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Self-Initiation into the Golden Dawn Tradition

Self Initiation into the Golden Dawn Tradition - Ciceros

Now in its Third Printing

By Chic Cicero and Sandra Tabatha Cicero

The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn has been considered one of the most important Western magical systems for over a century. Although much of their knowledge has been published, to really enter the system required initiation within a Golden Dawn temple until now.

Regardless of your magical knowledge or background, you can learn and live the Golden Dawn tradition with the first practical guide to Golden Dawn initiation. Self-Initiation into the Golden Dawn Tradition by Chic and Sandra Tabatha Cicero offers self-paced instruction by two senior adepts of this magical order.

For the first time, the esoteric rituals of the Golden Dawn are clearly laid out in step-by-step guidance that's clear and easy-to-follow. Studying the Knowledge Lectures, practicing daily rituals, doing meditations, and taking self-graded exams will enhance your learning. Initiation rituals have been correctly reinterpreted so you can perform them yourself. Upon completion of this workbook, you can truly say that you are practicing the Golden Dawn tradition with an in-depth knowledge of qabalah, astrology, Tarot, geomancy, spiritual alchemy, and more, all of which you will learn from Self-Initiation into the Golden Dawn Tradition. It is a complete curriculum of study for both the solitary magician and the working magical group.

  • No need for group membership
  • Instructions are free of jargon and complex language
  • Lessons don't require familiarity with magical traditions
  • Six Grade rituals from Neophyte to Portal
  • Link with your Higher Self

    If you have ever wondered what it would be like to learn the Golden Dawn system, Self-Initiation into the Golden Dawn Tradition explains it all. The lessons follow a structured plan, adding more and more information with each section of the book. Did you really learn the material? Find out by using the written tests and checking them with the included answers. Here is a chance to find out if the Golden Dawn system is the right path for you or to add any part of their wisdom and techniques to the system you follow. Start with this book now.

With this book, you have everything necessary to initiate yourself through the outer grades of the Golden Dawn, from Neophyte through Portal, a total of six initiation ceremonies. These rituals are specially designed for the solitary practitioner, but they can be adapted for groups of two or more magicians. Each grade initiation is followed by a comprehensive Knowledge Lecture for you to study and absorb. Each chapter provides an examination at the end, so you can test your grasp of the material and check the answers in the back of the book.

The Knowledge Lectures are expanded with more in-depth information than has ever been published in one place before. You will learn other rituals, divination, and more as you move through the Grades. Never before have the teachings of the Golden Dawn been so readily available. You can learn it all when you get Self-Initiation into the Golden Dawn Tradition.



"A Golden Dawn book of quality! This book is excellent despite the fact that some G.D. groups have had a definite agenda to malign it at every opportunity. Regardless, the material speaks for itself and I believe that the Cicero's have combined their vast experience with solid G.D. theory. Make no bones about it; this book is crucial for both the solitary magician and G.D. group. This book is not a "correspondence course" and it stresses that the aspirant actively participate in his/her own initiation ritual(s). I'm not affiliated with any particualr G.D. faction, however, I can stand up for quality and sincere effort when I see it. Kudos for the Cicero's!!!"
A Reader from California, 6/28/98

"This book fills in many gaps in Regardie's GD. This book is not meant to eliminate the work of a group or an Initiating Adept, if they are available, but to fill in the gaps of Regardie's original book. In the introduction to that book he says such a work should be done. Those brief outlines are lacking, especially to those serious about the Golden Dawn, but far removed from a good working group. This book adds structure to what has been in existence before. For the solitary seeker, this book will make sense of what has been cryptic and vague. It makes the system workable. And to those who do not believe in self-initiation, that's fine, but it must start somewhere. It's better to work at Initiation without an Initiator, than to give up and do nothing."
A reader from East TN, 6/16/98

"At Last A Golden Dawn Book for Practitioners not Historians! Although its existence annoys some of the "Golden Dawn" organizations who want to subscribe large numbers of students, this book is an *excellent* guide for those many solitary and small group practitioners who do not have access to a healthy G:.D:. Temple and who do not want to get involved with mail-order organizations. No, this is not equivalent to being involved in a Temple, and from reading the book, it's clear the Ciceros don't think so either. But for the sincere student of the Golden Dawn who does not have the luxury of Temple involvement or is afraid of getting involved with inflated pseudo-Adepts, the Ciceros have provided a rare treasure."
A Reader, 12/1/96

"This book offers a wonderfully practical, step-by-step guide to Golden Dawn Initiation and Ceremonial Magic. [.] Regardless of your magical knowledge or background, you can use their clearly laid-out manual to enhance your knowledge of Qabalah, astrology, tarot, geomancy, and spiritual alchemy. Although their book outlines a comprehensive process of self-initiation, these rituals can be easily adapted for groups. Written examinations, daily rituals and meditations help you develop your knowledge."
The Bodhi Tree, 1995

"Self-paced instructions free of jargon, are clearly explained with written examinations, daily rituals and meditative work." [.] "Self-Initiation into the Golden Dawn Tradition gives the solitary practitioner instruction in Cabala, astrology, Tarot, geomancy and spiritual alchemy. Esoteric rituals of the Golden Dawn are included, and the Cicero's hands-on experience shines throughout this magnificent book. Expensive, but worth it!"
Michael Starwyn, Magical Blend, Issue 49, January 1996

"To describe this book as comprehensive may be an understatement. The Ciceros earned a reputation for thoroughness with their last book, Secrets of a Golden Dawn Temple, which explored the working tools and equipment of the Golden Dawn system in exhaustive detail, and this new release will do nothing to detract from it. Despite the sheer volume, however, the lessons are well paced and well organized, and should be well within the power of beginners to assimilate; the authors' experience as chiefs of a working temple shows here."
John Michael Greer, Caduceus: The Hermetic Quarterly, Vol. 1, No. 3


"..a valuable synthesis of the Golden Dawn Tradition for the beginner in ceremonial magic. This particular work was designed so that anyone with diligence could discover the basics and begin working in the tradition without hazarding to find a group or teacher whose credentials are not verifiable. Highly recommended. Rating: Excellent. Popularity: Bestseller."
The Reader's Review, September 20, 1995, Number 131

"You would be hard pressed to find a question on Ritual Magic in general and the Golden Dawn in particular that could not be answered in this book. Highly Recommended!"
The Path Review, July-Sept. 1995

"An authoritative and highly structured manual of Occult tranining. The student is provided with daily rituals, exercises, meditations and written examinations through a graded course - neophyte to portal of the G.D. system. Covers such subjects as qabalah, astrology, tarot, geomancy and spiritual alchemy. Diagrams, charts and illustrations pepper the text throughout. Comprehensive. Good to see the G.D. stuff made so accessible. RECOMMENDED."
Ocular, No. 16

"This book is an excellent fount of information that does and does not appear in other places, yet is compiled in one tome. For those who say it is too hard for the everyday person, I say that's true. Magick is NOT for the everyday person, it's for someone who is trying to be extraordinary. It is not for the fools or the lazy, to the lions with them! One doesn't look at the Freemasons and say "This is too hard, you want me to memorize a whole bunch of ritual words and symbols to pass to the next degree?" does one? Actually, many do, and hence the one-day classes. However, there, as in the GD current, the repetitive working and memorization AND meditation on the symbols presented forces the psyche to accept their meanings as valid and second nature . . . remembering what Pachad is without having to look it up or think about it. This book (if worked) takes less than one hour per day, and will work for those who wish to program themselves in the R+C/120 current of the GD"
Morgan Pierceheart Bosnia-Herzegovina, November 14, 2000

"A must-have for any serious student of Western Magic. This is hands down the best do-it-yourself course in Magic. Challenging and well thought out, it will deliver on its promise to provide the resources for becoming a practicing Golden Dawn Magician. And even if you are already an experienced practitioner, this course is well worth working your way through to strengthen your understanding of the Art."
Frater VM December 17, 2000, Tempe, AZ

"At Last a Book for Those Who Want to WORK the System! The Ciceros bring obvious expertise and experience to this clear and well-ordered presentation of the Golden Dawn system. Regardie's presentation, indispensable though it still is to the student, was not laid out for the aspiring practitioner who wished to work the system as designed, beginning with Neophyte Grade, progressing to Zelator, etc. This book admirably fills that need, supplemented by much additional material to enrich the experience. Excellent work!"
A reader from North America July 6, 1999

Self-Initiation into the Golden Dawn Tradition
By Chic Cicero and Sandra Tabatha Cicero
St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 1995
ISBN 1-56718-136-8

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