Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Secret Chiefs Replace Second Order Magick: A New Home for the Golden Dawn

The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, the outer order of the Rosicrucian Order of Alpha et Omega® has over the years grown into the largest international Golden Dawn order across the world. This has not been without growing pains, however. The greatest obstacle we have faced has been the lack of a permanent home for the order due to my gypsy lifestyle as a tour director.

Well, that has just changed. I am pleased to announce that yesterday I bought Isis Temple and Retreat Center just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. Isis Temple at this time features a recently built 2,650 square foot temple area and parsonage, with plenty of space for a permanent home for the Vault of the Adepti.

Portal to Hecate Temple

Moreover, Isis Retreat Center is located on 2.5 acres of prime land, which gives us plenty of room to grow as our order continues to grow, as well a plenty of room to become self-sustaining with our own organic food. We also have our own well water and sceptic system, so with the eventual addition of a solar array, we will eventually become completely self-sustaining, off the grid.

Isis Temple and Retreat Center
In addition to the Golden Dawn, Isis Temple and Retreat Center will also become world headquarters for The Great Rite, l'Arte Eccelsa, and the Del Bosco Sacro di Nemi Italian Pagan Shamanic Tradition. 

But wait. There's more!

Most of you are aware that we reformed the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn in 1999, in order to heal the order from the injury caused by the profanation of Golden Dawn material by Aleister Crowley and Israel Regardie. (At least in the Alpha et Omega, we still understand the value of secrecy.)

I am pleased to announce that the Reformation of 1999 still continues today. In addition to recently reforming our AO rituals due to their senseless profanation by Nick Farrell, I just received word that in response to the recent magical attack on our order by Farrell, who profaned certain Alpha et Omega Second Order materials, the Secret Chiefs of the Third Order have decided to infuse the Second Order of the Alpha et Omega with major new replacement esoteric transmissions from Third Order archives.

There is not a lot that I can say about this due to oaths of secrecy, but I can reveal that these new transmissions include a replacement for the R.R. et A.C. system of elemental and astrological magick that was profaned by Crowley that we moved to our outer order in 1999. This completely traditional, yet hitherto unknown replacement system of astrological magic has never before been released to any Hermetic or Rosicrucian order. It includes completely unprofaned hierarchies of entities, methods of invocation and banishing, etc. 

I am also permitted to say that the new Second Order material also includes a most ingenious and traditional means of generating the sigils of entities to replace the profaned method of drawing them from the Rose-Cross.

These are good days for members of the HOGD and the Rosicrucian Order of the Alpha et Omega!

David Griffin


  1. Care et G.H. Fra. L.e.S.,

    This is good news indeed! Congratulations on both accounts. Me and my wife are eagerly looking forward to visiting our Orders' new home in Nevada.

    In Licht, Leben und Liebe,

  2. Care et G.H. Frater,

    Congratulations on the new home. Iam very excited and look forward to visit you one day.

    Fr. L.e.N.e.

  3. Wonderful! I have family out there so that will be easier to travel to than anywhere else.

  4. Care Frater

    Congratulations on your purchase of the headquarters of the Temple. It's a great cause for celebration for HOGD AO.

    Hispanoamerica joins the celebration.

    Fraternally In LVX

    Frater L.A.M.

  5. Salve,

    Congrats David! Curious about the replacement rituals you are being infused with, sounds very interesting. Would you say that these replacements are reconstructions of the Old work?

  6. Care Frater LeS:
    To Know, to will, to dare, to be silent! Surely, Hectate temple is an extraordinary example of theurgy which had to have been in the making for some time. How did you pull off the burrowing owls? Truly incredible. What's the history behind Hectate temple? This is the best "secret" revealed in a long time. Will you offer First Order initiations at Hectate temple as well? I for one would be greatly honored to complete my advancements at such an auspicious temple. May I invest in retirement plans? Would love to be an apprentice for laboratory alchemy.
    Pax Profunda et LVX,
    Frater DVP

  7. -Greetings & Peace,
    It is indeed wonderful news that the GD will have now have a larger presence in the US.
    Is there any indication yet when this new temple will be up and running? Also, will there be plans to open additional temples in the US?

    -S&F, Bro. Rivarle

  8. Congratulations Greatly Honored Frater ! This is monumental news ! My " hubby " and I are looking forward to visiting the " Command Center" !

    Pax et LVX,

    H. Soror M.D.L.L.

  9. Those little owls are soooooo CUTE! I am sure they will become the darlings of the temple and that even birdwatchers will come just to see them

  10. Care Frater DVP,

    Hecate Temple will begin initiating in the Autumn. Initiations will be carried out in all grades of all Three Orders of the Golden Dawn and the Alpha et Omega. There will also be initiation in The Great Rite and l'Arte Eccelsa Del Bosco Sacro. A future blog will explain the historical relationship between them all.

    In the future we will also offer retreat intensives, and yes, one in laboratory alchemy is also on the drawing boards.


  11. Anonymous wrote:

    "Curious about the replacement rituals you are being infused with, sounds very interesting. Would you say that these replacements are reconstructions of the Old work?"

    You are confusing apples with pears. Let me take them one at a time. We recently reformed the Alpha et Omega rituals in use today in order to protect our egregore from the magical attack by Nick Farrell, who deliberately profaned our rituals by publishing them.

    Mathers did the same thing when Crowley published the earlier Golden Dawn rituals. The result were the AO rituals profaned by Farrell.

    Rest assured that our new recension of the A.O. rituals remain completely traditional. The differences between them and those published by Farrell is very similar to the difference between the original versions and Mathers recension in reaction to the magical attack by Crowley.

    What is significant magically today is the decision of the Secret Chiefs of the Third Order of the Alpha et Omega to give our Second Order a completely unpublished magical system to replace that which was published by Crowley and Regardie.

    This does not mean that we do not use the original RR et AC astrological and elemental magical system that we all know and love. We still use that in our Outer Order. OUTER becsuse it has been published.

    What this means is that our Second Order, RR et AC, is unique among Golden Dawn orders because we have a completely unpublished, yet thoroughly traditional curriculum. It is important for the egregore of a magical order that its rituals and magical system remain Hermetically sealed. Among Golden Dawn orders today, this is only the case with the AO.

    Since the revision of the rituals was done under the supervision of the Secret Chiefs and all of the additional Second Order teachings come directly from Third Order archives, there is no doubt that all of this remains completely traditional, and is not the result of some personal reconstructioinsit fantasy.

  12. @ Rivarie

    We have had temples throughout North America and Europe all along. Hecate temple gives the the AO and its outer order, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn a much needed world headquarters.

  13. The Burrowing Owls were not our doing at all. We discovered them on the day that escrow closed on Hecate Temple and Retreat Center. They were a sign from Hecate - a blessing from the Goddess that came upon our taking possession of the property.

    By the way - another blessing - both Hecate Temple and Retreat Center are completely paid for - no mortgage - and thus there is no chance of foreclosure ever.

    Hecate Temple and Retreat Center are here to stay!

  14. Hecate's owls are here to stay too!

    Even the sweet little owls will forever more have a safe place to burrow and raise their young.

    They are henceforth under the direct protection of Hecate Temple.

  15. @ GH Frater LeS:
    Alchemy Lab!!! Well, where are my working orders, sign me up for permanent residency. The mother ship has landed!
    BTW: The Borrowing Owl of the Nevada, Northwest region (i.e., Athene Cunicularia Hypugaea), was discovered in 1825 by Napoleon's nephew Charles Lucien Bonaparte who was a French naturalist and ornithologist. There are at least 22 subspecies of Burrowing Owls, all of which are considered endangered species.
    Frater DVP