Curriculum Preview

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.

Introduction

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Welcome to the Golden Dawn

Journal Keeping

Magical Implements

Channeling, Guided Fantasy, and Skrying in the Spirit Vision

 

Neophyte Level, 0=0

 

Theoretical Curriculum

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

 

Magical Curriculum

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

 

Theoretical Curriculum

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

Magical Curriculum

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

 

Theoretical Curriculum

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

Magical Curriculum

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

 

Theoretical Curriculum

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

Magical Curriculum

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

 

Theoretical Curriculum

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.

Magical Curriculum

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

 

Theoretical Curriculum

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

Magical Curriculum

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.®