Wednesday, 27 May 2009
The Book of the Tomb, an AO document comprising a series of instructions (including a Flying Roll) on the construction of the Vault of the Adepti, has been published online by Nick Farrell on his website and can be found here. Some of it has already been in print, including in Regardie's black brick, but this copy is much more complete, with a number of illustrations to boot. This is a very important document for all Golden Dawn orders, especially those currently attempting to construct a Vault.
Tuesday, 26 May 2009
Sunday, 24 May 2009
After considering this for many months I have finally gone ahead with the creation of a new Golden Dawn forum for all people interested in the Golden Dawn, be they initiates, solitaries, scholars, or casual observors. I would like to cordially invite all my readers to sign up and start posting, whether it be questions, comments, discussions, articles, or whatever else comes to mind, providing it is done with respect and civility.
Long has thou dwelt in darkness; Quit the Night and Seek the Day!
Tuesday, 19 May 2009
Recently the topic of fear stopping one's progress has come up, specifically in relation to the use of certain types of magic, but it is an important point for us all in general. I have already shared somewhat on this topic in a previous post entitled Fear is Failure, but I have the following to add, or reiterate, here:
Firstly it is important to post the quote from one of the ceremonies:
"Fear is failure, so be thou without fear. For he who trembles at the Flame and the Flood and at the Shadows of the Air, hath no part in God."
There is also a reference to this in the essay entitled On the General Guidance and Purification of the Soul which is given to the Practicus:
"Humble thyself before thy God, yet fear neither man nor spirit. Fear is failure and the forerunner of failure; and courage is the beginning of virtue. Therefore fear not the Spirits, but be firm and courteous with them, for thou hast no right either to despise or to revile them, and this too may lead thee into sin."
Basically the advice is to neither laud or fear any spirit overly, for too much of either would lead to imbalance. Fear is failure because it obstructs the path of the initiate. Fear of the occult, of the paranormal, of ghosts and entities, will simply serve as a barrier for those wishing to use the occult for their growth. Fear of exploring one's faults or one's "Shadow" (to use the Jungian term) will hinder one's advance. Fear of being considered a "newbie" by the watchful eyes of one's peers will lead to rushing and lusting for results, and thus slowing one down and making those results more difficult to achieve. Fear of advancing to material that might challenge one and expose one's failings, or fear of the change that will come about as a result of such advance, will bring one's path to a standstill. Fear of progress will halt progress; fear of failure will ensure failure.
Monday, 18 May 2009
"It should be noted that in magic the process of integration is continual and cyclical. The three stages of theurgic integration (purification, consecration, and union) occur over and over again, on a variety of levels, throughout one's magical lifetime."- Ciceros, The Essential Golden Dawn