Thursday, June 28, 2012

GD History 2012

Mark Greeg (?) (Imhotep) dies. (Or was it 2011?)


King Over the Water, a biography of Samuel Macgregor Mathers, by Nick Farrell is published.


Sanctuary of Maat officially closed.

The HOGD/AO holds their International Conclave of Golden Dawn Adepti--in which their Third Order unveils new magic for the Second Order. Despite offers to share with the Inner Order of other Golden Dawn groups, the Conclave is attended only by members of the AO (either due to the binding non-disclosure agreement or because of a conspiracy--take your pick).

(?) Names and Images by Peregrin Wildoak (?) is published.

(?) Enochian M. (?) by Dean Wilson is published.

Tabitha Cicero publishes the colored version of the "Westcott Tablets." In the same publication, she publishes the Mather's AO (Alpha et Omega) 6=5 Adeptus Major ritual. The modern HOGD/AO claim that it is only part four of the Adept Major Grade initiiation while others claim that it is the entirety of the 6=5 ritual used by Mather's AO.

The "Golden Dawn flame war" which had been relatively silent for several years erupts anew when one party decides to give one star ratings to all the books written by one of the writers of the opposition. This rapidly expands to a dividing of the community as one party declares that all who do not oppose the publication of everything that has been covered by a secrecy oath in the past are traitors to the larger esoteric tradition. Reputations are dragged through the mud, and eventually all parties involved decide to no longer allow opposing views to pollute their forums and blog comment sections.


Secret College program initiated by the HOGD/AO. Many reject it as an attempt to control the greater GD community.

The HOGD/AO announces that all of its rituals, both Inner and Outer, have been modified to address the profanation of its rituals. This announcement leds some in the Golden Dawn community to argue that the HOGD/AO is no longer a true GD/AO Order.


The Greek Nationalist Party Chrysi Avgi, which name translates into "Golden Dawn," wins seven percent of the vote in the Greek national elections, gaining the political party entry into the Greek Parliment for the first time. While the Chrysi Avgi claim not to be Neo-Nazi, they have used Nazi symbolism extensively in the past. Some in the GD community express concern that esoteric students will confuse the Greek right-wing political party with the esoteric tradition; one party touts it as proof that GD is corrupted while another party wants the GD community to bind together to deny involvement with the Chrysi Avgi.


June 8, Richard (?) "Skip" Dudchous, artist of the Classical Golden Dawn "color it yourself" Tarot deck, dies.

June 24, the 30th anniversary of the consecration of the Georgian (USA) Vault of the Adepti by Israel Regardie is celebrated by many in the Golden Dawn community.


KP organizes Project C. Fr. A becomes involved on July 19th. The project is the brainchild of Fr. P who was trying to get *** interested for years, in order to bring the project to fruition.

[This project was the Commentaries on the Flying Rolls by the Golden Dawn Community.]


August 17, the HOGD/AO announces their third major Golden Dawn gathering and attempt to create peace in the Golden Dawn community--the 2013 Peace and Harmony Pow Wow--which will include new magic unveiled for the Outer Order by the Third Order. (So far, no other Golden Dawn Order has made an effort to make peace with the HOGD/AO.)


September 27, the HOGD/AO announces a new campaign--1000 Points of Light--a campaign to help create a thousand new personal temples. (By the end of September 2013, they had hit 305 new temples.By the beginning of December 2014, they had hit 492 new temples.)


October 16, David Godwin, author of Godwin's Cabalistic Encyclopedia dies.

This page was updated on 5 July 2012; September 20, 2012; October 22, 2012; June 29, 2013, and December 4, 2014.

Golden Dawn History Source List

This is a list of the books that are being consulted for the Golden Dawn/Occult History series.

Cicero, Chic. and SandraTabtha Cicero. The Essential Golden Dawn: An Introduction to High Magic. St. Paul, Minn.: Llwellyn Publications (2003).

Grun, Bernard. The Timetables of History (Third Revised Edition). New York: Touchstone (1991).

Kuntz, Darcy. and Mary Greer. The Chronology of the Golden Dawn: Being a Chronological History of a Magical Order--1378-1994. Edmonds, WA: Holmes Publishing Group (1999).

Wheatley, Dennis (editor). The Dennis Wheatley Library of the Occult: Studies in Occultism. H. P. Blavatsky. London: Sphere Books (1974).

Zirkoff, Boris de (editor). Isis Unveiled (2 volumes). H. P. Blavatsky. Wheaton: Theosophical Publishing House (1994).

Websites and online sources are generally hyperlinked in the respective entries of the series.

What is an open post?

Occasionally, you will see a post on this blog labeled an "open post." What this means is that it is a post that is subject to revision for one reason or another. Typically, these posts will be lists of sources that are being used for a large ongoing project. They can also be posts that need to be revised as new information is presented and/or discovered and/or disclosed. An open post is "open" because of the nature of the subject matter is not set in stone upon the first draft. All open posts will include a note about their last revision date unless they are the original draft.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

30 years for the HOGD Vault of the Adepti

The big Golden Dawn news this weekend is that it is the 30th anniversary of the consecration of the HOGD (Ciceros) Vault by Isreal Regardie. The consecration of the Vault was the rebirth of [Golden Dawn] Inner Order activity here in the United States. Since then, many Adepts have recieved their Adept Minor (5=6) initiation from the Ciceros.

For this and their other public work on the behalf of the Golden Dawn, I (Morgan Drake Eckstein, VH Frater MMLI) signed the public document that was being circulated, thanking the Ciceros for thirty years of hard work (actually, it is closer to 37 years of hard work when one considers the amount of work necessary to built that particular Vault of the Adepti).

Besides my official thanks, the following members of Bast Temple (BIORC) would also like me to note their thanks to the Ciceros:

Soror KS
Soror S
Soror MR

(and possibly others--I was sitting on the document until its official release--initials will be added as I recieve the requests)

The official thanks to the Ciceros and Regardie on the 30th anniversary of the HOGD Vault of the Adepti.