Below you find an overview of the theoretical and magical requirements of each grade of our outer order, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Links are highlighted in red (although they are not active during this preview) to give you an idea of some of the materials available in the Golden Dawn School of Magic and Alchemy to you in each grade of our first order, the H.O.G.D.
Welcome to the Golden Dawn
Channeling, Guided Fantasy, and Skrying in the Spirit Vision
Neophyte Level, 0=0
Although the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn has become a magical Order in the outer since the general reformation of 1999, a vast amount of intellectual material must be read, studied, and assimilated during the Outer Order process as well. None of this material has been arbitrarily included. The R.R. et A.C. has created the most brilliant synthesis of various aspects of practical magic currently known. In order to become a practicing Adept in our tradition, it is essential that a firm intellectual foundation be laid during the Outer Order process.
Neophyte Initiation Ritual
First Knowledge Lecture
Lecture- The Pillars
Lecture - Z - 1 - The Enterer of the Threshold
Lecture - Z - 3 - Symbolism of the Admission of the Candidate
Ritual of Pentagram
Ritual of Hexagram
Lecture - History
Side Lecture - Thoughts on Imagination
Side Lecture - Progress in the Order
Since the general reformation of 1999, the entire magical corpus of the R.R. et A.C. was moved to the Outer Order. In the magical curriculum of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, practical magical work is presently organized according to the correspondence between each magical force and the Sephiroth of the Qabalistic Tree of Life. At the Neophyte level, members begin to purify their energy bodies with basic banishing rituals. Neophyte students also learn to charge their auras with other Golden Dawn rituals. The strengthening and purification of the energetic body are the basic tasks of the Neophyte Level.
Zelator Level, 1=10, Malkuth
Zelator Initiation Ritual
Second Knowledge Lecture
Z -- 2. Ceremonial Magic.
Lecture - The Lotus Wand.
Lecture - The Rose Cross.
Lecture - Sigils from the Rose.
Lecture - Clavicula Tabularum Enochi
Lecture - The Enochian Calls.
Side Lecture - An Example of the Mode of Attaining the Spirit Vision
Side Lecture - Clairvoyance
Side Lecture - Tatwa Visions
Side Lecture - Re Planets to Tatwas
Side Lecture - Tatwas and Skrying and Hierophant making 0=0 Sign
Side Lecture - Telesmatic Images and Adonai
Side Lecture - Talismans and Flashing Tablets
Side Lecture - Clairvoyance and Travelling in the Spirit Vision
Side Lecture - Principia of Theurgia or the Higher Magic
Side Lecture - An Example and Rules for Skrying in the Spirit Vision
The Zelator level represents a huge leap forward magically. This grade level corresponds to the Sephirah of Malkuth on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. At this level, distance members learn and master the basics of invocation and banishing of magical forces, beginning with the forces corresponding to the Sephirah of Malkuth (Earth and the Signs of the Earth Zodiacal Triplicity). Students also learn the basics of the construction of talismans, flashing tablets, and magical implements). Members also begin to master the technique of spontaneous visionary experience called "Skrying in the Spirit Vision."
Theoricus Level, 2=9, Yesod
Theoricus Initiation Ritual
Third Knowledge Lecture
Lecture - Geomancy
Lecture - The Microcosm: Man
Side Lecture - Material Alchemy
Side Lecture - The Right and Left Pillars
Side Lecture - Man and God
Side Lecture - The Aims and Means of Adeptship
Side Lecture - The Constitution of Man
Side Lecture - Know Thy Self
At the Theoricus level, students continue to develop the magical skills that they learned at the Zelator level. This grade level corresponds to the Sephirah of Yesod on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. At this level, distance members continue their regimen of invocation and banishing of magical forces with the forces corresponding to the Sephirah of Yesod (Air, the Signs of the Air Zodiacal Triplicity, and of the Moon). Additional talismans, flashing tablets, and magical implements are constructed and consecrated. Students also begin to learn to master the art of divination, beginning with Geomancy at this level.
Practicus Level, 3=8, Hod
Practicus Initiation Ritual
Fourth Knowledge Lecture
Lecture - The Purification of the Soul
Lecture - The Garden of Eden Before the Fall
Lecture - Poligons and Poligrams
Lecture - Lineal Figures on the Tree of Life
Lecture - Notes on the Tarot
Lecture - The Tarot (originally a THAM paper)
Lecture - Key to Tarot Divination.
Lecture - Tabulated Rules for the Tarot.
Side Lecture - A Subject for Contemplation and Three Suggestions on Will Power
Side Lecture - SRMD (Notes on Flying Roll - II)
Side Lecture - On Tracing a Pentagram by Geometry
At the Practicus level, students strengthen the magical skills that they learned at the earlier levels. This grade level corresponds to the Sephirah of Hod on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. At this level, distance members continue their regimen of invocation and banishing with the forces corresponding to the Sephirah of Hod (Water, the Signs of the Water Zodiacal Triplicity, and of Mercury). Additional talismans and flashing tablets are constructed and consecrated. Students continue to master the art of divination with a thorough study and practice of Tarot divination at this level.
Philosophus Level, 4=7, Netsach
Philosophus Initiation Ritual
Fifth Knowledge Lecture
Lecture - The Garden of Eden After the Fall
Lecture - The Qliphoth
Lecture - The Shemhamphorasch
Lecture - The Astronomic Tarot.
Lecture - Tarot Star Maps.
Lecture - Note on the Astronomical Tarot
Side Lecture - Secrecy and Hermetic Love
Side Lecture - Free Will
Side Lecture - On Horary Astrology
Side Lecture - An Exorcism by S.S.
At the Philosophus level, students begin to master the magical skills from the earlier levels. This grade level corresponds to the Sephirah of Netsach on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. At this level, distance members continue their regimen of invocation and banishing with the forces corresponding to the Sephirah of Netsach (Fire, the Signs of the Fire Zodiacal Triplicity, and of Venus). Additional talismans and flashing tablets are constructed and consecrated. Exorcism and psychic self-defense are important aspects of training at this level, as for the first time the energies of the Qlippoth, the unbalanced forces, are encountered in preparation for their later mastery at the level of Adeptus Major.
Portal Level, Preparation for entry into Tiphareth
Portal Initiation Ritual
Lecture - Hodos Chamelionis.
Lecture - The Book of the Concourse of the Forces
Lecture - The Pyramid Gods.
Lecture - Chess and Chaturanga.
Lecture - Enochian Chess Formulae and Rules.
Side Lecture - On the History of the Rosicrucian Order
Side Lecture - On the Use of Implements in Divination
Side Lecture - Visions of Squares on the Enochian Tablets
At the Portal level, students become adept at the magical skills they developed at the earlier levels. This level corresponds to the Veil of Paroketh veiling Tiphareth on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. Additional talismans and flashing tablets are constructed and consecrated. Distance members complete their regimen of invocation and banishing of Elemental, Planetary, and Zodiacal forces, in preparation to enter our Inner Rosicrucian Order, the R.R. et A.C. At this level, great emphasis is placed not only on the balancing and equilibration of the magical forces in the energetic body of the student, on their integration in the psyche as well.
Lineage and Trademarks of our Order
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) and 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.®