The latest Hermetic Virtues magazine is out, chock full of magical goodness and well worth the asking price. Don’t believe me? Have a look at this…
John Michael Greer opens the issue with an article on the Hidden Church within the Golden Dawn, drawing parallels between the GD grade system and the traditional Christian system of minor and major Orders. Methinks he relies a mite too much on Leadbeater’s work, but a wonderful article nonetheless. His suggestion at the end about a GD Order using an Osirian based Eucharist as a semi-public or public ritual has already been taken up by at least one Order – our GDSWA in Perth 🙂
The Hierophant by Harry Wendrich is a unique and lovely expression of the traditional Trump from the Golden Dawn Temple Tarot deck, complete with detailed exposition.
Chic Cicero condenses much of his magical implement wisdom in the article, Tools of Light, explaining the major RR et AC tools in a nutshell. Very cool.
New Way of Looking at Golden Dawn Rituals is a book review by Samuel Scarborough, in fact of our very own By Names and Images: bringing the Golden Dawn to Life. Samuel presents a very good review with fair critiques and misgivings, but nicely concluding “Peregrin Wildoak has presented an immediate modern classic on the subject of magical work.” If you want to skip the middle man and grab yourself a copy, purchase options here: http://www.bynamesandimages.com 🙂
Nick Farrell shows his usual deft weaving of historical research and magical experience in a great article, Traditional Golden Dawn and the Missing Landmarks. Here he explores something pondered by many folk – what makes an Order a GD Order, and when does it stop being one? Logical and sensible with a magician’s sensitivity, Nick’s exploration is not to be missed.
Another book review follows, this time King Over the Water, by Frater YshY. Not simply a few lines, Frater YshY gives it a good going over, letting the reader know a great deal about the book. Great review!
Two Thrones for the Golden Dawn by Aaron Leitch is another brilliant article. In Aaron’s own words, it is an “apologia” for the maintenance of traditional GD practice of the Osiris Godform at the East of the Hall of Neophytes. A very good apologia it is too 🙂 Technical in a way, but never dry, deep but easily read, the article fairly hums along.
Next the gentleman’s occult publisher, Darcy Kuntz presents a Golden Dawn Summer Solstice Ritual based on the rituals of Waite and traditional GD material. It reads very, very well. Would love to hear from any group that has performed it 🙂
Practical GD magic is next in the form of Change Your Motto, Change Your Destiny by Eric V. Sisco. For someone is reputed not to exist, Mr Sisco does very well. The title of the ritual says it all – a skilfully crafted example of GD/RR et AC magic to change one’s motto and all the subsequent transformation that involves.
Consciousness and the Tree of Life by Jane Gibson is another very good article, and much hides behind this simple title. Not only does it explore consciousness without the facile “this corresponds to that”, the article also explains some core magical dynamics and principles. Excellent stuff.
And … we’re back to practical magic. An Invocation of Chokmah by Samuel Scarborough is simple and direct and looks very effective. Well written and to the point, it seems like a worthwhile addition to the repertoire. I will be trying it out later in the month 🙂
Enochian Magic in the Golden Dawn Tradition by Dean Wilson is also very good. Since Dean is the author of the five star Enochian Magic in Theory, could we expect any less? 🙂
Finally, The Origins of the Rosicrucian Society in England by Ian Cowburn is just glorious. Well… for folk like me who like to trace the strands of magic across the evidence of history. Poking holes in a few assumptions and providing solid meat for the intellectual meal, this article is a great finish to a great issue 🙂
So… let’s hear it for the Hermetic Virtues team! The only worrying thing about the whole affair is the dating… it is of course the WINTER Solstice 🙂 Northern bias be gone!