William Wynn Westcott - Historic Lecture Golden Dawn (72.0 Kb)
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The Order of the G.D. in the Outer is a Hermetic Society whose members are taught the principles ofOccult Science and the Magic of Hermes. During the early part of the second half of the 19thCentury, several adepti and chiefs of this order in France and England died, and their deaths caused atemporarily dormant condition of Temple work. Prominent among these were Eliphas Levi, Ragon,Kenneth R. H. Mackenzie, author of the Masonic Encyclopedia and Frederick Hockley, possessed ofcrystal vision whose M.S.S. we highly esteemed. T... More >>>
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The Order of the G.D. in the Outer is a Hermetic Society whose members are taught the principles of
Occult Science and the Magic of Hermes. During the early part of the second half of the 19th
Century, several adepti and chiefs of this order in France and England died, and their deaths caused a
temporarily dormant condition of Temple work. Prominent among these were Eliphas Levi, Ragon,
Kenneth R. H. Mackenzie, author of the Masonic Encyclopedia and Frederick Hockley, possessed of
crystal vision whose M.S.S. we highly esteemed. These and other adepti received their knowledge
and power from predecessors of greater imminence and have handed down to us this doctrine and
system of Theosophy and Hermetic Science of the Higher Alchemy from a series of practical
investigations whose origin is traced to the Fratres Rosae Crucis of Germany, which association was
founded by Christian Rosenkreuz about 1398.
William Wynn Westcott (November 17, 1848 - July 30, 1925) was a British esotericist, coroner, ceremonial magician, and Freemason. A doctor of medicine by profession, he became active in Freemasonry in 1871, becoming Master of his home Lodge in 1874 and later also of the prestigious Quatuor Coronati research lodge, as well as achieving other Masonic distinctions.
He studied the Kabbalah and by 1880 became active in the Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia before co-founding the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn with Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers in 1887. By then he was also active in the Theosophical Society. He devised and organized the Golden Dawn's rituals with Mathers and William Robert Woodman, who preceded him as Supreme Magus of the S.R.I.A. and like Westcott was one of the foremost exponents of Hermeticism of the time. In 1896, he abandoned public involvement with the Golden Dawn due to pressure regarding his job as a Crown Coroner, with which it was seen as an unseemly association. He continued to head the S.R.I.A. and later was involved with the Golden Dawn breakaway Stella Matutina.