Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Hermetic Tablet is Here!


The Hermetic Tablet is a quarterly Journal of Western Ritual Magic where people, from all traditions, share their experiences. Some of the contributors are well known names in the occult field, while others are just those who want to share knowledge and experiences with the public.

This issue includes articles written by the following writers: Jake Stratton-Kent, Mike Magee, Sandra Tabatha Cicero, Aaron Leitch, Christine Zalewski, Nick Farrell, Paola Farrell, Jayne Gibson, Samuel Scarborough, Harry Wendrich, Alex Sumner, Carman Lawrick, Bro. Yeheshua Netzach, Steve Nichols, Cynthia Caton and Alfonso Ricca.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

ANNOUNCING: The Golden Dawn Shop

Here you will find a variety of books, CDs, downloadable audio files, posters, and magical tools designed especially for practitioners of the Golden Dawn system of magic. Our implements are handcrafted and custom-made in accordance with those described in the book "Secrets of a Golden Dawn Temple."


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

For a Friend

Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there, I did not die.

Mary Frye, American poet (1904 - 2004)

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A Rite of Healing

As many of you already know, renowned esoteric author Donald Michael Kraig was recently diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Many groups and individuals are performing healing ceremonies for Don (coordinated within groups as well as within individual practice).

Various events designed to send healing energy to Don have been set up. Links to some of them can be found below. However, don’t feel constrained by scheduling conflicts—do anything you can for Don, whenever you can. Don has contributed so much to the magical community. Let’s support him and make him well.

[NOTE: Bilirubin is a chemical that may reach high levels in patients with pancreatic cancer due to blockage of the common bile duct by a tumor. SPECIAL REQUEST FROM DON: If you're going to do healing work, concentrate on dropping his bilirubin level. You can look it up or just know this is a level that needs to be lower.]


A Rite of Healing

This ritual employs the healing qualities of Tiphareth as embodied in the Rose Cross Lamen, in order to restore the health and vitality of another person.

The Temple should be arranged in accordance with the Neophyte Hall. Water and Fire (incense) should be placed in the North and South. 

The Adept should be dressed in the regalia of the Second Order, and should wear his/her consecrated Rose Cross Lamen.

Relax. When ready to begin, give five knocks.

Take up the Lotus Wand by the black end. Go to the Northeast and proclaim, “HEKAS, HEKAS, ESTE BEBELOI! Far from this sacred place be the profane!”

Go to the East. Grasp the Lotus Wand by the white portion and point with the black. 

Perform the LBRP.

Take up the cup. Purify the Temple with Water in all quarters, starting in the East by drawing the Cross and Invoking Water Triangle. 

Say: “The Rivers have raised, O Tetragrammaton! The Rivers have raised their sound. The Rivers keep raising their pounding. Above the sounds of vast waters, the majestic breaking waves of the sea, AL is majestic in the Height!”

Replace the cup. Take up the incense. Consecrate the Temple with Fire in all quarters, by tracing the Cross and the Invoking Fire Triangle. 

Say, “Adonai hath built his chambers with beams in the very Waters. Making the clouds his chariot, walking upon the wings of the Wind. Making his angels spirits, His ministers a devouring Fire!”

Replace incense. Circumambulate the Temple three times with Sol, saluting with the Neophyte Signs when passing the East.

Stand west of the Altar and face east. Perform the Adoration to the Lord of the Universe.

Perform the Rose Cross Ritual. After you have established the six crosses in the room, do not immediately perform the Analysis of the Keyword, but instead project an astral image of the person you intend to heal in the center of the room. Send a healing thought ray from your Tiphareth Center, through the Rose Cross Lamen, to the image of the person. Bring forth a red ray from Geburah to Tiphareth through the Lamen, and project it at the source of ailment or infection. Visualize this ray purging the illness from the body of the stricken individual. When this is accomplished, project a healing rose pink ray from Tiphareth itself, to mend and restore the person to good health.

Give the Projection Sign at the Astral figure and intone “EHEIEH” employing the Vibratory Formula of the Middle Pillar. As you do so imagine the petal of the Hebrew Letter Kaph being sent forth from the Rose on your Lamen. Empowered by the rose ray of Tiphareth it ascends to the Kether Center of the Astral form. Once this happens the sphere turns brilliant white. Give the Sign of Silence.

Again give the Sign of the Enterer at the figure and intone “YHVH ELOHIM” using the Vibratory Formula. Visualize the petal of the Hebrew letter Beth going forth from your Lamen on the rose ray of Tiphareth. See it enter the Daath center of the Astral Form. Once this occurs, the sphere becomes white-gray. Give the Sign of Silence.

Project again at the figure, and intone the name “YHVH ELOAH VE-DAATH.” See the petal of the Hebrew letter Tau rise from the Lamen and travel along the rose pink ray. Imagine it being absorbed into the Tiphareth center of the astral figure. Once this happens, the sphere becomes golden-yellow. Give the Sign of Silence.

Project again at the figure, and vibrate the name, “SHADDAI EL CHAI.” See the Yod-petal lift off your Lamen to journey along the rose pink ray until it is absorbed into the Yesod Center of the figure. When this occurs, the sphere changes to bright violet. Give the Sign of Silence.

Project for the last time, and intone the name, “ADONAI HA-ARETZ.” Visualize the petal of the letter Mem traversing the rose ray to the Malkuth Center of the Astral form. When this happens, the sphere takes on the four colors of Malkuth. Give the Sign of Silence.
Imagine the astral form of the person completely cured and revitalized by the healing energies of the Reconciling Pillar you have invoked. See the form as strong, active and full of life. Visualize the shining Archangel Raphael standing over the person, holding the Caduceus Wand over the crown of the individual's head. At this point withdraw the rose pink ray back into your Tiphareth center.

Finally perform the Analysis of the Keyword as given at the end of the Rose Cross Ritual. At the words, “Let the Divine Light Descend!” visualize the brilliant white Supernal Light bathing the astral form of the person, providing a spiritual healing as well as a physical one. 

Repeat the invocation: “Come Thou, in the Power of Light! Come Thou, in the Light of Wisdom! Come Thou, in the Mercy of the Light! The Light hath Healing in its Wings!”  

Contemplate the healing Light about the figure for some time, circulating the pure energy in ribbons and spiral bands which serve to strengthen the aura of the person.

When finished, say to the figure, “Go thou to the living being of whom thou art a reflection. Take with thee strength, vitality and health. Return with the blessings of YEHESHUAH YEHOVASHAH!” Trace the Rose Cross before the figure and send it to the individual. 

Perform the Qabalistic Cross.

Purify and consecrate the Temple as before.

Perform the reverse circumambulation, three times widdershins.

Say, “In the name of YEHESHUAH I now set free any spirits that may have been imprisoned by this ceremony.”

Perform the LBRP. (Optional)

Give five knocks as in the beginning.

Say, “I now declare this Temple duly closed.”


(Ritual taken from the book “Ritual Use of Magical Tools” by Chic Cicero & Sandra Tabatha Cicero)

Healing Ritual for Don Kraig
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Saturday, October 5, 2013

No Welcome Mat for Extremists

It has come to our attention that an extremist right-wing group in Greece has been making news lately. That in itself would not usually raise a blip on my radar screen, however this particular group calls itself “Chrysi Avgi” which unfortunately translates into English as “Golden Dawn.”  They appear to be a Greek right-wing extremist group, employing many racist, xenophobic beliefs and repugnant tactics. You can read all about them here

There is absolutely no connection between Greece’s fascist Chrysi Avgi political group and the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. The Greek extremist group does not in any way represent the ideals of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. 

I would like to state categorically that the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn does not support the ideals and goals of Chrysi Avgi or any other extremist political group in any way, shape, or form. Anyone holding right-wing extremist beliefs or sympathies would be both unsuited and unwelcome in the HOGD. The HOGD has no political leanings in any form or fashion.

Normally I would not even address this topic. I’m certain that students of the Golden Dawn, the Greater Golden Dawn Community, and even casual students of alternative spiritual paths in general, already know instinctively that there is no connection between a Greek political group and any sincere Golden Dawn magical group devoted to the teachings of Westcott, Woodman, and Mathers. However, in this Internet age of abundant information combined with scant comprehension, I feel that I must act to dispel any possible confusion by the general public.

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

The 2013 Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn Conference in Toronto

I am happy to report that the 2013 HOGD Conference in Toronto (July 12-13) was a huge success. It was well attended and we met some great and talented people from a number of different spiritual paths and magical traditions, as well as other orders within the greater Golden Dawn community.

Friday night started off with a meet-and-greet, where Chic and I spent time with old friends and got acquainted with new ones. Everyone present was gracious and their sincerely to the Great Work was beyond question. After refreshments,  Chic presented his lecture on "An Exploration of the Bornless Ritual," giving an analysis of the origins and development of this ancient and potent invocation that found its way into the teachings of the Golden Dawn.

Saturday morning started off with a surprise (at least to Chic) "roast" complete with a PowerPoint presentation of photos and stories celebrating Chic's life and accomplishments. (The roast built on a theme that started at Pantheacon 2013, where Chic was surprised by a dinner held in his honor by the wonderful folks of the OSOGD.)  I must thank our hard-working friends at Hermetic Virtues, as well as our Fratres and Sorores of the HOGD in Toronto, who pulled the photos, the narrative, and the PowerPoint together so skillfully.  At the end of the presentation, it was my turn to be as surprised as Chic was, when the two of us were presented with a plaque of appreciation. We were also presented with the gift of some absolutely stunning artwork by accomplished magician and artist, Buffalo Bob. A description of the piece can be found here.  Much of Bob's work can be found online at the Temple of Agios.

The remainder of the morning was taken up by Chic's lecture on the Ceremonial Magic of the Golden Dawn, including audience participation in the Pentagram Rituals and Israel Regardie's Opening by Watchtower. My lectures on Westcott's Enochian Tablets and Tarot Talismans came in the afternoon. 

Many thanks to all who were able to participate. I've said it before and I'll say it again: Although we may not all be members of the same Order, we are members of the same spiritual path, and the fact that we are able to come  together in civility, mutual respect, and fellowship for our common goals of spreading more Light in the greater esoteric community, speaks volumes.