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Women of the Golden Dawn

  • Jul 7, 2013 · 4:00 PM
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Part 3

We will read "Women of the Golden Dawn" by Mary Greer. This is one of the best books on women magicians in the western esoteric tradition. The Golden Dawn was, and is, immensely influential on modern magick.

"The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn was founded in London in 1888. One of several secret magical societies in existence at the time, the Golden Dawn was noted for the equality it offered women both in its internal hierarchy and when performing mystical ceremonies. While this magical order attracted several more famous followers, William Butler Yeats and George Bernard Shaw among them, Greer's purpose in writing this book is to highlight the lives of four female members: Florence Farr, actress; Annie Horniman, patron of the arts; Maud Gonne, aristocratic revolutionary; and Moina Bergson Mathers, artist. All managed to escape suffocating Victorian lifestyles and eventually formed the backbone of the Golden Dawn. In this massive book, Greer explores the many years of intensive study of occult and mystical traditions the women undertook and the personal triumphs and tragedies they experienced along the way. Packed with anecdotes about major literary figures of the time, this account provides a provocative picture of four strong and brilliant women who refused to be hindered by the dictates of Victorian society." ~ Kathleen Hughes

The book is divided into four sections, Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. We will discuss the Summer section, the second section of the book.

It's OK if you missed the previous meetings where we discussed the first sections. Please feel welcome.

This book is not online, you have to get a copy. I am told there are copies at the Namaste bookshop on 14th street. You can get a used copy for a little cheaper on

This book is at the NY public library, but only as a non-circulating reference book, in the Schwarzman Building - Main Reading Room 315. Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street. Call No. JFE 96-6417. I could not find it at the Brooklyn Public Library. :-(

If you can't get a hold of the book, you can read online about the 4 women magicians featured:
Annie Horniman
Moina Mathers
Florence Farr
Maud Gonne

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  • Lorraine

    Sorry--it's too hot to travel for me!

    July 7, 2013

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