Golden Dawn from Llewellyn Publications

“This book contains historically important material in the form of hitherto unpublished seasonal rituals of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and A E Waite’s ‘independent and rectified rite.’

But they are of more than historical interest. They are powerful instruments toward attaining higher consciousness if placed in the right hands.

They demonstrate the threefold nature of the tradition. That is: hermetic/intellectual, as represented in the Masonic type ritual elements; mystical/aspirational, as represented by their Rosicrucian allegiance; and elemental/geomantic, through celebration of the equinoxes and solstices.

And should we seek to re-work or re-phrase them, we need to maintain this threefold balance. For instance, to try to write out the Christian from the Mysteries of Christian Rosenkreutz would rather be like trying to make an omelette without the eggs! Or if we worked them in serious doubt about the existence of the ‘secret chiefs’ we would have no source of heat beneath our frying pan! Without these elements of faith the rituals would be worked without power. Would be no more than amateur dramatic performances of portentious sounding religiosity. A ritual only exists in its effective enactment, not on the page.

Yet if power is contacted by these means (as it sometimes can be, even inadvertently), it is hardly the type than can be ‘used’ for personal ends or convenience. One might as well seek to tap the power of a tiger by pulling its tail.

So if we seek to work seriously with this material we must look to our motives and true aspirations. These rituals have hidden power, and if we seek to find it we must be prepared for nothing less than personal transformation! These rituals place the keys in our hands. We only have to turn them.” — Gareth Knight, back cover

 

The Hermetic Library Reading Room is an imaginary and speculative future reification of the library in the physical world, a place to experience a cabinet of curiosities offering a confabulation of curation, context and community that engages, archives and encourages a living Western Esoteric Tradition. If you would like to contribute to the Hermetic Library Reading Room, consider supporting the library or contact the librarian.

Secrets of a Golden Dawn Temple

Secrets of a Golden Dawn Temple: The Alchemy and Crafting of Magickal Implements (Llewellyn’s Golden Dawn Series) by Chic Cicero and Sandra Tabatha Cicero, the 1992 paperback from Llewellyn Publications, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

Sandra Tabatha Cicero Chic Cicero Secrets of a Golden Dawn Temple from Llewellyn Publications

  • Read the first book to describe all Golden Dawn implements and tools in complete detail!
  • See photos and drawings of almost 80 different tools
  • Learn the exact symbolism of each implement
  • Conduct new, never-before published rituals

A Must-Have for Every Student of the Western Magickal Tradition

From its inception 100 years ago, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn continues to be the authority on magick. Yet the books written on the Golden Dawn system have fallen far short in explaining how to construct the tools and implements necessary for ritual. Now, with The Secrets of a Golden Dawn Temple, you get a unique compilation of the various tools used, all described in full: wands, ritual clothing, elemental tools, Enochian tablets, altars, temple furniture, banners, lamens, admission badges and much more.

This was republished by Llewellyn in two parts as Creating Magical Tools: The Magician’s Craft (1999) and Ritual Use of Magical Tools: Resources for the Ceremonial Magician (2000). The first of these two appear to have been published again by a new publisher, Thoth Publications, in 2004, as far as I can tell without its mate, as Secrets of a Golden Dawn Temple, Book 1: Creating Magical Tools.

Sandra Tabatha Cicero Chic Cicero Ritual Use of Magical Tools from Llewellyn Publications

Back in the day, Half Price Books in Seattle had a veritable metric ton of the two volume edition from Llewellyn, and they hung around for quite a while before the first volume completely disappeared in what seemed to me a sudden surprising rush leaving behind the second volume to linger on for quite a bit longer on its own. For some reason I never pick up the first in time, but did grab the second before it too finally sold out. Of course, the first was the one I should have grabbed instead. Years later, I did pick up the original single volume complete edition so that I’d have the construction plans and instructions.

 

The Hermetic Library Reading Room is an imaginary and speculative future reification of the library in the physical world, a place to experience a cabinet of curiosities offering a confabulation of curation, context and community that engages, archives and encourages a living Western Esoteric Tradition. If you would like to contribute to the Hermetic Library Reading Room, consider supporting the library or contact the librarian.

The Golden Dawn

The Golden Dawn: The Original Account of the Teachings, Rites & Ceremonies of the Hermetic Order by Israel Regardie, in Llewellyn’s Golden Dawn series, the 1989 sixth edition paperback from Llewellyn Publications, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

Israel Regardie's The Golden Dawn from Llewellyn Publications

Apparently I purchased this on Dec 5, 1990, from Seattle’s old Astrology Et Al when it was on University Ave, according to the original receipt that is still bookmarking the LBRP. It’s extremely amusing to think about how long I dithered over finally making what was, at the time, a rather costly $19.95 purchase given what I’ve paid for other various volumes since … but, at the time, I recall it was quite a commitment. And, in case you hadn’t noticed before, check out the epilogue written back in 1986 by Hermetic Library fellow Sam Webster.

“AN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PRACTICAL OCCULTISM

The Original Account of the Teaching, Rites and Ceremonies of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn as revealed by Israel Regardie, with further revision, expansion, and additional notes by Israel Regardie, Cris Monnastre, and others. A comprehensive index has been supplied by noted occultist David Godwin for this new edition.

Originally published in four volumes of some 1200 pages, this 6th Revised and Enlarged Edition has been reset in half the pages (retaining the original pagination in marginal notation for reference) for greater ease of use.

Corrections of errors in the original editions have been made, with further revision and additional text and notes by actual practitioners of the Golden Dawn system of magick, with an introduction by the only student ever accepted for personal training by Regardie.

The Golden Dawn, once a secret order, was one of the most prestigious groups flourishing at the turn of the century. Membership included such notables as W. B. Yeats, Aleister Crowley, Dion Fortune, Algernon Blackwood, Arthur Machen, Lady Frieda Harris, Brodie Innes, S. L. MacGregor Mathers, A. E. Waite, Evelyn Underhill and W. Wynn Westcott. Its influence on 20th century spiritual science has been enormous!

Today there are independent lodges practicing the Golden Dawn system of Magick all over the world, and the Knowledge Lectures included in this book are fundamental to nearly all aspects of Western Esotericism.

Also included are Initiation Ceremonies, important rituals for consecration and invocation, methods of meditation and magical working based on the Enochian Tablets, studies in the Tarot, and the system of Qabalistic Correspondences that unite the world’s religions and magical traditions into a comprehensive and practical whole.

This volume is designed as a study and practice curriculum suited to both group and private practice. Meditation upon, and following with the Active Imagination, the Initiation Ceremonies are fully experiential without need of participation in group or lodge.

The Golden Dawn, a system for perfecting the raw material that is humanity; a system for awakening the consciousness within and uniting with that of the universe itself.”

 

The Hermetic Library Reading Room is an imaginary and speculative future reification of the library in the physical world, a place to experience a cabinet of curiosities offering a confabulation of curation, context and community that engages, archives and encourages a living Western Esoteric Tradition. If you would like to contribute to the Hermetic Library Reading Room, consider supporting the library or contact the librarian.

The Legend of Aleister Crowley

The Legend of Aleister Crowley by P R Stephensen and Israel Regardie, the 1970 paperback edition from Llewellyn Publications, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

P R Stephensen and Israel Regardie's The Legend of Aleister Crowley from Llewellyn Publications

“PROPHET OF A NEW AEON vilified as THE MOST EVIL MAN IN THE WORLD

Who and what is Aleister Crowley that he should be the original of a legend of infamy without parallel in the modern world?

Here is the evidence of a campaign of personal vilification unparalleled in literary history.

Here, too, is Crowley himself — through his own words, his books, his life.”

“Aleister Crowley was an outrageously libelled and slandered man in his time. He was variously called ‘monster’, ‘degenerate’, ‘traitor’, ‘evil’, ‘criminal’, ‘pornographer’, ‘devil worshipper’, and on without end.

but he has also been called, by people who knew him and by those who have studied his works, ‘genius’, ‘prophet of a New Aeon’, ‘the greatest occult scholar of this century’, ‘one of the finest poets of the 20th century’, etc.

Crowley was a mystic, a magickian, a scholar, a poet, a climber of mountains, and probably a true prophet. He certainly became a ‘legend in his own time’ and will probably attain real recognition for his many talents only after we of lesser minds have had time to digest what he taught and the world has had a chance to catch up with the vision he had.

This book, and “The Eye in the Triangle’, will probably long remain the most valuable and honest appraisals of the real Aleister Crowley, and can be read as factual rebuttals of the popular slander of the several biographies written by non-occultists. Without a knowledge of Magick, no one can appreciate or understand Crowley. Without ‘The Eye in the Triangle’ (published by Llewellyn Publications, St. Paul, 1970), it is difficult to understand modern occultism.”

 

The Hermetic Library Reading Room is an imaginary and speculative future reification of the library in the physical world, a place to experience a cabinet of curiosities offering a confabulation of curation, context and community that engages, archives and encourages a living Western Esoteric Tradition. If you would like to contribute to the Hermetic Library Reading Room, consider supporting the library or contact the librarian.

The Celtic Golden Dawn: An Original & Complete Curriculum of Druidical Study

The Celtic Golden Dawn: An Original & Complete Curriculum of Druidical Study by Hermetic Library fellow John Michael Greer is due Feb 2013, published by Llewellyn.

 

 

“A century ago, groups decending from the famed Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn fused the occult lore of the Western magical tradition with the nature spirituality of the Druid Revival. They invoked Pagan Celtic powers instead of the Judeo-Christian names and symbols. Respected occult author and Grand Archdruid John Michael Greer has re-created a complete magical system based on the Celtic Golden Dawn traditions. This new book provides students with a complete curriculum of Druidical magic and occult wisdom, including training in ceremonial magic, meditation, pathworking, divination, geomancy, and herbal alchemy, allowing self-initiation into the three degrees of Ovate, Bard, and Druid. It features spectacular magical techniques for such things as invisibility, etheric shapeshifing, and conjuring spirits.” [via]

 

Although the book description doesn’t say so, I’ve seen some comments which state this work has to do with the Celtic Revival of William Butler Yeats, and will cover materials related to Yeats’ attempt to create rituals for his Castle of Heroes and a neo-romantic reconstruction of Celtic Mysteries which was his focus for a time. I was curious whether that was the case, so I asked John and he clarifies:

“Since only fragmentary material survives from the Druid/Golden Dawn hybrid orders of the early 20th century — orders such as the Cabbalistic Order of Druids and the Ancient Order of Druid Hermetists — the sole available option was for someone with a solid grasp of Golden Dawn and Druid traditions to reverse engineer a fusion between them. Since I have the qualifications, I decided to give it a shot. The completed system is an original creation of mine, based on my sense of what the study program of such an order would have been like.” — John Michael Greer [via email]

 

Open letter from John Michael Greer to the Golden Dawn community

Hermetic Library fellow John Michael Greer, and co-editor of the archived Caduceus: The Hermetic Quarterly, has sent out an open letter about a forthcoming new edition of Israel Regardie’s The Golden Dawn, as published by Llewellyn.

For those in the Golden Dawn Community:

Avete Fratres et Sorores!

I would like to pass on some important news to the members of the Golden Dawn community, and to ask for the assistance of my fratres and sorores in a project that may make a positive difference for the future of our common tradition. Llewellyn Publications, the copyright holders of Israel Regardie’s The Golden Dawn, has started the process of preparing a new, seventh edition of that deservedly famous book. As most of you are well aware, the currently available sixth edition has had more than its share of problems – an abundance of typos and other errors introduced during the process of scanning and editing the original text, some serious omissions of material, and more – and this came on top of a range of problems with the original text, some dating back to its writing and first publication, others introduced since then.

In order to fix these problems – and avoid adding any more! – the staff at Llewellyn decided to contract with a writer/editor who was already familiar with the tradition, rather than doing the editing in-house. When they offered me the contract, I accepted on the understanding that I would be consulting with other practitioners of the tradition to make the new seventh edition the definitive version of this classic work. While I have been a student of the Golden Dawn work since 1976, I am well aware that there are many others in the Golden Dawn community whose experience with the tradition goes far beyond mine. Furthermore, beyond all questions of copyright law, The Golden Dawn belongs in a very real sense to all those who have studied it, worked with it,and made the teachings of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn a central part of their lives; it seems to me that a project such as this would best be done, not by an individual, but by the whole community. I would therefore like to ask your help with this project.

This is what I have in mind.

First and foremost, all the typos and errors introduced into the text need to be located and fixed. There are a great many of them, and no one person’s eyes are likely to spot them all. I would therefore like to ask all those who are willing to do so, to list all the typos and errors they can find, noting their location by page and line number.

Please use the sixth edition (the currently available large black paperback), since the electronic files of this edition are the raw material I will be using as a starting point for the editorial work. The lists, and all other material,may be sent to the email address that follows.

Second, anything that was left out of the sixth edition needs to be identified and replaced. This will require carefully comparing the text, page by page, between the current edition and the older versions.

Third, all passages in Hebrew, Greek, Coptic, and Enochian need to be checked for spelling and accuracy by people familiar with those languages, and any necessary corrections made. All astrological, elemental, alchemical, and other symbols also have to be checked and, where necessary, corrected.

Fourth, the stage directions in the rituals need to be checked by those who have experience performing them. There have been repeated claims that officers are put in the wrong places, change position without explanation, and so on. All notes on staging the rituals therefore need to be reviewed and, where necessary, corrected.

Fifth, all the diagrams and images need to be gone over carefully, all errors identified and all corrections indicated. This includes checking and correcting the Hebrew and other non-English alphabets in the diagrams. Current plans are to have all the art from the book redone by a capable artist familiar with the tradition, so corrections here need to be suggested as soon as possible.

Sixth, I have been given a certain amount of ‘wiggle room’ to add new material to the book. I plan on doing so very sparingly – an improved and expanded index, and a briefly annotated bibliography of worthwhile books for students of the Golden Dawn tradition, are the two additions I have primarily in mind. Still, I would be willing to listen to proposals for the addition of short essays in the text where that would be helpful to students.

Seventh, and most controversially, I would like to check Regardie’s text against copies of the original Golden Dawn rituals and knowledge lectures. I understand that many of those who have such copies keep them tightly locked in their filing cabinets; still, to make this the definitive edition of The Golden Dawn, referring back to the original source material is an essential step. I would therefore like to ask members of the community who have any of these documents to consider scanning or photocopying the material they have, and allowing me to use the copies as references in the editorial process. Any materials so lent will remain unpublished, and I am entirely willing to abide by any restrictions on the use or distribution of such documents as the lender may find necessary. The point of this request is not to raid anybody’s files; it is simply to make sure that, as far as possible, the lectures and rituals in The Golden Dawn are an accurate copy of the material originally circulated in the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.

I am aware that not everyone in the Golden Dawn community will be interested in participating in the revision process, and that not everyone who is interested will have the time to do so. Furthermore, I can offer in return only my own heartfelt gratitude, and a published acknowledgment, in the seventh edition, to each frater or soror, each temple, and each order that contributes to this work. That being said, I hope that as many of you as possible will be willing to help make the new seventh edition a milestone in the history of the Golden Dawn tradition. I have set up an email address specifically for this project at gdrevision@gmail.com – please use this for all correspondence related to the seventh edition. In terms of the time frame forthis project, I plan on beginning the editing process in January of 2013, and the completed manuscript is due on the Spring Equinox of 2014.

Sub umbra alarum tuarum, YHVH —

Frater GME (John Michael Greer)