Thus the shackles of temples which claim exclusive descent from the Golden Dawn will be broken. It is time to bring these hidden teachings of the Golden Dawn into the Light.
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Payment Methods accepted by seller. The three founders, Dr. Westcott, also a member of the Theosophical Society, appears to have been the initial driving force behind the establishment of the Golden Dawn. The Order of the Golden Dawn originated from a collection of documents known as the Cipher Manuscripts, written in English using a cipher attributed to German scholar Johannes Trithemius - These Manuscripts outlined of the rituals of the Order, and prescribed a curriculum of graduated teachings encompassing Hermetic Kaballah , Astrology , Tarot, Geomancy, and Alchemy.
According to accepted tradition, the manuscripts were handed from Kenneth Mackenzie, a Masonic scholar, to Rev. Woodford, whom in turn passed them on to Dr. In , it is said that Westcott allegedly managed to decode them. Westcott was pleased with his discovery, called on Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers for a second opinion, and asked for cooperation in turning the manuscripts into a coherent system for lodge work. Mathers and Dr.
Westcott have been credited for developing the ritual outlines in the Cipher Manuscripts into a workable format. An alternative history states that the Cipher Manuscripts were received by noted Masonic scholar Kenneth Mackenzie from the Secret Chiefs of the "Third Order," a continental Rosicrucian mystery school into which Mackenzie had been initiated by Count Apponyi of Hungary.
It should be noted in this context that Mackenzie's group was Temple No. In October , Westcott wrote to Anna Sprengel, whose name and address he received through the decoding of the Cipher Manuscripts. A reply was purported to have been received with much wisdom, and honorary grades of Exempt Adept were conferred upon Westcott, Mathers, and Woodman, as well as a charter to establish a Golden Dawn temple to work the five grades outlined in the manuscripts.
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In , the Isis-Urania Temple in London was founded,  in which the rituals decoded from the cipher manuscripts were developed and practiced. The original Lodge founded in did not teach any magical practices per se except for basic "banishing" rituals and meditation , but was rather a philosophical and metaphysical teaching order.
A few years after this, Mathers founded the Ahathoor temple in Paris. In , the correspondence with Anna Sprengel suddenly ceased, and Westcott received word from Germany that either she was dead or her companions did not approve of the founding of the Order, and that no further contact was to be made. If the founders were to contact the Secret Chiefs, therefore, it had to be done on their own.
Some followers of the Golden Dawn tradition believe that the Secret Chiefs are not necessarily living humans or supernatural beings, but are symbolic of actual and legendary sources of spiritual esotericism, a great leader or teacher of a spiritual path or practice that found its way into the teachings of the Order. By the mids, the Golden Dawn was well established in Great Britain, with membership rising to over a hundred from every class of Victorian society.
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Around , Westcott broke all ties to the Golden Dawn, leaving Mathers in complete control. It is speculated that this was due to some occult papers having been found in a hansom cab, in which his connection to the Golden Dawn came to the attention of his superiors. He was told to either resign from the Order or to give up his occupation as coroner. While there is no proof of Mathers having planted the papers, it appears that the relationship between Mathers and Westcott all but ended after this point. After Westcott's departure, Mathers appointed Florence Farr to be Chief Adept in Anglia Although Westcott publicly resigned, he must have continued in some capacity since there are Lodge documents bearing his signature dated years after his "resignation".
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