Golden Dawn Lineage Guarantees Legitimacy
Due to the publications of Israel Regardie, there are a bewildering number of groups on the Internet calling themselves “Golden Dawn” today that have no legitimate connection with the original Golden Dawn. Some of these start-up groups, despite misleading marketing slogans like "Guardians of the True Golden Dawn Mysteries" are led by individuals who have never been initiated nor properly trained themselves and thus offer inferior quality initiation and training.
A more serious problem arises because there still are many local areas without legitimate Golden Dawn temples, so many people seeking True Initiation have to travel to get to a legitimate Golden Dawn temple. Unfortunately, some start-up groups have tried to exploit people's desire for short cuts by inventing dangerous Astral and Self Initiation scams, falsely claiming that these are legitimate alternatives to True Golden Dawn Initiation, but without the need to travel. This is a terrible deception, as it not only cheats people out of the full benefits of True Initiation, but it also unnecessarliy exposes them up to danger of possession by destructive Astral entities and forces. In fact, Astral Initiation has gotten such a bad reputation that some groups have started calling this scam Long Distance Initiation instead.
There are no short cuts and True Golden Dawn Initiation should not be undertaken lightly, as True Initiation involves the ritual separation and reintegration of a candidate's physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects to give birth to a higher and more balanced spiritual form and awareness. This process is fraught with danger even under the best of circumstances. With candidates physically present and protected within the safety of a legitimate Golden Dawn temple, however, these dangers can be overcome by a highly trained and skilled Hierophant. To deceive oneself that the same result can be achieved alone or with a candidate sitting in another city or on the other end of the world, however, is madness not only bound to fail, but actually inviting spiritual disaster. On the other hand, travelling to a legitimate Golden Dawn temple for the full benefits of True Golden Dawn Initiation has since 1888 safely resulted in quantum leaps in spiritual growth for thousands of people!
In today's confusing and misleading internet environment, Golden Dawn lineages serve as an important guarantee both of quality and of legitimacy to protect the public from deception by groups that offer inferior training from unqualified teachers or fraudulent alternatives to True Golden Dawn Initiation like dangerous Astral or Self Initiation Scams that call themselves Golden Dawn, yet have no legitimate connection to the original Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn founded in the Britain in 1888. The concept of lineage is found not only in Western esoteric orders, but also in various spiritual traditions in the East. In all legitimate spiritual traditions, lineage conveys with it a set of teachings, techniques, and spiritual energies that are not generally available to the public. In Western esotericism, lineage not only guarantees access to unpublished aspects of a tradition that are reserved exclusively for initiates, but also protects the public as a means of assurance that what one will find is actually what the public generally expects from a given spiritual tradition.
Our order, the European headquartered, Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, is a direct lineal descendent of the original H.O.G.D. (founded in Britain in 1888). Our order holds multiple lines of Golden Dawn lineage. The primary Golden Dawn lineages of our order are Hermetic and Rosicrucian in origin, the importance of which remain largely misunderstood underestimated by the general public. These lineages do not merely imply a sort of apostolic succession in the sense that this notion is understood in Christianity, nor are they merely institutional like the lineages of Freemasonry. Instead, like those of Zen and Tibetan Buddhism in the East, these Western lineages carry with them very specific sets of spiritual exercises and techniques transmitted in documents, yet with oral instructions essential to their mastery that are revealed only to initiates.
Our Hermetic lineage arose in Egypt, was carried to Europe with the Greek and Roman empires, and has been passed down from Hermetic master to disciple through centuries in an unbroken chain of initiates, and was transmitted to our order by the secret Continental European order of Hermetic alchemists, commonly referred to as the "Secret Chiefs" (Geheime Oberen), who are the "source of origin" of all of the initiation rituals, teachings, and spiritual practices of all of the grades comprising all three orders set forth in the original Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.
The Hermetic lineage of our First Order, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (H.O.G.D.) was received by Kenneth MacKenzie in 1850. The Rosicrucian lineage of our Second Order, the Rosae Rubeae et Aurea Crucis (R.R. et A.C.), was received by S.L. MacGregor Mathers in 1891. The Hermetic and Rosicrucian lineages of our Third Order, which complete the entire system, were received in Paris by Jean-Pascal Ruggiu and David Griffin in 2002.
Our order additionally holds multiple lines of auxiliary lineage drom Golden Dawn derviative orders, which include but are not limited to R.W. Felkin's Stella Matutina, S.L. MacGregor Mather's Alpha et Omega, A.E. Waite's Fellowship of the Rosy Cross, G.W. MacGregor Reid's Ancient Druid Order, Madeline Montalban's Order of the Morning Star (Ordo Stella Matutina), and Countess Tamara Bourkoun's Order of the Pyramid and the Sphinx as transmitted by Desmond Bourke, Countess Tamara Bourkoun, and Marquis Nicholas Tereschenko. We additionally hold a vast array of supplemental Rosicrucian lineages and/or esoteric transmissions which include the Gold und Rosenkreutz Order (Fraternitas Aureae et Rosae Crucis), the Order of the Asiatic Brethren (Fratres Lucis), the Societas Rosicruciana of Backstrom, Les Frères Ainées de la Rose+Croix (F.A.R.+C., The Elder Brothers of the Rose+Cross), the Rose Croix d'Orient (Rose Cross of Egypt) and the Reaux Croix (Elus Cohen).
Moreover, our order is the sole and exclusive owner of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn® trademark in the European Union (reg. 000063925). We additionally own the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn International® trademark in Canada (CIPO Reg. TMA510387). In the United States, we operate by legal agreement adopted by the United States District Court as the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, outer order of the Rosicrucian Order of Alpha et Omega.®
For a thorough analysis of the function and importance of lineage in spiritual traditions, and a detailed analysis of the lineages of the Golden Dawn and their lines of transmission, click here.