Fama Fraternitatis - 1614

Wiewohl wir nun wohl wissen, daß es umb ein ziemliches noch nicht an dem, da wieder unserm Verlangen oder auch anderer Hoffnung mit allgemeiner Reformation divini et humani, solle genug geschehen, ist es doch nicht unbillich, daß, ehe die Sonne auffgehet, sie zuvor ein HELL oder dunkel liecht in den Himmel bringt und unter dessen etliche wenige, die sich werden angeben, zusammen tretten, unsere Fraternitet mit der Zahl und Ansehen des gewünschten und von Fr.R.C. fürgeschriebenen Philosophischen Canons, einen glücklichen Anfang machen oder ja in unserer Schätz (die uns nimmermehr aufgehen können) mit uns in Demut und Liebe genießen die Mühsamkeit dieser Welt überzuckern und in den Wunderwerken Gottes nicht also blind umbgehen.

Vi vet dock att det enligt vår åstundan och andras förväntningar efter någon tid kommer en allmän reformation av både gudomliga och mänskliga ting. Ty innan solen går upp, upplyses himlen av
MORGONRODNADENS ljus. I väntan på denna reformation församlas några få som med sitt antal skall utöka vårt brödraskap, höja dess anseende och stärka dess förhoppningar och ge de av Fr.R.C. föreskrivna Filosofiska Canons en lycklig begynnelse. I all ödmjukhet och kärlek skall dessa nytillkomna tillsammans med oss dela våra skatter, som aldrig skall förgås, och så lindra denna världens möda och inte längre vandra ovetande om kunskapen om Guds underbara verk.

Howbeit we know after a time there will now be a general reformation, both of divine and humane things, according to our desire, and the expectation of others: for it is fitting, that before the rising of the Sun, there should appear and break forth AURORA, or some clearness, or divine light in the sky; and so in the mean time some few, which shall give their names, may joyn together, thereby to increase the number and respect of our Fraternity, and make a happy and wished for beginning of our Philosophical Canons, prescribed to us by our brother R.C. and be partakers with us of our treasures (which never can fail or be wasted) in all humility, and love to be eased of this worlds labor, and not walk so blindly in the knowledge of the wonderful works of God.


Det brittiska ordenssällskapet Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn och den tyska Frimurarlogen L'Aurore Naissante, vilket grundades i London 1888 respektive Frankfurt-am-Main 1807, delade på samma hebreiska namn Chevrah Zerach Bequr Aur, förevisat i gyllene gult vid bloggens huvud, vilket ordagrannt kan översättas till “Stigande Gryningsljusets Sällskap”. Denna tyska Rosenkorsiska Frimurarloge i Frankfurt, vilket måste anses vara det ursprungliga modertemplet till GOLDEN DAWN, kallade sig på tyska även Loge sur Aufgehenden Morgenröthe, vilket kan översättas till “Gryende Morgonrodnadens Loge”. Detta skiljer sig åt från den engelska seden att översätta orden Bequr Aur till “Golden Dawn” eller “Gyllene Gryningen”. Med anledning av Rosenkorstraditionens tyska ursprung är en mer korrekt översättning av Bequr Aur, genom franskans L'Aurore Naissante och tyskans Aufgehenden Morgenröthe, inget annat än GRYENDE MORGONRODNADEN. Denna hänvisning till ett stigande gryningsljus, morgonrodnad eller aurora är en klar hänvisning till den allmäna reformationen omnämnt i det ovan citerade stycket från Fama Fraternitatis. Denna blogg har dock valt att behålla den försvenskade anglo-saxiska termen GYLLENE GRYNINGEN för att denna, invand som den är, lättare associeras med den Rosenkorsiska tradition som här ämnas att framställas.

Licht, Leben, Liebe

tisdag 24 april 2012

The two Pillars of the Golden Dawn Qabalah


Revised 2014-03-18

TO THE GENTLE reader. This blog post is actually a sanitized version of a previous text entitled Revealing the latest tactics of the Inquisition which was addressing something that Olen Rush had said on his now disused blog which is quite irrelevant today, so I wont repeat it now. Looking back on the original version, I feel that the majority of its contents was the result of a alien paradigm that I no longer want to support and that clearly is the product of the Wrath World to use a Böhmean term. I have also removed all of the comments as these refer to the part that is sanitized. However, the other half have some relevance today, as it explains my view on the two pillars that constitute the Golden Dawn Qabalah, the Sabbatian Qabalah stemming from the Asiatic Brethren and the Hermetic or Christian Qabalah with its origins in the Italian Renaissance and the Florentine Platonic Academy.

First of all I want to acknowledge Mr. Rush’s level of scholarism in the field of Sabbathian Qabalah, the Asiatics, the R.R. et A.C., etc. He has been somewhat of a champion in forging a link between the Asiatic Brethren and the Golden Dawn, which is documented on my blog in the posting entitled The Origins of the Qabalah of the Golden Dawn and its follow-up The Frankist Qabalah, and lastly in my essay Was Jacob Frank a Rosicrucian? One of his earliest appearances was on the International Golden Dawn Forum, and in these my three articles on the Golden Dawn Qabalah I have quoted Mr. Rush extensively. I must admit that his postings over at that yahoo-group inspired me to do my own research and through these efforts I had developed a good fraternal relationship with him on the Internet. 

So, regarding the Holy Qabalah of the Golden Dawn it in part constitutes of the Sabbatian Qabalah (as transmitted to the overtly Sabbatian Asiatic Brethren and the Jewish lodge in Frankfurt, the Loge sur Aufgehenden Morgenröthe established in 1807), and that of the Reinassance “Hermetic” Qabalah (which the Asiatics were lacking). This unique blend of these two important Qabalistic streams makes the Golden Dawn Qabalah unique in respect of all other Fraternities, including the Asiatics.

But the Sabbatian component of the Golden Dawn Qabalah, surely enough (through the Cypher Mss.), found its way through the Asiatics. It may perhaps have been transmitted through Samuel Hayyim Falk and Frederick Hockley as well. However, the Sabbatian component or aspect of the Golden Dawn Tradition is also indebted to Kenneth MacKenzie in its establishment, him being the important link between German Rosicrucianism and the Golden Dawn through his own intermediary society, the Fratres Lucis (which was a continuation of the tradition of the Asiatic Brethren, whose forerunner was called Fratres Lucis).

There is no doubt that there is a strong presence of the Sabbatian Qabalah in the Golden Dawn. However, the Reinassance form of “Christian” or “Hermetic” Qabalah shouldn’t be underestimated either. If any this latter form of the Qabalah constitutes the major part of the Qabalistic teachings of the Golden Dawn, spiced up as it were, by the antinomian “heretic” teachings of the Sabbatians. As an example, the Tree of Life glyph as used in the Golden Dawn, together with the corresponding Hebrew letters attached to the 22 Paths, came from Athanasius Kircher’s Oedipus Aegyptiacus in 1652, i.e. from the Hermetic stream of our Tradition. This illustration has been attached to the header of this post.

We shouldn’t forget that while the Asiatics were overly Qabalistic (with their foundation in the Hebrew / Jewish tradition), the Golden Dawn was overly Hermetic tracing its origins in the Reinassance and beyond, predating anything Sabbatian (or even Lurian). Thus, the Sabbatian component was a later addition which was fused to the Rosicrucian current through the Asiatic Brethren in the 18th Century, and later transmitted through the Loge sur Aufgehenden Morgenröthe, whose Hebrew name was that of Chevrah Zerach Bequr Aur (on the Golden Dawn Cypher Mss. we find the almost identical phrase: “Chevrah Zerach Aur Bequr”). But the Hermetic Qabalah has a stronger foundation and older origins compared to the Sabbatian in the Golden Dawn.


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