Magical Egregore 101

This is a reblogged post from Nick-Farrell.blogspot.ie which examines the constuction of a Magical Egregore. Read below or click the link above to see the original post in context.

auroraaureasealSince the Magical Order of the Aurora Aurea decided to leave the Golden Dawn, there has been some somewhat strange comments about egregores including one very confused comment from one clearly uninformed “chief of an order.” Ironically there has been one comment from a chap who has spent a long time claiming that the Head of our Order was not Golden Dawn for years, suddenly insisting that Nick was, because Nick did the same rituals as him. It is nice to be wanted!

An explanation of magical egregores may be in order given the rise in such strange comments from people. If anything it will make why we have walked away from the GD egregore clearer.

An egregore is a spirit, similar to the Roman concept of a Lare in that it forms spontaneously and appears to have a personality. It is formed when a group is started and in psychological terms is called a “group mind”. In his book, ‘Gathering the Magic’, Nick said that this egregore is made up of the sum total of aspirations, beliefs of all group members past and present. In psychological terms they refer to it as a ‘group mentality’, however they stop short of describing it as an individual, although some like the British psychoanalyst Wilfred Ruprecht Bion from the Tavistock Clinic who pioneered some work on the ‘group mentality’ have found them themselves reluctantly labelling it as an entity.

Among his therapy group Bion found this entity could behave like primitive human with the entire attendant drives. For example, if the group was attacked they would all behave in a ‘flight or fight’ reaction against the external foe. This is all standard stuff. It could be seen a rowing club or a drama club. Bion noted that an egregore personified the ‘basic assumption of the group’, which if the person fought against a ‘group undertow’ would drag them in another direction. If they don’t go with the flow then the group will enact a fight or flight reaction against them. Again, this is something that an unscrupulous leader will use. If a second in command can present enough of a case to the group that the leader should be removed, they will work quickly to expel him on the flimsiest of evidence extremely quickly. This can happen intentionally, but sometimes it happens that the second in command gets swept along with the group mind if they find that their leader has been misbehaving. In the Golden Dawn revolt of 1901, Florence Farr and William Butler Yeats, who until then had been identified as friends of Samuel Mathers, found themselves with the rest of the mob holding the pitchforks and torches.

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“Gathering the Magic: Creating 21st Century Esoteric Groups” – Nick Farrell (2007)

Magical groups, because of their dependence on imagination and astral images develop an unusual form of particularly powerful egregore. It can actually assist them reach higher states and do more than an individual could manage. A group egregore is powered up every time a rite is performed and the longer and more often a group meets the more powerful it becomes until it has the power to do lots of interesting things some good, some bad.

On the plus side it means that all the magic you do, whether you are with the others or not, suddenly develops a special power. It is like you are tapping into a reservoir of energy that you never had as a solo magician. I had been carrying out a Golden Dawn ritual called the Ritual of the Pentagram to clear out any lower astral nasties from a room for years before joining a Golden Dawn group. But somehow, upon joining the old dusty rite developed a brand new sparkle; it was easier to visualise and the room felt completely different afterward.

On the negative side you can fall foul of a group egregore if you don’t toe the group line on everything. You can wake up one morning with a different view of the world, go to your group working as normal and find that you just do not get on with any one any more. After a while it becomes clear that you are not welcome and you have to leave.

There after the people in the same group that you have known and loved will shun you and speak your name in whispers. Nothing particularly bad, although you might have the distinct opinion that if they had the choice they would beat you with sticks and shove your head down a toilet. This is because your sudden change of viewpoint goes against the mindset of the egregore.

Each group has an egoregore and it is part of a larger one for an Order. There is often a larger one which represents the tradition (in our case the Rosicrucian tradition). When a group is formed its leaders and teachers attempt to form a link with first the tradition and then a contact which agrees to work with them. This link is then attached to the egoregore. In the Golden Dawn this egregore is powered by the Second Order.

Over the years egregores will become corrupted. Some of their members, or chiefs might let the side down. Or a politically motivated person might try to take over the group. They can also attract astral parasites, which are the astral wildlife which feed off intense generation of energy and emotion. The Golden Dawn had several methods to spring clean every year (the equinox ritual and the use of the HRU and HUA).

While a group is active it is fairly easy to see how it all works. The difficultly comes when a group breaks up or becomes inactive as was the case with the Golden Dawn. Generally an egregore remains dormant on the astral and will become activated again when people start to identify with it.

Despite what many might think, working with another group’s egregore is easy. It is a matter entirely of identification. If you think your group is connected to the Golden Dawn, or Gerald Gardner or Alistair Crowley it is. It might not be rational, egregores are not intelligent. If you say you are a Golden Dawn order you are – even if there is a lot of evidence that you are actually a four kids with a copy of Regardie. This issue of identification is more important than things like rituals. Rituals might help you focus on an egregore but they are not needed for the egregore. External identification is also important. How outsiders see your group will help define it because an egregore is built by thought, and thought can change it. It is for this reason that the Golden Dawn oath prohibited the disclosure of the name of the temple. It is also the reason why, after the Horos Trial the Golden Dawn changed its name. Suddenly its egregore could be modified by the great unwashed.

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Felkin pulled his ST Order out of the GD and the SM egregore

When we started the Magical Order of the Aurora Aurea we were firmly connected to the Golden Dawn egregore by our own identification. It was because we saw ourselves as working within the Golden Dawn tradition. This was particularly important when I was the only member of the Second Order. But what we found was that the egregore of the Golden Dawn was ultra-conservative. If we bought about a logical change, the egregore kicked and screamed – after all it had more than 100 years defending itself against too much change. Identifying too much with the Golden Dawn egregore opened us up to all the pathology of a 120 year old order which had not cleaned itself up enough.

However connection to the Golden Dawn egregore was optional. There had been several cases even within the GD history where leaders had NOT connected to the GD egregore. Dr Felkin disconnected his Stella Matutina from the GD egregore and later disconnected his Smaragdum Thallasses from the SM. Paul Foster Case pulled his order from the AO egregore and Waite did it several times.

The way they did it was by reconnecting their new order to an impulse behind it. They also proceeded to identify themselves with the new current rather than the old one. This meant purging the old name from the rituals and course material and (often) changing godforms, moving the inner locations of the temples and of course using a different name.

The claim that the rituals are important to the Golden Dawn egregore is pretty bogus. The rituals were written by someone who was never in the order, after being reworked by someone who was never initiated into it. They have been used by a wide range of different orders who have clearly different egregores – BOTA, Stella Matutina, Waite’s Holy Order, Whare Ra, HOGD, AO, and Hidden Light.

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The Whare Ra Vault based on different designs

What this allowed was for changes to come in which would not be contested by the egregore and means that you do not have to deal with the sins of the past, or its old chiefs or the old parasites.

For us, this desire to change seemed to arrive with the creation of our Second Order – which powers the first. Initiations started to take on a different favour and power of their own. Much of this came as an experience of the 5=6 and approach which was different from the original order. This flowed into the outer order where the Golden Dawn egregore came up to bite it. It is obviously better to spend a few months rewiring that egregore into something new, than it is to keep fighting it.

Nick ends is post with an aside stating, “I am also disappointed that the GD safeguards to clean up its egregore clearly do not work. HRU and HUA appear to be too obscure (and unknown) to help. It might be because we have lot any teaching to do with these figures”.

The Magical Order of the Aurora Aurea is not a Golden Dawn Group

For a long while the Magical Order of the Aurora Aurea  has described itself as a traditional Golden Dawn group. From today it is not and we will stop describing ourselves in that way.

MOAA will no longer look to the past for any particular knowledge or security, but to its future. And rather than trying to pour new wine into old skins we will be more secure in our own independence and ability to move in our own direction.

The word “Golden Dawn” has come to mean the tradition which encompasses all its offshoots including the modern renditions of the Stella Matutina, Smaragdum Thallasses and the Alpha et Omega. However, most of these traditions do not run anything like the original Golden Dawn and have been connected to an egregore which was founded in the birth of the original Order of the Golden Dawn and due to various reasons was never afforded the fullest opportunity to develop an appreciation of magical work.

The Magical Order of the Aurora Aurea, with its emphasis on experimentation and developing the magical tradition is completely at odds with this “Golden Dawn” egregore. In fact in our opinion this particular egregore has done its best to commit suicide over the last 20 years. Its use by Greek Fascists has placed another nail in a coffin which has been sledgehammered by people trying to turn it into a cult or a business, or by kids, armed with a copy of Regardie trying to set up Magical Orders without knowledge or ability.

It should not be necessary to summon the ghost of a long dead and dysfunctional order to prop up an order which in most cases works much better. Self-confident groups which have something real to offer do not need to evoke the past to describe what they are doing now or in the future.

In any event the historical Golden Dawn egregore is nowhere near as magical as the groups that replaced it and is a quasi-masonic shadow of the modern groups that bear its name. In our view the use of this egregore actively works to undermine the ability of good groups to function within the 21st century.

That is not to say that the “Golden Dawn” methods do not work. Indeed the Magical Order of the Aurora Aurea will continue to use the rituals and general structure of the Smaragdum Thallasses (Whare Ra) order, which was descended from the Golden Dawn but resolved its egregore problem by rewiring itself.

As the Smaragdum Thallasses found its own roots to a Hermetic source independent of the Golden Dawn, so has the Magical Order of the Aurora Aurea. We have developed our own contacts and method of using the Smaragdum Thallasses system and have our own set of goals which we feel would be constrained by continuing to adopt the old Golden Dawn egregore and name.

It is the aim of the Magical Order of the Aurora Aurea to continue being seen as being part of a wider “Golden Dawn Community”. Indeed, to most people looking at our system we may appear to be a bunch of “Golden Dawn people” who emphase magical techniques, but at a deeper level, particularly within our Second Order, we are not and it is felt by members of the Order that it is time to make that clear.

In many ways this statement makes us “new” and will be the beginning of work we will be doing to distance ourselves from the “Golden Dawn” egregore and evolve our own connection with the source behind it. We will be updating our websites and material accordingly. While Aurora Aurea is Latin for Golden Dawn, placing it in a “dead tongue” means that it goes to a “different place” and or own lineage and egregore, and therefore ‘rebranding the label’ so-to-speak is not necessary.

MOAA continues to be a traditional magic order, but is not a traditional Golden Dawn order.

The goals of the Magical Order of the Aurora Aurea:

  1. Fuse the Inner and Outer plane traditions of the Smaragdum Thallasses (as expressed by the Dion Fortune tradition and the pure Golden Dawn).
  2. To develop a scientific and individualist approach to magic.
  3. Restore a balance between religions within magic so that a person might develop their own religious understanding free from any dogma.
  4. To provide magical training to those who are ready using the latest communication methods.
  5. To experiment with new methods of magical expression and to share that information.
  6. To eliminate any discrimination within occultism on the basis of sex, religion, race, sexuality or beliefs.
  7. To establish better communication between Western Mystery traditions to the enhancement of our own.
  8. To encourage each student to develop their magical gifts to the best of their ability so that they can take a pivotal role within an evolving humanity.
  9. To assist a student and adept in the attainment of their own spiritual destiny.
  10. To continue to study and adapt the Smaragdum Thallasses system.
  11. To create a magical order where practical techniques are given priority over intellectual understanding.
Issued in the Hour of Venus on the Day of Venus
20 December 2013

Lecture 1: What to expect from a Golden Dawn initiation

Head of the Magical Order of the Aurora Aurea, Nick Farrell, leads this discussion on YouTube as a means to explore some of the more common questions people have coming into the Golden Dawn system of magic and exploring the process of personal change within an individual.

The video below discusses the experiences common to each of the elemental grades and a person’s exposure to the astrological and Sephiroth symbolism contained within the rituals.

Magical Imagination: The Keys to Magic

Nick Farrell’s new book Magical Imagination: The Keys to Magic will be out in a week or so… here is a sneak preview of the cover. The book is based on Magical Pathworking with a lot more information and more recent workings from Nick Farrell.

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The cover image was taken my Nick himself and is of the Pantheon located in Rome, Italy, close to where MOAA’s Mother-Temple is located and is a beautiful spot to visit if one is traveling through Rome.  We’ll keep you updated with details of release dates for this book as they happen so check back in on this blog.

Below are some of Nick’s other titles

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Nick Farrell on Skylight Press

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Review of the life and works to date of Nick Farrell, head of the Magical Order of the Aurora Aurea (MOAA) by Daniel over on Skylight Press. See the article below…

Originally posted on Through the Skylight:

nick farrellNick Farrell is an esoteric author and journalist who has dedicated his life to the Western Mystery Tradition. Joining the Builders of the Adytum in New Zealand at age 17, he started to read everything he could find on the Golden Dawn and Magic. He moved to Hawkes Bay where he was trained by some of the elderly high-grade members of Whare Ra, which was the last Golden Dawn temple to close its doors, before moving to England in 1989. There he joined Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki’s Servants of the Light School where he worked with David Goddard and later followed him into his Pharos organisation.

In 1997, Farrell left Pharos and joined Chic and Tabatha Cicero’s Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and formed a branch of their Order in the UK. Around that time he wrote his first book Making Talismans, a work that sought to present a complete magical system in…

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Commentaries on the Golden Dawn Flying Rolls

flyingrolls-front-200x300“This book is a cooperative effort between members of various Golden Dawn orders and temples who wish to make the teachings of our beloved tradition more accessible to the public. Each of these essays, on the Flying Rolls of the original Golden Dawn, were chosen by various practitioners in the wider Golden Dawn Community to provide a commentary. Some of the commentaries clarify the material while others expand it into new, fresh horizons. Each of these commentaries capture the flavor, insight, and the approach of their respective author.”

- “Foreword to the Commentaries on the Golden Dawn Flying Rolls” by Chic and Tabatha Cicero

KERUBIM PRESS has announced the imminent release of its latest esoteric title, Commentaries on the Golden Dawn Flying Rolls by the Golden Dawn Community (ISBN 978-1-908705-07-5), due to launch on 14 June 2013.

The book weighs in at 440 pages, packed not only with all 36 Flying Rolls (including rare material), but with additional magical teachings, historical insights, and commentaries from members of a variety of modern Golden Dawn orders, including well-known authors like Chic and Sandra Tabatha Cicero, Aaron Leitch, Nick Farrell and Peregrin Wildoak.

Anyone working with the Golden Dawn system of magic, and, indeed, anyone working in the Western Mystery Tradition as a whole, will find this an indispensible addition to their bookshelves.

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This book contains the 36 pivotal papers given to Adepts in the original Golden Dawn order, providing key insights and instructions into the theory and practice of magic, from theurgy, imagination and symbolism to clairvoyance, divination and telesmatic images. For the first time these texts are brought together in a single printed volume, along with some rare administrative versions that were all but ignored by modern eyes.

In addition, extensive and insightful commentaries from modern Golden Dawn magicians from a variety of orders are here provided, adding to the corpus of teaching provided in the Flying Rolls themselves.

The contributors to this book include:

Frater A.M., Frater AR, Deanna Bonds, Christopher Bradford, Chic Cicero, Sandra Tabatha Cicero, Ian Cowburn, Morgan Drake Eckstein, Nick Farrell, Paola Farrell, Lauren Gardner, Jayne Gibson, Frater Goya, VH Frater IOV, Aaron Leitch, Liza Llewellyn, Joseph Max, Frater Philomancer, VH Soror QQDAM, Samuel Scarborough, Eric V. Sisco, Rachael Walker, Sam Webster, Harry Wendrich, Peregrin Wildoak, Frater Yechidah, Frater YShY

The book will retail for $29.99, £19.99, €24.99, or AU$29.99. It will be available through all major online bookstores, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and The Book Depository. Bookstores are welcome to contact Kerubim Press to inquire about wholesale options.

The Ciceros lecturing in Toronto 2013

N.B.: Reblogged from over at Gleamings From the Golden Dawn [accessed: 04/04/2013]:

Chic and Tabatha Cicero are going to be lecturing in Toronto at the Temple of Ma’at-Heru on July 12 and 13, 2013.

They will be talking about the Bornless Ritual, the Lesser Rituals of the Pentagram and Hexagram, Opening of the Watchtower, Tarot, skrying and spirit vision, telesmatic images of the angels of the Tarot, and Enochian Magic.

Tickets can be purchase at Hermetic Virtues site: http://www.hermeticvirtues.org/CiceroStore/tabid/55/ProductID/73/Default.aspx

You can download PDF version of itinerary from:

http://www.hogd.ca/CiceroConference.aspx

Wishing this event every bit of success and everyone who attends a very enjoyable time.