Monday, January 27, 2014

Golden Dawn Imperator, David Griffin, in Mexico City, Mexico (2/28-3/2)




David Griffin, Imperator of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, outer order of the Rosicrucian Order of Alpha et Omega, and author of the Ritual Magic Manual, will be visiting Mexico City February 28-March 2. Friday evening, there wil be a public lecture: "Introduction to Hermetic Magick and Alchemy."

With preapproved application, Saturday morning Imperator Griffin will in Spanish be initiating candidates into 0=0 Neophyte Grade.


Saturday afternoon will include Golden Dawn Ritual Magic training, Dojo style.


Sunday is an all day seminar - for A.O. initiates only - in the new Golden Dawn magick released last year for the Neophyte grade.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Vegas Vortex's MYSTERIUM 2014: David Griffin to step in for Donald Michael Kraig



At Mysterium (Jan 31 - Feb 2, 2014) in Las Vegas, NV, beloved Magickal author Donald Michael Kraig was originally scheduled to appear as featured guest. When news recently broke HERE that Mr. Kraig is battling for his life against pancreatic cancer and will not be able to attend, Vegas Vortex hosts, Jeff and Abbi McBride asked Leslie and David Griffin to step up to the plate at the last minute, presenting on Magick and Alchemy from the Hermetic perspective.

Attendence at Mysterium 2014 is extremely limited. At present there are only 6 places left. Reserve directly with Vegas Vortex HERE. You can read about the event directly on the Vegas Vortex website HERE.


Here is what Leslie and David Griffin will present:

Introduction to Hermetic Magick and Alchemy
An introduction to the triad of Hermetic spiritual disciplines, Alchemy, Magic, and Astrology. What is the goal of spiritual development, according to the Hermetic tradition.

Fundamentals of Hermetic Magick and Alchemy
Basic concepts of Hermetic spiritual development and workshop experiencing the physical energy called LVX in the Hermetic tradition, kundalini to the Tantrics, and chi of the Tao.

Egyptian Godforms and Golden Dawn Godforms
Hawk, Lion, Bull, and Man as Egyptian Gods, Native American spirits, and Golden Dawn Godforms. A Core Shamanism approach to Egyptian pre-dynastic shamanism.

David Griffin is the author of the record breaking Ritual Magic Manual, and teaches Hermetic Magic and Alchemy as Imperator of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and Chief Adept of the Rosicrucian Order of Alpha Omega.

Leslie McQuade's extensive experience as a field archaeologist and ethnographer blends the best of academic discoveries in the field of Shamanism with down-to-earth practical applications learned from native practitioners around the world.


Vegas Vortex Hosts - Jeff and Abbi McBride

Friday, January 24, 2014

Lesson 5: Core Golden Dawn Ideas, Concepts, and Theories


with Alpha Omega Imperator
David Griffin

Lesson Five:

"What are the core Golden Dawn ...
... ideas, concepts, or theories?"

As previously mentioned, the fundamental precepts are to "become more than human" and to awaken the Divine Spark that lies dormant in every human being.

Theories revolving around these precepts affirm that every human being is unto his or herself a small God, slumbering and without knowledge that he or she is different than what they believe themselves to be or that which society has said about them. This theory thus carries us back to the ancient maxim of the mysteries, which remains actual until today ...

"Know Thyself!"

... because in knowing the truth about yourself, you will know the entire Universe!

This maxim alone explains the theory or group of theories of the Magic of the Golden Dawn. It is the fundamental maxim from which arise the following corollaries:
  • 1) Human being - You do not know yourself.
  • 2) If you knew yourself, you would discover yourself to be much more than you believe you are.
  • 3) The order codifies and transmits precisely the techniques that were given in ancient times by the ancient priesthoods and mystery schools.
  • 4) Your life is a dream and the techniques of the order, well practiced, can reawaken you to the truth of what you truly are, etc.


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Saturday, January 18, 2014

A Call to Magical Action: Healing for Donald Michael Kraig


Last week the Golden Dawn community showed again the way that we take care of our own, when VH Frater Aaron Leitsch was threatened with losing his vision as he did not have enough money for the insurance deductible for his cataract surgery. The outpouring of love and financial support from the entire Golden Dawn community was nothing less than inspiring.

This week the Golden Dawn community is in danger of losing yet another one of our own, as VH Frater Donald Michael Kraig has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. All across the Golden Dawn and Pagan communities, calls are going out for concerted Magical action to heal VH Frater Kraig. I echo this call to magical action.

Donald Michael Kraig

Donald Michael Kraig is not only a noted author and thinker, he’s also a charming, funny, and supportive individual.

See more at The Wild Hunt HERE.

Esoteric author, Nick Farrell has proposed the following healing ritual, which I am reblogging from the Facebook event Mr. Farrell created HERE. Under the curcumstances, I have no doubt that Farrell will not mind my reblogging his proposed ritual, adding my voice to his attempting to help Frater Kraig. I urge all readers of the Golden Dawn blog to perform Mr. Farrell's proposed ritual for the healing of Donald Michael Kraig:
Do the following ritual (or anything really) as soon as you can to help Don Kraig fight off cancer. It can be done anytime you like.... let us know how you got on. 
HEALING RITUAL 
Perform the Lesser Invoking Ritual of the Pentagram.

Go east (place the statue or the picture in the east with the candle beneath it).
Come to me, Thoth, oh noble Ibis.
Oh god who loves Khmun, oh letter-writer of the Ennead, come to me and give me thy magic. Make me skilful in your calling of magic! Better is your calling than any callings, it makes humans great. He who masters it is found fit to hold office. You are he who offers counsel, fate and fortune are with you, come to me and give us your counsel. Assist Don Kraig so that people shall say "Great are they, the deeds of Thoth!" And we shall be assigned them to your calling of magic and we shall be more than human.
In the name of YHVH Eloah ve-Daath I call upon you, strong and mighty Angels of Healing, that if it be the will of YHVH Eloah ve-Daath, the holy God, the Father and the Mother of all, show me the miracle of your healing power.

Open the way for Don Kraig to walk his path in strength, heal his body and mind, cast out those weakness that plague him, regenerate his cells and banish any agents of illness that stand against him and the demon of cancer so that he may serve the mysteries as an individual lamp drawn from the central flame of unity.
INVOCATION to the FOUR GOOD ANGELS
OF HEALING of the EAST
In the Name of IDOIGO (II-DOH-II-GO) and ARDZA (AR-DEE-ZA),

(draw cross in the quarter)

I (your motto) call upon the FOUR GOOD ANGELS OF HEALING of the EAST, you who are skilled in the medicine of the ONE THING and dispensers of ALL cures. In the name of that ONE THING which created the UNIVERSE from TRUTH and the builder of the heavenly city of Jerusalem, come forth CZONS (SEE-ZOH-EN-ES), SIGAS (SII-GAS), FMOND (EF-MON-DEE), TOITT (TOH -II-TEE-TEE). Open the way for Don Kraig to walk his path in strength, heal his body and mind, cast out those weakness that plague him, regenerate his cells and banish any agents of illness that stand against him and the demon of cancer so that he may serve the mysteries as an individual lamp drawn from the central flame of unity.
In the name of IDOIGO (II-DOH-II-GO) and ARDZA (AR-DEE-ZA)
Let this be so.
Go north.
INVOCATION to the FOUR GOOD ANGELS
OF HEALING of the NORTH
In the Name of ANGPOI (AN-JII-PEE-OY) and UNNAX (UN-NAKS),

(Draw cross in the quarter)

I (your motto) call upon the FOUR GOOD ANGELS OF HEALING of the NORTH. You who are skilled in the medicine of the ONE THING and dispensers of ALL cures. In the name of that ONE THING which created the UNIVERSE from TRUTH and the builder of the heavenly city of Jerusalem, come AIGRA (AY-II-GRA), ORPMN (OR-PEE-EM-EN), IZINR (II-ZII-EN-ER) RSONI (ER-SOH-NII).

Open the way for Don Kraig to walk his path in strength, heal his body and mind, cast out those weakness that plague him, regenerate his cells and banish any agents of illness that stand against him and the demon of cancer so that he may serve the mysteries as an individual lamp drawn from the central flame of unity.
In the name of ANGPOI (AN-JII-PEE-OY) and UNNAX (UN-NAKS) let this be so.
(Go west).
INVOCATION to the FOUR GOOD ANGELS
OF HEALING of the WEST
In the name of OBGOTA (OB-GOH-TAY) and AABCO (AY-AY-BE-CO)
(draw cross in the quarter)

I (your motto) call upon the FOUR GOOD ANGELS OF HEALING of the WEST. You who are skilled in the medicine of the ONE THING and dispensers of ALL cures. In the name of that ONE THING which created the UNIVERSE from TRUTH and the builder of the heavenly city of Jerusalem, come forth TOCO (TO-CO) or TOGCO (TO-JEE-CO), NHDD (EN-HAY-DEE-DEE) or NHODD (EN-HAY-OD-DEE), PAAX (PEE-AY-AY-KS) or PATAX (PAY-TAY-KS), SAIX (SAY-EX) or SAAIX (SAY-AY-EX).

Open the way for Don Kraig to walk his path in strength, heal his body and mind, cast out those weakness that plague him, regenerate his cells and banish any agents of illness that stand against him and the demon of cancer so that he may serve the mysteries as an individual lamp drawn from the central flame of unity.
In the name of OBGOTA (OB-GOH-TAY) and AABCO (AY-AY-BE-CO) let this be so.
Go to the south.
INVOCATION to the FOUR GOOD ANGELS OF HEALING of the SOUTH
In the name of NOALMR (NOH-AL-MER) and OLOAG (OL-OH-AY-JEE),

(Draw cross in the quarter)

I (your motto) call upon the FOUR GOOD ANGELS OF HEALING of the SOUTH. You who are skilled in the medicine of the ONE THING and dispensers of ALL cures. In the name of that ONE THING which created the UNIVERSE from TRUTH and the builder of the heavenly city of Jerusalem, come forth OPMN OPAMN (OH-PAY-EM-EN), APLST (AY-PEE-EL-ES-TEE), SCMIO (ES-SEE-MII-OH) and VARSG (VARZH).

Open the way for Don Kraig to walk his path in strength, heal his body and mind, cast out those weakness that plague him, regenerate his cells and banish any agents of illness that stand against him and the demon of cancer so that he may serve the mysteries as an individual lamp drawn from the central flame of unity.
In the name of NOALMR (NOH-AL-MER) and OLOAG (OL-OH-AY-JEE), let this be so.
(Go to the centre)
Invocation of the Spiritual Stone
Oh thou Mighty Angel of Unification Ehben. Thou who art the celestial force of Equilibrium. Bring harmony and balance to Don Kraig. Heal the illness within his body. Lead him to the realisations and people that will cure him completely and utterly. Let those who treat him be skilled and let this illness be banished from him so that he may lead a healthy and long life. Move within his sphere of sensation along with the Angels of Healing. Open the way for Don Kraig to walk his path in strength, heal his body and mind, cast out those weakness that plague him, regenerate his cells and banish any agents of illness that stand against him.
Open the way for Don Kraig exorcise the demon of cancer so that he may serve the mysteries as an individual lamp drawn from the central flame of unity so that he may serve the mysteries as an individual lamp drawn from the central flame of unity.
EHBEN
(Vibrate this seven times and the power comes down through you. See each cell of Don glowing with white light. Let this fade and then perform a Kabbalistic Cross.)


Thursday, January 9, 2014

MAGICKALL! Spring Gathering of Magickal Traditions


Golden Dawn and Alpha Omega present ...

April 5-13, 2014 - Mojave Desert near Las Vegas, NV


Are you a ...
Magickal Witch?
Golden Dawn Magician?
Magickal Feri?
Pagan Magician?
Magickal Shaman?
Thelemic Magician?
Or a Magician of any other stripe or flavor?

No matter what Magickal tradition you practice, you will not want to miss the MAGICKAL! 2014 gathering the world's first international gathering focused on all traditions of Magick.

In 2012, the AΩ began our tradition of yearly Spring festivals, with the International Conclave of Second Order Adepts. In 2013, we hosted the International Festival of Golden Dawn Magicians.

These Festivals met with astonishing success. Last year Magicians came from across North America, South America, Australasia, Africa and Europe - including Magicians from Australia, Sweden, Germany, England, France, Cameroon, Mexico and from across the USA.

This Spring - things are going to be even better!

Because this time - YOU are invited!


There will be lectures, ritual demonstrations, seminars, drum circles, and much, much more.

We are still putting together our presenters list, so if you would like to present about the Magical tradition you practice, there is still time to contact us to see if we can fit you in the Festival schedule.

Here in the Mojave desert, temperatures are very pleasant in April.

At the foot of Shadown Mountain, adjacent the festival grounds are over 100 acres of pristine desert perfect for Spring camping. Bring camping gear or your recreational vehicle. There are nearby hotels, but it is not at all the same experience.

We will provide a communal camp kitchen for those who need it here at Isis Temple. You are also welcome to use our festival sized hot tub!

Festival Attendance 2014 is only $60. You may pay upon arrival.


Grand Reception Hall at AΩ Isis Temple

Inside AΩ Isis Temple

Don't miss Alpha Omega's debut public performance of ...
... Moina and S.L. MacGregor Mathers' ...
The Rites of Isis
With HPS Leslie and HP David McQuade Griffin


Here are a few scenes from previous (G.D. only) Festivals!

AΩ Ritual Team with Leslie and David McQuade Griffin


"New Golden Dawn Magick" Presentation inside Isis Temple


A Las Vegas Pagan Wedding


And don't miss the local sights!

Tecopa Hot Springs
 

Death Valley National Park (Artist's Drive)

Death Valley National Park (Devil's Corn Field)

and of course - Las Vegas!
hosted by AΩ
Isis Temple


With your hosts ...
Leslie and David Griffin


PLEASE NOTE: The views of traditions presenting at MagickAll are not necessarily those of the Alpha Omega. Participation in any ritual or lecture is completely voluntary. Attendees are welcome to participate in as many or as few lectures and ritual demonstrations as they like. The mission of MagickAll is to foster tolerance, patience, and understanding between religious faiths and Magickal traditions.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Core Golden Dawn 4: Types of Information or Data Golden Dawn Magicians Gather


with Alpha Omega Imperator
David Griffin

Lesson Four:

"What sorts of information or data ...
... do Golden Dawn Magicians gather?"

Information or data collected by Golden Dawn Magicians is for their spiritual practice and is symbolical in nature. In magic, the symbol is sovereign as a unique tool to communicate with the deeper layers of the human mind, setting into motion the true spiritual life of the Magician.

With the proper choice of symbols, the Golden Dawn system of Magic suggests to the deep layers of the mind the path to take and the energies to awaken suitable for the awakening of the Divine Spark of the human being.

This data is gathered from the symbol system coagulated for centuries around the structure of the Qabalistic Tree of Life, so that it may form a unique corpus of knowledge, perfect to discover and guide the magician through the Inner Planes lying beyond the world perceived by the senses. A Magician learns these symbols, and learns to use them to enter into communication with the deep mind and to develop the energetic body.



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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Egyptian Isinian Mysteries: The Subtle Bodies and the Four Worlds

by Alpha Omega Imperator
David Griffin
On the Golden Dawn Forum (HERE), Jordan recently asked:
"Hello all, I am a novice and beginning student of comparative theology. I have been studying alchemy lately and read somewhere that all of the metals referenced in alchemical text are actually metaphors for different types of subtle bodies. Such as:
 (Lead represents the material body)
(Quicksilver represents the etheric body)
(Gold represents the solar body)
(Silver represents the ??????? body)
Can anyone enlighten me on this or is this a secret I have to be initiated into the group to find out?"
Thanks
Jordan
Dear Jordan,

I have both a short answer and a long one. The short answer is:

Lead (Saturn) is the metal corresponding to the physical body, ruled by Saturn/Chronos, Lord of Time 
Silver (Moon) is the metal corresponding to the lunar body, fully active in the world of dreams - ruled by the Moon. 
Quicksilver (Mercury) is the mental body and the realm of ideas. 
Gold (Sun) is the Solar Body, the body active in the stellar realm, the universe inside light.
Thus we can understand how the Rosicrucian Magic of the Golden Dawn works first with the energies of the Elements on our planet, then evolves out through the planets of our solar system to the stars.

As for the long answer, let us first recall that although the Alpha Omega remains a traditional Golden Dawn order. The AO also operates a separate, purely Egyptian section.

For those educated in Kemetic tradition who may assert the below is incomplete, note that what I give is extremely simplified. Human kind and the universe should always be considered as single being, containing within itself the four elements that compose everything. I give below the simplest terms without going into detail into the explanation of the elements of the composition of the soul/universe, known to the Egyptians as the Ba, Sheut, Khaibit, etc. Additional information and practices are available to A.Ω. members.


1. The Sekhu or Khat - "The Body that Devours." (Physical Body of Saturnian Body (ruled by time) The Sekhu or Khat is the physical Body that lives and dies, eats, devours, renews, reproduces, etc. It is a sensitive and dense body containing meat, bones, corneous tissue, etc. It is also matter that it is created, serves its function, then transforms. It is physical matter that we can touch and see and perceive with ours five senses. 
Color: Black
Element: Earth
Characteristics: Stimuli, such hunger, thirst, sleepiness, concupiscence. Physical sensations (warm; cold, pain, pleasure, fatigue, vigor, etc.) 

2. The Ka - "The Body that Feels" (Astral Body, Lunar Body) The Ka is a subtle body composed of magnetism and vital energy. The Ka derives from the Sekhu or Khat like the Moon reflects the light of the Sun. The Ka is a more subtle body emanating from first and constituting its denser sensibility – nerves, nerve centers, the brain, etc. In the created world, the Ka is also magnetic and electrical energy. Subtle matter, magnetism and electricity, odic force, also called Astral Light. 
Element: Water
Color: Green
Characteristics: Sensory impressions; instincts, conscience, moral pain, feelings and passions (fear, courage, euphoria, depression, insecurity, love, hatred; goodness; badness, etc.). Sense of order or tendency to disorder. Desires; aspirations; attachments, etc.

3. The Ba - "The Body that Thinks." (Mental Body, Mercurial Body) The Ba is a more complete individuality emanating from the preceding two bodies. The Ba is mentality or the Mental body, winged at both the head and feet. The Ba is the constituent part of the human being most in contact with the Divine. The Ba is the most subtle, or thinking aspect of the human being.
The Ba represents the directing principle of the Universe and of matter. Today we may better understand this considering Quantum physics and Quantum mind. The Ba represents the subtle forces underlying universal creation.
Element: Air
Color: Light Blue
Characteristics: Intelligence and will, intuition, thought, creation, spiritual love, neutrality, truth, directing and willed concrete ideas, sense of freedom, premonition and precognition, dominion over the Astral body and thus over the physical body as well. 

4. The Akh, Khu, or Sahu - "The Body of Light" or "Divine Spark" (Solar Body, also called Diving Genius in the Golden Dawn). The Akh, Khu, or Sahu represents Divine individuality, which manifest in the human being by virtue of the Ba, which in its turn manifests through the Ka, and this through the Sekhu or Khat. The Akh, Khu, or Sahu participates in universal life, unique and eternal. It is the source of vitality, both physical and spiritual. It is the light of eternal consciousness, beyond space and time. 
Element: Fire
Color: Brilliant Red
Characteristics: There is not point in listing characteristics of the Akh. This must be lived through experience as it is beyond mind and intellect. I add only the following quote from the Adept Fulcanelli: 
"As long as fire exists, matter will not cease in its arduous ascent towards the integral purity; passing solid form (earth) to liquid form (water), and then to the gaseous state (air) and then to a radiant state (fire). As long a fire shall exist, human beings will be able to exercise their industrious activity on the things that surround them and, thanks to this wonderful igneous instrument, will be able to submit them to their own will, to mold them, to subject them their own purposes. As long a fire shall endure, human beings shall be human beings in will be directed relationship with the Divine - and the creature shall better know its Creator."

Let us recall, in conclusion, that the above Egyptian model exists only to better and more concretely understand the human Soul. It does not mean that this division literally exists in human beings. Who asserts this acts like a child who believes in fairy tales, for these four bodies completely interpenetrate one another and every cell of the physical human body contains the other three bodies not only within each cell, but also within each molecule and every atom. 


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