Magicians of the New Dawn

in The Place of Enchantment

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780226642017
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226642031 | DOI:
Magicians of the New Dawn

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The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn taught the theory and practice of ritual magic or practical occultism without any of the hesitations and prevarications of the Theosophical Society, and it became the beacon around which the lives of its most devoted initiates were organized. According to Golden Dawn tradition, however, the Order, although of late Victorian origin, did indeed have an immaculate pedigree. The way in which the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn was conceived, organized, and run reflected the Masonic background and Cabalistic interests of its cofounders. Madame Blavatsky had taught that the world would enter a new phase with the coming century, passing from a “Dark Age” of materialism into a cycle of great spiritual development; the illuminati of the Golden Dawn were similarly caught up in visions of a new order predicated on spiritual enlightenment.

Keywords: Dark Age; Hermetic Order; Golden Dawn; Masonic background; spiritual development

Chapter.  15346 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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