The following extract is taken from a lecture delivered by G.H. Sr Maim Choth (Mrs Felkin) to the Whare Ra Temple of the Smaragdum Thalassess in New Zealand, circa 1959.
The second sign, or Sign of Silence (left fore finger upon lower lip) made in these circumambulations makes a circle of power around the temple and the several circumambulations at the close of the ceremony affects those outside who are seeking the light and brings them, sooner or later into contact within someone in the Order who may be able to help them.
What this is referring to is the magical intention and act to utilize the divine light channeled through the opening of the Neophyte Grade for the purpose of helping those seeking esoteric instruction to find a way of contacting the Order. The divine light directed through the Hierophant during the Opening of the Neophyte Grade is ordinarily returned to the realm where it originated (via the reverse mystic circumambulation). This practice instead directs it to a practical end. I imagine the Inner Order members present in the Whare Ra temple worked this magic through focusing the divine energy into an astral symbol or form, which was linked to the New Zealand group consciousness. Any other Golden Dawn Order could work the same way.
This practice appears to be an innovation of the Whare Ra temple in New Zealand. It is interesting then to note that despite the very small population base in New Zealand, Whare Ra became one of the largest and certainly the longest surviving (sixty years) Golden Dawn temples ever. While we can never know for certain that this action helped in Whare Ra’s success, it is at least a very interesting idea. 🙂