Golden Dawn
The Golden Dawn Rosy Cross symbol.  This glyph was worn by on the breast by Golden Dawn members during ceremonies.  The design is based on Rosicrucian legend, Kabbalah, and on the colour symbolism taught by S. L. MacGregor Mathers. The twenty-two petals of the Rose, each coloured differently, correspond to the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet - "three mothers, seven doubles and twelve simple" - and the twenty-two Paths of the Tree of Life. From these petals a geometrical figure representing any named spiritual force can be obtained; the name is first transliterated into Hebrew letters and then a figure is drawn which would connect up all the letters of that name if it were drawn upon the Rose. In the middle of the petals of the Rose is a Calvary Cross, symbolic of death and spiritual rebirth. The Rose itself lies upon the four-armed Cross of Nature, symbolic of the physical elements which the adept has to transmute into pure gold in the athanor of his heart. The pentagrams show the symbols of four physical elements plus the fifth or quintessence; the hexagram below the rose shows the moon and five planets, centred on the sun

from Francis King, 1975, Magic - the Western Tradition, Art and Imagination series, ed. Jill Purce, Thames and Hudson, London

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Hermeticism and Western Esotericism - some definitions

the classical age

Mystery Religions
Chaldean Oracles
Corpus Hermetica

the medieval period

early Alchemy
the Grimores
The Book of Abramelin - translator's thoughts
Judaic Kabbalah

the renaissance and after

later Alchemy
Christian Kabbalah

the modern age

the occult revival in the 19th century
Max Theon and the Hermetic Brotherhood Of Luxor
The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn
The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram
The Order of the Stella Matutina
Argenteum Astrum
Zos Kia Cultus
NeoPaganism and Wicca



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