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The Thelemic Order of the Golden Dawn is a Spiritual Order of Self-Initiation. It has seven Grades of Initiation which are linked with the seven Chakras of Yoga, the seven traditional Planets of Astrology and the seven Metals of Alchemy. The system of the Order is also Qabalistic in nature. It is Kundalini Yoga, Mystical Alchemy, Qabalistic and Magickal Initiation in one, designed as a service for the Initiate of the Great Work to experience Enlightenment. It derives its wisdom and knowledge from various Eastern and Western religious and philosophical sources. Its ceremonies have been constructed to accord with the divine principles of Thelema and to instruct the Initiate in the Magick of Thelema, for the realization of his/her True Will, and for the attainment of the Knowledge and Conversation of his/her Holy Guardian Angel.
The Thelemic Order of the Golden Dawn, also called the New Order of the Golden Dawn (Novus Ordo Aurora Aurea) is a name, and one among many, for the New Order of the Ages and the Universal Order of Initiates on earth. It is presided over by the Invisible Masters of the A.·. A.·., the Secret Chiefs, the Spiritual Illuminati whose sacred symbol is the Eye in the Triangle. The system of the Order is also just one among many which lead to "interior illumination" or Enlightenment within. The Order can only be found within the Heart of the Initiate. It is not an external organization of any kind and it does not have any ruling hierarchy or board of directors. It is not like a church, temple, lodge, party, or any other external, social or political institution, but rather it is a Spiritual Order and Movement, and its work is Universal rather than sectarian. It is not a cult, and it is not a religion in the common sense of the word. In the Order every Initiate is to discover and create his/her own personal and unique religion from within by using the spiritual system and tools of the Order to help accomplish this Great Work.
The Thelemic Order of the Golden Dawn is not affiliated with any other existing Thelemic Order or Golden Dawn organization. It is an independent Spiritual Order with its own magickal and mystical system and method of operation, which is different from other magickal and mystical systems and methods used by other Orders. But by no means does this difference entail that it is against other systems and methods used by other Orders. It is not opposed to other Orders, but nor does it endorse them. Its position is simply neutral in relation to them all. A member of the Thelemic Order of the Golden Dawn can also be a member of another Order without interference. However, membership in another Order is a personal affiliation. It does not represent or reflect the Thelemic Order of the Golden Dawn. The Thelemic Order of the Golden Dawn is, in essence, dedicated to the same spiritual task as any other Golden Dawn or Magickal Order, which is to prepare the aspirant to "become more than human" or to "attain the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel."
The Thelemic Order of the Golden Dawn is a Spiritual Order, so there are no membership dues which Initiates of the Order have to contribute to hold membership status in the Order. Membership in the Thelemic Order of the Golden Dawn is only to be found within the Soul of the Initiate upon initiation, not in any external organization or temple, certificate or title, and not by paying membership dues. There is no membership application to fill out. Any sincere aspirant to the Great Work, who is eighteen years of age or older and responsible for him or herself, may start the work by taking the Neophyte Oath, conducting the Neophyte Self-Initiation Ceremony of the Order, and by practicing the related grade material. You can do the work on your own, using the documents linked to this website, according to the times of advancement given for each grade. To initiate yourself is to take complete responsibility for yourself, to dedicate yourself to the task of realizing all of your creative potentials as a human and spiritual being. Initiation is the first real step toward the accomplishment of the Great Work; it is the first rung upon the ladder to the Palace of Wisdom. Without it there is no possibility for genuine Self-Realization. It is the beginning of the creative process of Individuation, of the Soul traveling inward and achieving integration or true Unity of Being. It is the Golden Dawn of the Soul, the blossoming of the Inner Lotus of the Spirit.
The Thelemic Order of the Golden Dawn was founded on the Vernal Equinox of 1990 e.v. by David Cherubim (Frater Aurora Aurea) and Christopher S. Hyatt (Frater Adonai Achad) who were both members of the G.D. (Golden Dawn) and O.T.O. (Ordo Templi Orientis). Christopher S. Hyatt (July 12th, 1943 e.v. – February 9th, 2008 e.v.) was an Adept of the Golden Dawn initiated by Israel Regardie (Frater Ad Majorem Adonai Gloriam). Israel Regardie (November 17th, 1907 e.v. – March 10th, 1985 e.v.) was one of the most influential Adepts of the Golden Dawn and, for a time, he was Aleister Crowley's secretary, confidential agent and student; and he was the author of many books, including the classic Crowley biography "The Eye in the Triangle: An Interpretation of Aleister Crowley" and "The Complete Golden Dawn System of Magic." He was also a IX° Initiate of Aleister Crowley's O.T.O. (Ordo Templi Orientis), and it was his main ambition to preserve and perpetuate the teachings and work of the Golden Dawn and Aleister Crowley. Christopher S. Hyatt, who was also a IX° Initiate of the O.T.O. (Ordo Templi Orientis), and Israel Regardie's publisher and legitimate heir, as well as the founder of the Israel Regardie Foundation, initiated David Cherubim as an Adept in the Golden Dawn (or more accurately in the Second Order called the Rosae Rubeae et Aureae Crucis) on March 10th, 1990 e.v., five years after Israel Regardie's death, to carry on Regardie's lineage to the Golden Dawn and Aleister Crowley.
GRADES OF THE ORDER
The Order is Threefold
Ipsissimus 7th Degree
Magus 6th Degree
Magister Templi 5th Degree
(Babe of the Abyss - the link)
Adeptus Exemptus 4th Degree
Adeptus Major 3rd Degree
Adeptus Minor 2nd Degree
(Dominus Liminis - the link)
Zelator 1st Degree
Neophyte 0 Degree
The Neophyte is also called a Probationer. This grade has no real correspondence with a yogic Chakra, astrological Planet, alchemical Metal or qabalistic Sephira on the Tree of Life. It is purely a probationary grade. The Neophyte should "endure" nine months or longer of probation after the initiation before advancing to the next grade of the Zelator. It is the spiritual stage of gestation. The Zelator is also called a Magician, and this grade refers to Malkuth, the tenth Sephira on the qabalistic Tree of Life. Its corresponding yogic Chakra is Muladhara, the Lotus of Four Petals. Its corresponding astrological Planet is Saturn, and its alchemical Metal is Lead. The Zelator should wait twelve months or longer after the initiation before advancing to the next grade of the Dominus Liminis. It is the spiritual stage of Birth. In the Zelator grade there are concentrated the Mysteries of the Four Elements, so that the fully initiated Zelator is also called a Theoricus, Practicus and Philosophus. In the Zelator grade the Initiate completes the preliminary course of elemental initiation as represented by the four Sephiroth called Malkuth, Yesod, Hod and Netzach, which are the Elemental Sephiroth on the qabalistic Tree of Life. The Dominus Liminis is also called an Advanced Magician. This grade also has no real correspondence with a yogic Chakra, astrological Planet, alchemical Metal or qabalistic Sephira on the Tree of Life. The Dominus Liminis should wait twelve to twenty one months after the initiation before taking the Oath of the Adeptus Minor. It is the spiritual stage of Puberty.
The Adeptus Minor is also called the Adept Magician, and this grade refers to Tiphareth, the sixth Sephira on the qabalistic Tree of Life. Its corresponding yogic Chakra is Anahata, the Lotus of twelve petals. Its corresponding astrological Planet is Mercury, or alternatively Sol, and its alchemical Metal is Mercury or Gold. The task of the Adeptus Minor is one: To attain the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel. It is the spiritual stage of Life. The Adeptus Major is also called the Master Magician, and this grade refers to Geburah, the fifth Sephira on the qabalistic Tree of Life. Its corresponding yogic Chakra is Swadhisthana, the Lotus of six petals. Its corresponding astrological Planet is Mars, and its alchemical Metal is Iron. It is the spiritual stage of Death. A member of the Adeptus Exemptus grade is also called a Perfect Magician, and this grade refers to Chesed, the fourth Sephira on the qabalistic Tree of Life. Its corresponding yogic Chakra is Manipura, the Lotus of ten petals. Its corresponding astrological Planet is Jupiter, and its alchemical Metal is Tin. It is the spiritual stage of Life after Death.
The Magister Templi grade refers to Binah, the third Sephira on the qabalistic Tree of Life. Its corresponding yogic Chakra is Vishuddha, the Lotus of sixteen petals. Its corresponding astrological Planet is Venus, and its alchemical Metal is Copper or Brass. The Magus grade refers to Chokmah, the second Sephira on the qabalistic Tree of Life. Its corresponding yogic Chakra is Ajna, the Lotus of two petals. Its corresponding astrological Planet (Satellite, to be correct) is Luna, and its alchemical Metal is Silver. The Ipsissimus grade refers to Kether, the first and highest Sephira on the qabalistic Tree of Life. Its corresponding yogic Chakra is Sahasrara, the Lotus of a thousand (and one) petals. Its corresponding astrological Planet (Star, to be correct) is Sol, or alternatively the Planet Mercury, and its alchemical Metal is Gold or Mercury. The Sahasrara is not a Chakra per se; it is rather a metaphorical center of the Infinite.
AND THEIR SYMBOLS
The Thelemic nature of the Order system is threefold, that is, it has three primary Grades of Initiation called the Hermit, the Lover and the Man of Earth. In Liber Legis I:40, Nuit, Our Lady of the Stars, proclaims, "Who calls us Thelemites will do no wrong, if he look but close into the word. For there are therein Three Grades, the Hermit, and the Lover, and the man of Earth. Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law." The first Grade is the Man of Earth Triad which concerns the mysteries of the Aurora Aurea, which is, properly speaking, the First Order of the degrees of the Neophyte, Zelator and Dominus Liminis; the First Order of the Man of Earth Triad teaches the Lesser Mysteries of Nature. The Magical Symbol of the Man of Earth grade is the Fivefold Star or Pentagram, which is a symbol of the five Elements and the Microcosm or Little Universe (WoMan). The Pentagram is also linked with the four Elemental and Magical Powers of the Sphinx, and with the fifth Magical Power of Spirit. The four Elemental Powers of the Sphinx are “to Know, to Dare, to Will, and to Keep Silent.” In Latin these four Powers are called Velle for Will, Audere for Courage, Tacere for Silence, and Scire for Knowledge. The fifth Spiritual Power of the Sphinx is called Ire in the Latin tongue, and it is the power “to Go”. The Pentagram is a symbol of the Magical Power “to Go”, which is the function of a God, or the act of doing one’s True Will. The Man of Earth is ultimately an initiate of the Four Powers of the Sphinx, synthesizing these Four Powers into One, to attain the Spiritual Power of the Sphinx called “to Go”.
The next Grade is the Lovers Triad which concerns the mysteries of the Rosae Crucis, which is the Second Order of the degrees of the Adeptus Minor, Adeptus Major, and Adeptus Exemptus; the Second Order of the Lovers Triad concentrates and expounds the Greater Mysteries of Nature. The Magical Symbol of the Lovers grade is the Sixfold Star or Unicursal Hexagram, also called the Holy Hexagram, which is a symbol of the One Path of the Sun, and of the Macrocosm or Greater Universe (God). The Hexagram also indicates the Union of the Magical Opposites in Nature, and the Sacred Product of their Holy Union, which we call Our Lapis Philosophorum, the Stone of the Philosophers. The Hexagram is a perfect geometrical symbol of the Stone of the Philosophers, also called Lapis Mercurius, the Stone of Mercury. Ergo, it is a symbol of what we call “the Mystery of Mysteries” and “the Secret of Secrets”, which is also symbolized by Baphomet, and the Hermetic Androgyne or Hermaphrodite, who is the Mercury of the Sages.
The next Grade is the Hermit Triad which concerns the mysteries of the Astrum Argentum, which is the Third Order of the degrees of the Magister Templi, Magus, and Ipsissimus; the Third Order of the Hermit Triad is above and beyond the lesser and greater, the outer and inner: it is the Invisible Apex of the Triangle of Nature. The Magical Symbol of the Hermit grade is the Sevenfold Star or Heptagram, which is the symbol of BABALON, and of those who have given their life’s blood to Her Service. It is sevenfold, indicating the Completion of the Great Work and the attainment of the Highest Form of Existence. It symbolizes the fulfillment of the Alchemical Formula of VITRIOL, which is a Notariqon for “Visita Interiora Terrae Rectificando Invenies Occultum Lapidem”, which is Latin for “Visit the Interior of the Earth; by Rectification you will Discover the Secret Stone.”
The work of the Man of Earth is (1) to discover his/her True Will (2) to put that knowledge into practice (3) to link that knowledge to a higher power; the work of the Lover is (1) to attain the knowledge and conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel (2) to attain the Power to Combat (3) to attain the Power to Love, and to perfect him/herself in all things, inevitably confronting the critical decision to cross the Abyss; the work of the Hermit is (1) to be a Master of the Universe and tend his/her "garden" of disciples (2) to be a Master of Magick and utter the Word of his/her True Self (3) to be a Master of all modes of existence, and attain the All in All. These are, however, very limited definitions of the threefold work of each grade, yet do they define the general quality of that work.
OF THE ORDER
The symbol of the Thelemic Order of the Golden Dawn (Order of the T.·. G.·. D.·.) is a Gold Cross of Elemental Equilibrium surmounted by a White Triangle of Supernal Light. (The White Triangle contains the All-Seeing Eye of the Spiritual Illuminati.) This sevenfold symbol represents the Great Work of the Thelemic Order of the Golden Dawn. There are seven Grades of Initiation in the Thelemic Order of the Golden Dawn which correspond with the seven principal Chakras (Wheels) or Padmas (Lotuses) of Yoga. These Chakras (also called interior Stars), and the sevenfold symbol of the Order, denote seven Steps to Spiritual Illumination or Enlightenment. The Cross represents the four Grades of Zelator, Adeptus Minor, Adeptus Major and Adeptus Exemptus; and the White Triangle represents the three grades above the Abyss called Magister Templi, Magus and Ipsissimus. Moreover, the Cross represents the four elemental Chakras of Yoga called Muladhara (Root), Swadhisthana (Navel), Manipura (Solar Plexus) and Anahata (Heart); and the Triangle represents the three higher Chakras called Vishuddha (Throat), Ajna (Pineal) and Sahasrara (Crown). In alchemical terminology, the Cross is the four Elements called Fire, Water, Air and Earth; and the Triangle is the three Principles of Trimaterialism called Sulphur, Salt and Mercury.
The sevenfold symbol of the Order also signifies a Universal Principle called Sulphur, which denotes the Secret Fire of Alchemy. This Secret Fire, which is the First Matter of the Great Work, is the Alchemical AZOTH, the Great Magical Agent, and the Kundalini or Serpent Power of Yoga. It is the work of Order initiates to awaken the Kundalini, or the Secret Fire, to enter the Royal Way within, to rise and to move or blossom the Chakras into motion or life, that the Kundalini may unite with its Lord Above in the Crown Chakra, which is linked with the qabalistic Sephira called Kether, the Crown of the Middle Pillar on the qabalistic Tree of Life. Such is the accomplishment of the Great Work of Spiritual Initiation. Such is the Art of Enlightenment.
In the Initiation System of the Thelemic Order of the Golden Dawn, the Muladhara Chakra pertains to the Grade of Zelator (Zealous Student), the Swadhisthana Chakra pertains to the Grade of Adeptus Major (Major Adept), the Manipura Chakra pertains to the Grade of Adeptus Exemptus (Exempt Adept), the Anahata Chakra pertains to the Grade of Adeptus Minor (Minor Adept), the Vishuddha Chakra pertains to the Grade of Magister Templi (Master of the Temple), who is the Master of the Law of Sorrow (Dukkha) and of the Mystery of Joy (Ananda), the Ajna Chakra pertains to the Grade of Magus (Logosian Magician), who is the Master of the Law of Change (Anicca), and the Sahasrara Chakra pertains to the Grade of Ipsissimus (He who is most Himself), who is the Master of the Law of Unsubstantiality (Anatta), which concerns the Mystery of Selflessness, called also the Mystery of Pan (Mystery of All).
The Chakras ultimately represent the grades or stages of one's various incarnations to attain Enlightenment. One may experience many life times within a particular Chakra before advancing to the next Chakra. In most people the Kundalini is asleep, and not even the Muladhara Chakra is active from the spiritual point of view. It is true that everyone derives some measure of influence from the universal powers which the Chakras represent, especially those related to Muladhara, Swadhistthana and Manipura, but this has nothing to do with the spiritual awakening of the Kundalini and Chakras in the Spiritual Body through the Great Work of Initiation, which can take many life times to achieve. The process can be accelerated, however, and true Enlightenment can be experienced by the Initiate within a shorter time than most. The sevenfold system of spiritual initiation represented by the Thelemic Order of the Golden Dawn will assist the sincere Initiate in this Great Work to attain the Spiritual Crown of Enlightenment.
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