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The Golden Dawn…

The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.

A secret society devoted to studying and practicing of the occult, metaphysics, and paranormal activities during the latter parts of the last century and early part of the 20th century.

Most notibly a magical order, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn was active in Great Britain and focused its practices on theurgy and spiritual development.

While numerous present-day concepts and ideas of ritual and magic that are at the centre of contemporary traditions, such as Wicca and Thelema, were inspired by the Golden Dawn, which became one of the largest single influences on 20th century Western occultism.

Alistair Crowley & the Golden Dawn.

Alistair Crowley born Edward Alexander Crowley, on the 12th of October 1875, died 1st of December 1947, was a noted and controversial occultist.Founding the religion of Thelema, he wrote widely, identifying himself as the prophet entrusted with guiding humanity into the Æon of Horus in the early 20th century.

Unconventionally defiant, he lived life according to his own dictum: ‘Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.’

While being a prolific writer, he published widely over the course of his life.Born to a well to do family in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, Crowley rejected his parents’ fundamentalist Christian Plymouth Brethren faith to pursue an interest in Western esotericism.

On a visit to Sweden, he experienced a life-changing vision which persuaded him of his spiritual vocation, a calling which he marked by changing his name to Aleister.

He was educated at Trinity College at the University of Cambridge, where he focused his attentions on mountaineering and poetry, resulting in several publications.

In 1898, he joined the esoteric Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, where he was trained in ceremonial magic by Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers and Allan Bennett. Moving to Boleskine House by Loch Ness in Scotland, he went mountaineering in Mexico with Oscar Eckenstein, before studying Hindu and Buddhist practices in India.

A brilliant climber, big game hunter, and inveterate traveller, Crowley explored Mexico, India, Egypt, America, and much more besides.He married Rose Edith Kelly and in 1904 they honeymooned in Cairo, Egypt, where Crowley claimed to have been contacted by a supernatural entity named Aiwass, who provided him with The Book of the Law, a sacred text that served as the basis for Thelema.

After an unsuccessful attempt to climb Kanchenjunga and a visit to India and China, Crowley returned to Britain, where he attracted attention as a prolific author of poetry, novels, and occult literature. In 1907, he and George Cecil Jones co-founded an esoteric order, the A∴A∴, through which they propagated Thelema.

In 1920, he established the Abbey of Thelema, a religious commune in Cefalù, Sicily where he lived with various followers. His libertine lifestyle led to denunciations in the British press, and the Italian government evicted him in 1923.

He divided the following two decades between France, Germany, and England, and continued to promote Thelema until his death.

In 1920, he moved to Sicily, where he established the Abbey of Thelema as the headquarters for his new religion. Here he pursued spiritual enlightenment, declaring himself Ipssissimus – beyond the Gods – in 1921.

Crowley gained widespread notoriety during his lifetime, being a recreational drug experimenter, bisexual, and an individualist social critic. Crowley has remained a highly influential figure over Western esotericism and the counterculture and continues to be considered a prophet in Thelema.

He is the subject of various biographies and academic studies.
While Crowley’s interests combined the erotic and the esoteric.

Gradually he evolved his own set of beliefs which drew on Oriental, ancient Egyptian, and an assortment of other traditions.

The wickedest man in the world?
During the Thelema Abbey scandal, one newspaper referred to Crowley as ‘the wickedest man in the world.’

He would have denied this, claiming that his work was truly good because it freed men from earthly rules and opened up truly spiritual experiences.

The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn from the Latin: Ordo Hermeticus Aurorae Aureae; or, aka, the Golden Dawn (Aurora Aurea)).

Magic and it’s etymological origins.


Magic, encompassing the subgenres of illusion, stage magic, and close up magic, among others, is a performing art in which audiences are entertained by tricks, effects, or illusions of seemingly impossible feats, using natural means.

It is to be distinguished from paranormal magic which are effects claimed to be created through supernatural means.

While it is one of the oldest performing arts in the world.

The Conjurer, 1475–1480, by Hieronymus Bosch or his workshop.

Notice how the man in the back row steals another man’s purse while applying misdirection by looking at the sky or solar system. The artist even misdirects the viewer from the thief by drawing the viewer to the magician.

Modern entertainment magic, as pioneered by 19th-century magician Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin, has become a popular theatrical art form.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, magicians such as Maskelyne and Devant, Howard Thurston, Harry Kellar, and Harry Houdini achieved widespread commercial success during what has become known as “the Golden Age of Magic”.

During this period, performance magic became a staple of Broadway theatre, vaudeville, and music halls. Magic retained its popularity in the television age, with magicians such as Paul Daniels, David Copperfield, Doug Henning, Penn & Teller, David Blaine, and Derren Brown modernizing the art form.

The art of Magick or magike, is defined as the “art of influencing or predicting events and producing marvels using hidden natural forces,” also “supernatural art,” especially the art of controlling the actions of spiritual or superhuman beings;

Old English wiccecræft (witch); was displaced as a transferred sense of “legerdemain, an optical illusion, from the 1800‘s.

While the term drycræft, from dry “magician,” possibly derives its origin from the Irish drui “priest or magician” (Druid).

Natural magic in the Middle Ages was that which did not involve the agency of personal spirits; it was considered more or less legitimate, not sinful, and involved much that would be explained scientifically as the manipulation of natural forces.

Mani – pulation…


  • late Middle English.
  • Old French magique.
  • Latin magicus (adjective), late Latin magica (noun).
  • Greek magikē (tekhnē) ‘(art of) a magus’: magi were regarded as magicians.

Magi – igam… fire morning, ig AM…

Magic – cigam – sigma…

Magic and its relation to notes and tones.

While it can be observed within many magic traditions which involve movement, how partialur sounds are invoked either to heal, balance or communicate with a magic divinity within…

How certain scales may have been employed in the ancient past with the intention of conjuring magick within…

One such scale which may be the origin of many’s a magick book, may be derived from the solfeggio scale.

Employing seven tones here which may influence what is called seven chakras or energy centres within far Eastern spiritual practice.

We also may surmise how the creators of such languages within the Western world may have derived word origins from other languages and traditions in the past, particularly from the traditions outlined above.

Embedding what we think are ordinary English words for example with particular tones, within magical or faith based scriptures, when in reality words within this language may have an otherworldly origin.

There are seven tones within the solfeggio scale and seven chakras or energy centres.

Do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti.

Ma = 3rd chakra, do, re, mi or ma…

Noting how the third tone here is “mi” and how this tone may refer to the third chakra, the solar plexus…

We may surmise here how the sound “ma or mi” in magic may refer to this tone also, referring to the solar plexus…

While the solar plexus is a golden or yellow colour, it is interesting how the Magician and author, Alistair Crowley refers to his magical book as the “Golden Dawn“.

How the word solar in solar plexus may also refer to the solar system, sun and the dawn…

Golden = solar plexus…
Dawn = sun & solar system…

While observing certain magical rituals it is interesting to see how similar they are in expression to yoga poses and routines within Indian Aryuvedic spiritual practice.

Golden dawn postures = yoga.
Yogam = Magoy or magic.

Noting how the third chakra may also refer to the third eye, the mind and thought.

It may be interesting to note the ancient Egyptian God Thot and the linguistic similarities his name has with thought and perhaps his association with the third eye, the solar plexus and magic.

How the functions of the mind, memory, concentration, thought etc may be enhanced when opening the solar plexus.

Thoth = mind, 3rd eye…
3rd chakra, 3rd eye, mind, thought, Thoth.

While the letters “gi” and “c”, may refer to chi energy and transmutation of that with which is below the solar plexus, referring to animal base or earthly sources of energy..

K = ki, chi.
Magic = ma, gi, c.
Gi , c = ki or chi..

Wheras the tone sol is present within the words Solfeggio and solar plexus – sol ar plexus…

There are other words found in magic or faith based traditions which have similar tones inserted within them.

Such words include:
Hermetic, hermet, her meet.
Gematria, gi, ma, 3.
Maitreya, ma, 3, eye…

Denoting the third energy centre or third eye.

Ti – Crown.
La – Third eye
Sol – throat.
Fa – heart.
Mi – solar plexus…
Re – sacre..
Ut – Do – Root.

Wherein the solar plexus is also associated with the fire it may be interesting to observe how the tone “ma” may be present within the word magma, referring to a rock which we may observe being on fire or of being igneous.

Magma, igneous.

While the word ignis means fire in Latin.

Latin: ignis, fire.

The sanskrit word “Mani” is also present within the word Manifest, denoting the solar plexus…