The reason this review covers two separate books together is because they go together like a horse and carriage, each one complimenting the other in wholeness and depth. This reviewer decided the brilliance of both books, by the same authors, deserves a joint review for the enjoyment of the readers at Ghostvillage.com.
In The Essential Golden Dawn, the authors take great amounts of detail and information then present it in such an educational manner that the reader has no doubt as to what the Golden Dawn was, is, the minds behind its founding, and the secrets the Golden Dawn offers to those who are interested in it. The magick, mysticism, and teachings of the Golden Dawn are completely revealed for the beginner. You will learn about Hermetism, Christianity and Hermetism, Hermes Trismegistus, the founders of the Golden Dawn including such figures as Yeats and Waite, the Ciper Manuscript, Magic and religion, the ancient origins of Western magic, high magic, grades and officers, chiefs, the three degrees, the Outer Order grades, the first degree, the Portal, the second degree, the inner order, the third degree, the third order, the Qabalistic Cross, prayers and invocations, Qabalah, astrology, divination, alchemy, skrying and astral work, and Enochian magic, among other detailed topics. There is also included a Golden Dawn timeline and bibliography.
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