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Aaron Interviewed on ‘Healing From Within’ with Tony Valen   Leave a comment

Greetings Listeners!

HealingFromWithin

 

I recently gave an interview for the Podcast Healing From Within with Tony Valen, and it is now available for your listening pleasure.  :)

I had a wonderful time discussing the Golden Dawn, Hermeticism, Spiritual Alchemy and much more.  The guys who run this show are wonderful and I had a blast talking with them.  They had never heard of the Golden Dawn before, so this was my chance to explain what the GD is all about, what we do, where we came from, etc.

I also talk a little about the grimoires toward the end, and even talk some about Ochani Lele and his influence on me. :) Starts at about 29:00.

You can listen to it now:

Healing From Within – Aaron Leitch Interview

Enjoy!  :)

 

UPDATE:  I just learned that this episode had 682 total listeners – which is a record for the Healing From Within show.  Awesome!  :)

 

Posted July 8, 2014 by kheph777 in golden dawn, hermetic, magick and history, rosicrucian

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Ceremonial Magick Classes (Spring 2014)   Leave a comment

Greetings Students!

If you’re local to the Tampa area, and you missed out on the Ceremonial Magick 101 Classes last spring, you have a second chance this summer!  Classes begin July 6th!

 

Ceremonial Magick 101 Classes

July 6 – August 10

Lesser Banishing Pentagram

Ceremonial Magick uses ritual and invocation to move closer to the Divine.   Come learn the basics of Ceremonial Magick from initiated ceremonial magicians, Carrie Mikell & Aaron Leitch – adepts of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.  If you want to experience Ceremonial (or “high”) Magick, this class is for you! Course Topics include the following:

•Class 1: Basic Terms of Ceremonial Magick – Diagrams & the Qabalistic Cross

•Class 2: Basic Rituals & Correspondences

•Class 3: Petnagrams & the four Philosophical Elements

•Class 4: Hexagrams & the seven Planets

•Class 5: Talisman Creation & Consecration

•Class 6: An Angel Evocation

Class starts Sunday July 6th and continues over the next five Sundays, 1-3:30pm.

Cost is $25 per class with a $75 deposit that will pay for the last 3 classes in the series.

Please call Mystikal Scents at 813-986-3212 to register. Limited to 12 students.

 

9545 E. Fowler Ave
Thonotosassa/Brandon, FL. 33592
813-986-3212
www.mystikalscents.com

For more info (map, directions, etc) see the Facebook Events page.

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Live Too Far Away To Attend?

We are still working on an online version of these classes.  However, there is even better news for long-distance students!  We have been speaking with other adepts of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn who want to give these same classes in their local area.  The first will be this fall in the Long Island, NY area.  I will be posting more about this as the event approaches – and, who knows, if this catches on you might someday be able to take these classes in person.  :)

Ceremonial Magick Classes (Spring 2014)   Leave a comment

kheph777:

Just one more week to register for the classes! :)

Originally posted on Ananael (The Secrets of Wisdom):

Greetings Students!

If you’re local to the Tampa area, we are giving the Ceremonial Magick 101 Classes again this spring!  In fact, classes begin next month!

Ceremonial Magick 101 Classes

March 2 – April 6

Lesser Banishing Pentagram

Ceremonial Magick uses ritual and invocation to get closer to the Divine Self.   Come learn the basics of Ceremonial Magick from initiated ceremonial magicians, Carrie Mikell & Aaron Leitch – adepts of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.  If you want to experience Ceremonial (or “high”) Magick, this class is for you! Course Topics include the following:

•Class 1: Basic Terms of Ceremonial Magick – Diagrams & the Qabalistic Cross

•Class 2: Basic Rituals & Correspondences

•Class 3: Petnagrams & the four Philosophical Elements

•Class 4: Hexagrams & the seven Planets

•Class 5: Talisman Creation & Consecration

•Class 6: An Angel Evocation

 

Class starts Sunday March 2nd and continues over the next five Sundays, 1-3:30pm

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Ceremonial Magick Classes (Spring 2014)   2 comments

Greetings Students!

If you’re local to the Tampa area, we are giving the Ceremonial Magick 101 Classes again this spring!  In fact, classes begin next month!

Ceremonial Magick 101 Classes

March 2 – April 6

Lesser Banishing Pentagram

Ceremonial Magick uses ritual and invocation to get closer to the Divine Self.   Come learn the basics of Ceremonial Magick from initiated ceremonial magicians, Carrie Mikell & Aaron Leitch – adepts of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.  If you want to experience Ceremonial (or “high”) Magick, this class is for you! Course Topics include the following:

•Class 1: Basic Terms of Ceremonial Magick – Diagrams & the Qabalistic Cross

•Class 2: Basic Rituals & Correspondences

•Class 3: Petnagrams & the four Philosophical Elements

•Class 4: Hexagrams & the seven Planets

•Class 5: Talisman Creation & Consecration

•Class 6: An Angel Evocation

 

Class starts Sunday March 2nd and continues over the next five Sundays, 1-3:30pm.

Cost is $25 per class with a $75 deposit that will pay for the last 3 classes in the series.

Please call Mystikal Scents at 813-986-3212 to register. Limited to 12 students.

9545 E. Fowler Ave
Thonotosassa/Brandon, FL. 33592
813-986-3212
www.mystikalscents.com

For more info (map, directions, etc) see the Facebook Events page.

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P.S. – For those who are still hoping for Skype classes:  I’m afraid that Skype was not sufficient for the purpose of online classes.  We have another option – a bit more expensive but worth it in terms of quality and functionality.  As things move forward, we will post further info on this subject.

 

Essential Enochian Grimoire Artwork 5   1 comment

Greetings again Egyptophiles!

James Clark has decided to wow us with another example of his Egyptian iconography from the Neo-Enochian (that is post-Golden Dawn) portion of the Essential Enochian Grimoire.  This is another of the godforms that rule the “Truncated Pyramids” of the Watchtower squares:

 

Harpocrates

Harpocrates

 

The Greek name “Harpocrates” comes from the Egyptian Heru-pa-Khered, meaning Horus the Child.  As the story goes, Osiris had impregnated Isis just before he left the realm of the living to govern the Underworld.  Osiris’ brother and murderer Set, who had usurped the Throne of Egypt, was unaware of the pregnancy, and Isis did everything in her power to keep it that way.  She went into hiding in a field of reeds to have and raise the child – who she named Horus - in secrecy.  (As it happens Set did eventually find out, and made several attempts to assassinate his infant nephew, but all without success.)

Eventually, Hrous came of age and confronted Set to reclaim his father’s Throne.  After 80 years of battle (on the field and in court), Horus achieved victory and became the ruler of Egypt.  From that point forward, every Pharoah was considered a living incarnation of Horus.

The Child Horus became a special figure in Egypt, much as the Baby Jesus would become his own figure in later Christianity.  (In fact, it is quite likely that images of the Madonna and Child are descened from older Egyptian images of Isis and Harpocrates.)  Horus the Child represented the newborn Sun (in the morning, but especially after the winter Solstice) and the first appearance of crops and vegitation.

As Nick Farrell pointed out in his most recent blog post, our association with Harpocrates as a “God of Silence” was due to a misunderstanding on the part of the Greeks.  They saw the young boy figure holding a finger to his lips, and assumed he was making the common gesture for “be quiet.”  Thus, they associated him with their own God of Silence and Mystery – and that is exactly how he is viewed in the Golden Dawn system to this day.

In fact, the particular gesture being made by Harpocrates is simply an imitation of the Egyptian Hieroglyph for “Child.”  I suspect this had something to do with children sucking on their fingers, or even making a non-verbal request to be fed.

 

Egyptian Hieroglyph for “Child”

 

Of course, even if Harpocrates is not specifically a “God of Silence”, there is still deep significance in the mythos of his being raised in secret by the Mother Goddess, and prepared for his eventual confrontation with Set.  In the Golden Dawn’s Neophyte initiation ceremony, the candidate is presented as likewise raised in darkness and obscurity, protected and finally guided to seek spiritual wisdom by the Great Mother so he can someday reclaim his own spiritual Throne and govern his personal Kingdom.

In the Neo-Enochian system, Harpocrates represents balanced Air and Water.  Two sides of his pyramid are Air (yellow with purple characters) and two are Water (blue with orange characters). His image is a youth wearing a yellow and blue tunic, a yellow pectoral collar, and a blue headdress. He also wears the double-crown of Egypt, colored yellow and blue. He holds a blue ankh and stands in the “sign of silence” – meaning his left fingertip is pressed against his lips. Sometimes he is depicted kneeling upon a Lotus blossom. He rests upon a yellow and blue base.

 

Posted October 15, 2013 by kheph777 in books, golden dawn, grimoires

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Essential Enochian Grimoire Artwork 4   4 comments

Greetings Egyptophiles!

So James Clark has finally released some new artwork from the Essential Enochian Grimoire -  and this time he’s drawing from the Neo-Enochian half of the book, where we find the Golden Dawn’s version of Enochian magick.  And, in the Golden Dawn, they used Egyptian godforms as talismatic images to represent the “Truncated Pyramids” formed of the Watchtower squares:

 

Hathor

Hathor – Goddess of Passion

 

Hathor is the Egyptian Goddess of Fertility and Passion – much like the Goddesses of neighboring countries:  Astarte, Ishtar and Inanna.  Also like these other Goddesses, Hathor is also a Goddess of War.

Egyptian mythos tells us of the time Hathor overheard some humans planning to assassinate her father Ra and overthrow his kingdom.  In her rage, she assumed the form of the Eye of Ra (the disk of the Sun) and flew across the Earth burning and destroying everything in her path.

So complete was her destruction, the other Gods became afraid she would exterminate mankind for good.  So, they quickly chose a valley in Hathor’s path and flooded it with beer dyed red to resemble blood.

Sure enough, when Hathor saw what appeared to be a lake of human blood, she waded in waist-deep and began to drink her fill.  The beer eventually took effect and Hathor, her rage finally spent, fell into a deep sleep.  What was left of mankind rejoiced at being spared, and learned to never again plot against mighty Ra.

In the above picture, we see Hathor as she appears in the Enochian system.  (It’s a shame the Essential Enochian Grimoire couldn’t reproduce these images in full color!)  She represents balanced WATER and EARTH. Two sides of her pyramid are Water (blue with orange characters) and two are Earth (black with white characters). Her image is of a woman wearing a blue and black dress, a blue pectoral collar and a black horned headdress. The headdress is surmounted by a blue disk and blue feathers. She carries a black ankh and blue lotus scepter and stands upon a black and blue base.

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James really outdid himself on these Egyptian images.  When Llewellyn first told me they wanted to have an artist re-draw the traditional GD Godforms, I was skeptical.  I pictured some kind of modern fantasy-style depictions of the gods – which would have been nice, but would not have carried that “Golden Dawn” tone or feeling.  Thankfully, James happens to have Golden Dawn experience, so he knew exactly how these images should look.  I am proud to have these new images in my book – I have no doubt they will be used by practitioners again and again!

Thanks goes to Chic and Tabatha Cicero for lending me the original versions of these Godforms.  :)

 

Posted October 10, 2013 by kheph777 in books, golden dawn, grimoires

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Chrysi Avgi is not the “Golden Dawn”   7 comments

Greetings Seekers!

Does this really need to be said?  Sadly… yes it probably does.  <SIGH>

 

Seriously... Fuck These Guys

Seriously… Fuck These Guys

 

Frankly, I don’t think anyone who has ever heard of the Golden Dawn is going to confuse us with the Greek neo-fascists Chrysi Avgi (which translates into English as “Golden Dawn”).  But, those folks aren’t the problem.

The real problem is for those who have never heard of us before, and whose first introduction to the term “Golden Dawn” is through the popular media talking about the Greek party.  (Do a Google search on the term now, see what comes up and in what order!)  Then, if those people encounter an actual Hermetic Order of the G.D. book, website, or member they will jump to the immediate conclusion that they are seeing something fascist.

And that can bring real problems.  Previously, if your boss or landlord or (in some cases) extended family discovered that you are into some kind of mysticism called “Golden Dawn”, they would likely think you were way too into Harry Potter and move on.  Now, if those same people were to hear that you practice “Golden Dawn” they might think you’re a closet nazi – which could lead to serious problems for you.

And the real downer is that I don’t think we can do a damned thing about this.  We can make all the noise we want – but the media is not going to take the time to say “…by the way, this Greek Golden Dawn party is not the same as the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn” after each news story about the Greeks.  And most muggles are going to hear about those fascists long before they ever hear about us.

Some have even gone so far as to suggest we change our name.  (Don Kraig and Nick Farrell, I’m looking at you! – find links to their blogs below.)  Personally, I can’t support that course of action because:

 

Damn Skippy

Damn Skippy

 

But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t make some noise.  Sure, by all rights these extremist whackjobs should be beneath our notice.  But we might as well take the effort to state, in no uncertain terms, that we are not associated with these douchebags nor do we sympathize in the least with any fascist or nazi philosophies or tactics.  In any country (or online).

My Order – the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn - has just released this disclaimer:

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.

Other articles on this topic can be found here:

Donald Michael Kraig’s Blog

Nick Farrell’s Blog

Ba Iset Order Blog

-Posted by Tabatha

‘Nuff Said.

LVX

Aaron Leitch (Isis Urania)

Posted October 5, 2013 by kheph777 in golden dawn, politics, social commentary

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Essential Enochian Grimoire Artwork 3   4 comments

Greetings Angel Workers!

James is not only an accomplished graphical artist, but he also has practical knowledge of and experience with the subject matter.  (That made working with him on these images *much* smoother.  Not to mention it means he is as dedicated as I am to getting every detail just right.)  The following is an image James is particularly proud of, from the upcoming Essential Enochian Grimoire:

The Seal of the True God

The Seal of the True God.
“And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God ” [Rev 7:2]

The Seal of God appears in the Book of the Revelation of St. John, carried by an angel from God’s Kingdom (of Light in the East) to the Earth.  It is then used to mark the foreheads of all the world’s faithful who serve the Light.  (See Rev 7, and 9:4.)  And this isn’t a religious concern, as even St. John clearly states the Seal was received by “a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues.” (Rev. 7:9).   (The only catch was that 144 thousand Jewish guys got to receive it first.)

Personally, I suspect such a mark would be upon one’s aura – a spiritual mark.  Consider the mark is places “in the forehead” in Revelation, the common location given for one’s “third eye” or psychic awareness.

The above Seal is probably familiar to most of you as the “Seal of Truth” – and Dee did refer to it by that term once or twice.  However, its full and proper name is given in Dee’s journals as Sigillium Dei Emeth, which translates literally as “Seal God Truth.”  In other grimoires that have versions of this Seal, it is called the “Seal of God.”  Thus, I tend to refer to this image as the “Seal of the True God.”  (However one could suggest other translations such as the “Seal of God’s Truth”, “Seal of the God (of) Truth” or even the “True Seal of God.”  Plus “Seal” can also be “Signature”, so we get titles such as the “True Signature of God,”)

In any case, what you are seeing above is, in fact, a very unique image.  Back in the old Enochian-L days (circa late 1990s), we dissected the numbers and letters of the Seal in minute detail – and we became aware of three problems in the available images of Dee’s Seal.  The above image addresses these problems:

One appears to be a mistake (either of Dee’s or of some later copyist).  A circumference character “y/15″ (see above) is rendered as “y/14″ in all published images of the Seal of the True God.  The problem is that “y/14″ makes it impossible to decrypt the Angelic Name that contains that y.  If you look on p. 103 of Joseph Peterson’s John Dee’s Five Books of Mystery, you’ll see the angels actually gave him “y/15″  (There is also a mathematical mystery having to do with the numbers in the Seal’s circumference that requires this to be 15.)

Interestingly, this letter is only used in the eighth “hidden” name Aborymon, which is associated with Antichrist and the End Times.  (The name is likely related to Abaddon and Apollyon.)  If one wanted to be completely ridiculous, one might even suggest it was a deliberate blind Dee introduced into the Seal so dabblers wouldn’t find Aborymon’s name…

The second and third problems were deliberate blinds on the part of Dee, so dabblers wouldn’t stumble onto Aborymon’s name.  Really.

In most published versions of the Seal of the True God, you’ll find in the circumference a capital letter “A” without any numbers in its cell.  That’s the first letter of Aborymon, and it doesn’t tell you where to go to find the next letter of the name.  Dee originally recorded a “666″ in this cell, and noted that one was to move counterclockwise six spaces to find the next letter.  Later, the Archangel Michael (in a vision) erased the “666″ in that cell to illustrate dominance over the Antichrist.  Dee followed suit by leaving only the “A” on his own Seal.  Most have followed suit, but a few practitioners are starting to put the “666″ back in place in order to repair the mathematical integrity of the circumference itself.

Finally, the last problem is a certain character “13/r” that also blocks the decryption of Aborymon.  (This is why I suspect the “y/15″ was an honest mistake.)  If you move thirteen spaces clockwise from “13/r”, it just takes you back to the capital “A” that started the name.  However, this number 13 is necessary for that mathematical mystery I cryptically mentioned previously, so it has to stay.  You just have to know that to decrypt Aborymon properly you have to remove the “1″ from “13″ and only move clockwise three spaces.

This image is really a joint effort of several people.  First I drew up a sketch of a corrected Seal.  Then Carrie Mikell took that sketch and turned it into something I could actually scan and submit to the publisher.  (lol)  James then had Carrie’s large and clear picture to work from to create the final version you see above.  :)

Posted September 20, 2013 by kheph777 in books, golden dawn, grimoires

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Essential Enochian Grimoire Artwork 2   4 comments

Greetings Angel Workers!

James Clark, the artist behind the diagrams and images in The Essential Enochian Grimoire, has released a second image from the book:

The Holy City

And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. – Rev 21:2

 

This is a very important diagram from Dee’s journals (though this one has been elaborated from the original), as it reveals the basic cosmology of the Enochian system.  The Holy City (representing the physical universe – see Reveltation 21) has twelve gates through which the Sun enters and exits – each one designated by a sign of the zodiac.  Interestingly, these 12 Solar Gates are described in detail in the Ethiopic Book of Enoch, a text which was lost for thousands of years – including Dee’s lifetime.

Dee’s original diagram did not include the zodiac signs, only the names of the Hebrew Tribes and the numbers 1-12.  If we look in Agrippa’s Three Books of Occult Philosophy, the “Scale of the Number 12“,  we find Dee’s numbers relate to zodiac signs: 1 = Aries, 2 = Taurus, 3 = Gemini, etc.  Thus, we see in Dee’s diagram that the Tribe of Dan (in the east) is given the number 1, and sure enough Agrippa tells us that Dan relates to Aries.  Dee gave the number 2 to the Tribe of Reuben (in the south), and Agrippa tells us that Reuben relates to Taurus.  And so on for the remaining Tribes and zodiac signs.

Once we add in the 12 signs, it becomes apparent that Dee did not intend the zodiac in this diagram to run in proper order.  Instead, he grouped them by Elemental triplicity – Fire in the east, Earth in the south, Air in the west and Water in the north.  (This is the zodiacal ordering of Elements, based upon where the Cardinal signs naturally fall on a horoscope:  Aries in the east, Capricorn in the south, Libra in the west and Cancer in the north.)  This is a completely different association of Elements to directions than would be used in the later Golden Dawn Enochian system.

It is interesting to note that this grouping by triplicity is a traditional method of classifying the Shem haMephoresh. – and through it the 24 Elders of the Apocalypse.  Those Elders figure into Dee’s Watchtower hierarchy of angels – and I’ve discussed the links between all of these things in a previous essay.

Posted September 13, 2013 by kheph777 in books, golden dawn, grimoires

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Essential Enochian Grimoire Artwork 1   2 comments

Greetings oh Patient Ones!

James Clark is the artist behind the diagrams and images in The Essential Enochian Grimoire.  (He worked mainly from sketches made by me and Carrie Mikell.)  Just for fun, and to tease the hell outta you guys, he has decided to let a bit of artwork from the book “leak” onto the interwebs every once in a while.  And, for the very same reasons, I’ve decided to make a series of blog posts about each image.  :)

James’ first release is:

James_Clark-EagleKerub

The Eagle – Kherub of the West

 

This is the symbol of the Western Kherub in the Golden Dawn traditions (and many traditions that followed).  His name is Nesher. He is a form of Scorpius, the fixed sign of Water, though he truly embodies all three signs of the Water triplicity.  He is always one of four – the others being angels in the forms of a Lion (Fire triplicity), an Ox (Earth triplicity) and a Man (Air triplicity).  You can find these angels in the first chapter of Ezekiel and the fourth chapter of the Revelation of St. John.

You will only see this guy in the second half of the grimoire, dedicated to Golden Dawn-style Enochiania.  You won’t see him in the Dee-purist half of the grimoire.

Posted September 7, 2013 by kheph777 in books, golden dawn, grimoires

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