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Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn
(5,369 words)

The foremost esoteric, and later magical, initiatic Order of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It was founded in March 1888 but its roots lie in the plethora of fringe masonic Orders and quasi-masonic societies that flourished from the 1860s onwards. Both the administrative structure of the Order and the form of its ceremonies were masonic, but the symbolism and doctrinal content of the rituals were drawn almost exclusively from Western esoteric sources, and in its essentials the Golden Dawn conformed to the definition of an esoteric Order given by → Dion Fortune: a fraternity ‘wh…

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Gilbert, Robert A., “Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn”, in: Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism. Consulted online on 21 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1873-8338_dgwe_DGWE_162>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004141872, 20061031



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