Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law
Thank you for your inquiry concerning the Khemetic Golden Dawn and Oxford Golden Dawn Occult Society which are freestyle ritual groups whose names are inspired by the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, the celebrated occult society that flourished at the end of the last century. The magick we practice is a modern equivalent of the old Hermetic Order of the GD system.
One of the aims of our groups is to disseminate authentic information about the occult. Our interests include ceremonial magick, witchcraft, tantra, kabbalah, shamanism, runes, the thelemic magick of Aleister Crowley, and others. Some members have been practising magick for years; others are new to the occult. Recent meetings have included workshops on tarot and on visualization and talks on Robert Anton Wilson, the artist Austin Osman Spare, the pagan religions of the ancient British Isles, and techniques of ritual invocation.
There is a free PDF course in the basics of magick available which includes a suggested list of books to read. If you want to view the teaching materials for the course, these are available as a PDF file, included free with Mogg Morgan's Tankhem: Seth and Egyptian Magick (if you already have this book then it may be possible to including it with another item). If you want to receive Hem Neter, the occasional newsletter of the society, you need to become an associate member at a modest cost of approx $10 (paypal or credit card options on request). You might also like to have a look at Jan Fries' Visual Magick and Aleister Crowley's Magick or a collection of some previous talks: Thelemic Magick II.
Love is the Law Love under Will
The Golden Dawn Society exists to promote a wider understanding of magick and the occult.
We totally reject the notion that we are in any way evil. Those who have sought to label us as 'black' or evil, either do not know or do not want to know the facts about modern pagan belief.
Paganism is an umbrella term that covers a wide range of different practices including witchcraft, ritual magick, Thelema, etc. Paganism has no creed or dogma, but there are common goals amongst pagans. One of these is a belief in the power of magick. To paraphrase Aleister Crowley, magick is the science and art of causing change within ourselves and our environment by the use of the human will. Magick has always played an important role in almost all known societies of the past and, we believe the future. Magick is a reputable activitity practiced by people of every colour, gender, nationality, sexuality etc.
Another central tenet of paganism is tolerance. We demand that the tolerance, pagans have traditionally shown to other viewpoints and faiths is in turn given to us.
We have no political aspirations other than the right to pursue our chosen way, without discrimination. Where this brings us into conflict with the conventional view - as for instance over access to sacred sites, the right to marry, name our children and conduct our own funerals - we reserve the right to campaign in an open and democratic manner.
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