The cover title describes the contents of the book as “an account of the teachings, rites and ceremonies of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.” This is 368 page publication. It was originally copyrighted in 1971, this is the third printing of the book from Llewellyn Publication, 1978.
An encyclopedia of practical occultism. It is one of the most influential books on occultism in the past 100 years. The original Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, began in the late 1800s and borrowed from various occult traditions including Kabalah, Tarot, Theosophy, Freemasonry, Paganism, Astrology, etc.
The author, worked as Aleister Crowley’s personal secretary. He is credited with extensive writings while practicing as both a chiropractor and a neo-Reichian therapist. He also taught psychiatry at the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic and contributed articles to many psychology magazines. “
Written in 1916, it was undertaken to answer a personal quest the author made at the time of his raising in the Order. He wished to produce a book that would communicate antecedents of Masonry, the development, philosophy, mission, and ideal. “The book was commissioned by the Grand Lodge of Iowa, approved by that Grand body, and presented to each man upon whom the degree of Master Mason” was conferred within that Grand Jurisdiction.
There is no dedication marking, although it appears well used. It does have intermittent “pink” transparent highlights within the pages of this 317 page publication.
This old Odd Fellows lectern or stand, with carved relief symbols, is the perfect height to display a favorite object or a beautiful fern. We purchased it in the 80s from an antique dealer in Lebanon, Ohio who was a collector of secret society relics and oddities.The warmth of the honey toned stained oak and perhaps some yellow pine detail glows. It also has character derived from the carved symbols particularly the heart and hand suggesting its original use at an Odd Fellows lodge.