The common sources regarding the use of God-Forms in a Golden Dawn Temple setting may be found both in Pat Zalewski’s Golden Dawn Rituals and Commentaries and the ones based upon the document entitled The Complete Explanation of the 1°=10° Grade of Zelator written by S.L. MacGregor Mathers (which likewise has been profaned by Mr. Zalewski). I would like to share with you some of my conclusions in a general way, without going into any specifics.
As a starter, I will share with you some comments about Mr. Zalewski’s attributions. He claims that the God-Forms that he published isn’t the ones originally used by the Stella Matutina but rather the ones given to him by Jack Taylor (the S.M. versions apparently pales in comparison). Taylor in turn claimed to Mr. Zalewski that these had been drawn up originally by Moina Mathers and secretly transmitted to him by Mrs. Felkin. However, there are no actual proofs to be found anyware to corroborate this assumption (even Mr. Zalewski questions Taylors assumption in his latest edition of the said book).
To me it seems that these God-Forms, as suggested by Mr. Zalewski, have been concocted up by Mr. Zalewski himself, with some possible help and pointers given to him by his former mentor Jack Taylor. Over the years of study and practice I have come to the conclusion that the Zalewski God-Forms are truly lacking, although the overall intention is good. There are some parts that are usable, but the majority of Mr. Zalewski’s suggestions can be discarded as quite irrelevant, or at least far from optimal.
Regarding S.L. MacGregor Mathers’ own development of God-Forms I am convinced, because of the lack of any actual documents to evidence the contrary, that he never finished this project beyond the 0°=0° under proper guidance, and only made a tentative attempt at the first and lowest of the Elemental Grades, that of the 1°=10° Grade of Zelator. If there ever were written any commentaries for the higher Grades, I’m sure they followed the same outline as that of the 1°=10° document.
As regards MacGregor Mathers’ suggestions for the 1°=10° Grade there are some quite interesting developments there if you are overly Qabalistically inclined and prefer to use telesmatic images created from Hebrew letters instead of purely Egyptian God-Forms. They are workable to be sure, however not optimal for this kind of work. From the suggestions given in the 1°=10° I have extrapolated a similar set of God-Forms for the 2°=9° to 4°=7° Grades.
|One of the 1=10 God-Forms according to Mathers|
However, through the benevolent guidance coming from the true Third Order of the Golden Dawn, I have come to realize that even MacGregor Mathers was way off the mark and deviated from the system of attributions as given by the continental Secret Chiefs for the 0°=0°. He either directly ignored the further instructions given to him by his Secret Chiefs or he had lost contact entirely with the Third Order by the time he wrote up that document.
I won’t say anything beyond these hints that I have already provided in the foregoing paragraphs, besides the fact that the Secret Chiefs – the true custodians of the Egyptian Mysteries – of the Third Order has given the Rosicrucian Order of Alpha et Omega® the complete set of proper and corrected God-Forms for use in the entire First and Second Orders, which far surpasses all of the past errors made by either MacGregor Mathers or the more recent attempts made by modern reconstrutionist author(itie)s. (Just because you happen to write books or blogs on occult topics doesn’t by definition mean that you are a real authority on the subject that you write about.) Now my work is done.
Since writing this blog yours truly is no longer affiliated with the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, Outer Order of the Rosicrucian Order of Alpha Omega® (H.O.G.D./A+O®). However, my general view on this subject stays firmly unchanged, as expressed in the above written text, and what I have authored previously on the Gyllene Gryningen blog still represents my overall opinion. Any practices referred to in reference to the H.O.G.D./A+O® also apply to the Order that I am currently affiliated with, namely the Hermetiska Orden av Den Gryende Morgonrodnaden (“Hermetic Order of the Nascent Aurora”) or H∴O∴G∴M+R.