Hermetic and Golden Dawn Texts

(Rosicrucian texts have been moved here.)

Introduction by Fra. Petros Xristos, Magister Templi (8=3)

The term hermeticism or hermetics derives from the medieval Latin word hermeticus referring to anything attributed to the legendary magus, Hermes Trimegistus ("Thrice-Great Hermes"), a shadowy figure from the Graeco-Roman period nearly two thousand years ago. It became a "path" of sorts in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and eventually the word crept into the popular vernacular to refer to anything obscure, esoteric, or "sealed" (literally or figuratively.) The entire Rosicrucian and Golden Dawn tradition derives its essence from Hermeticism.

During the Renaissance, mystically-inclined Christian authors and magicians blended alchemy and theurgy with Greek, Hebrew, and Arabic mysticism to create the "golden age" of hermeticism; in the Victorian era, hermeticism experienced its most recent revival, propagated by authors such as Eliphas Levi and H.P. Blavatsky, and thus comes our Golden Dawn tradition. Since the 1960s, a much larger understanding of (and respect for) Asian texts and philosophies has significantly influenced Western magical systems.

The following documents are currently available on the Mountain Temple website. They are critical to the development of the Order of the Golden Dawn, and an thorough study and understanding of them is absolutely essential for all Initiates who wish to truly understand the roots of our tradition. Although the texts themselves are no longer “sealed” or hidden, a true understanding of the inner meaning of these materials is still sealed from those who do not sincerely seek for it.


Golden Dawn Material:

Wescott's History Lecture (Start Here)

The Flying Rolls

The First Knowledge Lecture

The Second Knowledge Lecture

The Chaldean Oracles (w/Preface by Sapere Aude)


Other Hermetic Material:

The Emerald Tablet of Hermes

More on the Emerald Tablet

Interpretation of the Emerald Tablet (1785)

Preface to The Arbatel of Magic (1655)

Paracelsus' Aurora of the Philsophers

Preface to The Anatomy of the Body of God (Fra. Achad)