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Secrets o the GD Cypher Manuscript

Secrets GD by Poke Runyon

by Carroll "Poke" Runyon

The Cipher Manuscript is the most important Golden Dawn document to be published in years. The initiation ceremonies and knowledge lectures of the Golden Dawn are based upon this mysterious manuscript which was first revealed by Dr. W. Wynn Westcott in 1887. The manuscript itself consists of about sixty pages of old paper, upon which was written in brown ink the ritual outlines of the Golden Dawn system in an artificial alphabet based on the cipher of Abbot Johann Trithemius (1462-1516) in his book Polygraphiae. For years several occultists and historians have speculated about the source of the Cipher Manuscript. However, recent developments in the study of the original Cipher Manuscript has Golden Dawn scholars and historians more convinced than ever about its exact origins…

This book contains the complete, original Cypher Manuscript of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn in facsimile along with a fully annotated decipherment, detailed synopsis of the text and a fascinating history of the manuscript itself. Foreword by Pat Zalewski. Afterword by R. A. Gilbert on Wynn Westcott's Cypher Notebook.


"This work has been long in coming, as Poke Runyon is simply one of a long line of esteemed Western Magick scholars attempting to make heads or tails out of what is in essence a series of manuscripts comprising the charter myth of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Many know the basic story behind the founding of the Golden Dawn: three English Masons, Woodford, Mathers and Westcott, somehow happen upon some strange papers in a vintage book shop that leads them to Fraulein Sprengel, a high ranking German Adept. When the original Golden Dawn group unravels, it comes out that this story was a hoax, now generally known as the Sprengel ruse. [...] Secrets of the Golden Dawn Cypher Manuscript not only tries to set the motives behind the Sprengel ruse straight, but investigates the truth of the founding papers, who wrote them, what do they mean, and how they are relevant for us. In this book it is asserted these papers comprise the basis for the Golden Dawn's Outer Order rituals, and that these papers were authored by Kenneth Mackenzie, possibly with the help of Frederick Hockley or one of several other prominent Victorian era occult aficionados.[...] Runyon's historical background, while a bit uneven, is thoroughly fascinating."
Review by George Leake

"This is a resource book which contains the complete Cipher Manuscript of the Golden Dawn--the enigmatic coded document that is the foundation of all the Outer Order rituals and Knowledge Lectures of the Golden Dawn. The original pages of the Cipher Manuscript are shown in photo-copy, and are deciphered and annotated by the author. Although we do not agree with the author on every point or interpretation he presents, Mr. Runyon has done an excellent job in the decipherment of the original Cipher Manuscript. He has been especially diligent in the letter-by-letter decipherment of a very difficult document, comparing his translations to all other published versions and carefully reporting every instance of a mistranslated letter, word, or scribal error. We found his translation work to be first-rate. And the Cipher MSS itself is vitally important to a complete understanding of the Golden Dawn rituals and Knowledge Lectures."
Chic Cicero and Sandra Tabatha Cicero, authors of The Golden Dawn Magical System

Secrets of the Golden Dawn Cypher Manuscripts
by Carroll "Poke" Runyon, M.A.

 Siverado, CA: C.H.S., Inc. 1997
ISBN 0-9654881-2-8

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